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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Comment on Twitter expands its subscription service to news articles in ~tech

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Comment on GBA Remote Play - Video over the Link Cable from a Raspberry Pi in ~games

  7. Comment on How to install Windows 3.1 on an iPad in ~tech

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    I saw that, but I don't really see how loading code through the files app is any different than through iTunes. If anything, it's easier.

    I saw that, but I don't really see how loading code through the files app is any different than through iTunes. If anything, it's easier.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How to install Windows 3.1 on an iPad in ~tech

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    I’m surprised Apple is allowing this on the app store, given their strict policy on emulators. Did this one slip through the cracks, or are they changing their attitude towards them? If this is...

    I’m surprised Apple is allowing this on the app store, given their strict policy on emulators. Did this one slip through the cracks, or are they changing their attitude towards them? If this is allowed, would it be a stretch to allow something like UTM or console emulators as well? From a quick Ctrl+F of the app store review guidelines, I don’t even see emulators mentioned anywhere.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Kaspersky Password Manager had multiple problems in its password-generator, resulting in its passwords being predictable and easily brute-forced in ~comp

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    I use Enpass, which allows me to host the database wherever I want, along with requiring both a master password and private keyfile in order to decrypt it. I keep the keyfile on a USB drive and...

    I use Enpass, which allows me to host the database wherever I want, along with requiring both a master password and private keyfile in order to decrypt it. I keep the keyfile on a USB drive and copy it to devices that I log into Enpass with. I hosted the database on my own WebDav server for a bit, but just ended up using OneDrive instead because it's easier to set up and access. I figure that it's obscure enough that nobody would really bother trying to get into it, let alone they'd need physical access to my devices to get the keyfile.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on To catch teenage gamers after curfew, Chinese company deploys facial recognition in ~tech

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    I’m not really adding to the discussion here, so I’ll delete my comment if necessary. But, societal implications aside, this reminds me of the “drink verification can” greentext.

    I’m not really adding to the discussion here, so I’ll delete my comment if necessary. But, societal implications aside, this reminds me of the “drink verification can” greentext.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on How a Chinese-built highway drove Montenegro deep into debt in ~news

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    "In addition, Montenegro's former government signed off on allowing a Chinese government court to have the final say on the execution of the contract." I think it's fairly obvious why the bank...

    "In addition, Montenegro's former government signed off on allowing a Chinese government court to have the final say on the execution of the contract."

    I think it's fairly obvious why the bank lent Montenegro the money. I may be wrong, but don't Chinese firms have a history of doing things like this? I couldn't find any examples because I didn't know what to search, but I'm fairly certain I've heard of this happening before.

    EDIT: The article does mention basically the same thing happening with roads and highways in Greece.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on US quietly slips out of Afghanistan in dead of night in ~misc

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    The Onion seemingly predicts the future way more often than I'm comfortable with.

    The Onion seemingly predicts the future way more often than I'm comfortable with.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Vitalik’s regift of unsolicited DOGE knockoffs sends memecoin prices plunging in ~finance

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    Try explaining this headline to someone 20 years ago.

    Try explaining this headline to someone 20 years ago.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on They hacked McDonald’s ice cream machines—and started a cold war in ~tech

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    It feels like almost everything from toothbrushes to appliances have some sort of processor in them... I really hope we're not moving towards a future where everyone's toaster has DRM.

    It feels like almost everything from toothbrushes to appliances have some sort of processor in them... I really hope we're not moving towards a future where everyone's toaster has DRM.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm getting my first dose of Pfizer on Wednesday. I'm excited, but a bit nervous - I have a really busy day on Thursday, and I wasn't able to get an appointment at any other time. I hope I'm not...

    I'm getting my first dose of Pfizer on Wednesday. I'm excited, but a bit nervous - I have a really busy day on Thursday, and I wasn't able to get an appointment at any other time. I hope I'm not feeling too under the weather that day.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    It remains to be seen how that’s going to affect the game. Personally, I don’t care too much about the Microsoft login, as long as it doesn’t bring microtransactions to JE along with it. It’s...

    It remains to be seen how that’s going to affect the game. Personally, I don’t care too much about the Microsoft login, as long as it doesn’t bring microtransactions to JE along with it.

    It’s always struck me as weird how they’ve continued developing two versions of the game in parallel, especially considering how Java Edition has to be way less profitable than Bedrock. It would obviously piss off a huge portion of the playerbase if they dropped Java Edition, but it’s not like they were making additional money from those players anyway…

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What is the most difficult or complex thing you have programmed, created, or otherwise made? in ~comp

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    The most complex thing I’ve probably made as a self-taught programmer is my operating system, duckOS. It’s made with a mix of mostly assembly, C, and C++, runs in 32-bit protected mode, has...

    The most complex thing I’ve probably made as a self-taught programmer is my operating system, duckOS. It’s made with a mix of mostly assembly, C, and C++, runs in 32-bit protected mode, has preemptive multitasking, memory management, etc. It aims to be UNIX-like, and has a userspace window manager and compositor called pond. I’m currently working on ironing out some of the instability and bugs with memory management and shared memory, but I recently took a break from that to make a small GUI-based connect four game for it.

    9 votes