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Paying for mullvad via mailed cash

God I hope this isn’t a stupid question to ask but how exactly do I send out cash? Do i need to add a return address and won’t that defeat the purpose? I really just want to try the service for 2-3 months after that I’ll probably switch over to the amazon vouchers since I don’t want to deal with monero. I think I sent...

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How would Amazon track a voucher? It’s a physical scratch off code, sealed by Mullvad before they send it over to Amazon. More importantly, if you think that was possible why would Mullvad be unaware of it and/or lie about it? Just go with the vouchers if you want untraceability. They’re also cheaper in USD than other methods IIRC, at $29/6 months and $57/12 months.

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You probably have a higher attack surface from the gremlins in your walls. OTOH, Amazon knowing that you use Mullvad is a tangible downside, as they will probably use that to stick you in a marketing group or something. Monero is still an easy solution with the ~same cost if you’re concerned about that.

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I knew there was something wrong when my pirated copies of these games suddenly started vanishing from my hard drive! Curse you, DRM!

~ What the execs think will happen, I guess? What is the point of applying DRM to a game that has already released?

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Possibly, though I suspect that releasing your new DRM early is a good way to have it broken by the time you actually want to protect something with it.

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I haven’t read this series yet but it’s on my TBR. Is there some kind of actual justification for the price of these books? The combined total word count of all the books is ~350k, which is 50k words shorter than a few books I’ve recently read that cost $7-8 each. Meanwhile the entire Murderbot series costs $76 to purchase, most of them being 30k words for $12.

I’m lethargic on both getting around to reading it and not letting those hefty prices color my opinion if I were to read it, so I’m not sure if I ever will.

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You can export your Amazon library at the current moment, as long as the books aren’t published (or maybe purchased?) after 2023.

I did this for a friend recently and my steps were:

  1. Started a Windows VM (if you’re not using Windows)
  2. Install Kindle for PC app, latest version
  3. Log in and download every book (I didn’t know how to do this in bulk so I literally right click -> downloaded every book)
  4. Install Calibre on the same PC (I think this is necessary so it can access the Kindle encryption keys?)
  5. Install a plugin by navigating to Preferences -> Plugins -> Get new plugins: KFX Input plugin
  6. Install a plugin by navigating to Preferences -> Plugins -> Load plugin from file, using DeDRM 10.0.9’s "DeDRM_tools_10.0.9.zip"
  7. Restart Calibre
  8. At the top of Calibre, right click “Add books” and pick "Add from folder and sub-folders"
  9. Navigate to your documents and pick “My Kindle Content”, then select “Yes” to "All ebook files are multiple formats etc"
  10. Wait for it all to import
  11. Select all books, then right click “Remove books” at the top and pick "Remove files of a specific format from selected books"
  12. Pick “MD” and click "OK"
  13. With all books selected, click “Edit metadata” at the top
  14. Pick “Set metadata (except cover) from the e-book files”, then click OK
  15. Done, sort of. The DRM should all be broken, and you can convert the books to EPUB or whatever format using Calibre from this point forward, even if Amazon breaks this method in the future.
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I just look through e621 for silly stuff. I’m not really involved in the furry community and don’t follow anyone specifically, so it’s probably of varying levels of freshness.

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Alternatively, is your fursona sufficiently well-designed to avoid instant biological problems? Most foxes are missing their internal organs for example. As for fur, people with pets can attest that your cooking is going to have fur in it and that’s just the way it’s going to be.

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I think The Algorithm is influencing me to get my own jester.

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I feel piracy for demo purposes is fully justified if you buy it after you like it. People always say vote with your wallet but it’s more like gambling with your wallet if you don’t get to see and touch the product before you make the purchase. Giving proper demos should be more common with digital media.

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Vote with your wallet regards any sort of purchase. By giving money to someone you are giving them the most encouragement possible to continue doing what they’re doing. If you purchase something that you end up not liking, they will still receive your initial vote loud and clear. The gaming industry especially has shown us that companies will happily take both the money and the negative review and say ‘thank you’.

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