Tech refugee by NoAN in Introductions

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Thanks for the chat.

The fMRI stuff was detecting brain activity as part of a realtime feedback experiment. Basically we had a participant in the fMRI machine, then they would look at pictures on a screen telling them to think about certain things, or try to imagine doing or saying certain things. Then we would watch the brain's activity appear on the fMRI machine readouto, with about a 6 second delay. We could then correlate physical activity in specific brain regions to certain types of mental activity. I basically programmed the entire real-time feedback experiment myself for $12/hr, and then was promptly fired when it was finished. And not only did they fire me, but they created false allegations against me and I was escorted out by security on my last day, not allowed to return to my desk to fetch my belongings. I had worked in that facility for 12 years. I was put on retainer and full salary but I had to be accessable phone for a month, to ensure I hadn't backdoored the software somehow. It was terrible.

I want a Computer that I Own by gebTA48 in technology

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Yes but there's lots of things not in that GUI manager because they run on linux, but not on that specific package, so they're not in the list, so they have to be downloaded via terminal.

I am back. by magnora7 in SaidIt

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that sounds like a smart way to do it

How to end the deficit by christnmusicreleases in pics

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A law congress would never, ever pass.

I am back. by magnora7 in SaidIt

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Yeah true. I have no idea how any of that works. I looked it up and apparently it is impossible to hide js code from the end user. So in theory they could always download the js file and look at the password being presented. But maybe that could be obfuscated somehow

"Politics is just the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex." - Frank Zappa by magnora7 in quotes

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Agreed!

Senate Report Slams Bidens for Conflicts of Interest, Flags Possible Criminal Activity by queen1 in whatever

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no, but maybe that's a good idea

Has anybody been noticing these ad and marketing bots lately? by Its-Orion in SaidIt

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Thanks for the offer

Senate Report Slams Bidens for Conflicts of Interest, Flags Possible Criminal Activity by queen1 in whatever

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Yeah. What's weird is the "Americans" bot usually pops up maybe once a week. But this last week, it's been making a new one every hour. This coincides exactly with the front page hijacking attacks this last week. So it's pretty clear whoever is hijacking the front page is also running the Americans bot, and has been for over a year. Talk about tedious

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Yeah I agree, I'm down to swap out our captcha with this animated one if that's an easily doable thing

Yahoo News is so stupid. They frame this as an attack on Asian Americans. The attacker is Yemeni. Yemen is in Asia. by rubberbiscuit in news

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I just have the shows I want on my computer without ads. I just care about a few shows. When I watch actual TV like when visiting family, the amount of ads is very irritating to me now, it's like 1/3 ads! I don't know how people waste their time sitting in front of ads like that

I want a Computer that I Own by gebTA48 in technology

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I got a new computer, I am switching to linux for home computing finally. A lot of my games I worried about ended up working fine with a little tweaking. The WINE windows emulator thing is amazing, it just runs exes as if linux could run the exe itself, I always thought you had to boot a virtual copy of windows within linux and all that jazz, I didn't realize they'd built exe functionality on to the linux OS itself. You just click an exe and it runs instantly. So that was a nice surprise about WINE.

But there's a lot of exes it can't run, seems to work about 40% of the time, so I guess the next step is to do a window 7 virtual machine emulation on linux and boot to the windows desktop and stuff, I guess that's compatible with more types of executable files because it emulates the entire windows environment. So there's a few programs I might have to do that with.

The one thing that still miffs me about linux is installing programs. In windows, you click a download link, a thing downloads, and you click it, and it installs. You can use a mouse the whole time, it's very straightforward. In linux you almost always have to open a terminal, the installs are a list of terminal commands and instructions you have to copy-paste one by one, instead of a simple download link. Out of 20 programs I downloaded, I think only one had a linux download link that was clickable and worked. Just feels old and clunky tbh.

But otherwise linux has come a long way, especially mint and ubuntu. For instance, every driver worked instantly, I haven't had to install one driver or dependency. This was not the case 10-15 years ago, it used to be dependency hell to get all your devices working.

