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  1. Comment on Lightest, cheapest laptop out there with best battery life in ~tech

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    I think that goes well past anyone's definition of "cheap" but System76 does make nice machines. 5-6 hours seems fairly average-to-meh though?

    I think that goes well past anyone's definition of "cheap" but System76 does make nice machines. 5-6 hours seems fairly average-to-meh though?

  2. Comment on Lightest, cheapest laptop out there with best battery life in ~tech

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    Just keep installing your security patches and consider disabling hyperthreading if your CPU has it. Many, many of the vulnerabilities rely on data leaked specifically across threads sharing a...

    Just keep installing your security patches and consider disabling hyperthreading if your CPU has it. Many, many of the vulnerabilities rely on data leaked specifically across threads sharing a core, a lot of articles I've read recommend just disabling it altogether. OSes like OpenBSD shut it off out of the box I believe.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Can someone help me convert a Minecraft World from Minecraft Pocket Edition to the Desktop version? in ~games

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    Have you given WINE a shot?

    Have you given WINE a shot?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on You (Probably) Don't Need ReCAPTCHA in ~tech

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    You are right, it does not. Something I've been curious about, if you check out the Clover app for android, 4chan requires a ReCAPTCHA for every post. Used to be just the text recognition stuff...

    You are right, it does not.

    Something I've been curious about, if you check out the Clover app for android, 4chan requires a ReCAPTCHA for every post. Used to be just the text recognition stuff that didn't require any javascript, but now the full image selection deal is required.

    But on Clover, instead of an interactive javascript deal it seems to be a static form. Little native browser checkboxes appear in the corner of each image. No fading images, no "keep clicking until there are no more images" challenges. There's still an audio button, but clicking it says "Please enable JavaScript to get an audio challenge" so it seems like if you can block Google's scripts from running, ReCAPTCHA will still tolerate it?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on You (Probably) Don't Need ReCAPTCHA in ~tech

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    Can't say I've run into an autofill tool that fills out username and passwords in registration forms before. Names and addresses, but not usernames, and not passwords. Well, yeah, not in...

    Can't say I've run into an autofill tool that fills out username and passwords in registration forms before. Names and addresses, but not usernames, and not passwords. Well, yeah, not in registration forms, anyway.

  6. Comment on You (Probably) Don't Need ReCAPTCHA in ~tech

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    For me, renaming my actual username and password fields on registration to nonsense and having some hidden honeypot fields named "username" and "password" did wonders. That mixed with that kind of...

    For me, renaming my actual username and password fields on registration to nonsense and having some hidden honeypot fields named "username" and "password" did wonders. That mixed with that kind of generated word question would probably successfully kick out most bots.

  7. Comment on You (Probably) Don't Need ReCAPTCHA in ~tech

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    Be sure to check out the Buster Captcha Solver extension for Firefox. It uses voice recognition software to solve the alternative audio captcha, so you only need 2 clicks (checkbox then...

    Be sure to check out the Buster Captcha Solver extension for Firefox. It uses voice recognition software to solve the alternative audio captcha, so you only need 2 clicks (checkbox then BusterButton™) to solve captchas.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on How do you wake yourself up in the mornings? in ~talk

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    There are a lot of alarm apps that will detect when you're in a lighter phase of sleep and play a nice gentle sound that is enough to wake you up in that lighter phase. I use one of those, and...

    There are a lot of alarm apps that will detect when you're in a lighter phase of sleep and play a nice gentle sound that is enough to wake you up in that lighter phase. I use one of those, and since I have some LEDs mounted on my bed I turn those on to burning cyan to keep myself from rolling over and going back to sleep.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What is your favourite programming language? in ~comp

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    Generics are on their way.

    Generics are on their way.

  10. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    While I always make sure to vigorously roll my eyes at the doomsayers that lurk around Mozilla news posts, forking really isn't an option for a project as hefty and hard-to-maintain as a web...

    While I always make sure to vigorously roll my eyes at the doomsayers that lurk around Mozilla news posts, forking really isn't an option for a project as hefty and hard-to-maintain as a web browser. Anything more than just a set of patches to the original browser has too high of a cost for anything but a large entity with lots of people. IMO it's a small miracle that PaleMoon hasn't rotted away. It's far, far behind in performance and feature support, of course, but AFAIK there are no crippling security vulnerabilities that make it unusable (although the lack of new web standards can make it occasionally difficult to browse the modern web).

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    Agreed completely. It was very refreshing not being influenced by other people's votes on other people's posts. And IIRC there was someone who made a good point about arguments in comments being...

