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  1. Comment on Can we stop pretending SMS is secure now? in ~tech

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    If your device supports voice over LTE, it should technically be able to have voice+sms over any IP connection. This is the native calling functionality of the phone, not voip services over apps....

    If your device supports voice over LTE, it should technically be able to have voice+sms over any IP connection. This is the native calling functionality of the phone, not voip services over apps.
    The carrier does have to check the box on their end though to enable it, so it isn't universal yet.

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  2. Comment on Can we stop pretending SMS is secure now? in ~tech

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    I don't think it's a geographic thing, it's entirely up to the organisation running the service what sort of 2FA system they use. The reason many use SMS is due to it being ubiquitous. What other...

    I don't think it's a geographic thing, it's entirely up to the organisation running the service what sort of 2FA system they use. The reason many use SMS is due to it being ubiquitous. What other service is there available which a person is almost guaranteed to have access to?

    I use TOTP personally, and do so on every service that offers it. But there is the tradeoff between security and usability which are taken into account. It's why it's cheaper for credit card companies + banks to pursue and/or swallow fraud than to enable stronger security.

    SMS is definitely not secure at all, but I guess what I am saying is that there generally isn't a much better solution available in a way that is usable for 99% of users.

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  3. Comment on What should I look for in a headset? in ~tech

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    Are you looking for wireless or wired? I'm also not sure if you know, but you can plug a regular pair of headphones into the headphone jack on the bottom of the PS4 controller, and the sound will...

    Are you looking for wireless or wired?

    I'm also not sure if you know, but you can plug a regular pair of headphones into the headphone jack on the bottom of the PS4 controller, and the sound will then be transmitted through that. Use a pair with a microphone too, and it performs full headset duties with audio+mic.

    I don't have a PS5 yet, but I believe this feature is still present on that as well.

    If you have an old set of earphones which came with a phone or something, just plug those in if you just want something cheap and easy. Otherwise, anything with a 3.5mm jack will work in this manner as well.

    This is my preferred method, as getting into more advanced headsets can get messy [and expensive]. The PS4 supports bluetooth audio out, but it doesn't support any microphones when in blutetooth mode.
    If you want full wireless, you will have to get one with a USB dongle. There are plenty labelled as ps4+ps5 compatible.

    This is a limitation to keep in mind if you want to get "general-purpose" bluetooth headphones, for your child to use with their phone/tablet as well, and it is one of the big annoyances with the audio solutions on consoles.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    Android still is superior, but on the current trajectory it won't be for much longer. Every single android release they remove another bit of freedom and "linux-ism" from the OS. I'm a big user of...

    Android still is superior, but on the current trajectory it won't be for much longer.

    Every single android release they remove another bit of freedom and "linux-ism" from the OS. I'm a big user of termux on my devices, and just take a look at the issue list to see the features which we keep losing from it from nothing else other than Google's ever increasing API restrictions. First it was SMS access, then lower-level process+hardware status access without root, now it's at the point where they have actually had to pull the app from the play store entirely while they try to rework it around more restrictions.

    F-Droid certainly helps when apps are pulled, but it can't do anything if the underlying OS is removing features from the API and locking everything down.

    I'm also hoping purism et al can make a daily-driver capable device before it becomes completely unusable.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Google has suspended the Element Matrix client from the Play Store due to abusive content (It's back) in ~tech

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    F-Droid is your friend :-) https://f-droid.org/en/packages/im.vector.app/ In case you aren't aware, F-Droid isn't just an apk mirror with potential malware, it is a complete play store alternative...

    F-Droid is your friend :-)

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/im.vector.app/

    In case you aren't aware, F-Droid isn't just an apk mirror with potential malware, it is a complete play store alternative for open-source applications. You can also just sideload the apks from the link above if you don't want to install the app.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    I've been enjoying the THPS 1+2 remake as well, and I agree it is phenomenal. I'm glad you mentioned the physics too, because that is what really stands out to me. I've been playing a lot of the...

    I've been enjoying the THPS 1+2 remake as well, and I agree it is phenomenal.
    I'm glad you mentioned the physics too, because that is what really stands out to me. I've been playing a lot of the original PS1 versions of the games over the years on various emulators too, and what amazes me is how shockingly accurate the physics of the remakes is compared to the original. I actually suspect they must have copied the physics engine from the original source code, because even the janky parts are perfectly recreated

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

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    Oh wow, I saw this thread and thought "eh I'll poke my head in, no way anyone is actually playing what I am", and whadayaknow, someone else is playing Ballistic NG. Not only that, but you've...

    Oh wow, I saw this thread and thought "eh I'll poke my head in, no way anyone is actually playing what I am", and whadayaknow, someone else is playing Ballistic NG.

