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  1. Comment on AWS announces they will create and maintain an Apache-licensed fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana in ~comp

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    They typically have permission from the company that created those products. And they typically buy the product from the creator or give them a cut of the profits, not take over manufacturing and...

    Surely, in that hypothetical, they would be allowed? Retailers can use the trademarked names of the products they are selling in order to describe them.

    They typically have permission from the company that created those products. And they typically buy the product from the creator or give them a cut of the profits, not take over manufacturing and cut them out of the equation.

  2. Comment on Twitter announces Birdwatch, a community-based approach to misinformation in ~tech

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    Discussed previously here. They're polls where you bet on some outcome with reddit's virtual currency.

    Discussed previously here.

    They're polls where you bet on some outcome with reddit's virtual currency.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    I imagine they could have, but it would have done harm as well as good. I'd imagine you could have probably nuked every redirect page from him with the word "titty" in it and that'd give them a...

    I imagine they could have, but it would have done harm as well as good. I'd imagine you could have probably nuked every redirect page from him with the word "titty" in it and that'd give them a solid head start on things, and maybe that's what they ended up doing. But even with all the "safe enough" automatic rules you can lay down, there's going to be stuff you're not going to find til you trawl through his entire contribution history for bad redirects.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. lawsuit: Can APIs be copyrighted? in ~comp

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    It's my understanding that you can (EDIT: legally) crack a program that you (EDIT: already legally) possess open and study how it works in order to make other software that's compatible. Doesn't...

    It's my understanding that you can (EDIT: legally) crack a program that you (EDIT: already legally) possess open and study how it works in order to make other software that's compatible. Doesn't make sense to me to permit that but not allow it when it comes to just the API.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Tacoma police officer drives SUV into group of pedestrians in ~news

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    Wrongdoing does not justify it. He floored it through a group of people. They're not going to be able to overpower a car, there was no advantage running over people vs moving slowly enough for...

    Wrongdoing does not justify it. He floored it through a group of people. They're not going to be able to overpower a car, there was no advantage running over people vs moving slowly enough for them to move out of the way.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I was trying to finish up one last electronics project before the semester started, but I ran face first into my lack of soldering skills. I grabbed a Raspberry Pi 0W I thought I had killed at one...

    I was trying to finish up one last electronics project before the semester started, but I ran face first into my lack of soldering skills. I grabbed a Raspberry Pi 0W I thought I had killed at one point, a NeoTrellis RGB keypad from Adafruit, the tiniest I2C OLED I've ever seen, and a rotary encoder and I'm trying to make a versatile bluetooth human input device. Different profiles for different purposes, terminal, general text input, maybe a CHIP-8 profile, maybe a set for roguelikes.

    Unfortunately the NeoTrellis isn't responding at all over I2C, almost definitely because of the lack of soldering skills I mentioned. Wasn't made any easier by trying to solder to the back of the headers on the Pi, or by using 20AWG in such cramped quarters. Hopefully I've got a desoldering braid and much smaller wire on their way to my mailbox some time today, and I'll give it another shot.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Anyone using a lightweight browser with Linux? in ~comp

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    Have you given Epiphany/GNOME Web a try? It's pretty lightweight for me and my laptop.

    Have you given Epiphany/GNOME Web a try? It's pretty lightweight for me and my laptop.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on ‘The Mandalorian’ is the most pirated TV-show of 2020 in ~tv

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    Well. People who shoplift do. "It's not affecting the employees, and Walmart's a megacorporation, they'll never even notice it." People find ways to justify what they do, whatever it is that...

    Funny how people never use Walmart's shitty business practices to justify shoplifting.

    Well. People who shoplift do. "It's not affecting the employees, and Walmart's a megacorporation, they'll never even notice it." People find ways to justify what they do, whatever it is that they're doing.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on ‘The Mandalorian’ is the most pirated TV-show of 2020 in ~tv

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    It's never about stopping everyone, it's about reducing the amount. And back to your example, if you had made a software project and it was getting pirated, you would be completely reasonable to...

    It's never about stopping everyone, it's about reducing the amount.

    And back to your example, if you had made a software project and it was getting pirated, you would be completely reasonable to get upset about that. Maybe your business model is contributing but it's your creation and your choice how you want to be paid for it.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on ‘The Mandalorian’ is the most pirated TV-show of 2020 in ~tv

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    That really doesn't scan. People pirate all sorts of things with all sorts of business models, as long as it costs more money than they're willing to pay. Doesn't matter what business model you...

