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  1. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    I rarely pirate anything because I don't have time to watch the stuff I have legally, much less illegally. But piracy is on the rise again, and will only get worse as the streaming market...

    I rarely pirate anything because I don't have time to watch the stuff I have legally, much less illegally. But piracy is on the rise again, and will only get worse as the streaming market fragments more and more. If things like popcorn time pop up again (I have no idea if that is still a thing or not, but I remember my friends using it - they didn't even know what a bittorrent client was, but now they could easily watch stuff illegally without navigating public trackers), people will abandon their subscriptions.

  2. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    And my seedbox costs $15/month. You could also use a VPN for <$5/month to avoid copyright notices if you don't have to worry about private tracker ratios (or can maintain one on your home upload...

    That's $43.16 per month just for streaming video.

    And my seedbox costs $15/month. You could also use a VPN for <$5/month to avoid copyright notices if you don't have to worry about private tracker ratios (or can maintain one on your home upload connection). While companies can't compete with free in terms of price, they can compete on convenience, but nobody does (Netflix used to until it lost half its content).

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Season 9 is over (as of October 12), and with it, the current generation of the show. G5 is coming next year.

    Season 9 is over (as of October 12), and with it, the current generation of the show. G5 is coming next year.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on EA Access and EA Games on Steam in ~games

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    Origin overlay somehow overrides Steam's overlay. Try launching Sims 4 from Steam, shift+tab will bring up Origin.

    Origin overlay somehow overrides Steam's overlay. Try launching Sims 4 from Steam, shift+tab will bring up Origin.

  5. Comment on EA Access and EA Games on Steam in ~games

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    Will it at least let Steam handle the in-game overlay? As shitty as the Steam overlay browser is, it's miles ahead of Origin, and I really dislike that even launching Sims 4 from Steam has the...

    Origin seems to be required to run in the background.

    Will it at least let Steam handle the in-game overlay? As shitty as the Steam overlay browser is, it's miles ahead of Origin, and I really dislike that even launching Sims 4 from Steam has the Steam overlay overridden by Origin's.

    I have to wonder what terms EA was able to neogotiate for this to happen.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Yes. I started watching the show back in 2012.

    Yes. I started watching the show back in 2012.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    My old forum signature images. I used to be active on a few forums and had some userbar-style images in my signature on one of them. The forum I was most active on has some archives on Wayback...

    My old forum signature images. I used to be active on a few forums and had some userbar-style images in my signature on one of them. The forum I was most active on has some archives on Wayback machine, but Wayback isn't very good about following forum links, and the only pages archived with posts by me were too new (so they only had my "retired from the forum, message me on skype" signature).

    On one forum I used to frequent had an archive of my user profile...and it was even more cringeworthy than I remembered. It was hilarious to stumble upon.

    Was anyone else ever involved with the CPPS (Club Penguin Private Server) community, specifically the Rile5 forums or ClubPenguinV?

    Edit: also, some old MLP fanfictions. I remember finding some really weird ones back in 2012 or 2013, haven't been able to find them since (and I know they were on FIMFiction).

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

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    Speaking of flash games, I remember playing a game where you controlled signals and had to get trains through a bunch of switches and intersections and ensure none of them ran into each other. I...

    Speaking of flash games, I remember playing a game where you controlled signals and had to get trains through a bunch of switches and intersections and ensure none of them ran into each other. I went looking for it several years ago, and never found it on the website I originally played it on.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on 100 hours of name change labor in ~lgbt

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    I've begun changing my preferred name (not even the legal stuff yet). It's shocking how many places I've used my name on, and even just updating my professional stuff (LinkedIn, website, GitHub,...

    I've begun changing my preferred name (not even the legal stuff yet). It's shocking how many places I've used my name on, and even just updating my professional stuff (LinkedIn, website, GitHub, GitLab) has taken over 10 hours. Granted, I also bought new domains and went through the lengthy process of changing my GSuite account over, but it really shows just how much work this will be. I'm ready to be rid of my birthname, though I probably won't have the time to do the legal change until next summer.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Announcements from Google's 2019 "Made by Google" event in ~tech

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    Yeah, especially with Google Photos not offering unlimited storage at original resolution. I can buy a knockoff device and get the same Google Photos unlimited "high quality" storage, why would I...

