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  1. Comment on Spotify is openly lashing out at Apple over a dispute that centers on the 30% App Store fee they charge for in-app digital services transactions in ~tech

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    I can't help but see this as anything but a marketing stunt after they raised such a big stink to get equal access to Siri/AirPlay2/HomePod and still have not released AirPlay2 or HomePod access...

    I can't help but see this as anything but a marketing stunt after they raised such a big stink to get equal access to Siri/AirPlay2/HomePod and still have not released AirPlay2 or HomePod access while almost every other streaming service has.

    It's still on their suggestions forum as a Live Idea after years with no updates. I canceled my subscription over this.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~health

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    I like the idea of opening a period where you must have a "cigarette license" where anyone of legal age can get one if they ask. This licensing period would have a defined end-date from the day it...

    I like the idea of opening a period where you must have a "cigarette license" where anyone of legal age can get one if they ask. This licensing period would have a defined end-date from the day it was started. After that end-date, you must have a cigarette license to purchase cigarettes. If you don't, you're SOL.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    I'm personally a bit concerned that they'll do a little too much integration with Teams, merging the two products and hence bringing Teams' whole host of issues into Discord. Have to say my...

    I'm personally a bit concerned that they'll do a little too much integration with Teams, merging the two products and hence bringing Teams' whole host of issues into Discord.

    Have to say my biggest gripe with Teams is the lack of customization (why the hell is everyone in my org listed as Last, F. in a chat app?!) so maybe bringing some Discord into Teams will help with that.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    I can see this concern being valid is most other spheres, but how is privacy compromised by using a Microsoft account for Minecraft? What personal data is Minecraft collecting that Microsoft might...

    I can see this concern being valid is most other spheres, but how is privacy compromised by using a Microsoft account for Minecraft? What personal data is Minecraft collecting that Microsoft might find useful?

    I frequently hear horror stories from people who have experienced an account hijacking because of Mojang's incredibly lackluster accounts system so I'm not really sure what the downside is here, as this will bring 2FA and significantly better recovery to MC.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Starting March 16, LastPass users on the free plan will only be able to use it on one "device type" (either PC or mobile) in ~tech

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    The point of 2-factor is "something you know" and "something you have." The "something you know" is your Bitwarden password, which only works on "something you have-" your laptop. This would be...

    For example, if my laptop is stolen while I'm logged in to Bitwarden

    The point of 2-factor is "something you know" and "something you have." The "something you know" is your Bitwarden password, which only works on "something you have-" your laptop. This would be like saying if someone stole my phone they know have 1-factor authentication as it is my TOTP generator.

    Does Bitwarden not auto lock and require your master password to use after a few minutes?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Interesting! Fortunately my program is ABET accredited :) Is there a reason many of these schools don't have ABET accreditation? Is ABET outdated or something?

    Interesting! Fortunately my program is ABET accredited :)

    Is there a reason many of these schools don't have ABET accreditation? Is ABET outdated or something?

  7. Comment on Are software engineers "engineers"? in ~comp

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    Something related and interesting- the University of Texas does not include Computer Science within the College of Engineering like most other schools (though some may put it in its own college,...

    Something related and interesting- the University of Texas does not include Computer Science within the College of Engineering like most other schools (though some may put it in its own college, like Georgia Tech). UT placed Computer Science in the College of Natural Sciences!

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What's your opinion on the concept of US Supreme Court packing and/or term limits? in ~talk

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    Another interesting thing that could happen with instituting a term limit is allowing younger people to serve on the court. No one would dare nominate someone young to the court as it stands...

    Another interesting thing that could happen with instituting a term limit is allowing younger people to serve on the court. No one would dare nominate someone young to the court as it stands because they'd be allowed to serve for essentially as long as they want. By adding any kind of term limit, you no longer need "proximity to death" as a factor to consider.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Apple introduces AirPods Max in ~tech

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    No apple tv support? That's rather odd, as this most closely replicates watching something on a screen.

    No apple tv support? That's rather odd, as this most closely replicates watching something on a screen.

  10. Comment on Apple introduces AirPods Max in ~tech

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    You're able to connect to 3.5mm via lightning, if you're willing to pay the price for an adapter.