    That really doesn't scan. People pirate all sorts of things with all sorts of business models, as long as it costs more money than they're willing to pay. Doesn't matter what business model you choose. If you charge money, and you've got enough of an audience for it to be pirated, it will be pirated.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on On the graying of GNOME in ~comp

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    Have you checked out PaperWM yet? It's an extension for GNOME that I believe adds tiling abilities. I've also heard something about Pop_OS's extension doing the same

    Have you checked out PaperWM yet? It's an extension for GNOME that I believe adds tiling abilities. I've also heard something about Pop_OS's extension doing the same

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Sony is pulling Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation Store; refunds offered in ~games

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    They never pulled the game down, just offered refunds for it. https://www.ibtimes.com/no-mans-sky-ps4-refunds-slammed-former-sony-director-calls-those-return-game-robbers-2409470...
    7 votes
  13. Comment on Glitter bomb 3.0 vs. porch pirates in ~hobbies

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    I might be being overly skeptical but I'm kinda curious how many of them are actors. It's kinda odd that some faces would be blurred but not all of them.

    I might be being overly skeptical but I'm kinda curious how many of them are actors. It's kinda odd that some faces would be blurred but not all of them.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Pornhub purges ten million videos after losing credit card support in ~tech

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    I had a friend who had some nudes of hers uploaded to PH without her permission, she just wasn't able to get it taken down at all. PH didn't respond to any of her requests.

    I had a friend who had some nudes of hers uploaded to PH without her permission, she just wasn't able to get it taken down at all. PH didn't respond to any of her requests.

    15 votes
  15. Comment on FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization in ~tech

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    Depends on how it's designed. Some just straight up die if they're not able to connect to Facebook, even if it's only one of the possible options. I'm not sure I see that being affected here though.

    Depends on how it's designed. Some just straight up die if they're not able to connect to Facebook, even if it's only one of the possible options. I'm not sure I see that being affected here though.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on An interesting analysis of scented candles reviews vs. COVID-19 spread in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm not sure he meant it to be a link. Checking the source, there's not an actual destination. It's just a bare <a> element wrapping his text. I don't think you can do that with just markdown.

    I'm not sure he meant it to be a link. Checking the source, there's not an actual destination. It's just a bare <a> element wrapping his text. I don't think you can do that with just markdown.

  17. Comment on IMO the text used for formatting/markdown shouldn't count towards the character limit in user bios in ~tildes

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    Those are implementation details that should be hidden from the user though, right? Same way that formatting shouldn't count towards the limit, it'd be similarly confusing for users to say "a...

    Those are implementation details that should be hidden from the user though, right? Same way that formatting shouldn't count towards the limit, it'd be similarly confusing for users to say "a character is a character unless it's most emoji or some other multi byte character."

  18. Comment on IMO the text used for formatting/markdown shouldn't count towards the character limit in user bios in ~tildes

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    why, what's the benefit? a character is a character isn't it?

    non-ASCII characters most probably count as more than one character

    why, what's the benefit? a character is a character isn't it?

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Google to block embedded browser frameworks starting January 4, 2021; likely includes non-Safari WebKit in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I understand the point you're making. If a new web browser project comes into existence, it's only used by the people developing it. Maybe some technical users start using it because...

    I'm not sure I understand the point you're making. If a new web browser project comes into existence, it's only used by the people developing it. Maybe some technical users start using it because it fits their needs. Maybe a few general-purpose users pick it up because it works for them and doesn't break the things they need to not break. But it can't make much progress in the general population if there's something pervasive lurking in there preventing a majority of people from using it for at least one purpose.

    Epiphany already suffers from this a bit. Epiphany is nice, and I use it on my laptop. But on my desktop I use Firefox, because it's my desktop I consume my media on, and Epiphany doesn't support Widevine. People don't switch around web browsers for different purposes, they pick one that works and they stick with it until it stops working for them. "Signing into Google" or "watching Netflix" or "accessing a random obscure website that only works on IE6" is a blocker as soon as one person is turned away from the project because they can't do what they want with their web browser.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Google to block embedded browser frameworks starting January 4, 2021; likely includes non-Safari WebKit in ~tech

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    Can't say whether other people are blowing it out of proportions in discussions, I haven't dropped by the HN thread you've linked yet, but at least in the OP link they seem to be evaluating it...

    Can't say whether other people are blowing it out of proportions in discussions, I haven't dropped by the HN thread you've linked yet, but at least in the OP link they seem to be evaluating it properly. Any browser that can't sign into Google services can only see quite limited adoption for quite limited purposes. It can't be used by much of the general population for general internet browsing. Later in the email thread, it appears that they managed to test the new changes and confirm that Epiphany is unaffected for now, but this is still a troubling stance for Google to be taking. They aren't The Web, but they're a part of it that a great many people use. The web should be universal, if a browser can't access a part of it, it takes the blame, not the website.

    3 votes