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  1. Comment on Why can’t we just hold classes outdoors instead? in ~life

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    I don't think holding classes outside means that everyone has to remain outside at all times. If the buildings are only used sparingly, just for the bathrooms and maybe some other facilities, I...

    I don't think holding classes outside means that everyone has to remain outside at all times. If the buildings are only used sparingly, just for the bathrooms and maybe some other facilities, I wouldn't imagine that'd erase all or even most of the benefits of holding outdoor classes.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Suggestion: word count for text posts too in ~tildes

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    Doesn't show up inside the topic, but it does in the list view. According to it, your text post has 30 words.

    Doesn't show up inside the topic, but it does in the list view. According to it, your text post has 30 words.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown in ~news

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    Mm, good to see. What I've heard up til now was that their Mayor was being oddly silent about it, glad to be wrong here.

    Mm, good to see. What I've heard up til now was that their Mayor was being oddly silent about it, glad to be wrong here.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown in ~news

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    So glad to hear the city has an ally in the mayor. It's appalling that these federal abductions are going on in Portland without a peep from the people supposedly in charge there. It does raise a...

    So glad to hear the city has an ally in the mayor. It's appalling that these federal abductions are going on in Portland without a peep from the people supposedly in charge there. It does raise a concern though, since this means that Trump is deploying forces to cities without any coordination, taking the cities by surprise almost as much as the citizens being abducted. Which honestly makes it even more confusing why Portland isn't doing anything about it. They hear their citizens are being abducted by mystery federal agents and they just shrug their shoulders?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Linux Mint 20 Blocks And Removes Snap Citing Backdoor To Canonicals SnapCraft Store in ~comp

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    LWN articles are posted here every now and then, AFAIK there's never been an issue.

    LWN articles are posted here every now and then, AFAIK there's never been an issue.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS in ~comp

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    Unfortunately, like so many things with Windows 10, Microsoft is not consistent which makes it incredibly hard to get good information. Idk if it's A/B testing or what it is, but. Few months back...

    Unfortunately, like so many things with Windows 10, Microsoft is not consistent which makes it incredibly hard to get good information. Idk if it's A/B testing or what it is, but.

    Few months back when all the college classes went online, I had to install Windows and there was no such button. I did still manage to make a local account, but I had to enter an invalid phone number when it asked for one (a trick I had heard about from someone else a few months earlier when it first started appearing), only then did the option appear to allow a local-only account.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Apple switches to its own chips for Mac computers as it adds features, privacy controls in ~tech

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    Even without Apple's chips being open, I think it's still useful to deal a blow to the monopoly that is x86 on the desktop. "Desktop" programs currently exclusively target x86. You might be able...

    Even without Apple's chips being open, I think it's still useful to deal a blow to the monopoly that is x86 on the desktop. "Desktop" programs currently exclusively target x86. You might be able to get Linux running on that POWER8 chip or whatever odd architecture catches your attention, but no closed source software will run on it. It's all compiled for x86 because that's what everyone uses. Apple going pure ARM will stir that underlying assumption a bit, and I'm kinda interested to see what unfolds. Sure, their chips aren't reusable by anyone else, but they are still usable and they're entering desktop space.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Google starts deleting location history after 18 months, by default in ~tech

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    Very true. Although someone else made the point that just because the source data is deleted doesn't mean they can't still store the relationship between you and your university that was derived...

    Very true. Although someone else made the point that just because the source data is deleted doesn't mean they can't still store the relationship between you and your university that was derived from that source data. Honestly kinda makes sense since it'd be incredibly hard to keep track of what derivations came from what source and to track what needs scrubbing when its source goes out of the 18-month scope.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Google starts deleting location history after 18 months, by default in ~tech

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    That's a problem with just about everything remote. It's pretty close to impossible to verify what's running on someone else's hardware. At some point you just have to trust. That said, Google...

    That's a problem with just about everything remote. It's pretty close to impossible to verify what's running on someone else's hardware. At some point you just have to trust. That said, Google sure hasn't earned the trust and keeping the aggregated statistics while deleting the source data does sound like something they'd do.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Google starts deleting location history after 18 months, by default in ~tech

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    With it not changing any time, it doesn't seem like it'd add any additional value over the stuff within 18 months. 18-month-old data on its own, sure, that's worth something. But I don't think it...

    With it not changing any time, it doesn't seem like it'd add any additional value over the stuff within 18 months. 18-month-old data on its own, sure, that's worth something. But I don't think it is in the context of the 18 months of newer data still hanging around.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Wireless is a trap in ~tech

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    I don't know why it hasn't already happened. I thought it would have back when Android Beam/NFC was blowing up. A classmate once tried to use it to send me a recorded video of my presentation, but...

    I don't know why it hasn't already happened. I thought it would have back when Android Beam/NFC was blowing up. A classmate once tried to use it to send me a recorded video of my presentation, but even after we managed to find the sweet spots on our phones, in 10 minutes it was still less than 10% transferred. We just gave up and she sent me a link to it on Dropbox later. Bluetooth was not up for the task that the NFC hype put it to.

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

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    Yeah, the Vita makes me sad. Most people I know who own one use it as an upgraded PSP with a nicer screen and better controls, not even for its own anemic library.

    Yeah, the Vita makes me sad. Most people I know who own one use it as an upgraded PSP with a nicer screen and better controls, not even for its own anemic library.

