[-] [email protected] 2 points 6 months ago

It was purchased by Epic Games a year ago, who recently sold it to Songtradr, a licensing platform for background/'mood' music. Songtradr only retained 50% of existing Bandcamp staff (the rest were laid off a few weeks after the sale AFAICT, with the worst affected departments including Bandcamp's editorial team and customer support. Epic Games handled the severance package, for some reason.)

People are pretty upset about the editorial team being laid off because it provided exposure for smaller/niche artists in a weekly publication. I've never checked it out personally checked it out because I never knew it existed - wishing I had now

Such a large layoff so quickly by the new owner feels like a sign of darker times ahead for Bandcamp IMO, seeing that it's apparently been profitable since 2012 (Wayback link, new owners have nuked this from the site?). No need to milk the cow even more when the bucket is full...

[-] [email protected] 5 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

In the day and age of streaming sercices like Spotify, record labels/companies like Sony Music etc should not exist IMO.

Back when people purchased their music from brick and mortar stores on vinyls, cassettes, and CDs, they had a place to facilitate a relationship with distributors etc to get your music on the shelves, handle marketing and a bunch of other stuff. Nowadays, this all can be done digitally, independently.

Edit: clarify record label

[-] [email protected] 1 points 6 months ago

R.I.P. Bandcamp

[-] [email protected] 5 points 6 months ago

#2f2

A nice eye searing lime green that I used to use a bit when I first got into web development. Originally copied from goodness knows where lol.

Now I use it in my current job alongside the color red when designing CSS grids

[-] [email protected] 27 points 6 months ago

I miss seeing the "Macromedia Shockwave" loading screen when firing up online games on Win 98 back in the day 😢

[-] [email protected] 1 points 6 months ago

It kinda depends on the setup I think, especially when vlans and firewalls are involved, you'd likely need additional payloads to make further progress in that kind of environment IMO. Something granting persistent remote access to the compromised machine would be the most ideal option.

As always physical access is pretty much game over though lol.

My cams are only accessible via an authenticated endpoint hosted on a dedicated machine, which acts as a "bridge" between the VLAN that the cameras are on (no internet access), and another VLAN hosting internal services, like home assistant, plex etc.

Aside from physical access, the only way to access the cams (that I can think of) would be via some exploit in Home Assistant, or by brute forcing the password to (any of) my network switches to access the management VLAN, changing the VLAN the cameras are set on to something else (bypassing the routing, firewall setup, and auth "bridge" entirely). Or maybe just exploiting the bridge machine directly and dropping a payload to forward the cams out to the net via the services VLAN

With physical access, you could chop up the PoE for an external camera and using that as an ingress point - but you'd only have access to the cameras and the bridge machine unless you exploited that too. At this point the zabbix client on the bridge machine would have notified me that a camera's dropped off the network, unless you dropped a payload to force it to return a good status lol

Does sound like a very fun exercise though tbh

[-] [email protected] 13 points 6 months ago

100% this is the best choice for op IMO.

A big pro is that they literally don't need any Google services whatsoever by the sounds of things

[-] [email protected] 1 points 6 months ago

I think most people are just used to Google, I used to be several years ago before moving to DDG.

Now I find Google is way too... "tutorially" and "bloggy" with results, and actually slows down my workflow a lot when I'm looking for a specific thing immediately - usually a bit of scrolling to get what I'm looking for.

DDG (for my use case as a casual search engine, and something to search docs for work) gets you to whatever you want with a much, much shorter and concise query, and pretty much always gets it right each time as the first result

[-] [email protected] 32 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago)

I agree with OP here, these results are not great.

OP searched for the redis docker image, not a tutorial on how to use it, not a tutorial on why redis should be run in docker, and did not search for redis docker docs. While these are relevant, they should be further down, not the top result. DDG gets this right, and I'm pretty sure other search engines do too.

For a total newbie, these results are probably OK, but for a technical person who knows what they want literally as they type it, Google's results are (excuse my french) simply shit. DDG is miles better at handling this stuff, and they don't need your personal data to do it well either.

Edit: Just went and searched "redis docker image" in a private tab on Google, and the docker hub image for Redis is not even shown on the first page of results

[-] [email protected] 4 points 6 months ago

Seems like a smart strategy, sounds a lot like a bus but just automated and much smaller in size, particularly running through residential areas that are typically seen as not worth transport investment.

