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  1. Comment on I need a good text editor on Windows 10 in ~comp

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    Before VS Code I used to use Geany and it was pretty good. It doesn't have a Dracula theme but you can pick one of the existing themes as a base and replace the colors with those from the Dracula...

    Before VS Code I used to use Geany and it was pretty good. It doesn't have a Dracula theme but you can pick one of the existing themes as a base and replace the colors with those from the Dracula color palette. It isn't as powerful as VS Code, don't expect something like Intellisense, it's more similar to Notepad++.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What do you Tildians think of Atom? in ~comp

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    I had exactly the same experience with Atom and ended up using VSCode, thanks so much for recommending VSCodium, I didn't know about it.

    I had exactly the same experience with Atom and ended up using VSCode, thanks so much for recommending VSCodium, I didn't know about it.

    16 votes
  3. Comment on An introduction to privacy and security - Part III in ~life

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    For the less technically inclined or those who don't have a Raspberry Pi or spare Linux installation I'd recommend AdGuard Home (pre-compiled binaries), you can install it as a service and run it...

    For the less technically inclined or those who don't have a Raspberry Pi or spare Linux installation I'd recommend AdGuard Home (pre-compiled binaries), you can install it as a service and run it on the same computer you want to block ads. It can also optionally connect to upstream servers using DNS over HTTPS or TLS for improved security and privacy.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on How secure and private is Firefox? in ~tech

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    Thanks, I should have spent a little more time doing my research. I'll amend my reply.

    Thanks, I should have spent a little more time doing my research. I'll amend my reply.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on How secure and private is Firefox? in ~tech

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    I don't much time to argue against the high levels of stupidity in those neocities pages so sorry for the incomplete reply. Against this one: https://spyware.neocities.org/articles/firefox.html...

    I don't much time to argue against the high levels of stupidity in those neocities pages so sorry for the incomplete reply.

    Against this one: https://spyware.neocities.org/articles/firefox.html

    • Phoning home: detectportal.firefox.com is Firefox's way to detect whether you are behind a captive portal a. There's nothing shady going on there, you can disable that service in about:config, set the preference network.captive-portal-service.enabled to false. This is not actually "phoning home" in the way it is uploading your personal data to Mozilla's servers, this is only used to detect captive portals (for example when you connect on an airport or airplane or free Wi-Fi zone and you first have to enter a username/password to be able to browse the web)
    • Automatic connections to some websites you've visited, including their trackers: this is done by the website, not by Firefox and recent Firefox versions come with built-in content blocking that can help you stop websites from doing so (go to about:preferences#privacy in Firefox). The issue the author has when opening a new tab is most likely when Firefox updates its new tab tiles (the tiny website screenshots/logos you see on the new tab page), that can be disabled by setting homepage, new window and new tab pages to blank in about:preferences#home and unchecking all boxes except web search under the Firefox Home Content title (uncheck top sites, recommended by pocket, highlights and snippets).
    • Safe Browsing: the author is right about this one and explained how it can be disabled, but disabling it is like disabling your anti-virus because it uses cloud protection. Here you have to choose between security and privacy unfortunately See @whisper's reply, I was wrong here and Firefox's implementation is privacy friendly
    • Health report and telemetry: you can see what data is being sent in the about:crashes and about:telemetry pages, if you don't want to help Mozilla fix potential bugs in your system and configuration you can disable those things in the GUI as the author explains
    • Anti-privacy search engines by default: pure paranoia, most people actually want Google as default and for those who don't Firefox offers DuckDuckGo preinstalled
    • Pocket: if you don't use it then nothing is sent to Mozilla, it's as simple as that
    • Automatic updates: more paranoia, do you want to be vulnerable to the latest exploits because you forgot to manually check for updates? Also you can configure how it works (disabled, check but let you decide, fully automatic)
    • The rest: for snippets "phoning home" see above (snippets are the little text messages that appear at the bottom of the new tab page), the rest of the things can be disabled through the GUI or about:config.

    If you are still paranoid you can use ghacks user.js and disable pretty much everything.

