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  1. Comment on 48,000 UC graduate student workers go on strike in ~news

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    I’m also at UCSD (hello!). As another anecdote, my professors and IAs have been generally supportive / participating as well. I do hope the university will bargain in good faith, but that doesn’t...

    I’m also at UCSD (hello!). As another anecdote, my professors and IAs have been generally supportive / participating as well. I do hope the university will bargain in good faith, but that doesn’t seem to be happening as of yet.

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

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    I've posted about this before, but it's been a while. After a summer hiatus due to an internship with an NDA, I've resumed my work on my hobby OS, duckOS. A lot of the improvements lately have...

    I've posted about this before, but it's been a while. After a summer hiatus due to an internship with an NDA, I've resumed my work on my hobby OS, duckOS.

    A lot of the improvements lately have been focused on less-exciting things like stability. However, there are a couple of interesting things that I've been bouncing back and forth on lately - one of which is a ports system, which allows me to easily configure ported software for building on duckOS. I've successfully gotten GNU binutils and gcc to compile for the system, which is exciting because it means the OS could theoretically be self-hosting in the near future! The only problem is that, due to some issues I haven't completely figured out yet (probably due to incompatibilities in my libc implementation), gcc will compile object files, but ld is unable to link them properly.

    Next, I've been making improvements to the UI with components like improved text rendering, a graphical file manager, and next I want to work on text input. As it turns out, working with text and fonts is a whole rabbit hole I wasn't prepared for :)

    Developing duckOS has been a great learning experience thus far, and I don't plan on really ever stopping. One thing I want to focus on in the near future is cleaning up and documenting more of the codebase (especially in the kernel), since some of it is nearing as much as 5 years old at this point. The other issue is that I've never been too happy with how "clean" my code is - C++ is kind of a messy language IMO, especially when using things like inheritance and reference counting (Seeing std::shared_ptr<T>, macros, and templates all over the place isn't pretty). I fell in love with using Swift and Obj-C over the summer - if I end up designing a language (which is something I do want to try at some point), it would definitely pull some inspiration from there.

    If anyone's interested in trying it out, a version that runs under v86.js (an x86 emulator written with WASM) can be found linked in the README. However, the version there is a few weeks out of date and is extremely slow, as you could probably imagine. However, it's not that hard to compile yourself - INSTRUCTIONS.MD should have everything you need.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on A growing share of TikTok's adult users say they regularly get news on the site, bucking the trend on other social media platforms in ~tech

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    Disclaimer: This is purely anecdotal, and to be taken with a massive grain of salt. I don't use TikTok anymore, but when I did, I rarely got news on my feed from "real" or respectable...

    Disclaimer: This is purely anecdotal, and to be taken with a massive grain of salt.

    I don't use TikTok anymore, but when I did, I rarely got news on my feed from "real" or respectable organizations - and I'd like to think that I'm the type of person who the algorithm would show that to. What I did see, despite trying to scroll past it when it did pop up, was highly opinionated videos by small creators or individuals talking about their perspective on current events. Very rarely did I actually see "news-style" factual reporting - it was always heavily opinionated. Probably because that's what gets views and engagement, I guess.

    16 votes
  4. Comment on Intel's Arc A770 GPU is priced at $329 in ~tech

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    I'm currently using an RX 580, which I've had for the past five years or so. Given reasonable availability, good Linux drivers, and good reviews, I feel like this could be a very reasonable...

    I'm currently using an RX 580, which I've had for the past five years or so. Given reasonable availability, good Linux drivers, and good reviews, I feel like this could be a very reasonable upgrade. I have a feeling the A770 will not be easily obtainable, though.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Oh man, I really want to buy this game. It looks so good, and I've only heard positive things about it. But, I promised myself I would wade through my back-catalog of unfinished games before I...

    Oh man, I really want to buy this game. It looks so good, and I've only heard positive things about it. But, I promised myself I would wade through my back-catalog of unfinished games before I dropped more money on any new ones...

    4 votes
  6. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    I can speak to some of this from the perspective of a current college student. I began University during the beginning of the pandemic, and went through a year and a half or so of Zoom University....

    I can speak to some of this from the perspective of a current college student. I began University during the beginning of the pandemic, and went through a year and a half or so of Zoom University. As has been established, Zoom classes were extremely disengaging, and I barely ever paid attention during most classes. I personally managed to stay on top of things for the most part, but it was depressing and stressful, and I know many others who didn't do quite as well.

    Now, things are mostly back to normal. However, I have had many professors who have noticed the same thing the author here has - students performing worse, lower averages on exams, etc. Personally, going to in-person classes has helped me a lot - but I still feel fatigued. I'm on a quarter system (one quarter being over the summer, so it's really a trimester system), and the first two quarters were almost completely online. The third quarter, which we still have a few weeks left of, has been mostly back to normal. However, I feel like a lack of break between online classes and going back in person has left a lot of us without energy, and myself and a lot of others I know are really struggling right now. I don't know why, but we're just exhausted. Maybe things will be better after coming back from summer break.

    18 votes
  7. What's something you've made or done recently that you'd like to show off?

