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  1. Comment on Google Chrome to Phase Out Third-Party Cookies in Effort to Boost Privacy in ~comp

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    And replacing it with a somewhat more invasive system, it seems.

    And replacing it with a somewhat more invasive system, it seems.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

    Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

    Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games

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    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile. Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam...

    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile.

    Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam account is set to Brazil, which has regional pricing.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How does voting work in your country? in ~talk

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    This sounds off, we are obligated to register to get a voting ID (Título de Eleitor), no? And the previously mentioned voter ID (Tïtulo de Eleitor). The coolest thing about our system IMO,...

    Voter registration: none ,unless you're between 16 and 18 and wanot to vote.

    This sounds off, we are obligated to register to get a voting ID (Título de Eleitor), no?

    Required documents for voting: any document with a photo

    And the previously mentioned voter ID (Tïtulo de Eleitor).

    Options for voting: DRE voting machine.

    The coolest thing about our system IMO, although...

    Extra info:

    The electronic voting machine isn't very transparent, it is a closed source blackbox built on top of Linux, it doesn't emit proof of whom you have voted for (they say this is for vote secrecy, but it is used to cast doubts on the system).
    Furthermore, obligatory voting isn't very effective, as most Brazilians aren't interested in voting for most candidates except for executive positions (Mayor, Governor and President), this ends up with them voting for any Joe Schmoe on legislative branches, mostly those who throw pieces of papers with their number near people's voting zone.
    And last, but not least, people usually give "strategic votes": by their logic, it is either candidate X or Y who will win, so they don't vote for candidate A, B, C thinking it is useless. This is why you don't see smaller parties getting to executive positions or getting to "second-half".

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    For transportation, SkyScraperCity is my go to. I am a big fan of São Paulo's metropolitan transport network (aka train and subway), and I usually keep an eye there for news, there's also some...

    For transportation, SkyScraperCity is my go to.

    I am a big fan of São Paulo's metropolitan transport network (aka train and subway), and I usually keep an eye there for news, there's also some meaningful discussions and possibility strategies, with a bit of insider info every now and then.

    Every now and then I also read about São Paulo's local bus system there too.

  7. Comment on What are some good Mobile Home Pages? in ~talk

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    If I remember correctly, you are able to access files from Chrome through the file:// URI. Just remember that you need a third slash for root. To access your phone's internal storage,...

    If I remember correctly, you are able to access files from Chrome through the file:// URI. Just remember that you need a third slash for root. To access your phone's internal storage, file:///sdcard/ should work.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Budget smartphones - apparently there are good options. Opinions and recommendations? in ~tech

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    The thing about those articles is that they are often US-based, skipping on decent budget options like Xiaomi's Redmi line because they don't work on US bands. I did like the criteria used on this...

    The thing about those articles is that they are often US-based, skipping on decent budget options like Xiaomi's Redmi line because they don't work on US bands. I did like the criteria used on this article to pick the devices they picked and how they bought up that sometimes you are going to hit shady stuff on the cheaper devices from unknown/no-name companies.

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

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    Isn't decentralization one of the advantages of cryptocurrency? It doesn't make sense to have a cryptocurrency where Facebook will meddle in. Plus there's the obvious elephant in the room, privacy.

    Isn't decentralization one of the advantages of cryptocurrency? It doesn't make sense to have a cryptocurrency where Facebook will meddle in.

    Plus there's the obvious elephant in the room, privacy.

  10. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    My problems boil down to: Killing open source apps for closed Googleware, locking down APIs. Baking in an Assistant instead of keeping the OS minimal Using AI instead of letting me choose how the...

    My problems boil down to:

    • Killing open source apps for closed Googleware, locking down APIs.
    • Baking in an Assistant instead of keeping the OS minimal
    • Using AI instead of letting me choose how the app should behave (I do believe I still can manually configure power savings per app)
    • Killing UI customization and forcing the new UI

    They broke rootless Substratum intentionally, some dropped/frozen AOSP apps just don't have a decent alternative (AOSP Keyboard is the best FOSS keyboard currently, and it lacks swype if you don't install a closed Google lib), microG is wonky on Oreo+ due to deprecation of old APIs, more and more APIs are behind GApps, etc. I just dislike the direction they are heading in, and this old article sums up my opinion well.

