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  1. Comment on Show Tildes: critique my first portfolio site in ~comp

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    extra bullet point on the readings page for me as well :)

    extra bullet point on the readings page for me as well :)

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Using a VPN may make you less secure in ~tech

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    Who should these articles target? In my mind, the only people who would need to read something like this is the type of person who doesn't have a firm grasp on how to remain 'completely'...

    Who should these articles target? In my mind, the only people who would need to read something like this is the type of person who doesn't have a firm grasp on how to remain 'completely' anonymous, but still chooses to break the law (enough that their government will care). I would say most of us fall into two categories - those who use VPNs for piracy, streaming, and maybe NSFW traffic, and those of us who are attempting to circumvent internet filters which prohibit free speech (in countries like China).

    I can't speak for those living in countries where free speech/access is an issue, but for me and most fellow North Americans, I would assume our use case is, as listed above, mainly for piracy and alternate streaming services, in which case I don't really see a negative to VPNs storing logs (even though I hope they don't!).

    Stu, what are your thoughts as the author? Do you have a target demographic in mind? Do you think the average VPN user should have a certain level of knowledge about what a VPN does and does not protect against, or is it more important for ignorant people who are hoping to scour websites for common illegal commodities one would use tor for?

    A follow-up article may be an overview of what information is actually safe over tor as well, in case people read your VPN article and wonder "okay, how can I be more secure then?" I'd imagine a lot of them see tor and think "okay, done! I'll just install this on my desktop at home and I'll be safe from ever being caught!"

    12 votes
  3. Comment on Do you think there is anything from the past we should bring back? in ~talk

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    When I was deployed everyone hung out in a big hangar, and my small crew (4 people) also had our own little shack with an xbox 360 but no internet. The hangar did have internet but I didn't bring...

    When I was deployed everyone hung out in a big hangar, and my small crew (4 people) also had our own little shack with an xbox 360 but no internet. The hangar did have internet but I didn't bring a phone or laptop so I couldn't make use of it.

    I'm an introvert, and that was probably the most social I've ever been in my life - and it was great. I was also able to entertain myself with books (kindle) and I read more than I had since I was in my teens (used to be an avid reader, but in the past ~10 years I'm lucky if I read 2-3 books a year).

    I will always look back on it as a wonderful experience. It's hard to even comprehend what it's like to go months without reddit/youtube/texting/tv/etc., but it was so liberating and relaxing. I also loved the feeling of not being responsible for answering other people 24/7, as that is somewhat of an expectation now that cell phones are commonplace.

    Along with the revival of reading, the revival of local multiplayer is something I hadn't realized I'd missed so badly. Playing Diablo 3, WWE Smackdown (10? 12?) (both games I personally have never touched before or since, but which I enjoyed simply for the experience), watching people play SSB, playing ping pong any time of the day or night - online multiplayer will never be a true replacement for sitting right next to friends and sharing an experience together.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Will you install the contact-tracing app on your phone? in ~health.coronavirus

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    How are we expecting it to work if location services aren't enabled? I haven't really been following news about it. And even without location services, could it track wifi networks we see? I'm on...

    How are we expecting it to work if location services aren't enabled? I haven't really been following news about it. And even without location services, could it track wifi networks we see? I'm on iPhone myself and not too sure if that is an accessible API (of course if it's an Apple-made app that restriction may not matter)

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    cmd - shift - 5 (mac) / win - shift - S (pc): I really like being able to take screenshots without breaking workflow, so it was especially helpful on windows after print screen + paint or win -...
    • cmd - shift - 5 (mac) / win - shift - S (pc): I really like being able to take screenshots without breaking workflow, so it was especially helpful on windows after print screen + paint or win - print screen and navigating to pictures folder, and mac added a few helpful options over cmd - shift - 3/4 with the new option

    • Mac's spotlight (cmd - space) [replaced with alfred on my machines]: pretty hard to beat the speed of opening basically anything you'd want. I use windows search fairly frequently too, but generally only for launching apps or settings panes, as windows doesn't do as good a job of indexing files and therefore takes a while to find them.

    • win - x: Most stuff I need falls under this shortcut, from settings to cmd/powershell.

    • On Mac, I can't live without simple shortcuts like browser back, window (/tab) close, and (mission control? all screens on current desktop) mapped to my mouse. Again makes general use a lot quicker, especially for navigating a lot of threads quickly.

