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  1. Comment on Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million Epic MegaGrant in ~tech

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    Well, it's subjective on what you think is most important and obviously, I didn't list every instance for each, I just took what I had on the top of my head. They can price however they want but...

    Mildly tangential, but is it just me or are Epic's "bad" items like an order of magnitude worse than Apple's?

    Well, it's subjective on what you think is most important and obviously, I didn't list every instance for each, I just took what I had on the top of my head.

    For price, Apple can price their shit as expensively as they want. I don't see how that harms the consumer or anyone else. Just don't buy it if it's out of your range. And I actually don't think their products are that overpriced. For the laptops, compared to other laptops with the same form factor (i.e XPS, Zenbooks) they are a good 100-200 more. Not trivial, but not incredible either. iPhones and the other flagships are basically the same price at this point.

    They can price however they want but putting out products with eye-gauging prices is not good for the consumer since well then you can't use their product, that's obviously not something good from my point of view and they can only really put those outrageous prices because they have a monopoly on their Operating system which some may like (I personally hate it). If you compare a same spec and don't factor "flagships" then usually they are outrageous, some of their products are more decently priced but for example :

    MacBook Air is priced 1099$ for a 1.6GHz Dual-core i5 8th gen, it's way too expensive.

    OSX is a great OS for software dev. If you're comfortable with it.

    I've personally never tried MacOs development and most likely never will because spending a lot of money for a computer I'd only use for that is something I want to never support. Their development suite really needs to be on other operating systems, especially their iOS tools, it's completely outrageous to me that I'd need to pay for a computer to even build the program and then pay a license because there's no other way to distribute applications for iOS.

    Sorry for the slight rant.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million Epic MegaGrant in ~tech

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    Epic using Blender instead of Maya 3D is going to save them money is probably why they did it. My takeaway is that companies are rarely black and white and more so shades of grey. Examples : Apple...

    Epic using Blender instead of Maya 3D is going to save them money is probably why they did it.

    My takeaway is that companies are rarely black and white and more so shades of grey.

    Examples :

    Apple :

    • Good : Work on webkit, Safari's tracking protections, their general stance on privacy
    • Bad : Terrible repair policies, (generally) overpriced products, very restrictive operating systems

    Epic Games :

    • Good : Sponsoring of Blender, Sponsoring of Lutris.net, EasyAntiCheat on Linux (Work to make it work in Proton)
    • Bad : Exclusivity tactics, bad privacy policies, poor store program
    7 votes
  3. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech

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    My point was that this is not about national security but simply student's privacy, they don't really compare from my point of view. .DOC and .PPT are proprietary, they definitely shouldn't work...

    It was a government official that issued the decree, and schools, which educate the next generation of citizens, are definitely within the government's purview and sphere of interest. Do you disagree?

    My point was that this is not about national security but simply student's privacy, they don't really compare from my point of view.

    That is why you don't save as ODF, you save as .DOC or .PPT or whatever. Which in my experience works excellently almost all the time. I'm not saying there will be literally zero instances of problematic conversions, I'm saying the issues are extremely minor, rare, and inconsequential. My basis for saying that is my personal experience. Do you have some better, more official-sounding sources that say otherwise? Some grand, large-scale, scientifically verifiable and quantifiable study of open source-MS Office interoperability? The article you linked certainly doesn't.

    .DOC and .PPT are proprietary, they definitely shouldn't work excellently almost all the time and even Microsoft doesn't always provide backwards compatibility with them. (Microsoft office 2003 not compatible with 2011, that kind of thing)

    I can't seem to find any large-scale study on this but how about this from the Open Document Foundation :

    In fact, although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the “industry standard” concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO. A standard document format, to be considered as such, must be implemented in the real world and not only described on paper.

    stated here

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech

    lionirdeadman Link Parent
    This is not about governmental use, this is about school use. As much as I love open source, Munich (and another region which I can't remember) has not exactly had good success doing this because...

    Seems like their concerns are completely valid and understandable. What government wants to have a significant portion of their documents available to a foreign government with no knowledge or court of appeal if the service provider decides it's in their best interest to forward it along? It's like the flipside of the US' recent attitude towards Huawei.

    This is not about governmental use, this is about school use.

    This is not a tech problem or a political problem, it's a people problem. OpenOffice has had support for Office-compatible file formats forever, and in my experience, the result is either 100% indistinguishable from an Office-native document, or 95% of the way there with the remaining 5% being unimportant formatting differences that do not change the meaning of the document or impede in any way its task to communicate whatever the author wanted to communicate. Literally all it takes to interoperate with MS Office using open source software is to select a different file format in the save dialog. If you can't train your bureaucrats to make such a simple change, you have bigger problems.

    As much as I love open source, Munich (and another region which I can't remember) has not exactly had good success doing this because other parts of Germany were using Microsoft products.

