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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    We've started playing Battlefield V on Xbox. Much more forgiving as a squad game than PUBG, and much more fun than Battlefront 2. I'm most impressed by the world damage - the battlefield changes...

    We've started playing Battlefield V on Xbox. Much more forgiving as a squad game than PUBG, and much more fun than Battlefront 2.

    I'm most impressed by the world damage - the battlefield changes so much over the course of a 20 minute game.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Does Linux need antivirus? in ~tech

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    Yeah, it's a shitty attitude from what we broadly consider the 'old guard', but the problem is that it's a really easy route to follow - being 'the sky is falling' guy is easier than actually...

    Yeah, it's a shitty attitude from what we broadly consider the 'old guard', but the problem is that it's a really easy route to follow - being 'the sky is falling' guy is easier than actually thinking something through in context. But also, unless the org and the culture is willing to support the infosec guys properly then there's no incentive for them to be anything other that Chicken Little.

    It often lines up that if anything were to go wrong then Infosec would get the kicking, but equally they're supposed to be 'open' to new ideas. That's not something that can necessarily be solved within the infosec team - that needs a higher up vision that enables infosec to be part of the solution instead of 'the police'.

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  3. Comment on Does Linux need antivirus? in ~tech

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    As an Infosec professional, I sympathise. I really do. I've worked in many places where Infosec had a degree of 'power' and used it badly. It's a shame every time I see it. But it's perhaps not as...

    As an Infosec professional, I sympathise. I really do.

    I've worked in many places where Infosec had a degree of 'power' and used it badly. It's a shame every time I see it. But it's perhaps not as simple as most people suppose.
    The issue is based around the fact that it's really easy to be Chicken Little. And even when you're on a team that's trying to get away from that mindset, it's a big gamble to go against Chicken Little because it only takes a single example to prove them right vs your hundreds of examples that never quite suffice in proving them wrong. It takes a big cultural effort to overcome this - but the good news is that I've seen it done right in a bunch of places too.

    OTOH, I've worked in places where I've tried to implement something like "this is my prod so it's my rules, this is your dev, so it's your rules". And this has worked well right up until the point that there's an 'edge case' that absolutely needs implementing and then the flood gates open to all sorts of crazy.

    The best/worst of it was when I'd implemented a new monitoring solution on the corporate LAN and found:

    • open TOR exit nodes
    • Warez server
    • one machine that was aggressively mapping the network and trying to connect to any port it found

    Something common between these three machines? Two things:

    • All 'dev' machines
    • All Linux.

    So, to the point: is AV absolutely necessary? Maybe not - but not because it's Linux, more because of the context and the trade-offs. But equally, just because it's Linux doesn't mean it's low risk or should get a free pass.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    It's not letting me do anything right now - keep getting "Bad Gateway" on pretty much all requests. I'll keep trying and get it sorted. edit: right, I think I've sorted it, but I can't check...

    It's not letting me do anything right now - keep getting "Bad Gateway" on pretty much all requests.

    I'll keep trying and get it sorted.

    edit: right, I think I've sorted it, but I can't check because I can't see the stats pages!

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Netflix will reduce the video quality on its service in Europe for the next 30 days to reduce the strain on internet service providers in ~tech

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    They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

    They recently allowed you to turn off auto-play whilst browsing. It was honestly a strong disincentive for me to use Netflix. Glad it's gone.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    Good call, actually. Might be worth switching to the browser-based version!

    Good call, actually. Might be worth switching to the browser-based version!

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    It's a work machine so I'm pretty limited on what I can get access to in the logs, etc. But through some pretty blunt testing if Slack is running, I get 2 hours battery. If it isn't I can go all...

    It's a work machine so I'm pretty limited on what I can get access to in the logs, etc. But through some pretty blunt testing if Slack is running, I get 2 hours battery. If it isn't I can go all day.

    Looks like it's doing what Chrome (used to?) does where it's dominating _windowserver to run the GPU at max all the time it's running.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    I'd like to see them address the maxed-out CPU usage on Macs. My MBP lasts less than 2 hours on battery when Slack is running :/

    I'd like to see them address the maxed-out CPU usage on Macs. My MBP lasts less than 2 hours on battery when Slack is running :/

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Work From Home (WFH) Thread - March 16th, 2020 in ~life

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    The biggest thing I learned from 3 years of working from home that I will be very mindful of when it's imposed in my new place from Wednesday is this: they are not doing you a favour by letting...

    The biggest thing I learned from 3 years of working from home that I will be very mindful of when it's imposed in my new place from Wednesday is this:

    they are not doing you a favour by letting you work from home.

    In fact, it's quite the opposite.

    I found myself in a constant destructive cycle of feeling like I owed my employer something for it and that I somehow needed to "make up for it". The consequence was that I was never truly "off" at any point in the entire day: I'd log on first thing, have my laptop with me the whole day, right through to when I went to bed. I didn't have enough work to fill that time but since they were "letting me" work from home I felt like I had to prove that I was worth it.

