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  1. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E01 - "Grounded" in ~tv

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    Very much so. I’m not really a veteran of Star Trek who’s watched all the shows like some others, knowing only relatively little of the lore. So I didn’t really get a lot of the Easter eggs they...

    Very much so. I’m not really a veteran of Star Trek who’s watched all the shows like some others, knowing only relatively little of the lore. So I didn’t really get a lot of the Easter eggs they sprinkled in. Nevertheless, it was overall hilarious, and had its fair share of awesome and heartwarming moments. In fact after seeing DS9 show up in the season 3 trailer, I got inspired to start watching that and am loving it.

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  2. Comment on iOS 12.5.6 rolling out to older iPhone and iPad devices with important security fixes in ~tech

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    It's lowkey insane that the 5S (a phone released in 2013 is still receiving critical security updates.

    The update is available for the iPad Air, the iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, as well as the 6th gen iPod touch, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. All of these devices were dropped from support with iOS 13, but Apple has continued to update them with important security fixes since then. This marks the first time Apple has released a new version of iOS 12 since last September.

    It's lowkey insane that the 5S (a phone released in 2013 is still receiving critical security updates.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on The Matrix Summer Special 2022 in ~tech

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    There's work ongoing on the server side to make things more efficient (the flagship implementation, Synapse, has always had a reputation as a bit of a resource hog), and they're continuing work on...

    At the end of each year it’s been traditional to do a big review of everything that the Matrix core team got up to that year, and announcing our predictions for the next. You can see the last edition in 2021 here - and if you’re feeling nostalgic you can head down memory lane with the 2020, 2019, 2018 ones etc too.

    This year is turning out to be slightly different, however. Our plans for 2022 are particularly ambitious: to force a step change in improving Matrix’s performance and usability so that we firmly transition from our historical “make it work” and “make it work right” phases into “making it fast”. Specifically: to succeed, Matrix has to succeed in powering apps which punch their weight in terms of performance and usability against the proprietary centralised alternatives of WhatsApp, Discord, Slack and friends.

    There's work ongoing on the server side to make things more efficient (the flagship implementation, Synapse, has always had a reputation as a bit of a resource hog), and they're continuing work on the new and improved ElementX clients (the current versions are OK, but definitely have issues with speed and the user interface).

    The Go server implementation, Dendrite, is also rapidly advancing, and from my experience hosting it in termux on an old Android phone, it's fairly usable. They bring up P2P but it doesn't seem to be anywhere near usable yet - still, I'm very interested in where it goes.

    All in all, I'm pretty excited to see where the Matrix protocol and community goes, and I'm happy to see this level of transparency from the devs.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Testing end-to-end encrypted backups and more on Messenger in ~tech

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    IIRC, Signal helped Meta when they implemented WhatsApp E2EE, and verified their implementation of their protocol in Messenger's encrypted chats. Also, if you look at how they market themselves in...

    IIRC, Signal helped Meta when they implemented WhatsApp E2EE, and verified their implementation of their protocol in Messenger's encrypted chats. Also, if you look at how they market themselves in comparison to WhatsApp - where they have the incentive to make it look as insecure as possible - they seem to focus more on all the other info that's collected, such as user identifiers and usage data.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Testing end-to-end encrypted backups and more on Messenger in ~tech

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    I'm cautiously optimistic about this. On the one hand, Meta will certainly be harvesting as much metadata as they can to target ads despite not reading message content directly. On the other hand,...

    Takeaways:

    • We’re testing secure storage on Messenger, a new feature that allows you to back up your end-to-end encrypted chats.
    • We’re also starting a test of automatic end-to-end encrypted chat threads on Messenger and expanding other features.

