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  1. Comment on Synthwave in ~music

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    I don’t listen to much synthwave but you might like F.O.O.L; I recommend his semi-recent Highway EP or Showdown.

    I don’t listen to much synthwave but you might like F.O.O.L; I recommend his semi-recent Highway EP or Showdown.

  2. Comment on It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way in ~games

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    I believe on Android (not sure about iOS) you need to use Epic's launcher as opposed to the Play Store.

    I believe on Android (not sure about iOS) you need to use Epic's launcher as opposed to the Play Store.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps in ~tech

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    I'd generally agree - I'd say in terms of stock hardware and software, iPhones are among, if not the, most private & secure mainstream smartphones out there. I don't know enough about hardware to...

    I'd generally agree - I'd say in terms of stock hardware and software, iPhones are among, if not the, most private & secure mainstream smartphones out there.

    I don't know enough about hardware to have a good opinion on this, but in terms of software, I think the more locked down OS helps a lot in keeping your data safe. Of course, I'd say that a modded Android phone, with projects like Lineage OS, microG, etc, is even better for user privacy, but the large majority of people don't want to or aren't technically skilled enough to mod their phones.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ just a thought. I'm not a huge fan of Apple, they have some terrible practices for consumers, but it's nice to see at least one large smartphone manufacturer putting any kind of effort into privacy and security.

    10 votes
  4. Comment on The Eternal Castle: Remastered is a remake of a game that never existed in ~games

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    I love this kind of ARG-ish stuff... I would’ve been fine with this if they didn’t upload stuff to the Internet Archive and if they made it clear, maybe at the end of the game, that Eternal Castle...

    I love this kind of ARG-ish stuff... I would’ve been fine with this if they didn’t upload stuff to the Internet Archive and if they made it clear, maybe at the end of the game, that Eternal Castle never existed.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. in ~life

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    The built-in reader mode worked great on my phone.

    The built-in reader mode worked great on my phone.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are your favorite retro mobile games? in ~games

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    I don’t think it was released before 2009, but I think Retro City Rampage counts. Very fun little game, great aesthetic, and it runs on tons of platforms.

    I don’t think it was released before 2009, but I think Retro City Rampage counts. Very fun little game, great aesthetic, and it runs on tons of platforms.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Video Game Word Vomit Thread in ~games

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    Maybe you’d like Retro City Rampage? I never played the original GTA, but RCR seems pretty clearly inspired by early GTA games. It’s not the longest game in the world, but it looks great, has a...

    Maybe you’d like Retro City Rampage? I never played the original GTA, but RCR seems pretty clearly inspired by early GTA games.

    It’s not the longest game in the world, but it looks great, has a nice little story, and is super fun.

    It’s also available on an absurd amount of platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Playstation, Xbox, 3DS (what I played it on), Wii, Switch, iOS, Android, and even a (stripped down) version for MS DOS.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are some of your favorite mobile games? in ~games

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    That's strange - I've had the game installed for a long time and never had it run in the background, even while I was actively playing it. Maybe restricting background data for it could help? I...

    That's strange - I've had the game installed for a long time and never had it run in the background, even while I was actively playing it. Maybe restricting background data for it could help?

    I doubt it's doing anything sketchy in the background - the app doesn't even have any permissions.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What are some of your favorite mobile games? in ~games

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    My response from the last thread: My favourite Android game is Data Wing. It’s completely free (no ads, no IAP), and you can tell how much work the creator put into it. It looks great, has an...

    My response from the last thread:
    My favourite Android game is Data Wing. It’s completely free (no ads, no IAP), and you can tell how much work the creator put into it. It looks great, has an awesome soundtrack, and even has a pleasant little story with great characters. All this is on top of solid actual gameplay.

    It only takes a few hours to finish, I consider it a must play.

    Lots more great suggestions there: https://tildes.net/~games/29l/good_mobile_games

    14 votes
  10. Comment on Ghost Data - Magical Metamorphosis in ~music

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    I've been pretty obsessed with Ghost Data recently, and this is probably my favourite album so far. I hear a lot of influence from some of my favourite artists like Porter Robinson and deadmau5,...

    I've been pretty obsessed with Ghost Data recently, and this is probably my favourite album so far. I hear a lot of influence from some of my favourite artists like Porter Robinson and deadmau5, but this album has a bit of everything. This dude has tons of music, it's been a pleasure to get through it all. Hope someone enjoys!

