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  1. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

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    Chrome's absolutely dominant market share was implied, but I apologize for not explicitly stating it. It's obvious my opinion is the unpopular one here, so I won't bother attempting to discuss it...

    Chrome's absolutely dominant market share was implied, but I apologize for not explicitly stating it.

    It's obvious my opinion is the unpopular one here, so I won't bother attempting to discuss it further. 🙃

  2. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

  3. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

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    I'm not sure it was your intent, but the overall tone of what you wrote comes across as incredibly hostile, which is definitely unnecessary. I'd love to be enlightened, rather than just being...

    I'm not sure it was your intent, but the overall tone of what you wrote comes across as incredibly hostile, which is definitely unnecessary.


    I am not absolving Mozilla management of any responsibility, but at the same time, there are limits to how much is under their control. It's pretty ignorant to suggest that what is going on with Mozilla and Firefox is entirely management's fault.

    I'd love to be enlightened, rather than just being called ignorant. Ignorance isn't fixed by calling someone ignorant. You need to provide actual information.

    You need to double-check your numbers, because the actual layoffs were closer to 25%. That's not to say that it wasn't painful: I'm still shattered that it happened, as are many of my colleagues (quite a few have since left).

    You're right, I misremembered the first layoff count. Total was ~32%, not >50%. My mistake.

    Is it "good management" to bleed red ink, then?

    It's certainly not good management to raise executive compensation while market share continues to dwindle. Just maybe that money could've be used more effectively elsewhere.

    More importantly: What are you doing to help keep Firefox and Mozilla healthy?

    I use Firefox every day (even on iOS), despite its plethora of pain points, willful denial of important features, and spending limited human resources on random tasks. I also recommend people use Firefox, despite it's issues, instead of trying to bring about a repeat of IE4/6 (can never remember which) when the Internet was in some of its darkest days.

    I donate monthly to Thunderbird, but I don't donate to Mozilla as most likely 0% of my money would go specifically to development of Firefox/web technologies. Outside of that, there's really not much I can do, unless you've got some strategy/plan more people should know about.


    Edit: Removed a duplicate word.

    Edit 2: wasting → spending

    7 votes
  4. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I finally got around to finishing season 1 of Demon Slayer...the movie can't come soon enough. 😩 I really loved everything about the show except for the Zenitsu character. Felt like incredibly...

    I finally got around to finishing season 1 of Demon Slayer...the movie can't come soon enough. 😩

    I really loved everything about the show except for the Zenitsu character. Felt like incredibly unnecessary "comic relief" that had no place in the show, to me.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

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    I feel like HR usually has a negative connotation with it...but I guess it's applicable.

    I feel like HR usually has a negative connotation with it...but I guess it's applicable.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

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    My personal opinion is that Chromium should be forcefully taken from Google and given to someone else at this point. I don't know who else could be actually responsible with it other than the...

    My personal opinion is that Chromium should be forcefully taken from Google and given to someone else at this point. I don't know who else could be actually responsible with it other than the Linux Foundation, but there's got to be someone other than Google that can be in charge of how nearly the entire Internet works...

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Mozilla's 2020 Internet Health Report in ~tech

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    As long as Mozilla itself continues to become less healthy, I don't think the Internet can become healthy. Not to say the Internet relies on Mozilla for health, but there's basically nothing else...

    As long as Mozilla itself continues to become less healthy, I don't think the Internet can become healthy. Not to say the Internet relies on Mozilla for health, but there's basically nothing else standing between Google and their total dominance of the Internet.

    It greatly saddens me to see Firefox die slowly all the time due to, what I can only assume is, bad management. I'm counting firing over half of your company over the course of a year as part of "Firefox dying" and "bad management." The last thing Firefox needed was less manpower.


    Non-relevant side-note: is there a gender neutral term for "manpower" that people are moving to...?

    13 votes
  8. Comment on America's 1% has taken $50 trillion from the bottom 90% in ~finance

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    I'm sure most of us have always known it's been bad, but damn. Reading the data just hurts more.

