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  1. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    Thank you for the explanation. Sometimes system-wide config files' paths differ among distros, but that's the minority, as most of the time we deal with user config, which typically follows the...

    Thank you for the explanation.

    Sometimes system-wide config files' paths differ among distros, but that's the minority, as most of the time we deal with user config, which typically follows the XDG standard.

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  2. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    Could you elaborate on that?

    In terms of day-to-day use, nothing about my setup is specific to Debian

    Could you elaborate on that?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Why you should stop reading news in ~life

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    I've seen The Economist Weekly Edition often being suggested. I have never read it, though.

    I've seen The Economist Weekly Edition often being suggested. I have never read it, though.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Apple's Pro MacBook revival plan is stupid smart: Bring back old features in ~tech

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    Didn't the EU make USB-C a mandatory requirement in power chargers?

    Didn't the EU make USB-C a mandatory requirement in power chargers?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Yes, I know, but messages are processed unencrypted by AnonAddy/SimpleLogin before being forwarded. I am not suggesting that there's a way to do otherwise—in fact, due to how email works, there is...

    Actually, both of those services allow you to encrypt forwarded messages that are sent to your main e-mail inbox

    Yes, I know, but messages are processed unencrypted by AnonAddy/SimpleLogin before being forwarded. I am not suggesting that there's a way to do otherwise—in fact, due to how email works, there is not (unless you happen to use GPG for all your communications, which is unlikely.

  6. Comment on Science fiction movie recommendations in ~movies

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    Made me cringe, don't know why it keeps getting recommended. That being said, de gustibus non est disputandum.
    • Her (2013) (good one)

    Made me cringe, don't know why it keeps getting recommended.

    That being said, de gustibus non est disputandum.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app in ~tech

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    I won't delude myself into thinking that the same people using Instagram and Facebook will switch to another chat app just because of privacy. This argument doesn't work with average people.

    It's worth mentioning this in your group chats. It's not about expecting people to switch today [...]

    I won't delude myself into thinking that the same people using Instagram and Facebook will switch to another chat app just because of privacy. This argument doesn't work with average people.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Standard Notes completes penetration test and cryptography audit in ~tech

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    I hope they will fix their current Markdown editor fragmentation.

    I hope they will fix their current Markdown editor fragmentation.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Being able to send is certainly a plus compared to catch-all, and I think it's something I could miss. What I'm concerned about is the chance of burnermail domains being blocked by websites. I...

    Being able to send is certainly a plus compared to catch-all, and I think it's something I could miss.

    What I'm concerned about is the chance of burnermail domains being blocked by websites. I think these services are more prone to be abused and thus blacklisted. But I have no direct experience to support my claim.

    Also, with burnermail you lose the ability to transfer email addresses to another provider, if you ever need to.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I think it's a good point, however I can't ignore the possibility that your opinion might be biased, depending on which email provider you're using. We can all agree that Google has a superb spam...

    I think it's a good point, however I can't ignore the possibility that your opinion might be biased, depending on which email provider you're using.

    We can all agree that Google has a superb spam filter, in part because it has big money put into it (let's not mention the use of personal data for improving spam detection). But what about other, possibly smaller or privacy conscious email providers? I don't think we should take spam filtering effectiveness for granted.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Oh, yeah. I heard that one problem with that is many websites don't allow plus addressing when signing up.

    Oh, yeah. I heard that one problem with that is many websites don't allow plus addressing when signing up.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Yes, ProtonMail has this, but the number of aliases is very limited, like 5 addresses with a Plus account. As far as I know, it's in their plans to change this. Maybe they'll provide unlimited...

    Yes, ProtonMail has this, but the number of aliases is very limited, like 5 addresses with a Plus account. As far as I know, it's in their plans to change this.

    Maybe they'll provide unlimited aliases one day (top voted idea in their uservoice platform).

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I wouldn't say it doesn't matter in general, because in my experience once an email is out there, it's only a matter of time before it gets spam consistently. Maybe you have been lucky so far? Or...

    I wouldn't say it doesn't matter in general, because in my experience once an email is out there, it's only a matter of time before it gets spam consistently. Maybe you have been lucky so far? Or maybe I have been unlucky.

  14. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I am just at the beginning of this journey so time will tell. What I can already say is that since I enter each online account details into my password manager anyway, it requires little extra...

    if it's an easy system for you to maintain and use, don't let me stop you.

    I am just at the beginning of this journey so time will tell. What I can already say is that since I enter each online account details into my password manager anyway, it requires little extra effort to just generate a random 6 digit string every time I create a new account.

    What I'm more concerned about is that my password manager is very critical. Losing access to my password manager would mean losing access to all my accounts, because I couldn't use the email address (which I couldn't remember) to reset the password.

    I also cannot rely on other humans not to recklessly submit my email address(es) to third party sites. For example: event invitation services, and social media apps ("allow access to your contacts to quickly find your friends!")

