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  1. Comment on Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide in ~tech

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    Fine, fine! I'll switch to Firefox already! But seriously, I keep hearing so many good things about it. I've tried it on occasion, but never stuck with it. It's great a big player is trying to...

    Fine, fine! I'll switch to Firefox already!

    But seriously, I keep hearing so many good things about it. I've tried it on occasion, but never stuck with it. It's great a big player is trying to fight whatever grubby things Google is doing.

    I'm going to miss the tab cycler in Vivaldi, though.

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  2. Comment on Team Fortress 2 community peacefully protests bot problem with #SaveTF2 campaign, Valve responds in ~games

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    Agreed. I played since near launch for a few years, and the endorsement system seemed to do nothing. Players would randomly endorse each other for the extra 75xp per match. I'd argue, that even...

    Agreed. I played since near launch for a few years, and the endorsement system seemed to do nothing. Players would randomly endorse each other for the extra 75xp per match.

    I'd argue, that even the medal system in place of a scoreboard also ironically contributed to a weird Dunning-Kruger type toxicity, since the players would only see their own contribution. This would lead to classic shouting matches of DPS heroes "having three golds", not realising that everyone else on the team has those same three golds, too, and that they were actually underperforming.

    I have limited experience with TF2, but it felt much more relaxed. Blizzard tried way too hard to make OW into an esports thing, which in turn soured the casual experience. It was well known that quick play turned to a cesspool between competitive seasons, when the hardcore players had nowhere else to go.

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  3. Comment on The new puritans in ~humanities

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    The article kinda touched on a part of this issue that I've been thinking about recently; about how this can be used as a weapon with little effort. You don't need to have done anything wrong, yet...

    The article kinda touched on a part of this issue that I've been thinking about recently; about how this can be used as a weapon with little effort. You don't need to have done anything wrong, yet seemingly overnight a faceless mob of users is born and they are bombarding you with accusations and they will not listen to you.

    Several gaming Youtubers and streamers that I follow have been the victims of this type of attack in the past couple of years. In all cases (that I know of) the trigger seemed to have been a person or a small group of people who hold some grudge against the creator/entertainer, and decide to manufacture a controversy. The attackers know exactly what it takes rile up a group of justice-hungry internet-goers. In some cases they take something from their past that they've said, and adorn it with just the right offenses that push just the right buttons for whichever mob they wish to sic on the victim. In other cases they make up lies on the spot. And, as the article points out, "Twitter[...]doesn’t check facts or provide context", all they need to see is a highly upvoted/liked comment and they'll take that as gospel, because it oh-so-satisfyingly confirms their biases and lets them join a group of similarly-minded individuals.

    A common thread between these incidents are few downvoted/ratioed comments saying "hold on, let's not let an anonymous claim colour our opinion before actual evidence of wrongdoing comes out." I've been trying to learn to automatically switch into a skeptic mindset when I see headlines like "X said Y about Z". I know that brings up a question of "when believe an accuser" to which I don't know the answer to.

    I'm just glad I don't have public online presence.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Neuomorphism — A passing fad or is it here to stay? in ~design

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    Yes! I think I came across this Medium article in another, Windows 11 related article. I do like it better than 10, that's for sure. Windows 7 was also a treat for the eyes. Simple, flat design...

    Yes! I think I came across this Medium article in another, Windows 11 related article. I do like it better than 10, that's for sure. Windows 7 was also a treat for the eyes.

    Simple, flat design definitely makes sense for mobile devices, it's just a shame that it bleeds into desktop. I've got 3.6 million pixels spread across 27 inches (ladies!), so I can handle some detail on my UI.

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  5. Comment on Neuomorphism — A passing fad or is it here to stay? in ~design

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    Despite the article being from early 2020, I've yet to come across anything that uses this style. Though my immediate reaction was positive. I've grown so tired of the samey-looking flat design...

    Despite the article being from early 2020, I've yet to come across anything that uses this style. Though my immediate reaction was positive. I've grown so tired of the samey-looking flat design that seems to permeate not just big corporate platforms, but even those whose ethos is completely different from said corporations. I've slowly tried getting into Linux, and boy, is it hard finding any custom UI style that isn't super flat.