    Yeah, especially with Google Photos not offering unlimited storage at original resolution. I can buy a knockoff device and get the same Google Photos unlimited "high quality" storage, why would I bother buying a Pixel now? Looks like I'll be getting a Pixel 3 pretty soon since my Pixel 2 only has free original resolution until 2020.

    Edit: If anyone was wondering, using "high quality" means your photos will be resized to 4920 x 3264 (16 MP), and all videos will be resized to 1080p.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The original Half-Life just got patched for some reason in ~games

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    It never fails to amuse me when I see such old software randomly get patched, especially since Black Mesa exists. It's also nice to see that Valve hasn't lost the source code to the original game...

    It never fails to amuse me when I see such old software randomly get patched, especially since Black Mesa exists. It's also nice to see that Valve hasn't lost the source code to the original game (or they employ someone very skilled with a hex editor).

    9 votes
  12. Comment on What's a small thing that made you happy? in ~talk

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    Yesterday I got a skirt. Twirling around in it is so much fun! Being called my preferred name also really feels nice.

    Yesterday I got a skirt. Twirling around in it is so much fun! Being called my preferred name also really feels nice.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Centralised DNS-over-HTTPS is bad for privacy, in 2019 and beyond in ~tech

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    You say "also" as if there's a party involved that wasn't involved before. Rather than use <other DNS>, now you're using Cloudflare. It's replacing one party with a different party. If Google were...

    How does also telling Cloudflare that the user is going to Tildes improve anything in this situation?

    You say "also" as if there's a party involved that wasn't involved before. Rather than use <other DNS>, now you're using Cloudflare. It's replacing one party with a different party. If Google were to default to 8.8.8.8 for Chrome, you wouldn't "also" be telling Google your DNS requests, you'd be telling Google instead of your OS's default DNS server.

    There aren't any other sites on that IP address, so it's still obvious from the ISP's perspective that they're using Tildes, even without being able to see the DNS request for it.

    I'm not certain about this, but I believe there are different laws or privacy provisions between users and their ISPs that don't apply in the same way to third parties, which Cloudflare would be considered.

    First, the state of DNS servers provided by ISPs is...bad, to put it lightly. When I switched my mom from CenturyLink DNS to Google DNS, my mom asked what I did to make it faster before I had even told her I had changed anything (the initial connection times were noticeably better). When I had to change my DNS to Spectrum's for modem registration (but didn't remember to change it back), I found intermittent problems related to some non-CC TLDs randomly not returning A records. Verizon's DNS is also terrible, with some NOAA domains simply being unreachable, or they'll only return an A record 1 in 10 tries. Cloudflare DNS (1.1.1.1, not even DoH) never has any problems for obscure NOAA domains or weird TLDs. Using ISP provided DNS servers is simply a bad idea, and even Google fails to measure up to Cloudflare with regards to speed.

    Second, it's perfectly legal (in the US) for ISPs to sell all the data they can gather on you. Why give them exact knowledge of which domains on Fastly, Cloudfront, Akamai, etc. you're visiting? Being able to say "this user visited <websites> on <dates/times>" is much more valuable than "this user visits <CDN IPs> all day, which could be for one of several thousand domains". Cloudflare also claims they won't sell your data, which could be an outright lie, but they have more at risk if they get caught lying than American ISPs (what are you gonna do, switch to dial up?).

    There's still no real benefit to involving Cloudflare.

    What's the alternative at the moment? Personally, I see this as a win - ISPs can't earn as much money from selling our traffic, it's faster, more secure, and more reliable.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Kik is shutting down their chat app and firing most of their employees to focus on their Kin cryptocurrency and SEC trial in ~tech

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    That's one way to gloss over the mass layoffs that are about to occur. I didn't even know this was a thing until today. I'm not an avid follower of crypto news, but they seem to have very low...

