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  1. Comment on Min: a minimalist web browser in ~comp

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    Well said. I feel like this needs to be stickied at the top of all Reddit's tech/software/privacy-related subs :P

    Well said. I feel like this needs to be stickied at the top of all Reddit's tech/software/privacy-related subs :P

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Min: a minimalist web browser in ~comp

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    Some Google-fu returned the official Chromium project's statement on memory management, here you go :) https://www.chromium.org/Home/chromium-security/memory-safety At this point I think they're...

    Some Google-fu returned the official Chromium project's statement on memory management, here you go :) https://www.chromium.org/Home/chromium-security/memory-safety

    At this point I think they're just looking to rewrite the entire thing with something more modern like Rust, the amount of effort they'd put into patching the existing C/++ vulnerabilities probably wouldn't give such great returns.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Min: a minimalist web browser in ~comp

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    You're half right, Chromium is superior in certain ways having been built on some newer technologies and concepts but also retains some fatal flaws from the core C/C++ programming that in my...

    You're half right, Chromium is superior in certain ways having been built on some newer technologies and concepts but also retains some fatal flaws from the core C/C++ programming that in my opinion make it more vulnerable than Firefox - not to mention a recent Windows update broke Chrome's sandboxing security since the developers coded some OS-level dependencies (not 100% sure on how that situation worked out, feel free to fact check me in case I'm wrong). There's a reason most of the truly security-oriented projects like Tor Browser utilise Firefox if you ask me.

    Gordon Kelly also covered some of this a few days ago - https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/05/26/google-chrome-critical-security-vulnerability-warning-firefox-update-chrome-browser/

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Min: a minimalist web browser in ~comp

    sleepydave
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    Chromium has its own issues in terms of security/memory management, if you're really concerned about it then Firefox is the way to go.

    Chromium has its own issues in terms of security/memory management, if you're really concerned about it then Firefox is the way to go.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Ventoy: Multi-ISO bootable USBs in ~comp

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    Quickly read through the site docs and from what I can tell, Ventoy is to virtualisation as Yumi is to bare metal (figuratively speaking) as the ISOs are left in their compiled format with Ventoy....

    Quickly read through the site docs and from what I can tell, Ventoy is to virtualisation as Yumi is to bare metal (figuratively speaking) as the ISOs are left in their compiled format with Ventoy. Anyone tried both and want to share thoughts?

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Space Force official teaser in ~tv

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    Even brilliant actors like Steve Carrell have to bow down to a Netflix gig at some point, here's hoping it's a good one like the trailer makes it out to be :P 23 days and counting hype hype hype...

    Even brilliant actors like Steve Carrell have to bow down to a Netflix gig at some point, here's hoping it's a good one like the trailer makes it out to be :P

    23 days and counting hype hype hype https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/launch?iso=20200529T00&p0=137&msg=Space+Force&font=sanserif

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Terry Pratchett novels to get 'absolutely faithful' TV adaptations in ~books

    sleepydave
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    'Distasteful' is probably the equivalent word in English, not sure if it has quite the same connotation though since I'm not a native German speaker :P

    in German we say "Geschm├Ąckle"

    'Distasteful' is probably the equivalent word in English, not sure if it has quite the same connotation though since I'm not a native German speaker :P

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What has your experience been like buying digital music? in ~music

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    Not going to lie, I used to pirate my content before the days of ad-supported streaming since I don't really have the resources to spend on 'extras' like music/movies/TV - now I just stream...

    Not going to lie, I used to pirate my content before the days of ad-supported streaming since I don't really have the resources to spend on 'extras' like music/movies/TV - now I just stream Spotify or buy the occasional album on Bandcamp so the artist still gets some form of kickback. I honestly hate the current state of streaming services though, some content being exclusive to certain platforms and having to pay a $10-15/month subscription for each platform (it's even worse with the exclusivity wars between Netflix/Hulu/HBO and now Disney apparently).

    As for what the best way to buy digitally is legally, I don't think there's any good answer to that. Spotify dominates the music scene and has the largest catalogue but pays peanuts to the artists, Bandcamp seems the most 'ethical' and allows FLAC downloads but lacks the sheer number of popular artists.

    In an ideal world I'd just buy something upward of $30 from an artist like an album/merch item/whatever and be able to torrent their discography in full FLAC/WAV quality with good conscience since it's multiple times more than the few dollars they'd make from me streaming their music over my lifetime - if even just half the western world tried something like that musicians could actually have some degree of sustainability to their career without having to shit out a few multi-platinum singles.

    TLDR; Semi-jaded musician/audio guy laments the state of creative media industries and digital-era distribution platforms by monkeying the hell out of his proverbial typewriter until something somewhat relevant to the thread topic materialises :)

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Tildes' "Shop-from-Home" Game Giveaway Event in ~games

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    No worries good sir :) Thanks for the CSD2 key! From what I've seen on the Steam reviews page it should keep me going for a while anyway, I also have a couple of other games in my library that I...