    But looking more into it, there seems to be the same problem as with flatness/minimalism: ambigious design choices. Sure, most designers have settled into certain choices for specific actions; gear for 'Settings menu', three dots for 'More options menu', down arrow for 'Save'- oh wait, not everyone gets even that right. (That's AMD's Radeon Software.) When you have only one color and a few lines to use, you better be really good at representing complex ideas in abstract ways. I've uttered "What the hell is this icon supposed to mean?" more than once using modern apps.

    We don't have to (but god, I wish we could) go back all the way to using floppies to indicate "Save" again, but we could at least add some color and detail to distinguish not only the buttons from each other in the application, but the application itself from others.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    English is not my first language and we're taught British English over here. Having spent a decade and a half online, I've definitely developed a weird mishmash of both. It leads to some quirky...

    English is not my first language and we're taught British English over here. Having spent a decade and a half online, I've definitely developed a weird mishmash of both. It leads to some quirky sentences that probably weirds out English speakers on both sides of the ocean. To give a nonsense example, I might write "Mom, what's the colour in the centre of an herb?" instead of "Mum, what's the color in the center of a herb?" As far as I'm concerned, neither sentence has a mistake. Luckily I don't work anywhere I'd be asked to adhere to strict spelling rules.

    I do get a twitch in my eye when I see "could of," though. Don't even get me started on misspellings of "your" and "their".

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    I don't follow food trends, but from what I've picked up there's some pushback against carbs and towards fats (which I think is like the opposite of the trend from a few decades ago?) so at this...

    I don't follow food trends, but from what I've picked up there's some pushback against carbs and towards fats (which I think is like the opposite of the trend from a few decades ago?) so at this point I'm not even sure anymore. I do mostly buy whole-grain versions of whatever I can find, though.

    Anyway, that's a lot of good tips! Thanks!

  8. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    That could be the case. I cook a lot with veggies so there's naturally a lack of fat, and I try to hold back when adding oil because greasy food often makes me feel sick.

    That could be the case. I cook a lot with veggies so there's naturally a lack of fat, and I try to hold back when adding oil because greasy food often makes me feel sick.

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  9. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    Oh, boiled eggs! Totally forgot about those. I don't mind those either. Maybe I should try lentils and soft tofu next.... Any favourite recipes you'd suggest?

    Oh, boiled eggs! Totally forgot about those. I don't mind those either. Maybe I should try lentils and soft tofu next.... Any favourite recipes you'd suggest?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    Think normal fried/grilled steak and chicken. When chewing a single piece takes more than a couple of bites and you can feel the individual muscle fibers snapping between your teeth. Don't even...

    Think normal fried/grilled steak and chicken. When chewing a single piece takes more than a couple of bites and you can feel the individual muscle fibers snapping between your teeth. Don't even get me started on the fatty parts. It's like chewing a piece of gum! A really spongy and slimy piece of gum.

    I'm slightly exaggerating, but that's the best way I can put it into words.

    You know how biting on pasta, beans or fish your teeth go right through 'em with no resistance? That's what I'm looking for.

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  11. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    Quick reading on seitan seems to suggest the texture is pretty close to meat, with precisely that chewiness that I oh so hate. Is there a way to cook it into a more tender, soft consistency?...

    Quick reading on seitan seems to suggest the texture is pretty close to meat, with precisely that chewiness that I oh so hate. Is there a way to cook it into a more tender, soft consistency? Though I know that's a lot to ask of something that's almost nothing but gluten.

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  12. Comment on What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat? in ~food

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    Maybe I'm just not trying the right ones, but veggie-only dishes don't feel as filling, so I'm hungry soon after unless I stuff myself with carbs like pasta. I've heard of the softer tofu, but how...

    Maybe I'm just not trying the right ones, but veggie-only dishes don't feel as filling, so I'm hungry soon after unless I stuff myself with carbs like pasta.

