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  1. Comment on Military Grade Encryption Won’t Save You, or Your Business in ~tech

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    From Hollywood flicks dropping buzzwords like encryption, VPN, private keys, along with the vendors who must now convince the public to hype up product sales, the ultimate message that gets communicated inadvertently (or deliberately) comprises half-baked distorted assumptions.

    My point is that the security industry has done a poor job of communicating what is secure and what isn’t to a layperson, whereas the mainstream game-players in charge of assuring customer security i.e.
    banks and online businesses, continue to confuse the public with their choice of weird sounding domain names and inconsistencies when it comes to practicing security.

    Military-grade encryption as implemented and marketed by VPN vendors, SSL certificate issuers and ‘secure’ apps, is no exception. Assuming the technology is indeed unbreakable and secure given today’s resources, it is truly the ‘weakest link’ surrounding encryption that matters.

  2. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    Most of what you said doesn't ring a bell for me. I've been dealing with CSS for something like 5 or 6 years, at this point. I still miss things, and I still have to consult MDN at least twice...

    Most of what you said doesn't ring a bell for me. I've been dealing with CSS for something like 5 or 6 years, at this point. I still miss things, and I still have to consult MDN at least twice every two hours of work, but in the end, my impression of it is far more positive than yours.

    When you say it's hard to infer stuff, what do you mean? What are you trying to infer? What kinds of gotchas do you encounter?

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  3. Comment on Coolest Cooler, which raised $13M on Kickstarter in 2014, announces they are shutting down with about 20,000 (1/3) of their backers not having their $200 pledge fulfilled in ~tech

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    Are there any statistics on kickstarted projects fulfilled vs. funded but failed to deliver? Seeing headlines likes these only makes me think of unreliable things are on Kickstarter, but I can't...

    Are there any statistics on kickstarted projects fulfilled vs. funded but failed to deliver? Seeing headlines likes these only makes me think of unreliable things are on Kickstarter, but I can't possibly know if that's the case in general.

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  4. Comment on Russia banned from Olympic Games over doping scandal in ~sports

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    Yeah, no, that ain't happening. What astonishes me repeatedly, when looking at this shit this country does, is how inept and myopic it is in doing the country any good. It is as if the whole point...

    It would be wonderful if Russia understood that in their quest to dominate sport, they've proven that every sporting achievement that they've made in the last 20 years is suspect

    Yeah, no, that ain't happening.

    What astonishes me repeatedly, when looking at this shit this country does, is how inept and myopic it is in doing the country any good. It is as if the whole point of the strategy behind the government's actions is to discredit Russia so that whatever shit it pulls, rather than be labeled "dangerous action from a powerful state", is perceived as another dirty trick from a near-sighted, self-indulgent, power-hungry knave.

    ...which may explain a few things, now that I think about it.

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  5. Comment on The Mysterious Double Tilde (~~) Operation in ~comp

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    There are ways to parse a value is a float and as an integer in JS. Number.parseInt(3.75) === 3 Number.parseFloat(3 + 0.14) === 3.14

    There are ways to parse a value is a float and as an integer in JS.

    Number.parseInt(3.75) === 3

    Number.parseFloat(3 + 0.14) === 3.14

  6. Comment on How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer in ~tech

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    I could rant about the bloating all day. What's weird about this is that – I would forgive that kind of bloat on smaller websites that want to be finished so that their contents could be seen...

    I could rant about the bloating all day.

    What's weird about this is that – I would forgive that kind of bloat on smaller websites that want to be finished so that their contents could be seen sooner. "20% of the effort does 80% of the work" sort of a thing. That would be alright.

    But then, you see major websites be slow as fuck, even over good connection, because of the tons of unnecessary shit they load. Wasn't it Amazon's study that prompted the notion of losins 1% of the revenue for every 100ms taken to load the website? You'd think big companies would care about that a whole lot, even tasking their large crews of web engineers to make it work quicker.

