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  1. Comment on Kaspersky Password Manager had multiple problems in its password-generator, resulting in its passwords being predictable and easily brute-forced in ~comp

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    Not sure how actually practical that is. Even with a password manager I still have accounts littered across the internet with passwords I no longer have access to and that I can't recall. Not...

    Not sure how actually practical that is. Even with a password manager I still have accounts littered across the internet with passwords I no longer have access to and that I can't recall. Not writing anything down anywhere and radically changing things seems like it'd amplify that problem heavily. Any account that isn't actively used would soon be 15 formulas behind and long since dumped from memory.

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  2. Comment on Why have web pages dropped the www? in ~talk

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    Reading their explanation about it that alphamule linked above, they don't need anyone to support it. When someone requests DNS records, if there's a CNAME record for the root domain they'll chase...

    Cloudflare has "CNAME flattening" to solve this; I don't recall off-hand how this works exactly. But it's not very widely supported.

    Reading their explanation about it that alphamule linked above, they don't need anyone to support it. When someone requests DNS records, if there's a CNAME record for the root domain they'll chase it down until it resolves to the final A record and then return that. According to them it works transparently and without issue, it was the old solution (Screw the standards, just let people use CNAMEs with other records on the root domain) that had plenty of edge case issues.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Trump files lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google in ~tech

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    This is exactly it. My sister somehow found her way into their list and this move was accompanied with a text saying

    This is exactly it. My sister somehow found her way into their list and this move was accompanied with a text saying

    Pres Trump: I am SUING Facebook & Twitter for UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP. For a short time, 5X-IMPACT on all gifts! Donate NOW: bit.ly.link

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Windows 11 will create heaps of needless trash in ~tech

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    Current word is that Windows 11 will just refuse to upgrade/install if it doesn't like the look of your system. There will certainly be workarounds, especially since these requirements are all...

    Current word is that Windows 11 will just refuse to upgrade/install if it doesn't like the look of your system. There will certainly be workarounds, especially since these requirements are all waived for things like VMs, but vanilla Windows 11 will resist being placed on such a system. I'm not sure if it'll be uncooperative enough to refuse to boot if its wishes are overriden or worked around though.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Windows 11 will create heaps of needless trash in ~tech

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    The 2016 CPU meets all the requirements given by Microsoft but isn't on the whitelist. The 2013 CPU meets all "meaningful" requirements from Microsoft, is still perfectly serviceable in 2021, but...

    The 2016 CPU meets all the requirements given by Microsoft but isn't on the whitelist. The 2013 CPU meets all "meaningful" requirements from Microsoft, is still perfectly serviceable in 2021, but is missing the full TPM 2.0 and isn't on the whitelist.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I took a bookmaking class at my college a few semesters back (even counted towards my Graphic Design degree) and ever since then I've been wanting to get back into it. I figured I'd give this...

    I took a bookmaking class at my college a few semesters back (even counted towards my Graphic Design degree) and ever since then I've been wanting to get back into it. I figured I'd give this paper notekeeping stuff a try and also realized it'd be the perfect opportunity to brush some dust off my bookmaking skills. I've got a very thin hardcover drying under a stack of books right now and a textblock waiting to be sewn into it.

    Super chill hobby, and very flexible. You can make a book out of just about anything, can get really creative with it, too. In my class we had people making books out of old, dead vinyl records, license plates, I used a pair of small chalkboards for one of mine, and there's all sorts of cool papers and fabrics and materials you can use to craft covers. There's not a lot of creativity in cutting, folding, organizing, and sewing the sheets but it's great for keeping your hands busy while chatting or listening to audiobooks or podcasts or music and I personally find it very relaxing.

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  7. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    Did I miss a bit of news here? I was under the impression that libhandy and GTK were close pals.

    I like GNOME, it's why their insistence on ripping out libhandy-related stuff is so shortsighted IMO.

    Did I miss a bit of news here? I was under the impression that libhandy and GTK were close pals.

  8. Comment on 780GB of data, tools, and source code were stolen from EA by purchasing a stolen cookie to get access to the company's Slack and social-engineering an IT Support employee in ~tech

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    Even before that, sites can't access each others' cookies. Example.com can't read cookies belonging to google.com. However, if you include an ad script from Google in example.com, then Google can...

    Even before that, sites can't access each others' cookies. Example.com can't read cookies belonging to google.com. However, if you include an ad script from Google in example.com, then Google can set Google cookies noting the visit and use those elsewhere, since those cookies belong to Google. Technically I think Google would also be able to check out example.com's cookies but you're already running someone else's code at that point so there's plenty of ways for them to stab you in the back.

    What that feature does, if I understand it correctly, is throw all cookies for all domains in individual boxes based on the first-party site you were actually intending to visit. So even if you include google's script across all the sites you visit, those scripts can't communicate through cookies stored on your device anymore.

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  9. Comment on On password managers in ~comp

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    Out of curiosity, where are you pulling this from? For me, after opening the browser it only takes 4 to get to my passwords. Menu -> Passwords -> Whatever site -> Copy. I struggle to see how that...

    If accessing and using the browser's password management feature could be made easier and not, at least in Firefox, require something like six clicks after launching the browser, it'd be pretty much good enough for any normal user compared to something like KeePassXC or Bitwarden.

