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  1. Comment on Sam & Max: Hit the Road in ~games

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    Mirror as the site is currently down.

    Mirror as the site is currently down.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Open Place Reviews, an open data review site developed by osmand and maps.me in ~misc

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    I am generally skeptical of user reviews but consider it a necessity to bridge the feature gap between open street map and google. I'm also generally skeptical of blockchain hype which often seems...

    I am generally skeptical of user reviews but consider it a necessity to bridge the feature gap between open street map and google.

    I'm also generally skeptical of blockchain hype which often seems to be implemented in detriment to the actual function of the software it's attached to.

    However as the website states; it would provide some transparency to data manipulation.

    A recent article posted here described a restaurant owner's accusations that yelp maintains a racket by threatening to manipulate reviews. This type of intimidation could be prevented with a open blockchain.

    However the more pressing and veritably true problem of fake reviews is not addressed by blockchain technology to my knowledge and may even been worsened as fake reviews cannot be deleted in the absence of a central authority.

    Another website posted here, lib.reviews uses the centralisation approach and has maintained a very high quality standard for reviews. However it remains to be seen if it could retain that standard if it were to gain popularity.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What are your thoughts on the Blloc phone? in ~tech

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    They don't provide enough information on that site to really comment on if it is truly a privacy centered phone. Not shipping with the privacy invasive usual suspects (google, facebook) is better...

    They don't provide enough information on that site to really comment on if it is truly a privacy centered phone.

    Not shipping with the privacy invasive usual suspects (google, facebook) is better than most but what are they replaced with?

    The only specifically named alternative is duckduckgo browser which is fine but something you could install on any android phone in a minute.

    As for other common apps like facebook, messenger, googlemaps etc, some kind of replacement needs to be provided or else users will inevitably compromise their privacy by manually installing the typical android bloatwares.

    Not mentioned anywhere I can see is if google play services is installed. This is a source of telemetry to google and would be a bold move to remove it due to the vast majority of apps requiring it.

    All I can see through the slick presentation is the line "your privacy, your choice" where the choice may very well privacy or basic functionality.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on When do you use a VPN? in ~tech

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    I live in Australia where ISPs are mandated to retain consumer meta data so I use a vpn for nearly all of my internet use.

    I live in Australia where ISPs are mandated to retain consumer meta data so I use a vpn for nearly all of my internet use.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on The euthanasia that wasn’t in ~news

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    This is sloppy irresponsible journalism but is distinct from fake news which is completely fabricated stories for the purposes of confirming existing biases.

    This is sloppy irresponsible journalism but is distinct from fake news which is completely fabricated stories for the purposes of confirming existing biases.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Announcing GitHub Sponsors: a new way to contribute to open source in ~comp

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    Possibly supporting the work of other developers means that there is no fee for transactions between developers using funds already in the github ecosystem but there will be a fee when the money...

    GitHub Sponsors charges zero platform fees when you support the work of other developers.

    Possibly supporting the work of other developers means that there is no fee for transactions between developers using funds already in the github ecosystem but there will be a fee when the money originally enters github from a nondeveloper.

  7. Comment on Request: a ~health group in ~tildes

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  9. Comment on Librem announces Librem One in ~tech

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    You would use them if you trust purism. If you don't then the nature of the services being federated means you can still interact with any of your friends who do.

    You would use them if you trust purism.

    If you don't then the nature of the services being federated means you can still interact with any of your friends who do.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Is it OK to scrape Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I used power delete suite You don't have to delete anything to use the backup feature, just untick the boxes for deleting/editing comments and submissions when you run it.

    I used power delete suite

    You don't have to delete anything to use the backup feature, just untick the boxes for deleting/editing comments and submissions when you run it.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Home is where the _____ is. in ~talk

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    I've never owned a laptop. But to take your question less literally I use my pc at home differently than my phone at a cafe. I don't feel as comfortable reading long articles on my phone as a pc,...

    I've never owned a laptop. But to take your question less literally I use my pc at home differently than my phone at a cafe. I don't feel as comfortable reading long articles on my phone as a pc, rarely watch videos and then only short ones, I don't play phone games and I save non urgent computing tasks for when I get home.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Home is where the _____ is. in ~talk

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    When a friend of mine at a LAN party announced they were going home another responded with "home is where your computer is" in an attempt to get them to stay a little longer. It might be fairly...

    When a friend of mine at a LAN party announced they were going home another responded with "home is where your computer is" in an attempt to get them to stay a little longer. It might be fairly accurate given how much of my leisure time is spent at a computer.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Google is rolling out AMP for Gmail to let you shop and fill out forms without leaving your inbox. in ~tech

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    Some would be concerned that Fastmail as an Australian company is legally required to maintain a backdoor in its encryption.

    Some would be concerned that Fastmail as an Australian company is legally required to maintain a backdoor in its encryption.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Why OpenBSD Rocks in ~comp

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    The license part is a bit misleading as it seems to imply you cannot do business with a GPL license. This is demonstrably not true considering examples such as Canonical, SUSE, Redhat etc.

    The license part is a bit misleading as it seems to imply you cannot do business with a GPL license. This is demonstrably not true considering examples such as Canonical, SUSE, Redhat etc.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on The top 6 medical inventions during the Civil War in ~humanities

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    Should tag as "US civil war".

    Should tag as "US civil war".

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What are some things other people dislike that you quite enjoy? in ~talk

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    I had a long period of disliking them. Then after dramatically cutting my sugar intake they suddenly tasted great.

    I had a long period of disliking them. Then after dramatically cutting my sugar intake they suddenly tasted great.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on lib.reviews An open source, open data review website for high quality reviews on any topic in ~misc

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    While I personally consider online reviews to be effectively worthless for a myriad of reasons, I like that they have implemented OSM sychronisation so that other libre services can bridge that...

    While I personally consider online reviews to be effectively worthless for a myriad of reasons, I like that they have implemented OSM sychronisation so that other libre services can bridge that particular feature gap with google maps for those that do pay attention to reviews.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Open-Source, Free Games in ~games

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    The OpenRA re-implementation of Command & Conquer Red Alert is a great nostalgic RTS with a active community. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is now open source but a lot harder to find players.

    The OpenRA re-implementation of Command & Conquer Red Alert is a great nostalgic RTS with a active community.

    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is now open source but a lot harder to find players.

    3 votes