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  1. Comment on Why aren't smartphones like PCs where you have choice over your OS and get updates directly from OS vendor? in ~tech

    Soptik Link Parent
    Well, you could say the same about most PC users.

    Well, you could say the same about most PC users.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Is this the correct group to discuss PC builds? in ~comp

    Soptik Link Parent
    Shouldn't meta posts like this be in ~tildes, even if they are about one certain group?

    Shouldn't meta posts like this be in ~tildes, even if they are about one certain group?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Governments Are Spending Billions on Software They Can Get with Freedom in ~tech

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    Please label this comment as offtopic I don't understand, why was CiTi's comment labeled as noise? It is hidden by default, which means it received multiple labels, probably noise. I don't think...

    Please label this comment as offtopic

    I don't understand, why was CiTi's comment labeled as noise? It is hidden by default, which means it received multiple labels, probably noise. I don't think the post deserves any of the labels.

    From docs:

    • Exemplary - Comments that are exceptional and deserve special recognition. Users can only label a comment as Exemplary once every 8 hours, and it requires entering a message/reason that will be displayed anonymously to the comment's author.
    • Offtopic - Comments talking about something unrelated to the actual topic
    • Joke - Comments posted for humor purposes (actual jokes, puns, references, etc.)
    • Noise - Comments that don't add anything to the discussion. This includes obvious non-contributing comments like "lol", "I agree", and responses to the headline like "finally!", but can also cover anything where the comment's presence doesn't add anything meaningful.
    • Malice - Comments posted in bad faith. Comments should be labeled as Malice if they're trolling, personal attacks, or other types of behavior that have no place in high-quality discussions. Using this label requires entering a reason, and serves as a method of reporting the comment.

    While I disagree with his opinion, especially about FOSS unstability, I don't think it's reason to collapse-by-default his comment.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Colin Kroll, the tech whiz behind Vine and HQ Trivia made millions in his 20s. He was dead by 34. in ~tech

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    You can generally bypass any paywall by adding outline.com/ before URL of the article. Here's outline link

    You can generally bypass any paywall by adding outline.com/ before URL of the article.

    Here's outline link

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    Thank you. I don't really need some tutorial or step-by-step solution - it works for now, even with the annoying chmod step (which could be automated with the links you sent). And I think...

    Thank you. I don't really need some tutorial or step-by-step solution - it works for now, even with the annoying chmod step (which could be automated with the links you sent). And I think kiddico's solution might work, as it looks like he had the same problem.

    So, the problem is: I want to set screen brightness. The usual tools (eg xbacklight) didn't work (but light from kiddico's comment might). So I found a way how to set it by writing to /sys file. But I have to be root to do it. So I'm now more interested in how is it done without root, how does gnome and other tools do it, so when I encounter simmilar problem, I'll be able to solve it, and especially know how did the solution work.

    I searched and maybe making some udev rule should work? I'll try it as I get to my computer. As I understand it, udev rules should somehow manage devices, so it seems to make sence.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Introductions #6 - It's been a while since the last one. How's everyone doing? in ~talk

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    Hi, fellow (almost) CS student from Czechia here! Where do you study? I still have some time before I go to university, and I have no idea where should I go, so I try to complete as many...

    Hi, fellow (almost) CS student from Czechia here!

    Where do you study? I still have some time before I go to university, and I have no idea where should I go, so I try to complete as many competitions as possible inbetween (so I won't have to do entry exams :P). ČVUT looks great me so far.

    I just started learning Rust yesterday for some reason, and so far it feels very weird and unintuitive - hopefully that means it'll be fun later!

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    I use Ubuntu 18.10, so any kind of community support is more than unlikely. Would you recommend me something to learn? I can probably find how to run script as root on startup, but I have no idea...

    I use Ubuntu 18.10, so any kind of community support is more than unlikely.

    Would you recommend me something to learn? I can probably find how to run script as root on startup, but I have no idea what should be done next.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    It's /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness. I thought about setting up cron to run at reboot and chmod the file, which should work, but I'm not sure I like the solution. I wonder why is...