    These are hard decisions. Kik is one of the largest apps in the US. It has industry leading engagement and is growing again. Over 100 employees and their families will be impacted. People who have poured their hearts and souls into Kik and Kin for over a decade.

    That's one way to gloss over the mass layoffs that are about to occur.

    Going forward our 19 person team will be focused on one goal: getting millions of people to buy Kin to use it.

    I didn't even know this was a thing until today. I'm not an avid follower of crypto news, but they seem to have very low adoption (source) in an immature yet saturated market.

    Together these changes will drop our burn rate by eighty five percent, putting us in position to get through the SEC trial with the resources we have.

    My inner cynic says this is their exit strategy. Lower their losses, pay the lawyers to put on a show, give the C-levels raises, watch it all burn to the ground, and prepare a blog post about your epic struggle against the evil SEC. Kik is the biggest user of Kin by a fairly large margin. This could knock out up to half of their users, so they'll have to do a lot to make up for this loss.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on The Atlantic Launches New Subscription Plans and Introduces A Metered Model in ~news

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    The problem with the pay as you go model (in my mind) is how do you know when to charge someone? When they get 50% through the article? (What if it's a short article or they have a vertical 4k...

    The problem with the pay as you go model (in my mind) is how do you know when to charge someone? When they get 50% through the article? (What if it's a short article or they have a vertical 4k monitor and don't have to scroll to view 50% of the article?) If an article is mostly fluff, can I request a refund? Also, if it's a really long article, can they charge more? (That would seem to create an incentive to add tons of fluff.)

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Hong Kong Government Withdraws Extradition Bill, A Key Demand Of Protesters in ~news

  17. Comment on What online services do you use to host and share photos? in ~creative

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    Google Photos is great. It's Google (so they're probably mining everything they can) but the search is excellent and pictures/videos from my phone (Pixel 2) don't count against my Google Drive...

    Google Photos is great. It's Google (so they're probably mining everything they can) but the search is excellent and pictures/videos from my phone (Pixel 2) don't count against my Google Drive quota. My mom's family has switched to it for organizing photos from reunions because it's easy to use (even for my grandmother who struggles to power cycle her router) and doesn't recompress. Plus, unlike iCloud, you can remove photos from your device to free up space without deleting them entirely.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Do you ride your local public transit system? in ~talk

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    This summer I was interning at a company in New Jersey. I really liked it, I was able to walk 10 minutes, take a 7 minute train ride, and a 20 minute direct shuttle to work and back. I could have...

    This summer I was interning at a company in New Jersey. I really liked it, I was able to walk 10 minutes, take a 7 minute train ride, and a 20 minute direct shuttle to work and back. I could have walked for all my errands but the grocery store near my house had a bad produce selection so I drove to Wegmann's (which I am now super jealous of, Harris Teeter only beats them in generic selection). I went 2 months and 10 days without filling my tank (I only filled up on my way out). I made plenty of trips to NYC on the weekends and took exclusively public transit up there.

    I'm back in Charlotte now, and although the transit situation has improved a lot here, most of the bus routes are still centered around downtown, so a 15 minute drive to a major mall from my college would take 1 hour by light rail + bus, and when the movie I was going to see got out the light rail would be making its final trip for the night. Part of this is the way the city is laid out, it's not very gridlike outside downtown so crosstown service like NYC is difficult to achieve, but it could be fixed by better planning and encouraging transit-oriented developments.

    I don't ride public transit here very often because I only use my car to get groceries on the weekend, otherwise I'm mostly on campus for everything. I'll be moving off-campus next year and will hopefully be near the light rail. I know other people don't ride because they're fine with light rail but view busses as crappy and for poor people, which is a difficult misconception to break.

    I'm excited to see the new silver line light rail developments, it's a much needed addition and I hope they continue expanding rail transit in the region. (And after experiencing the NEC I've been writing to my senators in support of Amtrak, though they're both republicans so it'll probably fall on deaf ears.)

    1 vote