    Not only that, but you've managed a far better description than I ever could! Bravo! Particularly as I've got a few friends I've recommended it to whom I also play wipeout omega with on PS4, and they asked that exact question "Looks fun but what does it do that wipeout doesn't?".

    My response was just "it doesn't really do anything different than wipeout. Though I like the "feel" of it more though. faster and simpler".

    I'm really have a huge amount of fun playing it. Also mods.... lots of great mods too!

    Anyway, hit me up if you're up for a race online!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What do you self host? in ~comp

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I've currently pay for runbox and have it sitting as a standby as an emergency failover. But this company also looks pretty great too. I certainly like how humble their...

    Thanks for the suggestion, I've currently pay for runbox and have it sitting as a standby as an emergency failover. But this company also looks pretty great too. I certainly like how humble their disclaimers are, haha.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What do you self host? in ~comp

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    You're right about the horror stories. I've been self hosting my own mail for quite a few years and it takes a bit of work to keep up with the requirements of the big players [which, lets be...

    You're right about the horror stories. I've been self hosting my own mail for quite a few years and it takes a bit of work to keep up with the requirements of the big players [which, lets be honest, is almost all MS and google]. And they are so powerful that they really can just blackhole any little individual provider they want without any care at all.
    Thing is, that's actually a reason for more people to self host. A federated protocol is only powerful as such if it has a diverse ecosystem. Just like many cryptocurrencies, as soon as one player gets a commanding control, the system starts to break down. The more individual email hosts we have, the less able MS + google are to act without noticable consequence.
    We're already seeing signs of things going pear shaped already with many original federated protocols, with the changes they are pushing to their services [google with AMP for email, MS with their basic auth changes], and even what Apple does with SMS+imessage. At my workplace, it doesn't even feel like email any more, I just call it "microsoft mail" [and die a little inside].

    Anyway..... that's a ranty way of encouraging anyone who is interested in self-hosting email to give it a go. And know there are plenty of people who are eagre to help :-) Don't necessarily host your primary email right away, but definitely play around and help get some diversity in the ecosystem!

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Opinion so far on the Epic Games Store? in ~games

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    Wait until you look into EAC, which requires a kernel level access to the system, and loads up a binary blob from somewhere which is then executed on your system. I know it's really...

    Wait until you look into EAC, which requires a kernel level access to the system, and loads up a binary blob from somewhere which is then executed on your system. I know it's really tin-foil-hatty, but putting things together I must say I am at least a little concerned at how carelessly people let software run on their computer if it comes with a game. EAC is a massive NOPE from me!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are secure alternatives to slack, and what are your experiences with them? in ~tech

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    Conversations has full push notification support now integrated with google's push system. That said, I don't use google services and my app is from f-droid only, so it doesn't use push...

    Conversations has full push notification support now integrated with google's push system.
    That said, I don't use google services and my app is from f-droid only, so it doesn't use push notifications. But with things like mam + smacks [stream management], I don't have any issues with message notifications and battery life these days.

    Most gaming spaces have moved towards discord these days, which I understand as it's nice to have everything in once place. But damn is discord so resource heavy and, IMO, way more complicated to use than necessary. I really don't enjoy using it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are secure alternatives to slack, and what are your experiences with them? in ~tech

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    I'll throw my voice behind XMPP :-) There is a decent amount of full-features clients available. Conversations on Android is absolutely top notch, and now has full Voice+Video support. Converse.js...

    I'll throw my voice behind XMPP :-)

    There is a decent amount of full-features clients available. Conversations on Android is absolutely top notch, and now has full Voice+Video support. Converse.js is a great web based client/library, and gajim for native desktop.

    Hosting a server is no worse than any of the other options available [though its much better than Matrix, IMO, which seems strangely complex for what it is]. XMPP is an extensible protocol, so there are additional modules you can apply to add features as required, but most are simply a matter of adding a line or two to a config file in prosody/ejabberd.

    Things get a bit more complex when you start to get into the network traversal tech [damn you ipv4 + nat!], proxy65 and STUN/TURN will also be needed for those, but once you've grok'd how they work they are fine. But these are generally required no matter which platform you wish to use.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on It’s time to get back into RSS in ~tech

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    As a bit of a tip, I've found that even if you can't find an rss/atom link or button anywhere, most CMS' have it on by default anyway, and if you simply use <domain>/feed.rss or feed.xml etc.......

    As a bit of a tip, I've found that even if you can't find an rss/atom link or button anywhere, most CMS' have it on by default anyway, and if you simply use <domain>/feed.rss or feed.xml etc.... you can still find an rss feed [even if the content producer doesn't even know it!].