    Edit: He also has a lot of more ambient stuff, like his Crystal Cathedral album.

    1 vote
  11. Warning: this post may contain spoilers

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    Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 6 - Black Museum

    On a dusty stretch of highway, a traveler stumbles across a museum that boasts rare criminal artifacts -- and a disturbing main attraction.

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    Warning: this thread contains spoilers about this episode! If you haven't seen it yet, please watch it and come back to this thread later.

    You can talk about past episodes, but please don't discuss future episodes in this thread!


    If you don't know what to say, here are some questions to get the discussion started:

    • How does the title relate to the episode itself?
    • Are there any similarities between real life events and the episode?
    • Are there any references or easter eggs in the episode, such as references to past episodes?

    Please rate the episode here!

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Nintendo awarded $12 million judgment against ROM site operators in ~games

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    I believe the common reasoning is that if they don’t go after these people/websites, it would be seen as Nintendo not caring about protecting their IP, which could affect how much power they have...

    I believe the common reasoning is that if they don’t go after these people/websites, it would be seen as Nintendo not caring about protecting their IP, which could affect how much power they have to enforce their rights over their IP in future cases.

    I'm not sure how much of that is actually true though, and anecdotally (see: my opinion) they go way too far compared to other companies, especially when they kill off cool fan projects (like Project M and Pokemon Prism) that would probably only increase interest in their franchises, not decrease sales.

    4 votes
  13. Warning: this post may contain spoilers

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    Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 - Metalhead

    At an abandoned warehouse, scavengers searching for supplies encounter a ruthless foe and flee for their lives through a bleak wasteland.

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    Warning: this thread contains spoilers about this episode! If you haven't seen it yet, please watch it and come back to this thread later.

    You can talk about past episodes, but please don't discuss future episodes in this thread!


    If you don't know what to say, here are some questions to get the discussion started:

    • How does the title relate to the episode itself?
    • Are there any similarities between real life events and the episode?
    • Are there any references or easter eggs in the episode, such as references to past episodes?

    Please rate the episode here!

    Sorry for being late with this one!

    11 votes
  14. Comment on VirtualBox E1000 Guest-to-Host Escape Vulnerability in ~comp

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    The author's reasoning for releasing a vulnerability like this is of particular interest (taken from the README):

    The author's reasoning for releasing a vulnerability like this is of particular interest (taken from the README):

    I like VirtualBox and it has nothing to do with why I publish a 0day vulnerability. The reason is my disagreement with contemporary state of infosec, especially of security research and bug bounty:

    1. Wait half a year until a vulnerability is patched is considered fine.
    2. In the bug bounty field these are considered fine:
      1. Wait more than month until a submitted vulnerability is verified and a decision to buy or not to buy is made.
      2. Change the decision on the fly. Today you figured out the bug bounty program will buy bugs in a software, week later you come with bugs and exploits and receive "not interested".
      3. Have not a precise list of software a bug bounty is interested to buy bugs in. Handy for bug bounties, awkward for researchers.
      4. Have not precise lower and upper bounds of vulnerability prices. There are many things influencing a price but researchers need to know what is worth to work on and what is not.
    3. Delusion of grandeur and marketing bullshit: naming vulnerabilities and creating websites for them; making a thousand conferences in a year; exaggerating importance of own job as a security researcher; considering yourself "a world saviour". Come down, Your Highness.

    I'm exhausted of the first two, therefore my move is full disclosure. Infosec, please move forward.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Black Mirror S04E04 “Hang the DJ” Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    This might be my favourite Black Mirror episode, above San Junipero even. I liked and connected with the characters and really felt like I wanted them to succeed, and the whole thing moved at a...

    This might be my favourite Black Mirror episode, above San Junipero even. I liked and connected with the characters and really felt like I wanted them to succeed, and the whole thing moved at a good pace. They did a really great job of hiding some very dark implications (mainly with sentient AI) behind a happy love story.

    Also one of the coolest easter eggs in the series; while it was also a hint that they were in a simulation, when Amy says "count to four" and skips the puck in the pool, that was at exactly season 4, episode 4, 44 minutes and 44 seconds into the episode.

    3 votes