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  1. Comment on Jitsi Meet: Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing in ~tech

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    We all just hit play at the same time and used headphones. I tried screensharing Netflix but we had DRM issues.

    We all just hit play at the same time and used headphones. I tried screensharing Netflix but we had DRM issues.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Jitsi Meet: Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing in ~tech

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    I used this to do a group chat with some friends while we watched a movie and it worked great. I just sent them the link and they all joined with one click.

    I used this to do a group chat with some friends while we watched a movie and it worked great. I just sent them the link and they all joined with one click.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on De-Googling my life – two years on in ~tech

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    Wow. That's awful. I only really know it from EEVBlog mentioning it but if that's the kind of stuff their highlighting, I'm not interested.

    Wow. That's awful. I only really know it from EEVBlog mentioning it but if that's the kind of stuff their highlighting, I'm not interested.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on The software that’s being made available free to help with home working during the COVID-19 crisis in ~health.coronavirus

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    1Password is also removing all limits from their trial accounts so that people can use the syncing for free.

    1Password is also removing all limits from their trial accounts so that people can use the syncing for free.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How to boost your home’s Wi-Fi in ~tech

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    I think you misunderstand what they're saying... If you're using your ISPs router, a lot of times they will have a separate network that's for the ISPs other customers. That way when a Comcast...

    That makes absolutely no sense. Wireless devices don't spontaneously crack passwords of hotspots and decide to connect to them for no reason.

    I think you misunderstand what they're saying...

    If you're using your ISPs router, a lot of times they will have a separate network that's for the ISPs other customers. That way when a Comcast customer is out and about, they can jump on any Comcast controlled router and use the internet. Here's their page on it.

    And people also have unprotected wifi networks, which any device can hop on.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Supporting artists during the COVID-19 pandemic - Bandcamp will waive their fees for all purchases on March 20 in ~music

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    If you’re into vapor wave, 3D Blast has a whole bunch of stuff that’s great.

    If you’re into vapor wave, 3D Blast has a whole bunch of stuff that’s great.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Cellphone review: Umidigi F2 in ~tech

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    Are you at all worried about spyware or anything like that being installed on it? I’d be concerned that for $200 it was full of stuff like that and they’d sell your data. Sort of like lower end TVs.

    Are you at all worried about spyware or anything like that being installed on it?

    I’d be concerned that for $200 it was full of stuff like that and they’d sell your data. Sort of like lower end TVs.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Yes, young people are falling seriously ill from Covid-19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I can only speak for my group of friends, which are all early 30s, but we are taking it extremely seriously and even planning virtual events to hang out (like streaming games on Twitch). I think a...

    The deadly coronavirus has been met with a bit of a shrug among some in the under-50 set in the United States.

    I can only speak for my group of friends, which are all early 30s, but we are taking it extremely seriously and even planning virtual events to hang out (like streaming games on Twitch).

    I think a lot of the media coverage is misrepresenting a small group of people who are ignoring the potential deadliness of the virus.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    Apple and other computer companies always make their money from upgrades. I agree that it's a lot (probably too much) but they are using extremely high end SSDs. So comparing it to an off the...

    Apple and other computer companies always make their money from upgrades.

    I agree that it's a lot (probably too much) but they are using extremely high end SSDs. So comparing it to an off the shelf SSD from Amazon isn't really fair (as GP did).

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    Have you used the new keyboards? I've used the 16-inch quite a bit and it's a massive improvement over the butterfly switches. They feel a lot better and more stable than the previous scissor...

    Have you used the new keyboards? I've used the 16-inch quite a bit and it's a massive improvement over the butterfly switches. They feel a lot better and more stable than the previous scissor switches.

    But keyboard feel is entirely subjective, so my experience could be completely different from yours.

    I would say that the crumb issue is a dealbreaker. They tried to fix the issue multiple times and failed. The fact that a single crumb can result in having to replace basically the entire laptop (which can cost the user $1,700) is just flat out bad design.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    I think that's just because it's grown so much over the last decade thanks to iOS. There are still tons of great Mac apps out there, it just takes a more sifting through the bad ones to find the...

    Now that it's mainstream the quality and "Mac-ness" of the developer community has nose-dived [...]

    I think that's just because it's grown so much over the last decade thanks to iOS. There are still tons of great Mac apps out there, it just takes a more sifting through the bad ones to find the truly great ones.

    An Apple Tax of about $200-$250 over a comparably specced WinTel box has always been pretty standard.

