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  1. Comment on Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a Facebook rival social network named WT:Social in ~tech

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    As I understand it, WikiTribune, which WT:Social is heavily based on, has a "real names strongly encouraged" policy. I imagine the situation here is similar. (This is orthogonal to the fact that...

    As I understand it, WikiTribune, which WT:Social is heavily based on, has a "real names strongly encouraged" policy. I imagine the situation here is similar.

    (This is orthogonal to the fact that having distinct "first name" and "last name" fields in a form is a horrifically narrow-minded view of how names work...)

    3 votes
  2. Comment on A new funding model for open source software in ~tech

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    It's a little off-topic, but it's interesting to note that Burak is happy to call Aether "open source" several times in this blogpost, but barely mentions that fact on the homepage, and in fact...

    It's a little off-topic, but it's interesting to note that Burak is happy to call Aether "open source" several times in this blogpost, but barely mentions that fact on the homepage, and in fact the source code available rarely matches what the downloadable client is built from, per his own statements on the Aether forums. (Yes, the app is licensed under AGPL; Burak's opinion is that as the copyright holder, he is not bound by the AGPL. I would be eager to see what happens if someone else contributes code without assigning copyright.)

    5 votes
  3. Comment on This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN in ~tech

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    But - as the video mentions - so what? Even if I'm getting MITM'd, even though I'm not using any kind of encrypted DNS or encrypted SNI, why do I care that the rest of the hotel knows that...

    It's trivially easy to MITM that stuff

    But - as the video mentions - so what? Even if I'm getting MITM'd, even though I'm not using any kind of encrypted DNS or encrypted SNI, why do I care that the rest of the hotel knows that "someone is browsing Twitter"?

  4. Comment on Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has been released in ~tech

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    There might not be packages available for the new Ubuntu version The packages might be broken/untested You should be OK, but backups and caution are always a good idea :)
    • There might not be packages available for the new Ubuntu version
    • The packages might be broken/untested

    You should be OK, but backups and caution are always a good idea :)

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has been released in ~tech

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    I believe it applies for any version-number upgrade, so yes, if you upgrade from 19.04 to 19.10, your PPAs will be disabled. No, the packages will stick around, unless there is now a newer version...

    Would that apply here? Or is it only for some updates?

    I believe it applies for any version-number upgrade, so yes, if you upgrade from 19.04 to 19.10, your PPAs will be disabled.

    If they are disabled, will that uninstall the packages that use the ppa?

    No, the packages will stick around, unless there is now a newer version in the default Ubuntu repositories, in which case you will be upgraded to that version (unless you've made changes to your apt configuration to avoid this).

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Manifold Garden - Release date trailer (October 18, 2019) in ~games

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    So, you phrase the argument as being between "breaking even for sure" and "maybe not breaking even"; you've not mentioned the reduction in playerbase for games released on the Epic store...

    So, you phrase the argument as being between "breaking even for sure" and "maybe not breaking even"; you've not mentioned the reduction in playerbase for games released on the Epic store exclusively. Manifold Garden only has a Windows release – since it's on Epic, nobody on another operating system can even try to run it, unlike if it were released on Steam.

    Maybe it's not significant; I haven't looked at Valve's OS statistics recently, but I assume Linux still trails far behind Windows. But that's why Epic exclusivity makes me personally angry – because now instead of costing whatever the price of the game is, it would cost me that plus a hundred-pound Windows installation, and there's no way I can afford that.

    tldr capitalism fucking sucks

  7. Comment on Is there a reason I cannot have a tag people.doing.something in ~tildes

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    Second paragraph, second sentence, you say "spaces" but I think you mean "dots" or "periods" or "full stops".

    Second paragraph, second sentence, you say "spaces" but I think you mean "dots" or "periods" or "full stops".

  8. "1 new" text is displayed for replies to hidden comments

    If a top-level comment is collapsed by default (presumably due to "noise" tags), replies to that comment will still trigger the "1 new" text on the topic, but won't be visible when you visit the...

    If a top-level comment is collapsed by default (presumably due to "noise" tags), replies to that comment will still trigger the "1 new" text on the topic, but won't be visible when you visit the thread - and there's not even any indication that you should expand the noise-tagged comment to see a reply.

    Would it be possible(/desirable) to show the red indicator next to collapsed comments if there's a new comment underneath them?

    14 votes
  9. Comment on TabNine: Code autocompletion with deep learning in ~comp

  10. Comment on Steam free weekend: Deep Rock Galactic in ~games

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    Which modes were you playing to get 40-minute games, out of interest? I find that most games usually take 20 minutes to half an hour, although it definitely does depend on how experienced the team...

    Which modes were you playing to get 40-minute games, out of interest? I find that most games usually take 20 minutes to half an hour, although it definitely does depend on how experienced the team is and how long people spend looking around before progressing.

    I agree that the unlocks are needlessly grindy, though. The new update (which should be launching on the 26th) apparently has loads more cosmetic items, so I hope they make them shared between classes or something, else it's going to take a ridiculous amount of time to unlock them all.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Steam free weekend: Deep Rock Galactic in ~games

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    I've recently been playing Deep Rock Galactic a lot, and just noticed it's free to play for the next day or so. It's a fun 4-player co-op game with procedurally-generated destructible terrain;...

