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  1. Comment on Australian Criminal Intelligence Agency looking to expand it's intelligence gathering powers by claiming that criminals use encrypted platforms 'almost exclusively' in ~tech

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    Well that's just the starting position of the Overton Window, isn't it? Right now it's "just SkyECC and Encrochat," but next year, it's "Signal and Telegram, too," and then eventually it's "What's...

    Well that's just the starting position of the Overton Window, isn't it? Right now it's "just SkyECC and Encrochat," but next year, it's "Signal and Telegram, too," and then eventually it's "What's App" and "Messages", and finally nobody can have any encryption.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Aztec Camera - Oblivious (1983) in ~music

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    Oh wow, I haven't heard this in forever! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh wow, I haven't heard this in forever! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Comment on New Japanese vending machines sell only edible insects. The nine options include deep-fried or dried crickets, locusts, and silkworm chrysalises. in ~food

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    A coworker brought some insect-based snack foods from Thailand. They tasted like sawdust. I think they were cricket, and it was like they didn't add any flavoring at all. It was just really dry...

    A coworker brought some insect-based snack foods from Thailand. They tasted like sawdust. I think they were cricket, and it was like they didn't add any flavoring at all. It was just really dry and gross. I can get past eating a bug, but not when it tastes awful.

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  4. Comment on 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5 in ~tech

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    I tend to assume the worst and that devs will just used the afore-mentioned fingerprinting on Android in those cases. I also assume that iOS devs will do it even though Apple says not to. I...

    This makes me question how well and/or for how long this privacy protection will be effective, because they surely won't abide less accurate tracking on iOS for long.

    I tend to assume the worst and that devs will just used the afore-mentioned fingerprinting on Android in those cases. I also assume that iOS devs will do it even though Apple says not to. I predict in 6 to 12 months we'll hear about Apple rejecting any app that uses some random XYZ library because it turns out that library does device fingerprinting.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on In a grief-filled year, brands from Etsy to Pandora let you skip Mother's Day emails in ~life

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    Many people here have discussed difficult relationships with their parents, including me. I was pleased to see this article about how companies are dialing back the calls to remember your parents...

    Many people here have discussed difficult relationships with their parents, including me. I was pleased to see this article about how companies are dialing back the calls to remember your parents this year.

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  6. Comment on UFOs show government competence as either surprisingly high or low in ~misc

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    I highly recommend The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. They talk about these sorts of things at length and there are 16 years worth of episodes to listen to. They address paranormal...

    I highly recommend The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. They talk about these sorts of things at length and there are 16 years worth of episodes to listen to.

    They address paranormal experiences. They talk about psychological phenomena, physiological phenomena, and various experiences people have that lead them to believe in these sorts of things. The host is a neurosurgeon and he often discusses neurological things that people can mistake for paranormal experiences, for example.

    He and his brothers (who are the other hosts of the show) even spent time working with some well-known "ghost hunters" and breaking down where their thinking goes wrong, and what mistakes they make when doing their "hunting." And what's really cool is they aren't snarky about it. They have fun, but it's not one of these podcasts where they put everything down. They genuinely love figuring out what's really going on.

    15 votes
  7. Comment on New series Jupiter's Legacy on Netflix looks promising in ~tv

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    NPR has a review that might be worth reading. I hadn't heard of this until just now, but it looks interesting! I haven't seen The Boys but heard good things about it.

    NPR has a review that might be worth reading. I hadn't heard of this until just now, but it looks interesting! I haven't seen The Boys but heard good things about it.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on UFOs show government competence as either surprisingly high or low in ~misc

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    Sorry, what is this supposed to be? There's so much alluded to but not said, that it's hard to even talk about what's being said here. He asks on his non-scientific Twitter poll: Well, what does...
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    Sorry, what is this supposed to be? There's so much alluded to but not said, that it's hard to even talk about what's being said here. He asks on his non-scientific Twitter poll:

    How best explain top 10 hardest-to-explain UFO cases?

