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  1. Comment on US officials are ramping up criticism of the GDPR, which they say protects cybercriminals in ~tech

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    They're just parroting talking points from the tech lobbying orgs like the Internet Association and the Information Technology Association. Try to criticize GDPR so much that the US won't consider...

    They're just parroting talking points from the tech lobbying orgs like the Internet Association and the Information Technology Association. Try to criticize GDPR so much that the US won't consider anything of the sort. Classic playbook.

    15 votes
  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Can you play this game without having played the first one? Or is that just a bad idea?

    Can you play this game without having played the first one? Or is that just a bad idea?

  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    ahhh I wish my parents hadn't thrown away my Gamecube... I only got 50% through the game before life got in the way. You playing on Gamecube or an emulator? If the latter, any recommendations?

    ahhh I wish my parents hadn't thrown away my Gamecube... I only got 50% through the game before life got in the way. You playing on Gamecube or an emulator? If the latter, any recommendations?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Just grabbed Firewatch in the Steam sale... I haven't gotten far, but I'm such a scaredy cat when it comes to suspense in movies or games. Especially since I'm about to go on a longer camping...

    Just grabbed Firewatch in the Steam sale... I haven't gotten far, but I'm such a scaredy cat when it comes to suspense in movies or games. Especially since I'm about to go on a longer camping trip, I may need to hold off playing more! It's such a beautiful game though so far, and the voice acting is top notch.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on NASA expects to cover JWST launch slip with budget reserves in ~space

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    God dammit... I worked in space policy back in the early 2010s and spent wayyyy too much time interviewing people about the findings of the ICRP...

    God dammit... I worked in space policy back in the early 2010s and spent wayyyy too much time interviewing people about the findings of the ICRP (https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/499224main_JWST-ICRP_Report-FINAL.pdf) back in the day. Nothing has changed, it seems. At least I was able to see some of those reallllly pretty golden mirrors in the lab up at Goddard one time.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on I'm looking for anime shows with a lot of depth in ~anime

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    Perhaps consider the OG Mobile Suit Gundam?

    Perhaps consider the OG Mobile Suit Gundam?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm playing a decent bit of Day of Defeat Source these days. It's an oldie but a goodie, and the people who play are all pretty mature and willing to have fun with it. I laugh my ass off most of...

    I'm playing a decent bit of Day of Defeat Source these days. It's an oldie but a goodie, and the people who play are all pretty mature and willing to have fun with it. I laugh my ass off most of the time just fragging and shooting the shit with people I'll never meet in real life.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast will be exclusive to Spotify later this year, with a multi-year deal in ~tech

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    I don't get it either, but I've heard Joe Rogan is like Oprah but for white males.

    I don't get it either, but I've heard Joe Rogan is like Oprah but for white males.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    I work in an area related to new storage/memory technology, so this is good to hear...

    I work in an area related to new storage/memory technology, so this is good to hear...

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Will you install the contact-tracing app on your phone? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I don't want to normalize tracking apps like this. Even if they're "privacy-positive" (please help me understand what that means), once that cat is let out of the bag, it's not going back in....

    I don't want to normalize tracking apps like this. Even if they're "privacy-positive" (please help me understand what that means), once that cat is let out of the bag, it's not going back in. Frankly, I don't believe it's possible for an app to not leak any sensitive information.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Will you install the contact-tracing app on your phone? in ~health.coronavirus

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    No, not going to happen.

    No, not going to happen.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I have an electronic drumkit and have been rocking out to old System of a Down albums. I just played through all of Hypnotize and Mezmerize in a row, and they were both great workouts (two birds...

    I have an electronic drumkit and have been rocking out to old System of a Down albums. I just played through all of Hypnotize and Mezmerize in a row, and they were both great workouts (two birds with one stone!).

  13. Comment on Tildes' "Shop-from-Home" Game Giveaway Event in ~games

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    Hola, keeper of the warez! You have quite a fine collection here. If I may, I'd love to give it a go with Blitzkrieg Anthology, which, while I play plenty of WW2 FPS (Day of Defeat Source, still...

    Hola, keeper of the warez! You have quite a fine collection here.

    If I may, I'd love to give it a go with Blitzkrieg Anthology, which, while I play plenty of WW2 FPS (Day of Defeat Source, still going strong!), I've never tried a WW2 strategy game. Sounds like a mighty challenge to me!

    While that's already pretty unexpected for me, how about I give it a go with 1 Screen Platformer? Never played a platformer as far as I know, but maybe I'm unfamiliar with how the genre is defined?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Still working on Dune....

    Still working on Dune....

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Destiny 2 on Google Stadia saw 400% higher player count when Stadia’s free trial launched in ~games

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    As a contrast, Steam has ~70K active players for Destiny 2 over the past 30 days. https://steamcharts.com/app/1085660 A peak of 36K players on Stadia still seems pretty weak. I wouldn't be...

    As a contrast, Steam has ~70K active players for Destiny 2 over the past 30 days.

    https://steamcharts.com/app/1085660

    A peak of 36K players on Stadia still seems pretty weak. I wouldn't be surprised if Stadia is canned be the end of 2021.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Redditors tracked down who's behind the American protests to release lockdown. It's a couple of professional astroturfing companies in ~misc

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    All roads lead to violent right wing extremists, the Koch brother(s), right wing think tanks, and the Russians, as per usual

    All roads lead to violent right wing extremists, the Koch brother(s), right wing think tanks, and the Russians, as per usual

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What's something you wish people would take more seriously? in ~talk

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    I did an MBA and my favorite, by far, class was public economics for business leaders. I have a public policy background already from undergrad, so I've always thought about cost-benefit analyses...

    I did an MBA and my favorite, by far, class was public economics for business leaders. I have a public policy background already from undergrad, so I've always thought about cost-benefit analyses and applying ethical frameworks as part of that work, but a graduate level economics class with policy and human impact at the center was just a fantastic academic experience. I hope I have enough influence someday to put what I learned into practice.

    (BTW, not defending the MBA degree at all, but the hate it gets is unfortunate...)

  18. Comment on The devastating decline of Lee Holloway, one of the co-founders of Cloudflare in ~tech

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    My favorite detail of the story is that his favorite band is Opeth. We're on the same page (for the metal genre, at least). But inappropriate light commentary aside, this is a truly tragic story....

    My favorite detail of the story is that his favorite band is Opeth. We're on the same page (for the metal genre, at least).

    But inappropriate light commentary aside, this is a truly tragic story. Thank you for sharing this, Deimos.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on USPS needs 1,000 workers in the SF Bay Area to keep up with delivery demands in ~finance

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    That's funny, because I haven't received any USPS mail at my place for about 5 days now. Not that I'm complaining about junk mail not showing up, but I assumed it was because USPS had been ordered...

    That's funny, because I haven't received any USPS mail at my place for about 5 days now. Not that I'm complaining about junk mail not showing up, but I assumed it was because USPS had been ordered potentially to stop delivery unless necessary.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Social distancing scoreboard in ~health.coronavirus

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    This doesn't explain what "app partners" give them location data. Even if anonymized, I want to know where they're getting their location data, so I can remove those offending apps from my device....

    This doesn't explain what "app partners" give them location data. Even if anonymized, I want to know where they're getting their location data, so I can remove those offending apps from my device.

    Edit: Did some digging, and Unacast does not disclose their app partners. I submitted a CCPA request just now via privacy@unacast.com.

    7 votes