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  1. Comment on With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom in ~tech

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    I'm a little bummed out, but in that "I knew this would happen sooner or later anyway" kind of way. I've been a big fan of GPM for years, and started using it almost entirely because of the...

    I'm a little bummed out, but in that "I knew this would happen sooner or later anyway" kind of way.

    I've been a big fan of GPM for years, and started using it almost entirely because of the "upload your own music" feature, which made it really easy to share my collection to my phone. I grew to like the radio feature (which seemed better at introducing me to new music than Pandora used to be), and even ended up buying a few albums through the service. I don't expect I'll be spending money on YTM anytime soon.

    With any Google service outside of maybe GMail or YouTube, there's always sort of that background suspicion that it'll get shut down sooner or later, so it's not exactly surprising and I've had plenty of time to arrange backups and alternatives, but I am going to miss the convenience. I've been having fun with MPD for the last year or so, and maybe I'll finally get around to trying out Mopidy and/or some other FOSS setup to stream my library to my phone.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Your Black Friends Are Busy - A growing resource for learning about anti-racism, and supporting the people & organizations doing important work for the Black Lives Matter movement in ~life

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    Man, somebody spent a great deal of time making this whole website work just so, but towards a result that I find nearly unusable (even after I enable all the extra third-party JS that's...

    Man, somebody spent a great deal of time making this whole website work just so, but towards a result that I find nearly unusable (even after I enable all the extra third-party JS that's apparently necessary).

    It's a shame, since it looks like a pretty nice collection of resources, I just wish it was presented in a more accessible fashion. Like you, I suppose I must not be the target audience.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on How the Nintendo Switch prevents downgrades by irreparably blowing its own fuses in ~comp

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    I have mixed feelings about this kind of thing. I'm generally ok with reasonable protection measures, as long as manufacturers are up front about what you can expect not to work, but I'm wary of...

    I have mixed feelings about this kind of thing. I'm generally ok with reasonable protection measures, as long as manufacturers are up front about what you can expect not to work, but I'm wary of the longer game around right-to-repair and recycling/e-waste issues.

    I waffled on buying a Switch (the first console I've owned, I'm mostly a PC guy), but the thing that got me to finally pull the trigger was the news that a new hardware revision was starting to show up that had fixed the RCM exploit. I specifically wanted to get an exploitable version of the machine, and most likely would never have bought the device if I knew it didn't have that feature. I have no particular interest in pirating or hacking Switch games, I just want to be able to repurpose and recycle the device after I'm done playing games on it. (I think it'll make a nice portable Netflix and Steam Link device. If nobody else has beat me to it in a few years, it should be a fun project)

    Likewise with my Kobo; I had a secondhand Kindle for a while but found the ecosystem and software obnoxious, and opted for the more hackable and linux friendly system, and have since spent far more on Kobo books and devices (and recommended them to friends/family) than I ever would have with Amazon.

    I think I'd be happier if there was some legal requirement to include some kind of hard-reset physical "backdoor" that would wipe the manufacturer keys/burn a fuse and explicitly allow the user to re-use the device with their own software, while marking it in such a way that the manufacturers original software or network services could refuse to interact with it. If, say, I'm done with using my PS4 as a PS4, I don't care if I have to wipe the TPM (or equivalent subsystem) so it can't decrypt content licenses anymore, since I'll have other things I want to do with it.

    15 votes
  4. Comment on Replacing (potentially) insensitive terminology in programming in ~comp

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    IIRC BitKeeper was the inspiration for much of git, and I'm told (repeatedly, but so far without reference or sources) that bk had a concept of master/slave repositories, so the name "master" was...

    IIRC BitKeeper was the inspiration for much of git, and I'm told (repeatedly, but so far without reference or sources) that bk had a concept of master/slave repositories, so the name "master" was inherited as the default name for the branch. Git of course has no concept of "slave" repos, all repositories are equal peers by design and can push and pull objects between each other at will.

    I suspect that only the tiniest fraction of git users have ever interpreted the branch name "master" in the "master/slave" sense ("origin" is the closest git comes to this concept, "master/slave" makes no sense in git), instead of the "master copy" sense (which fits perfectly with the "git pull origin(server) master(copy/branch)" idiom.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Let's do a deep dive into the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality together! in ~games

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    Heavy Bullets is one of those weird tiny games that I don't even remember how I found all those years ago, but I keep coming back to it when I get the itch. I've certainly never beat it, but it...

    Heavy Bullets is one of those weird tiny games that I don't even remember how I found all those years ago, but I keep coming back to it when I get the itch.

    I've certainly never beat it, but it definitely has a weirdly unique and compelling sort of rhythm and flow to it.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What does it mean to be a ‘Karen’? Karens explain: As the meme has become more prominent online, its meaning has become confused – with real-life Karens caught in the crosshairs in ~life

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    It's less common than Tom or Cathy, sure, but it's a real name (at least according to dictionary.com).