    People want to trust that their online conversations with friends and family are private and secure. We’re working hard to protect your personal messages and calls with end-to-end encryption by default on Messenger and Instagram

    I'm cautiously optimistic about this. On the one hand, Meta will certainly be harvesting as much metadata as they can to target ads despite not reading message content directly. On the other hand, if they actually pull this off...it'll help security for the common people. I can't just force my friends and family to switch to Signal or Element, so putting Messenger and Instagram on the same level as WhatsApp security wise would be nice.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Atheism and moral realism/objectivism? in ~talk

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    I'm also someone who grew up in a fundamentalist religion before moving away from it, so I totally get what you feel. Personally, I did a lot of soul searching about this, and I eventually came to...

    I'm also someone who grew up in a fundamentalist religion before moving away from it, so I totally get what you feel. Personally, I did a lot of soul searching about this, and I eventually came to the conclusion (and also because despite my best efforts, philosophy is hard) that I would just have to assume objective morality as an a priori of the universe, the same way I did the laws of logic. I don't know where it comes from, the same way I don't know what happened before the universe began. I don't really think assuming a moral code is any worse than assuming a God, from which said moral code inherently derives from, so this leaves me the most comfortable with myself.

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  7. Comment on How traceable are you? - Experiment results & analysis in ~tech

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    This is an extremely interesting article, showing the difficulty of defending against browser fingerprinting.

    Users who reported the experiment failed had more common configurations. For example, I talked about Firefox's resistFingerprinting feature above, which helped make browsers look like everyone else's. This helped quite a few people evade detection by my experiment. Some users reported the experiment being able to track them despite resistFingerprinting being enabled. However, this is most likely because they had an extension making them stand out.

    In addition to Firefox, Safari on iPhone did a pretty good job overall at protecting users. Users using default Safari settings (meaning default Webkit experiment settings) on the same iOS version saw the same fingerprint, reducing the accuracy of the experiment.

    This is an extremely interesting article, showing the difficulty of defending against browser fingerprinting.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Two types of privacy in ~comp

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    This is a very well written article. It neatly explains the two different mindsets, as well as the inherent tradeoffs to various forms of tracking prevention. I'm also glad to see that communities...

    This is a very well written article. It neatly explains the two different mindsets, as well as the inherent tradeoffs to various forms of tracking prevention. I'm also glad to see that communities (such as PrivacyGuides) taking a more nuanced, reasonable approach to threat modelling.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on TikTok turns on the money machine in ~tech

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    Oh, definitely. A lot of my friends use it, and I regularly get shared videos from it by one of them. I think TikTok has carved out it's niche already. And I believe that barring them doing...

    TikTok has become an absolute juggernaut with teenagers. I suspect it'll last about a generation, as it looks like every generation needs their own social media space.

    Oh, definitely. A lot of my friends use it, and I regularly get shared videos from it by one of them.

    I feel like the best way to be sustainable is to carve out a niche, aka Twitter and tumblr, but then again, those companies didn't manage to actually become sustainable at any point. Twitter still has no business model.

    I think TikTok has carved out it's niche already. And I believe that barring them doing something absolutely insane such as installing rootkits en masse to harvest user data, they're already too big to fail, much like Instagram. But their niche is just that - a niche. At least from my experience, people where I live use TikTok primarily to consume content in the same way that one might follow their favorite youtubers, but the actual posting of content (meaning: pictures from events and whatnot), as well as communication between schoolmates, takes place on Instagram. My experience is fairly limited however, so I could very well be wrong. I'll have to check with a friend who's more well versed in this later.

    I also wonder if covid played a big part in TikTok's rise.

    I agree, everyone being stuck at home bored out of their mind probably contributed a lot to it becoming popular.

    And I also worry that it's a terrible app for dopamine overdoses. The short timeframe for video together with the amount of them, it's just perfect for endless scrolling.

    This is certainly a legitimate concern, and is also one reason I've avoided it. I already have enough trouble with spending too much time on reddit. I've also found myself at times also getting addicted to matrix chats, which I'm 100% sure aren't designed to be dopamine overdosing, so I feel it would be even worse on something actually designed to rope me in. I guess it varies from person to person. My friends don't seem very addicted; I'm glad it works for them.

