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  1. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    Currently? About 12mi (~20km). Personal best? 1769mi (~2800km).

    Currently? About 12mi (~20km). Personal best? 1769mi (~2800km).

    4 votes
  2. Comment on An open letter against Apple's privacy-invasive content scanning technology in ~tech

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    Apple's Photos app is not a user land app. Any software signed by Apple's certificates has full, unrestricted access to all APIs on the system, including 'Private' APIs that include the entire...

    As a userland app

    Apple's Photos app is not a user land app. Any software signed by Apple's certificates has full, unrestricted access to all APIs on the system, including 'Private' APIs that include the entire suite of Mach kernel functions. Also, if you go look at the Photos app in Settings, it doesn't feature the same set of Permissions that other photo managing apps have, and in fact, if you look at another Photo managing app, like Google Photos, Apple's Photos app is the permission those apps are granted to access the device's photos, because Apple's app is the gatekeeper for all of it.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What do you like and dislike about your chosen music service(s)? in ~music

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    I actually view this as a feature, there are a few youtube covers / songs from shows that weren't 'Officially' part of the sound track that I like and I love being able to add them to my playlist,...

    they seem to intermix youtube user videos that contain music with actual music

    I actually view this as a feature, there are a few youtube covers / songs from shows that weren't 'Officially' part of the sound track that I like and I love being able to add them to my playlist, but when a random Youtuber cover gets suggested instead of a real song... yeah that sucks and is part of the reason I'm leaving.

    As to the maps thing, I still don't understand why maps should integrate music at all... Why shouldn't it work like Car Play / Android Auto where it's just a background task?

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What do you like and dislike about your chosen music service(s)? in ~music

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    I use Youtube Music mostly because I consume enough youtube videos in a month to make Youtube Premium worth it, so I decided to try out their music service since it was an addon. My biggest...

    I use Youtube Music mostly because I consume enough youtube videos in a month to make Youtube Premium worth it, so I decided to try out their music service since it was an addon. My biggest complaint, especially as a former Play Music user: The Youtube Music app is just a veneer over actual youtube. It isn't a good music playing app. I can't, for the life of me, get it to NOT play the videos on Desktop. It's like listening to music on shuffle and getting the live version..... I don't want to sit and listen to artistic wind noises for 3 minutes cause that's how the music video starts. I'm actually going to be switching back to Spotify today, just gotta figure out if I can somehow import my playlists or if I'm going to have to move them by hand / use a sketchy third party thing...

    Edit: Just in case someone comes across this, I remembered what service I've used to do this in the past! soundiiz.com, I've used it two or three times, and you do have to pay for their 'premium' account level to transfer from one service to another. Make sure you cancel it too, cause their premium is a monthly charge, there's no option to just pay for a transfer and be done. However, it will move all the playlists and even report to you any songs it couldn't find on your target service so you can fix those.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on SEGA lawyers demand “immediate suspension” of Steam Database over alleged piracy in ~tech

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    There is a counter claim process in the DMCA, the problem is, it's very expensive and not practical to make and defend a counterclaim against a company with enough money for lawyers.

    There is a counter claim process in the DMCA, the problem is, it's very expensive and not practical to make and defend a counterclaim against a company with enough money for lawyers.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    It's the mark of a good communicator. It's why channels on Youtube like Numberphile and Vi Hart and all the other math/science communicators do well, you can make anyone pay attention to almost...

    It's the mark of a good communicator. It's why channels on Youtube like Numberphile and Vi Hart and all the other math/science communicators do well, you can make anyone pay attention to almost anything by framing the presentation well, and this post is very well done indeed.

    Edit: I also just noticed in one of his other posts that he used an interrobang (‽). This guy is definitely cool.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    They're actually working on that. I saw on the AMA they just did on Reddit that they're working on enabling username sign in. I think the only catch is you won't be able to sign in to a new device...

    They're actually working on that. I saw on the AMA they just did on Reddit that they're working on enabling username sign in. I think the only catch is you won't be able to sign in to a new device without one of your other devices. But I may be wrong on that. So, good for backup devices / clients, not great for a 'oh shit every message capable device I own is simultaneously destroyed'.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on TikTok can continue to operate in the US, Commerce Department says in ~tech

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    Trump lost the election in the intervening time. He got mad cause Tiktok users fucked with his rally and now he doesn't care anymore.

    Trump lost the election in the intervening time. He got mad cause Tiktok users fucked with his rally and now he doesn't care anymore.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on People of Tildes, have you travelled the entirety of the length of your country? in ~talk

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    I have, actually, though not all in one go. And not entirely by a single form of transit. I was born in the South East region of the US, travelled all over it before I was 18, including trips to...

    I have, actually, though not all in one go. And not entirely by a single form of transit.

    I was born in the South East region of the US, travelled all over it before I was 18, including trips to Chicago and Ohio. I've been to DC, NYC, Phili, Atlanta, Never any of the gulf states, really, just passed through. Texas, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California. Haven't made it to the PNW or the middle of the country except driving through. Furthest trip was Knoxville, TN to Denver, CO and I've done it, there and back several times.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Quibi raised $1.75 billion and secured a roster of A-list talent, but it can’t get audiences to notice in ~tv

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    I saw marketing for Quibi on tiktok, actually. The impression I got was that it was basically just pulling clips out of old comedy shows and that was it. The ads I saw were all for episodes of...

    I saw marketing for Quibi on tiktok, actually. The impression I got was that it was basically just pulling clips out of old comedy shows and that was it. The ads I saw were all for episodes of various old comedy shows.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm listening to book 2 in The Dresden Files when I want just some filler, and I just picked up the Percy Jackson books to see how I like them.

    I'm listening to book 2 in The Dresden Files when I want just some filler, and I just picked up the Percy Jackson books to see how I like them.

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

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    I'm working on a map making / editing utility in flutter. The general idea, you can create a map, populate it with terrain, furniture, buildings, etc and then put character tokens in and use it to...

    I'm working on a map making / editing utility in flutter. The general idea, you can create a map, populate it with terrain, furniture, buildings, etc and then put character tokens in and use it to run a session for D&D / Pathfinder / whatever tabletop system that uses a 2d grid.

    It's still really early days, but I'm excited for it. I have basic terrains and tokens working and now it's just building up the other layers.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are you typing on? in ~tech

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    I'm using a DasKeyboard full size with Cherry MX Browns. It's so tactile and wonderful without being as loud as clicky switches like Cherry Blues. At work I have a Corsair 10 key-less with browns....

    I'm using a DasKeyboard full size with Cherry MX Browns. It's so tactile and wonderful without being as loud as clicky switches like Cherry Blues.

    At work I have a Corsair 10 key-less with browns.

    Worth noting, neither of these keyboards needs software on the machine to control their lighting features, which is really handy for me since they get used in macOS, Windows, and various Linux / BSDs and microcomputers that don't have the software.