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Spotify doesn't make profit from music streaming, despite having over 400M monthly active users, because it pays two-thirds of all its revenue to the rights holders.
  • 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...

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    What is your favourite Hex colour code?
  • #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

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    Thousands of private camera footages from bedrooms hacked, sold online - VnExpress International
  • 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

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    Google is so bad these days, nothing but shitty SEO results
  • 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

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    How May Mobility went fully driverless while avoiding the pitfalls of robotaxis
  • 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

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    Replacing Tesseract frontend with Voyager
  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜ข) and Mlmym

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    How to enable persistent notifications on Android 14?
  • Wait hold on - persistent notifications (where when you swipe, a settings cog icon appears) have been ripped out of A14? Everything disappears when you swipe?

    Why ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    NYC MTA sets Manhattan congestion price at $15 for most vehicles, just one MTA vote left before the first congestion pricing in North America
  • fair point that I didn't consider! my assumption would be traffic, seeing as the toll is branded as "congestion pricing" - which wouldn't really make sense for motorcycles because they make up so little of the actual cause of traffic in NYC (large motor vehicles).

    If we're talking about noise though, and how clean the engine burns fuel, motorcycles are 100% guilty as charged IMO.

    Deaths and injuries is a little muddier because there are several factors at play, fault could lie on any individual involved in the accident, or maybe even the road design itself. I don't think these would be robust enough to use as the sole basis for a toll fee

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    NYC MTA sets Manhattan congestion price at $15 for most vehicles, just one MTA vote left before the first congestion pricing in North America
  • Sounds good overall, should reduce traffic levels significantly and make people consider whether they really need to drive their car in such a compact city.

    Not sure if I agree with tolling motorcycles though, they don't take up anywhere near the same footprint as the average car

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    [Request for Recommendations] 1U-4U Uninterruptible Power Supplies
  • Dang, that thing is the bees knees!

    Would make more sense to replace just the batteries rather than the whole unit IMO. Looks like it takes standard 12v 7Ah sealed lead acid batteries, so should be doable for under $120 (if you buy them individually and use the existing battery harness)

    I have three other UPSes, but none of them are as good as yours lol:

    • APC SUA1500RM2U - was a great online rackmount unit, stopped using this a few years back because of its tendency to overcharge batteries without a charge controller ADC calibration mod. It wrecked my last battery pack bad ๐Ÿ˜ญ plan to convert it to LiFePo4 and put it back into service ๐Ÿคž
    • Zigor Ebro - cheap and cheerful line-interactive UPS for the modem, network switch and CCTV cameras. Switchover time is pretty much instantaneous, worth every cent paid and has kept my network up through many outages
    • Cyberpower UT650 - A temporary offline UPS to hold the server gear specifically until I get the APC back in service. Honestly not worth the cheap price, the switchover delay is long enough to shut off anything that's not a server PSU with massive bulk capacitors

    Edit: fix bullet list formatting

  • That iOS-like popup on Android prompting you to connect to a nearby wireless device: what is it called?

    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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    My Niagara Launcher subscription ended today... enter Kvaesitso

    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 ๐Ÿ˜ญ), 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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    Noticing lots of new users, did something happen?

    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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    Tesla 'fully open source' original Roadster design and engineering, releases R&D docs
    electrek.co Tesla 'fully open source' original Roadster design and engineering, releases R&D docs

    Tesla has made its original Roadster design and engineering โ€œfully open sourceโ€ and released R&D documents accessible to everyone. The...

    Tesla 'fully open source' original Roadster design and engineering, releases R&D docs

    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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    Got my electric cooler box working again ๐Ÿ˜

    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 ๐Ÿ˜…. 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 ๐Ÿคซ

    Spoiler

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    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 ๐Ÿคซ

    !

    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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    I switched it off for a reason!

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

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    What modes of transport do you really like?

    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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    datahoarder @lemmy.ml ๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ @lemmy.one
    Remember Seagateโ€™s Dual Actuator HDDs? Theyโ€™re Back, in SATA Form

    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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    THIS is NOT a Nintendo Switch!

    The Retro Lite CM4 is a passion project by two modders StonedEdge and Dmcke5, inspired by the Switch. This emulation handheld is based around the Raspberry Pi CM4 and RetroPie.

    While sharing a very similar look to the Switch, this thing is been built from the ground up, with a custom machined shell, PCB, and various other components. There's an optional custom dock with an integrated LCD, that can show the current game's cover art.

    Personally, I think this is absolutely impressive. Hats off to these guys!

    Picture grabbed from the GitHub, which is also linked below

    !

    https://github.com/StonedEdge/Retro-Lite-CM4

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    Astonishing Anti Repair Practices By Apple In the Last 15 Years

    A pretty comprehensive video by Hugh Jeffreys covering how Apple has been restricting repairability in their devices, even before 2012.

    P.S. Apple's iPhones may be exempt from California's R2R bill, apparently they slipped an exemption in there for "waterproof portable devices" ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    Bought my first "bench" power supply ๐Ÿ˜

    I've been in need of a bench supply for a while, up to this point I've been using little buck/boost boards with a multimeter to get the voltage I want when working on a project. The limitations of that started to show though, so I was after a more ideal solution.

    After spending a while looking at various power supplies, I happened to come across this tiny adjustable supply. After binging a bunch of videos on it, I decided it'll do, especially compared to the absolutely chonky big alternatives.

    Right out the gate, the aluminium casing feels amazing, but they could do with a bit of a stronger adhesive holding the glass screen cover in-place ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ I'm personally not too bothered by this, but it doesn't set a good first impression IMO

    !