Anyway, pretty pleased with linux these days for personal computing. I'm about 50% switched over, I still have some programs to try and migrate. There will probably be a few things I'll keep my old Windows machine around for. Linux is definitely faster though. And probably the only way to truly own your computer anymore. Windows and Macs are full of built-in backdoors.

Yahoo News is so stupid. They frame this as an attack on Asian Americans. The attacker is Yemeni. Yemen is in Asia. by rubberbiscuit in news

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That's why it's important to find ways to legally reduce the amount of taxes paid, so we stop funding it as much as possible. Not that it really matters though because they just print more money. But for my conscience it's good to know I'm not participating as much as possible

Tech refugee by NoAN in Introductions

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My parents had a Commodore64 and the little 10" CRT tv I used to watch all the time as a kid, after they stopped using the Commodore. It was a bit before my time. My first real computer experience was DOS and playing games like Caesar II. My first personal computer years later was an IBM Aptiva with a pop-up cd drive and windows 95. It was awesome.

I was going to work as a CPU design engineer but after a few internships I realized what a nightmare it was, and how it was all boring incremental crap that was basically done by Chinese people for pennies on the dollar so it's very hard to get a job as an American too. Then I programmed fMRI machines for a year and then was fired the week I finished their research experiment codebase, when I was misled to believe it was a permanent position.

And software engineering has always been a turn-off for me, I like simple good code but I loathe bloated architectures. I've heard the same stories about leaving tech, it's high burn out, especially the stuff dealing with anonymous people online these days is pretty annoying because there's so many dedicated paid shill/bot farms now, and lots of people who realize they won't get caught. I can justify the work for saidit because I'm creating a public good that's beneficial for communication and culture (or that's what I tell myself anyway) which is at least better than some projects that just exist to make money, or don't even get used. So I've got that going for me. But yeah, it's just a lot of complexity to manage, it's tiring for sure

Smart electronic locks for cargo tracking, theft reduction and smart logistics | Sepio Products by rajoshi111 in ScienceFiction

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No worries, just trying to inform. Thank you.

Has anybody been noticing these ad and marketing bots lately? by Its-Orion in SaidIt

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Yeah I think I got that one too, if I didn't just let me know

Yahoo News is so stupid. They frame this as an attack on Asian Americans. The attacker is Yemeni. Yemen is in Asia. by rubberbiscuit in news

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the whole "blacks vs asians" thing really got promoted by the media a lot in the last week. I've seen that narrative everywhere suddenly... just more divide and conquer at work. Our media is psychologically abusing us

Smart electronic locks for cargo tracking, theft reduction and smart logistics | Sepio Products by rajoshi111 in ScienceFiction

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And the guy you replied to... the uv## accounts are doing the self-upvoting

𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙸𝚛𝚘𝚗 𝙻𝙴𝙵𝚃’s daily 𝕻𝖔𝖘𝖙𝖘 𝖙𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝕱𝖗𝖔𝖓𝖙 #3: “‘NO GOD!’ – Soviet Union Valentina Tereshkova Spaceflight 10th Anniversary Postcard (1973)” #wholesome by uv77 in whatever

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Because those same people started intentionally hijacking the front page of saidit every day, and still are doing it every day. The whole thing is a giant troll attack that's been ongoing for months, it's kind of ridiculous tbh

Smart electronic locks for cargo tracking, theft reduction and smart logistics | Sepio Products by rajoshi111 in ScienceFiction

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Yup, and the uv## accounts are the ones doing the upvoting, like the one you replied to

Senate Report Slams Bidens for Conflicts of Interest, Flags Possible Criminal Activity by queen1 in whatever

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Yeah this is the "Americans" bot, it posts news articles and then posts comments like "Americans would rather die than fight tyranny" and other disempowering automated phrases

Has anybody been noticing these ad and marketing bots lately? by Its-Orion in SaidIt

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Yes it's an ongoing attack. It's not genuine marketing, it's shills using ads to fill saidit with garbage. They're not ads for anything anyone would actually want

Tech refugee by NoAN in Introductions

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Hey welcome to saidit. I'm pretty tired of the tech scene in a lot of ways too, I can relate.

