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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. Comment on Metro Developer threatens to drop future PC support in response to boycott in ~games

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    Background; some PC gamers are considering boycotting Metro Exodus due to it being available exclusively on the Epic store. PC gaming has long been considered a open platform with competing...

    Background; some PC gamers are considering boycotting Metro Exodus due to it being available exclusively on the Epic store. PC gaming has long been considered a open platform with competing stores, hardware vendors etc that have rarely used the exclusivity tactics common in the console market (big exception for operating systems).

    Metro Exodus being pulled from Steam, now only on Epic Store

    It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way

    20 votes
  10. Comment on Firefox 65 Release Notes in ~tech

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    Firefox sync is worth consideration. TLDR; technically uses a 3rd party (mozilla) but they can't read your bookmarks.

    Firefox sync is worth consideration. TLDR; technically uses a 3rd party (mozilla) but they can't read your bookmarks.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Triple J Hottest 100 in ~music

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    Only one of my votes got in but I still loved it.

    Only one of my votes got in but I still loved it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service: Sources in ~games

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    Why drop vulkan if they are entering the games market?

    Why drop vulkan if they are entering the games market?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Triple J Hottest 100 in ~music

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    Today Australia's national youth radio station Triple J is continuing it's annual tradition of the Hottest 100, which is a ranking of the best songs of last year based on 2.75 million votes. All...

    Today Australia's national youth radio station Triple J is continuing it's annual tradition of the Hottest 100, which is a ranking of the best songs of last year based on 2.75 million votes.

    All 100 songs will be played in reverse order, as of this posting.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Venezuela opposition leader swears himself in as interim president in ~news

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    The die has been cast

    The die has been cast

    2 votes
  15. Comment on I am staying home on New Year's Eve, and I'm totally fine about it. in ~life

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    Seems like gatekeeping of a party lifestyle.

    Seems like gatekeeping of a party lifestyle.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Matrix 2018, a year in review. in ~tech

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    Signal is better for communicating with small groups of people you know. You have to know their mobile numbers and it's mostly a mobile app (there is a desktop app but it's really basic). It is...

    Signal is better for communicating with small groups of people you know. You have to know their mobile numbers and it's mostly a mobile app (there is a desktop app but it's really basic). It is best as a replacement for sms and is capable of sending sms to your contacts that refuse to adopt it.

    Matrix is a protocol like irc. The riot client is similar to slack/discord and is more useful for larger groups and communities. The chat rooms can be private or listed publicly. You can easily invite people to a chat room with a url.

    The main reason to use either of them is that they are both privacy respecting applications that make use of end to end encryption, are open source and are controlled by non-profits that do not have surveillance-capitalism business models.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Have you quit any social media? in ~talk

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    You know yourself better than anyone so do what you need to do. I took more of a lukewarm turkey approach as I wasn't convinced at the time I could make a clean break. Deleting the apps and...

    You know yourself better than anyone so do what you need to do.

    I took more of a lukewarm turkey approach as I wasn't convinced at the time I could make a clean break.
    Deleting the apps and changing my password to one that I couldn't remember without a password manager helped prevent myself logging in on impulse.
    I took a week break that ended up being a few months as I realised I didn't really miss it once the basic automatic impulses wore off.
    When I logged in to manage an event I was running I realised I didn't even really need it much for that either (granted I have other volunteers helping there).

    I'm not advocating copying the same approach I took, but for those who think it's impossible I would suggest just taking a little break and seeing how it goes.

    5 votes