    Well, what does the author think are the top 10 hardest-to-explain UFO cases? Without that info, the question is moot.

    But beyond that, the author makes some claims without really justifying them.

    you will see that there are a lot of pretty sober looking people who all say they saw the same pretty clear and dramatic things under pretty good observing conditions.

    Please show us these people saying these things. What I see most with UFO sightings is the exact opposite of that. I will present as much evidence for this claim as the author did. There, done.

    And often what they say they saw is solid-looking objects with remarkable combinations of location, speed, and acceleration, with no attendant thrust or control surfaces of the sort we’d use if we were trying to achieve those combinations.

    Yeah, people say all kinds of shit. They are frequently wrong. For example, just look up how many people supposedly remember the line in Casablanca being "Play it again, Sam." That line appears nowhere in the movie. People saying they saw something doesn't mean they saw the thing they said they saw, or anything, really.

    19 votes
  9. Comment on 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5 in ~tech

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    This pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of the idea that "users don't mind being tracked." They absolutely do.

    This pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of the idea that "users don't mind being tracked." They absolutely do.

    It seems that in the United States, at least, app developers and advertisers who rely on targeted mobile advertising for revenue are seeing their worst fears realized: Analytics data published this week suggests that US users choose to opt out of tracking 96 percent of the time in the wake of iOS 14.5.

    The global number is significantly higher at 12 percent, but that's still below some advertising companies' estimates.

    20 votes
  10. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    In addition to the original, I've played Real Myst on my iPhone. There were a few spots where it was slightly difficult to control things on the iPhone, but nothing too bad. I think they may have...

    In addition to the original, I've played Real Myst on my iPhone. There were a few spots where it was slightly difficult to control things on the iPhone, but nothing too bad. I think they may have fixed those issues in a recent update, though. (For example, I know there was one control for like, game settings or something, that was difficult to reach because you needed to swipe up from the bottom, and the OS reserves that gesture for returning to the home screen, so it only worked about 50% of the time. But it didn't affect game play. I'm pretty sure they addressed that in a recent update.)

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    Just know that it's a bit dated. It holds up OK, but not great, in my opinion.

    Myst has been somewhere on my list for some time too, maybe I should bump it up.

    Just know that it's a bit dated. It holds up OK, but not great, in my opinion.

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  12. Comment on A future without passwords in ~tech

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    On the surface this sounds like a good idea, and I applaud Google for trying to find solutions to the problems that passwords present. Unfortunately, I think this is leading to a world where any...
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    On the surface this sounds like a good idea, and I applaud Google for trying to find solutions to the problems that passwords present. Unfortunately, I think this is leading to a world where any small deviation from their prescribed use scenarios will result in catastrophic failure for the user. I've had a few things like this happen to me recently.

    Today we ask people who have enrolled in two-step verification (2SV) to confirm it’s really them with a simple tap via a Google prompt on their phone whenever they sign in.

    And if I need to access my account when I don't have my phone on me? Then what?

    We are also building advanced security technologies into devices to make this multi-factor authentication seamless and even more secure than a password. For example, we’ve built our security keys directly into Android devices, and launched our Google Smart Lock app for iOS, so now people can use their phones as their secondary form of authentication.

    And if users aren't using an Android or iOS device, then what?

    We’ve recently launched our new Password Import feature which allows people to easily upload up to 1,000 passwords at a time from various third party sites into our Password Manager (for free).

    (for free*)

    Also, I don't really trust the employees of Google (or any other company) not to compromise my data. I mean most of them are probably trustworthy, and I'm sure they have strong procedures in place to prevent it, but these sorts of things have happened before.

    Also, this seems like a way to get users to migrate away from using their preferred password managers and being locked in to using Google's. I can see how that benefits Google.