    I've heard of the softer tofu, but how soft is actually? Reading up on it, they say it crumbles very easily. If it's anything like feta cheese (which is what I initially assumed of tofu, based on its appearance) I'd probably try it.

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  13. What are some high protein vegan foods that don't try to emulate meat?

    Since I was a kid my main reason for avoiding meat has been the spongy, chewy texture that makes me nauseous in just a couple of bites. I've been trying to find good substitutes, but despite vegan...

    Since I was a kid my main reason for avoiding meat has been the spongy, chewy texture that makes me nauseous in just a couple of bites. I've been trying to find good substitutes, but despite vegan stuff becoming more popular, food companies are all trying to make the taste and mouthfeel imitate meat. Nice for a meat lover turning vegan, not so much for someone who never liked meat to begin with.

    I've tried tofu and soya chunks, but they both had the aforementioned problem. Coarse soybean meal is the only very high protein (>50%) thing I can handle, as when cooked it closely resembles one of the few meat products I used to eat without a problem: ground beef/meat.

    Are there any foods that are of softer consistency? Something similar to beans, cheese, or fish, perhaps.

    I should mention that I live in Europe, so any US specific brands/chains may or may not be available here.

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  14. Comment on Browser ‘favicons’ can be used as undeletable ‘supercookies’ to track you online in ~tech

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    That's what I was wondering, too. What have browsers tried to do to mitigate fingerprint surveillance? Can they stop sharing the information about the browser without breaking websites on the...

    That's what I was wondering, too. What have browsers tried to do to mitigate fingerprint surveillance? Can they stop sharing the information about the browser without breaking websites on the users' end?

    Whatever they try to do to protect the users' identity, advertising companies find new ways to identify the user. I feel like this cat and mouse game won't end without some laws preventing the snooping.

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  15. Comment on Browser ‘favicons’ can be used as undeletable ‘supercookies’ to track you online in ~tech

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    What surprised me is how such a seemingly innocuous feature could be used for tracking, let alone bypassing VPNs. Is this yet another browser fingerprinting technique or something more...

    What surprised me is how such a seemingly innocuous feature could be used for tracking, let alone bypassing VPNs. Is this yet another browser fingerprinting technique or something more significant?

    I've heard that Vice might not be the highest quality source for technology articles (correct me if I'm wrong), but they did quote a research paper and the creator of the supercookie.

    Another off-topic aside: I've never seen the title of a scientific paper stylised like that before.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    Amidst all the awful news and stories we're bombarded with online, it's nice to read something silly and lighthearted like this. I know it was probably a pain to clean up, but judging by the way I...

    Amidst all the awful news and stories we're bombarded with online, it's nice to read something silly and lighthearted like this. I know it was probably a pain to clean up, but judging by the way I was giggling at "suckling of the titties" I'm every bit as juvenile as that rogue moderator.

    One thing surprised me was that it supposedly took them three years to fix everything. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes on Wikipedia, but from what I gather they have a pretty efficient system to deal with these issues. Could they not just have reverted every redirect he made?

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  17. Comment on [SOLVED] A background process using a significant amount of CPU power stops immediately when I open task manager. Is there a way to identify what's doing thing? in ~tech

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    Turns out Powershell was already installed. So I ran the script and got these results. "Unarchiver" kept rising to the top and promptly disappeared after I brought up task manager. Scratch that! I...

    Turns out Powershell was already installed. So I ran the script and got these results. "Unarchiver" kept rising to the top and promptly disappeared after I brought up task manager. Not only did I not find any process labeled "unarchiver", the only thing that

    Scratch that! I came across this reddit thread, and reading it was honestly kinda spooky. Had to do a doubletake because it was eerily similar to my situation. I'd also recently downloaded Cyberpunk via more dubious means, which is why I initially suspected this being malware. Everything search found it instantly.

    This is what the file looked like in the explorer. Just deleted that and rebooted to make sure it didn't recreate itself somehow and so far it's been awfully quiet. Still no idea what it was actually doing.

    Thanks @streblo and @cfabbro! That script was actually something I'd needed before. I'll keep it handy from now on just in case.

    8 votes