    Out of curiosity, where are you pulling this from? For me, after opening the browser it only takes 4 to get to my passwords. Menu -> Passwords -> Whatever site -> Copy. I struggle to see how that could be slimmed down much more. On a phone it's even easier to use Firefox to manage your passwords if you download the separate Firefox Lockwise app. It'll fill your passwords for any app as well as the sites in your browser. Was more convenient for me than trying to manage KeePass, especially since it automatically syncs across all my devices securely.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Enhancing Photorealism Enhancement in ~comp

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    Check out the later example based on another city's data. Much more lively, and you can see its attempts at reflections much better.

    Check out the later example based on another city's data. Much more lively, and you can see its attempts at reflections much better.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on China's censorship is far reaching. Searching for "tank man" on some image search engines brings up zero results. in ~tech

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    It's since been fixed by Microsoft and the fix then trickled down to ddg. Ddg is now looking at incorporating sources other than bing.

    It's since been fixed by Microsoft and the fix then trickled down to ddg. Ddg is now looking at incorporating sources other than bing.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Why does a completely local, self-contained html file need to access gstatic.com? in ~comp

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    What asset is it reaching out for on gstatic?

    What asset is it reaching out for on gstatic?

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    I don't think that's what a modern fairness doctrine would look like. Right now it doesn't matter what people say on social media, it matters how the social media filters and organizes what people...

    I don't think that's what a modern fairness doctrine would look like. Right now it doesn't matter what people say on social media, it matters how the social media filters and organizes what people say. I think a modern fairness doctrine would be best aimed at popping filter bubbles rather than anything else. Don't purely optimize for engagement regardless of merit or factuality.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations' in ~tech

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    No technological reasons, they talked to lawyers and the lawyers said it was best to go quietly. Anything else threatened a lawsuit. Andrew Lee has significantly more resources than the ex-staff.

    No technological reasons, they talked to lawyers and the lawyers said it was best to go quietly. Anything else threatened a lawsuit. Andrew Lee has significantly more resources than the ex-staff.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on FOSS and UX (twitter thread) in ~comp

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    How? It's far from intuitive, you grab anyone off the street, even pull from a pool of Linux users, unless they've got prior experience they won't be going anywhere fast.

    How? It's far from intuitive, you grab anyone off the street, even pull from a pool of Linux users, unless they've got prior experience they won't be going anywhere fast.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on You got a one way ticket to 200 years into the future. Do you go? in ~talk

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    I don't see any problem with time travel to the future. You go fast enough or hang out near something massive enough and the rest of the universe will speed on ahead without you. Time travel. No...

    I don't see any problem with time travel to the future. You go fast enough or hang out near something massive enough and the rest of the universe will speed on ahead without you. Time travel. No need for teleportation, either.

    There's a video game called SOMA that asks the same kinds of questions about consciousness. Except instead of arriving at those questions via teleportation, it just creates multiple instances of your consciousness directly. If your consciousness is copied into a new body, is that still you? The old body is still hanging around, too, what to do about that? Personally on that front I feel like the most sane response is "they're both you, it's up to you how to deal with two of you." In-game, the people are (usually) copying their minds into an idealized simulation. Some of those people will off themselves when they find out they're not the copy in the simulation. Sometimes that's just out of despair of being stuck in reality, other times it's strictly an intentional attempt to keep "continuity" between all copies of their consciousness. Others have their old copy live its life while the new copy goes on to other things.

    It's pretty tidy in that game though, all the social ties and relationships between the characters caught up in all of this are severed by the events surrounding the game. In this reality, consciousness capers like that would all get 10x as complicated because of multiple entities with legitimate claims to single copies of personal relationships and resources. There's no easy way to deal with that.

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  17. Comment on I mailed an AirTag and tracked its progress; Here’s what happened in ~tech

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    It's not the presence of Android, it's the absence of Apple that's the problem. If you slip an AirTag into someone's bag, you can track them wherever they go. If they have an Apple device, in...

    It's not the presence of Android, it's the absence of Apple that's the problem. If you slip an AirTag into someone's bag, you can track them wherever they go. If they have an Apple device, in theory their device will alert them if an unfamiliar AirTag is moving with them. But if they have an Android? Or don't have any phone at all? They'll be completely unaware of the potential stalker they're carrying around with them.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Elon Musk announces that Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for vehicle purchases citing the energy demand required to maintain the cryptocurrency in ~tech

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    As I understand it, Doge is not a currency. So many new coins are minted daily that they will rapidly outstrip any actual interest in it, there's no scarcity. It's a joke, and it's built to be a...

    As I understand it, Doge is not a currency. So many new coins are minted daily that they will rapidly outstrip any actual interest in it, there's no scarcity. It's a joke, and it's built to be a joke. It's not really capable of not being a joke.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on The existence of God and the beginning of the universe in ~humanities

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    It's mojibake. Check out the symbol in the next sentence or two. The encoding is wrong and the non-ascii symbols have all been scrambled. If you’ve ever read an article where apostrophes turn...

    And I've never seen anyone use the ¥ symbols in mathematics, except when talking about money.

    It's mojibake. Check out the symbol in the next sentence or two. The encoding is wrong and the non-ascii symbols have all been scrambled. If you’ve ever read an article where apostrophes turn into random strings of symbols, it’s the same thing.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Apple Event — April 20 in ~tech