The minivans are probably much easier to climb into (for injured or impaired individuals) compared to an SUV which may have an unnecessarilly high ride height and a door that doesn't slide across for extra room

[-] [email protected] 5 points 6 months ago

Sad to hear, just had a look at the readme for that project and it sounds extremely full-featured for a lemmy client.

Hopefully someone can port some of the changes back into Photon, where it originally forked from, or maybe even continue the project, but realistically I feel both of these are unlikely at the moment seeing as very few people have heard of this compared to Voyager (wefwef 😢) and Mlmym

[-] [email protected] 9 points 6 months ago

Same boat as you - most of my time is spent on subscribed, not /all

No need for me to block anything at the moment tbh...

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/louisrossmann

The quality of stuff being sold on Amazon has been a race to the bottom for a while now, somewhat following in the steps of Ebay.

In this video Louis has two crimp butt connectors: one bought from Amazon and one bought from a hardware retail store - the Amazon purchased one, which a regular user of the site may consider as reputable at a glance, fails to crimp the wires securely. The hardware store one however securely crimps the wires in place.

It's a pretty mundane example, but extends across to other products in other industry verticals too. A pretty major concern raised in the video was that the failure of this specific product would cause excess heat, potentially leading to an electrical fire in the worst case scenario.

There's also the issue of reputable brands not even listing their products on Amazon anymore, leaving users with mostly poor quality alternatives shown prominently in search results.

Personally I find myself preferring to shop at dedicated or independent online storefronts, where it's a bit more obvious what exactly I'm purchasing, and where there's at least some minimum guarantee of quality - in contrast to a Prime "dropshipped", generic product from Amazon. Also kind of like the fact that by purchasing from sites that aren't massive marketplaces or outlets, real individuals benefit from my custom, not massive behemoths that don't need the sales to survive


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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/bikecommuting

Viewers were asked to collect cycling data from their cities' busiest intersection, providing a rough insight into how cycling varies across the world.

This video goes through the collected data, and some of the findings are pretty interesting IMO...

A particularly notable one is the impact of helmet laws potentially ruining commuter, utility, and casual cycling in a city.

The data was anonymized by the channel and shared for all to freely browse:

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

My Harman Kardon headphones and my sausage fingers don't go well sometimes - occasionally when switching off the ANC I accidentally put the headphones into pairing mode.

When this happens, a massive popup with a picture of my headphones appears on my phone screen, prompting me to connect via bluetooth, a bit like that iOS one that shows up when you hold your earpod case near the device.

Anyone aware what this popup feature is called? I'd like to ultimately switch it off - don't really like the idea of nearby bluetooth devices opening massive popups on my device, just because they're in pairing mode

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

I woke up this morning to an awful looking homescreen on my Android - turns out my Niagara Launcher subscription had lapsed!

I went to check the renewal prices, and they were literally 2-3x more expensive than what I was paying recently - not really excited about that.

Since my homescreen already looked like garbage, I decided may as well try Kvaesitso, a FOSS search-based launcher. I tried it in the past, but abandoned it since I would want to set up my homescreen and apply an icon pack to all the apps individually.

After several hours of setup (mainly applying the icon pack 😭), I've been using it throughout the rest of the day and I'm pretty pleased with it, it's a very smooth, polished and well thought out minimal search-focused launcher. Here's what I like and don't like so far:

Like

  • Search is much more powerful: can use DuckDuckGo or any custom search engine, search app shortcuts (i.e. webpages saved as apps), as well as tagging apps - none of these are possible in Niagara
  • Very, very customizable
  • Supports gestures to open apps or run things, so even less apps are needed on my homescreen
  • The clock looks so nice
  • Cool charging animation that shows rising bubbles from the bottom of the homescreen
  • Contextual media controls under the clock
  • Allows full-size widgets on the homescreen, these can be hidden off-screen by default if you prefer

Meh but not dealbreakers

  • Upcoming calendar events don't show up under the clock, however there is a very nice custom calendar widget included
  • Contextual media app cannot be set (e.g. when bluetooth/3.5mm headphone is connected, pin music app on homescreen)

Highly recommend giving it a try if your Niagara subscription lapses, and open to trying a neat FOSS alternative!

F-Droid | GitHub

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/outoftheloop

I've noticed quite a lot of new accounts popping up recently, wondering if something new happened over at Orange Alien HQ or maybe is this just normal growth?

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Tesla released the service manuals for their original Roadster yesterday, pretty rare to come across any kind of service manual nowadays. Great for R2R!

https://service.tesla.com/roadster

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/bikecommuting

The soft pedals are an interesting idea I think, but I share the same concerns about their longevity. Some interesting books mentioned at the end too...