    It's less common than Tom or Cathy, sure, but it's a real name (at least according to dictionary.com).

    4 votes
  7. Comment on The erosion of deep literacy in ~misc

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    I think that was the joke...

    the irony of a TL;DR

    I think that was the joke...

    6 votes
  8. Comment on In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent? in ~tech

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    Yeah, I'm... less than thrilled at the prospect. I know there was a case a year or two back in NY where the tennants ended up suing the managers for the right to have a basic mechanical key,...

    Yeah, I'm... less than thrilled at the prospect.

    I know there was a case a year or two back in NY where the tennants ended up suing the managers for the right to have a basic mechanical key, though I don't recall the details. I'd rather not go that route if I can avoid it, but maybe I can at least get them to delay the installation for my unit until my lease is up.

    The lady at the leasing office I spoke to told me they wouldn't have most of the answers I wanted until after the scheduled Q&A event with the SmartRent reps next week, but I expect to be out of town that day so I've emailed my questions and asked that they get back to me when they can.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on In smart apartments, is tenants’ privacy for rent? in ~tech

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    While I've been interested in IoT/smart-home technology for a while now, I haven't invested in any devices yet, largely because most systems require some proprietary third party cloud application...

    While I've been interested in IoT/smart-home technology for a while now, I haven't invested in any devices yet, largely because most systems require some proprietary third party cloud application to function correctly, and partly because I live in a tiny apartment and nothing can ever be more than a few yards away from me, so the gains from putting all my widgets on the network are somewhat limited.

    There's a few open source projects that I've been toying with the idea of setting up, mostly just for the hell of it, but this week the managers for my building announced that they're partnering with SmartRent to install new locks, smart hubs, and presumably other devices in all the apartments. I've asked a few questions and haven't got a straight answer back yet, but it doesn't seem that we'll be allowed to opt out of the installation.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I agree that Cibola Burn is definitely something of a change of pace from the other books, the next book does pick up again IMO. I actually kind of enjoyed the weird slow desperate disaster aspect...

    I agree that Cibola Burn is definitely something of a change of pace from the other books, the next book does pick up again IMO.

    I actually kind of enjoyed the weird slow desperate disaster aspect of CB and was really curious how the show would try to adapt it. I think they did a pretty good job of hitting the important bits without letting it get boring, and they traded a lot of the "downtime" from CB to introduce setup for Nemesis Games next season.

    One aspect of the whole arc of the series that I find interesting is just how old the main cast gets, even with future tech keeping them active and healthy for a long time, their age still starts to catch up to them. CB is where I first started to notice it and it becomes more of a factor later on. It's something that I think a lot of TV shows tend to avoid (for understandable practical reasons) and I'm curious to see the approach Amazon ends up taking.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What are all the different ways in which we can appreciate games? in ~games

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    I tried to find a word other than "gameplay" (which feels too broad), but I'm not sure I can do much better without breaking the one-word theme. Aspect Description Examples System (?) We can...

    I tried to find a word other than "gameplay" (which feels too broad), but I'm not sure I can do much better without breaking the one-word theme.

    Aspect Description Examples
    System (?) We can appreciate a game that lets us explore a well crafted system of interacting logical parts. The player can learn the rules of the system by observation and experimentation, and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to achieve goals. Stephens Sausage Roll, Factorio, The Witness, Antichamber
    Competition We can appreciate a game for fostering a competitive spirit among peers, to test themselves against each other as teams or individuals Dota 2, Rocket League
    Cooperation We can appreciate a game that allows and encourages two or more people to work together towards a common goal A Way Out, ibb and obb, Portal 2
    5 votes
  12. Comment on Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed until Tuesday due to reporting inconsistencies and technical issues with app in ~news

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    The submission title caused me some concern until I went and confirmed that the article itself does not use the word "indefinitely" and, in fact, explicitly states: The title here should probably...

    The submission title caused me some concern until I went and confirmed that the article itself does not use the word "indefinitely" and, in fact, explicitly states:

    The party said the problem was not a result of a “hack or an intrusion” and promised that final results would be released Tuesday.

    The title here should probably be amended to clarify this.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What's a widely criticized thing that you feel is worth defending? in ~talk

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    I think it has more to do with being able to fit each individual story into part of a larger coherent whole. When a new story draws from an existing world it can add a lot of depth and context to...

    I think it has more to do with being able to fit each individual story into part of a larger coherent whole. When a new story draws from an existing world it can add a lot of depth and context to the characters (which works well in the SoM games for example), but when the team goes the extra mile to ensure that the new story doesn't conflict with the existing canon it can move beyond simply drawing from the original to feeding back into and further enriching the readers experience of the rest of the connected works.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Something is broken in our science fiction in ~misc

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    I suppose my point is that most of the things that are common across the *punk field are also quite common across storytelling generally. There are certainly some more-or-less particular elements...

    I suppose my point is that most of the things that are common across the *punk field are also quite common across storytelling generally.

