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  1. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    All use the Safari Rendering Engine, which is required to publish a web browser to the App Store.

    All use the Safari Rendering Engine, which is required to publish a web browser to the App Store.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on All European travel to the US will be suspended for 30 days, with exemptions for the UK and Americans who undergo screening in ~health.coronavirus

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    A sign of the times we live in... it was a teleprompted speech.

    A sign of the times we live in... it was a teleprompted speech.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on All European travel to the US will be suspended for 30 days, with exemptions for the UK and Americans who undergo screening in ~health.coronavirus

  4. Comment on Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold in ~tech

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    Even if it was bought new, it could be seen as a marketing opportunity. Just writing a letter to say "hey, we misconfigured your car when you purchased it, so you'll have access to FSD and...

    Even if it was bought new, it could be seen as a marketing opportunity. Just writing a letter to say "hey, we misconfigured your car when you purchased it, so you'll have access to FSD and Autopilot" could have easily gone viral and bought a lot of customer goodwill, for the relatively low cost of $8,000 (which isn't even the cost of parts, just the cost of lost profits)

    4 votes
  5. Comment on The Light Phone in ~tech

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    I think it would be a lot more appealing if you could sideload some specific apps. There are quite a few things that I actually do want to have on my phone, even if I want to disconnect: mobile...

    I think it would be a lot more appealing if you could sideload some specific apps. There are quite a few things that I actually do want to have on my phone, even if I want to disconnect:

    • mobile banking
    • Authy or another authenticator solution
    • PayPal/Venmo/other cash xfer app, far preferred to carrying cash to me, at least.
    • And of course the proprietary nonsense like Okta Verify (perfect for something you'd truly sideload)

    The use cases are small enough that simply having some kind of API where you navigate somewhere on a computer and it downloads on your phone via your Light account would be reasonable, rather than a centralized marketplace.

  6. Comment on Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands in ~tech

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    Exactly. The fact that students are being tracked constantly for the purpose of being tracked is the issue here. In general, I'm fine with the data collected by networking hardware being kept for...

    Exactly. The fact that students are being tracked constantly for the purpose of being tracked is the issue here. In general, I'm fine with the data collected by networking hardware being kept for whatever reason, since it's entirely opt-in to use the network and that's what I expect by connecting to any public network, and also the fact that it's only really used in a disaster-response or troubleshooting scenario (all strictly networking-related).

    From the way this article is written, it seems like universities are requiring that students install these apps to track attendance, potentially also activity elsewhere (which is a problem in and of itself, since the homepage of SpotterEDU explicitly says "We only care if students are in class during class; no GPS tracking means we can't locate them anywhere else").

    I drop this in the category of automated speeding enforcement: a good idea on paper, but attendance and location awareness needs to be human focused, not data focused, as we are all human.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Big calculator: How Texas Instruments monopolized math class in ~tech

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    It's really sad how expensive public education can be in the states. Some districts have even gone on to require that students have laptops–even after providing district-issued laptops for the...

    It's really sad how expensive public education can be in the states. Some districts have even gone on to require that students have laptops–even after providing district-issued laptops for the first several years of a student's career.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my TI-84. I'm certain that there are other calculators that do just as good of a job for cheaper, but the education system, as suggested in this piece, has been lobbied to make TI the ubiquitous supplier of calculators.

    One thing that does come to mind is GeoGebra, an iOS/Android app that works as a graphing calculator. It's free, and offers an "exam mode" which locks the device down to that app only and displays a report at the end you can show to your proctor to prove the phone was locked down for the entirety of the exam. I'm sure this is exploitable on rooted/jailbroken devices, but that's the risk you have to take (especially since you can bring in notes on a TI anyways). I'm curious why this hasn't seen much adoption in my personal experience, since I do happen to live in an area where 99% of high schoolers have smartphones.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others in ~finance

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    It makes absolutely no sense to me why this would succeed. None of the people tech-savvy enough to appreciate a cryptocurrency would dare touch a FB coin given their recent breaches, policy...