    I'm sure most of us have always known it's been bad, but damn. Reading the data just hurts more.

    18 votes
  9. Comment on Free game: Dave in ~games

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    Dave's not here, man... (sorry, not relevant, just first thing that came to mind)

    Dave's not here, man... (sorry, not relevant, just first thing that came to mind)

    1 vote
  10. Comment on GM will sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035 in ~enviro

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    To shamelessly steal a comment from the Ars article:

    To shamelessly steal a comment from the Ars article:

    Until a Republican president is elected and they change sides again.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Electric car sales increased by 43% in 2020 in ~tech

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    Are we talking about different plugs? The only J1772 I know is unimaginably slow and not actually included on any newer cars? While it'd be fine for home charging or some such, it definitely...

    SAE J1772

    So in effect, 100% of EVs use this connector

    Are we talking about different plugs? The only J1772 I know is unimaginably slow and not actually included on any newer cars? While it'd be fine for home charging or some such, it definitely doesn't solve traveling.

    In North America, the only way for a Tesla to plug into any of the type/combo 1 CCS plugs is this 3rd party adapter (there might be others by now, but this is the only one I know of).

  12. Comment on Electric car sales increased by 43% in 2020 in ~tech

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    Thus the inclusion of the word forced in my comment. Nearly all companies have proven that they need to be forced to do the right thing and Tesla is no exception. Granted, I'd've preferred...

    We actually do have a standard connector in America, SAE J1772. There is only one company who doesn't use it, and that's Tesla.

    Thus the inclusion of the word forced in my comment. Nearly all companies have proven that they need to be forced to do the right thing and Tesla is no exception. Granted, I'd've preferred everyone just adopted Tesla's much sleeker plug, but it's whatever. Just want one everywhere. :P

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Note: I never played Halo on console, so MCC on PC was my first experience with Halo. I played through all of the campaigns with a buddy who has been playing Halo since launch day and can...

    Note: I never played Halo on console, so MCC on PC was my first experience with Halo. I played through all of the campaigns with a buddy who has been playing Halo since launch day and can definitely be best described as a Halo connoisseur.


    I think ODST was definitely my favorite by far too. Being an overpowered "monster" is fun and all, but I liked the more "down to Earth" experience of ODST as a more regular human.


    My least favorite is also probably CE. The game just...has not aged well. I get that it was amazing at the time, but I don't have any nostalgia to help make the game feel good. We've come a long way since then in game design, for sure.

    I also pity anyone who played exclusively with the remastered graphics or whatever, the entire atmosphere of that game was lost in its remaster. The lighting was all sorts of just...wrong. I wonder if I'd enjoy the game more if they went back and properly did a graphics remaster the second time around.


    The rest of the Halo games were all "ok" to me. The most fun I've had to date playing Halo was playing the unofficial ElDewrito/Halo Online mod. Ran a server on there and had some real fun times with some absolutely hilarious game modes. Hope that comes to Halo's "legit" multiplayer Soon™.

    I actually owned https://salmonrun.run and https://salmonrun.fish for a year related to some memes made playing with people on my community's little server. Those sites are archived here and here since I didn't want to pay for those domains indefinitely. RIP Salmon Run. o7


    The rest of the Halo games were all "ok" to me.

    That said, I've never gotten to play Halo 5 (Halo 5: Forge is neat, though). I watched a condensed version of the entire game and a lot of the gameplay mechanics and stuff definitely look really awesome, but I can totally understand the people who were incredibly upset over the direction of the story. Game looked really pretty too, even with such limited hardware. Hype for Infinite for sure. 👍🏻

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Electric car sales increased by 43% in 2020 in ~tech

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    Note: The below is all US/North America specific. If you live somewhere with real winter, plan on having 50%-70% reduced range during those months. Not a concern for me in central Texas, but I've...

    Note: The below is all US/North America specific.


    what do I need to know about owning an EV?

    What do I need to know right now about that decision should my car decide that tomorrow is the day it gives up the ghost?

