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  1. Comment on Google Chrome ships a default, hidden extension that allows code on *.google.com access to private APIs, including your current CPU usage in ~tech

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    I've been using Arc for over a year now. They used to ship exciting stuff almost every week and fix bugs, but now that seems to have fallen off pretty hard. I guess they've shifted most of their...

    I've been using Arc for over a year now. They used to ship exciting stuff almost every week and fix bugs, but now that seems to have fallen off pretty hard. I guess they've shifted most of their resources towards "AI" features and their search product. I don't know anyone that wants a "browser that browses for you" and yet they seem convinced it's a good idea

    11 votes
  2. Comment on What are the most effective ways to help get Joe Biden re-elected in the US? in ~misc

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    Honestly I feel like the most impactful thing is making sure everyone you know votes. How exactly to do that is unclear to me though. Break social norms and annoyingly calling/messaging people in...

    Honestly I feel like the most impactful thing is making sure everyone you know votes. How exactly to do that is unclear to me though. Break social norms and annoyingly calling/messaging people in the days leading up to the election?

    8 votes
  3. Comment on My Windows computer just doesn't feel like mine anymore in ~tech

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    And instead of actually offering support most of the time they just point you to their community support forums

    And instead of actually offering support most of the time they just point you to their community support forums

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Does node.js have a future? in ~comp

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    Freelance work heavily skews toward PHP and WordPress, yeah? I've always been full-time and have yet to hear anyone at any employer of mine (track record: mega corp, small consultancy, acquired...

    Freelance work heavily skews toward PHP and WordPress, yeah? I've always been full-time and have yet to hear anyone at any employer of mine (track record: mega corp, small consultancy, acquired startup in medium corp, small startup) talk favorably about PHP let alone want to use it. Node on the another hand is constantly being pulled in, is well regarded, and this is the first time I've encountered someone questioning its reputation or long-term validity. Just my anecdotal report.

    I have some personal projects using PHP and feel pretty neutral about it. Though as far as reputation goes I'd put more stock in StackOverflow's annual surveys than a nebulous "80% of the web" statistic. A good chunk of the web is abandoned, no?

    9 votes
  5. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    Are you referring to the veto power of the UN Security Council? It would come before the UN General Assembly which cannot be vetoed by the Security Council. Presumably if states starting seceding...

    Are you referring to the veto power of the UN Security Council? It would come before the UN General Assembly which cannot be vetoed by the Security Council.

    Presumably if states starting seceding that would all but mark the end of its status as a superpower and they'd probably lose vetoes anyway

    1 vote
  6. Comment on YouTube tests harder-to-block server-side ad injection in videos in ~tech

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    If it's literally baked into the video and its positioning isn't dynamic then perhaps SponsorBlock's crowd sourcing will be sufficient?

    If it's literally baked into the video and its positioning isn't dynamic then perhaps SponsorBlock's crowd sourcing will be sufficient?

    14 votes
  7. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    As I see it, "not allowed" doesn't matter to a seceded state if others (particularly the UN) recognizes their sovereignty

    As I see it, "not allowed" doesn't matter to a seceded state if others (particularly the UN) recognizes their sovereignty

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    Ah, I missed that. Well, I think my statement still stands regardless

    Ah, I missed that. Well, I think my statement still stands regardless

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Curious if your feelings towards Alamo have changed over time at all? The more I go the more it seems that the food & drink delivery aspect (plus paying) very often takes me out of the movie...

    Curious if your feelings towards Alamo have changed over time at all? The more I go the more it seems that the food & drink delivery aspect (plus paying) very often takes me out of the movie watching experience. Maybe the training has gone downhill or something since employees are trying to talk to me during the movie a lot more and don't seem to care about obstructing the screen when walking past

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    The agreement of the rest of the country can't meaningfully stop secession. If anything, that's liable to raise tensions higher, fueling the opposition

    the rest of the US isn't likely to agree.

