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  1. Comment on Help me ditch Chrome's password manager! in ~tech

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    I use Firefox, and its built-in password manager ticks your boxes, I believe. I couldn't tell from your post if you were implying that you're not ready to change browsers yet. Maybe consider using...

    I use Firefox, and its built-in password manager ticks your boxes, I believe. I couldn't tell from your post if you were implying that you're not ready to change browsers yet. Maybe consider using Firefox only for the password-protected sites, and Chrome still for the rest of the Internet?

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Kingdom Come: Deliverance II -- coming 2024 in ~games

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    If you search around the Internet you'll see plenty of people admiring or making fun of the authenticity of the locations. Side by side comparisons (in game and real life), stuff like that....

    If you search around the Internet you'll see plenty of people admiring or making fun of the authenticity of the locations. Side by side comparisons (in game and real life), stuff like that. (Example: https://youtu.be/-u9khmaIa6M, and follow up https://youtu.be/yDYqv6W1t0g )

    There are fun comments on Google Maps for the areas, like people quoting from the game ("Hey, Henry's come to see us!"), and local (modern) businesses replying with stuff like "we welcome KCD fans".

    KCD1 won Best Czech Game of the Decade ( https://duckduckgo.com/?q=kcd+czech+game+of+the+decade&ia=web )

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Kingdom Come: Deliverance II -- coming 2024 in ~games

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    I know what you mean. I still mostly liked the combat system. If anything, they could make it harder by not letting you cheese the AI with the same stuff.

    I know what you mean. I still mostly liked the combat system. If anything, they could make it harder by not letting you cheese the AI with the same stuff.

  4. Comment on Kingdom Come: Deliverance II -- coming 2024 in ~games

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    KCD1 is my favourite game of all time (and that's a lot of a time). I always thought that KCD2 would never come, because KCD1 looked like it overspent its budget (both time and money), and they...

    KCD1 is my favourite game of all time (and that's a lot of a time). I always thought that KCD2 would never come, because KCD1 looked like it overspent its budget (both time and money), and they would never want to "waste" like that again. I was stunned to see this Steam announcement. If any game is a "shut up and take my money", this would be it.

    I've been burned before by a prepurchase (Battefield One), but I think this one won't disappoint. The trailer really hypes me up. Even if it turns out to be a dud (which I highly doubt), I would be happy to have given more support to the dev team retroactively for KCD1.

    I guess it makes sense for me to share the link for KCD1, too, since you'll likely want to finish that first before going to KCD2, because the story seems to be a direct continuation. https://store.steampowered.com/app/379430/Kingdom_Come_Deliverance/

    5 votes
  5. Comment on FUTU is a Voice Input app for Android that respects user privacy in ~tech

  6. Comment on Can noise canceling headphones be effective against non continuous noise such as music? in ~tech

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    Can you not file a complaint with the appropriate authorities (landlord, local law enforcement)? Anonymously, if you fear retribution.

    Can you not file a complaint with the appropriate authorities (landlord, local law enforcement)? Anonymously, if you fear retribution.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Does something like a charity fund for FOSS exist? If not, do you think it could be a good idea? in ~tech

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    Lots of projects individually ask for donations via their own choice of third-party provider. The trouble with a unified system is I'm doubtful there could be fair administration that wouldn't be...

    Lots of projects individually ask for donations via their own choice of third-party provider.

    The trouble with a unified system is I'm doubtful there could be fair administration that wouldn't be manipulated or corrupted, because humans.

    Personally, I just pick a few of my most valuable software, and donate to those, especially if their dev teams are very small.

    20 votes
  8. Comment on What did you do to "prepare" for your marriage? in ~life

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    I find it insightful to listen to what people married 30+ years have to say.

    I find it insightful to listen to what people married 30+ years have to say.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on 5.25-inch floppy disks expected to help run San Francisco trains until 2030 in ~transport

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    I'm thinking the issue is not reliance on floppies (the storage media), but on floppy drives. What probably needs changing is to make the computers use something other than floppy drives (in some...

    I'm thinking the issue is not reliance on floppies (the storage media), but on floppy drives. What probably needs changing is to make the computers use something other than floppy drives (in some way like you suggested); or replace the computers altogether. Maybe there's something special about what's housing/using those drives (but, like you, I doubt it).

    But I don't understand why they're worried about physical degradation of the media. Surely they've made backup copies (onto other floppies)?