How do I delete my account here? I deleted my Reddit account which was a sad thing to do: by [deleted] in politics

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I don't think you're a bot. Don't let the trolls get to you

How do I delete my account here? I deleted my Reddit account which was a sad thing to do: by [deleted] in politics

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wrong sub.

Delete your account under preferences

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That's a cool idea. I could probably cook something up maybe, like 2 grids and the letters, each rotating independently, all the same color on top of each other, with some animated wavy effects distorting all that.

I found this code available, view the demo, we could modify this maybe: https://www.codeseek.co/martingrand/animated-captcha-concept-WxPZVY?lang=en

That was the only one I could find, everything else was research papers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - American Girl (Houston 04.29.17) HD by AmericanMuskrat in MusicVideos

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Nope

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Imo maybe 10% of it is genuinely engaging imo. Most of it is just noise

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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It just kinda comes across as shitting up the /new area because we see it all at once there instead of just in the sub as intended.

Yeah that's why I also think he's not helping the site. He does all this bumbly stuff "by accident" and generally makes a mess of things. And when I tell him better ways to do it, he gets in a 50-paragraph argument with me about it. He's making the biggest mess he can without triggering a ban, is often what I see from him, unfortunately

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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If you say so. He seems to spend most of his time collecting subs like baseball cards, quadruple-posting links, and stirring drama any time it pops up. Doesn't paint a good picture

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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If we hired someone to code, I would be the one to find them, and we would review all code thoroughly before adding it to the codebase. Security has been a focus from the start, but I also don't want the site to die off and be irrelevant, so there has to be a balance

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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I think that's more to distract himself from what he's SUPPOSED to be working on, maybe.

Hours every day for 3 years? C'mon

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Yes, but the trolls have also used some 8 month old accounts they've been aging, which has been verified 100%. This attack has been almost a year in the making, and is part of a larger ongoing attack. They also try to get people on the inside who "play nice" so then when things go bad they have more leverage and control.

I'm Un-Modding From My Subs About Power, Corruption & Lies by JasonCarswell in SaidIt

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I merely said to you, the things you say to me on a daily basis.

And it caused you to break down and regard us as having a "feud" (we're not, I don't care).

Imagine that.

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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So it was just coincidence he was mentioned twice and has the same formatting in his own posts?

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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It's from a surveillance satellite project: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA-247

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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That would be hilarious, but he's already trying his damnedest to get rid of all the stuff on his plate.

Not really, he keeps taking on more and more, and always seems to show up during these dramafests to stir the pot.

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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And funny how the shill OP post just happened to mention Jason twice, in very glowing terms. And uses the same formatting style that Jason does in his posts. Coincidence?

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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I'm very disappointed in you Jason. I thought you were better than that. I wish I could say I'm surprised.

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Now who's trolling?

You were trolling before? That's good to know.

6,500 Asian Workers Died Building FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadiums In Qatar by MarcoPolo in news

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I mean it's understandable that some died, but 6500? How is that even possible?

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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I am beginning to think he knows exactly what he is doing. Why did the OP mention Jason so many times? Why does he have the same writing style as Jason's posts?

Coincidence?

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Don't have a breakdown Jason. I know you have those sometimes.

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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When deliberately malicious posts are a good portion of the front page every single day, what's the point in leaving them up? Just make this site look foolish, every single day?

Funny, that's exactly what the trolls openly say they want! Why are you repeatedly promoting their agenda? Do you want to ruin saidit?

Harvard grants 250 points of SAT privilege to Blacks and Hispanic students by Theopolitics in news

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The soft bigotry of low expectations

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Uh huh. You're being a bit obvious, don't you think?