    There are certainly some more-or-less particular elements to *punk writing (or else it wouldn't be a meaningful term), as the article mentions there's recurring themes of disenfranchised youth and capitalist-dystopia societies. I'd still argue that stories of disenfranchised youth will find an audience in any generation, and likewise any capitalist society will have an audience for stories of capitalism gone wrong.

    I think I may simply not be the target audience for this article. I love science fiction in general and have enjoyed my share of cyberpunk stories, but can't agree with the premise that the SF field is somehow broken or has failed to move past the themes and styles of cyberpunk. There's certainly a lot of *punk still being written (and I hope that remains the case), but there's also a wealth of fresh and creative new stories being told in other corners of the field.

    I think my response to the article really just boils down to "if you think we haven't moved past cyberpunk, perhaps it's time to read less *punk and start exploring the rest of the field."

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Something is broken in our science fiction in ~misc

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    Since the dawn of civilization, has there really been a period of history where this template wasn't relevant? It's essentially a version of the classic Hero's Journey pattern, and I have a hard...

    this story template is still relevant

    Since the dawn of civilization, has there really been a period of history where this template wasn't relevant? It's essentially a version of the classic Hero's Journey pattern, and I have a hard time seeing a world populated by anything recognizably human in which this kind of story isn't still interesting.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    Emacs: It's a Lisp Machine for building your ideal text editor tmux: Not just a terminal multiplexer, it's like a DE for your terminal, and it's scripting support allows for all sorts of...
    1. Emacs: It's a Lisp Machine for building your ideal text editor
    2. tmux: Not just a terminal multiplexer, it's like a DE for your terminal, and it's scripting support allows for all sorts of extensions (like integrating the system and tmux clipboards)
    3. KDE Connect: The best tool I've used for linking my phone and PC, remote input, file transfer, (whitelisted) shell commands, media player control, it all just works
    4. git: Essential for my work and personal projects, and despite the (mostly legitimate) UI gripes people have, I find it a pleasure to use. I suspect git played an important role in the modern push for decentralized content-addressed systems, which is a topic of great interest to me.
    5. sc-controller/Steam: My Steam Controller quickly became my preferred input device not just for couch-gaming, but any HTPC uses. It works great in Kodi or even general desktop usage, and the profile switching and virtual keyboard consistently just work the way I want them to.
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  17. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    I'm another in the "own library" + mpd camp, although I usually use Cantata (KDE/Qt also has an MPRIS interface) or KDE Connect/M.A.L.P (Android) for clients. I do, however, use Google Music for...

    I'm another in the "own library" + mpd camp, although I usually use Cantata (KDE/Qt also has an MPRIS interface) or KDE Connect/M.A.L.P (Android) for clients.

    I do, however, use Google Music for its radio feature. In my experience it works better than Pandora used to for introducing me to new artists. I also really like that I can upload my own library and then easily stream it to my phone when I'm away from home, which is the killer feature that keeps me using Google over Spotify.

    So mpd for "serious" listening at home, and GPM for discovery and streaming on the go. There's some noise about Google switching to/replacing the service with YouTube Music in the future, but it's not clear to me what that means for the upload feature. If they drop that I'll probably just move to Spotify for streaming, or finally get around to setting up my own streaming server.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What are the best movies mainly set in a single location? in ~movies

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    I came to the thread to post Locke, glad to see someone else had the same thought. It's one of my favorite movies, and Hardy's performance is just so captivating. I can't begin to imagine what...

    I came to the thread to post Locke, glad to see someone else had the same thought.

    It's one of my favorite movies, and Hardy's performance is just so captivating. I can't begin to imagine what that kind of performance is like to give, working with almost no one else on set to directly interact with, and knowing that the entire film depends on you absolutely nailing your role.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I recently finished playing "Aporia: Beyond the Valley", an indie first-person puzzle game from a few years back. It got some buzz on release for its CryEngine-based visuals and storytelling, but...

    I recently finished playing "Aporia: Beyond the Valley", an indie first-person puzzle game from a few years back. It got some buzz on release for its CryEngine-based visuals and storytelling, but I never got around to playing it until this last week.

    These days it actually feels a little weird to be playing a puzzle game in this "walking-sim" style that also allows the player to jump and sprint as if it was an FPS. The extra mobility does come in handy later on, when the game brings in a bit of light stealth/horror gameplay in an unexpected change of pace.

    Some of the lighting effects and design seemed maybe a little over-done and distracting in some scenes, but overall the game was beautiful and it was really fun to explore the world and try to piece together the story from the little hints and slide-shows left behind.

    There were a couple of odd hiccups or possible bugs with one particular (essential) game mechanic near the end; I couldn't seem to pick up a certain type of item unless I had already used up all of the "oil" resource I was carrying, so it took me a while to first realize that picking up was intended to be an option, and then to collect the items and oil I needed to finish the section. There were a few other rough edges here and there, but overall the game was just a very pleasantly quiet and enjoyable experience.

    1 vote