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

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    How'd the PSP fail? In my middle school years the buses and lunch periods were filled with the sounds of UMDs spinning up and friends beating each other up in Dragonball Z over Ad Hoc play. And...

    How'd the PSP fail? In my middle school years the buses and lunch periods were filled with the sounds of UMDs spinning up and friends beating each other up in Dragonball Z over Ad Hoc play.

    And the PSP was a golden age for homebrew. I used my PSP to write a pixel art editor for the PSP in Lua. It was trash and I couldn't draw anyway but I spent weeks tapping out code on the PSP, was probably my first introduction to code outside of copying and pasting JavaScript on a silly web forum. By running different homebrew apps my PSP could become an IR remote or a wired USB controller or even a wired/wireless monitor for my PC.

    I'd say do what you can to combat piracy, but the PSP's openness made it an amazingly versatile homebrew machine that I sadly haven't found an equal to.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Tildes ReExtended is being taken down from the Chrome Web Store for supposedly breaking its policies in ~tildes

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    Not really, people will find exploits whether or not it's open source. Having the source available doesn't make too awful much of a difference for hackers finding exploits, but it sharply reduces...

    Not really, people will find exploits whether or not it's open source. Having the source available doesn't make too awful much of a difference for hackers finding exploits, but it sharply reduces the barrier to entry to get more good hands on the codebase who might spot it.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on If Zoom is wrong, so is Apple in ~tech

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    If it's hidden behind an "I know what I'm doing screen," doesn't that immediately slam us into the first problem, that everyone needs to play ball for it to work?

    If it's hidden behind an "I know what I'm doing screen," doesn't that immediately slam us into the first problem, that everyone needs to play ball for it to work?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Colleges face student lawsuits seeking refunds after coronavirus closures in ~finance

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    It wasn't really 24 hours? On Friday they said "be out by next Friday, attendance still counts on your classes" which on Monday changed to "tomorrow at 5pm, classes are cancelled." The residential...

    It wasn't really 24 hours? On Friday they said "be out by next Friday, attendance still counts on your classes" which on Monday changed to "tomorrow at 5pm, classes are cancelled." The residential area of campus kind of erupted as soon as that email went out, it was something to see.

    Which in any case is still way less than 30 days.

    People who had "nowhere else to go" were able to apply to stay, but it was pretty poorly run. I myself applied because having to move back home would mean losing my job and likely not being able to afford next semester, but I only got approved literally 6 minutes before my scheduled check out time, after I'd already moved everything into that apartment.

    I would imagine that colleges do have to follow eviction processes, it almost definitely was illegal but. I don't think anyone's arguing for their rights unfortunately. I certainly haven't heard of anything like that. Which, I mean, given people are suing for their refunds, I'd think people would be suing them for this illegal eviction if they could, right? Maybe there's something that makes it legal?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Colleges face student lawsuits seeking refunds after coronavirus closures in ~finance

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    I got lucky personally, I only had 24 hour's notice to get my butt out of the dorms (somehow managed to find an apartment 2 blocks away from my dorm to get moved into as well) and got refunded a...

    I got lucky personally, I only had 24 hour's notice to get my butt out of the dorms (somehow managed to find an apartment 2 blocks away from my dorm to get moved into as well) and got refunded a prorated amount of my reslife and meal plan costs. Besides the crazy short amount of time to get our affairs sorted out, a perfectly sane, reasonable outcome.

    But I've heard some horror stories from other college students. 2 hours away from here there's a community college, lot of people I know are going there and while they were booted out of the dorms, they weren't allowed to check out. For some of them, a lot of their stuff remains stuck in dorms they no longer have access to, and the college is keeping all housing fees for themselves, every single student is just out of luck.

    I just don't understand how that even came to happen and how the immediate strong backlash wasn't enough for every single college to back down from dumb policies like that. Are they not worried about their entire student population transferring somewhere else after being screwed over like that? I sure wouldn't want to be sticking around.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Alt-right homophobes are using 4chan to plan a terrifying cyber attack on the LGBT+ community during Pride month in ~lgbt

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    I think you're vastly underestimating how hard it is to keep your private info off the net. Jobs are applied for online, items are bought online, services and utilities are signed up for online....

    I think you're vastly underestimating how hard it is to keep your private info off the net. Jobs are applied for online, items are bought online, services and utilities are signed up for online. Everything's online.

    And even trying to keep a separate "real life" and digital persona on social media, well that just doesn't work. Odds are emails and possibly passwords are shared across your digital persona and real life accounts. One leak in any of the sites using your digital persona, and suddenly your real life accounts are identified and possibly compromised. Personally, just my real first name is enough to track down my address, which I've never publicly posted online. Data is bought and sold so much, it's nearly impossible to control where your own data goes without extreme effort.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Patent case against GNOME resolved in ~comp

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    Making all Rothschild patents free to use for all open source software is a pretty fantastic outcome, but how'd it happen? What's RPI get out of this?

    Making all Rothschild patents free to use for all open source software is a pretty fantastic outcome, but how'd it happen? What's RPI get out of this?

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    I think it went away. I'm still in a few communities that seemingly never grew up, but there's no more shock content being posted. No disgruntled people spamming the sites with furry porn.

    I think it went away. I'm still in a few communities that seemingly never grew up, but there's no more shock content being posted. No disgruntled people spamming the sites with furry porn.

    2 votes