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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Yeah just bring them to my attention, that's all that's really needed. Thank you

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Saving_SaidIt in SaidIt

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You need to stop stirring the pot, I notice you do that a lot

/u/magnora7 needs to RESIGN. by Save_SaidIt in whatever

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You need to stop feeding the trolls

Awolnation - Run (What So Not & QUIX Remix) [Official Audio] by magnora7 in music

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This remix is pretty good too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey3Bqog52rQ

I am back. by magnora7 in SaidIt

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They really are, it's kind of disturbing. Just had about a dozen more accounts involved today.

Magnora7 (or any other Texan), I need a ground report. by solder0 in whatever

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I bought water at the grocery store at 2pm so that was a good sign, they weren't out of stock. Plumbers are still impossible to come by. Almost everyone has electricity. Temps are normal now

Biden Drops the N Word again by Tom_Bombadil in whatever

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The air of incompetence is part of the shtick. Then they can do evil things and go "Oh we did an oopsie, we didn't know, that's what we get for having a bad leader" but meanwhile the unelected deep governmental people know exactly what they're doing, they just keep swapping out puppets every few years

Biden Drops the N Word again by Tom_Bombadil in whatever

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Wait isn't this the same one from a few days ago?

He says the word "eager" wrong with an n at the start, it wasn't even used as a noun or anything, clearly just a (very) dumb mispronunciation

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Yeah I agree it's very organized. It's known JIDF has done this sort of thing for a while, could be them. I've had run-ins with them before. They stole one of my subreddits long ago fraudulently through the redditrequest system and literally put up a JIDF flag on the sidebar after they stole it. That was like 6 years ago. Then when I started calling those people out, the reddit admins immediately banned my account for something I did 3 months prior...

This is the subreddit (which was intended to be a backup/alternate sub for /r/undelete): https://www.reddit.com/r/undeleteundelete/

They also have a wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Internet_Defense_Force

So this has been a problem for a while. Usually it was just an edge case thing though, or trolls playing around, but now it's a serious problem that affects almost all sizable forums. Our current attacks could be JIDF, could be Chinese, could be US, could be Russian, could be all 4, could be something else. Who knows. I would say JIDF and China both probably do not like some of the things posted on saidit, so they would have motive. But I really have no idea. Could just be a crazy guy in his basement who works for hire off craigslist paid by some random person that just doesn't like saidit for some reason. But it seems pretty well coordinated, especially if you include the DDOS attacks (which are STILL ongoing, like every 3rd day for literally years) so I'd guess it's at least a 3-4 person organization.

Also the DDOS attacks still occur even though they're obviously not successful, which indicates to me someone just has an automated DDOS attack botnet on a rotating schedule.

Speed of a calculation also randomized?

Cool idea but each page is always completely custom so there's no baseline metric to judge against because the filesize is always different

Also some data may be cached if they did not clear it (like site icon).

Perhaps, I'm not sure how to detect this in a way that would be useful though

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The Digg exodus to reddit was in 2010. The technology has gotten better and better for infiltrating forums, I have no idea how Aaron would deal with this. Also there weren't really long-term large-scale paid shill groups when Aaron was around, imo they've become a prominent thing in just the last 10 years or so

I am back. by magnora7 in SaidIt

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You can also run a system-analysis (network-test, speed-test, mem-test, screen-size, browser-version) to see if registrations are very similar

Yes I have done this. They spoof their IP, spoof their browser and even spoof the version number of the browser. It's constantly changing for all of them with every comment and post it's a new browser, new IP, new everything, basically randomized. They've really got it down to a science. Although perhaps the randomness itself is a giveaway...

Thanks for your questions, good ideas. We just need something that is easy to do once, but very hard to do 100 times. Another option would be to have them pay $1 in some cryptocurrency to register an account. This would mean they'd have to pay me to attack the site, which upsets their whole method that is based on being able to register unlimited accounts. But it would obviously deter some real users too. But that might be a cost worth paying.