    The agreement of the rest of the country can't meaningfully stop secession. If anything, that's liable to raise tensions higher, fueling the opposition

    11 votes
  11. Comment on The new YouTube layout is just too horrible, is there a way to revert back? in ~tech

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    I use the YouTube Redux extension to make it look like the mid-2010's

    I use the YouTube Redux extension to make it look like the mid-2010's

    4 votes
  12. Comment on A Texas corporate lawyer got mad about illegal evictions—and did something about it in ~life

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    These numbers are wild

    More than 37,000 evictions were filed in Dallas County in 2023, disrupting roughly 8 percent of renter households. That tally doesn’t include untold numbers of unofficial evictions, in which landlords oust renters from their homes without going through the courts.

    These numbers are wild

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Nebula strikes deal with Spotify to stream video content in ~tech

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    I really hope Nebula knows what it's doing with all these operations in the works. I know if I were one of these creators I wouldn't want my videos in Spotify's app because users probably don't...

    Spotify’s first deal with Nebula comes on the heels of the creator-owned streaming service launching film studio Nebula Motion Pictures and a news division, and revealing a ramped up programming slate.

    I really hope Nebula knows what it's doing with all these operations in the works. I know if I were one of these creators I wouldn't want my videos in Spotify's app because users probably don't want that and I could get blamed for it

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Spotify raises US prices of premium streaming plans for second time in one year in ~music

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    Tidal's tiers got better this year

    Tidal's tiers got better this year

    Starting April 10, 2024, you will now get access to our music library in full lossless, HiRes FLAC, and Dolby Atmos sound for the same price you pay today of $10.99 (plus applicable sales tax)/month.
    This is because we’re making it easier for everyone to enjoy best-in-class sound quality by combining our HiFi and HiFi Plus tiers into a single subscription tier

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Will Microsoft want to introduce a subscription fee to their Windows OS in the future? in ~tech

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    If ChromeOS vs SteamOS starts heating up, I imagine other vendors might start hopping in. I know I personally wouldn't mind paying for open-source development to make a distro well-supported and...

    If ChromeOS vs SteamOS starts heating up, I imagine other vendors might start hopping in. I know I personally wouldn't mind paying for open-source development to make a distro well-supported and sustainable. And if it's cheaper than a Windows subscription then at least a portion of average consumers will likely consider switching.

  16. Comment on Will Microsoft want to introduce a subscription fee to their Windows OS in the future? in ~tech

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    Maybe today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed when shareholders demand continuous growth.

    they literally do not care whether or not you're paying for it

    Maybe today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed when shareholders demand continuous growth.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Beetlejuice Beetlejuice | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Oof. I'm so used to remakes and such that my brain registered "Halloween season" as a TV show for the Halloween movie franchise

    This'll be a great primer for the Halloween season when it comes out.

    Oof. I'm so used to remakes and such that my brain registered "Halloween season" as a TV show for the Halloween movie franchise

    1 vote
  18. Comment on New study found YouTube's recommendation algorithm boosted right-wing content in the run-up to Finland's 2024 elections in ~tech

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    YouTube's search results have been going downhill for years, so I don't exactly trust those numbers. Even if accurate, I would expect a spike in interest for political content to create a spike in...

    YouTube's search results have been going downhill for years, so I don't exactly trust those numbers. Even if accurate, I would expect a spike in interest for political content to create a spike in recommendations for that content.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on New study found YouTube's recommendation algorithm boosted right-wing content in the run-up to Finland's 2024 elections in ~tech

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    Maybe I'm missing something here. This is framed as algorithmic political bias, but isn't it possible that there was simply more right-wing content than left-wing content or other related content?...

    Maybe I'm missing something here. This is framed as algorithmic political bias, but isn't it possible that there was simply more right-wing content than left-wing content or other related content? Or couldn't it have been relatively more algorithm-friendly on purpose? Or more simply, users were watching more political content because of the upcoming election? FUD is often inherently more emotionally potent and attention-grabbing than alternative political messages.

    I mean, for all we know YouTube specifically has explicit right-wing content boosters built in. The fact that we don't know is sort of the root issue, not this specific outcome which has tons of moving variables. Even if YouTube wanted to do a deep-dive into how this occurred, I'm not sure they'd be able to come up with that many specifics due to its black box nature.

    6 votes