    I've posted this before, but it's been a couple years. It can be a hobby, a good deed, something simple, something complex, or anything in between - mainly, whatever doesn't fit into the more...

    I've posted this before, but it's been a couple years. It can be a hobby, a good deed, something simple, something complex, or anything in between - mainly, whatever doesn't fit into the more niche topics that are posted about this here (such as the weekly technical projects thread in ~comp).

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Texas butterfly park to close indefinitely as conspiracy theorists intensify attacks in ~news

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    This is really sad. The terrorists will just see this as a victory, thinking they've shut down some sort of child trafficking ring, and just continue on to another target. I don't know what an...

    This is really sad. The terrorists will just see this as a victory, thinking they've shut down some sort of child trafficking ring, and just continue on to another target. I don't know what an alternative course of action would be, but it's just disheartening that we basically have to let them win.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The forces of authoritarianism are getting slicker and deeper, and that disturbs me in ~talk

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    I guess I’m being a bit pedantic, but in the defined sense of the word (favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom), I would go as far as to say this particular...

    I guess I’m being a bit pedantic, but in the defined sense of the word (favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom), I would go as far as to say this particular organization is preaching the opposite of authoritarianism (i.e. hyper-individual choice and freedom with zero authoritative oversight).

    In context, however, you’re right - the people associated with these kinds of groups tend to subscribe to many authoritarian trains of thought, and it makes sense to associate them with that.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on The forces of authoritarianism are getting slicker and deeper, and that disturbs me in ~talk

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    I agree with your sentiment here, but at the risk of sounding pedantic, is authoritarianism the right word to use here? While many who prescribe to anti-mask and anti-mandate rhetoric may also...

    I agree with your sentiment here, but at the risk of sounding pedantic, is authoritarianism the right word to use here? While many who prescribe to anti-mask and anti-mandate rhetoric may also prescribe to authoritarianism, I'm not sure if "authoritarian" is the right way to describe this particular group. Maybe right-wing extremist would be a better description?

    Either way, I agree that the professionalism of this website is disturbing. Like you said, it probably means that there's a lot of money and people behind this. I just hope nothing escalates on the 22nd when they're set to march.

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

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    The one thing that pops into my head is Pi-hole, but I don't know if that's necessarily comparable (does it work outside of your home network?)

    The one thing that pops into my head is Pi-hole, but I don't know if that's necessarily comparable (does it work outside of your home network?)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~life

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    Perhaps slightly off-topic, but for some reason, my immediate thought after reading the headline was to imagine high school students driving big rigs. No idea why I didn't immediately realize they...

    Perhaps slightly off-topic, but for some reason, my immediate thought after reading the headline was to imagine high school students driving big rigs. No idea why I didn't immediately realize they meant adult teenagers.

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

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    Agreed - regardless of the motivations behind it, this is great. Of course, it would be even better if they stopped doing things like disabling features after using third party replacement...

    Agreed - regardless of the motivations behind it, this is great. Of course, it would be even better if they stopped doing things like disabling features after using third party replacement components, but this is still a step in the right direction.

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

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    As someone on the HN thread for this pointed out, this probably wasn’t a response to the recent uptick in the right-to-repair movement and lawsuits; a program like this would probably take years...

    Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals.

    The initial phase of the program will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera. The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year.

    As someone on the HN thread for this pointed out, this probably wasn’t a response to the recent uptick in the right-to-repair movement and lawsuits; a program like this would probably take years in the making. As someone who knows almost nothing about the logistics of something like this, I have no clue what their motivation for this might be. Could anyone more qualified to speak on this provide some insight?

    12 votes
  15. Comment on Twitter expands its subscription service to news articles in ~tech

  16. Comment on Facebook - An update on our use of face recognition in ~tech

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    You're probably right. I mean, it's working - it got my attention, at least. I still don't feel any different about FB after this, but I suspect many people may read about this and feel a little...

    You're probably right. I mean, it's working - it got my attention, at least. I still don't feel any different about FB after this, but I suspect many people may read about this and feel a little better about using the site.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Facebook - An update on our use of face recognition in ~tech

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    https://web.archive.org/web/20211102173015/https://about.fb.com/news/2021/11/update-on-use-of-face-recognition/ I wonder what their actual motivation to do this is? They do seem to recognize in...

    https://web.archive.org/web/20211102173015/https://about.fb.com/news/2021/11/update-on-use-of-face-recognition/

    We’re shutting down the Face Recognition system on Facebook. People who’ve opted in will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos and we will delete more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.

    This change will also impact Automatic Alt Text (AAT), which creates image descriptions for blind and visually-impaired people. After this change, AAT descriptions will no longer include the names of people recognized in photos but will function normally otherwise.

    We need to weigh the positive use cases for facial recognition against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.

    I wonder what their actual motivation to do this is? They do seem to recognize in the article that it's because of privacy concerns - but why now? Is it because they realize they're scaring people away with it? Is it because they don't want regulators to crack down on them?

    9 votes
  18. Comment on GBA Remote Play - Video over the Link Cable from a Raspberry Pi in ~games