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    money

    First there were physically-backed currencies, then there was a Great Depression, the affected countries switched to floated currencies, they recovered. At the very least, you have a post hoc ergo propter hoc situation, and closer investigation is required. If the link didn't work, you could have simply done an archive.org search, but I completely understand why you wouldn't want to do that. The fiscal data on countries switching away from physically-backed currencies is not supportive of your position, so why would you? https://web.archive.org/web/20150113162339/http://www.analysis.williamdoneil.com/great_depression_facts_figures.htm For whomever is interested. What data do I want? Something. Anything. YOU ARE THE ONE MAKING AN ASSERTION, IT IS UP TO YOU TO PROVIDE DATA BACKING YOUR POSITION.
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    money

    Hypocrite.
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    money

    Oh wow, it's this brok...brok...brok...brok...brok...broken record of a thread again. "We need to go back to using money with intrinsic value ASAP." You've been parroting this god damned line for years, but are still to explain why, save for some Alex Jonesian rhetoric and weak generalisations. Explain why. Pretend you're writing an assignment on why. Where's the data? Where's the predictive analysis based on historical Gold Standard economies? If the Gold Standard is the panacea you so steadfastly believe it is, then it should be trivial to find the statistics supporting the position that people and economies are better off on the Gold Standard. I don't need to explain why they aren't. History has helpfully done that for me. Departure from the Gold Standard was a reliable predictor for when contries' economise began to recover following the Great Depression. That's not speculation, that's not brainwashing by "the man", that's not fanciful thinking or philosophical rhetoric, those are the cold, hard figures. Now you are on the back foot. You have provided some nebulous bullshit about "we should" "we need" this, that and the other. That's not an argument. That's barely even a post. That's talk-show grandstanding at best. Do your research, run the numbers, find precedents for Gold Standard economies that have been successful, ever. Then, get back to us with a little more than "We need X. X is better." I suspect you won't find what you're looking for, however, and will come back to bicker semantics, point out typos, and otherwise dodge the point as always. Tell me one thing. What the fuck do you get out of this?
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    confessions

    As I said earlier: Human after all.
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    confessions

    Your loss, and yours alone. Don't worry, I'll watch some extra porn to compensate.
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    confessions

    Human after all.
  7. There's 2 parts to Arduino: the platform and the IDE. The Arduino IDE is an editor with buttons to compile Arduino language code. Arduino is a fork of the Wiring IDE and language, forked specifically to be branded/used with the Arduino platform. Wiring is a toolchain consisting of the Processing IDE, and a set of C++ includes to make readable code for AVR microcontrollers. Processing is a minimalist C++ IDE targeted at the art community, it has some C++ libraries and aliases to make code more readable to non-IT people. Effectively, teaching Arduino IS teaching C++. You can copy+paste your Arduino code into a .cc file, add some #includes at the top, and build it with plain old avrgcc. The Arduino platform is the boards like Uno, Mega, etc. They can indeed be programmed in any language that targets the Atmel AVR microcontrollers, as long as there's a toolchain that will build AVR machine code and produce the HEX file.
  8. 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.
  10. 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.
  16. 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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