    A few seconds after pressing the glass back into place, the opposite end of the glass popped loose. At least I now know there are screws hidden under here if I ever decide to open this in future ๐Ÿ’ญ

    !

    Aside from that, it has pretty reasonable specs for the size:

    • Dual input, either AC (mickey ears plug) or DC 7-28v (XT60)
    • 30V 10A (max output 200W on DC, max 100W on AC)
    • Minimum output 1v 500mA
    • 65W USB PD output (handy for the Pinecil I recently ordered to replace my old iron ๐Ÿ˜)
    • 200x200 IPS display
    • AC input uses GaN parts

    When watching the videos a few people complained about the absence of an XT60 to banana jack. This may have changed at some point, as one came with mine

    !

    The internal AC converter appears to supply 19V into the unit, which you can use via the XT60 connector at the rear. Not sure if intentional or not, but pretty neat nonetheless - as long as you dont accidentally leave a lipo plugged in there ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    I'm not sure if its worth the price tag ($60-120 depending on where you look) when you can get a RuiDeng clone for under $30. I mainly jumped for this because of the size, integrated AC input, and that 65W USB-C. Voltage ripple is a little concern at lower voltages where some components may not be so forgiving...

    Happy with the purchase so far though, can't wait to start using this for projects!

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    Nebula users: you can vote and comment on videos with Grayjay

    This is pretty neat IMO, and is provided by some other FUTO software called Polycentric, integrated into the grayjay app.

    These devs have really hit above their weight, considering Nebula doesn't have social features built in, and the official app can feel a bit unintuitive sometimes

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    I Spent More Than I Saved on this Refurbished Steam Deck

    Never realised that quite a few third party mods for the deck are available - such as a transparent chassis, colourful buttons, and even an aftermarket APU cooler.

    Linus pretty much pimps the heck out of the refurbished deck in this video.

    The main downsides shown (aside from the difficult chassis swap) were the aftermarket chassis joystick tolerances being a bit tight, and the new HD screen increasing system power consumption by at least 10W - while also bringing a noticeable performance penalty, with ~37 FPS on the HD screen vs 60 FPS on the standard deck screen when playing F1

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    I did a jank upgrade... from a SATA SSD to NVMe

    My old sandisk SATA ssd was starting to get really slow for some reason. The SMART data and the sandisk SSD dashboard app were saying the SSD was healthy, but its performance wasn't anywhere near what it was when brand new.

    When benchmarked, it was all over the place with looong access times:

    !

    Sooo I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade the SSD to something faster - ended up grabbing a Transcend 512GB drive, with onboard DRAM

    There were two problems though:

    • My motherboard doesn't support NVMe (at least officially)
    • My only available PCIe slot is an x1/single lane

    After researching, I realised that the single PCIe lane would still give me almost 1GB/s in real world usage - even though its far from the 3GB/s the drive is rated for, it's double the speed of SATA and it's worlds apart from my Sandisk ssd lol.

    Ordered an NVMe to PCIe adapter, and proceeded to chop up my PCIe slot to make it fit:

    PCMR NSFW

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    !

    It took a while since I don't own a dremel ๐Ÿคช

    Once that was done, I kapton taped up the exposed metal bits on the NVMe adapter, that could short on a mobo heatsink nearby.

    !

    In it goes!! (The GPU went in after the pic lol)

    !

    After re running the benchmarks, OMG the speed difference is insane, although it's limited by that single PCIe lane.

    !

    I was caught off guard by something else though. After cloning my existing install to the new NVMe SSD, it booted right up, with the original Sandisk drive gone. My BIOS does not even recognise the NVMe drive as a disk drive, and there are no settings anywhere in there for it.

    BIOS person, thank you whoever you are, you saved me needing to do more jank to get my unsupported NVMe drive working!

    I am more than happy so far with the dramatic speed increase compared to the SATA drive. I can now actually shut down my desktop when I'm not using it ๐Ÿฅฒ

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    My new ride for a month ๐Ÿ˜

    Specialized Como 2022 ๐Ÿ˜

    Mine for a month as a part of a free ebike loan scheme im my city. The new scheme replaces our old dock-based ebike scheme which went bankrupt due to constant vandalism ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    Loving the loaner bike so far, handling is pretty similar to my personal bike with the swept handlebar and rear pannier. The assist boosts me up hills with ease, and makes heavy shopping feel like nothing!

    Wish I could own one but it's out of my price range at the moment.

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    Alternatives to Tasker

    Curious what alternatives to Tasker are available for Android. Slight preference to FOSS options, but any suggestions are welcome ๐Ÿ˜

    The last time I used one of these apps was almost a decade ago on my S4, kind of missing the convenience stuff I had set up back then - like adjusting the volume/opening apps/changing ringer mode when certain devices connect and disconnect, when the charger is connected etc.

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    Making the most of the weather in a country park

    Carried a minimal setup with me to get some stuff done while making the most of the weather. Wanted a bit of a break from being indoors during the daytime, since it's not mandatory for me to go in.

    Internet access was really patchy at first, until dropping the mobile data from 4G down to HSPA which was much more stable. The heat was quite intense too, used the folding chair's bag to shield the laptop ๐Ÿ˜…

    10/10 would recommend

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    The trash took itself out

    An ad blocked itself from loading, wow lol.

    Context

    X-Frame-Options allows a website (such as the one loaded an ad box to display an ad) to tell your browser whether it can be embedded in another website

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