    I likely will end up updating to Pie some day, I can't use an old version forever after all, but I am in no rush to update until I can confirm I can set it up my own way. It is mostly privacy concerns and complains over the UI for sure, so I might as well be wrong.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    Security patches can be backported, that's how LineageOS does for their 14.1 devices, furthermore, I dislike how Google keeps releasing things as a new feature for Android when in reality it is...

    Security patches can be backported, that's how LineageOS does for their 14.1 devices, furthermore, I dislike how Google keeps releasing things as a new feature for Android when in reality it is just GApps, it feels like a "scam", for lack of a better word, and shows how little they care for AOSP, specially when they actively dropped AOSP apps or left them to bit rot, we used to have:

    • AOSP E-mail (Replaced by Gmail/Inbox),
    • AOSP Music (Replaced by Google Play Music, which is being replaced by YouTube Music now AFAIK)
    • AOSP Browser (WebView frontend, replaced by Google Chrome)
    • AOSP Gallery (Replaced by Google Photos)

    Just to name a few, plus stuff like the keyboard used to be updated (Not sure if they updated it to match Pie's new visual design). Sure, you can argue that they aren't taking away those new features, but one can also argue they should have been part of AOSP, even if crippled in some way.

    Also most Pie features here are change for the sake of change, the only things I wanted from Pie are the better privacy settings (logs are restricted and behind permissions now, for example), DNS over TLS and Vulkan 1.1 support, I don't need any "AI" trying to outsmart me or an oversized new UI using the latest fad available.

    I never thought I would feel this way with an Android update, but to be honest, Nougat was the latest update I truly liked and Oreo had some significant improvements for me to move to it, and I doubt my Redmi Note 3 will get a stable Pie port anytime soon, Marshmallow blobs can only take one so far.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Android 9 "Pie" launched today in ~tech

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    Seems like most of its new features are reliant on GApps, again. Ech, I think I will stay on Oreo for as long as I can.

    Seems like most of its new features are reliant on GApps, again. Ech, I think I will stay on Oreo for as long as I can.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What operating system do you use? in ~comp

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    Fedora, FreeBSD, NetBSD and regrettably, Windows 10 for games I can't get running at all on Linux.

    Fedora, FreeBSD, NetBSD and regrettably, Windows 10 for games I can't get running at all on Linux.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Microsoft announces Surface Go in ~tech

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    You don't need to use Windows. I miss sub-10 laptops, I loved the form factor and I still want something like it that isn't a tablet. What really killed them was the specs combined with Windows,...

    You don't need to use Windows.

    I miss sub-10 laptops, I loved the form factor and I still want something like it that isn't a tablet. What really killed them was the specs combined with Windows, nowadays we can get decent specs on the same form factor. Sadly, any possible revival of them would be "crippled" by being ARM-based or really crippled by locking out legacy BIOS or whatever.

  15. Comment on Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers in ~tech

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    While I barely use Twitter, it would be nice to them to remove the spambots/fake followers. Blocking them so they don't follow me anymore takes way too much effort for something I barely use.

    While I barely use Twitter, it would be nice to them to remove the spambots/fake followers. Blocking them so they don't follow me anymore takes way too much effort for something I barely use.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Stylish browser extension snatches your browsing history---the open source Stylus is recommended instead in ~comp

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    The opt-out data collection was added after it was sold, around January 2017, it went closed source around that time too. Stylus was a fork based on the latest source available back then, created...

    The opt-out data collection was added after it was sold, around January 2017, it went closed source around that time too. Stylus was a fork based on the latest source available back then, created due to the data collecting + closed sourceness.

    Before that, Stylish was fine and trustworthy. Ever since they changed ownership, it has been going downhill.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Stylish browser extension snatches your browsing history---the open source Stylus is recommended instead in ~comp

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    They were shady before, which is why Stylus was made. I'm not surprised it has come to this.

    They were shady before, which is why Stylus was made. I'm not surprised it has come to this.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Gentoo GitHub Organization hacked in ~comp

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    Luckily the main infrastructure isn't reliant on GitHub. I would say it was someone from /g/ or /tech/, since the jokes were imageboard-tier.

    Luckily the main infrastructure isn't reliant on GitHub. I would say it was someone from /g/ or /tech/, since the jokes were imageboard-tier.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Firefox 61.0.0 Released in ~tech

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    There's Rawhide (Equivalent to Debian Unstable/Arch) and updates-testing (where updates are tested for a few days before going to updates).

    There's Rawhide (Equivalent to Debian Unstable/Arch) and updates-testing (where updates are tested for a few days before going to updates).

    3 votes