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  1. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

    Duncan Link
    Very good game. Highly creative and lots of fun in survival. I wont forget my first night running through a dark forest being chased by every damn monster in the game. I like to discover games...

    Very good game. Highly creative and lots of fun in survival. I wont forget my first night running through a dark forest being chased by every damn monster in the game.
    I like to discover games naturally but needed some internet guidence to get past the first night :)

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Apple accused of GDPR breach in ~tech

    Duncan Link Parent
    This is often true - I replied in another comment that I would prefer CSV if it was done properly but it isn't so I download as JSON

    This is often true - I replied in another comment that I would prefer CSV if it was done properly but it isn't so I download as JSON

  3. Comment on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Apple accused of GDPR breach in ~tech

    Duncan (edited ) Link Parent
    In an ideal world I would prefer CSV exports - but this only works if the company providing the data: is a proper CSV export that handles quotes, line breaks, etc has the information split into...

    In an ideal world I would prefer CSV exports - but this only works if the company providing the data:

    1. is a proper CSV export that handles quotes, line breaks, etc
    2. has the information split into separate CSV files where needed
    sales.csv = date, customer_id, product_id, quantity
    customer.csv = name, address, blah, 
    product.csv = product_id, name, details, cost, sell_price
    

    This happens often but not always, so in reality I choose JSON formats as they are usually better than the other formats company provides. I wrote a blog post about this here How to Download your personal data from the cloud

    which shows facebook export as HTM gives you much less than their JSON export (in that case it is best to download both versions - HTM to browse through and Ctrl F, and the JSON format if you want to import it elsewhere.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Apple accused of GDPR breach in ~tech

    Duncan Link Parent
    Yes agree that anyone can read it (assuming they know enough to open the JSON file they double clicked with a text editor app and not something else), but having a normal user import that into...

    Yes agree that anyone can read it (assuming they know enough to open the JSON file they double clicked with a text editor app and not something else), but having a normal user import that into another format [which doesn't explicitly import JSON] is quite difficult

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and Apple accused of GDPR breach in ~tech

    Duncan Link Parent
    JSON is esoteric to the "average" person in terms of "loading their data into Excel". Lets say you export your fitbit steps for the last 2 years - you'd like to be able to get a nice graph of your...

    JSON is esoteric to the "average" person in terms of "loading their data into Excel".

    Lets say you export your fitbit steps for the last 2 years - you'd like to be able to get a nice graph of your monthly progress, and if the data was exported as CSV then the average person might have a chance to do it.

    But honestly, if they are not programmers or don't want to download and run converters then you cannot really argue that JSON is a great format for the average user.

    Personally, I prefer JSON - but that's because I understand it. Not of my relatives would know what to do with it though.

    21 votes
  6. Comment on Why Microsoft Word must Die in ~comp

    Duncan Link Parent
    Sadly true - some years I moved from local documents to Google Docs and Sheets, and it was very convenient at first, but large docs really struggle - not just on mobile, but on a fast desktop. I...

    Sadly true - some years I moved from local documents to Google Docs and Sheets, and it was very convenient at first, but large docs really struggle - not just on mobile, but on a fast desktop.

    I prefer markdown format now

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Privacy and Politics in ~talk

    Duncan Link Parent
    Or how about : The U.S. President acknowledges Snowden's evidence exposing illegal wiretapping against our citizens, and though we don't condone the methods - we accept that we take responsibility...

    Did people expect a sitting U.S. President to praise someone who stole government secrets and revealed them to the world?

    Or how about :
    The U.S. President acknowledges Snowden's evidence exposing illegal wiretapping against our citizens, and though we don't condone the methods - we accept that we take responsibility in changing this.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

    Duncan Link
    I like any type of Techno music, and lately have been loving Cyberpunk Community soundtrack - would love some more recommendations around Cyberpunk music.

    I like any type of Techno music, and lately have been loving Cyberpunk Community soundtrack - would love some more recommendations around Cyberpunk music.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on The 773 Million Record "Collection #1" Data Breach in ~comp

    Duncan Link Parent
    How do you word you error message when this happens? Some may get might embarrassed / scare if they think you already know what their password is (but I suppose they really do need to be told)

    I use the Pwned Passwords list on Tildes to prevent people from using passwords

    How do you word you error message when this happens? Some may get might embarrassed / scare if they think you already know what their password is (but I suppose they really do need to be told)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Game developers need to unionize in ~games

    Duncan Link Parent
    Perhaps some sort of labour law that enforces these limits is a starting point. There is no reason that overworking people is so common and expected that it makes it way into employment contracts....

    your employment contract will stipulate that you waive the 48 hour limit

    Perhaps some sort of labour law that enforces these limits is a starting point. There is no reason that overworking people is so common and expected that it makes it way into employment contracts.

    They can get away with it too, as there will always be people looking for work - especially in the gaming industry, so if you don't accept these shitty conditions, someone else will.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The curious case of the Raspberry Pi in the network closet in ~comp

    Duncan Link Parent
    Maybe after "Legal" took over, they were not allowed to post publicly about it.

    Maybe after "Legal" took over, they were not allowed to post publicly about it.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Suggestion: increase timeout for being logged out in ~tildes

    Duncan Link Parent
    ah, yes you are right - I didn't log in separately. So all good, cheers

    ah, yes you are right - I didn't log in separately. So all good, cheers

    6 votes
  13. Firstly - thanks for the invite, looks like a good place! I signed up and read some posts, alt tabbed to other sites, came back and went to post a reply but got an error...

    Firstly - thanks for the invite, looks like a good place!

    I signed up and read some posts, alt tabbed to other sites, came back and went to post a reply but got an error https://i.imgur.com/Fz1MXtd.png

    I opened a new tab and logged in and could post ok, but it didnt feel like that long from when I logged in to when it timed out on me.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? in ~health

    Duncan Link Parent
    Yes, the sun here is pretty fierce (still 37 degrees here in Adelaide at 7pm). Also over the years the amount of time you can spend in the sun seems to be shorter than I remember.

    Yes, the sun here is pretty fierce (still 37 degrees here in Adelaide at 7pm).

    Also over the years the amount of time you can spend in the sun seems to be shorter than I remember.

    2 votes