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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    A mixture of things. I remembered someone I used to have a crush on and now I'm crushing hard again, so it's that time of the year where I listen to songs on repeat until they drive me mad in the...

    A mixture of things. I remembered someone I used to have a crush on and now I'm crushing hard again, so it's that time of the year where I listen to songs on repeat until they drive me mad in the future.

    Here are some:

    Ekkah - Figure it Out (Nightcore Remix)
    Ekkah - Last Chance To Dance
    Stimulator Jones - Need Your Body

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  2. Comment on Google sends a unique Chrome browser identifier through Chrome when you visit their websites in ~tech

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    I do see your point, but I'm not saying "never do anything that could possibly be misused if you were evil etc", all I'm saying is inform the end user and let them opt in. For what it's worth, I...

    I do see your point, but I'm not saying "never do anything that could possibly be misused if you were evil etc", all I'm saying is inform the end user and let them opt in.

    For what it's worth, I intentionally opt into Mozilla's telemetry because I want Firefox to be better. For some pieces of software like IntelliJ IDEA, I opt into their telemetry because I want the software to be better. As much as I love Visual Studio Code and I want to see it grow, I opt out of it because of how it is opt-in first and the lack of any clear way to see telemetry data.

    I remember when Google Chrome came out and I absolutely loved it. I was aware of the privacy concerns then, but I loved how fast Chrome was and I intentionally opted into their usage stats/crash reporting because I wanted the software to be better. I know there are people like me who, once details are explained, I can come up with my own decision.

    For example, Jetbrains sends some pretty invasive stuff including the public SSH Key, IP address, and physical address. That is quite concerning levels of private details being passed alng, but I gave it some thought a while back and decided that I prefer Jetbrains products to become better as a result.

    That was my decision, and it was an informed one - I knew what I was getting myself into, and I said OK. I can still revoke that decision if I feel uncertain with the way things are going, or I can keep carrying on like I'm doing now. This is where I want Google to be, not making things obscure and having whitepaper privacy documents I have to Google to understand this feature exists and this is how it exists.

    This is actually the philosophy Apple have on privacy (still has?) and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. And this is coming from someone who used to love Google and still has an Android phone (although I've been wanting to transition for quite some time).

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Add-on support was just merged into Firefox Preview in ~tech

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    The Rust rewrite is Servo and is still in development. Still, it looks promising!

    The Rust rewrite is Servo and is still in development. Still, it looks promising!

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Google sends a unique Chrome browser identifier through Chrome when you visit their websites in ~tech

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    The article about Consent. Most specifically Article 7 and Article 22 (if IP address or any other data collected by Google is combined with the x-client-data header, which is easy to do since...

    The article about Consent. Most specifically Article 7 and Article 22 (if IP address or any other data collected by Google is combined with the x-client-data header, which is easy to do since Google collects so much of it)

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Google sends a unique Chrome browser identifier through Chrome when you visit their websites in ~tech

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    The x-client-data header itself may not be a privacy issue, but with everything Google collects about you (including IP address) then it's trivial to figure out who is running this instance of...

    The x-client-data header itself may not be a privacy issue, but with everything Google collects about you (including IP address) then it's trivial to figure out who is running this instance of Chrome.

    And the limited range is only when the user has usage stats/crash reports disabled. There is little information about when the user has had it enabled, what kind of range we have.

    What bothers me the most is the fact I have to read through a whitepaper to finally understand what this thing is doing rather than something in the browser having it off by default, letting me know what it's doing and the benefits of enabling it, and letting me decide. And why do I have to run a command line flag to reset this number? Why not have a button that allows me to easily reset this number?

    For something that is talked about as a casual feature to allow Google to run experimentations, it seems difficult to opt out or to even request a different ID. And for a company like Google that has many issues with privacy, it really doesn't paint the best picture.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Google sends a unique Chrome browser identifier through Chrome when you visit their websites in ~tech

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    Technical details are in the URL, but the breakdown is that Chrome has a way of uniquly identifying different Chrome users across devices, and Chrome sends this information to it's own websites...

    Technical details are in the URL, but the breakdown is that Chrome has a way of uniquly identifying different Chrome users across devices, and Chrome sends this information to it's own websites (including ad servers). As people have noticed in the URL, this is a blatant violation of GDPR.

    I've tried this in Firefox and Microsoft Edge browser and both do not exhibit this behaviour. I would personally recommend Firefox due to the fact that Mozilla are less motivated to track you or your behaviour (Microsoft are in the data game like Google, but far less aggressively).

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Writing a polyglot script in ~comp

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    I like the idea and concept of a polygot script, but in reality it's often finding ways to jam two bits of code from different languages into one script. This means that one has to write the code...

