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  1. Comment on Apple has edged out a number of third-party screen time and parental control apps 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
  2. 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
  3. 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)

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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
  13. Comment on The Fall and Rise of Partisan Journalism in ~news

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    By the way-- articles written more than a few weeks ago are automatically given a note in the main feed about the date they were written. Looks like your title has been updated to reflect that.

    By the way-- articles written more than a few weeks ago are automatically given a note in the main feed about the date they were written. Looks like your title has been updated to reflect that.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on AG William Barr Releases Mueller Report’s Principal Conclusion in ~news

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    For this reason, I think it's excellent HuffPost chose not to put a commentary in this piece. It's just a scan of the letter, plain and simple.

    For this reason, I think it's excellent HuffPost chose not to put a commentary in this piece. It's just a scan of the letter, plain and simple.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Special counsel Mueller has submitted a report to the attorney general, signaling the end of his Russia investigation in ~news

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    I think ~politics is a necessary evil once the site expands far beyond what it is now. Until then, the logical progression would be tag -> subgroup -> group. Politics being such a polarizing issue...

    I think ~politics is a necessary evil once the site expands far beyond what it is now. Until then, the logical progression would be tag -> subgroup -> group.

    Politics being such a polarizing issue and having more reasons to be isolated from the rest of the site, I think this would be a good place to create the mechanics for progressing a tag all the way up to a group. (obviously something in the far future, but I feel this will be one of the first of its kind)

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    Disney owns ESPN, so I can see that happening pretty easily.

    Disney owns ESPN, so I can see that happening pretty easily.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on YouTube Is Rolling Out A Feature That Shows Fact-Checks When People Search For Sensitive Topics in ~tech

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    Usually Wikipedia will auto-lock pages that get a suspicious number of edits, at least that's a behavior I've seen recently. Definitely should have offered some sort of warning, though.

    Usually Wikipedia will auto-lock pages that get a suspicious number of edits, at least that's a behavior I've seen recently. Definitely should have offered some sort of warning, though.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says in ~tech

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    I've noticed that a lot of neighborhoods and communities use Nextdoor for that kind of thing, at least in the US. It's got a marketplace feature, event rsvps, as well as limited access for...

    I've noticed that a lot of neighborhoods and communities use Nextdoor for that kind of thing, at least in the US. It's got a marketplace feature, event rsvps, as well as limited access for government agencies. I've noticed that politics tend to stay fairly isolated on there, which is definitely a plus for me.

    Biggest issue I've seen is that "leads" (moderators) are simply the people who first added the neighborhood to the site, so there's always the chance that one goes AWOL. afaik nextdoor staff tends to be fairly passive.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Bill Raising Federal Minimum Wage To $15 Heads To U.S. House Floor in ~news

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    I'm just going to put this out there. If you work 40 hrs/week, every week, on the current federal minimum wage ($7.25), you will earn a whopping $15080. Before taxes. (That's below the poverty...

    I'm just going to put this out there.

    If you work 40 hrs/week, every week, on the current federal minimum wage ($7.25), you will earn a whopping $15080. Before taxes. (That's below the poverty line in alaska, btw)

    For a house of one, that falls well under the WIC eligibility line of $22,459. (For non-US, WIC is the US food stamps program). For a single parent of one, you're also below the poverty line of $16,460.

    Contrast that with the $31220 earned by a $15/hr earner under the same conditions. In many places, that's actually a livable income.

    Also to add--

    Even if someone's hours are cut to half of what they are, earning the same amount, that means they have far more time to spend with their family, work another job, or do something else. Either way, it's a win.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Long-term measles vaccine study shows no link with autism — again in ~health

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    Do you think it'd be appropriate to have an antivax tag on this? I think that'd be a good way to bundle all the "vaccines don't cause autism" posts. I'd still like to see the 'new vaccine...

    Do you think it'd be appropriate to have an antivax tag on this? I think that'd be a good way to bundle all the "vaccines don't cause autism" posts.

    I'd still like to see the 'new vaccine discovered for ____,' but not see the antivax posts, so I think it might be a good idea.

    1 vote