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  1. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    I agree that it could be a reasonable topic, but I don't think you framed this one in that way. It could make a decent discussion to talk about what makes HN behave in this way so often...

    I agree that it could be a reasonable topic, but I don't think you framed this one in that way. It could make a decent discussion to talk about what makes HN behave in this way so often (mechanics? culture? something else?) and/or how we can avoid having similar issues on Tildes, but this seemed a lot more like "my post got flagged and I'm unhappy about it".

    It also has so many layers of indirection involved that I'm not even entirely sure what you were trying to direct attention to. This is a link to an archive.org copy of an HN post that links to a Mastodon toot that links to an archive.org copy of an HN post. It's very possible that some of the flags on your HN post came from submitting such a strange thing, and not even the subject matter itself.

  2. Comment on New mod for bsnes emulator makes “Mode 7” SNES games look like new in ~games

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    Don't look at the pixels on the horizon, look at the ones just to the right of the track. There's a huge difference.

    Don't look at the pixels on the horizon, look at the ones just to the right of the track. There's a huge difference.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Hacker News is unable to discuss the difficult subject that Hacker news is unable to discuss difficult subjects in ~tech

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    Please don't use Tildes as a "side channel" for other sites. It's fine if there's something truly noteworthy or significant happening, but not just in response to moderation decisions, getting...

    Please don't use Tildes as a "side channel" for other sites. It's fine if there's something truly noteworthy or significant happening, but not just in response to moderation decisions, getting undeservedly downvoted, etc.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    Volume 2, page 78. The source is notes written by Joseph "Jody" Hunt, Jeff Sessions' Chief of Staff.

    Volume 2, page 78. The source is notes written by Joseph "Jody" Hunt, Jeff Sessions' Chief of Staff.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Facebook has updated their blog post about storing unencrypted passwords - they found more log files, and there are now millions of Instagram users impacted, not thousands as stated originally in ~tech

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    I don't know, I do believe it could easily have been unintentional. Since it's across many different apps/properties, I think it's likely that the logging was happening at something closer to a...

    I don't know, I do believe it could easily have been unintentional. Since it's across many different apps/properties, I think it's likely that the logging was happening at something closer to a network level, where they were just logging all requests to some servers.

    It's easy for this sort of thing to happen: someone sets up logging to look into an ongoing issue, then they forget to turn it off or mean to come back to it later, and maybe they even end up quitting or getting fired. Everybody else either never notices there's some random unnecessary logging happening, or they just assume it's important for some reason and don't want to mess with it.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent in ~tech

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    We can't know, and this is one of the scariest aspects of the whole data-collection topic. It's almost all on the honor system—companies say that they're doing things a certain way in their...

    We can't know, and this is one of the scariest aspects of the whole data-collection topic. It's almost all on the honor system—companies say that they're doing things a certain way in their privacy policies and other documents, but it's almost never verified and there's not any way to do so from the outside. How would anyone even figure out if they were lying or not?

    Even when a site is quite open like Tildes, you still can't really know for sure. You can look in the code and see that there's a script to clean up a bunch of old/private data after 30 days, and that it should be running every day, but there's no way to verify that I haven't secretly changed the "30 days" to "1 year" on the actual server, or even that I haven't completely stopped the script from running. Any way of "proving" that I'm doing it properly could be manipulated or circumvented (copy the data elsewhere before deleting it, etc.).

    I don't even know what a potential solution to this problem could be.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Facebook has updated their blog post about storing unencrypted passwords - they found more log files, and there are now millions of Instagram users impacted, not thousands as stated originally in ~tech

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    Here's the relevant paragraph with the new update from this morning:

    Here's the relevant paragraph with the new update from this morning:

    To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them. We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users. Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook predominantly used by people in regions with lower connectivity.
    (Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed).

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Cry for Notre-Dame, sure, but why not for treasures beyond the West? in ~misc

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    You two are just doing a more eloquent version of "nuh uh", "yuh huh" now, and haven't said anything of substance in several comments. Take it to PMs if you want to continue this.