    6 votes
  10. Comment on If we can't block users can we at least filter out topics posted by those users? in ~tildes

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    Honestly, I was going to do the same until I happened to see something on the higher level element in the DOM inspector. :)

    Honestly, I was going to do the same until I happened to see something on the higher level element in the DOM inspector. :)

    4 votes
  11. Comment on If we can't block users can we at least filter out topics posted by those users? in ~tildes

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    You can do this yourself with some client-side user CSS. This works for me: article[data-topic-posted-by="userYouWantToBlock"] { /* whatever CSS */ } You can opacity: 0.2; or display: none; or...

    You can do this yourself with some client-side user CSS. This works for me:

    article[data-topic-posted-by="userYouWantToBlock"] {
      /* whatever CSS */
    }
    

    You can opacity: 0.2; or display: none; or whatever you want.

    16 votes
  12. Comment on [help] Tips on resolving git conflicts, for the faint hearted in ~comp

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    Honestly, even when I'm working solo, I still use branches. You can keep features and development tasks separate and flip between them cleanly. You can't predict interruptions. (I guess you could...

    Honestly, even when I'm working solo, I still use branches. You can keep features and development tasks separate and flip between them cleanly. You can't predict interruptions. (I guess you could use git stash in a pinch.)

  13. Comment on Parenthood venting thread in ~talk

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    I'm sorry you've had such tough times lately. Well-wishing your way. Hang in there; those struggles won't last forever. Steal sleep whenever you can. Naps, going to bed at night early, whatever....

    I'm sorry you've had such tough times lately. Well-wishing your way. Hang in there; those struggles won't last forever.

    Steal sleep whenever you can. Naps, going to bed at night early, whatever. Even a 10 minute nap can help. Even sitting and closing your eyes and approaching being fully asleep (but not getting there) can help.

  14. Comment on [help] Tips on resolving git conflicts, for the faint hearted in ~comp

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    The actual git commands you use to resolve the conflicts will be pretty mundane. The hard part lies in sorting out the conflicts themselves in your IDE/editor in a way that won't break things or...

    The actual git commands you use to resolve the conflicts will be pretty mundane. The hard part lies in sorting out the conflicts themselves in your IDE/editor in a way that won't break things or inadvertently undo parts of a teammates' work.

    Now, with such a small team size, you probably don't want to bog yourselves down with fancy, enterprise-level project management overhead, but you'll probably at least want to do the following:

    • work in separate topic branches (per task)
    • keep branch scope small
    • keep branches short-lived
    • coordinate with each other to avoid working in the same areas at the same time, when possible

    If it is clear that one teammate's next task depends on the work being done by the other, an option to consider (case by case) is to make a grandchild branch off the work in progress (rather than master/main).

    2 votes
  15. Comment on ProtonMail on all the data that Outlook collects about your email in ~tech

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    The sad part is, we can be so meticulous and careful about safeguarding our own data, and avoiding services, but that is all undermined when everyone else we communicate with is using those...

    The sad part is, we can be so meticulous and careful about safeguarding our own data, and avoiding services, but that is all undermined when everyone else we communicate with is using those services and companies we're trying to avoid. Maybe your side of the correspondence (email, SMS, phone, video, contact list) is all pristine and private (what you send from your provider, what your provider receives), but the other side is clear and unencrypted in the hands of those services. What will all our care and caution do? Nearly nothing.

    15 votes
  16. Comment on Discord to show ads in ~tech

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    Ah sorry. I'll delete the post.

    Ah sorry. I'll delete the post.

  17. Comment on Backdoor in upstream libxz targeting sshd in ~comp

  18. Comment on How do country-based "Access Denied" pages work? in ~tech

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    As others said, it is usually based on your source IP, but how exactly your IP gets mapped to a given country or region can vary from business to business. There are services which this offer this...

    As others said, it is usually based on your source IP, but how exactly your IP gets mapped to a given country or region can vary from business to business. There are services which this offer this mapping to other businesses, but there are several such services, and they may not be consistent with each other.

    As for reasons, each business would have its own reasons, but some that come to mind:

    • they have a fraud problem from a country in a proportion significantly higher than in their main regions of business, so they accept the losses of false positives (innocent customers from the blocked country) in order to mitigate the costs of allowing the fraud to come through
    • laws in the blocked country somehow prevent or make unprofitable business dealings between the two regions
    • their main product or service is in meatspace, and really only is useful to a given region of the world; or that they would prefer or expect customers in the target country to visit a different website which is local to that region. One might expect one country's site to redirect smoothly to another's, but the sites could be managed by totally different teams that don't communicate or coordinate with one another
    7 votes