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  1. No more children means no more pool fencing. I'm down with this.
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    I quit Facebook

    Companies can't censor people. Only governments can do that. Facebook is not a government. Facebook is a service that you can use provided you follow the terms set forth. If you break those terms, Facebook are perfectly entitled to kick you out. They're not telling you you're not allowed to say "X", just that you should go say "X" somewhere else. People like Alex Jones are understandably bitter that Facebook won't let him use their platform, because it means they're forced on to less-trafficked sites like this gab.ai thing, and they're less able to reach people that aren't already drinking the kool-aid. Having the right to freedom of speech doesn't intrinsically give you the right to an audience, a point of hindrance to people like Alex Jones, for whom ears equal dollars.
  3. Look at your statement: "All abortion is murder and should be treated under law the same as any other murder." There are defensible positions for a person charged with murder, such as those in s418 of the Crimes Act 1900: "(1) A person is not criminally responsible for an offence if the person carries out the conduct constituting the offence in self-defence. (2) A person carries out conduct in self-defence if and only if the person believes the conduct is necessary: (a) to defend himself or herself or another person or..." There are also laws that provide for situations where taking a single life is necessary to prevent further loss of life, e.g. a police officer shooting a criminal that was pointing a gun at someone. Crimes Act 1949 s3ZC: "(2) Without limiting the operation of subsection (1), a constable must not, in the course of arresting a person for an offence: (a) do anything that is likely to cause the death of, or grievous bodily harm to, the person unless the constable believes on reasonable grounds that doing that thing is necessary to protect life or to prevent serious injury to another person (including the constable);" So even if "All abortion is murder and should be treated under law the same as any other murder", they're still going to take place, and somehow I doubt that's what you have in your head when you and your ilk spout rhetoric like "abortion is murder". Nobody will change your mind, thankfully we don't have to, because as lacking in character as our lawmakers are, most of them are willing to accept realities they don't like when push comes to shove. Edit: Predicted incoming question: In Crimes Act 1949 s3ZC(2)(a), how does an abortion "protect life" or "prevent serious injury to another person"? Answer: People die in childbirth. In cases where a doctor identifies that carrying the embryo to term is likely to kill or seriously injure the mother, the abortion either protects her life, or prevents serious injury to her. The abortion provides that 1 person dies instead of 2.
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    BASTARD CHILD Member Since 10 Sep 2008

    Rest in peace, fella. Shoop all the heavenly whoops.
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    Help! The Best Youtube video editing software

    If you happen to own a Mac, then the included iMovie is utterly brilliant. The popular channel Techmoan is edited in iMovie, for instance. It's pretty darn good.
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    don't want to make you paranoid, but...

    Film in general is pretty awesome. Kodachrome-64 colour slide film is estimated to yield something like 50MP of resolution, and archival microfilm goes well beyond that.
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    An FYI for any Glasses Wearers

    OK, that all lines up with what I understood. For some reason I was just thinking "Best" and not "Best price:performance for this particular application".
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    An FYI for any Glasses Wearers

    Curious. If the CA characteristics of resin are so good, why do camera lenses use exotic mineral glasses like fluorite? Gotta be missing something here.
  9. Been hacking away at this issue for a few days, and I think it's in a state where I'm happy with it, but just wanted to pick y'all's brains to see if I've missed anything. I run a website with a facility for users to upload files: http://www.vogonsdrivers.com I have ProFTPd configured as an SFTP server, and using mod_sql for authentication. When a user logged in to the website clicks a "Get FTP login" button, a row is inserted to (or updated in) ProFTPd's users table, and the user can log in to SFTP with the generated credentials. These credentials expire after 12 hours. The trouble I was having was that since SFTP looks like an SSH service, I'm getting hundreds if not thousands of attempted connections a day trying credentials like "root" "www-data" "admin" "staff" etc etc. I have configured fail2ban on the machine, such that repeated unsuccessful auth attempts will render the client's IP blocked. I also keep the VM up to date with a daily "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade". Is there anything else you guys can think of?
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    I see what you're saying, but I've never been much of a believer in security-through-obscurity. Given that the site is mentioned a lot in vintage computing circles, and now ranks highly in searches for old drivers, I'm not surprised at all that it's a target for more than just the most casual script kiddies.
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    In my mind, a better host discovery method would be a SYN sweep on port 80 or similar, to find hosts offering at least one public-facing service, since ICMP blocking seems to be common practice. Time will tell I suppose!
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    I'll keep that in mind if ICMP traffic becomes a problem. However I've discovered that you can indeed just drop ICMP echo, while still responding correctly to other types: iptables -A INPUT -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j DROP
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    Pretty much. Being a public-facing site, I don't want it to be misbehaving in funny ways because I tried to do something spec-breaking.
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    Ping, specifically, probably none. But ICMP is used for other things (see the link I posted in the previous post), and I don't know if iptables lets you just drop one type of ICMP packet?
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    The GeForce Partner Program