    You two are just doing a more eloquent version of "nuh uh", "yuh huh" now, and haven't said anything of substance in several comments. Take it to PMs if you want to continue this.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on We are back at square one of personal messaging in ~tech

  10. Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

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    Probably because of how many times people have screwed up "redacting" text PDFs, where you could just... delete the black boxes and read the text underneath. I'm sure they'd much rather pay for...

    Probably because of how many times people have screwed up "redacting" text PDFs, where you could just... delete the black boxes and read the text underneath. I'm sure they'd much rather pay for the bandwidth than risk something like that being possible on this one.

    22 votes
  11. Comment on Capcom Home Arcade - a "classic console" in the form of an arcade stick, with 16 Capcom arcade games in ~games

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    Huh, that's really interesting. As I mentioned, the site seems to have changed significantly between when I submitted it and now. In addition to the list of games, I distinctly remember it...

    Huh, that's really interesting. As I mentioned, the site seems to have changed significantly between when I submitted it and now. In addition to the list of games, I distinctly remember it mentioning FBAlpha, but that's gone now too.

    I'm really curious what's going on now, this seems like a really strange project overall.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on North Korea says it tested a ‘powerful warhead’ in ~news

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    Sure, there you go. I'll let you edit the title to whatever you want, the article still talks about it as a "tactical guided weapon" in addition to "powerful warhead".

    Sure, there you go. I'll let you edit the title to whatever you want, the article still talks about it as a "tactical guided weapon" in addition to "powerful warhead".

  13. Comment on Capcom Home Arcade - a "classic console" in the form of an arcade stick, with 16 Capcom arcade games in ~games

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    Oh weird, the site definitely had a list of the games you could look at yesterday, but now it seems to be gone. Here's the list: 1944: The Loop Master Alien vs Predator Armored Warriors Capcom...

    Oh weird, the site definitely had a list of the games you could look at yesterday, but now it seems to be gone. Here's the list:

    • 1944: The Loop Master
    • Alien vs Predator
    • Armored Warriors
    • Capcom Sports Club
    • Captain Commando
    • Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
    • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
    • Eco Fighters
    • Final Fight
    • Ghouls 'n Ghosts
    • Giga Wing
    • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
    • Mega Man: The Power Battle
    • Progear
    • Strider
    • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
    1 vote
  14. Comment on Cracking the London Mulligan - Results from simulating 2 million hands for Modern decks in ~games

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    Magic the Gathering is testing a new mulligan rule at Mythic Championship London next week, and this article is an analysis of the impact it could have on the Modern format. Over its history,...

    Magic the Gathering is testing a new mulligan rule at Mythic Championship London next week, and this article is an analysis of the impact it could have on the Modern format.

    Over its history, Magic has used two different mulligan rules, with this new one potentially becoming the new official system if it seems to work well.

    You start with a hand of 7 cards in MtG, but before the game starts you can choose to "mulligan" your hand as many times as you want, which means you shuffle your entire deck and draw a new potential starting hand. The systems all act slightly differently:

    1. Original method ("Paris mulligan"): each time you mulligan, draw one fewer card for your starting hand than the previous time. On your first mulligan draw 6, second mulligan draw 5, etc.
    2. Current method since September 2015 ("Vancouver mulligan"): same as original, except after both players have decided to keep their hands, any player that took any mulligans can "scry 1" (look at the top card of their deck and choose to either leave it there or move it to the bottom of the deck).
    3. New potential method ("London mulligan"): always draw 7 cards, then choose X of them and put them on the bottom of the deck, where X is the number of mulligans you've taken. So on the first mulligan you put 1 on the bottom (keeping 6 in hand), second mulligan 2 on the bottom (keeping 5 in hand), etc.

    The new method is interesting because you still end up with a smaller hand each time, but you have some control of what the smaller hand is made up of. Some people are concerned that this might be too powerful for combo-like decks since they'll be able to more easily ensure a good starting hand.

    3 votes