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Another good solution for tangles like this is taking warm oil and trying to run a comb through it. Helps break up tangles and stuff for anyone else having issues! Glad little girl is doing better!


I said this in another comment but these things are absolutely pervasive and I can’t stand it. And lots of it isn’t even in person. At least make someone go to a physical place to gamble away their money.

Speaking of that second point, how are legalization efforts in Ohio?



So it seems like it was ProtonMail that handed over the information and not their VPN service. Just for clarification.

Technically speaking, if the people really wanted to remain fully anonymous they could’ve used a VPN to login to their email and the information could’ve then pointed to a VPN service which would have to comply with the authorities. Not sure how much they have to comply with Swiss orders in those regards but it seems like this is unfortunate but not fully on Proton imo.


Care to share why those are terrible? Because from what I’ve seen Proton and Mullvad are pretty reputable.

I agree NordVPN isn’t a good one, they have had a bad rep for breaches in the past and tbh that site used to be more credible a year or two ago before they reformatted and inserted all the ads in there.

Maybe share actual reputable VPNs then than talking down?


If you do solid research on it, it shouldn’t be a huge concern. Considering all my charges for my VPN are processed through Gibraltar and they post third-party audits on data retention and clarify what is logged, then I’d trust mine.

This is a decent list from a trustworthy website, although the one I use isn’t on there.




This is great! Love having something I can send people when trying to introduce them other than me trying to explain it.


Sorry, but how is this an example of Dems feeling the results of their own actions?


lol wow such a silly thing and makes total sense as to why insta is fighting them on it then. Companies will fight tooth and nail over their particular “branding” of tech/products that basically everyone has.



Wish they would explain in the first post as to what legal actions have been taken against them because I am curious what grounds they would have for that (also kinda weird to have a request for donations in the same message without any further explanation).

Love the alternatives and think that Insta is grasping at straws, but hope we can get more info as stuff moves along and these fedi services get the support they need to withstand bullshit legal actions that grind down smaller operations.


Hey everyone! If you participate in Folding@Home, I just set up a team for this Lemmy instance if you’d like to join!
If you're not familiar with it, Folding@Home utilizes excess processing power in your computer to help solve protein folding calculations spread through a large network of people doing this. [Here is the URL for the team](https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/1064112) The team ID I set up is 1064112. Extremely simple to set up and join and start making a difference in the world without having to do a single thing basically! If you would like to have our team contribute to any specific cause, let me know so I can have our team defaulted to that. Happy folding!

I also think a big portion of it is riding the popularity wave while you can and getting your name tossed in the bowl while it is going on is a good look.

Seems more like people trying to capitalize on the bull run before it is not as lucrative to an outside investor.



You know they dump logs because like I said they employ third-party contractors to come in and perform security audits that validate their privacy policy, which if you do proper research should include dumping of logs, or only minimal data retention (like how mine only required an email address) along with dumping. So you can confirm it, I guess you can still be weary of that if you’d like but it is in their best interest to make sure you are actually safe, otherwise that is a hit on their reputation.

As for what happened after receiving a DMCA, they tell you that you have so many strikes on your account and that if you violate that a certain amount of times within a time period, then they will terminate your service. The ISP is not the person who would be pursuing you, their only liability is that you don’t do illegal things on their network.

But again, all these steps beyond just a VPN are to ensure there is as little identifying information as possible so they can’t track you down. Unless you are a literal Scene person who is doing the actual dumping and uploading of content, no one is out here watching you unless you leave easily identifiable information public while torrenting, at least this has been my experience after torrenting probably 100s of TBs of data both via seeding and leeching.


Ah lol my bad, unfortunately I have also been looking for this but the only direction I’ve ever seen is that large financial insititutions are really only in work with the big guys and there isn’t much on the open source or alternative front besides Google and Apple.


Are you just looking for a place to install apps?

Aurora Store is an open source alternative store front for Google Play. It anonimizes info using dummy Google accounts so that way you have some anonimity when acquiring apps.

Another alternative would be F-Droid which is a FOSS app store. From there you are opened up to a lot of open source apps you wouldn’t normally find.

You can also go to any site that hosts APKs (since that is all that is happening when you install an app, you’re installing the APK file), but those are kinda sketchy sometimes and no real way to confirm stuff. Or you can go to whatever Git repo that the app has maybe like GitHub and see the “releases” section.

Hope that helps!


Sorry but this just isn’t really correct and assumes the ISP puts in a lot of work to track people down.

They are not the ones enforcing DMCAs from illegal content. That is performed by cybersecurity companies that crawl through IPs in seed swarms and then report that automatically to the ISP if it registered within their IP range. This is a page from one of those companies advertising this service. You can see the report that Comcast gives out and it sites who reported the violation.

Also, yes a lot of VPNs do actually remove logs. Can’t report to authorities what you do not have, although some areas do have retention logs which is why you should be using a VPN service that hosts a server in a country that doesn’t care about that (I point mine to Canada depending on ping and that works for me). Lots of VPN services have third-party audits to confirm their privacy statements, and I utilize one that has no information on me besides the email I signed up with (and could use cash/crypto payments if I would like for extra anonymity).