    I didn't consider this possibility, especially the one regarding access to contacts. Despite being cause of concern, I believe I won't do anything about that, or else I would probably have to give a different email address to each person in real life as well, which seems awkward and... overkill.

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  15. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I guess it's mainly for spam reduction. I am aware of the fact that anyone can link tildes.net.187462@randomword.com and reddit.com.178334@randomword.com to the same person based on the unique,...

    I guess it's mainly for spam reduction.

    I am aware of the fact that anyone can link tildes.net.187462@randomword.com and reddit.com.178334@randomword.com to the same person based on the unique, unusual domain name.

    However, by using a unique email per website I get the benefit that a data breach on one website won't impact my inbox very much, as I can simply reject emails sent to the leaked address through filtering.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I am not sure I've understood correctly: are you saying that with custom domain email sometimes you are unable to receive stuff from mailing lists, in particular from those powered by Mailchimp?

    I am not sure I've understood correctly: are you saying that with custom domain email sometimes you are unable to receive stuff from mailing lists, in particular from those powered by Mailchimp?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Tank your for sharing. Did you ever consider using a custom domain with catch-all instead of burnermail? If yes, why did you decide to go with burnermail instead? I am not trying to criticize your...

    Tank your for sharing. Did you ever consider using a custom domain with catch-all instead of burnermail? If yes, why did you decide to go with burnermail instead? I am not trying to criticize your approach, I'm just curious about the motivations, because I too found myself considering a similar service.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    I agree with you on that. In fact, I don't expect to be entirely safe from properly-funded advertising companies. Of course anyone will be able to cross-link tildes.net.187462@randomword.com and...

    Privacy-wise, I feel like using different emails is just fighting a losing battle. I'm assuming that most advertising profiles are smart enough to connect different accounts by more than just email (name, CC info, billing address, DOB, and many other pieces of info that would scare you to think about).

    I agree with you on that. In fact, I don't expect to be entirely safe from properly-funded advertising companies. Of course anyone will be able to cross-link tildes.net.187462@randomword.com and reddit.com.178334@randomword.com, especially once they're leaked. The difference now is that I am not using the same address everywhere, so I can block emails sent to specific addresses (those leaked).

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  19. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    For throwaway addresses, I don't use custom domains at all (yes I should have been more clear on that), but rather rely on 10minutemail and the like. Unfortunately, the email provider I currently...

    It seems okay, but I think for trash email, using throwaway addresses from an established email provider might be less conspicuous?

    For throwaway addresses, I don't use custom domains at all (yes I should have been more clear on that), but rather rely on 10minutemail and the like. Unfortunately, the email provider I currently use doesn't offer disposable addresses. I hope it will someday.

    Maybe there is some email provider that lets you get multiple email addresses that aren't obviously connected, in a convenient way?

    I think services like AnonAddy or SimpleLogin fall into this category. I had considered them, but I didn't want to rely on—and trust—another third party service for my emails, also because they can read them.

    I rely on gmail's spam filtering.

    I am happy this worked out well for you. Personally, I decided to go for a smaller yet ethical and privacy-respecting provider, so I'm not expecting their spam filter to be as effective as Google's.

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  20. Comment on Email: how about doing it right? in ~tech

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    Wow, I consider you an email veteran. But, are you saying that you've moved on from this approach? Good points. To some extent, I had already thought about such possible situations, but thanks for...

    I've been doing almost exactly this for 15 years.

    Wow, I consider you an email veteran. But, are you saying that you've moved on from this approach?

    Overkill for Spam: You are going to want to give out a normal looking email address to your Aunt Petunia, who is going to send you an e-card with a cute cat picture, and now you will some spam that will drive you crazy figuring out where it came from. Or try telling the low paid guy over the phone that your email address is bankofamerica.com.175512@firstlast.com, but you are not an employee nor a hacker.

    Good points. To some extent, I had already thought about such possible situations, but thanks for bringing real-world experience here. In addition to those, I would say trying to convince the same low paid guy that the email address you are sending from, despite being different from the alias registered in their website, still belongs to you. This is because you can't send from a catch-all address unless you configure it as sending address at your email provider (which, despite the occasional annoyance, could be done).

    Pro tip 1: If you want to reduce spam, you may want to consider using a subdomain "@e.randomword.com" - I got spam at admin/sales/etc@randomword.com.

    For the moment, I think I will keep doing without a subdomain. However, if spam will ever increase to an alarming level, I will reconsider your suggestion.

    Pro tip 2: Also beware of "We were unable to deliver an email to you" errors. I have no idea how to avoid this. The financial institutions try to validate that your email address is valid, and if the email server says it is invalid then they stop sending you email to that address.

    This is something I read elsewhere and I hope it's not that common. What did you do in such situations? Were you forced to use the average gmail?

    Pro tip 3: Facebook and Linkedin are sneaky. I only ever told them one email address, but they figured out some of my other email addresses. Even worse, at one point they let you sign on with any email address.

    This is a bit disturbing. For what it's worth, I ditched Facebook a long time ago.

    1 vote