    It makes absolutely no sense to me why this would succeed. None of the people tech-savvy enough to appreciate a cryptocurrency would dare touch a FB coin given their recent breaches, policy violations, and general bad privacy. Though the certificate debacle and awful privacy on there might sway a technical person, I'd hope that the plain-text password issue would have led to more technical people leaving it for a better solution.

    As for the non-technical people who either aren't in the loop on this sort of thing or simply don't care, why would they use FB coin when it's easier for them to use PayPal, Venmo, Cashapp, or just their plain old credit card?

    This simply doesn't make sense to me.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Regardless, this is a violation of the API terms. It's like how Facebook's "research" app was using an Enterprise deployment certificate and had their certificates revoked because it was being...

    Regardless, this is a violation of the API terms. It's like how Facebook's "research" app was using an Enterprise deployment certificate and had their certificates revoked because it was being misused.

    If you're breaking the rules of a company, don't expect to be allowed to keep doing so. No reasonable businessman should operate under the assumption that they won't get caught breaking the rules.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Bypass Paywalls for Firefox in ~tech

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    Just checked this out and absolutely agree. Most news stories are "stale" after two weeks, so what is there to lose, anyways?

    Just checked this out and absolutely agree. Most news stories are "stale" after two weeks, so what is there to lose, anyways?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What to expect from Sony's next-gen PlayStation in ~games

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    looks like it wasn't even just digital purchases. If I'm understanding correctly, it even locked out the discs. (may be completely off-base here, though)

    I wasn't even able to play my offline games anymore

    looks like it wasn't even just digital purchases. If I'm understanding correctly, it even locked out the discs. (may be completely off-base here, though)

  12. Comment on Discovering Tildes through Reddit could use some help in ~tildes

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    I'm happy to do some housekeeping on the redesign side @deimos (old site ftw by the way) if you'd like. Definitely should reach over there since a lot more users are converting to redesign now....

    I'm happy to do some housekeeping on the redesign side @deimos (old site ftw by the way) if you'd like.

    Definitely should reach over there since a lot more users are converting to redesign now. (here's some data on one of my subreddits). Redesign styles also apply to mobile which has an absurd amount of share on the traffic graph.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    I may associate with more tech-knowledgeable people online, and people who are willing to go out of their way for more cohesion and privacy, but allow me to be frank: many of my acquaintances...

    I may associate with more tech-knowledgeable people online, and people who are willing to go out of their way for more cohesion and privacy, but allow me to be frank: many of my acquaintances couldn't give two shits about the cohesion and security of their messages. I know people who will only group chat in Snapchat. SNAPCHAT! I like SMS better than Snapchat!

    Why use a third party app when you can use the first party messages app? Everyone (with an iPhone) has it, so it's actually the most cohesive app I have (and e2e encrypted to boot). As for whatsapp, I put my foot down and said a hard no to that app.

    I don't buy iPhones for iMessage. It's a nifty perk, but I most certainly would not switch to Android if Apple suddenly removed iMessage.

    People use iMessage because they have iMessage. Next to nobody uses signal because they don't have signal. Unless it's offering a concrete benefit to the average, non-tech-savvy user, there's no reason for my groups to switch over to signal. Unfortunately, signal doesn't really offer anything in that category for non-tech-savvy people.

    If everyone in a group has an iPhone, why not use iMessage? I don't see how that's an upper-class attitude. I'm not going to force 6 people to download signal, which honestly seems more like an upper class attitude.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on US Congress moves forward on Taxpayer First Act to ban the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service in ~news

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    @Deimos, any chance you could update the title to reflect this?

    @Deimos, any chance you could update the title to reflect this?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    I care. I try to avoid sending SMS simply because of how poor quality its service is. If someone’s on SMS, I try to send through some other IM client when I need to reach them. Why? SMS has no...