    I like the idea and concept of a polygot script, but in reality it's often finding ways to jam two bits of code from different languages into one script. This means that one has to write the code multiple times in different languages, often meaning that a bug could exist in one code or not in another - or the code is maintained in one but not the other.

    I think the best approach is to pick a scripting language and stick to it. Most OSes have a lot of scripting languages either installed or ready to install and use so a lot of the pain is gone.

    My personal goto scripting language has got to be Python - for one it really is portable across OSes (Windows now has Python support through the Microsoft Store as well as a third party installer) and the syntax is friendly and readable enough so that if anything goes horribly wrong, debugging the code someone else wrote is pretty simple. Lastly, there are a plethora of IDE/text editors that support Python - my favourite would be Visual Studio Code for it's lightweight support while having PEP 8 support.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September in ~games

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    Wow, I feel incredibly sorry for the people working on this game.

    Wow, I feel incredibly sorry for the people working on this game.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September in ~games

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    While I doubt it since they didn't mention anything about it, I do hope it means that their staff isn't crunching quite so hard as that was one of the problematic things CDPR workers said about...

    While I doubt it since they didn't mention anything about it, I do hope it means that their staff isn't crunching quite so hard as that was one of the problematic things CDPR workers said about working on The Witcher 3.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    I'm going to go out on a controversial statement and say that Half Life 2 is a boring game that is weaker than Half Life 1. And that Portal 2 is a weaker game than Portal 1. Half Life 2: I...

    I'm going to go out on a controversial statement and say that Half Life 2 is a boring game that is weaker than Half Life 1. And that Portal 2 is a weaker game than Portal 1.

    Half Life 2: I remember playing this roughly when it came out and I just found it incredibly boring. About 6 years before Half Life 2 I played Half Life and whilst I didn't play up to Xen (I think I played about half of the game), half of that game was immensely better than anything I played in Half Life 2. True, I didn't play Xen so I didn't get to feel all the disappointment and frustration of those levels (thank goodness), but I believe H:2 is the complete opposite to HL in many ways:

    • The guns are weaker. I can't really explain it, but nearly all of the arsenal in HL feels powerful to some degree. In HL2 only the shotgun felt powerful, but was only powerful when you used the two shells mechanism instead of one.
    • The AI is abysmall. HL had some of the best AI from the millitary to the little creatures on the floor. Millitary people would give the impression that they communicated to each other and would organise together to sniff you out. I hated playing against them, but I respected how challenging they were. In HL2, the AI just aimlessly runs towards you to get shot or play peekaboo behind cover.
    • The levels. The only memorable level I remember for being fun was Ravenholm - where I had the opportunity to blitz zombies using the gravity gun and whatnot. Every other level felt like a simple boring chore of mopping up enemies or wasting a long time travelling from X to Y. While I agree giving players a break from the action is necessary, the way HL2 did it was mind numbing and tedious for me.
    • The constant physics puzzles. This ties in with the levels, but it got boring really quickly placing a block of wood on a barrel and then placing a few bricks on the other end to get to a certain area.
    • The scenario. I admit being an absolute sucker for HL's dread-filled atmosphere, so this is something I can understand is a matter of personal taste. But the world in HL2 was just boring. I never really felt any sense of dread or despair in HL2 (probably except for Ravenholm) so I was just bored throughout.
    • The fanservice. My god - I get it. Gordon Freeman is seen as a badass, but HL2 pretty much had every character kiss Gordon Freeman's arse (and by extension, the player's arse). It was too much, honestly. I get that they want the player to feel powerful, but having in game NPCs be cheerleaders for the player over and over was pretty weak. Alyx just being this sort of distant love-interest to a mute man was especially cringey.

    As with Portal 2, I think I enjoyed Portal's short length mixed with the weird odd humour. With P2, the flow went start level -> joke -> puzzle -> joke -> end level, and that motonony really bugged me. Especially as I didn't really find the game that funny - not compared to the pitch black humour of the first game. What I will say in P2's defence is that it had the better end-game boss than P1. But overall I really enjoyed P1's puzzle and humour over P2.

    With both HL1 and P1, I was sad when I stopped playing them. With HL2 and P2, I was relieved for it to end so I'd never play them again.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on App tracking alert in iOS 13 has dramatically cut location data flow to ad industry in ~tech

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    As someone who has an Android phone and has tried to use an iPhone in the past but didn't really enjoy it, good on Apple for this feature. If there's anything the software industry needs, it is a...

    As someone who has an Android phone and has tried to use an iPhone in the past but didn't really enjoy it, good on Apple for this feature. If there's anything the software industry needs, it is a serious clampdown on the pervaisiveness of data collection for the sake of data collection.

