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  1. Comment on FYI: This site claims to have harvested 4B+ Discord chats, today all yours for a price in ~tech

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    I follow the r/discordapp subreddit and this is actually a semi common thing. Someone posts about their server being wiped or spammed and the answer seems to always be a bot they added for something.

    I've wondered why we haven't really seen more cases of hacked API tokens for bots resulting in nuked / compromised servers

    I follow the r/discordapp subreddit and this is actually a semi common thing. Someone posts about their server being wiped or spammed and the answer seems to always be a bot they added for something.

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  2. Comment on How Hertz’s bet on Teslas went horribly sideways in ~finance

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    Hundreds?? I can understand a few of these due to human error but hundreds is completely unacceptable. A false arrest can destroy a person's life. This alone should have been enough to get the...

    resulting in hundreds of innocent Hertz customers getting arrested on charges of stealing rentals they’d actually returned.

    Hundreds?? I can understand a few of these due to human error but hundreds is completely unacceptable. A false arrest can destroy a person's life. This alone should have been enough to get the company investigated, if not shut down.

    27 votes
  3. Comment on Discord to start showing ads for gamers to boost revenue in ~tech

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    Both Xbox and PlayStation support joining Discord calls now. From what I can tell, Discord has essentially captured the market for cross platform voice and text chat among those 20s and younger....

    Both Xbox and PlayStation support joining Discord calls now. From what I can tell, Discord has essentially captured the market for cross platform voice and text chat among those 20s and younger.

    There seem to be a lot in that group that feel entitled to Discord at no cost. Every time Discord adds a new feature to Nitro people complain, saying that such a "basic" feature shouldn't be locked behind a paywall. I've seen this for everything from UI themes to larger file size share limits.

    There's also the running joke on the Discord subreddit that people complain about this then turn around and say "why bother buying Nitro when it doesn't actually give much in return"

    3 votes
  4. Comment on How do you keep your home smelling nice? in ~life.home_improvement

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    I like the liners because I like to swap out scents frequently. If I had to wait for the bowl to cool enough to safely go in the freezer then freeze enough to get the wax out it would inhibit that.

    I like the liners because I like to swap out scents frequently. If I had to wait for the bowl to cool enough to safely go in the freezer then freeze enough to get the wax out it would inhibit that.

  5. Comment on How do you keep your home smelling nice? in ~life.home_improvement

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    The plugs I'm using are Ikea's ZigBee plugs hooked up to my Home Assistant instance. If you don't already have a home automation system set up then the automatic shut off may be tricky to set up....

    The plugs I'm using are Ikea's ZigBee plugs hooked up to my Home Assistant instance. If you don't already have a home automation system set up then the automatic shut off may be tricky to set up. I think (but don't know for sure) that some of the wifi based plugs may have scheduling built into their apps but that would rely on internet connectivity and that's a whole other topic.

    Your simplest approach if you just want to see if this works for you is probably to find a plug with a timer built in, like what are commonly used for holiday lights and decorations. A google search for "plug with timer" surfaces several options for less than 20 USD.

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  6. Comment on How do you keep your home smelling nice? in ~life.home_improvement

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    I recently started using scented wax melts and I'm pretty pleased with them. There are two fundamental designs - they either use an incandescent light bulb or a resistive heating element as the...

    I recently started using scented wax melts and I'm pretty pleased with them.

    There are two fundamental designs - they either use an incandescent light bulb or a resistive heating element as the heat source. But there are a million variations on this so you can probably find one with an aesthetic that you like.

    You can also get liners to put the wax cubes in to make cleanup and changing wax easy.

    I have a few melters around my house, all plugged into smart plugs that run them for an hour at a time.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Compensating compassion | Too few people donate their organs, dead or alive. How can we make it easier to donate, but avoid the abuses that some fear from cash payments? in ~health

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    Thanks, that's very informative!

    Thanks, that's very informative!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Compensating compassion | Too few people donate their organs, dead or alive. How can we make it easier to donate, but avoid the abuses that some fear from cash payments? in ~health

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    What makes it so uncomfortable? Is it just because it takes so much longer or is there another factor?

    What makes it so uncomfortable? Is it just because it takes so much longer or is there another factor?

    7 votes
  9. Comment on New US lawsuit claims dating apps designed to turn love seekers into addicts in ~life

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    As someone who hasn't used a dating app and really has no interest in dating, this was an interesting breakdown. I'm curious though, what is it about Sunday and Monday evenings that makes them...

    As someone who hasn't used a dating app and really has no interest in dating, this was an interesting breakdown.

    I'm curious though, what is it about Sunday and Monday evenings that makes them high traffic times?

    13 votes
  10. Comment on OpenAI releases Sora: Creating video from text in ~tech

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    Tbh, my first reaction on seeing this was that it feels like an irresponsible time to release this. But, well, the world can't just wait because of US elections and there probably isn't going to...

    Tbh, my first reaction on seeing this was that it feels like an irresponsible time to release this. But, well, the world can't just wait because of US elections and there probably isn't going to be a "good" time any time soon.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Microsoft to share details on bringing Xbox games to PlayStation next week / Microsoft has moved up an important Xbox business update to address fan concerns in ~games

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    I'm not familiar with the meme you mention but probably. The Xbox One was intended to be the "one" device that unified all of your living room media devices. It has a HDMI input that was intended...

    I'm not familiar with the meme you mention but probably. The Xbox One was intended to be the "one" device that unified all of your living room media devices. It has a HDMI input that was intended to be used for passing your cable box through the Xbox. People were annoyed that Microsoft was focusing so much on stuff that wasn't gaming with the Xbox.