    You're able to connect to 3.5mm via lightning, if you're willing to pay the price for an adapter.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    I started with GPIO stuff, was still in school and having that concrete connection to reality seemed to make it more "real" to me.

    I started with GPIO stuff, was still in school and having that concrete connection to reality seemed to make it more "real" to me.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Highly recommend Python. It has a relatively simple syntax that's pretty close to plain english and it's incredibly powerful. I started learning with a raspberry pi and I'd highly recommend it to...

    Highly recommend Python. It has a relatively simple syntax that's pretty close to plain english and it's incredibly powerful.

    I started learning with a raspberry pi and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who can swing the $20-35 pricetag.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread, August 2020 in ~games

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    @jackson: 6, 15, 4 Thank you for your generosity!

    @jackson: 6, 15, 4

    Thank you for your generosity!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on United States Postal Service (USPS) files patent for a blockchain-based voting system in ~tech

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    But allowing the lookup of a voter ID is a problem as well. You presently are not allowed to take a ballot from the voting booth because you could be coerced, bribed etc to vote a certain way....

    But allowing the lookup of a voter ID is a problem as well. You presently are not allowed to take a ballot from the voting booth because you could be coerced, bribed etc to vote a certain way. Since there's no way to verify, there is no leverage in that regard.

    also to note-- the Democrats tried an online system for some caucuses this year. It failed, horribly. I have very little faith in the ability of the US government to test the voter system at an appropriate scale.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on United States Postal Service (USPS) files patent for a blockchain-based voting system in ~tech

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    The great thing about paper-backed voting machines, however, is that poll workers randomly audit the counts of the counting machines, and if there is a discrepancy, count all the votes in a...

    The great thing about paper-backed voting machines, however, is that poll workers randomly audit the counts of the counting machines, and if there is a discrepancy, count all the votes in a specified group of machines. Electronic-only systems have no such backup available.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Reddit moderator accounts compromised in coordinated hack, hundreds of subreddits vandalized in ~tech

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    Even just a github/gitlab style page that shows who on the team has 2FA enabled would be great. Whenever you join a group, you’re presented with a disclaimer saying “hey, owners can see your 2fa...

    Even just a github/gitlab style page that shows who on the team has 2FA enabled would be great. Whenever you join a group, you’re presented with a disclaimer saying “hey, owners can see your 2fa status” and a badge shows next to your account in the list.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on GitLab Support will no longer process MFA resets for free accounts as of August 15th, 2020 - make sure you have a valid backup recovery method set up in ~comp

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    Doesn't processing MFA resets for anonymous accounts (i.e. not banks) erode the purpose of MFA? If someone can just social engineer a support team into removing your authenticator, there's really...

    Doesn't processing MFA resets for anonymous accounts (i.e. not banks) erode the purpose of MFA? If someone can just social engineer a support team into removing your authenticator, there's really very little purpose to MFA.

    I save my recovery keys in a safe and use authy as my authenticator (which has e2e encrypted sync between devices), and am not at all concerned about this change.

    I think it's fair to keep resets for paid accounts because (1) they're paying for it, and (2) you can verify ownership using your payment details to authorize a $1 hold or something similar. Free accounts have no such authentication method.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on What is something that you consider a "necessary evil"? in ~talk

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    Registrar-wise, I like to do my initial registration at Dynadot and transfer to CloudFlare for renewals on eligible domains. Dynadot is usually relatively low-cost, and CF already manages my DNS...

    Registrar-wise, I like to do my initial registration at Dynadot and transfer to CloudFlare for renewals on eligible domains. Dynadot is usually relatively low-cost, and CF already manages my DNS so it's nice to have an all-in-one management pane. CF also charges the wholesale cost for domains, but only does renewals for now.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Trump’s latest firing seems to have violated four democratic values in ~misc

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    Each time I see a story like this, I wonder. Who in their right mind would throw their weight behind this absurd man? It is deeply disturbing to me that Trump has a 40% approval rating on...

    Each time I see a story like this, I wonder. Who in their right mind would throw their weight behind this absurd man? It is deeply disturbing to me that Trump has a 40% approval rating on FiveThirtyEight; everything about how he's handled this crisis has been exceedingly poor, and I fail to grasp how someone can justify their support for this person.

    Anyone who can enlighten me, please do.

    5 votes