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PSA: Do not talk to journalists about diy!
  • DIY HRT is a trans-beneficial concept. The Guardian tends to have an anti-trans agenda. It is assumed that they would not be investigating to paint DIY HRT in a positive light, but to investigate in bad faith so they may push it to the forefront of national/worldwide conversation as in "look at the new evil the trans mafia are pushing on our children!"

  • PSA: Do not talk to journalists about diy!
  • Nice try, Guardian journo! 🤣

    (DIY is Do-It-Yourself. HRT is Hormone Replacement Therapy. DIY HRT is doing HRT on your own, without professional assistance, in situations where HRT may be otherwise difficult or illegal to obtain because of age, family, or local politics)

  • WTF is up with switches?
  • Switches are Layer-2 devices (data link layer). They operate on FRAMES and use MAC addresses to send data around between devices on the SAME NETWORK.

    Routers are Layer-3 devices (network layer). They operate on PACKETS (which is basically a wrapper around FRAMES) and IP addresses to send traffic between DIFFERENT NETWORKS.

    Switches may have some smart capabilities, such as creating separate logical networks (VLANs), or providing power to PoE devices, or prioritizing layer-2 traffic within a lan (CoS - class of service) and they do all the "heavy lifting" of slinging frames around to the right device on your LAN.

    Routers tend to do all the "heavy lifting" of routing packets BETWEEN NETWORKS. They sit at the perimeter of networks (between your LAN and the internet, for example, or between your LAN and another DMZ LAN in your house, or maybe a GUEST LAN). They are often paired with firewall features to inspect the traffic and only allow certain types of traffic through one direction or the other, or they may simply route packets. They can also prioritize layer-3 traffic (QoS - quality of service).

    A lot of things can get really confusing between the two because many routers have built-in switches, so they do some layer-2 stuff. And more expensive switches can even have some routing features to allow traffic to hop from one VLAN to another without going all the way out to a router (called layer-3 switches, though you typically don't see these in homes outside the computer enthusiast community -- they're more of an enterprise thing).

    I think the reason you don't see OpenWRT or OPNSense for switches is because simple networks don't need the advanced switching capabilities that such a product would provide, and highly complex networks often need the speed of hardware-based switching and don't want to slow it down with a software layer.

  • Me irl
  • I can't dispute that. I'm not a Word person. I live in Excel and often have half a dozen people working in the same file without issue, but that's much more logically structured than a Word document. Google's team sites are also disjointed and janky af compared to Sharepoint.

  • Me irl
  • Microsoft's O365 stack and Teams aren't great, my friend, but they're light years ahead of anything Google and Slack offer. Especially when any sort of collaboration is involved.

  • How do you Lemmings like your tea?
  • 2 decaf and 1 caf Lipton bag in a pot of boiling water, let it steep for 10 minutes or so, then pour the lot over ice into a gallon pitcher and fill it up the rest of the way with cold water. I then pour it into a glass of ice and drink about half a gallon a day.

  • Open Source Collective Is Disabling Contributions in Cryptocurrencies
  • I'm not making the claim that it is. Open Source Collective had an account shut down because they received a crypto donation from a sanctioned country. They decided to stop accepting crypto because of that incident. OP has made the claim that XMR has already solved all the problems they describe. I question that claim.

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