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  1. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    i made a quick mastodon/activitypub bot to "generate ideas" about blockchains out of random words, running at @vc@ebc.li because i'm using gotosocial at it's back end (wanted to try it out, still...

    i made a quick mastodon/activitypub bot to "generate ideas" about blockchains out of random words, running at @vc@ebc.li

    because i'm using gotosocial at it's back end (wanted to try it out, still doesn't seem as ready yet), the profile web interface returns a 404 so you currently cannot see it's full history, though following it from your mastodon account should work

    throughout the day or so it was running, it generated stuff like, "proof of viability", "heaven on the metaverse", "proof of fiction" and "gullible goat wallet" among some other things i found less funny

    while i was testing it without making it post it was generating much better stuff, but i guess RNGesus had a hand in that

    i named the account "vc" because i might put less blockchainy, startupish ideas in there eventually, it's just that blockchains are very easy to make fun of and were the idea that got the bot started


    oh, also i set up said gotosocial intance, though that wasn't as programmy as the other one. it's just docker-compose yamls, facepalming on my own stupidity, and not reading docs properly

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Apple announces self service repair in ~tech

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    I'm paraphrasing this from no idea where, but: "The good thing about being a pessimist is that you either tell the truth or be pleasantly surprised" Also, I'm not sure if Apple of all corporations...

    However, he does have a strong tendency towards the negative.

    I'm paraphrasing this from no idea where, but: "The good thing about being a pessimist is that you either tell the truth or be pleasantly surprised"

    Also, I'm not sure if Apple of all corporations deserve positive thinking.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Apple announces self service repair in ~tech

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    If Rossmann is skeptical, I am skeptical. He, just by being "in the industry" should know a vast majority of the important bits that we, some randoms on the internet, ignore or don't even know....

    If Rossmann is skeptical, I am skeptical. He, just by being "in the industry" should know a vast majority of the important bits that we, some randoms on the internet, ignore or don't even know.

    Especially with learning how Apple did this before, the chance of this being a PR stunt really seems like something to consider.

    Also, Rossmann has said that if this program amounts to anything, he will daily drive a Macbook, so he seems to be somewhat confident in his words.

    11 votes
  4. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    Lately direct links have been redirecting on desktop too. (Or at least, in my experience) I've been using workarounds to make the page a bit more usable, but it's still not a direct image

    Lately direct links have been redirecting on desktop too. (Or at least, in my experience)

    I've been using workarounds to make the page a bit more usable, but it's still not a direct image

    2 votes
  5. Comment on I will pay you cash to delete your npm module in ~comp

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    He did give notice though.... ... on his personal Mastodon account. If you didn't check that, and from the comment it doesn't seem like you did, I totally expect it would feel "unprompted"....

    I went back and the server had disappeared, without notice.

    He did give notice though....

    ... on his personal Mastodon account.

    If you didn't check that, and from the comment it doesn't seem like you did, I totally expect it would feel "unprompted".

    Personally, I might've sent an email or something to all registered people, but I don't have any "big" hosted thing, so I don't know if there would be any better ways to do so.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

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    I haven't had any experience with A12 yet (waiting on LineageOS official builds), but from the screenshots I've seen, the UI looks atrocious. If I could go back to the Android 7 look and feel,...

    I haven't had any experience with A12 yet (waiting on LineageOS official builds), but from the screenshots I've seen, the UI looks atrocious.

    If I could go back to the Android 7 look and feel, while keeping the goodies of new versions, I totally would. It's the only version IMO that did Material "right".

    1 vote
  7. Comment on My life without a smartphone is getting harder and harder in ~tech

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    Not anymore! Magisk's dev has been hired by Google on Android's security team. With that, and with Hardware-based SafetyNet being a thing now, Magisk by itself will no longer do any hiding, maybe...

    Not anymore!

    Magisk's dev has been hired by Google on Android's security team.

    With that, and with Hardware-based SafetyNet being a thing now, Magisk by itself will no longer do any hiding, maybe except removing module changes from a user-controlled list of apps.

