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  1. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I'm preparing for my first lecture ever! One of our universities have a math+programming competition for high schoolers, those who are good at it are freed from entry exams. The competition...

    I'm preparing for my first lecture ever!

    One of our universities have a math+programming competition for high schoolers, those who are good at it are freed from entry exams. The competition organizators also hold camp-like meeting twice a year, during which we meet, play games, go to nature, and listen to tons of lectures from professors and students from the university.

    This year, they are low on organizators, and I mentioned that I'd love to have a lecture someday, that I like it and would like to get better at it. It turned out they thought it is a good idea as well, so suddenly I'll be having a short lecture this Saturday!

    I'm really looking forward to this, and I'm quite a bit nervous as well. It'll be my first lecture of this type, and the longest thing I've ever presented, something around 60 minutes.

    It'll be some basics about algorithms and such, so I fear that it'll be boring and complete waste of time for everyone in there. But I guess it's a good experience for me, and I'll be grateful that I did it.

    I hope it will be at least a little bit interesting and I won't completely mess it up.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Some questions about collaborative work being published to YouTube in ~tech

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    There is an option within google account (which is tied to your youtube channel), that lets another person access your account (or part of it if I remember correctly) if you don’t login X...

    There is an option within google account (which is tied to your youtube channel), that lets another person access your account (or part of it if I remember correctly) if you don’t login X months/years in a row. It’s purpose is to allow your family to handle your account after you die.

    Setup Do not trust this link!

    Verify the domain is google.com before doing anything. To be absolutely sure, delete the “google.com” part and write it again. If you clicked the link and didn’t notice wrong domain, I might be able to get into your account if I was a hacker.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say in ~tech

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    If you outlaw encryption, only outlaws will be using encryption. There is no point in banning encryption or mandating by law to install backdoors, as the only ones who are going to be affected are...

    If you outlaw encryption, only outlaws will be using encryption.

    There is no point in banning encryption or mandating by law to install backdoors, as the only ones who are going to be affected are people that have nothing to hide (eh, I hate this expression).

    All the terrorists and criminals are just going to download apps they - or people from countries where encryption isn't banned - create. And there you go, you just moved all the people you wanted to surveill to platform where you can't get even the metadata.

    12 votes
  4. Comment on New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable" in ~tech

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    I thought a lot about automated tools such as youtube-dl, but I'm not sure if usage of these automated tools is so wide to force google to add the clause. Generally I agree with @Amarok that they...

    I thought a lot about automated tools such as youtube-dl, but I'm not sure if usage of these automated tools is so wide to force google to add the clause.

    Generally I agree with @Amarok that they will just annoy not-revenue-generating users, but I can't help but wonder what prompted them to put it there. They need to have some reason.

    I removed the most clickbaity part of the post, you're right that we can't just assume that.

    11 votes
  5. New YouTube terms will allow Google to terminate accounts that it determines are not "commercially viable"

    Relevant part of YouTube TOS that'll come into effect on 2019-12-10: YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its...

    Relevant part of YouTube TOS that'll come into effect on 2019-12-10:

    YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.

    However, it's not clear whether "Service" is YouTube or whole Google account. As we've seen in Markiplier affair, violating YouTube TOS meant that people lost access to their whole Google account - including gmail and gdrive.

    37 votes
  6. Comment on How does voting work in your country? in ~talk

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    Czech Republic Mandatory voting: N Voter registration: N (Required only when citizen wants to vote outside their city or lives in foreign country) Required documents for voting: Proof of identity...

    Czech Republic

    • Mandatory voting: N
    • Voter registration: N (Required only when citizen wants to vote outside their city or lives in foreign country)
    • Required documents for voting: Proof of identity (ID, driver license, ...)
    • Ranked choice: N
    • Minimum age for country leader: 40
    • System: Plurality voting / proportional representation, depends on elections
    • Significant parties: 6 (up to 8, depending on elections)
    • Options for voting: paper
    • Minimum voting age: 18
    • Maximum voting age: n/a

    President round: If no one gets over 50% votes in the first round, two candidates with most votes are selected to compete in the second round. If there is a tie, our next president will be decided randomly.

    General rule for most (all?) elections with political parties which can gain seats somewhere: Parties with less than 5% votes don't get any seats, everyone with at least 5% gets at least one seat. Parties with higher vote percentage tend to get more seats/vote in order to not shatter power into so many parties.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home in ~tech

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    That’s interesting. I need to grab arduino and test it out, I would like to generate sound input into microphone with a laser diode. I don’t care that I won’t be able to generate words, but think...

    That’s interesting. I need to grab arduino and test it out, I would like to generate sound input into microphone with a laser diode. I don’t care that I won’t be able to generate words, but think of it - sending sound to my phone microphone via laser? That’s just cool. Thanks for the link, I have something to do at the weekend.