    Microsoft is also heavily known for not respecting their own format and breaking the Open Doc format by the use of proprietary code in them. You may not have had problems but that doesn't mean there is no problems.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech

  6. Comment on Valve looking to drop support for Ubuntu 19.10 and up due to Canonical's 32bit decision in ~games

    lionirdeadman Link Parent
    I personally really like Fedora.

    I personally really like Fedora.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Valve looking to drop support for Ubuntu 19.10 and up due to Canonical's 32bit decision in ~games

    lionirdeadman Link Parent
    No, using a PPA to provide every 32bit library on earth is a terrible idea that should never be attempted.

    No, using a PPA to provide every 32bit library on earth is a terrible idea that should never be attempted.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on I believe Google search is restricting what articles I can see in my searches, based on my location. What can I do? in ~tech

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    It's a quite known fact from what I know that Google filters out based on your personal data, Here's a study that I remembered that DuckDuckGo did regarding this subject :...

    It's a quite known fact from what I know that Google filters out based on your personal data,

    Here's a study that I remembered that DuckDuckGo did regarding this subject :
    https://spreadprivacy.com/google-filter-bubble-study/

    I think your best bet is changing search engine.

    17 votes
  9. Comment on Nextcloud signs public letter, opposing German plan to force decryption of chat in ~tech

  10. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

    lionirdeadman Link Parent
    Firefox Premium is different products. Firefox is not only a browser nowadays.

    Firefox Premium is different products. Firefox is not only a browser nowadays.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Introducing Study from Facebook in ~tech

    lionirdeadman Link Parent
    Here's the full thing :

    Here's the full thing :

    By Sagee Ben-Zedeff, Product Manager

    Market research helps companies build better products for people. We believe this work is important to help us improve our products for the people who use Facebook. We also know that this kind of research must be clear about what people are signing up for, how their information will be collected and used, and how to opt out of the research at any time.

    Earlier this year, we announced that we’d be shifting our focus to reward-based market research programs, which means that all research participants are compensated. Today we are launching a new market research app called Study from Facebook.

    We’ve learned that what people expect when they sign up to participate in market research has changed, and we’ve built this app to match those expectations. We’re offering transparency, compensating all participants, and keeping people’s information safe and secure.

    Signing Up to Participate

    Here’s how it works. We’ll run ads to encourage people to participate in this market research program. When someone clicks on an ad, they’ll have the option to register and, if they qualify, they’ll be invited to download the app. Once invited, they’ll find the Study from Facebook app in the Google Play Store. As they sign up, people will see a description of how the app works and what information they’ll be sharing with us so they can confirm they want to participate. We also notify users on the Study from Facebook website and in the Play Store description about what information we collect and how it will be used. This is all accessible before participants provide any market research information to the app. Anyone who uses the app will be compensated for contributing to the research. Only people who are 18 and older will be eligible to participate at launch, and all participants will be able to opt out at any time.

    To help us manage the logistics of the market research program, we’ll work with Applause, a long-time partner who is experienced in managing this type of market research and works with many other companies in the industry. They’ll manage the registration process, all compensation to participants, and customer support.

    How We Collect Information

    We have a responsibility to keep people’s information safe and secure. With this app, we’re collecting the minimum amount of information needed to help us build better products. People often have a lot of apps on their phone, so we’ll periodically remind participants that they are a part of the program. They’ll also have the opportunity to review the information they’re sharing with us. Through the program, we collect and analyze information including:

    The apps installed on a participant’s phone
    The amount of time spent using those apps
    Participant’s country, device and network type
    App activity names, which may show us the names of app features participants are using

    Study from Facebook does not collect user IDs, passwords, or any of the participant’s content, such as photos, videos, or messages. We also don’t sell information from the app to third parties or use it to target ads, and it is not added to a participant’s Facebook account if they have one.

    At first, the app will only be available to people in the US and India. We’ll continue to make it better and expand it to other countries over time.

    Approaching market research in a responsible way is really important. Transparency and handling people’s information responsibly have guided how we’ve built Study from Facebook. We plan to take this same approach going forward with other market research projects that help us understand how people use different products and services.

    To learn more about the app, visit facebook.com/facebookstudy.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Project Svalbard: The Future of Have I Been Pwned in ~comp

    lionirdeadman Link
    I kind of wish it would've been bought by Mozilla for Firefox Monitor, it would've aligned nicely.

    I kind of wish it would've been bought by Mozilla for Firefox Monitor, it would've aligned nicely.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on YouTube without all the crap? in ~tech

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    https://invidio.us/ can work but you can also use uBlock Origin and block the elements for the comment section and recommended videos.

    https://invidio.us/ can work but you can also use uBlock Origin and block the elements for the comment section and recommended videos.

    4 votes