    I care. I try to avoid sending SMS simply because of how poor quality its service is. If someone’s on SMS, I try to send through some other IM client when I need to reach them.

    Why? SMS has no guarantee of receipt of messages. This is grossly evident on group chats, especially for those with older phones. It’s all too frequent that a friend of mine will get an SMS 30+ minutes after it’s sent. IM clients offer a ‘delivered’ status, letting me know the other device (theoretically) received the message. Additionally, images and videos are so poor quality, people have to upload to google drive, imgur, or a comparable system to include an image in a chat.

    Finally, it’s all too frequent that my friends or myself will be without service— a lot of buildings we spend our time in only have wifi. You can’t send SMS to them, and also don’t know they haven’t received them yet. I also have my phone off/airplane mode more frequent than the average user, and know for a fact that ATT is not pushing a lot of texts I’m sent while my phone is off after I turn it back on.

    Sure, I couldn’t give two shits if I get the message on iMessage, Hangouts, Discord, Slack, or GroupMe (it’s a shame no one in my circles is really passionate about switching to something more privacy focused like matrix or signal), but I try to avoid SMS whenever possible. It’s not a class thing, it’s a reliability thing.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    It actually wasn't the dust that caused this issue specifically (at least, how it seems), it was an issue with the actual butterfly mechanism under that one key.

    It actually wasn't the dust that caused this issue specifically (at least, how it seems), it was an issue with the actual butterfly mechanism under that one key.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    I sent my laptop in about two weeks ago, on a saturday evening (dropped it off at an Apple store). Took about 10 minutes at the store, and they tried replacing the problem keys a la carte, then...

    I sent my laptop in about two weeks ago, on a saturday evening (dropped it off at an Apple store). Took about 10 minutes at the store, and they tried replacing the problem keys a la carte, then shipped it off to the repair center.

    The entire top case (including battery!) was replaced free of charge, and I got it back wednesday morning (I believe it was shipped out on monday). All in all, not a bad experience, just wish it didn't have to be an experience.

    An interesting note-- the keyboard I now have on it is slightly different than the original (alt and ctrl have the symbol for them on the keys, and alt now only says option on it), so not sure why that happened. Either way, it works well now.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Apple Card just defined right and wrong in FinTech in ~tech

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    If I were to get it (I won't), I'd just drop it onto my CC balance, which is one of the options. Obviously it's going to total less than the balance, so why not lower that faster?

    If I were to get it (I won't), I'd just drop it onto my CC balance, which is one of the options. Obviously it's going to total less than the balance, so why not lower that faster?

  19. Comment on The Apple Card is a perfect example of Apple’s post-iPhone strategy in ~tech

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    But the main goal is to drive more people to Apple Pay. You only get the 2% rewards tier for using Apple Pay. It even says "If you find a place that doesn’t take Apple Pay yet, there’s [the...

    No, it's an actual credit card, with a line of credit attached, provided by Goldman Sachs. It's not Apple Pay. It's a separate credit card.

    But the main goal is to drive more people to Apple Pay. You only get the 2% rewards tier for using Apple Pay. It even says "If you find a place that doesn’t take Apple Pay yet, there’s [the physical card]." Apple Pay is supposed to be the tap-and-go method in this case.

    Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable carrying around a card with a chip that broadcasts all my payment info whenever it's outside of a RF wallet. Paying at restaurant just seems like your asking someone to life your details as the waiter passes by their table.

  20. Merging threads?

    I think it'd be useful to merge duplicate threads when there's two topics that are very close to each other. I don't want the stackExchange style "closed as duplicate of x," but I think it would...

    I think it'd be useful to merge duplicate threads when there's two topics that are very close to each other. I don't want the stackExchange style "closed as duplicate of x," but I think it would be worthwhile to simply have the comments moved to the oldest thread and transfer any votes that are different users on each topic.

    This way, we aren't losing discussion by flat-out deleting topics that are dupes, and we're also able to take some sort of action on threads that are dupes.

    Just a thought.

    8 votes