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  1. FYI, Wikipedia is discontinuing support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1

    Hey everyone, I noticed accessing Wikipedia today that my old version of the app no longer loaded any pages, so I tried checking with my stock browser and it displayed a warning that Wikipedia is...

    Hey everyone,

    I noticed accessing Wikipedia today that my old version of the app no longer loaded any pages, so I tried checking with my stock browser and it displayed a warning that Wikipedia is dropping support for anything that can't negotiate TLS 1.2. I haven't seen any articles on it yet online, so just thought I'd holler a mention.

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  2. Comment on A slower speed of light in ~games

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    I remember when this game first game out, it blew my mind at the time. Completely forgot about it until now!

    I remember when this game first game out, it blew my mind at the time. Completely forgot about it until now!

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  3. Comment on The donation goal for November has been (more than) reached! Let's talk a bit about how to handle "extra" donations in ~tildes.official

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    My only worry about rolling over donations is that it implies the site might be more financially stable than it actually is. After the one time donation dries up for example, we might suddenly...

    My only worry about rolling over donations is that it implies the site might be more financially stable than it actually is. After the one time donation dries up for example, we might suddenly start to significantly fall short of the goal since everyone assumed it would be a consistent donation. It seems like the bar is meant as an indicator to show when you can pursue Tildes.net full time, correct? In that case, wouldn't it be better to show only the consistent donations month to month, and save massive donations for a single month, so that it gives an idea of how stable the site is beyond short term infusions?

    18 votes
  4. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    Glad to see him doing well, Buttigieg currently has my vote in the primary. I've been quite worried he'd get crowded out by Warren and Biden, but it seems like he's establishing a hold for himself! :)

    Glad to see him doing well, Buttigieg currently has my vote in the primary. I've been quite worried he'd get crowded out by Warren and Biden, but it seems like he's establishing a hold for himself! :)

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Peertube 2.0 is out in ~tech

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    Yeah, absolutely, I was purely thinking of the technical challenges behind doing so. I thought at this point, the expectations for a video streaming sight are so high that a centrally managed...

    Yeah, absolutely, I was purely thinking of the technical challenges behind doing so. I thought at this point, the expectations for a video streaming sight are so high that a centrally managed service, like YouTube's, is impossible without the scale that Google offers, and with the exception of only a handful of companies (mainly Microsoft and Amazon), I can't think of another company with the same kind of resources. But a distributed model offloads the scaling problem onto its users, so assuming there's enough active users mirroring and seeding the content, it should make it feasible for a small company to manage. As you mentioned though, there's numerous other roadblocks that would make it difficult to work, but at least from a technical perspective, it's neat to see someone working on the idea. I'll have to give it a try later, this seems cool.

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  6. Comment on Peertube 2.0 is out in ~tech

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    HA! My god, I was literally musing the other day about whether a peer-to-peer service might be able to challenge YouTube because it wouldn't have to worry about YouTube's inherent scalability...

    HA! My god, I was literally musing the other day about whether a peer-to-peer service might be able to challenge YouTube because it wouldn't have to worry about YouTube's inherent scalability challenges, and it turns out it's already a thing. This is great, thanks for sharing! :)

    11 votes
  7. Comment on What are some good news outlets you would recommend? in ~talk

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    Voice of America's pretty good, it's the American Federal Government's foreign news service (though they still cover a lot of domestic news too). Completely free, no ads, and they even publish...

    Voice of America's pretty good, it's the American Federal Government's foreign news service (though they still cover a lot of domestic news too). Completely free, no ads, and they even publish full articles in their RSS feed if you're into that (like me). I've also found Vox news and Politico to be pretty decent for political info, PBS NewsHour (as already mentioned) is good, and the NYTimes is pretty solid too for general news. It's not normally free, but you can get a free subscription from a surprising number of places, including potentially a local university or library.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Let's Talk: What browser are you using? in ~talk

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    I admittedly use a very old smartphone, and most modern browsers really don't take well to the limited about of RAM available. I personally haven't felt like browsers have gotten faster, I think...

    I admittedly use a very old smartphone, and most modern browsers really don't take well to the limited about of RAM available. I personally haven't felt like browsers have gotten faster, I think they've actually been getting slower as they include support for more standards and technologies, but the hardware (especially in the smartphone segment) has been getting more powerful at a ridiculously fast rate. Just as a very simple example, using the Antutu benchmark, the Galaxy S10 scores about ~415,000 apparently (from a random quick google search), while my Epic 4G scores about 5500. That's about a 75x increase in processing power, which is really quite phenomenal. I also have a Galaxy Tab S2 that I use Samsung Internet on, and while the tablet is way more powerful than my phone, it sometimes chokes on webpages (especially those with a lot of content, like Wikipedia articles) that even my Epic has no problems with.