Also, there are sites that check for IP leaks like this one which can confirm you are showing only the VPN IP address. As for the port issue, they also allow for port forwarding on a lot of VPN servers so you don’t need to be utilizing any ports directly to your connection, only to the server and then gets forwarded to a WireGuard port to finalize the connection.

I have torrented absolutely astounding amounts of data with my VPN active and have had zero issues. Then, the moment I accidentally disable the VPN for one reason or another and keep my torrents active, I received a DMCA for two torrents I was running at nearly the exact time I disabled my VPN connection.


To add to what the other person said, if you are not using your own IP (as in a VPN), then that isn’t much of a concern as long as the connection between you and your VPN server is properly secured and encrypted.


It almost sounds like you are looking for torrents related to privacy and security that you want to seed? Same as the other user I don’t fully understand your question.

If you are just looking for general safety and privacy advice for torrenting, this is a good reddit post that highlights some of the more essential things. @Kajika also hits on a lot of good stuff that is referenced in the reddit post.

Most importantly is just to do thorough research yourself and make sure you understand. Just following steps and crossing your fingers is likely not the best solution if you are actually concerned.







Love me some Manchester United when they’re not sucking horribly, and also have been a lifelong fan of the Chicago Fire!


Share your favorite team(s)!
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Show some love to your teams and introduce yourself by sharing in this thread!


Anyone care for outdoor cats?
I see lots of cats outside in my neighborhood and I try to care for them when I can. Especially right now since it is winter, anyone want to drop some tips for caring for neigborhood cats? One of mine is lots of cats die of dehydration in the winter since any water source is frozen. If you leave water out for them, you can always put hand warmers underneath the bowl so it will keep it heated and stop it from freezing hopefully giving the little guys time to enjoy. [This is a great article ](https://alleycatadvocates.org/communitycat-care-center/creating-winter-shelters/) on making DIY cat shelters that we use during the winter time and they get great use out of it!


You’d think with all the money they get from lobbying and fundraising they could just pay one competent person with a gun to write their legislation properly. People sell their souls against what they love all the time for a huge wad of cash lol


Is it just me, or does the change in the clarifications for this just seem like common sense and something they should have been addressing the first time around if they actually understood the gun industry?


I think the main issue is stopping at the trigger word of “progressive”, because the word itself has been warped into a lot of different meanings now. Progressive in terms of what?

So I agree with you, but think it is also a bit of responsibility on everyone to ask the questions beyond the tagline of “progressive”. Which will then lead into your last statement. With those questions you can truly see if they are moving towards the left with workers’ rights, or if it is just more of the old government machine churning and getting nowhere in the guise of helping everyone that supports it.


Valid, plus they make a valid point in the article that they are teaming up with Seminole Tribe partners so money will likely be getting funneled out of the state.


How do you all feel about this? In Illinois, gaming has exploded both in person and online and I honestly don’t like it in regards to how pervasive it is.


I mean… it says it in the quote right there. “comparatively progressive”. Which is somewhat true comparing to the previous administration.

Although it is good to see the momentum shifting in the country. Even if Biden has been not truthful about his “laborer’s rights” stance he ran on, we can see that this sentiment is obviously flourishing in the country at its highest rates in over fifty years. Hopefully spells good news for workers as we continue further and that workers’ rights can stop becoming a left vs. right issue as we go into future elections.




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He is the most skiddish of all my little ones but he looks so majestic and can be so sweet when he is finally calm! Love black cats, they need the most love too since they are usually the most overlooked cats.





Love this! I find myself doing this a lot as well but usually just searching for pages like yours.

Small feedback, I think it may be useful to have a full recap of the commands listed again at the end so they aren’t scattered throughout the page only but otherwise I think this was a great read!



I would also love to check out the new PineTab since the first one was tempting but at this point seems a little dated.

I hopped on the new PineBuds as soon as they released, and we all know the shipping costs for Pine products is a bitch so I obviously had to get a second PineTime watch to make it worth it :)

Want to say the PineBuds are amazing! In-box eartips are a bit questionable with how round they are but they perform amazing and the ANC as well as passthrough mode are both impressive for only $70!


Amazing place up in Wicker Park, operates more like a cafe than a dispensary and has the coolest workers! Prices aren't terrible either and all include taxes plus they hand out crazy amounts of free samples so if you go in for a 100mg slushie you can guarantee you'll likely end up with an extra 5-10mg!

Just want to inform people of some new /c/ I created today
Gaming - https://midwest.social/c/gaming USA News/Politics - https://midwest.social/c/usa Soccer - https://midwest.social/c/soccer Not sure if this is how official Lemmy structure is supposed to be, but figured we could have dupe /c/ of these comms on our instance. They can x-post from other instances if needed but also can give a more specific insight into these topics that would tailor more to people in midwest.social.