Why not use the questions to help convince attackers to stop?

Lol you might as well try telling wet paint not to dry. Not worth the effort, trust me. Plus if one does wake up and quit, they just replace that person, so this doesn't actually mitigate the attack.

What are the simpler things you enjoy in life? by Jesus-Christ in AskSaidIt

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Yeah it's pretty wild when you really step back and think about it, we're like temporary whirlwinds of metabolites

What are the simpler things you enjoy in life? by Jesus-Christ in AskSaidIt

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Hot shower (really finding a deeper appreciation for this one lately after no water for a week)

Cold brew coffee

A nice computer monitor and keyboard

Sunshine

Plants, which are basically molecular rube goldberg machines that somehow grow and have a vascular system

Thinking about stuff. Did you ever think how nice it is that you have the ability to think about anything? And plan things, and imagine possibilities? It's amazing that we can do it so easily and most animals can't really do it at all.

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I believe you said it just popped where it exited the ground and went into your house?

Yeah just like a 3' segment above ground and outside the house is what broke off.

You should be fine just digging down a foot or so to a clean and unbroken section of pipe, and replacing it with more pvc. A split section of straight pipe should probably be replaced back past the the next fitting, as the split may travel further than visible

Thanks, that makes sense. It has several straight PVC cuffs along the pipe that comes up from the ground. There's a shutoff valve on that pipe, so maybe I can cut it just after that to get a fresh section and a good unfractured cut.

so in potential future freezes you could cover or wrap your exposed piping with a blanket or tarp with a low wattage 'real' lightbulb, or leave the water trickling that night.

Yeah definitely going to take these things very seriously for the rest of my life after this event. I just didn't even know my mains was exposed like that, I thought that pipe was just a separate line to have a hose hookup for that side of the yard.

Thanks for the advice! And yeah I'm extremely glad this didn't break over the house itself and flood the house. That would've been a nightmare, especially with the power out for days and it below zero

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Thanks for the Jon Stewart clip too, I miss him. I wonder why he doesn't have a podcast, he could rival Joe Rogan if he started his own. Probably has a gag order as part of his severance from comedy central, I'd bet. Probably also burned out as hell. But I miss his moderate yet intelligent opinions, everything's too polarized now. It's nice to see him make appearances on other shows occasionally though

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One interesting development with the cultural attacks is how familiar they are with Saidit, and how they tried use our interests against us.

For instance, when we set up saidit, within the first week someone had used an automated script to register over 1000 usernames. They already had the API script set up because we're built the same way as reddit. They just pointed the script toward our site and stole a lot of people's usernames from reddit, so they couldn't register the same names on saidit.

These people know what they're doing.

I agree, Amelia handled it well given the circumstances. I think Amelia is taking a break but will probably be back, they just need to take a breather after all the craziness from the attack, which I totally understand! It's upsetting to see some people on saidit fall for the attack tricks, but that's why those tricks are used, because people do still fall for it. That's why education and discussion about these topics is so important. In theory, if we understand how the tricks work completely, the tricks no longer work on us. So all of us have to learn all of the tricks. It's a lot to ask, but the whole global internet culture has to mature in this way for things to move forward, I believe. We have to see the tricks for what they are, and learn not to react emotionally to those intentionally trying to provoke us.

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Would it help to have new accounts automatically placed into "quarantine"?

Or accounts that are "suspicious".

No, because limiting user engagement from the start will inhibit growth of the site. And more importantly, the attackers often use aged accounts. They registered literally thousands of accounts many months ago. That cat is out of the bag, as far as saidit goes. So account age is not a reliable indicator for anything most of the time unfortunately.

In the case of suspected manipulators, we could even mark them as "sus".

Any manipulation marking system like this will be hijacked by the manipulators. They literally have hundreds of accounts. So they will mark people they don't like as 'sus' and the whole system will be immediately broken and maliciously hijacked.