    And yes, I don't remember exact numbers but the PS4 was around $100 less than the Xbox and that just so happened to be about the same price as the previous version of the Kinect. So to nearly everyone's eyes, the Xbox was more expensive only because of an added peripheral that the majority of people aggressively didn't want and which Microsoft said the console literally couldn't function without.

    Personally, I actually thought the Kinect was neat and had the potential for some innovative gameplay - its spacial tracking and person reading capabilities were way ahead of their time. But the privacy concerns were very valid and it was pretty much DOA since asking third party developers to learn and make games for something that is not transferable to the other platform was a big ask. Microsoft hoped that by making sure everyone had a Kinect, they would avoid the usual chicken and egg situation with new markets (like VR is still working its way out of) but they completely fumbled the PR side of it so it just pissed people off.

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  12. Comment on Microsoft to share details on bringing Xbox games to PlayStation next week / Microsoft has moved up an important Xbox business update to address fan concerns in ~games

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    Xbox never really recovered from the massive backlash to the Xbox One announcement. The digital nature of the games was very poorly received (and quickly walked back) and the mandatory Kinect was...

    Xbox never really recovered from the massive backlash to the Xbox One announcement. The digital nature of the games was very poorly received (and quickly walked back) and the mandatory Kinect was memed to death.

    Combine that with a (imo) sharp decline in the quality and pace of first party game releases and it's a recipe for disaster.

    Now, Xbox seems to have made another big misstep in their current generation console. They went with a proprietary format for their expandable storage and promised that as production ramped up and third party companies started making some too, prices would drop to the same or comparable to standard storage. From what I've seen, this has not happened and prices have remained high.

    And, the games situation has not improved. Halo Infinite, while at its core potentially a good game, suffered from some truly baffling decisions that ruined its perception right out of the gate. The purchase of Bethesda and ABK may bolster Xbox but it doesn't help that both of those companies have their own recent reputations of putting out mediocre games.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Portal ported to the Nintendo 64 in ~games

  14. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    The people at the top of the capitalist pyramid have worked to pull the ladder up after them. Reaching those heights requires either luck (right idea at the right time in the right place while...
    1. The people at the top of the capitalist pyramid have worked to pull the ladder up after them. Reaching those heights requires either luck (right idea at the right time in the right place while also already having the resources to implement it) or being born into it.

    2. It's impossible for everyone to just "work hard" to become that rich when so often working harder means you're just enriching the people above you.

    3. The suggestion that if you want to become successful you should just make a resolve to work to exploit and oppress others is gross.

    55 votes
  15. Comment on Portal ported to the Nintendo 64 in ~games

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    Man that's a huge bummer. I've watched a few of his videos on the project and while he doesn't seem to be a very high energy (for lack of a better term) person, his enthusiasm for this project...

    Man that's a huge bummer. I've watched a few of his videos on the project and while he doesn't seem to be a very high energy (for lack of a better term) person, his enthusiasm for this project really showed. Can't imagine how disappointed he must be.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Light No Fires (from the makers of No Man's Sky) | Official reveal trailer in ~games

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    Yeah I'm amazed he was allowed to announce and hype up another game. Personally I won't believe a word he says until the game is released and stuff is proven to be in the game.

    Yeah I'm amazed he was allowed to announce and hype up another game. Personally I won't believe a word he says until the game is released and stuff is proven to be in the game.

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  17. Comment on Can someone please recommend me a no BS printer I can use like half a dozen times a year in ~tech

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    I just want to say that the library is a really good suggestion and I would probably just do that if it weren't for work. I work from home and occasionally have to deal with a PDF software library...

    I just want to say that the library is a really good suggestion and I would probably just do that if it weren't for work. I work from home and occasionally have to deal with a PDF software library including testing printing if a customer has a problem. So my boss said to just buy a printer and put it on the company card.

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  18. Can someone please recommend me a no BS printer I can use like half a dozen times a year

    By no BS I mean none of those online requirements or ink subscription nonsense. Scanning isn't a huge focus but having at least some multi-page scanning functionality wouldn't hurt. I've heard...

    By no BS I mean none of those online requirements or ink subscription nonsense.

    Scanning isn't a huge focus but having at least some multi-page scanning functionality wouldn't hurt.

    I've heard Brother is the go-to brand in the past but are they still? I thought I heard they were also starting down the anti-consumer path but I could be wrong.

    I'm not kidding when I say I print like half a dozen times a year so whatever type of printer it is the ink/toner/whatever needs to have a long shelf life.

    Thanks!

    58 votes
  19. Comment on Megathread - Update on state court cases challenging legality of Donald Trump candidacy under the 14th amendment section 3 of the US constitution in ~misc

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    Whether or not Trump really deserves to be removed from the ballot, this is one of those things where I think the potential for future abuse makes it not worth it. Just look at how the Republicans...

    Whether or not Trump really deserves to be removed from the ballot, this is one of those things where I think the potential for future abuse makes it not worth it. Just look at how the Republicans instantly started trying to impeach Biden.

    I have less than zero doubt that if this plan worked Republicans would go nuts trying to keep Democrats off ballots everywhere

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Reddit is removing ability to opt out of ad personalization based on your activity on the platform in ~tech

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    Wishful thinking. Like it or not (and I really dislike it) new reddit has the lion's share of usage now. Reddit has exploded in popularity in recent years and with new reddit being the default I...

    Wishful thinking. Like it or not (and I really dislike it) new reddit has the lion's share of usage now. Reddit has exploded in popularity in recent years and with new reddit being the default I would wager most people aren't even aware of old reddit.

    Reddit's promises can't be trusted so it's only a matter of time until they axe it. They already haven't bothered to fix a long standing bug that breaks links for old reddit in comments posted from new reddit. The frequency at which I see links broken in that way is just further proof at the prevalence of new reddit.

    17 votes