    I've recently been playing Deep Rock Galactic a lot, and just noticed it's free to play for the next day or so. It's a fun 4-player co-op game with procedurally-generated destructible terrain; it's available natively for Windows, and works almost perfectly in Proton on Linux (there are two things which don't work: the preview gameplay videos for each class, which are practically the opposite of essential, and voice chat, which is also not necessary most of the time). The number of active players is currently fairly large, which is mostly as a result of the free weekend – it was much smaller a few days ago, but there were still enough people to play with, and there's an update scheduled to launch later this month which will include some endgame content, and hopefully that will increase player count a bit too.

    I'd be interested to hear your opinions on the game (and if anyone fancies playing together, I'd be happy to!)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    This is verging on off-topic, and I don't want to accuse you of acting in bad faith, but I want to explain why I asked: your original comment sounds like sealioning. The OP substantiates their...

    This is verging on off-topic, and I don't want to accuse you of acting in bad faith, but I want to explain why I asked: your original comment sounds like sealioning. The OP substantiates their claims with direct quotations from emails sent by RMS, and @hungariantoast's comment is essentially a shorter, more expletive-heavy rewording of the OP, and I don't understand what information they could provide that would further answer your questions.

    Sure, accusations should be backed up by evidence, but equally, there's no necessity for that evidence to be bundled up into a nice, easy-to-digest parcel with accompanying explanatory notes and context. Requiring a bare minimum of effort on the part of the reader (for example: going to Marvin Minsky's Wikipedia page instead of asking an easily-answerable question) is not a problem.

    22 votes
  13. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    Question: why do we have to find these things? Why are you incapable of Googling "richard stallman asshole", or going to the Wikipedia page for Marvin Minsky and looking under the heading "Child...

    Question: why do we have to find these things? Why are you incapable of Googling "richard stallman asshole", or going to the Wikipedia page for Marvin Minsky and looking under the heading "Child sex trafficking and abuse allegations"?

    12 votes
  14. Comment on The Big Stellar Space Drop - Keybase Blog in ~comp

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    You can exchange them for other cryptocurrencies or "fiat" money (i.e. something your local supermarket will accept) at various online exchanges. Coinbase is probably the most well-known one, but...

    You can exchange them for other cryptocurrencies or "fiat" money (i.e. something your local supermarket will accept) at various online exchanges. Coinbase is probably the most well-known one, but there are plenty of others.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Configuring Networks to Disable DNS over HTTPS in ~tech

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    Note that DoH itself does not break DNS-based adblock. Firefox is implementing DoH by changing the DNS resolver it uses to one that supports DoH – that's what will break DNS-based adblock, not DoH...

    Note that DoH itself does not break DNS-based adblock. Firefox is implementing DoH by changing the DNS resolver it uses to one that supports DoH – that's what will break DNS-based adblock, not DoH itself. In comparison, Chrome will use DoH only when the default resolver supports it, so Chrome will not break DNS-based adblock

    I don't understand what you mean by Google "injecting ads through HTTPS".

    2 votes
  16. Comment on [Request] Emacs/readline-like keys on text fields in ~tildes

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    The problem with this is that the browser itself probably uses most of those combinations itself. For example, C-w closes the tab in most browsers I've used, and certainly in Chrome there's no way...

    The problem with this is that the browser itself probably uses most of those combinations itself. For example, C-w closes the tab in most browsers I've used, and certainly in Chrome there's no way for a website to override that.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Taskwarrior, where have you been all my life? in ~life

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    Is there any particular reason you think this?

    I think overall tracking this type of stuff is better for you to remember internally rather than in some sort of external app.

    Is there any particular reason you think this?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on noclip.website - A website that lets you view famous levels from all kinds of games in 3D in ~games

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    fwiw, this is a pretty fast way to get DMCA'd – mostly the copyright holders in these kinds of situations will only let the infringement slide whilst nobody else is making money off their IP.

    They don't take donations right now, but this is easily something I could see myself supporting on Patreon.

    fwiw, this is a pretty fast way to get DMCA'd – mostly the copyright holders in these kinds of situations will only let the infringement slide whilst nobody else is making money off their IP.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on How reliable is IP ownership information? in ~comp

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    Yes. Consider your threat model. If something on your computer is making an outgoing network request to somewhere that you don't trust, is the problem actually that the network request was going...

    For example, if an IP came back as "Google" could it really be a GCP instance running a command and control server?

    Yes.

    If so, is my entire workflow for "do I trust this IP" pointless?

    Consider your threat model. If something on your computer is making an outgoing network request to somewhere that you don't trust, is the problem actually that the network request was going somewhere bad, or that you have malicious software on your computer?

    If the latter (bad software), then blocking network requests by hand is unlikely to help you much – you will slip up at some point, and then the malware will be able to upload your secret files, or its owner will be able to access your computer, or whatever, and the malware is probably doing something nasty already.

    If the former (good software connecting somewhere bad), then what do you do? Personally I would reevaluate my trust in the software making the connection, unless e.g. multiple pieces of software were involved, at which point I would suspect a problem somewhere else (e.g. malicious DNS server).

    All this is only considering outbound connections, by the way; blocking all inbound connections by default is a sensible idea.

    fwiw, I'm no security expert, and I wrote this on my phone over the course of a couple of minutes, so I may very well be wrong about any number of things.

    5 votes