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  1. Comment on Americans are starting to venture out to dine at restaurants in ~food

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    At least America will serve as an example of what happens if you simply ignore the problem.

    At least America will serve as an example of what happens if you simply ignore the problem.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service in ~tech

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    The consumer doesn't understand one way or the other so there is no pressure to do it the right way and the local hosted way doesn't allow for the OEM to suck up all of your data and then brick...

    The consumer doesn't understand one way or the other so there is no pressure to do it the right way and the local hosted way doesn't allow for the OEM to suck up all of your data and then brick your device when they want to sell a new one.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on New Zealand 'blanketed' by smoke and dust from raging NSW and QLD bushfires in ~news

  4. Comment on Apple News no longer supports RSS in ~tech

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    Tech companies have been trying to kill off RSS for the last 5 years.

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    Tech companies have been trying to kill off RSS for the last 5 years.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on How do you feel about safer kitchen knives? in ~food

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    I think the thing to consider is how useful the tool is and how big the problem is. Knife tips are very useful and I use them all the time. For this to actually work you basically have to enforce...

    I think the thing to consider is how useful the tool is and how big the problem is. Knife tips are very useful and I use them all the time. For this to actually work you basically have to enforce that they are the only knifes available for purchase which limits you from buying any high quality knifes since they will come from other countries without these rules.

    The loss isn't worth the gain.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on The GOG GALAXY 2.0 Open Beta is now available in ~games

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    Still no Linux support. Pretty disappointing since gog galaxy has been around for years now. Seems like all of the steam alternatives don't even make an attempt to at least match steams features.

    Still no Linux support. Pretty disappointing since gog galaxy has been around for years now. Seems like all of the steam alternatives don't even make an attempt to at least match steams features.

  7. Comment on The Verge’s gadgets of the decade in ~tech

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    Its not even an accurate URL. These aren't the best gadgets. Half of them are awful. Its a list of iconic gadgets like the samsung exploding phone and the annoying headphone adapter.

    Its not even an accurate URL. These aren't the best gadgets. Half of them are awful. Its a list of iconic gadgets like the samsung exploding phone and the annoying headphone adapter.

  8. Comment on Dumbass Home 2.0: Home automation without bullshit in ~tech

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    I like the idea of home automation and I know I can self host everything and not be reliant on corporations but it just seems like more risk than its worth. A dumb offline light bulb or door lock...

    I like the idea of home automation and I know I can self host everything and not be reliant on corporations but it just seems like more risk than its worth. A dumb offline light bulb or door lock can not be hacked without physical access. Setting up connected devices is just exposing yourself to more risk where the only payoff is that you can check the lights are off when away from home and to feel cool and high tech.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Tesla made a pickup truck for the end of the world in ~tech

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    Most people probably park undercover though. Likely only useful for people out on farms. It makes more sense to just put the solar panels on your roof where they see sun almost all day.

    Most people probably park undercover though. Likely only useful for people out on farms. It makes more sense to just put the solar panels on your roof where they see sun almost all day.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on A new tracking technique using CNAME aliases to circumvent third-party cookie restrictions is blockable using a Firefox DNS API, but not in Chrome in ~tech

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    Google has made an effort to crack down on tracker blockers recently. Rather than outright remove them from the store they heavily restricted the tools adblockers use and provided an api that lets...

    Google has made an effort to crack down on tracker blockers recently. Rather than outright remove them from the store they heavily restricted the tools adblockers use and provided an api that lets adblockers work the way they currently do. The problem is trackers can change the way they work and ad blockers are no longer able to adapt because their tools have been removed.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Humble Monthly November 2019 Early Unlocks: Call of Duty: WWII, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy in ~games

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    I have been thinking about the humble monthly bundle for a while now and they have had a few games I would have wanted but most of it is garbage or not my thing. For the price I would have to pay...