    There's a bit of a difference between re-purposing stocks of old printed material for a new port by attaching a sticker, and deliberately trying to undermine a branding partner.
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    The GeForce Partner Program

    That might be a stretch. What you're describing would just be confusing at best, deceptive at worst.
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    As a non social media user - Mansplaining

    The phenomenon is real, and hardly a new thing. Dumbing down an explanation with no real sign that you should need to, but a judgement on their gender, age, race, etc. It's just a form of sexism/racism/etc. The name of this phenomenon is the only thing that's new or contentious, really. Calling is "mansplaining" is a product of this SJW nonsense.
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    Tips for securing public-facing SFTP?

    I toyed with these ideas, but ultimately the target audience is very geographically diverse, including Russia, China, and the other usual suspects. Some (but not all) are also "modern tech savvy" and use VPNs, so blacklisting them would get messy. I had thought of blocking pings, though there are sound technical reasons not to. I may consider it if the volume ramps up. Since implementing fail2ban, the frequency has dropped from several attempts per second, to one every few minutes, which I'm happy with for now. Some are, others not so much, it complicates something that's already not super straightforward. Another change I've just made is to shorten the "AuthOrder" directive on ProFTPd, so it no longer falls back to /etc/passwd if a user isn't found in the database. The immediate effect is that instead of "USER ROOT" returning "incorrect password", it now returns "no such user found", which would probably discourage bots/scripts from trying the same user again. The proftpd-root filter bans IPs that try to login with "root" immediately, other usernames get 3 attempts (because legit users typing their password wrong still trip this rule).
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    Maximum PC recommends XBOne X over a PC

    For sure. I just meant to point out that the risk with Kickstarter is that you get nothing. Granted there is some recourse now for campaigns that don't deliver; there wasn't back then. Early access means there's a product already, however incomplete and broken it might be.
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    Maximum PC recommends XBOne X over a PC

    The entire "early access" and pre-order thing is deviant. Early access doesn't even have the notional safety of a kickstarter project. Now now, at least with early access you usually get SOMETHING. I backed Two Guys from Andromeda on Kickstarter... just after I backed Double Fine Adventure. Still waiting for the former.
  21. https://www.humblebundle.com/software/magix-sounds-of-music-software $20 (US I assume) for Acid Pro 7 alone is a steal, never mind all the other cool shit at the lower tiers.
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    Bitcoin trading.....

    ...in which case it wouldn't have mattered if you'd used cash (in lieu of buttcoins) in the first place. So I re-iterate, if the point of buttcoins is not simply as an alternative store of value, then what is the point? Even if you personally only use them for barter, somewhere along the line, somebody is going to need to exchange them for fiat to pay tax. Without the ability to do that, they are pointless. You might as well just use cash. People mining buttcoins are simply making a long-winded conversion of fiat to butts, vicariously through their power bill (or by stealing someone else's power).
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    Bitcoin trading.....

    ...and if obtaining shells and restoring them becomes more than a hobby, and flipping cars becomes a primary source of income, you now need to record-keep that flow of value. Buying a case of beer to trade for a shell becomes a business expense, you get a GST credit for it. Putting in the work and selling it for a profit attracts business tax. Wages paid to yourself attract income tax. To be legal, it's all accounted for. Substituting beers and shells for butttcoins is immaterial. Substituting dollars for buttcoins just makes your recordkeeping harder.
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    Bitcoin trading.....

    This isn't new. It's called barter. Before buttcoins I might have offered you some of my SNES collection in exchange. Or to help fix your car. Or some of the mangoes from my orchard that I spend time tending to. Consider: You mine buttcoins and trade buttcoins for a Ferrari, but then you fall on hard times and have to sell your Ferrari to pay your rates, water, and child support. This person reported no income but had a Ferrari to sell. Hello audit. Hence, bitcoins are treated as non-liquid assets. No different to hoarding gold bricks. "We" can make a new currency, but eventually you, or somebody, needs to liquidate it.
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    Bitcoin trading.....

    If that's not the point, then what IS the point? You can't buy stuff without turning your butts into real dollars at some point. Whether you do that at Magic The Gathering Online eXchange, or your vendor does it through BitPay or similar, you're making a payment. If you're burning through electricity and computer parts with no view to ever "spend" your butts, then why do it in the first place?
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