    Is it actually spyware? Not really, Firefox asks you whether you want to enable telemetry and other kind of data collection when you install it, they are very transparent about it and don't do it in the background without letting you know. This is not the definition of spyware. I'm sorry I don't have time for the rest of the articles, I recommend you to do your own research before trusting a random neocities or reddit comment you found.

    47 votes
  6. Comment on A JavaScript-Free Frontend in ~comp

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    The label+checkbox trick works even in older IE versions (I tested it in IE 8 a few years ago), it's pretty safe to use even thought it's an ugly hack.

    The label+checkbox trick works even in older IE versions (I tested it in IE 8 a few years ago), it's pretty safe to use even thought it's an ugly hack.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    I saw it mentioned on reddit, I read that it was being created by Deimos, that sounded good to me so I emailed him asking for an invite.

    I saw it mentioned on reddit, I read that it was being created by Deimos, that sounded good to me so I emailed him asking for an invite.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes folks, are you learning another language or multilingual? in ~talk

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    Yes, I'm currently learning French (still a long way to go) and Catalan (started recently). I'm also trying to improve my listening and speaking skills in English. I'm not very good at teaching...

    Yes, I'm currently learning French (still a long way to go) and Catalan (started recently). I'm also trying to improve my listening and speaking skills in English. I'm not very good at teaching but if anyone needs help with or just wants to chat in Spanish they can message me (I won't reply immediately, I don't login every day, but I'll eventually reply).

    3 votes
  9. Comment on CVE-2019-5736: runc container breakout (all versions) in ~comp

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    I labeled it offtopic but I noticed there's no UI feedback after clicking the label. The only way to know it worked is to click "Label" and see if has an outline.

    I labeled it offtopic but I noticed there's no UI feedback after clicking the label. The only way to know it worked is to click "Label" and see if has an outline.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Vulnerability in Android allows remote code execution by viewing a malicious PNG image in ~tech

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    Are Android versions < 7 affected by this? I only see mentions of 7 and above.

    Are Android versions < 7 affected by this? I only see mentions of 7 and above.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Finally, A Personality Quiz Backed By Science in ~misc

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    It depends on what you call the scientific community, when saying science most people assume hard sciences. The scientific community that backs up this test is the soft science part (psychologists).

    I can't discredit the Big Five method as it seems to be backed up by the scientific community.

    It depends on what you call the scientific community, when saying science most people assume hard sciences. The scientific community that backs up this test is the soft science part (psychologists).

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Why does apt not use https? in ~comp

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    I've read that many times and his point about privacy still does not make any sense to me. He presents a theoretical attack to which no known exploit exists and that would only work if you either...

    I've read that many times and his point about privacy still does not make any sense to me. He presents a theoretical attack to which no known exploit exists and that would only work if you either download a single package as update (very unlikely) and the package has a significant size difference in comparison to every other package in the repository. With keep alive or, better yet, HTTP/2 his attack goes from very unlikely to impossible. Also without HTTPS the supposed attacker will know exactly what versions you are installing and that will help him easily choose his exploits. His point about not trusting CAs is just a fallacy, just because we can't trust a few of them doesn't mean we shouldn't trust any of them and we should give up on HTTPS. And finally there's one big issue that HTTPS solves and he doesn't mention: middleboxes and captive portals, I've had a middlebox break my updates because it intercepted and modified HTTP requests (it wasn't blocking them, just modifying the connection in a way that broke APT), for HTTPS requests it only inspected the SNI so it didn't break them. I want to add as a personal opinion that a little privacy and security added is better than none at all, it will at least deter most non-targeted attacks.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on New years resolutions? in ~talk

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    Not overweight and I have a good and varied diet, it helps that I don't like it when food has too much sugar or salt. I'm guilty of not exercising very often, I walk about 3km per day (usually at...

    Not overweight and I have a good and varied diet, it helps that I don't like it when food has too much sugar or salt. I'm guilty of not exercising very often, I walk about 3km per day (usually at a fast pace) but that's all exercise I do.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on New years resolutions? in ~talk

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    A few months ago I got my sleep cycle in order (with the help of an app) and also started sleeping about 8 hours per day, and I continued feeling very tired. If you continue feeling tired after...