    I have been thinking about the humble monthly bundle for a while now and they have had a few games I would have wanted but most of it is garbage or not my thing. For the price I would have to pay for the months with nothing I want it would be cheaper to just buy the few games I actually want when they are on sale.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    No, I absolutely do not support such a thing. Anything bad enough to warrant such an action should be dealt with via the legal system. Your service providers should not be the arbitrators of...

    No, I absolutely do not support such a thing. Anything bad enough to warrant such an action should be dealt with via the legal system. Your service providers should not be the arbitrators of morality.

    I think its a different case when your product is enabling such an action. I would not want to be working somewhere developing software designed to kill people for example. I think gitlab gets off here since their software is no more helpful to evil users as it is to good. If gitlab had built in a feature specifically and only for evil use cases then I think that would be crossing the line.

    13 votes
  13. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

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    Its actually really good from the developer side. Mapbox is a company that sells services using OSM data and their map viewers are really high quality and a lot lot cheaper than google maps. For...

    Its actually really good from the developer side. Mapbox is a company that sells services using OSM data and their map viewers are really high quality and a lot lot cheaper than google maps. For the use case where you want to show the location of your store on a map or maybe show a some other kind of visualization it actually doesn't matter that all the data like the opening hours of the local library are missing.

    From the user side, OSM is better for things google maps can't make money off. The mountain bike trail data on OSM is actually quite good but on google maps its non existent.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    I'm surprised they thought that would work at all. I can't imagine anyone paying $3 every time they rsvp. We already have issues with more people showing up than rsvping and this would just make...

    I'm surprised they thought that would work at all. I can't imagine anyone paying $3 every time they rsvp. We already have issues with more people showing up than rsvping and this would just make it so no one does at all.

    The price is so insanely high as well. A user could probably rsvp to 1000 events before using 1c worth of server resources. Sounds like the company grew too big and needs to suck a lot of money out of what is a very trivial website. The primary function of the website could be replicated by almost any web dev in a week. Literally the only value they add is having lots of users.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Discussing blackness on Reddit? Photograph your forearm first in ~tech

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    Just edit the image and drop the brightness.

    Just edit the image and drop the brightness.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on One supermarket chain in Finland has an idea to address food waste – S-market has started holding 'happy hours' for products nearing expiration date in ~food

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    Food waste is one of the really hard optimisation problems. Unlike most of the environmental issues there isn't an obvious alternative. Some foods just do not last long at all in storage so you...

    Food waste is one of the really hard optimisation problems. Unlike most of the environmental issues there isn't an obvious alternative. Some foods just do not last long at all in storage so you almost have to have a full plan of everything you will be eating including the quantities you will need and make sure you stick to the plan the whole time. I imagine most people have a vague idea of what they want when at the supermarket but mostly just wander around and pick random stuff that looks good which means you are almost certain to end up wasting some of it.

    For some parts of the supply chain there really is huge gains to be made. There was a documentary recently showing farmers tipping mountains of bananas into a hole because they didn't have the correct curve that the supermarkets require.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What do you prefer Diesel or petrol ? in ~hobbies

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    I think Diesel should be banned in any urban area. The health risks are too great.

    I think Diesel should be banned in any urban area. The health risks are too great.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Why is Tildes not on Github? in ~tildes

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    Gitlab has a better feature set than github. Thats the only reason needed really. Content discovery is not a very prominent feature of either website so user counts don't mean much

    Gitlab has a better feature set than github. Thats the only reason needed really. Content discovery is not a very prominent feature of either website so user counts don't mean much

    8 votes
  19. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Thats not unpopular. We all know its all fluffed out and chopped up so you end up seeing everything twice before and after the ads.

    Thats not unpopular. We all know its all fluffed out and chopped up so you end up seeing everything twice before and after the ads.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Coalition of charitable and peace-building organisations in Finland crowdsource for 'forgiveness' emoji in ~tech

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    Its a lot of px in a tiny space so I still can't work out what most of them are.

    Its a lot of px in a tiny space so I still can't work out what most of them are.

    2 votes