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  1. Comment on 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5 in ~tech

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    Hmm, interesting. Good to know, thanks. I have noticed a difference between cookie prompts when browsing from the US and when using a VPN on a European server. That might explain what I think I've...

    Hmm, interesting. Good to know, thanks. I have noticed a difference between cookie prompts when browsing from the US and when using a VPN on a European server. That might explain what I think I've experienced.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on 96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5 in ~tech

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    I think it's more accurate to say that most used are apathetic to being tracked. When it's as easy as just clicking a button to say no to tracking, most people (outside those who likes targeted...

    I think it's more accurate to say that most used are apathetic to being tracked. When it's as easy as just clicking a button to say no to tracking, most people (outside those who likes targeted ads) will do it. Advertisers totally know this. That's why most GDPR cookie settings make you toggle everything off manually. The more tedious it is to maintain your privacy the less people are going to in the effort to do it.

    14 votes
  3. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    Not sure if they're strictly considered games but a lot of visual novels have detective elements. If you're okay with point and click style games the ace attorney games can be pretty fun. If you...

    Not sure if they're strictly considered games but a lot of visual novels have detective elements. If you're okay with point and click style games the ace attorney games can be pretty fun. If you want something that leans more heavily on the story I found the life is strange series pretty enjoyable. The first game seems to be the most well received.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on They told their therapists everything. Hackers leaked it all. in ~tech

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    With how pretty much everything in the world is becoming digitized, it's hard to imagine this becoming a one off instance. I find that the levels of trust you need to engage in these systems is...

    With how pretty much everything in the world is becoming digitized, it's hard to imagine this becoming a one off instance. I find that the levels of trust you need to engage in these systems is ever increasing, especially with the rise in popularity of teletherapy. Fortunately this instance doesn't seem to have as much of an impact as say the Ashley-Madison data breach, but still to be involved in something like this must be terrifying.

    With that being said, how is encryption not bog standard for these kinds of databases? I can't imagine the time constraints could really justify a lack of security, so to me it just comes off as negligence.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    I kind of agree? I think regardless of race it's understandable to associate a firearm with 'danger'. Part of that is the judgements I make of someone photographing themselves with a firearm....

    I kind of agree? I think regardless of race it's understandable to associate a firearm with 'danger'. Part of that is the judgements I make of someone photographing themselves with a firearm. Generally, I assume people who take these kinds of pictures are compensating for some insecurity. Obviously not true for everyone, just something I don't really understand being proud of.

    That being said, there is evidence* that many Americans implicitly associate young black men with violence more than with white men. Maybe humanizing images of black people with firearms might help break this association?

    * Source, though the validity might be iffy since it's a implicit association test.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I finished watching Welcome to the N.H.K. I found the music for this so to be really fantastic. It's often very somber and works really well to set the tone of some scenes. Having the protagonist...

    I finished watching Welcome to the N.H.K. I found the music for this so to be really fantastic. It's often very somber and works really well to set the tone of some scenes. Having the protagonist struggle with the same issues over and over again make the whole narrative feel pretty down to earth, hallucinations aside. The way social anxiety is depicted feels quite accurate, you can definitely tell a lot the story comes from the author's own experiences. I really like the way Misaki was treated in the final arc. She often came off as very manic pixie for most of the series, so it was nice to see her motivations explored.

    Overall if you're looking for a dark comedy, NHK is pretty down to earth, though disturbing at times.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Crypto exchange founder disappears with $2 billion in ~finance

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    Idk, maybe I'm too pessimistic, but I don't really think most people who trade on these type of platforms even know about the idea of wallets for cryptocurrencies. I think most people wouldn't be...

    Idk, maybe I'm too pessimistic, but I don't really think most people who trade on these type of platforms even know about the idea of wallets for cryptocurrencies. I think most people wouldn't be comfortable knowing that their money is in someone else's bank account, which essentially what an wallet on an exchange is. As these currencies become more popular the general public definitely needs to become more educated on how they work.