    For a product priced at $1,000 that makes sense. But a $200+ upcharge for a $$300 product, it seems more egregious.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    I think adding official trackpad support is a huge deal. Apple has tried to position the iPad as a computer replacement for a few years now by bending software companies to their will and getting...

    I think adding official trackpad support is a huge deal. Apple has tried to position the iPad as a computer replacement for a few years now by bending software companies to their will and getting them to adapt programs to a touch interface. But there are a lot of times when touch isn't the best interaction model and a mouse and keyboard are way better and faster. I'm glad they're finally realizing that.

    I hope that they'll enforce some sort of requirement that apps be functional without a keyboard and mouse as a way of preventing the bad UX you mentioned.

    Also, $300 to $350 for the keyboard and trackpad combination is absolutely insane. I thought the $180 they charged for the previous keyboard cover was overpriced but this is ridiculous. They can make whatever wacky claims they want about a magic space age hinge but that's way too expensive. It's bizarre that in the same year they dropped the entry price for the iPhone 11, they have ratcheted up the price of accessories...

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro in ~tech

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    It used to start at 128 GB for $999 which was even worse.

    It used to start at 128 GB for $999 which was even worse.

  14. Apple announces new MacBook Air and iPad Pro

    I figured one thread for all of Apple's new product announcements would be enough. The new MacBook Air with the same redesigned keyboard as the 16-inch model and newer processors. I'm glad to see...

    I figured one thread for all of Apple's new product announcements would be enough.

    The new MacBook Air with the same redesigned keyboard as the 16-inch model and newer processors. I'm glad to see that they're bringing the keyboard to the rest of the lineup so quickly (I'm writing this on a 2017 MacBook Pro and this keyboard is not pleasant even after two and a half years of adjustment).

    The new iPad Pro is where things get interesting. Same design as the previous iPad Pros, but now with an ultra wide camera and a LIDAR sensor.

    The iPad Pro also has a new keyboard and trackpad accessory that looks interesting. It has an adjustable hinge that can hold the iPad at any angle, which is one of my biggest complaints with the current keyboard case. I'm interested to see how well it works in a lap when hands on videos start coming out.

    I'm excited that Apple is bringing official pointing support to iOS (beyond the basic accessibility feature in iOS 13). This could be a game changer. I'm also excited that it's coming to iOS 13.4 (and all iPads that can run it) and they aren't waiting until iOS 14 to roll out the feature. I've wanted Apple to start rolling out features on an ongoing basis (like Google is doing with the Pixel Feature Drops) rather than as one big drop every fall.

    14 votes
  15. Comment on Ohio Department of Health will order polls closed Tuesday as health emergency in ~health.coronavirus

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    But if the polls are closed today, he basically violated the court order...so are there any repercussions for the governor violating the law?

    But if the polls are closed today, he basically violated the court order...so are there any repercussions for the governor violating the law?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What if Andrew Yang was right? Mitt Romney has joined the chorus of voices calling for all Americans to receive free money directly from the government in ~news

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    Which is why we're in the situation where we are now. The net just isn't there for a lot of people who are living on the precipice when it comes to their finances.

    And Republicans have felt free to cut into that for years.

    Which is why we're in the situation where we are now. The net just isn't there for a lot of people who are living on the precipice when it comes to their finances.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What if Andrew Yang was right? Mitt Romney has joined the chorus of voices calling for all Americans to receive free money directly from the government in ~news

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    I should have been more specific. I meant an extra $1,000 cushion between you losing your job and having zero income.

    I should have been more specific. I meant an extra $1,000 cushion between you losing your job and having zero income.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The State of the Restaurant Industry in ~health.coronavirus

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    You can see the numbers just plummeting over the last two and a half weeks.

    You can see the numbers just plummeting over the last two and a half weeks.

  19. Comment on Is voter turnout up in 2020 U.S. elections? Yeah, but not all that much in ~misc

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    The Supervisor of Elections where I live offers voting by mail as the default option when you register to vote. I have been voting by mail for nearly a decade and it's definitely increased my...

    The Supervisor of Elections where I live offers voting by mail as the default option when you register to vote. I have been voting by mail for nearly a decade and it's definitely increased my participation. I just get an envelope in the mail, fill out the form and mail it back (postage is already paid). They even offer an online ballot tracker that lets you see when your ballot is received, processed and officially counted.

    If more districts pushed vote by mail more heavily, it would greatly boost participation. No need to worry about time off to go to the polls or waiting in line for hours on Election Day.

    4 votes