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  1. Comment on Two upcoming Nintendo Switch models inspired by 3DS's split evolution, sources say in ~games

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    Has that strategy ever worked out? I believe only a handful of games were exclusive to the DSi or the N3DS. Most of the user base is on the OG switch, and likely will not purchase a more expensive...

    Has that strategy ever worked out? I believe only a handful of games were exclusive to the DSi or the N3DS. Most of the user base is on the OG switch, and likely will not purchase a more expensive and powerful version just because. It only serves to fragment the user base, and devs are better served targeting the largest portion of it.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval in ~tech

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    That’s true. Anything built on top of the internet can and likely will be controlled. And anything on the scale of the internet requires governments to build them. A very bleak situation indeed.

    That’s true. Anything built on top of the internet can and likely will be controlled. And anything on the scale of the internet requires governments to build them. A very bleak situation indeed.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval in ~tech

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    Oh fuck. I’m not surprised, but seriously disappointed. I see this playing out in one of four ways: It turns out like the cookies thing, meaning nothing really changes The internet’s just fucking...

    Oh fuck. I’m not surprised, but seriously disappointed.

    I see this playing out in one of four ways:

    1. It turns out like the cookies thing, meaning nothing really changes
    2. The internet’s just fucking broken
    3. The EU is cut off from most of the internet
    4. We move to the dark web, or some other solution (but this is way too cool to ever happen)

    The implications of this are huge. I don’t think we know how huge yet. This is horrible.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Apple Special Event - March 25, 2019 in ~tech

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    It’s not Apple I or the quote is referring to - but Goldman. @UniquelyGeneric’s comment more or less sums up my thoughts nicely. I’m sure Apple were very clear on their privacy stance entering the...

    When has Apple ever indicated it wasn't serious about the privacy of consumers?

    It’s not Apple I or the quote is referring to - but Goldman. @UniquelyGeneric’s comment more or less sums up my thoughts nicely. I’m sure Apple were very clear on their privacy stance entering the partnership - it’s probably in the agreement signed by both parties - but we’ll have to trust Goldman not to abuse the data. Private data like that is a goldmine, and Goldman’s one of the best at making money.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    I’ve seen a lot of cola’s canned drinks come wrapped in plastic without any plastic ring. Maybe it’s not very common internationally. Edit: Like this

    I’ve seen a lot of cola’s canned drinks come wrapped in plastic without any plastic ring. Maybe it’s not very common internationally.

    Edit: Like this

  6. Comment on Apple Special Event - March 25, 2019 in ~tech

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    It's in partnership with Goldman. This is peak capitalism. I'm sure. Is that not an obvious contradiction, or did I miss something? How is this not an indirect fee?

    They've also already announced the Apple Card credit card.

    It's in partnership with Goldman. This is peak capitalism.

    The company also promises that “Goldman Sachs will never sell your data to third parties for marketing and advertising.”

    I'm sure.

    Additionally, the company is promising that there will be “no late fees, no annual fees, no international fees, and no over limit fees” with the Apple Card and “lower interest rates” with no penalties for missing payments...

    ...The company also notes that “late or missed payments will result in additional interest accumulating toward the customer’s balance.”

    Is that not an obvious contradiction, or did I miss something? How is this not an indirect fee?

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers in ~tech

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    That's an incredibly poor response from such a huge company. The article also mentions that the certs used for the malware are still valid, meaning fake Asus updates or software can still be...

    That's an incredibly poor response from such a huge company. The article also mentions that the certs used for the malware are still valid, meaning fake Asus updates or software can still be distributed elsewhere. This is a critical exploit that should have been fixed asap.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Coca-Cola reveals that it produces 3.3M tons of plastic packaging annually in ~enviro

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    Wouldn't part of the plastic production come from the wrapping for the aluminum cans? It's probably very minor compared to the plastic bottles, but it's still part of it. Carlsberg has come up...

    Wouldn't part of the plastic production come from the wrapping for the aluminum cans? It's probably very minor compared to the plastic bottles, but it's still part of it. Carlsberg has come up with this great solution, which would make aluminum cans an even better alternative to plastic bottles.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    No specific books, to be honest. I like to read, but I do it far too seldom. So this year I have a goal of reading one book each month, which would be a huuuge improvement over my previous years....

    No specific books, to be honest. I like to read, but I do it far too seldom. So this year I have a goal of reading one book each month, which would be a huuuge improvement over my previous years. I'm planning to alternate between fiction and non-fiction. So far I'm on track!

  10. Comment on Majority of Bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds in ~finance

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    Definitely. All the 'casual' investors likely jumped ship during the big crash at the end of 2017. The idea of decentralized currency is great, but it's ironically ended up being completely...

    Definitely. All the 'casual' investors likely jumped ship during the big crash at the end of 2017. The idea of decentralized currency is great, but it's ironically ended up being completely controlled by central actors. This ain't it, Chief.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    Mullvad is my overall favorite provider for anonymity. They offer completely anonymous accounts, where the account number is the only identifier. You can even pay by snail mail. I'm using PIA at...

    Mullvad is my overall favorite provider for anonymity. They offer completely anonymous accounts, where the account number is the only identifier. You can even pay by snail mail.

    I'm using PIA at the moment though. I got a super cheap one-year suscription through a humblebundle. They're very good, but I have a few concerns which might make me switch once the subscription is up.

    I'd also like to mention that VPNs are by no means foolproof. While your data is encrypted, you are placing complete trust in the provider since it goes through their servers.

    Additionally, while they may mask your information, any outside actor will still be able to see that you are connected to their service. A great example of this being used is a college student that posted a bomb threat through tor... while being the only one on the campus network connected to tor.

    The same would apply to VPNs. So while you could say that Mullvad is more trustworthy based on their jurisdiction alone, they're also a much more niche provider. Using a very popular provider like PIA or NordVPN would allow you to "hide in the masses" more effectively. Something to consider if you're doing particularily sensitive stuff using a VPN.

    And for god's sake, stay away from free VPNs. The reason they're free is because of the above mentioned point - your data. There's a lot of money to be made from having complete accesss to your browsing and connectivity. Most paid and reputable providers will be better than a free one.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    I have been using PIA on and off for multiple years. Mostly because they're cheap and have great speeds. They were the only provider with whom I got near full utilization when I had a gigabit...

    I have been using PIA on and off for multiple years. Mostly because they're cheap and have great speeds. They were the only provider with whom I got near full utilization when I had a gigabit line. There are also two cases in their favor where their no-logging policy is said to have held up in court: 1 2

    I'm considering switching from them once my current subscription runs out though. The main reason is them being based in the US. This breaks a lot of default trust in my opinion. Secondly, they've been mentioned (and frankly, advertised for) so much around the web that it makes me skeptical. How much of it is shilling, and how much is honest users providing feedback?

    There was also a bunch of drama with PIA apparently pushing a smear campaign against ProtonVPN, and possibly NordVPN as well. That whole situation is messy as hell, so I'm not sure how much of it really holds up.

    4 votes