    And as for Opera being faster, I chalk it up to hyper optimization on their part. They've traditionally done a really good job getting their browser working on low end hardware, and it's really pretty good once it gets going. The long initial load time is why I sometimes use the stock browser, for quick google searches. That, and it has the all-important dark mode!

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Let's Talk: What browser are you using? in ~talk

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    Firefox. I used Chrome for a while from ~2011 to 2015, but I've since switched to Firefox because I appreciate having an open source browser I can use everywhere, and I don't want to see return to...

    Firefox. I used Chrome for a while from ~2011 to 2015, but I've since switched to Firefox because I appreciate having an open source browser I can use everywhere, and I don't want to see return to a browser monopoly like we had in the 2000's.

    On mobile I switch between an old version of the Android stock browser and Opera, the former for performance and the latter for modern compatibility. I would use Firefox too if it weren't such a massive resource hog...

    14 votes
  10. Comment on What did Google Reader offer back in the day? in ~tech

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    I didn't use Google Reader all that heavily, but for me, the cool part about it was that it was a single feed you could access on multiple devices and all your data was the same on them. There are...

    I didn't use Google Reader all that heavily, but for me, the cool part about it was that it was a single feed you could access on multiple devices and all your data was the same on them. There are services today that replicate that, but I don't think any of them have quite the same dead simple functionality.

    I think part of it's also just frustration that Google killed off a perfectly working product that had a rather loyal fanbase for no particular reason other than that Google felt RSS was becoming outdated, which I have to admit didn't go over very well with me either. They did the same thing with iGoogle, a service I used far more heavily, for the reason that they felt it was outdated, but it really ruined my homepage and I've never found something I've liked as much as a replacement. I used to really like Google+ because of its small close knit communities, but you know where that went too. It makes it easy for me to put it on a pedestal, because I've grown to take a very dim view on Google's knack for building great products and then yanking them unpredictably for no good reason.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on All About Pete Buttigieg in ~misc

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    Ah, I remember this article. It's extremely long and I'm not smart or knowledgeable enough to contribute anything myself, but I also remember a rebuttal to it that might also be worth reading.

    Ah, I remember this article. It's extremely long and I'm not smart or knowledgeable enough to contribute anything myself, but I also remember a rebuttal to it that might also be worth reading.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Discussion: Top 10 Stupidest Things US Fed Govt has done in ~talk

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    I don't think it's very healthy to be looking for facts to support a specific conclusion; you should be working the other way around. But if you are going to go down that line of thinking, all of...

    I don't think it's very healthy to be looking for facts to support a specific conclusion; you should be working the other way around. But if you are going to go down that line of thinking, all of your examples are flawed in that they involve one part of the government clashing with another. Citizens United was decided by the Supreme Court, but caused the president at the time to bash them for their decision. Merrick Garland being denied by McConnell was not only opposed by the presidency (who nominated him no less), but was also controversial even within the Senate. The collective "whatever" can hardly be called an actual decision, and again, substantial portions of the Federal government are actively working to educate people on the danger, including the House of Representatives via Nancy Pelosi, the FBI, the CIA, and more.

    I would be more inclined to decisions like the deregulation of the 1980's or supporting authoritarian dictators in South America during the 60's and 70's, the former resulting in deep economic structural problems that plague the US to this day and the latter causing significant devastation in South America and ruining a generation of lives.

    13 votes
  13. Comment on Zachtronics just announced and released a new game in Early Access: MOLEK-SYNTEZ in ~games

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    Oh EXAPUNKS is great, you're really in for a treat once you try it out. I think it's my favorite of all the Zachtronics games!

    Oh EXAPUNKS is great, you're really in for a treat once you try it out. I think it's my favorite of all the Zachtronics games!

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Why 3D logos fell out of favor overnight in ~design

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    I'm still a sucker for that 2007 one but that's a big improvement, I love it. This is a modern trend I can totally get behind, cool and funky 3D! :)

    I'm still a sucker for that 2007 one but that's a big improvement, I love it. This is a modern trend I can totally get behind, cool and funky 3D! :)

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  15. Comment on Norwegian police have arrested a high-profile American white supremacist as he was scheduled to address a far-right conference in Oslo in ~news

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    Idk, I guess I don't like making generalizations from the actions of a few individuals because it leads to unsubstantiated and vastly overbroad generalizations. An example of this in the US is...

    Idk, I guess I don't like making generalizations from the actions of a few individuals because it leads to unsubstantiated and vastly overbroad generalizations. An example of this in the US is "illegal Mexican immigrants are rapists". While you can find instances of illegal immigrants having committed the crime of rape if you want, the vast majority of them don't. I wasn't personally aware of American activists in Ireland, but googling led me to a single article about one group, "Let Them Live". I'm not aware of the scale of American missionary movements in Ireland, but since I can't find anything on this being a mass movement, nor have I ever heard of a phenomenon from other Americans, I don't think it's really fair to make a mass generalization of Americans from the actions of a single group. I don't approve of such behavior and I think most Americans wouldn't either, probably even many that oppose abortion here.