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Was pretty impressed with Pokeon Legends: Arceus, but would have to say Metroid: Dread really won me over this year. So much fun and glad they brought the series back. Also got a chance to play Sekiro this year but never ended up finishing it sadly but was super impressed.

Currently have Elden Ring on my Steam wishlist which I plan to buy before the end of the year! As always, Titanfall|2 was fun even on its 6th year and basically no support (thank god for the Northstar client).

Halo was my biggest disappointment this year :( love Halo so much as a series and they basically just made me want to not pick it up again. I played it for a while but game is so stale. I haven’t seen it yet since the large winter update that introduced Forge finally though.


Best game of 2022?
So what was your favorite game of this year? Which one did you anticipate the most and did it live up to your expectations?
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Hopefully more USA news from people familiar with it
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Saw the !usa@lemmy.ml comm and has a... suspicious amount of negative articles and specific people who submit things and stuff. Just want to get some actual news up in a /c/ that Americans can refer to if they would like.

Can you try to post the title of the article when posting these? Sucks to get someone’s opinion for the title only to have to click on it to then find the actual title.




Where do Chicago’s bats hang out? WBEZ’s Curious City interactive bat tour
Interesting to see how in even the most urban of areas, animals still find a way to live and also highlights what parts of our developing areas we should protect and monitor.

Where do Chicago’s bats hang out? WBEZ’s Curious City interactive bat tour
Very interesting info as well as a nicely done, interactive infographic!

I can kick things off, I have been playing a lot of Pokemon lately in a nostalgia kick. I have a modded Switch so I run emulators on it to get all the classic games on a larger screen. I also just got some sweet Steam cards I am looking to spend on the Winter Sale so if you have any suggestions let me know!

I also have an Xbox Series X, modded PS4, and a PC which is what I spend most of my time on.

If anyone is looking to play something with feel free to reach out! I also have a discord I can share to chat on as well.


Welcome to Gaming@midwest.social!
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If you love playing games of any kind, then this is the place for you! Share which games you have been playing, look for a partner for that game you can't beat, or just share your general accomplishments.

Chicago New Years: Things to Do and Where to Celebrate
If anyone decides to do one of these, let us know which one sounds good!



Love seeing stuff like this. Winters in the midwest are so iconic and it is so cool to see that no matter how much we progress and change, everyone still loves getting bundled up and sliding down a massive hill.


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I also have dogs!

lol but I guess some people are just grouchy.

Maybe one day soon I will toss my cats up here as well. I have 6


Context button directs to 404
Not sure if this is something based on my browser (FF 107.0.1) or an issue from the actual button itself, but when I am hitting the context button from a notification it just sends me to a 404 page.

Found this thread of yours, did some looking and thought this may be helpful for looking into the issue further if you can’t gather anything more from htop (I’m assuming that’s what you were using to generate the process info).

Also found this thread that seems very similar to this issue and also points to that first resource’s contents as being a good tool to finding the root cause.

Let me know if you find anything further!


Try installing an old version from the versions dropdown in F-Droid and see if the behavior still persists. If anything, this is a temporary solution at least.

As another user said, does the crash generate any reports that you can send along to devs? May be useful to get some actual data out there for them to look at if it is a genuine issue.



Love the stuff this place does for families.

Which version? What are you running? What is the start up page for your app?

I am running 0.0.22 on Pixel 5 Anroid 13 with no issues from F-Droid.


Darn dog lovers lol


This is in relation to the Chicago /c/? If so, may still be posting some things that can be seen as political but mostly to keep people informed.

An example would be something like the Chuy Garcia post of mine, since the FTX scandal was pretty large and it is interesting to know that it is tied back to our city somehow.

But feel free to post any content you would like as well!


Absolutely! Anything is better than nothing, and options are always nice when it comes to these types of things


Sorry, didn’t mean to make it sound like I want deflation. I just want better purchasing power to workers that will accomodate the increased cost of goods which I don’t see reversing in the long term because of the “techinically” strong market.

But a side-note on the end of your comment, we sort of want people to stop circulating money. That’s why there are layoffs and that’s why it is an issue that people are continuing to buy things in the service industry especially (although it doesn’t help that the cost of necessary goods are still extremely high), especially with unemployment as low as it is. Granted this is all through the lens of the American economy for me and my super basic understanding of things lol




Saw the other post and thought of what else is the most midwestern thing someone would make a skit about... Turns out the exact same people did it lol
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Just want to wish everyone happy holidays and to also stay safe out there
With this server being geared towards people from the Midwest, we all realize how bitterly cold it has been this past day or two. Want to wish everyone a good weekend and also that everyone is safe and warm! Please keep in mind those who don't have warm shelter to stay in and try to help those less fortunate if possible.

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So I have been away for a while but I came back and see there are new subs. Would love to upload more and make it more geared towards what people would like to hear about the city. Do you want politics? Economics? General news? Let me know any thoughts you have so I can try to find content more suited to what you'd like to see.
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