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  1. Comment on Android 11 starts rolling out today with improvements to notifications, privacy, 5G, and more in ~tech

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    I think the numbers are generally pretty poor. I don't remember exactly, but I remember reading that it's usually single digit percentages of Android phones running the latest OS for some months...

    I think the numbers are generally pretty poor. I don't remember exactly, but I remember reading that it's usually single digit percentages of Android phones running the latest OS for some months after release, because they just can't.

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  2. Comment on A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? in ~tech

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    The wording seems very....exact? If that makes sense? It's not surprising, as "concise" was in the prompt, but that's what jumped out at me. Another place I've heard of AI writing good articles...

    The wording seems very....exact? If that makes sense? It's not surprising, as "concise" was in the prompt, but that's what jumped out at me.

    Another place I've heard of AI writing good articles was in sports, where all of the stats could be analyzed. It could tell if there was a comeback, if someone performed better/worse than expected, etc. This would seem to work especially well in baseball, where everything is tracked.

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  3. Comment on Maybe we should talk about the weather in ~talk

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    Also in Colorado, between the smoke, snowing ash, actual snow, and temp swings it really feels apocalyptic.

    Also in Colorado, between the smoke, snowing ash, actual snow, and temp swings it really feels apocalyptic.

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  4. Comment on I’m moving across the country in a few days in ~life

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    I moved from New England (where I grew up) to Colorado right after I graduated undergrad. The two biggest things that helped me meet people and feel welcome in the new area were coworkers and...

    I moved from New England (where I grew up) to Colorado right after I graduated undergrad. The two biggest things that helped me meet people and feel welcome in the new area were coworkers and hobbies. I ride bikes, and joined a group ride soon after moving out here. That gave me something to do with people, as well as helping to make friends and connections.

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  5. Comment on What do you think is one thing every sysadmin should know how to do? in ~comp

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    I think Git is up there as a need-to-know at this point. Whatever level of Infrastructure as code you're at, it's always a good idea to save scripts and configuration files in some sort of version...

    I think Git is up there as a need-to-know at this point. Whatever level of Infrastructure as code you're at, it's always a good idea to save scripts and configuration files in some sort of version control system.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Do you guys run a home server? If so what do you self host? in ~comp

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    I have a VPS, and I'm always looking for more helpful things to do with it. Currently, it just has a page you can curl that returns your public IP, which I use a surprising amount at work.

    I have a VPS, and I'm always looking for more helpful things to do with it. Currently, it just has a page you can curl that returns your public IP, which I use a surprising amount at work.

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  7. Comment on Managing my passwords with KeePassXC and friends in ~tech

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    I use bitwarden and like it a lot.

    I use bitwarden and like it a lot.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are the essential dos and don'ts of digital security for the average person? in ~tech

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    Someone already said a password manager, but I think it warrants being repeated. A good one can go on all of your devices, and randomize all of your passwords for you. At this point I only have to...

    Someone already said a password manager, but I think it warrants being repeated. A good one can go on all of your devices, and randomize all of your passwords for you. At this point I only have to remember one password, and the password manager fills in all of the super strong random passwords it made up for me. It's probably one of the best things you can do to protect yourself online. I personally use (and like) BitWarden, but I have no affiliation with them.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Amazon is buying home mesh router startup, Eero in ~tech

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    Doesn't google have a mesh wifi network too? It seems like both companies are always trying to do the same things.

    Doesn't google have a mesh wifi network too? It seems like both companies are always trying to do the same things.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What are you planning to read this year? in ~books

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    I recommend "Making Money" next, it's another book that follows Moist and it starts pretty much right after Going Postal ends. Those were my first two Discworld books and I absolutely loved them.

    I recommend "Making Money" next, it's another book that follows Moist and it starts pretty much right after Going Postal ends. Those were my first two Discworld books and I absolutely loved them.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Geraint Thomas says cycling now ‘one of the cleanest sports around’ in ~sports

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    Agreed. I think the stakes are too high, and all of the competitors are so close to the same skill level that there will always be people that cheat to get an advantage. When you're already in the...

    Agreed. I think the stakes are too high, and all of the competitors are so close to the same skill level that there will always be people that cheat to get an advantage. When you're already in the top 1% of the top 1%, any advantage must be tempting.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How all-knowing smartphones could become the Pentagon’s employee access cards in ~tech

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    Yeah. I don't want work knowing literally anything about my life outside of 8-4 that they don't need to. I'd rather use a much less convenient card/entry device if it meant I was able to keep some...

    Yeah. I don't want work knowing literally anything about my life outside of 8-4 that they don't need to. I'd rather use a much less convenient card/entry device if it meant I was able to keep some work/life separation.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Goodbye Big Five: Kashmir Hill tried to block each of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from her life for a week. To end the experiment, she tried to block all five at once. in ~tech

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    Yeah I read the Amazon article after I commented and saw that. It probably would have been damn near impossible if the VPN could figure out what the origin for Akami was, and saw that it was...

    Yeah I read the Amazon article after I commented and saw that. It probably would have been damn near impossible if the VPN could figure out what the origin for Akami was, and saw that it was almost always ec2-*.compute.amazonaws.com.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Goodbye Big Five: Kashmir Hill tried to block each of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from her life for a week. To end the experiment, she tried to block all five at once. in ~tech

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    I think cutting out any website hosted by the big three cloud providers is the hardest part of this by far. When S3 went down a few years ago, it felt like half of the internet was down because...

    I think cutting out any website hosted by the big three cloud providers is the hardest part of this by far. When S3 went down a few years ago, it felt like half of the internet was down because they couldn't access their assets. There's a good chance that a really good percentage of websites are using at least one of GCP, Azure, or AWS, so that would make using the internet really challenging.

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  15. Comment on Are there any cyclists here? in ~hobbies

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    Me! I live in Colorado and definitely take advantage of all the awesome climbing here. I'm planning on racing a bunch this spring/summer. I also try to commute by bike as much as weather...

    Me! I live in Colorado and definitely take advantage of all the awesome climbing here. I'm planning on racing a bunch this spring/summer. I also try to commute by bike as much as weather reasonably allows, which has been tough recently. I mainly do road and gravel, and I'm hoping to race cx this fall.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Geraint Thomas says cycling now ‘one of the cleanest sports around’ in ~sports

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    The 2018 Tour De France winner is claiming that cycling is (now) one of the cleanest sports, both because of its past and the testing standards that the riders are under now. Many people still...

    The 2018 Tour De France winner is claiming that cycling is (now) one of the cleanest sports, both because of its past and the testing standards that the riders are under now. Many people still think that cycling is still full of drugs and cheating, but they are under much more strict testing than other sports.

    3 votes