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  1. Comment on Walmart's $250 laptop review in ~tech

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    I thought Chrome & Chrome OS were mixed source? The base being open source (Chromium) and the Google bits on top being closed source. Might be wrong there though

    I thought Chrome & Chrome OS were mixed source? The base being open source (Chromium) and the Google bits on top being closed source. Might be wrong there though

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Why the GOV.UK Design System team changed the input type for numbers in ~comp

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    Found this link in one of the comments there. Interesting that Firefox has supported it since 2013 by enabling a flag but it's never been enabled by default. Any reason for this? Checking...

    Found this link in one of the comments there. Interesting that Firefox has supported it since 2013 by enabling a flag but it's never been enabled by default. Any reason for this?

    Checking about:config on Android, the flag isn't enabled on the latest Firefox Beta (fennec) but is enabled on Preview (fenix) so it looks like that could be changing soon.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Smartphones that make good use of physical buttons in ~tech

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    I think Tasker has support for actions based on pressing / holding volume buttons. https://www.xda-developers.com/tasker-long-press-volume-button-gesture-mute-ios-android/ Other than that, all I...

    I think Tasker has support for actions based on pressing / holding volume buttons. https://www.xda-developers.com/tasker-long-press-volume-button-gesture-mute-ios-android/

    Other than that, all I can think of is phones that have a dedicated assistant button like some recent Nokias and less recent Samsungs, or some Sony phones from a while ago with a dedicated camera button.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Changing e-mail and cleaning up my Internet presence in ~tech

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    On convincing people to use Signal - you could make the argument that it combines sms and instant messaging into one app and if/when Google makes an API available for RCS, that as well, so where...

    On convincing people to use Signal - you could make the argument that it combines sms and instant messaging into one app and if/when Google makes an API available for RCS, that as well, so where before they needed WhatsApp and an SMS app, they'll only need Signal now. And that messages can be accessed from the tablet and web apps.

    Could also say it's quicker and that you can get send/read receipts without being charged for them.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Security researchers partner with Chrome to take down over 500 browser extensions in a fraud network affecting 1.7 million users in ~tech

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    Yeah, I did see the keyboard shortcut but having it implemented this way kind of diminishes the point of the feature in my view. Thanks anyway

    Yeah, I did see the keyboard shortcut but having it implemented this way kind of diminishes the point of the feature in my view. Thanks anyway

  6. Comment on Security researchers partner with Chrome to take down over 500 browser extensions in a fraud network affecting 1.7 million users in ~tech

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    Just started using multi account containers this week. A problem I've found though is that there's not a way I can find to open new tabs in a certain container by default so automatically...

    Just started using multi account containers this week. A problem I've found though is that there's not a way I can find to open new tabs in a certain container by default so automatically redirecting certain sites to different containers doesn't work (it's just a normal tab). Is there a way to work around this?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The 2020 Mobile World Congress has been cancelled by GSMA in ~tech

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    Must've missed that, thanks

    Must've missed that, thanks

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The 2020 Mobile World Congress has been cancelled by GSMA in ~tech

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    Not very surprising. The list of companies that withdrew was getting quite long. Some more sources The Verge:...
    1 vote
  9. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Definitely looking forward to the second series of Hidden, starting tonight on BBC One Wales. Going to copypaste my comment from Reddit here, I can't describe it well so go watch the trailers and...

    Definitely looking forward to the second series of Hidden, starting tonight on BBC One Wales. Going to copypaste my comment from Reddit here, I can't describe it well so go watch the trailers and see for yourself. If you like detective / crime related dramas you don't want to miss this, and if you liked White House Farm on ITV you'll like this too


    Upvote for Hidden. It's far better than I could ever describe so here's the trailer on Twitter / YouTube

    And a recap of series 1 - the full series is also back on iPlayer now

    Tonight 9pm on BBC 1 Wales

    Sky: 952, Freeview: n/a, Freesat: 964, Virgin Media: 864, FSFS: 952
    http://tvchannelguide.co.uk/compare.php

    And this Saturday on BBC Four

    3 votes
  10. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Also in the UK. I'd also liked the look of Losing It but haven't got around to watching it yet. White House Farm has been great. It's a drama based on a string of murders in Essex (spoilers in...

    Also in the UK. I'd also liked the look of Losing It but haven't got around to watching it yet.

    White House Farm has been great. It's a drama based on a string of murders in Essex (spoilers in that link, if like me you hadn't already heard of the events). I've not watched this week's episode yet but unlike with F1 highlights most weekends of the year I don't stumble across spoilers unless I look for them so it's not too bad.

    Hidden is a detective drama series set in Wales. It looks great, it sounds great & the storytelling is even better. I can't think of how to best describe it, so go and look it up for yourself but I can say that it goes much deeper than most crime series.

    Series 1 is back on iPlayer now and series 2 is on BBC One Wales in English in February (the Welsh version, Craith, came out in November). Can't recommend this series enough.

    Edit: source for Hidden S2 in Feb, it's a bit difficult to find

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Facebook’s Clear History tool is now available to everyone in ~tech

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    Everyone? Even if you... don't have Facebook? They probably still track you even if you don't have an account and without one you can't switch this setting to tell them not to. Not that it'll do...

