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  1. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    Oh cool! Come to think of it, that's very in keeping with the Amazon approach: they let any supplier sell on their storefront, any partner tie into their logistics services, any developer use...

    Oh cool! Come to think of it, that's very in keeping with the Amazon approach: they let any supplier sell on their storefront, any partner tie into their logistics services, any developer use their digital infrastructure; all for a charge, of course. Once they've built something for internal use, they're more than happy to white label it and turn it into an extra revenue stream.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles in ~tech

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    I'm fine with seeing if we hit that point and dealing with it then, less fine with letting lobbyists for vested interests dictate the schedule.

    I'm fine with seeing if we hit that point and dealing with it then, less fine with letting lobbyists for vested interests dictate the schedule.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    That Fetch system sounds insane - what's the theoretical upside? I'm sadly unsurprised to see the tenants getting the short end of the stick, but in this case it seems like it would end up...

    That Fetch system sounds insane - what's the theoretical upside? I'm sadly unsurprised to see the tenants getting the short end of the stick, but in this case it seems like it would end up creating additional costs for the building owners too.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    Side note: there was actually a company called Doddle that set up exactly what I'm asking for - they had partnerships with a bunch of retailers so the customers could collect for free, but I could...

    Side note: there was actually a company called Doddle that set up exactly what I'm asking for - they had partnerships with a bunch of retailers so the customers could collect for free, but I could also use their address plus a unique ID in the first line to have any parcel delivered there by any company or courier. If you used the latter, you'd pay a small fee on collection.

    It was great, I used it often, they obviously didn't make enough money to be viable. It'd be easy to interpret that as proof that I'm asking too much, but I don't think that's the case - the Post Office is already renting all that space, they're already accepting and sorting deliveries, the overheads are totally covered. Doddle couldn't make it viable as their sole business, but I think it's totally feasible for the Post Office to make it profitable as an additional service.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    This'll definitely be location-specific, but I'm reasonably sure that Royal Mail only lets you hold PO Box mail at a "Delivery Office" (big depot, usually quite inconvenient to get to) rather than...

    This'll definitely be location-specific, but I'm reasonably sure that Royal Mail only lets you hold PO Box mail at a "Delivery Office" (big depot, usually quite inconvenient to get to) rather than a normal Post Office (small, accessible, high street locations).

    A lot of retailers and/or delivery companies also just refuse to ship to PO Box addresses, which kind of limits the usefulness. It's a shame, because yeah, you're right, all I'm really asking for is a PO Box at my local branch with an address that doesn't immediately get red flagged.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    Yeah, same, there's one at the petrol station just down the road from me. I've ranted to my friends about how much more useful it would've been to have had the postal service run it and make it...

    Yeah, same, there's one at the petrol station just down the road from me. I've ranted to my friends about how much more useful it would've been to have had the postal service run it and make it open to all deliveries rather than locked to a single retailer. At least that was the issue pre-home-working, when packages were all but guaranteed to arrive while I was at the office.

    Same goes for the Post Office branch itself, to be honest. Rather than being a hub that I can get any parcel from, they insist on attempting to deliver to my house twice, and then taking things to the distribution centre that's miles away, at which point I can request it to be redelivered and left at the Post Office. Whole process takes the better part of a week, whereas selecting the Amazon locker as the intended address gets it there next day.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    Any thoughts on what kind of thing might cause cumulative damage over several failures? I'd been assuming it was somehow heat related, but that would probably just be an absolute cut-off...

    Any thoughts on what kind of thing might cause cumulative damage over several failures? I'd been assuming it was somehow heat related, but that would probably just be an absolute cut-off regardless of prior state.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The MAGA-targeted “Freedom Phone” has a breathtaking amount of red flags in ~tech

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    Yeah, I don't get the impression there's any real ideological drive here, it's just some basic buzzwords marketed with a huge mark-up to a crowd who've already proven themselves incredibly...

    Yeah, I don't get the impression there's any real ideological drive here, it's just some basic buzzwords marketed with a huge mark-up to a crowd who've already proven themselves incredibly gullible on other matters.

    The fact the manufacturers didn't even have the foresight to enable "one coupon per customer" on the store page is pretty much the level of competence I'd expect. Preload a couple of APKs and maybe if the users are really lucky, modify the store client to read an extra 10 apps off a server somewhere and append them to the standard Google Play catalogue. I'd be amazed if they get anything more complex than that, and I'd bet good money on a significant data breach within three months if the product actually ships.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    It honestly seems a pretty ideal word for the context! If it were me I'd probably just have said "person", but that's definitely less precise. Either way, I hope my tone came across as I meant it:...

    It honestly seems a pretty ideal word for the context! If it were me I'd probably just have said "person", but that's definitely less precise. Either way, I hope my tone came across as I meant it: not a criticism at all, just faint amusement at an uncommon term in a discussion of uncommon term.

  10. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    It's way off in outlier territory for sure, but I'm glad it exists in the spec because proper print CSS is brilliant if you want to use something like AsciiDoc to generate HTML and PDF in parallel...

    It's way off in outlier territory for sure, but I'm glad it exists in the spec because proper print CSS is brilliant if you want to use something like AsciiDoc to generate HTML and PDF in parallel (which is something I've done on multiple occasions specifically to avoid the kind of disagreements this very thread contains!).

    1 vote
  11. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    Equally, I had to look up the word interlocutor and make sure I was understanding it correctly! I'd say both can just be chalked up as necessary perils of using a wide vocabulary.

    Equally, I had to look up the word interlocutor and make sure I was understanding it correctly! I'd say both can just be chalked up as necessary perils of using a wide vocabulary.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    I'm not as anti-PDF as some of the comments here - I actually find it quite an interesting experiment, and it's certainly spurred a discussion, which I imagine was partly the point - but I think...