    It's /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness. I thought about setting up cron to run at reboot and chmod the file, which should work, but I'm not sure I like the solution.

    I wonder why is root even needed to change this file, gnome can do it without root. I tried some packages that would allow me to change the brightness without messing with the file, but none worked.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Whats the most important alias or function in your bashrc file? in ~comp

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    Not really crucial, but it feels nice to have it. I use couple aliases that setup my workflow. alias web="cd ~/Programming/Dart/Web/MyCurrentProject; code .; git pull" alias fiks="cd...

    Not really crucial, but it feels nice to have it.

    I use couple aliases that setup my workflow.

    alias web="cd ~/Programming/Dart/Web/MyCurrentProject; code .; git pull"
    
    alias fiks="cd ~/Programming/FIKS; code .; firefox https://fiks.fit.cvut.cz"
    
    alias dnd="xdg-open ~/Documents/DnD.pdf; xdg-open ~/Documents/Griki.odg"
    
    alias pi="ssh pi@192.168.1.2"
    

    Now, I just have to figure out how to execute commands as root on startup without the need to type my password. When I want to change brightness with i3, I register keyboard keys and run my script that writes directly into some random file, because there is no other way how to make it work. The problem is that the file is root read/write only, so I have to have another script which chmods the file so my brightness changing script can write into it. The problem is that I have to type my password again to run the chmod script, which is annoying.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on How do I recover a Gmail address I've forgotten the password to? in ~tech

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    Google is known to be extremely hard to get in touch with (if you aren't buying ad space, of course). When I had issues with my google account, I couldn't find any contact either - they have no...

    Google is known to be extremely hard to get in touch with (if you aren't buying ad space, of course). When I had issues with my google account, I couldn't find any contact either - they have no desire to waste time on free customers. There are plenty horrifying stories from android developers whose accounts were terminated for dump reasons (if your account is banned, all connected accounts are banned as well - this chains nicely). One of many stories.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on How do I recover a Gmail address I've forgotten the password to? in ~tech

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    I'm pretty sure one cannot register email that was once used, even when the original email was deleted. Edit: Google support:

    I'm pretty sure one cannot register email that was once used, even when the original email was deleted.

    Edit: Google support:

    The account names are retired to protect the original owners from the possibility of identity theft or other malicious behavior if the wrong people were to obtain the old email addresses. Unfortunately, however, Google has no way of validating who the previous owners of the accounts were after all information about the accounts is deleted, which makes it impossible for Google to safely reactivate the account names for the original owners, too.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on How All-Knowing Smartphones Could Become the Pentagon’s Employee Access Cards in ~tech

    Soptik Link Parent
    Would you mind expanding it? It's hard for me to imagine it.

    Would you mind expanding it? It's hard for me to imagine it.

  13. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    Yeah, sorry, it's definitely a little bit off. I think banning people because of cheating is ok. But I don't think cheating and refusing to execute ad code is the same. The same thing would be...

    Yeah, sorry, it's definitely a little bit off.

    I think banning people because of cheating is ok. But I don't think cheating and refusing to execute ad code is the same. The same thing would be using cracked apks that deliver Spotify Premium experience (which did (do?) exist, I read that Spotify removed tons of them some time ago). And as I've said somewhere here, I consider using these cracked apps unethical and I'm okay with Spotify fighting against it.

    But hey, ads? I don't see an ad as a payment, I feel it's on a different level. I see almost as voluntary support to the developer/company. I give them my battery life, my processing power, my privacy, and my attention. So yes, it does make sense for them to block people rejecting ads, and if I was in their situation, I might do the same. But in my opinion, I have right to reject ads. I can install addon, system-wide blocker, or use something like pihole. You tell me "Hey, download & execute this code.". It's up to me whether I want or don't want to support you and sacrifice all the things I mentioned above.

    The point is, Spotify has right to reject service to ad blocking users. But I don't like it, because it sets dangerous example. Once Spotify starts doing it, and if it turns out working for them, more and more websites and services will start doing it. That's why I disagree with it, even if they have right to do it and I acknowledge the right. I don't want to experience Internet where I'm blocked from websites for not wanting to execute tracking code and display ads. This is why I don't like the move from Spotify. Because I don't want mandatory ads on the Internet.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    Maybe you could try to request your personal data, they should give it to you in scriptable format and I bet there will be a nice file with your library.