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  7. Comment on Tough love: on Dark Souls' difficulty in ~games.game_design

  8. Comment on How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer in ~tech

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    To put this into perspective: Google Fonts have been viewed a total of 34 trillion times during their whole existence, according to the Fonts' analytics page. According to the article's stats,...

    To put this into perspective:

    Google Fonts have been viewed a total of 34 trillion times during their whole existence, according to the Fonts' analytics page. According to the article's stats, that's 2.53% of requests. Shopify CDN is said to have been a part of about a third of that, and I do not believe for a second it matches the Fonts' level of views.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer in ~tech

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    From what I understand, it's not Shopify per se: it's their CDN that gets a whole lot of requests. I have no idea what Shopify hosts: a quick search of shopify cdn didn't yield any useful...

    From what I understand, it's not Shopify per se: it's their CDN that gets a whole lot of requests.

    I have no idea what Shopify hosts: a quick search of shopify cdn didn't yield any useful information. I've seen mentions of images and PDFs, though.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    You know, I've been raving about 3.5mm port disappearing from flagship phones, and I'm less than satisfied about this portless thing, but... That would be fucking awesome, would it not? I get a...

    You know, I've been raving about 3.5mm port disappearing from flagship phones, and I'm less than satisfied about this portless thing, but...

    That would be fucking awesome, would it not?

    I get a sense that taking a selfie with the whole screen would somehow be of great benefit to the quality of my selfies.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    So, my aunt is terrified of flying planes. It started about fifteen years ago, when she flew home. The plane hit a particularly-harsh turbulence area, and it scared the wits out of her so...

    So, my aunt is terrified of flying planes. It started about fifteen years ago, when she flew home. The plane hit a particularly-harsh turbulence area, and it scared the wits out of her so thorougly she can only handle a flight after a few shots of strong alcohol.

    She could choose to go by train, expensive as it still is – but she can't, 'cause she's a high-ranking municipality official who can't afford to spend more on a visit than her leave can offer.

    She could choose to go by car – but nope, same reasons.

    And not going is not an option 'cause she's one of the few people I know who actually enjoys living. Refusing to travel would be counter to her very essence.

    I've never tried it, 'cause I'm not an asshole, but I suspect that no amount of rationalization could persuade her out of that deep-seated fear.

    'cause here's the thing. Human beings have needs beyond pragmatic problem-solving: shelter, safety, acceptance, meaning – and, underlying them all, control. It's not a feeling that's nice to have: it's a need describing our core nature.

    I dunno about you, but whenever someone – or something undermines mine – I feel it keenly, and if I feel it, everybody else does, too: this kind of experience is universal. It may not be a sharp sting for you, but you feel it, even if you don't recognize it as such.

    So yes, my concern is emotional – but saying that it is emotional rather than practical is reductive, because it diminishes the acute connection between how we feel and how we act. I'd prefer to use a piece of hardware that allows me to control how it behaves in meaningful ways over a piece of hardware that locks me in to a set of parameters that don't make me comfortable to use it.

    There's no "statistically" and "in practice" for things that people don't trust.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I dunno, and I don't care. I equally don't care about a particular type of port that a smartphone uses, in this case. What concerns me is what appears to be a failure in system design around this...

    how would a charging coil get damaged?

    I dunno, and I don't care. I equally don't care about a particular type of port that a smartphone uses, in this case.

    What concerns me is what appears to be a failure in system design around this feature: specifically the part where the user ends up having less control over their device, in a way they likely don't understand, for reasons that aren't readily obvious.

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  13. Comment on Tildes and multi-dimensional weighted votes in ~tildes

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    This reminds me: is it possible to de-apply the labels that cause de-prioritization of a comment? Suppose a user acting in bad faith goes on a labelling spree, for a user, a topic, or a particular...

    This reminds me: is it possible to de-apply the labels that cause de-prioritization of a comment? Suppose a user acting in bad faith goes on a labelling spree, for a user, a topic, or a particular set of comments. Could this be undone by users should they detect foul play?