    No worries good sir :) Thanks for the CSD2 key! From what I've seen on the Steam reviews page it should keep me going for a while anyway, I also have a couple of other games in my library that I haven't gotten around to finishing (or starting) yet haha

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Tildes' "Shop-from-Home" Game Giveaway Event in ~games

    sleepydave
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    Thanks for the giveaway! Lots of great stuff here, thanks for the generosity and organising the thread :) For anyone else reading this I'd definitely recommend Lethal League/Stick Fight as couch...

    Thanks for the giveaway! Lots of great stuff here, thanks for the generosity and organising the thread :) For anyone else reading this I'd definitely recommend Lethal League/Stick Fight as couch party TV games (only if you have roommates that would be interested, the online PVP didn't gather many players when I tried in the past) and Super Hexagon just for infuriating fun.

    As for my picks I'm going for Armello and Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 - I wouldn't have ordinarily given them much thought but they both look like something fun that I could get into with all this quarantine downtime :) Thanks again kfwyre!

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

    sleepydave
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    I'll check out puppy linux for sure :) I think it's struggling with the desktop and certain programs like Firefox more than anything else, not sure switching to Arch would do it much good but...

    I'll check out puppy linux for sure :) I think it's struggling with the desktop and certain programs like Firefox more than anything else, not sure switching to Arch would do it much good but might still be worth trying at least? I think the bottleneck is the integrated graphics rather than something like memory usage.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Thanks! I tried Lubuntu already from a friend's suggestion and got similar performance, that's definitely something I should look into more though. If only Damn Small Linux didn't go dark for 7...

    Thanks! I tried Lubuntu already from a friend's suggestion and got similar performance, that's definitely something I should look into more though. If only Damn Small Linux didn't go dark for 7 years :P

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I have a ~13 year old Toshiba Portege R400 (Windows Vista OEM) that I installed Linux Mint XFCE onto for playing around with/learning Linux on without potentially breaking my main PC. It struggles...

    I have a ~13 year old Toshiba Portege R400 (Windows Vista OEM) that I installed Linux Mint XFCE onto for playing around with/learning Linux on without potentially breaking my main PC. It struggles just running the GUI, and completely crashes when I try to open Firefox so I mainly do things through a virtual terminal where I can - I also had to install Elinks for textmode browsing since rendering modern webpages through Firefox or Chromium seems to be out of the question :/ Works well enough as a GUI-less Bash terminal though.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    I thought this was supposed to be April Fools?

    [Addressing Empowered Entitlement]:
    Users are entitled

    I thought this was supposed to be April Fools?

  15. Comment on Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle in ~games

    sleepydave
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    Thanks man! I've been wanting to play one of the Sniper Elite series for a while if it's still available, it looks to be on sale at the moment though so I could get the cash together for it if...

    Thanks man! I've been wanting to play one of the Sniper Elite series for a while if it's still available, it looks to be on sale at the moment though so I could get the cash together for it if someone else wants your steam key.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The erosion of deep literacy in ~misc

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    I figured it was either that or they genuinely didn't want to read through the entire piece, it took me a fair few minutes to get through haha

    I figured it was either that or they genuinely didn't want to read through the entire piece, it took me a fair few minutes to get through haha

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The erosion of deep literacy in ~misc

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    Not contributing anything useful, just want to point out the irony of a TL;DR on an article about the detrimental effects of digital-era literacy & skim reading :P The article actually covers...

    Not contributing anything useful, just want to point out the irony of a TL;DR on an article about the detrimental effects of digital-era literacy & skim reading :P

    The article actually covers quite a bit more than that though, including emotional/empathetic connections between writer and reader due to deep reading and understanding - it's probably worth reading through the article if you have time.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on A pandemic of bubble maps in ~design

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    This has been on my mind for the past two weeks or so - I think JHU was one of the first to publish an online COVID-19 stats dashboard with a bubble map and everyone else (mainstream media...

    This has been on my mind for the past two weeks or so - I think JHU was one of the first to publish an online COVID-19 stats dashboard with a bubble map and everyone else (mainstream media included) just followed suit without much thought.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

    sleepydave
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    This hit me hard haha, you just managed to verbalize pretty much every persistent feeling I've had for the past 5-ish years to a T. Hope you manage to find a way out of it - don't let that crown...

    This hit me hard haha, you just managed to verbalize pretty much every persistent feeling I've had for the past 5-ish years to a T. Hope you manage to find a way out of it - don't let that crown fall King :)

    3 votes
  20. Comment on For the first time ever, New Zealand shuts borders to all non-citizens and non-permanent residents as of 11:59PM, 19 March 2020 in ~news

    sleepydave
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    Nothing wrong with that IMHO, I wish America would take notes from Australia in the vein of healthcare and gun reform.

    Nothing wrong with that IMHO, I wish America would take notes from Australia in the vein of healthcare and gun reform.

    2 votes