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  1. Comment on World of Warcraft Classic goes live worldwide August 27 in ~games

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    Yeah but it's still not free/open source. You're still installing proprietary bits on your machine and paying a subscription fee to a service that could one day die. This is a mere imitation of...

    Yeah but it's still not free/open source. You're still installing proprietary bits on your machine and paying a subscription fee to a service that could one day die. This is a mere imitation of preservation and archival.

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  2. Comment on Why WhatsApp Will Never Be Secure in ~tech

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    Signal is great but I'm hoping Keybase becomes more popular because it has social network effects within it and it's usability is pretty good as well.

    Signal is great but I'm hoping Keybase becomes more popular because it has social network effects within it and it's usability is pretty good as well.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Why WhatsApp Will Never Be Secure in ~tech

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    I wonder when "authenticity" for privacy and security will be a marketing slogan, seems like the time is coming where free/open source and actual secure apps will have to up their marketing game...

    I wonder when "authenticity" for privacy and security will be a marketing slogan, seems like the time is coming where free/open source and actual secure apps will have to up their marketing game and reach out to the general public. Signal seems to be doing alright at it (you can send GIFs, it's what the people want!)

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Epic Games Store Is Shit - But It's Not Spyware in ~games

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    At the end of the day, you're still running proprietary software and have zero ability to look into what it's doing. This is the case for all software that isn't free/libre/open source.

    At the end of the day, you're still running proprietary software and have zero ability to look into what it's doing. This is the case for all software that isn't free/libre/open source.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas. in ~tech

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    It's bread & circuses and it's been like that forever.

    It's bread & circuses and it's been like that forever.

  6. Comment on What do you think about the problem of unreachability of decision makers? in ~talk

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    This is basically why journalism exists, because it's their full-time job to uncover things of interest to the public and that definitely includes unaccountable politician. However, they only do...

    This is basically why journalism exists, because it's their full-time job to uncover things of interest to the public and that definitely includes unaccountable politician. However, they only do the awareness raising, someone else has to actually hold them to account.

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  7. Comment on What do you think about the problem of unreachability of decision makers? in ~talk

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    I've forgotten the PIN on my credit card because I'm used to the tap for under $100 purchases and when paying online I can just use the credit card # and security code on the back. Why they don't...

    I've forgotten the PIN on my credit card because I'm used to the tap for under $100 purchases and when paying online I can just use the credit card # and security code on the back. Why they don't have 2-factor auth for credit cards in some way (such as email or phone/SMS) is beyond me because I'm never going to remember the PIN. It's 4 numbers to remember that I rarely ever use.

    And to reset the PIN it's a 30min call to get someone on the line who can help me out.

    It's amazing how much friction there is in the world for things that should not require it.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Mozilla releases Iodide, an open source browser tool for publishing dynamic data science in ~tech

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    Jupyter notebooks can already include some visualizations. I find yet another markdown-based format a bit strange, Jupyter notebooks isn't enough? It can't be extended to accommodate the new...

    kinda like Jupyter notebooks but more

    Jupyter notebooks can already include some visualizations.

    I find yet another markdown-based format a bit strange, Jupyter notebooks isn't enough? It can't be extended to accommodate the new visualizations?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    It's more "the scale of things makes it hard to moderate, it's a technical problem we are trying to build better tools for". At least that's what Huffman said (paraphrasing of course) when I saw...

    It's more "the scale of things makes it hard to moderate, it's a technical problem we are trying to build better tools for". At least that's what Huffman said (paraphrasing of course) when I saw him talk at a fireside chat.

    In hindsight, this is just an excuse.

  10. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    The answer is tildes.net would say "no thanks" and they're free to host their own instance of the Tildes-software and very free to never use the tildes.net brand name on their self-hosted...

    would that community be welcomed or shunned on Tildes

    The answer is tildes.net would say "no thanks" and they're free to host their own instance of the Tildes-software and very free to never use the tildes.net brand name on their self-hosted instance.