    There's also the minor inconvenience of fees which I can imagine being a deterrent for some. Especially since they are more often seen as a store of value that a functional currency.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Apple Event — April 20 in ~tech

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    So these basically a touchscreen mac without macOS right? I don't think I could give up on a desktop OS but I think it'll have a lot of appeal to people who only use computers for general work...

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    So these basically a touchscreen mac without macOS right? I don't think I could give up on a desktop OS but I think it'll have a lot of appeal to people who only use computers for general work stuff.
    It's also around the same price point as an M1 air. Outside of digital art I can't think of many cases where I'd prefer a tablet to a laptop.

    I also love the colors of the new iMacs, it really gives of G3 vibes.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Mass Effect Legendary Edition - Visual improvements in ~games

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    It's definitely a problem in the first game that I don't really remember seeing in the sequels. Having 10 different levels of the same type of armor was just tedious.

    It's definitely a problem in the first game that I don't really remember seeing in the sequels. Having 10 different levels of the same type of armor was just tedious.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on $7.5B in stolen Bitcoin from 2016 Bitfinex hack has just been moved in ~finance

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    I don't know much about other crypto, but with bitcoin I am aware that there are services that launder traceable funds by pooling it together with normal bitcoin. With bitcoin there's always some...

    I don't know much about other crypto, but with bitcoin I am aware that there are services that launder traceable funds by pooling it together with normal bitcoin. With bitcoin there's always some trace of how a funds have been moved, but the idea is to make it harder to figure out. You can also convert bitcoin to another crypto, there are some which attempt to implement blockchains that can not be analyzed. Either way, with billions I think it would take a long time before all of it can be actually used in the real world.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Dota 2 introduces many new features and systems to help new players, and makes smurfing a bannable offense in ~games

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    I'm sure they would factor in for that. Besides except for COVID aren't PC bangs still popular in South Korea? I would imagine that player skill is probably going to be the basis at the start. I...

    I'm sure they would factor in for that. Besides except for COVID aren't PC bangs still popular in South Korea?
    I would imagine that player skill is probably going to be the basis at the start. I think using metadata leaves too much risk for false positives, for now at least.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Reddit will introduce the option for new users to add their gender identity to their accounts when signing up in ~tech

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    Yikes. Considering how most female focused subreddits have been reacting to the online status indicator, this just seems like a step up in enabling harassment. It's a fundamental problem with...

    Yikes. Considering how most female focused subreddits have been reacting to the online status indicator, this just seems like a step up in enabling harassment. It's a fundamental problem with social media where anything you create to help people makes friends can also be used to harass others. At least they give you null option, though it will be interesting if this feature has an effect on the culture of some communities.

    Edit: So I was a dummy. Thanks @p4t44 for pointing that out. I do still find systems that normalize volunteering information problematic, but for now it's only in the creepy data mining sort of way.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on What are the single best resources for learning something new? in ~talk

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    I think that best is very subjective when it comes to learning, it's very dependent the person and why they're learning something. When learning for personal enjoyment I've find that I retain the...

    I think that best is very subjective when it comes to learning, it's very dependent the person and why they're learning something.

    When learning for personal enjoyment I've find that I retain the most information when using a structured outline. So for topics I'm interested in like psychology I often look for syllabi from universities and try to follow whatever text gets assigned. It tells me a) this text is good enough for this professor, and b) what about this subject is most important. Also I find that taking and organizing notes makes broad concepts much more approachable and helps with rote memorization.

    For learning skills in life, i think that trial and error can an extremely efficient way to learn something if you're in a controlled environment. For software development, having several different lower level environments allows you to learn from all your mistakes without risking any real damage to a production environment. Obviously reading documentation helps avoid a lot of pitfalls, but I still think the skills gained from struggling with something can be valuable.