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  14. Comment on Tildes and multi-dimensional weighted votes in ~tildes

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    How so? Aren't they basically the same thing, mechanically? You post a topic, others comment on it; people vote based on the criteria they put before themselves; repeat ad infinitum.

    But the mechanics of interaction on a bulletin board style forum are different from something like Tildes or Reddit so it may not map one to one.

    How so? Aren't they basically the same thing, mechanically? You post a topic, others comment on it; people vote based on the criteria they put before themselves; repeat ad infinitum.

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  15. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I don't think it ever is about a particular technology. As a user, I don't give a rat's ass about what's causing me problems as long as it does. Any particular item that causes consumer ire is a...

    Personally, I believe these should be addressed by political & societal regulations, rather than decrying a particular advancement in technology

    I don't think it ever is about a particular technology. As a user, I don't give a rat's ass about what's causing me problems as long as it does. Any particular item that causes consumer ire is a lightning rod that attracts discharge better because it's new.

    As such, I do think paying attention to new items that fall under the blanket terminology of "items that upset the technological status quo" is important – not because the items themselves deserve judgement, but because of their effect on the playfield overall, minor though it may initially appear.

    But maybe I'm being regressive about this because I don't understand it.

    And you're right: there's little work done on regulation, either from society or governments. Why do you think that is?

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  16. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    See my another comment in this subthread.

    See my another comment in this subthread.

  17. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I have a pre-owned iPhone 5c that my sister gifted me a couple of years ago. Needless to say, it contains no wireless charging mechanism. With it, I got the native cable that's already been...

    I have a pre-owned iPhone 5c that my sister gifted me a couple of years ago. Needless to say, it contains no wireless charging mechanism.

    With it, I got the native cable that's already been damaged at the base. While I assume the source of the damage is vigorous usage, the reason it's been damaged the way it has been was, in fact, the weaker circular construction.

    I've since replaced the cable with one of the third-party-produced ones – a model that has a wide base. It never tangles, no matter how often I take it with me, and it shows to sign of damage after a few months of stable usage.

    I was only able to replace the cable with a third-party analog because it's as external as it's meant to be.

    I used to have an issue with the screen where it would act up on its own, simulating touch events at a certain point of the screen without my intervention. I went to the service center to see how it could be fixed. The price was quite a bit beyond what I could afford, even with my low spending standards for things like repairing the things I use every day.

    The issue disappeared eventually, and I think I know why it happened in the first place, but the fact that I have very little chance to repair – let alone replace – something so expensive on my own because of Apple's anti-disassembly policies does not sit well with me. If I had the embedded wireless charging mechanism damaged – even if nothing else would require repairing – I imagine I'd have to pay beyond what I could afford to fix it, too.

    Changing the cable, on the other hand, was of very little risk indeed.

    There was a time where you could repair your own PC against most problems – even ones requiring soldering – because alongside it came a highly-detailed instruction preparing the user to take care of their very expensive machine. Now's not that time, and that bothers me.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I was talking about the part of the charging mechanism that's embedded with the phone.

    I was talking about the part of the charging mechanism that's embedded with the phone.

  19. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    Thank you for saying this. I'm frequenty on the side of the people who feel disenfranchised by the disownership of a ubiquitous technology, mostly because I'm a strong proponent of preparedness,...

    Thank you for saying this. I'm frequenty on the side of the people who feel disenfranchised by the disownership of a ubiquitous technology, mostly because I'm a strong proponent of preparedness, backups being readily-available, and alternative options. I'm one of those backwards-thinking 3.5mm-port worshippers who think that immediately excluding a near-universal consumer-level technology is a mistake, not the very least for the reason of platform lockdown that Apple's been vigorously promoting for years.

    That said, I'm also a strong proponent for technological advancement, especially in the area of portable technology. Now that you've posted your comment, I can see how there may be a meaningful change in the way we handle technology, even if that change is long-term and will require some adaptation, because some technologies are, overall, superior to their predecessors, and conformism should not be a reason for not stepping forward.

    So, thanks for posting this. It made me think.

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