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  1. Comment on What's a cheap laptop that works well with Linux and is available wordwide? in ~tech

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    Used 4th gen or 5th Lenovo X Carbon off of eBay would only cost you < $200.

    Used 4th gen or 5th Lenovo X Carbon off of eBay would only cost you < $200.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ percent in ~finance

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    Seems like the general viewpoint is holding or cutting the rate. I wonder when the Bank will raise interest rates. I would love higher interest rates, but obviously not everyone thinks the same -...

    Seems like the general viewpoint is holding or cutting the rate. I wonder when the Bank will raise interest rates. I would love higher interest rates, but obviously not everyone thinks the same - with the rest of the country economically struggling to keep afloat with high levels of consumer household debt. I guess this is a reminder that we're doing alright and the focus is on inflation, being on target at two percent.

    The US-China trade war is expected to cause some struggles in the global economy so we'll see in October at the next rate change.

    Any fellow Canadians holding mortgages, are you holding on a fixed or variable rate?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    Slowly grew out of it in high school. Paid more attention to my appearance and realized that the broken skin and nails don't look so pretty. Now when I get pruney fingers you can't see a difference!

    Slowly grew out of it in high school. Paid more attention to my appearance and realized that the broken skin and nails don't look so pretty. Now when I get pruney fingers you can't see a difference!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What did a fictional character say that stuck with you? in ~talk

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    So, what's your secret ;) I like this one a lot. Can relate to it with my surroundings in Canada, not specifically the Spanish part, but the amount of new Canadians who had to leave their...

    This has served me well (in ways which I'm obviously not going to even hint at!).

    So, what's your secret ;)

    "Do you know how smart I am in Spanish?"

    I like this one a lot. Can relate to it with my surroundings in Canada, not specifically the Spanish part, but the amount of new Canadians who had to leave their accredited experiences behind in their old homes.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What email provider do you use? in ~tech

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    I've been meaning to do this but have been shrugging it off. Feel free to answer these two questions if you'd like :) My main worry is having my own email being misidentified as spam since I would...

    I've been meaning to do this but have been shrugging it off. Feel free to answer these two questions if you'd like :)

    My main worry is having my own email being misidentified as spam since I would not be able to self-host it off my residential connection and would need to rely on something like AWS.

    The second, being security, would a self-hosted mail server be secure from any intrusion? I'm not referring to attacks on the machine that could be prevented with like fail2ban and simple ssh keypair authentication, but would it be a game of cat and mouse to prevent exploitative breaches into my mailbox?

    3 votes
  6. Always loved some of the quotes from Harry Potter - Sirius Black and Dumbledore having the better ones. "If you want to know what a man’s like, judge him on the way he treats his inferiors, not...

    Always loved some of the quotes from Harry Potter - Sirius Black and Dumbledore having the better ones.

    "If you want to know what a man’s like, judge him on the way he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    — Sirius Black

    36 votes
  7. Comment on Potential new groups, and general discussion about the purpose and organization of the group hierarchy in ~tildes.official

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    That's actually really concerning. I know with PayPal they restrict the personal information even in the case of a dispute, only showing the business contact details. Maybe Stripe is similar in...

    I still don't really know how so many people got my phone number out of it—it's associated with the Stripe account

    That's actually really concerning. I know with PayPal they restrict the personal information even in the case of a dispute, only showing the business contact details. Maybe Stripe is similar in this regard but a setting was ticked in the wrong area?

    15 votes
  8. Comment on F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion in ~tech

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    Huh, I must have missed that in the article when I read it, thanks. Was initially wondering why those two democrats voted against, but that paragraph also mentions it.

    Huh, I must have missed that in the article when I read it, thanks. Was initially wondering why those two democrats voted against, but that paragraph also mentions it.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion in ~tech

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    Why is the after-hours stock value rising after this vote was made?

    Why is the after-hours stock value rising after this vote was made?

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Testing Picture-in-Picture for videos in Firefox 69 Beta and Developer Edition in ~tech

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    Currently using this feature and it works wonderfully well. Didn't think I would need it till now.

    Currently using this feature and it works wonderfully well. Didn't think I would need it till now.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on It Is Your Responsibility to Follow Up in ~life

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    I can't imagine having all that clutter of useless junk being sent to my email address. Even my spam accounts wouldn't accrue that much at all! In this day and age if you take 4 emails to respond...

    I can't imagine having all that clutter of useless junk being sent to my email address. Even my spam accounts wouldn't accrue that much at all! In this day and age if you take 4 emails to respond to, I can't fathom why I would spend that much effort to begin with.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

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    I thought quarantined subreddits have their subscriber count hidden, how come T_D does not have theirs hidden?

    I thought quarantined subreddits have their subscriber count hidden, how come T_D does not have theirs hidden?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    Seeing as this is restricted to the new redesign and official mobile apps, looks like the third-party mobile apps' days are numbered.

    Seeing as this is restricted to the new redesign and official mobile apps, looks like the third-party mobile apps' days are numbered.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    This comment pretty much summarized it up for me:

    This comment pretty much summarized it up for me:

    So the customer service for a paid subscription is outsourced to unpaid volunteers who are under no obligation to honor the contract agreement, who have the unilateral power to cancel it at any time, and who are completely unaccountable to anyone except the people who volunteered earlier than they did.

    This website has been operating on unpaid labor for far too long and now the admins have taken this volunteer labor for granted to the extent that they're charging money for it. Reddit's days are numbered.

    32 votes
  15. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    The bane towards the accounts payable department in larger businesses.

    The bane towards the accounts payable department in larger businesses.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on When do you use a VPN? in ~tech

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    Hey, that's what I do as well! Having all those extra analytics and advertisement filtered out at home and remotely access it with my VPN connected to the same VPS as my Pi-Hole helps a ton! I...

    Hey, that's what I do as well! Having all those extra analytics and advertisement filtered out at home and remotely access it with my VPN connected to the same VPS as my Pi-Hole helps a ton!

    I have no concerns for privacy issues like other users, aside from using public wireless networks, which in that scenario would use my VPN.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Interview with Google's login chief about passwords vs. single sign-on in ~tech

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    That factor is more than likely considered when engineering an SSO login and the convenience that comes with it. Given that the common user would most likely not have a randomly generated secured...

    it doesn't solve the fundamental issue of having a single failure point.

    That factor is more than likely considered when engineering an SSO login and the convenience that comes with it. Given that the common user would most likely not have a randomly generated secured password for every service they sign up for, having just one vector to attack but is continuously up-to-date with a serious backing of security experts is much better than password reuse or phishing attempts from entering a password. Obviously, I don't believe the only reason companies like Google, Facebook, and now Apple are doing this is for the benefit of all, but also to entice users to remain in their ecosystem when accounts are linked directly to their respective platforms.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

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    I believe the console copies are 50% off right now for the 10th anniversary.

    I believe the console copies are 50% off right now for the 10th anniversary.

    5 votes