    I use tt-rss and you can add most sites by typing the URL in and it will try a list of common combinations and will almost always find a feed.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    A school is not a marketplace though. You can go shopping and choose what you want to buy, you can even choose which driving instructor you want to use [and learning to drive on car doesn't stop...

    A school is not a marketplace though. You can go shopping and choose what you want to buy, you can even choose which driving instructor you want to use [and learning to drive on car doesn't stop you from driving any other!].

    Most people can't choose their school, and when a school sets a policy of what technology is in use, you have to go with the policy. A school is a captive audience and it is our moral imperative to make sure said children are not being taken advantage of. Don't get me wrong, using apple or microsoft products isn't immorral [even in a school setting], but the way these companies currently get their tech into schools and then leverage their position of dominance is, in my opinion, immoral.

    I don't see how this is related to any economic system. I'm not pushing for workers to rise up. I just want our kids to start their computing lives [which, let's be honest, is going to be one of the largest parts of their lives] in a fair manner, free from powerful influences. I don't think that's asking too much.

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  15. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    How is stating "poisoning education" toxic? The behaviours of MS + apple in the way they hook young people into their ecosystem shares similarities with the tobacco industry. So yeah, I'd call...

    How is stating "poisoning education" toxic?

    The behaviours of MS + apple in the way they hook young people into their ecosystem shares similarities with the tobacco industry. So yeah, I'd call them pretty toxic.

    They aren't about teaching kids how to use computers, they are teaching them how to use products. "Free" licenses for students, buying their way into hosting schools entire IT infrastructures and teaching platforms, and perpetuating the cycle by locking people into their products [and mostly at the taxpayers expense]. Yeah, I'd call that toxic.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on Tesla made a pickup truck for the end of the world in ~tech

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    The biggest thing if we're talking about the breakdown of civilizations is gasoline production. Simply put, if the refineries shut down, all of the worlds gasoline will be useless after a few...

    The biggest thing if we're talking about the breakdown of civilizations is gasoline production. Simply put, if the refineries shut down, all of the worlds gasoline will be useless after a few years. You can't store it long term, and the entire worlds supply is basically just-in-time produced for this reason.

    If things completely go to hell, and you want to be completely self-sufficient, you're going to need an electric vehicle. You can run your own solar and wind power systems, you can't run your own crude oil refinery....

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  17. Comment on That Starlink problem astronomers were worried about is totally happening in ~space

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    Really? I'm all for the benefits which starlink will bring [so we are told]. But that's a pretty bold statement. There are alternatives in both situations. The alternative to starlink is to...

    the choice is an easy one

    Really?

    I'm all for the benefits which starlink will bring [so we are told]. But that's a pretty bold statement. There are alternatives in both situations.

    The alternative to starlink is to further invest in terrestrial fibre optic and/or cell towers where needed. Now that isn't a trivial task and has certain socio-economic factors to take into account. The technology is there, however.

    The alternative to terrestrial astronomy you propose is to simply move it all to the opposite side of the moon?

    The moon.

    Oh hey, I'd love for that to be a possibility, don't get me wrong. But that's just completely beyond any current or near-future capability.

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  18. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    ― Stanley Kubrick

    The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

    ― Stanley Kubrick

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  19. Comment on We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time in ~games

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    I agree with what you've said, but I suppose I have a bit more sympathy for the VR-less commentators. We've waited for over a decade for another half-life game, so you can't be too surprised that...

    I agree with what you've said, but I suppose I have a bit more sympathy for the VR-less commentators. We've waited for over a decade for another half-life game, so you can't be too surprised that the knee-jerk response is one of entitlement ;-)

    I too am a VR-less gamer, not out of being a luddite - I have spent quite a lot of time with a Vive over the last few years, and quite enjoy it - moreso just out of practicality. I lack the environment [spatially and socially] to adequately use it. So I guess if we're being a bit more pragmatic about it, what we really want to know is "what will this play like in non-VR mode?" and "Will the experience be hampered by not using VR?"

    Because I have to say, I really want to play another Half-Life game ;-)

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  20. Comment on John Carmack announces that he is mostly stepping away from Oculus, and intends to work on artificial general intelligence (AGI) in ~tech

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    This isn't entirely surprising. I found it interesting when he took his "off the grid" vacation a little while ago with nothing but a fresh OpenBSD machine with the intention of exploring the...

    This isn't entirely surprising. I found it interesting when he took his "off the grid" vacation a little while ago with nothing but a fresh OpenBSD machine with the intention of exploring the fundamentals of neural networks.

    Frankly I'm pretty excited by this, and I hope we all get to see some of the awesome fruits of his efforts :-)

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