    There are 3rd party workarounds that still try their best, with doing things like "downgrading" SafetyNet to the non-hardware version and spoofing that, but I personally think those are on their last legs and it only takes Google to flip a switch, to make all this effort worthless.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Paywalls, and the difficulty of accurately tagging them in ~tildes

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    I personally enable everything except Anti-Facebook (need WhatsApp Web rarely) and EasyList Cookie (should be redundant w/ Fanboy's Annoyance) I think it would be uBlock Filters, but I doubt...

    I personally enable everything except Anti-Facebook (need WhatsApp Web rarely) and EasyList Cookie (should be redundant w/ Fanboy's Annoyance)

    I think it would be uBlock Filters, but I doubt enabling Fanboy's as well would break anything important

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Paywalls, and the difficulty of accurately tagging them in ~tildes

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    semi unrelated tip: ublock origin will try it's best to bypass the "hard" adblock-walls by default, but the "soft" adblock-walls need the annoyance filters to be enabled from it's settings this is...

    semi unrelated tip: ublock origin will try it's best to bypass the "hard" adblock-walls by default, but the "soft" adblock-walls need the annoyance filters to be enabled from it's settings

    this is also one of the reasons why ublock origin developers don't recommend you combine it with other ad blockers (at least the ones that use EasyList)

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    "rooting Android devices" is a very large field. i personally know enough to compile patched lineageos builds for the two phone models i owned, but i couldn't give you any advice about oculus go...

    "rooting Android devices" is a very large field. i personally know enough to compile patched lineageos builds for the two phone models i owned, but i couldn't give you any advice about oculus go (or any not-regular-phone device) other than "just go on xda".

    if you have a "no command" message before or during rebooting, magisk seems to be tracking that issue here, and my quick ddg search didn't say anything about anyone publicly documenting root methods other than the built-in adb root, so i doubt you are alone

    (edit: just compared the usernames)

    for play services, opengapps or similar packages could be flashed without magisk. it only requires a custom recovery if the oculus go has one.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Take-Two Interactive removes more GTA mods using DMCA strikes in ~games

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    Save files are illegal now.

    Finally, GTA IV EEFLC (65%) isn’t even a mod! It’s just a save file for the game that lets players start from 65% completion. Yes, Take-Two used a DMCA strike against a save file for a game released over a decade ago.

    Save files are illegal now.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I think i tried the JIT, but with how Svelte handles global styles it still took a few seconds to generate the styles. Also, it felt like a big pain to get it down to the "few seconds", whereas...

    I think i tried the JIT, but with how Svelte handles global styles it still took a few seconds to generate the styles. Also, it felt like a big pain to get it down to the "few seconds", whereas Windi just seemed to work pretty much out of the box.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    GNOME should make it "just work", though if you don't like GNOME and want to switch to something else, you might get some problems. I don't have any need for scaling so I don't know where you...

    My monitors are 1080p to the left and right and one 4k monitor in the middle, all at 60hz. So there might be some problems for the moment.

    GNOME should make it "just work", though if you don't like GNOME and want to switch to something else, you might get some problems. I don't have any need for scaling so I don't know where you might encounter problems, but I've heard on the internet that some scaled stuff might look "blurry", esp. when using fractional scaling (1.5x or so) instead of integer (2x)

    I do feel like I have to ask what coming soon™ looks like in the Linux world though

    For this particular thing, people are just waiting for a driver release from Nvidia. The last pieces of support on driver side was claimed to be implemented ~2 months ago on an unreleased (?) driver version.

    After that, the problem will be on the desktops themselves to work around the quirks of Nvidia's driver. the wlroots project that the desktop I use (sway) is based on, has announced they will not work around these quirks, but I know that the popular desktops (GNOME, KDE, etc.) all have reasons to support Nvidia.

    (Support needed by desktops because Wayland isn't actually as single thing like Xorg but at least 4 different implementations agreeing on a standard but that is more technical detail than needed for this)

    So, if I were to estimate, probably mid-2022 at the very latest assuming Nvidia doesn't do anything unexpected

    For other things, it really differs and there probably are a few "coming soon"s that haven't come soon, but that depends on a lot of stuff so there isn't a concrete "Yes, they deliver on their promises, or No, don't expect that soon"

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    yep, that'll work, though nvidia drivers on some distributions can be more of a hassle, pop as recommended by mtset has an iso with them pre-installed, which is probably the easiest way to get...