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  10. Comment on TikTok turns on the money machine in ~tech

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    While I have never had an account on it, and don't plan to ever have one due to privacy concerns, I am somewhat impressed by their meteoric rise, to the point where they've become a direct threat...

    The most downloaded app of 2021, TikTok has surged to a billion-plus global users, who consume an infinite feed of short clips delivered instantly by algorithm. While the platform has long helped creators like McKay step to the center of the attention economy, the company is only now starting to cash in on all that popularity.

    TikTok raked in nearly $4 billion in revenue in 2021, mostly from advertising, and is projected to hit $12 billion this year, according to the research firm eMarketer. That would make it bigger than Twitter Inc. and Snap Inc. combined -- three years after it started accepting ads on the platform.

    TikTok is the most addictive social app by user time spent per month

    While I have never had an account on it, and don't plan to ever have one due to privacy concerns, I am somewhat impressed by their meteoric rise, to the point where they've become a direct threat in some ways to sites such as Instagram.

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  11. Comment on Language learning thread #1 - Share your progress, tips and questions in ~humanities

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    So after like two ish years of constantly consuming German news and other media, I did the Goethe B2 German Exam two or three weeks ago…and failed the writing and speaking modules by seven or so...

    So after like two ish years of constantly consuming German news and other media, I did the Goethe B2 German Exam two or three weeks ago…and failed the writing and speaking modules by seven or so points each. Which sucks, but I’m retaking the failed modules in five or so weeks, and hopefully I can pass them this time. If I practice enough. I mainly use r/WriteStreakGerman, as well as a German language discord server to practice my writing and speaking skills.

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  12. Comment on Telegram celebrates 700M users and introduces Telegram Premium in ~tech

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    wall of text on this, as well as my thoughts on Telegram in general On the one hand, I'm somewhat glad to see Telegram moving to a premium subscription model. This reduces the likelihood that they...

    Telegram became one of the top-5 downloaded apps worldwide in 2022 and now has over 700 million monthly active users. This growth is solely from personal recommendations – Telegram has never paid to advertise its apps.

    As Telegram keeps growing at rocket speed, many users have expressed their will to support our team. Today we're launching Premium Telegram Premium – a subscription that lets you support Telegram's continued development and gives you access to exclusive additional features.

    This will allow us to offer all the resource-heavy features users have asked for over the years, while preserving free access to the most powerful messenger on the planet.

    wall of text on this, as well as my thoughts on Telegram in general

    On the one hand, I'm somewhat glad to see Telegram moving to a premium subscription model. This reduces the likelihood that they will do stuff such as blatantly sell off user data to third parties, and (hopefully) gives them a sustainable revenue stream. And from what I've read on places such as HackerNews, as well as my own limited experience of it (the Android Progressive Web App is downright enjoyable to use) they seem to have a pretty top quality product, between being very developer friendly, having a really good UI/UX, as well as features such as 2 GB file upload limits. Which explains their rapid growth.

    On the other hand...I am somewhat troubled by how successful their marketing themselves as a secure and private messenger is, given how their encryption apparently isn't really that good compared to, say, Signal, Matrix, and maybe even WhatsApp. Yes, it's true that end to end encryption makes syncing with multiple devices hard, and that not having it on can be an acceptable tradeoff to make in the name of convenience (although it is worth noting that matrix does make it work), but I don't think it's ok to market it as being superior security wise to apps such as Signal or WhatsApp that do have it on by default.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on iOS 16 bringing support for web notifications next year in ~tech

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    I think this is an awesome development, if overdue by literal years. In the past, I’ve tried to move away from using the Instagram native app (essential for communicating with classmates...

    I think this is an awesome development, if overdue by literal years. In the past, I’ve tried to move away from using the Instagram native app (essential for communicating with classmates unfortunately) due to privacy concerns, and the web app simply wasn’t cutting it due to lack of notifications support.

    1 vote