    Maybe you could try to request your personal data, they should give it to you in scriptable format and I bet there will be a nice file with your library.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    I know why they do that and I get. If I were on their place, I guess I would eventually do it as well. But i'm concerned about this trend. I agree they have every right to do so, but I still...

    I know why they do that and I get. If I were on their place, I guess I would eventually do it as well.

    But i'm concerned about this trend. I agree they have every right to do so, but I still disagree with their practice. I'm worried that if this ends up working for Spotify, other sites will adopt this behaviour as well. And at that point it starts to be really fucked up. Imagine Internet where you only get service if you allow ad code to run on your machine.

    I'm angry at Spotify. Not because they want users to watch ads. But because this behaviour could be applied by others, which would be disasterous.

    Part of it might be because I'm from certain central europe country, and the consumer mentality here is wastly different to America (and I guess many other countries as well). We are not used to pay for online content. We don't take online content as "real", so we don't really pay for online services that much, if at all - and that extends to ads as well. I noticed that people in my country (me included) just consider online services to be free by default. And while this isn't rational point of view, it's how it is. This is probably the main reason why I'm angry at Spotify for denying it's service to non-ad watching people. Because in our culture, this behaviour is unprecedented and is simply wrong.

    (cc @Spel)

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    They absoluty do. I don't have any logical or racional reason, but these demands to run ads just seem incredibly invasive to me. It's mostly because we're not used to it. If every second app did...

    They absoluty do.

    I don't have any logical or racional reason, but these demands to run ads just seem incredibly invasive to me.

    It's mostly because we're not used to it. If every second app did it, we wouldn't be here discussing it. But it's a new step, and from my perspective (which differs from spotify perspective), it's step to the wrong side, it's step towards Fifteen million merits.

    15 votes
  17. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    I believe that it's my network, my device. I get to say who I want to talk with. Just because Spotify says "talk with those ad servers and display they ads" doesn't meen I need to do it. But I...

    I believe that it's my network, my device. I get to say who I want to talk with. Just because Spotify says "talk with those ad servers and display they ads" doesn't meen I need to do it.

    But I know the reason Spotify added ads, and why they want users to stop blocking them.

    Still, banning me because I refuse to talk to ad servers and execute code from them? This just feels wrong. I cannot explain why, but it absolutely feels wrong and I'm strongly opposing a corporation demanding to execute code from ad and tracker servers.

    And as a note, ads do actually eat a portion of processing power and lower my battery life, but the effect is so small it isn't even worth talking about.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers in ~tech

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    It's ok to forbid users from using cracked apk (they managed to shutdown quite a bit of then). But hey, banning any form of adblockers? This clause could get me banned because of using pihole to...

    It's ok to forbid users from using cracked apk (they managed to shutdown quite a bit of then). But hey, banning any form of adblockers? This clause could get me banned because of using pihole to block ad servers. They would detect I run suspiciously low amount of ads, and boom, banned. That's definitelly not OK in my opinion. First Google with crippling Chrome's ability to block ads (and punishing users with captchas that are impossible to complete if they refuse tracking), now Spotify (potentially) banning users for using anything that is used to block certain ad servers (or the ads themselves).

    14 votes
  19. Comment on Daily Tildes discussion - why should we allow (or not allow) fluff content? in ~tildes.official

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    Well, yes and no. You shouldn't post topics or comments devoted just to a picture or a meme. But it's not a bad idea (it's actually very nice) to post pictures of your cat as a "bonus" to some...

    Well, yes and no. You shouldn't post topics or comments devoted just to a picture or a meme. But it's not a bad idea (it's actually very nice) to post pictures of your cat as a "bonus" to some discussion about the cat - so just don't let your cat picture be only thing in your comment/topic. As an example, this "Tell me about your pets" topic was great topic with many cute cat pictures. In this context, cat pictures are welcome.

    And welcome to Tildes!

    4 votes