    If you live somewhere with real winter, plan on having 50%-70% reduced range during those months.

    Not a concern for me in central Texas, but I've seen enough confused and upset people over it, it's worth mentioning this.


    If you're in the US/Canada and plan on taking any road trips that will require you to actually charge your vehicle to reach the destination, use a better route planner (ABRP). Even before you buy, this will give you an estimate of how awful it is to go cross-country in a non-Tesla still if you're in the US/Canada. In Europe you have many, many more options due to there being a universal standard plug, but it's still the "wild west" here in The States.

    Political side note: if the Biden administration does one thing...let it be a forced standard plug for EVs here, please, for the love of god.

    The non-Tesla charging situation is getting better all the time, but it's still got a long way to go.


    I've had my Model 3 LR since December 2018 and have driven it from Austin to the East Coast before, so if you have any Tesla-specific (or just any further general EV questions), don't you (or anyone!) hesitate to ask.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    I apologize that this comment doesn't contribute much, but what an incredibly quotable article. I think my favorites would be (emphasis mine): and: and: Neelix was certainly dedicated to his...

    I apologize that this comment doesn't contribute much, but what an incredibly quotable article.

    I think my favorites would be (emphasis mine):

    In his defense, however, Neelix testified that his account had not been hacked, nor had he used a bot to create such a vast number of redirects. Rather, he simply stated that he was a fast typer. “Considering that there seems to be so much opposition,” he responded, “I will not object to the redirects being deleted and I will not attempt to create more redirects in this vein, but I do think them valid.”

    and:

    Without a fitting explanation, administrators didn’t know what to do. If Neelix truly believed he was doing the right thing, perhaps this was simply a lapse in judgement that could be corrected. On the flip side, if this man was an inherently flawed titty mastermind, they had no other choice than to revoke him of his administrative power.

    and:

    The Trial of 80,000 Titties was over. Still, it would take administrators nearly three years to undo the damage Neelix had wrought. Recalling “such timeless classics as ‘booby surgeons,’ ‘titty waist hip measurement,’ ‘milks boobies’ and ‘titty physics,’” one Wikipedian concluded, “thank God he apparently never heard the term ‘jugs’ or ‘rack’ or other similar slang or this would have been many times worse.”

    Neelix was certainly dedicated to his craft...

    Additionally...I can't help but imagine the actual Neelix as the culprit and it just makes this all the funnier.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on How do you manage data backups? in ~tech

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    You can learn more about all of my hardware from this comment. I keep nearly all of my data on my Synology NAS. It has BTRFS and snapshots and all that fun jazz. All my data is backed up to my...

    You can learn more about all of my hardware from this comment.

    I keep nearly all of my data on my Synology NAS. It has BTRFS and snapshots and all that fun jazz. All my data is backed up to my unlimited G Suite Drive, encrypted, thanks to rclone. rclone is such a fantastic piece of software.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Update on Xbox Live Gold Pricing in ~games

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    As Ars put it this morning:

    As Ars put it this morning:

    • One month: $11/month (previously $10/month)
    • Three months: $30, $10/month (Previously $25, $8.33/month)
    • Six months: $60, $10/month (Previously $40, $6.67/month)
    2 votes
  18. Comment on I'm getting spammed by robocalls, what can I do about it? in ~talk

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    Yes, that's definitely something you don't want to forget when applying for jobs haha

    Yes, that's definitely something you don't want to forget when applying for jobs haha

    2 votes
  19. Comment on I'm getting spammed by robocalls, what can I do about it? in ~talk

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    Settings -> Phone -> Silence Unknown Callers I haven't had my phone ring in basically months and it's great. The only time this was mildly inconvenient was when my dentist changed numbers, but...

    I believe iOS has something similar.

    Settings -> Phone -> Silence Unknown Callers

    I haven't had my phone ring in basically months and it's great. The only time this was mildly inconvenient was when my dentist changed numbers, but they left a voicemail so I was able to update their number and it'll ring me next time.

    I don't know how I dealt with all the constant spam ringing prior to this.

    3 votes