    For those interested, arduino analog output pins send PWM in 980 Hz (might be possible to go higher), which is inside human hearing range. I have no idea how wíl laser light frequency map to sound wave frequency, but I’ll sure try it out.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on After the release of "Notepad++ v7.8.1 : Free Uyghur" Notepad++'s GitHub issues page is being flooded by trolls in ~tech

  9. Comment on The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 (Part 1) in ~tech

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    Great, it gave me Bad Gateway when I tried it. I can't edit this, but I'd be great if someone else could. Edit: here is archive link

    Great, it gave me Bad Gateway when I tried it. I can't edit this, but I'd be great if someone else could.

    Edit: here is archive link

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Tilditors fluent in 1+ language, how did you get there? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the tips, they are really useful. I’ve been trying to learn German for such a long time, this helps a lot. Especially the ARD app, it looks really awesome.

    Thanks for the tips, they are really useful. I’ve been trying to learn German for such a long time, this helps a lot. Especially the ARD app, it looks really awesome.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    Out of C, Go and Rust, start with Go. C is old language that is no longer widely used for any projects (unless you’re building a game, OS, or are sircmpwn), and even then C++ is more used. Those...

    Out of C, Go and Rust, start with Go.

    C is old language that is no longer widely used for any projects (unless you’re building a game, OS, or are sircmpwn), and even then C++ is more used. Those languages are old and unnecessarily complicated for a beginner. I advice you to stay away of them as much as you can. They are good if you want to mess with memory yourself, but you don’t want to do that while learning programming. And there are many nasty things that would just make you hate programming.

    Rust is great language and I love it, but I can’t recommend it to you. It’s simply too hard to use. It’s as performant as C and seeks to replace it - which it does, Mozilla is writing new parts of Firefox in Rust, Google and Microsoft announced they are looking for secure fast language as C replacement - which Rust is [todo: source]. It has all the benefits of C but none of the cons of messing with memory yourself (which leads to awful, almost undebugable bugs and security vulnerabilities (about 80% of all Windows sevurity vulnerabilities are because of memory issues [todo: source]). The big problem is that you can’t use it as normal language, it has many constructs that no other language has, and it’s very different from any other language ever created. While I love it, I don’t think it’s a good language for a beginner because of it’s difficulty.

    I don’t know anything about Go, but it should be nice and fast to learn. So maybe try it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I’ve been to LinuxDays in my country, and I tried lockpicking in there. I had fun and enjoyed it so much. I really loved it, especially the feeling when I picked my first lock. And the second,...

    I’ve been to LinuxDays in my country, and I tried lockpicking in there. I had fun and enjoyed it so much. I really loved it, especially the feeling when I picked my first lock. And the second, third, fourth...

    So now I’m waiting for my lockpicking set to arrive from China :-)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on A site to randomly stumble on to new and unique webpages - stumblingon in ~tech

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    The websites requires me to allow XHR to daily-yak.com in order for the buttons to work (user ID is sent to server and URL is retrieved). And daily-yak.com requires me to allow XHR to...

    The websites requires me to allow XHR to daily-yak.com in order for the buttons to work (user ID is sent to server and URL is retrieved). And daily-yak.com requires me to allow XHR to 18.222.220.55 in order to even display anything. Man, what do you have with all the cross-domain XHR?

    Anyway, I really like the idea, it's quite interesting. The first website I got was comparsion of rubber duck prices on Amazon :-) Works perfectly for me.

    Out of curiosity, how many websites do you have in DB?

    Edit: don's site is amazing as well. I really like this, lmn.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    However this is the one that might be actually visible. Noone knows about transplantations or Uyghurs. However this could actually change how society looks at China, simmilary to 1989.

    However this is the one that might be actually visible.

    Noone knows about transplantations or Uyghurs. However this could actually change how society looks at China, simmilary to 1989.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on A Walk in Hong Kong - HK protests from point of view of a tourist in ~misc

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    Oh thanks, I didn't know about him at all! Time to check it out. Self: OffTopic, Noise

    Oh thanks, I didn't know about him at all! Time to check it out.

    Self: OffTopic, Noise

    2 votes
  16. Comment on A Walk in Hong Kong - HK protests from point of view of a tourist in ~misc

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    Note: this is repost from here, but the article interested me so much, I just have to share it with you. There is second part of this article here, so don't miss it. Summary: A tourist goes to HK...

    Note: this is repost from here, but the article interested me so much, I just have to share it with you. There is second part of this article here, so don't miss it.

    Summary: A tourist goes to HK and participates in the protests. I find his point of view really interesting.

    Edit: Great HK protests summary

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    Do you have repository with your scripts? I'd like to see ways how to be more effective in vim, and I didn't see anyone using custom scripts.

    Do you have repository with your scripts? I'd like to see ways how to be more effective in vim, and I didn't see anyone using custom scripts.

    1 vote