    Far more Irish citizens participated in acts generally considered terrorism by the international community, let us not forget, yet I don't think it would be socially acceptable (or should be socially acceptable) to say that Irish people are violent.

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  16. Comment on Why 3D logos fell out of favor overnight in ~design

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    For what it's worth, while it's not exclusively so though, I think Microsoft, Apple's, and Google's interface changes were certainly big catalysts in making this kind of flat design trendy. It...

    For what it's worth, while it's not exclusively so though, I think Microsoft, Apple's, and Google's interface changes were certainly big catalysts in making this kind of flat design trendy. It certainly wasn't a flat and gradual transition - it was moving pretty slowly up until 2012ish, where it started to massively accelerate. Between 2012 and 2015, it seemed like every company and app was changing to flatter or more minimalistic designs. And I think we're going to cruise now for another 6-10 years before I'm guessing realism and skueomorphism make a return in some form, whatever that winds up being.

    And I'm excited for when they do, I've never really gotten on board with flat design. It's become very sterile, unimaginative, and stale by this point.

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  17. Comment on Norwegian police have arrested a high-profile American white supremacist as he was scheduled to address a far-right conference in Oslo in ~news

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    It certainly can be. I used to live in Norway, albeit 20 years ago, as my parents were sent there as foreign workers by an American oil company. There was a lot of racial discrimination and...

    It certainly can be. I used to live in Norway, albeit 20 years ago, as my parents were sent there as foreign workers by an American oil company. There was a lot of racial discrimination and harassment directed towards their coworkers and even my patents weren't treated particularly well - one very memorable incident for my mother included being berated and called a "stupid cow" by a manager because she couldn't pronounce the woman's name without a strong accent. I imagine it's become less so - and of course it's my anecdotal experiences- but Norwegians are still among the most conservative in Europe when it comes to immigration and tend be pretty nationalistic. Conservative on immigration + very financially successful = far right's wet dream, because they seen it as a validation that what they think is right.

    Of course, ignoring the nunerous tradegies in history that were caused by nationalism and ignoring that Norway's success stems from both gaining access to very valuable natural resources and smartly managing the results from them. Certainly not by privatizing it and letting their society become extremely economically stratified like has happended in many other oil states.

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  18. Comment on Norwegian police have arrested a high-profile American white supremacist as he was scheduled to address a far-right conference in Oslo in ~news

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    I don't think it's really fair to generalize this neo-nazi or Steve Bannon as "Americans". Nor do I really see how this is exporting beliefs - Steve Bannon's actions are those of a private...

    I don't think it's really fair to generalize this neo-nazi or Steve Bannon as "Americans". Nor do I really see how this is exporting beliefs - Steve Bannon's actions are those of a private individual, he's not even tangily part of the US Federal Government anymore.

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  19. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    Oh this'll be a fun one for me haha. It's a Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G (try saying that three times fast). It's got 512MB of RAM, 512MB of storage space, a 256GB microSD, a 4 inch screen, and all...

    Oh this'll be a fun one for me haha.

    What is your phone?

    It's a Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G (try saying that three times fast). It's got 512MB of RAM, 512MB of storage space, a 256GB microSD, a 4 inch screen, and all sorts of goodies like a slide out keyboard, a notification LED, a headphone jack, and four physical buttons instead of three.

    Did you finance it?

    Nope, didn't have to. One of the reasons I bought it was because even as a broke af student who only has about $60 in spending money per month, I could still afford to buy it without incurring any debt or having to withdraw from savings.

    Are you looking to upgrade?

    I would... if there was another modern phone with similar features. At 4.3 inches, the Photon Q would probably be a nice upgrade, but they're rare and often go for hundreds of dollars, way out of my budget. The F(x)tec Pro is sort of like a modern version, but it's far more expensive than even the Photon. As surprising as it sounds, at least for my use cases, the Epic is still a very servicable phone - it runs an email client, a reddit client, a functionally modern browser, WhatsApp and Discord, a terminal emulator, takes passable photos, and makes for a great MP3 player with that Wolfson DAC and its ability to take massive microSD cards. This all might go away in a couple of years, but for now, it's still an excellent little brick.

    What features are the most important to you?

    The physical keyboard is one of my favorite features, but it's super difficult to find and I mostly use it either in terminal mode or for long messages, so I'm fairly flexible on it. But stuff like the headphone jack and the notification LED are dealbreakers for me if a phone doesn't have them - especially the headphone jack, since there's no way I can afford to replace my noise cancelling headphones, and as someone who struggles with sensory overload I depend on them to make certain aspects of my life bearable.

    3 votes