    If Apple didn't bother putting this in iOS, I'd doubt it would incentivise Google to do the same. But even still, I know the problem is so much more severe than just collecting location in the background. I made a post on it, and this problem is prevalent on both Android and iOS phones, so while this is good, it's just scratching the surface IMHO.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    So I've come back to this post after a long break and I've been drinking so I'm feeling pretty chill, and I read what you said, and you know what? Reading the entire thing wasn't so bad. I barely...

    So I've come back to this post after a long break and I've been drinking so I'm feeling pretty chill, and I read what you said, and you know what? Reading the entire thing wasn't so bad. I barely remember the marvel films, so I'll take your word for it (it's not the drinks - I pretty much watched them and let the whole experience wash over me).

    I don't know if I agree with what I wrote knowing how I feel now, but I do know that when I initially read your post, I saw this line

    You sound like you've never seen the goddamn film – or the rest of them, for that matter.

    and immediately I got flashbacks of all the times I spent wasted arguing with a toxic redditor/Twitter account. In fact, I couldn't even properly read your post because I was blinded by all the hurt and the rage from past experiences.

    I know you aren't responsible for those actions, but for people like myself, when I see words that one have (admittedly a mild) swearword coupled with this overly generic assumption of my views or beliefs, I just want to curl up inside and not respond.

    The sad thing is that everything between the two sentences I quoted was absolutely great. But unfortunately I've used the internet for discussing things that I've liked and I've wasted endless time "fighting" people in my youth, and those two sentences are the kind of sentences that other people would use to... well... stir drama, cause fights, troll, etc. You get the idea.

    I feel bad as I've now read the post and I understand it really wasn't as bad as I originally thought when I read it 6 in the morning. But at the same time (this is something I struggle with) it's not what the words mean to us, it's what it means to the recipient.

    Maybe it's the time I've spent away from posting (I tend to go away for a while from any social website, especially when I get that feeling of hostility), maybe it's the drunkenness, but I can now see that the post isn't that hostile. And maybe I've got some sort of lizard brain that automatically saw that as concerning, but I don't think I'm alone?

    Especially when dealing with people on Reddit, that has left me with a very sour taste in my mouth. I came here to seek refuge from that, and while I admit I won't get that 100% of the time, the optimist in me hopes I can at least get closer to that goal than before.

    Sorry in advance if this is an incoreherent ramble.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I feel incredibly seen (at least with the films I've watched - have no idea about Speed Racer/Stealth/Russian films/Primer). I would say that I thought everyone knew Death Proof was rubbish? If I...

    I feel incredibly seen (at least with the films I've watched - have no idea about Speed Racer/Stealth/Russian films/Primer).

    I would say that I thought everyone knew Death Proof was rubbish? If I remember correctly, even Tarantino acknowledged it was his worst film.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    As much as I enjoyed JW3, I did notice that and laugh at how ridiculous it was. I agree with all your points, but when I watched it I pretty much shut off the part of my brain that did any sort of...

    they kill a guy in a crowd and nobody bats a fucking eye

    As much as I enjoyed JW3, I did notice that and laugh at how ridiculous it was.

    I agree with all your points, but when I watched it I pretty much shut off the part of my brain that did any sort of critical thinking and I enjoyed the film. No doubt if I watched the films back to back I'd have these exact gripes.

  15. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I haven't watched it because even if it was absolutely stellar in every single category, Cats isn't my type of movie - not a fan of musicals. But I'm glad someone liked Cats. I was actually...

    I haven't watched it because even if it was absolutely stellar in every single category, Cats isn't my type of movie - not a fan of musicals. But I'm glad someone liked Cats. I was actually starting to feel sorry for all the people who worked tirelessly making the film for it to bomb in cinemas because the CGI was bad.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    This post is incredibly hostile - I get that you are enthusiastic about the films, but you could've explained it much better without using language and phrases that attack the person you're...

    This post is incredibly hostile - I get that you are enthusiastic about the films, but you could've explained it much better without using language and phrases that attack the person you're replying. And by this, I mean.

    You sound like you've never seen the goddamn film – or the rest of them, for that matter.

    But you've decided to focus on the five minutes of that one guy toting his two assault rifles in one film.

    I would have instead phrased it as

    I've watched the films and I can remember several instances that this isnt true:

    It shows you disprove of the comments but removes all of the aggression. And remember, we are talking about entertainment - there's no need for any kind of aggression.

    10 votes
  17. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    John Wick is terrible story wise, but incredible action wise. I normally get pretty lethargic from watching action films but John Wick is the first series where I don't feel bored/tired from...

    John Wick is terrible story wise, but incredible action wise.

    I normally get pretty lethargic from watching action films but John Wick is the first series where I don't feel bored/tired from watching the action - perhaps because the moment-to-moment action feels somewhat unpredictable.

    2 votes