    I have an RTX 3070 for my GPU so I should be able to play the latest Vulkan or DX12 games

    yep, that'll work, though nvidia drivers on some distributions can be more of a hassle, pop as recommended by mtset has an iso with them pre-installed, which is probably the easiest way to get them working

    How is the performance for older games anyways?

    I don't know specifically about Morrowind, but older games should mean that your hardware being new enough will probably offset any performance issues graphics API translation could imply. For compatibility, Wine should have pretty good compatibility, though I personally don't have much experience with them so I cannot comment on it.

    How is the support for things like DLSS and Raytracing under Linux/Proton?

    DLSS seems to be experimental, but available, if my quick search is accurate. Ray tracing should work though. I can't comment on it though, I have a slightly older AMD gpu.

    Or even VR for that matter?

    Depends on your headset. I know Valve ones (or any other ones that work with SteamVR) "work", though I don't know how well they do, as I don't have any desktop VR hardware either.

    I know from watching LTT that NVIDIAs drivers seem to leave something to be desired and/or be difficult to use, but I'm not sure how that affects these features.

    The main thing with Nvidia is the installation and updates possibly being headaches, but once you get them working it should be pretty smooth sailing.

    Also the big thing that worries me about Linux is multi-screen support. I have three screens and Luke from LTT struggled with two, so advice would be appreciated on that front.

    It seems to work. It'll work best if your monitors are the same DPI (not the exact value, but mainly about needing scaling or not) and framerate.

    I use a 75hz Freesync 1080 monitor as my main, with a 60hz "regular" 1080 monitor on my right, and it works perfectly on sway (Wayland). Nvidia drivers support Wayland in a very limited capacity so far (it's coming soon!), but once they do I expect a vast majority of monitor setups to just work.

    That said, with Nvidia, X.org will most likely be the best choice for you (and in fact, the default for Nvidia), which might need a bit more fiddling to get "interesting" setups like mine working (particularly, the different framerates), but for the "best case" i mentioned above, X.org should just work.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    this comment is mainly focused on windows games running via wine/proton. native games will be very great experiences most of the time, but exceptions apply where using windows builds under wine...

    this comment is mainly focused on windows games running via wine/proton. native games will be very great experiences most of the time, but exceptions apply where using windows builds under wine might work better (hl1 recreation "black mesa" is a good example)

    DX9/10/11 translation is pretty high performance if your graphics hardware supports vulkan. DX12 is also claimed to be pretty high performance with vulkan, but i don't have any personal experience with that so i can't confirm it. opengl and vulkan are basically "free" as linux drivers have native support for them

    games not working at all are mainly results of four things (exceptions may apply)

    • multiplayer anticheat (which seems like not a big deal to you)
    • singleplayer copy protection (most work fine, but new methods might need a few weeks to get working)
    • windows media foundation (you might get working with some winetricks or whatnot, but valve was working on a "just works" workaround involving server side re-encoding the last time i heard anything about it)
    • new games might need a few weeks to get working, popular ones will be heavily worked on (some alternate wine/proton builds like gloriouseggroll's or tkglitch's versions might get them working before)

    if the games you play are primarily on steam, you won't need to tweak too much as steam does all the wine stuff in the background with their proton fork of wine. though i'd still recommend looking stuff up on https://www.protondb.com/ before switching

    if the games you want to use don't use steam, https://lutris.net/ is also an interesting way to get them running, and "epic games" can be used via https://github.com/Heroic-Games-Launcher/HeroicGamesLauncher

    aside from gaming, check your other software for support too. the papercuts and clunky software can be worked around or learned, but incompatible software might be a dealbreaker

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Grand Theft Auto trilogy remaster has a rough launch, angering fans in ~games

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    They also took down a lot of mods and the old versions to prevent them from "competing" with the remaster. I don't know what the fans expected to happen either. I feel like R* didn't have much...