If you're not familiar with Shifter, this is a pretty great channel focused on urban cycling, with lots of insight and tips on to improve your commuting experience

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

This decade old electric cooler box gave up the ghost around 2 years ago, with the indoor outlet plug no longer working. The independent 12v input was still operational, so I kept it with the intention of eventually fixing it...

And two years later, this is the eventually 😅. The integrated 10v ~45w unit had failed short on the primary side, with a burnt out Y-capacitor and some fried zeners. I started removing bits from the board to try and find all the broken components... but ended up letting out the magic smoke in the process, oops!

I set out looking for a new power supply, and came across a 12v 45w unit from Meanwell. It was actually smaller than the cooler's original power supply too, meaning more internal space to use later 🤫

Spoiler

After searching for a distributor that was actually willing to ship it to a home address, I ordered, and boom:

It's so tiny compared to the original.

Next I installed an Arduino Nano to control the TEC/peltier module & fan via a cheap LED repeater. I was hoping to reuse the internal temperature sensors, but left them disconnected for now

After hours writing the arduino code, I finally got it into a usable state. There were issues with brownouts rebooting the Arduino, however with the Meanwell supply in-circuit those mysteriously stopped.

There are 3 power modes now for the module: 30W, 40W and 50W - with the first two using PWM, and the last one giving it all the beans. I wanted to PWM control the fan too, but decided against it since it sounded absolutely terrible at whatever PWM frequency the Nano is using.

It powers on to 40W by default, which is under the 45W max rating of the PSU.

Everything looks good so far running from the bench supply:

Now all that was left was to connect the internal supply, and the 12v vehicle input. I was actually supposed to use JST connectors for the Meanwell psu, but didn't have anything on hand - so improvised with crimping spade terminals and friction fitting those on

And the moment of truth. Up until this point I hadn't actually checked if the replacement psu was working or not

Looking good! I don't really like the LEDs though, so might do something about those in future.

You might be wondering how exactly I change the power settings... well since the manufacturer decided it was good enough to shove all the cables in the back, I did the same with a pushbutton 🤫

Glad to have the electric cooler working again though, feels nice to save large things like this from going to the landfill and extend their life a bit. Excited to hear any thoughts and feedback!

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submitted 6 months ago by [email protected] to c/mildlyinfuriating

How nice of Windows to spam me with notifications when I temporarily fill my scratch disk, despite turning them off...

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submitted 7 months ago by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

For me personally, trams are right up there. Aside from the main issue of sharing the roads instead of having a dedicated line, they really make it easy to get from one part of a city to another, especially for wheelchair users. They're usually as frequent as buses, but much faster. The stations are much more attractive compared to bus stops (on newer systems), and can really make an area feel much nicer IMO.

For those that have a bike, suburban and inter city rail is a strong second. The speed and ease of last mile mobility is what appeals to me the most. Recently took my bike across the country to my home city and it ended up being much faster than driving (by almost an hour) - the multimodal commute was pretty hefty, but lots of fun nonetheless.

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submitted 7 months ago by [email protected] to c/louisrossmann

One would assume that if you paid for the 4K Netflix plan, you'd be able to watch media in 4K on all your devices? Unfortunately not, Netflix maxes out at 720p if you're watching in the browser.

If 🏴‍☠️ can watch whatever media they want in 4K from any device, but paying customers can't... the choice here is a no brainer.

Bonus: Louis has a mini rant about his $3000 LG TV which is packed with trackers, all enabled by default. A bit greedy of LG to also track user activity after paying that much money for the TV?


Watch elsewhere:

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submitted 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

What do you think of dual actuator hard drives? I never knew these even existed...

Here's a quick summary of the vid for those who want a TL;DW:

  • Dual actuator drives are a single drive with two actuator arms inside
  • These arms have their own platters, each with access to half of the drive's capacity
  • The SAS version shows up as two separate drives: one for each actuator
  • The SATA version shows up as a single drive, however can be partitioned at a specific LBA near the middle to use both actuators independently
  • Linux kernel updated to support these drives better when queuing commands
  • Capable of saturating a 5gbit SATA link

Personally, my concern is RAID setups, particularly in a SAS config. Will filesystems like ZFS and BTRFS know that two storage devices are the same physical drive... aside from that, and concern about more mechanical parts, this looks exciting especially for sequential speed throughput!

EDIT: fix typos

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