    • On windows, I also use mouse shortcuts, but mainly for audio control, as I'm usually playing Rocket League if I'm on my personal PC. Mute/play-pause/next track/vol up+down.

    • When I was using 1pass, cmd/ctrl + \ was my most used shortcut because of the ease of hitting it with one hand, but after the switch to bitwarden cmd/ctrl + shift + L (or Y if not logged in) is a lot harder for me to remember, so half the time I end up clicking on the extension icon in the browser. This is one case where I wish I could modify the shortcut (which I guess I could probably do in system preferences, but I CBA)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    Have you looked at Garmin? They're another popular brand for this style of device

    Have you looked at Garmin? They're another popular brand for this style of device

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Pansexuality 101: Five key facts you need to know in ~lgbt

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    Do you think that if the term Pansexual would have been more popular than Bisexual (which definitely seemed to be in more people's vocabularies, at least from what I remember growing up), we would...

    Do you think that if the term Pansexual would have been more popular than Bisexual (which definitely seemed to be in more people's vocabularies, at least from what I remember growing up), we would still have a need for the "Bi-" prefix, or if they are largely seen as relatively similar/equal, we could have all just stuck with "Pan-"? It seems to me like "Bi-" is more likely to cause issues/"trigger" people who are more vocal about not excluding those who don't fit into traditional gender roles.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on This Week In Election Night, 2020 (Week 18) in ~news

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    So... what exactly do I need to do to take part in the primaries? didn't end up registering until last year.

    So... what exactly do I need to do to take part in the primaries? didn't end up registering until last year.

  9. Comment on What password manager, if any, would you recommend? in ~tech

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    For anyone who uses a lot of subdomains/local addresses, I recently moved to Bitwarden from 1pass for this specific reason. 1pass only matches on domain.tld, where Bitwarden has many more options,...

    For anyone who uses a lot of subdomains/local addresses, I recently moved to Bitwarden from 1pass for this specific reason. 1pass only matches on domain.tld, where Bitwarden has many more options, including regex matching.

    Besides ignoring the above issue for years, 1pass has been in the news recently for some serious mishandling of feature offerings, which was what spurred me to make the change.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Woman shot and killed outside her apartment complex by officer in Baytown, Texas in ~news

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    The act itself makes sense given the situation the officer placed himself in. Losing a less lethal weapon means it can be used against him, rendering him defenseless if she chooses to then draw...

    The act itself makes sense given the situation the officer placed himself in. Losing a less lethal weapon means it can be used against him, rendering him defenseless if she chooses to then draw his firearm and shoot him.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on I've taken the leap from reddit in ~talk

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    I don't necessarily think worrying about precise punctuation should be more important than sharing the knowledge you have with someone who wants it. Chances are the degreed people of...

    I don't necessarily think worrying about precise punctuation should be more important than sharing the knowledge you have with someone who wants it. Chances are the degreed people of askhistorians/askscience/etc have better things to do than spend an extra couple minutes making sure their I's are capitalized. I'm sure you could come up with a better argument than that for why you feel reddit doesn't contain discussion.

    28 votes
  12. Comment on The long-awaited moment... Dracula theme added! Oh also, the site is publicly visible now (but let's not be too noisy about it yet). in ~tildes.official

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    re: user themes, would there be any way to have something like $background: #282a36; $background-alt: #44475a; $foreground: #f8f8f2; $foreground-alt: #6272a4; $cyan: #8be9fd; $green: #50fa7b;...

    re: user themes, would there be any way to have something like

        $background: #282a36;
        $background-alt: #44475a;
        $foreground: #f8f8f2;
        $foreground-alt: #6272a4;
    
        $cyan: #8be9fd;
        $green: #50fa7b;
        $orange: #ffb86c;
        
        [ ... ]
        
        "stripe-mine": $purple,
        "stripe-target": $yellow,
        "topic-tag-nsfw": $red,
        "topic-tag-spoiler": $yellow,
        "warning": $yellow,
        );
    

    this on a user's settings page, where we can define our "background", "text", etc colors, and then have some sort of JS client-side parser/compiler for sass which stores the generated custom css in our browser's cache, taking any workload off of ~ and putting it on users, at the expense of maybe not working on X application which doesn't allow JS or meaning it only works on one machine at a time, and possibly storing only our custom color inputs on our user page so if we log in on a different browser it's re-populated and we just need to click "create" again for that browser?