    Agreed completely. It was very refreshing not being influenced by other people's votes on other people's posts. And IIRC there was someone who made a good point about arguments in comments being split between "winning" and "losing" by vote counts, hiding votes solves that problem completely.

    But at the same time I missed not being able to see my own votes after the first day or so. I would not oppose bringing it back with the one caveat you said, keeping vote counts visible through the user page alone.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    You can indeed. There are also extensions to allow you to open links in MPV to play them that way. Few things still get excluded though, mainly DRM-wrapped stuff like Netflix that Youtube-DL can't...

    You can indeed. There are also extensions to allow you to open links in MPV to play them that way. Few things still get excluded though, mainly DRM-wrapped stuff like Netflix that Youtube-DL can't touch.

  13. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    Sadly you just can't get hardware accelerated video in Firefox under Linux right now. Even if your system is capable, Firefox isn't built to take advantage of it right now.

    Sadly you just can't get hardware accelerated video in Firefox under Linux right now. Even if your system is capable, Firefox isn't built to take advantage of it right now.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    They're already looking to add Tor to the core browser. A VPN is more suited to a paid service like that as opposed to the (I think?) more or less mostly volunteer-run Tor network.

    They're already looking to add Tor to the core browser. A VPN is more suited to a paid service like that as opposed to the (I think?) more or less mostly volunteer-run Tor network.

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase in ~tech

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    I'm pretty sure Firefox has had those features longer than Brave has existed as a browser but don't quote me on that.

    More recently, firefox lacked the features for tab sync and bookmark sync with my phone. I think that has been added though(not sure)

    I'm pretty sure Firefox has had those features longer than Brave has existed as a browser but don't quote me on that.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase in ~tech

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    They try to email you, but since you never signed up you don't really have a guaranteed address on file. And they only make that weak attempt to say "hey you have money, come and get it I guess or...

    They try to email you, but since you never signed up you don't really have a guaranteed address on file. And they only make that weak attempt to say "hey you have money, come and get it I guess or don't" after they've managed to slurp away $100.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome's anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase in ~tech

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    The company backing it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Their business model seems to be essentially taking ad revenue from site owners and converting it into their own cryptocurrency. I tried to...

    The company backing it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Their business model seems to be essentially taking ad revenue from site owners and converting it into their own cryptocurrency. I tried to sign up my websites for BAT at one point but creating a wallet and signing up for a cryptocurrency exchange, decided that was all just more effort than it was worth to turn my ads back into something actually usable on my hosting bills.

    I'm a fan of privacy, I'm also a huge fan of enabling advertisement without invading people's private lives. But Brave isn't the way I'd want to do it.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Walmart wants employees to deliver products to your fridge - Available in 3 cities this fall in ~tech

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    Personal shoppers are trained fairly well to find fresh produce. And there's a little cheatbook on every cart that you can refer back to to find what's good and what attributes are "unacceptable."...

    Personal shoppers are trained fairly well to find fresh produce. And there's a little cheatbook on every cart that you can refer back to to find what's good and what attributes are "unacceptable." For some things like bananas and avocados they even have ripeness charts with the "sweet spot" indicated.

    Honestly sometimes it's kind of a pain when the store's having a bad produce day because you have to sort through a metric butt ton of bad or "eh" produce to find one that's basically flawless. Strawberries, too, those can be awful because almost all of them are gorgeous but then there's just one in the corner that's disqualifying.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Blender is Free Software in ~comp

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    2 new rendering engines if we're counting Eevee. And if we're counting Eevee we should probably drop the game engine. Eevee's seriously impressive for a real time renderer.

    2 new rendering engines if we're counting Eevee. And if we're counting Eevee we should probably drop the game engine. Eevee's seriously impressive for a real time renderer.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Walmart wants employees to deliver products to your fridge - Available in 3 cities this fall in ~tech

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    I mean it's not like you're just picking a random person off the street and letting them feel up your groceries. And everything that makes its way into your fridge has already been thoroughly...

    I mean it's not like you're just picking a random person off the street and letting them feel up your groceries. And everything that makes its way into your fridge has already been thoroughly groped by countless other employees by that time.

    But yeah letting a total stranger into your house to stock your fridge is a bit weird. Online grocery pickup saves time and is very convenient. So's the delivery to your house. Crossing the threshold from "to your house" to "in your house" is a bit too far and it doesn't have a whole lot of tangible benefit. If you're already out and about, why not just schedule your groceries for pickup and grab em on your way home? Not to mention, how many houses actually have these smart locks they're relying on? I've never seen one.

    10 votes