    Everyone? Even if you... don't have Facebook? They probably still track you even if you don't have an account and without one you can't switch this setting to tell them not to. Not that it'll do much anyway, but that's not the point.

    How is this legal in Europe? Unless I'm missing something, without an account there's no way to do any of these things.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Indie Games and Developers in ~games

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    I have absolutely no idea. I just know they're there and it looks cool! Here is where I first found it, it might help https://youtu.be/Wc_QC25RM44

    I have absolutely no idea. I just know they're there and it looks cool! Here is where I first found it, it might help https://youtu.be/Wc_QC25RM44

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Indie Games and Developers in ~games

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    Teardown - website / YouTube Technically quite interesting too. If I remember rightly it's voxel based and has ray tracing. Made by Dennis Gustafsson, who was also involved in the Mediocre mobile...

    Teardown - website / YouTube

    Plan the perfect heist using creative problem solving, brute force and everything around you. Teardown features a fully destructible and truly interactive environment where player freedom and emergent gameplay are the driving mechanics.

    Tear down walls with explosives or vehicles to create shortcuts no one thought was possible. Stack objects, build structures or use floating objects to your advantage. Take your time to create an efficient path through the level, plan the heist and get ready to run.

    The moment you pick up your first target an alarm goes off and the heat is on. Run, jump, drive, slingshot, do whatever you need to collect all of the targets and escape before security arrives.

    Technically quite interesting too. If I remember rightly it's voxel based and has ray tracing. Made by Dennis Gustafsson, who was also involved in the Mediocre mobile game studio (Smash Hit, PinOut, Does Not Commute). His website

    8 votes
  14. Comment on UK Parliament gives final backing to Withdrawal Agreement bill, UK is due to leave EU on January 31 with 11-month transition period in ~news

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    Here https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/11/northern-ireland-assembly-reopens-three-years-after-collapse It isn’t that relevant internationally so you won’t have heard of it, I’m not...
    4 votes
  15. Comment on UK Parliament gives final backing to Withdrawal Agreement bill, UK is due to leave EU on January 31 with 11-month transition period in ~news

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    I actually didn't see this until now as the news has been dominated by Iran, the royal family and Northern Ireland. We can't do anything about it except hope it'll be ok. We had a referendum won...

    I actually didn't see this until now as the news has been dominated by Iran, the royal family and Northern Ireland.

    We can't do anything about it except hope it'll be ok. We had a referendum won by a tiny margin decided by lies, data harvesting and ad microtargeting which people either used as a protest vote against the government or had no idea what they were voting for at all, or voted to leave purely out of racism.

    The media here are very pro-Brexit, and people don't bother to fact check what they see. Mistruths spread faster than the truth. The government who just gained effectively 100% control of parliament won with "only" 45% of votes so they obviously have no interest in making the system more representative. Parties that would keep remain on the table won more votes than those that would't but it's still happening anyway.

    And somehow this party keep winning despite being fundamentally evil. These come to mind https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/27/thousands-died-after-fit-for-work-assessment-dwp-figures and https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/09/21/the-dwp-has-been-forced-to-admit-people-are-dying-under-universal-credit-2/ / https://welfareweekly.com/dwp-forced-to-admit-more-than-111000-benefit-deaths/

    Sorry that's a bit of a rant but it's all a bit shit and looking like it's going to keep being shit. You might want to check out r/unitedkingdom, it's not representative of national opinion, a bit of an echo chamber and a depressing place to be but a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with uk politics

    16 votes
  16. Comment on What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why? in ~comp

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    On Windows I use ShareX and on Android (the screen recording features and customisability are nice), Firefox ScreenshotGo

    On Windows I use ShareX and on Android (the screen recording features and customisability are nice), Firefox ScreenshotGo

    6 votes
  17. Comment on LogMeIn (owner of LastPass, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, OpenVoice and join.me) is being acquired by private equity firms for $4.3 billion in ~tech

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    I use Dashlane. It is a bit more expensive but includes a VPN so I don't have to get another one separately.

    I use Dashlane. It is a bit more expensive but includes a VPN so I don't have to get another one separately.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What is TCP/IP and how does it work? A simple explainer, suitable for upcoming family tech support time in ~tech

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    You are right. They're just trying to sell you stuff.

    You are right. They're just trying to sell you stuff.

    You can set up a VPN manually, or better yet, try Avast SecureLine VPN for free.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What simple features would you want in a new browser? in ~tech

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    Like the idea. I still don't quite like that Microsoft went with a Chrome base for the new Edge. I know it's probably technically easier, but still. My first thought is on faking the user agent....

    Like the idea. I still don't quite like that Microsoft went with a Chrome base for the new Edge. I know it's probably technically easier, but still.

    My first thought is on faking the user agent. If enough people do it, it hides the true amount of people using Gecko based browsers and gives developers justification for not supporting it. A look at the statistics will show that basically noone is using it when in reality it's quite popular.

    Unless it's disabled by default of course, then none of that applies.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on How a social network could save democracy from deadlock in ~tech

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    Would be interesting to see if a system like this would work with some more controversial topics than taxing Uber. Alternative sources...
    1 vote