Voat had a similar failure. They had a "protectvoat" group that was to maintain the quality of the site. That group got hijacked by attackers. They then used the power of that group to silence any normal conversation, and silence new users. This is what caused voat to become the mess it was.

I like some of your other ideas, I like that you are thinking about these problems, because they are very tough problems indeed. The voting buttons thing might be cool, but at some point there is too many buttons. I think 4-5 is the max number of buttons. And from a software perspective, adding another button would be a huge huge deal, because the whole database is written around there being exactly 2 voting options. To add a 3rd button to the saidit/reddit code, it would probably be a 100-200 hour project. And I wish that was an exaggeration.

Anyway, keep thinking... I personally think the core problem is that it's too easy to register usernames. A lot of the core issues come down to the fact one person can easily use a bot to make 1000s of accounts, and with a VPN and fake IP addresses, there is basically no way to connect those accounts as being owned by the same person. So there needs to be a way to keep it closer to 1 account per human. Most sites accomplish this now with phone numbers, or connecting through facebook, or something like that. I have thought perhaps we could do it in a way where the person has to write a 5-sentence essay on 1 of 100 topics, like "Why does war exist?" or "What's the purpose of language?" and then we see how intelligent and grammatical their responses are. This would be much harder to automate, but with GPT-3 bots getting good now even that might not be enough. And of course this would all have to be on a new site, because like I said the cat is out of the bag with saidit username registrations

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Yeah the UK is as much a joke as Australia and NZ at this point. Absolute nanny state, with few people putting up any resistance. Australians because they're so soft because life has been good for so long so they don't see a need to resist, and the UK because they're so browbeaten in to conformity over centuries.

I wear it only exactly when I'm explicitly required to, that's my little resistance against it. I'm walking across the grocery store parking lot, the only one without a mask on. But I'm not being a jerk, nor am I breaking any rules. I'm just re-normalizing lack of mask outdoors. Feels like a good balanced approach lots of people could take without causing friction

Disney Warns Viewers That The Muppet Show Is From A Different Era When Comedy Was Culturally Acceptable | The Babylon Bee by christnmusicreleases in funny

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I love watching comedy TV shows that are a few years or decades old. I can't count how many times I've watched Whose Line Is It Anyway, or Frasier, or Corner Gas

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Thank you! I will research this stuff some more, I appreciate it.

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The more I think about it... maybe it's a PR move. People haven't talked about daft punk in 7 years, and now suddenly they're frontpage news again. This could be fuel for new projects by one or both of them, to build momentum and publicity

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Yeah the drama was kinda bad, but for the record their removals were good choices. They got embroiled in public fights and debates though, that should be walked away from. I had to learn this lesson the hard way, over years, so I'm not surprised Amelia got tripped up by it on their first week. Because their whole goal is to make the admins flip out publicly like that, and they'll do anything to produce that reaction.

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It is interesting, but I think it's going to become increasingly widespread. I believe soon almost every government and major corporation will soon have hired internet shill groups. They call it "native advertising", and it's becoming the norm because of how well it works compared to traditional advertising and propaganda. I know this is something Monsanto has done for at least a decade. It's also known both Democrats and Republicans do this too with ShareBlue and Cambridge Analytica.

Soon it will be every organization, and the internet will be a complete mess because of it. Especially with GPT-3 commenting AI getting so good, it's becoming easier to automate human-like responses on platforms like saidit and reddit. One person can act as 100 low-IQ people simultaneously by using these bots. They can create an intelligent crowd of people that all have the same bias. It's enough to overwhelm a forum, and when it becomes very close to human-like responses it can be hard to administrate because you can't differentiate the bots from the real people, and this is taken advantage of by the attackers.

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Thanks, cheers

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Glad my summaries are useful, I want to keep people informed about what is happening while avoiding stirring up more drama. Tough line to walk. I agree there needs to be more awareness about the propaganda war and the forms that it takes. People don't realize they're butting up against it almost every day, it's very prolific right now, and very few realize just how bad it is.

