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sudo wrote

I asked a friend of mine who does radio engineering about this (I didn't mention anything about the leeching WiFi part, just that you wanted to pick up a WiFi signal from far away). He said it is possible to pick up a WiFi signal from far away using just a satellite dish on the receiving end, and no special equipment on the transmission end, but he's not sure if a mile is too far away (it might be pushing it, he said). He also said if the router is inside, you might have trouble picking up the signal depending on what type of wall the signal has to go through. Wood walls are ok, brick walls are troublesome, and reinforced concrete will be nigh impossible. Furthermore, according to him, you can't take any old satellite dish and use it - it would have to be a dish that is attenuated to 2.4GHz. Hopefully this helps.

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sudo wrote

It's very rare for hidden cameras to be used on customers. Most grocery stores will only have hidden cameras filming their cashiers, to catch them stealing from the tills. If you look around you and you can't see any cameras from where you are, then you're in a blind spot. Or, if you're in an aisle with a camera on one end, but no camera on the other end, you can face away from the camera and conceal something, using your body as a sort of shield, to create an artificial "blind spot". The same goes for concealing behind a low aisle. The camera might be able to see your face, but if it can't see your hands doing the concealing, then that's a blind spot. Just try to draw a straight line between where you'll be concealing and any camera - if you can't do it, then it's a blind spot.

Of course, you can still be caught even if you concealed off-camera, like if LP check the blind spot and don't find the product you concealed there. They'll know you have it, and they'll get ready to stop you at the exit, assuming you haven't already left. So try not to act suspicious, and they may not start following you on camera / in person at all.

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sudo wrote

This is a good bot idea, but the word list needs to be vetted. Some of these words were historically ableist, but aren't considered to be ableist anymore. Some others could be considered ableist when thought about in a certain way (like the word stupid), but aren't generally considered to be ableist, according to popular opinion among disabled people. I think we should limit the list to the actual slurs.

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sudo wrote

I already thought that you might not have been the creator of the infographic (in fact, that's what I thought was most likely), hence why I said "If you're just reposting this from somewhere else, don't post infographics that don't cite their sources." And I wasn't criticizing you in my first comment, I'm criticizing the infographic itself. Sorry if that wasn't clear. (But I will criticize you for sharing an infographic that doesn't cite any sources.)

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sudo wrote

Exactly. I thought your plan was to sneak into the Starbucks/Burger King and hook up a satellite dish to their router, then use that to transmit the signal over a long distance, hence my original comment about them noticing a new satellite dish on top of their building that wasn't there before.

...even though i would be able to pick it up with the array?

Are you sure you would be able to pick up the signal with your satellite dish? I'll admit that I'm not an expert on radio communications, so I might be wrong about this, but my common sense says that there is no way in hell you'll be able to pick up the signal from an off-the-shelf router from over a mile away, even with a satellite dish. It seems like the signal would be so weak by the time it reached you that it would be indistinguishable from background noise.

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sudo wrote

This isn't a meme, it's an infographic. There have been lots of infographics in the past that didn't cite their sources, and for some of them it turned out their information was wrong. As a result, lots of people will now ignore infographics unless their sources are cited, because they don't want to be misled, and they don't have the time or energy to verify the numbers on their own. If you are the creator of this infographic, then I strongly urge you to put your sources at the bottom in fine print. If you're just reposting this from somewhere else, don't post infographics that don't cite their sources. That way, you won't be responsible for spreading misinformation, in case the numbers quoted are wrong.

Also, I don't think I'm being pedantic by saying that office workers aren't typical. I know there are a lot more hourly service jobs where I live than there are office jobs. Maybe office work is "typical" work for you if you're a privileged white person, but not otherwise. Proletarians outnumber labour aristocrats.

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sudo wrote

Come to think of it why do they speak English?

Because the audience speaks English. If they spoke Xhosa all the time, the viewer would have to constantly look back-and-forth between the subtitles and the video. That would result in them missing a lot of on-screen details. I think the director's solution of having them mostly speak English, with a few splashes of Xhosa mixed in, worked pretty well. Yes, you have to suspend your disbelief that Wakandans would routinely speak in English, but I think that's better than nerfing the enjoyability of the movie.

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sudo wrote

The only people I've met who are hostile towards free as in freedom software are capitalists in the software industry. They objections are usually something like, "How will my business survive if someone makes a libre version of my app?" If their business relies on people paying them for something that could be done for free, then their business doesn't deserve to exist.

There are some other people who hate it because they think it's low quality or virus infected, but usually those people are referring to free as in beer software.

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sudo wrote

Careful, Best Buy LP will follow you into the bathroom if they see you concealing. Make damn sure you're in a blind spot before you conceal. If you can get it from a store with less aggressive LP, I would do that.