    I have no idea if any of this is either possible or easy, just a thought I had for how it may work without requiring a lot of overhead on the server.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~lgbt

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    The people who are "triggered" by being anti-marginalized - which I would assume is a very small vocal minority of cis heteros (or whomever likes to stir the pot) either a) don't actually care...

    The people who are "triggered" by being anti-marginalized - which I would assume is a very small vocal minority of cis heteros (or whomever likes to stir the pot) either

    a) don't actually care about this issue, but like to cause issues for anyone who doesn't look/think/act like them, or

    b) think that an issue that they might be reminded of once a week is something they should be able to control for people whose lives revolve around (or at least are partially defined by) something such as their sexuality, or skin color, or religion, etc.

    It's a tale as old as time to try to further marginalize and discriminate against people who aren't part of the "majority" but now more than ever people who are a part of the "majority" want to fight alongside those who feel oppressed.

    There's examples of this everywhere. "#AllLivesMatter/#BlueLivesMatter" for #BlackLivesMatter, the discrimination of middle-eastern people, atheists in certain places (or even insert ____ religion that isn't Christianity or Islam in different parts of the world), etc.

    Even right now on Tildes' front page there's a post about Christians trying to remove meditation from US schools because it's "Buddhist". It's like they're afraid of losing people and losing power so they lash out anywhere they can.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Which setting on router should be used to secure home network? in ~tech

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    When video game consoles are connected to the outside world, ELI5 NAT filtering strict, moderate, open? Great write-up by the way!

    When video game consoles are connected to the outside world, ELI5 NAT filtering strict, moderate, open?

    Great write-up by the way!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Hey, Tildes, what's a strong opinion you hold, but which you also feel like is the minority opinion? in ~talk

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    Without taking a stance on either side, I really enjoyed listening to season 3 of Serial by This American Life. It talks about the issues we have with both police and the judicial system, focusing...

    Without taking a stance on either side, I really enjoyed listening to season 3 of Serial by This American Life. It talks about the issues we have with both police and the judicial system, focusing mainly on the issues minorities have with 'the law.'

    1 vote
  16. Comment on 12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote in ~misc

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    Okay, so what do you propose people should do besides vote, since voting doesn't matter?

    Okay, so what do you propose people should do besides vote, since voting doesn't matter?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on 12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote in ~misc

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    A common theme seems to be I don't know who to vote for. I didn't know who to vote for last month either. Then I took 30 minutes to visit https://votesaveamerica.com and read about all of the...

    A common theme seems to be I don't know who to vote for.

    I didn't know who to vote for last month either. Then I took 30 minutes to visit https://votesaveamerica.com and read about all of the candidates I can vote for. I made my selections, printed off my cheat sheet, and used them to fill out my absentee ballot (which was also super easy to get, just mail in a form).

    While it might be a little late now for most people, I'd suggest sharing that website (or one of the similar ones) with anyone who doesn't know who to vote for.

    Also, I highly doubt that it was easier to get a Medical Marijuana card than it was to register to vote. I bet Jocelyn was just more motivated to smoke pot than to buy a stamp.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on General Tildes feedback, questions, and so on in ~tildes.official

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    I'm guessing this isn't an intended feature, but I've been trying this for a while to see how many I can generate - when you re-up invite codes, if a user generates the codes but doesn't share...

    I'm guessing this isn't an intended feature, but I've been trying this for a while to see how many I can generate - when you re-up invite codes, if a user generates the codes but doesn't share them, they can keep re-upping. Right now I'm at 28 unused codes from nothing special.

    While I don't have 28 invites to send, it's possible something like this could be abused to mass-add accounts that would require some work on your part to remedy. If you didn't already know about this, now you know!

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What are you doing to reduce your impact? in ~talk

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    If I'm interpreting it correctly, she means she tries to purchase as little as possible, and resets the counter when she buys something. I could be wrong.

    If I'm interpreting it correctly, she means she tries to purchase as little as possible, and resets the counter when she buys something. I could be wrong.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on The world has barely ten years to get climate change under control, UN scientists say in ~enviro

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    But if we weren’t around, global warming wouldn’t exist..? I’m confused how you think the situation would be bad if humans didn’t exist? It’s not like the frogs of the world would be burning...

    But if we weren’t around, global warming wouldn’t exist..? I’m confused how you think the situation would be bad if humans didn’t exist? It’s not like the frogs of the world would be burning fossil fuels and adding to global warming

    6 votes