    @Rocket_Man makes a really good point on learning how to learn something. Often the hardest part of gaining a skill is finding what prerequisite knowledge you need. It reminds me of the five orders of ignorance I was taught in one of my software courses. Being aware of the fact you might not know how to learn something makes research a lot more tedious, but hopefully helps you gain a better understand of the topic as a whole.

    As for specific resources, if you're trying to learn C the book, The C Programming Language, is one of the more accessible ways to learn language in my opinion.

  14. Comment on Google submits plans to build 7,000 homes in North Bayshore, the largest project in city's history in ~design

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    It's interesting how in lieu of horizontally integrating these mega corporations have opted for trying to gain some share in every major industry. With rumors of an Apple car and Amazon's attempts...

    It's interesting how in lieu of horizontally integrating these mega corporations have opted for trying to gain some share in every major industry. With rumors of an Apple car and Amazon's attempts at health care, I think these kinds of projects are going to become a lot more common in the coming decade.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What does "performative" mean? in ~humanities

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    From what I understand of Butler's theories of performativity, albeit quite little, you can only be an identity through the act of preforming the cultural standards of that identity. And the way...

    From what I understand of Butler's theories of performativity, albeit quite little, you can only be an identity through the act of preforming the cultural standards of that identity. And the way you perform the performance of your identity, in its self redefines that identity, making that identity performative. That's probably off the mark, I never got into the prerequisite Focault needed to understand Butler's work.

    I do know in an economic sense, performative theory states that an economic theory doesn't need to be inherently true, but rather people need to believe that it is true which will result in the theory being true, like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    This is just noise, but this debate always reminds me of this stand up bit.

    This is just noise, but this debate always reminds me of this stand up bit.

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

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    Pokemon Shield : I decided to pick this up after watching ProZD's series ranking Pokemon. Weird impulse buy, I know. When it first came out I was really put off by the whole dexit thing and how...
    • Pokemon Shield : I decided to pick this up after watching ProZD's series ranking Pokemon. Weird impulse buy, I know. When it first came out I was really put off by the whole dexit thing and how easy I remembered the combat being in Diamond and it's predecessors. The first thing I've noticed is how much more in-depth everything this. The new battle systems, the new types, hell, even the clothing customization. I know this stuff is kind of basic for a JRPG, and games like Persona 5 are definitely more well rounded, but I'm actually really appreciate all the polish they've added. As far as dexit goes, I find most of the new monsters are pretty cute or cool looking, so I don't really mind it that much. The biggest plus I've found is that they've solve a ton of the grindiness Pokemon games have had by giving you permanent exp share , which makes this game way more enjoyable as an adult.
    • Overwatch : I started playing Overwatch again around when the pandemic started and god I forgot how addicting this game is. It fills a perfect niche I haven't seen other FPS games really fill. It's probably the only FPS I know of where you can win more by being aware meta game than by being mechanically good. The balance between technical skill and teamwork can be both super rewarding and super frustrating, which I think is why it's been having problems maintaining it's player base.
    4 votes
  18. Comment on Why Robinhood disabled buys but not sells in ~finance

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    Honestly, the stock market could be one of the most logical uses of blockchain so far. One, it would give basically instant delivery of transactions, Two, it would provide transparency to all the...

    Honestly, the stock market could be one of the most logical uses of blockchain so far. One, it would give basically instant delivery of transactions, Two, it would provide transparency to all the transactions that these hedge funds are doing which started this whole mess in the first place.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Robinhood gets $1 billion infusion, signaling cash crunch in ~finance

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    Yeah, I don't think they were close insolvent. They just couldn't pay the collateral that was required to process buy orders on these highly volatile stocks. It seems the bad PR from this is a...

    Yeah, I don't think they were close insolvent. They just couldn't pay the collateral that was required to process buy orders on these highly volatile stocks. It seems the bad PR from this is a result how fast the company has been growing and how accessible they make trading securities to the public.

    It makes sense that they would trouble with liquidity considering they're wanting to make the company public, but the sudden hype in these stocks ended up showing some mismanagement in their business.

    7 votes