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Thanks for the info. This my first time dealing with pipes freezing, it's just not a thing down here. Learned a lot of mistakes I won't be making again.

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Anything the average user can do besides flag spam?

If you want to PM me with the username, that'd be very helpful so I can investigate. This avoids creating more drama while still alerting me to the problem. Reports are good but I can sometimes miss them. I won't miss a PM

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Millions of Texans are PISSED. I would imagine some serious change will be coming. It's possible everyone will forget and move on if they can delay long enough, but this really seriously wrecked a lot of people's lives, and that won't be forgotten

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Yes there is tap water, but the pipe going from the mains in to my house broke during the freeze. Today I turned the main on and filled some buckets from the broken pipe to flush my toilets. Good times, lol

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Thanks for the info!

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Yeah I'm thinking about just ordering on amazon. I had an amazon package delivered 2 days ago. It'd probably be the fastest way to get pipe hardware. The future is weird. I don't have water but I'm ordering water supplies from the other side of the nation

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weak will parish.”

Lol it's "perish". Guy goes to church I assume, he should know the difference between perish and parish.

Not surprised though. Kind of ready to move out of Texas tbh, there so much greed and short-sightedness here. It's seriously like 99% of people have no aspirations beyond how much money they want to make this year.

Anyway, glad to be back!

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Yeah I'm really glad the Texas nuclear plant that had to shut down due to frozen cooling lines, didn't meltdown.

This whole week has felt very USSR to me. Empty grocery stores, no utilities... I was seriously beginning to consider burning furniture to keep warm. But now there's so much glue and plastic in furniture it would probably be toxic

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Snow is gone, so we don't even have that anymore lol

Today I was able to turn on my mains and fill a bucket of water from the broken pipe, so that's good at least

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Thanks, it was a pain. But I was able to flush my toilets via water buckets from the broken main today, and also able to buy water at the grocery store today, so things are slowly improving

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Thanks, I appreciate it.

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Haha thanks. You know what they say, if you're getting flak, you're probably over the target

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When I'm walking to a building that requires it through the parking lot, I never ever put it on before the second I walk through the door. Then the second I leave the door I take it off. I don't get all these people wearing them in the parking lots outdoors, I think that's a bad habit that has normalized it beyond what is necessary

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To be honest, you should probably cut all the way to the main and replace it where you can with PEX

Oh can I bury PEX? Should I buy insulated PEX so when it comes out of the ground and goes in to the side of the garage, it won't freeze like this again?

Invest in an oscillating multitool.

What for?

Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I just got a temperature camera so I can see heat leaks and fix the insulation.

I also have to find 5/8" drywall for the garage, and transport it to my house, and one sheet of drywall doesn't fit in my vehicle. But that's a problem for after the plumbing is fixed, haha

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Yeah I thought about giving it a try, but I have to dig up a section of the pipe I think, as well as cut out a section of sheetrock. The sharkbites might be a good idea, thanks for that.

I had some rugs in the garage and use it as a workshop, the rugs all got all wet. But that was my only real damage thankfully. There's probably some damage inside the wall too, but I might just let it go since it's just a garage exterior wall and the drywall in there is already a mess. Also I think it only leaked for an hour or so before we shut it off, and 98% of the water didn't go in the wall, just sprayed in to the sideyard. So hopefully maybe it'll be not a big deal. Maybe I will start cutting some drywall and see where the copper meets the PVC and just take the PVC off or cut it down to a short undamaged part. Also the PVC pipe coming out of the ground from the buried mains line completely shattered so I'm not sure how far I need to cut back on the PVC pipe and dig down before it's reliable again, or should I dig up the whole pipe back to the mains connection? Seems like I have to decide a quick fix vs a good fix... might have to settle on the quick fix for now because plumbers and parts are in ridiculously high demand. I think if I could get clean ends on my PVC pipes (where it's not fractured) I could do it. I'm just not sure how far I'll have to go in each direction before the pipe isn't brittle and fractured anymore.