    I'm not as anti-PDF as some of the comments here - I actually find it quite an interesting experiment, and it's certainly spurred a discussion, which I imagine was partly the point - but I think ePub is probably a better fit. I mentioned further up that it seems to tick a lot of the boxes that the author was asking for, while also doing a better job of the things that a lot of readers here are worried about.

    The biggest downside is probably the lack of native browser support, and there are philosophical questions to ask about how much of the HTML spec's complexity is included by references in the ePub spec, but for me it still would've been the better choice.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    Seems like ePub is actually a really nice tool for the job in this context - it fulfils a lot of the more specific requirements the author was talking about: sensible subset of HTML without having...

    Seems like ePub is actually a really nice tool for the job in this context - it fulfils a lot of the more specific requirements the author was talking about: sensible subset of HTML without having to create a new standard, single self-contained file that can be hashed and verified, good existing open source tooling, etc. but then it also allows reflowing, user control over styling, and generally much improved accessibility over PDF.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on The strangest aircraft ever built: The Soviet Union's VVA-14 in ~humanities

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    That was fascinating - I'd seen old photos of the thing rusting in a field, but I'd never heard the actual backstory. They did make at least one other attempt at a huge ground-effect vehicle, and...

    That was fascinating - I'd seen old photos of the thing rusting in a field, but I'd never heard the actual backstory. They did make at least one other attempt at a huge ground-effect vehicle, and a single model that made it into service, but I don't know of any that went into actual mass production.

    I assume there's a reason that ground-effect vehicles aren't as well suited to their tasks as an actual ship or an actual plane, but I haven't taken the time to read up on why. I had the opportunity to do a short trip in a passenger hovercraft, which was great fun, so I'd be all about seeing more unusual forms of transport out there in the world!

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Remote code execution vulnerability in the cdnjs Javascript CDN run by Cloudflare, which could have enabled tampering with over 10% of all websites in ~comp

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    Interesting, thanks - I wasn't aware of that change. I'd already come down on the self hosting + CDN side on sites I control, even at the cost of a little extra bandwidth overhead, so it's good to...

    Interesting, thanks - I wasn't aware of that change. I'd already come down on the self hosting + CDN side on sites I control, even at the cost of a little extra bandwidth overhead, so it's good to know that even the bandwidth trade-off is no longer in play.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Remote code execution vulnerability in the cdnjs Javascript CDN run by Cloudflare, which could have enabled tampering with over 10% of all websites in ~comp

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    Oh that's cool - sounds kind of like what @Wes was hoping for, too, although I guess it doesn't really make a dent in whole-network efficiency unless it's preinstalled.

    Oh that's cool - sounds kind of like what @Wes was hoping for, too, although I guess it doesn't really make a dent in whole-network efficiency unless it's preinstalled.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Remote code execution vulnerability in the cdnjs Javascript CDN run by Cloudflare, which could have enabled tampering with over 10% of all websites in ~comp

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    Subresource integrity was pretty much designed for this - you can add a hash to the script or link tag to ensure the file you receive is the one you expected. Alternatively, you can stick to...

    Subresource integrity was pretty much designed for this - you can add a hash to the script or link tag to ensure the file you receive is the one you expected.

    Alternatively, you can stick to hosting your own dependencies, at which point they're as secure as the rest of your site. You can even still pipe them through your choice of CDN if you like, although you do have the very slight loss of efficiency in that CDN edges and users' browsers need to cache your copy of awesomeLibrary.js rather than using the copy they've already got that's shared with someone else's site if both are using cdnjs.

    Come to think of it, browsers should probably be able to cache based on matching subresource hash, regardless of URL. Assuming collisions are sufficiently unlikely, at least. If it weren't already past midnight here I'd do some digging on that...

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Disney shifts ‘Black Widow’ & ‘Cruella’ to day & date release in theaters and Disney+ in ~movies

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    Works for me! Most of the time I'm just going to wait for them to roll over onto the streaming I'm already paying for, sometimes it's nice to take a trip out to the cinema, but yeah, sometimes...

    Works for me! Most of the time I'm just going to wait for them to roll over onto the streaming I'm already paying for, sometimes it's nice to take a trip out to the cinema, but yeah, sometimes I'll be happy to pay to see something right this minute in my own living room. Extra choice seems good in this context.

    The cost of living where I am probably helps the relative value of it, too. It's £19.99 for premier access, which is a decent bit less than tickets & a small snack for two people would be anywhere near me; it's the same price as a single ticket on its own if you go to the fancy cinema!

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Hashing Phone Numbers For 2-Factor Authentication in ~comp

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    You're absolutely right, but if I'm reading this correctly it's so much less that you can do it in about 0.75 seconds. Which makes no real difference to the conversation at hand, it just blows my...

    a 3080 could brute force all 4 billion in less than 5 minutes

    You're absolutely right, but if I'm reading this correctly it's so much less that you can do it in about 0.75 seconds. Which makes no real difference to the conversation at hand, it just blows my mind how fast these things actually are - a friend pointed something similar out to me recently, which is what prompted me to double check.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Black Widow review and discussion in ~movies

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    I think Val's wording was something like "he's responsible for her death" - I can imagine there being some official report filed somewhere about how she died, probably including a guilt-ridden...

    I think Val's wording was something like "he's responsible for her death" - I can imagine there being some official report filed somewhere about how she died, probably including a guilt-ridden statement from a grieving Hawkeye, that's not so hard to view through a very negative lense in order to sell the story to Yelena that he let her die to save his own ass.

    1 vote