    What a terrible community and awful that Reddit kept it around.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Snapchat to Launch Gaming Platform Next Month in ~games

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    So they're creating an app store? Are they trying to expand into a "super-app"? I feel at this point Snap is just trying to ensure they're still relevant until they get a good acquisition offer.

    So they're creating an app store? Are they trying to expand into a "super-app"? I feel at this point Snap is just trying to ensure they're still relevant until they get a good acquisition offer.

  12. Comment on Facebook, Axios and NBC paid to manage their reputation on Wikipedia in ~news

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    I keep getting emails that land in the spam box that are basically offering the same services. I've had someone hire me for web design and then one day ask me to update their wikipedia page as...

    The vast majority of the people who propose and make changes to Wikipedia are volunteers. A few people, however, have figured out how to manipulate Wikipedia’s supposedly neutral system to turn a profit.

    That’s Sussman’s business. And in just the past few years, companies including Axios, NBC, Nextdoor and Facebook’s PR firm have all paid him to manipulate public perception using a tool most people would never think to check

    I keep getting emails that land in the spam box that are basically offering the same services. I've had someone hire me for web design and then one day ask me to update their wikipedia page as well. Wikipedia is a powerful source for fact-checking and knowledge and defending it needs to be a priority. There should be more outreach and courses on what's appropriate in terms of editing.

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  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Agreed, something's wrong with the title: "I was one of Facebook's first users" is not the same as co-founder.

    Agreed, something's wrong with the title: "I was one of Facebook's first users" is not the same as co-founder.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Bernie Sanders' staff unionizes in presidential campaign first in ~news

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    Whether or not a workplace is unionized bears only a loose correlation to the success of the organization, at least in the short-term. If unionized staff feel more empowered and do better and...

    Whether or not a workplace is unionized bears only a loose correlation to the success of the organization, at least in the short-term. If unionized staff feel more empowered and do better and unionization doesn't distract from the campaign itself, then it's awesome and should help the campaign to do better.

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  15. Comment on NGINX has been acquired by F5 Networks in ~comp

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    In the case of the acquisition of TravisCI they broke that promise before people stopped looking: https://twitter.com/ReinH/status/1098663375985229825 Hope that isn't the case here.

    Rule #2 is breaking that promise as soon as you think no one is looking anymore.

    In the case of the acquisition of TravisCI they broke that promise before people stopped looking: https://twitter.com/ReinH/status/1098663375985229825

    Hope that isn't the case here.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    There definitely needs to be a physical version of movies that can be purchased; for example, being able to get an LOTR poster or book of art from the movie after or before watching the movie...

    There definitely needs to be a physical version of movies that can be purchased; for example, being able to get an LOTR poster or book of art from the movie after or before watching the movie would be awesome. Just like with bands that offer vinyls or expensive collectible packages with album art, lyrics, t-shirts, whatever.

    Maybe that's the missing link; being able to order up a t-shirt through Netflix and when it arrives, having Netflix show a notification saying "hey, hope you enjoy the shirt, want to watch the movie again?'.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    Yeah exactly, we'll see some kind of consortium or some other industry group form (maybe) that will allow standardized sharing of revenues in exchange for access to IP. Or we'll see more new...

    Yeah exactly, we'll see some kind of consortium or some other industry group form (maybe) that will allow standardized sharing of revenues in exchange for access to IP. Or we'll see more new content; I can see Netflix getting into streaming esports or sports in general, but I can't see Disney really doing that.

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  18. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    This is the power of the back-catalog, and why if you're a creator (writer, artist, whatever) you should just post all your in progress and finish works as soon as possible because in 5 years, 10...

    This is the power of the back-catalog, and why if you're a creator (writer, artist, whatever) you should just post all your in progress and finish works as soon as possible because in 5 years, 10 years or 50+ years later, someone somewhere will still pay for it.

    It's hard to compete with Disney's back-catalog. Creating more new content for Netflix is okay, but Disney has been doing it for decades and they've got the infrastructure for it while Netflix has to play catch-up. Possibly if Netflix's deal-makers/account execs are any good they'll be able to acquire more access to other films. We just watched Lord of the Rings again for example, I doubt Disney's service could give us access to that.

    1 vote