    They also took down a lot of mods and the old versions to prevent them from "competing" with the remaster. I don't know what the fans expected to happen either.

    I feel like R* didn't have much trust on this remaster to begin with, otherwise why would they take down their own games? It's not like the money would go elsewhere.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    if you're considering using svelte and tailwind at the same time, consider replacing tailwind with https://windicss.org back when i tried it, tailwind with svelte resulted in very long compile...

    if you're considering using svelte and tailwind at the same time, consider replacing tailwind with https://windicss.org

    back when i tried it, tailwind with svelte resulted in very long compile times especially for hot reload stuff, while windi is just about drop-in compatible and works in an instant (in my experience, anyway)

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    even disregarding all the downsides, it just looks ugly. continuing the tradition of making sure windows after 7 never having a consistent, or even good, theme for system components i can make fun...

    even disregarding all the downsides, it just looks ugly. continuing the tradition of making sure windows after 7 never having a consistent, or even good, theme for system components

    i can make fun of kde, the biggest desktop to have "lacking" look and feel by default imo, for all i want (haha oversized panel clock, haha too many borders, haha ugly alignment), but if i were forced to choose between the two on gunpoint, kde would be my choice (maybe after when they fix their papercuts on wayland on amd) considering the complete mess the windows 11 look and feel is

    back when windows 10 released, i actually upgraded day one. i still remember modifying my system to get the GWX thing early, the same thing the rest of the world was doing all it can to remove, and stayed up until ~3am to make sure it installed properly on my old 5400rpm hard drive

    now, even for things i need windows for (i have a vm with gpu passthrough should i need it), i am not looking forward to the five years or so of the support period ending (though i pirate ltsc anyway, maybe that would be supported for more)

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Windows 11 blocks Edge browser competitors from opening links in ~tech

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    that one feels like incompetence to me. the microsoft store had, through it's entire existence, so many scams and "guide" apps that it definitely feels like they have "num of apps" as their...

    that one feels like incompetence to me. the microsoft store had, through it's entire existence, so many scams and "guide" apps that it definitely feels like they have "num of apps" as their biggest marketing stat, instead of, yknow, quality

    to be fair, MS is not alone, google play also has a similar issue, it's just that their search algorithms work well enough for the common cases to bring the real apps on top, but you start scrolling down, it gets weird

    i don't have any experience with apple's store, but f-droid is definitely the best store i've used EVEN with it's current lackluster search, though the requirements it has from apps definitely shows on the low number of available apps, particularly for more "advanced" things phones can do

    5 votes
  20. Comment on YouTube will no longer publicly display the dislike count on videos in ~tech

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    I feel like "both sides" have real arguments here. On one hand, brigading dislikes are a thing, and individual channels get hit with that too (I couldn't care less about when YT Rewind or...

    I feel like "both sides" have real arguments here.

    On one hand, brigading dislikes are a thing, and individual channels get hit with that too (I couldn't care less about when YT Rewind or Activision gets bridgaded, though), so hiding dislikes might be a good idea if just for individuals getting brigaded.

    But then they're still visible to the channel owner, so I don't know how effective this would be as an anti-harassment tool.

    Hiding dislikes might also fix the phantom dislike or other "disliking just for fun" stuff weird people do for fun.


    On the other hand, having dislikes visible means viewers can judge video quality better. Titles, thumbnails, and descriptions are useless because the author controls them and can put whatever clickbait they wish, and comments are either complete jokes or from the same "echo chamber" of the author.

    But then all kinds of "controversial" videos will have plenty of dislikes from opposite sides, so dislikes are most likely only really "useable" for things that won't be controversial. Not to mention the "background radiation" of dislikes every popular video will inevitably have.

    And some people say that dislikes are only disabled to help corporate videos like the Rewinds or the bad CoD (?) trailer. As long as YouTube keeps their corporate-speak up (so, never), we won't know if this was a consideration. Though this being done now instead of back when those things happened does throw an interesting wrench into this conspiracy.

    9 votes