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Nope, you're welcome to post right away. However we do have a restriction that new users have to wait 2 weeks to create a new sub (a sub is for example /s/whatever)

Here's the full rules if you're interested, it's pretty short: https://saidit.net/s/SaidIt/comments/j1/the_saiditnet_terms_and_content_policy/

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Thanks. A little tiny bit of water damage, but it was mostly in a garage wall so hopefully repairs won't be too bad. I'm just worried about how long it's going to take... it could be weeks, because hundreds of thousands are having the exact same problem. I never before thought about repairman shortages in big cities if everyone has the exact same damage. Hopefully bottled water is more easily available soon too. I had to go borrow water from a friend because the grocery stores had none. I ended up ordering water online! lol

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Welcome! The create post buttons are in the top-right of the main front page

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Nope, if anything that was a nice vacation and I'm replenished :)

Thanks for all your wonderful content both on here and on reddit!

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Glad to see you too. The pattern of when they are around seems to be pretty random. I do notice they spend about a few hours on saidit, and then will go away for that day and come back the next day at some random time. I see this over and over, for literally 20-30 days in a row, each day burning through about 5-20 accounts, some months old, depending on how much traction they got that day. There will be a few months of this, then a month or two off. Then back on again. For 3 years now.

I have lots of various patterns to recognize them by, but I don't want to say too much about that or else they'll hide those patterns and then my job will become even more difficult. But I will say they also post garbage spam from many accounts like "Samsung router drivers" links while they do these cultural attacks. And the "Americans" comment bot will suddenly spring to life at the same time as well, sometimes itself making 3 accounts a day, like today. So it's a multi-faceted approach, using many accounts, diluting the quality in many ways simultaneously. I used to think it was just ad bots (which it is sometimes) but I've noticed lately that the volume of ad posts flares up dramatically always at the exact same days as we get cultural attacks too, so I've begun to realize they're related. Someone just wants to turn this site to a trash heap by filling it with various types of garbage and seems to be being paid to do it given their tenacity. And that troll farm probably has a list of 10-20 forums they hit and cycle through, which is why they'll hit this one heavy for a few hours, go away to another site, and then come back the next day.

I mean if you think about it, if reddit can destroy all its competition by paying a couple people $12/hr, why wouldn't they? Or if China can destroy places of free discussion by paying some random college students to poison the well of discussion and never get caught, why wouldn't they? There's lots of groups out there who could be doing this, but whoever it is, it's become pretty clear it's a very purposeful campaign. One with focus, tenacity over literally years, and a lot of developed complex strategies they cycle through like a playbook. This also implies money is involved to me.

As much as I hate it, it seems to be the most reasonable explanation given what I've seen across the last 3 years. And this exact thing is affecting a lot of forums. It's destroying and souring the culture of the internet and everyone can see it, which has non-internet cultural repercussions too. I hope those people feel ashamed about what they're doing, but I'm not sure they're capable of shame. Which is why they're such a great fit for the job of destroying human culture. If he were alive, I wonder what Aaron Swartz would say about this type of cultural attack, because it certainly is the attack style of the new decade.

Basically it seems DDOS attacks to take down websites are old hat, cultural attacks are the new way. If the culture is destroyed, and no one will go there because it's so hostile and alienating, then what use is the forum? This is so much harder to defend against than a DDOS attack. In fact I would say weakness to this style of attack may be the main reason why so many reddit alternatives have failed.

Anyway, it's true that the best strategy is still not to feed the trolls. Just report the comment or post, and PM me if you think you've spotted one. Thanks!

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Haha, glad to be back :)

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I'm sorry for your loss. It's been a rough month on top of a rough year.

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There's some talk a computer hack may have been involved. But really it's just that the regulations didn't require it. There were recommendations to fix it after a similar thing happened in 1989 and 2011, but the recommendations to winterize were not followed because there were not penalties for not doing so. That seems to be the core issue

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Thanks