    A few months ago I got my sleep cycle in order (with the help of an app) and also started sleeping about 8 hours per day, and I continued feeling very tired. If you continue feeling tired after getting your sleep cycle in order you should probably see a doctor (this is advice from someone who should probably see a doctor but is too lazy to do so).

  15. Comment on New years resolutions? in ~talk

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    For number 5: don't let waiting for an artist delay you, start writing and programing, use stick figures and MS Paint art if you must. If you already have something and can show people you are...

    For number 5: don't let waiting for an artist delay you, start writing and programing, use stick figures and MS Paint art if you must. If you already have something and can show people you are really working on it it'll be easier to find someone willing to help.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Let's build a browser engine in Rust! Part 1 of 7 in ~comp

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    I don't, I don't even know where in my hard disk I left it. My Python attempt was mostly a 1 to 1 translation of the Rust code, it's not good Python. It was done that way because I didn't want to...

    I don't, I don't even know where in my hard disk I left it. My Python attempt was mostly a 1 to 1 translation of the Rust code, it's not good Python. It was done that way because I didn't want to learn or install Rust, I eventually ended up installing Rust and learning it after finishing my Python version.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on A good alternative to ________ is ________. in ~talk

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    For anyone switching from Chrome to Firefox: if your favorite extension isn't available for Firefox, you can install it from the Chrome or Opera stores using this extension:...

    For anyone switching from Chrome to Firefox: if your favorite extension isn't available for Firefox, you can install it from the Chrome or Opera stores using this extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/chrome-store-foxified/

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Need help with Switching to linux in ~comp

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    Nobody has mentioned this yet: don't just ditch Windows and try to replace it with <your randomly chosen> Linux distro. Chances are that if you are a complete newbie you'll mess up your...

    Nobody has mentioned this yet: don't just ditch Windows and try to replace it with <your randomly chosen> Linux distro. Chances are that if you are a complete newbie you'll mess up your installation or your setup once it's installed. My recommendation is that, whatever distro you choose, install it on a VM on Windows (get VirtualBox or the free edition of VMWare). Repeat the installation procedure until you feel 100% comfortable with it, if it feels very complicated it may be the distro you chose, in that case try choosing an easier one (like Ubuntu with KDE).

    Use the distro you managed to install for a few months on the VM until you begin to understand how updating it works, how installing things work and how to configure things. Once you feel confident installing and using it try getting a live CD of that distro and try it on your real hardware, this will reveal any kind of incompatibility with your computer (it's likely that WiFi and/or GPU drivers will break and you'll need to figure out a way to install the non-free versions). Read recent forum posts on how to solve those issues, for example by installing WiFi drivers using an Ethernet connection or by downloading the .deb package (if using a Debian based distro).

    After that you can replace your Windows with your distro of choice. If something breaks during or after the installation, many times it's easier to just reboot, format and try again.

    PS: if you want to dual boot, recreate your setup on the VM. Install Windows on the first partition and try to install Linux on a second one without breaking Windows. Learn to use VM snapshots before doing anything that can break your virtualized OS, restoring them after a breakage will save you a painful and long reinstallation.

    21 votes
  19. Comment on Need help with Switching to linux in ~comp

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    I don't know if this is still the case, but the last time I installed Ubuntu (a few months ago) I had to run sudo apt install aptitude before I could use it.

    especially with the aptitude package manager that comes on Debian-based distro like Ubuntu

    I don't know if this is still the case, but the last time I installed Ubuntu (a few months ago) I had to run sudo apt install aptitude before I could use it.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Should I be using a VPN constantly? in ~tech

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    I recommend that you read here and draw your own conclusions, it has charts with actual useful information (unlike most fake VPN "review" websites) and a good section on choosing the VPN that's...

    I recommend that you read here and draw your own conclusions, it has charts with actual useful information (unlike most fake VPN "review" websites) and a good section on choosing the VPN that's best for you.

    Edit: I can't answer your title question, that depends on your particular use case.

    10 votes