    I recently had 2 experiences that have soured me on these sorts of solutions. The first was with Apple's ecosystem. I was logged into a machine at work and wanted to get something remotely from an Apple-related account. I tried to log in from the remote machine, but because it wasn't my machine, and isn't listed in my trusted machines, Apple wouldn't let me access it. It was fine in this case because I could download it to my home machine and copy it over to a work machine, but what if I didn't have that option? I'll admit it keeps my data safe, but it also keeps it inaccessible to me in some fairly standard situations.

    The second was with my bank. I attempted to login to my banking app on my phone. It prompted me to enter my new debit card number. I hadn't gotten a new debit card, but there was some fraud on my credit card from the same bank and they sent me a new one the previous week. So I assumed that's what they meant. After entering the information and having it rejected they warned me that I only have 3 tries to get it right before my account would be locked. They had a phone number to call and an error code to give the person on the phone, so I opted to do that instead, since I didn't want to risk locking my account. In the meantime, I went to the website to see if I could login that way. I was greeted with a similar (and also broken) flow that wouldn't let me do anything until I entered my new debit card info. On the call, the person on the phone told me my debit card had expired. I grabbed the physical card, which I almost never use, and sure enough it was expired last month. The bank never informed me or sent me a new one. They said they'd FedEx me a new one overnight. (It just arrived today.) In the meantime, I was unable to access my accounts so I couldn't do any banking. They suggested going to my local branch, which is closed because of the pandemic. I literally could do no banking other than checking my balance by phone for the last 24 hours. It turns out that if you don't have an active debit card associated with your internet account, you can't do any online banking with this bank. Despite having thousands of dollars in the account, and having been with them for decades, they could not help me. Luckily I didn't have anything urgent to do.

    28 votes
  13. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    In the developer's log for Return of the Obra Dinn, it's mentioned that The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a similar mechanic. I've not played it, so can't comment on how good it is.

    In the developer's log for Return of the Obra Dinn, it's mentioned that The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a similar mechanic. I've not played it, so can't comment on how good it is.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    So I haven't been doing many programming projects because I've jumped back into making music in my spare time. However, someone just answered a Math Overflow question I asked like a year or two...

    So I haven't been doing many programming projects because I've jumped back into making music in my spare time. However, someone just answered a Math Overflow question I asked like a year or two ago that has to do with the Penrose tiling I was working on then. So I went back and fixed up my program with the info they gave me, and it works great! I was able to eliminate a whole section of code that aligned the tiles. Now I can just generate them in their correct positions.

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  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Haha! Nice! You and me, both! Glad you enjoyed it. I hope season 2 is as good as season 1.

    I appreciate the two of you inviting me to be part of your... DINNER PARTY.

    Haha! Nice!

    I'm very excited to start season 2 in two days.

    You and me, both! Glad you enjoyed it. I hope season 2 is as good as season 1.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Let's talk about attention in ~talk

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    Random question for you - is it better if you get better sleep? I've found in recent years that getting a good full night's sleep solves a bunch of minor daily issues that add together as I've...

    Random question for you - is it better if you get better sleep? I've found in recent years that getting a good full night's sleep solves a bunch of minor daily issues that add together as I've aged. It wasn't nearly as important when I was younger, but now it seems to be. My overall executive functioning seems worse without the right amount of sleep. But it's subtle because it gets only slightly worse each year. It's not until I suddenly get a good night's sleep after a stretch of mediocre or bad sleep that I realize how far things have degenerated.

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  17. Comment on Behind Warner Bros.’ search for a Black Superman in ~movies

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    I wonder if they're going to do something like they did in the 40s where Superman busted up the klan? If ever there was a time when that would be appropriate again, it's now.

    I wonder if they're going to do something like they did in the 40s where Superman busted up the klan? If ever there was a time when that would be appropriate again, it's now.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you in ~tech

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    That's awesome! I want to be able to show people this is how these things work so they'll understand what tracking is actually doing. But of course, Facebook's entire business model is predicated...

    That's awesome! I want to be able to show people this is how these things work so they'll understand what tracking is actually doing. But of course, Facebook's entire business model is predicated on keeping the user as in the dark as possible, so it'll never happen.

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