    Take breaks. Build and maintain boundaries. Turn off. They're not doing this for you!

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Small town in the North West of England. We have one official confirmed case so far. I just heard this evening of a death in a neighbouring area (this won't have been officially acknowledged at...

    Small town in the North West of England.

    We have one official confirmed case so far. I just heard this evening of a death in a neighbouring area (this won't have been officially acknowledged at the time I'm writing this though).

    Next week my work will go into BCP mode and we'll be asked to work from home for 7 days officially. Unofficially this will likely go on for 2 months at least.

    We were told that our local primary school is "ready to close" from next week. Nothing more on this yet though.

    My PT session in the gym this morning was a bit like a ghost town. My local sports club are "considering" their options - we expect the governing body will force their hand, as has happened with other sports like football.

    There's a lot of talk of panic buying in our supermarkets, but other than pasta and hand sanitiser things have been pretty much business as usual round here. I was talking to some of the staff in a Tesco and they were telling me that most people just seem to be buying 2 of things they might normally buy one of with only a small number of lunatics needing to be reigned in.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Folding@Home is prioritizing users towards their Coronavirus projects in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've set up Tildes as a team: 238330

    I've set up Tildes as a team: 238330

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and thorough guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is a really well-written resource on the COVID-19 issue. I've been skeptical / unmoved to-date but this resource along with Sam Harris's most recent podcast has convinced me that this might...

    This is a really well-written resource on the COVID-19 issue.

    I've been skeptical / unmoved to-date but this resource along with Sam Harris's most recent podcast has convinced me that this might actually be more than media hype.

    Stay safe.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What steps should people take in case they need to quarantine? in ~health.coronavirus

  14. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    4 of us went to Nottingham, UK to watch the semi-finals of the British National Squash semi-finals. https://www.englandsquash.com/nationals 2 hour road trip, squash, many beers, kebab, sleep, 2...

    4 of us went to Nottingham, UK to watch the semi-finals of the British National Squash semi-finals. https://www.englandsquash.com/nationals

    2 hour road trip, squash, many beers, kebab, sleep, 2 hour road trip.

    Good times.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Douglas Murray wrote in The Madness of Crowds about how the "teaming up" of "L, "G", "B", and "T" is an odd, broadly incongruent thing. He went on to explain some "why's" - the one that stuck in...

    Douglas Murray wrote in The Madness of Crowds about how the "teaming up" of "L, "G", "B", and "T" is an odd, broadly incongruent thing. He went on to explain some "why's" - the one that stuck in my mind (probably because I didn't previously actually know the difference) was "Q" and "G" - and how the queer community's aims are not shared by the gay community and vice versa (I appreciate this is all in incredibly broad strokes).

    Since this was in a book there was no real means of testing or questioning what he said, and since it's potentially incendiary it's not something I'd be comfortable asking people that I know, so:

    How real are the divisions Murray wrote about? Do they matter? How much of an actual "group" is it beyond a convenient collective noun anyway? Have there been any real bust-ups/disagreements inside the community?

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Surveillance on UK council websites - A study of private companies’ data collection on council websites across the United Kingdom in ~tech

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    This makes for some pretty grim reading. At best this is incompetence, but most likely it's deliberate - I'm sure in part a response to council cuts from central government. The type of profiling...

    This makes for some pretty grim reading.

    At best this is incompetence, but most likely it's deliberate - I'm sure in part a response to council cuts from central government.

    The type of profiling possible from this type of data is chilling.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Star Trek: Picard S01E01 - Remembrance in ~tv

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    Stewart's performance was phenomenal. It's setting up for an amazing sci-fi story - the Romulans in the Borg cube; the "synths", which reminded me of Space: Above and Beyond's "tanks" and the...

    Stewart's performance was phenomenal.

    It's setting up for an amazing sci-fi story - the Romulans in the Borg cube; the "synths", which reminded me of Space: Above and Beyond's "tanks" and the whole social commentary around that; and an extension of the "Lal" story from TNG's The Offspring - but it's also grounded by a nicely blended futurescape that doesn't feel artificial. It's more organic, and more human.

    It still has Star Trek's innate optimism, but it's not saccharine like TNG often was, it's a tempered optimism balanced with some real-world cynicism and realism, without falling into the Discovery NEEDSMOREEXPLOSIONS trope.

    Oh, and Stewart's performance was phenomenal.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections in ~tech

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    I get that "google" isn't just one thing, but it still doesn't sit right with me that an organisation that is hoarding user data as part of its business model gets to stand and point at an...

    I get that "google" isn't just one thing, but it still doesn't sit right with me that an organisation that is hoarding user data as part of its business model gets to stand and point at an imperfection in another company's efforts to protect user data.

    13 votes