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A friend just messaged me asking if I had any advice on how to read news critically. I told him I didn't really know because I don't read news that much (although now I come to think of it, I end up reading news articles when I check the source of something posted online).

But we are curious, what are some answers to this question that yous can come up with? Looking at different perspectives is one. Others?

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Now I also exist in Russian over at! Nothing to see there yet, but that might not be for very long.
I've wanted to post in Russian every once in a while, but seeing that one cannot subscribe to posts in only one language, its isn't fair to bombard everyone with both languages. So I kept posting here in English only.

...I know there are pieces of content that discuss EULAs in response to recent events, but these are usually apologetic or negatove, and do not review *respectful* EULA's (do they even exist?).

Hardware and software are usually reviewed on launch day because that's when users start buying/using them. But acceptance most of the time just goes without saying. Why does it have to be this way?

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Hm-m... There are reviews of hardware and software, but are there reviews of service 's anywhere? Looks like an open niche for content 🤔

These could showcase most gruesome examples these "agreements" allow for themselves, what clauses have no actual effect in certain larger jurisdictions, etc.

With these, users could maybe stop ignoring EULAs with extreme assumptions like "can't be too bad" or "they'll make full use of everything they can".

I often hear questions like "if you could change something about X, what would it be?"

It's never as simple as that! A lot of the time we're dealing things in stable states that, when disturbed with changes, just spring back.
Like a ball that's too heavy to roll uphill, so you have to dig around it in order for gravity to do the rolling for you.

If I knew where to dig I probably would've already started? If I didn't, I probably don't know. I might have a new location on my mind, but that's it.

Following up on this, I started using Multi-Account Containers on desktop, and only logging in inside the colored containers, but not in the default one.

This results in a very similar UX as opening external links in private tabs by default on mobile (see the thread).

And hey, it's a very nifty tool in general, I hope this can one day arrive to the Android version too:

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Oh, never mind, No Man's Sky actually won "Best Ongoing Game". Alright. It deserves that much at least.

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I just misread "decoding the language of genomes" as "decoding the language of gnomes"

Just watched the recording of The Game Awards.

You wouldn't tell from the name, but it's essentially a game trailer show now. Said awards are the least interesting part.

(I'm basically salty about the winners. MFS competing with strategies? NMS getting nothing for its epic comeback? Doom: Eternal not winning Best Action? TLOU2 winning a whackton of nominations with that uproar of detest during its release? Like, what?)

Being a native speaker, I often forget how complicated language can be. But filing issues, like this one in Calendar app, forces me to remember:
...including realising the fact that I don't have an exact understanding of the structure of the language that I speak effortlessly every single day. Hm-m. 🤔

on has a very nifty option: "Open links in a private tab". Improved my mobile browsing experience significantly. 🧡➡💜
• Link about to be intercepted by an app? You get prompted, and can choose to continue in the browser.
• Most website lockouts based on the number of viewed pages (e. g. "sign up to continue!") stop working, thus treating you as a first-timer every time.
• No "attention baiting" with your private information, since you're not logged into anything by default.

Ho-o-oly-y-y-y Jesus. Looks like my home is about to get covered in white circular stickers. And this feature has been in for a while now!

I especially like the fact that unlike writing down a webhook URL into an NFC tag, this way every scan is authenticated, one has to be logged in with HA for the scan to have an effect. The options!

I'm noticing a pattern by the way. If there are custom firmwares available for a device, that device will probably be useful for a very good while.

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So... my Amazfit Bip is now basically the perfect smartwatch. For me, anyway.

Previously it was only good at displaying notifications and waking me up, but now it also controls music and allows editing its alarms (time/weekdays). Yay! I just hope the battery life stays the same (about a month).

Kudos to MNVolkov over at for the sorcery that made all this possible. I'm sooo going to donate after I confirm the battery life.

Check out Bret Victor's blog. It's a good read.

Finally, someone who acknowledges that we're still mentally in the era of printing press. We already have a much more interactive medium before us, but refuse to make it easier to use, severely limiting its adoption and thus our collective mental capacity.

This is just how life is when you're dealing with trillion-dollar faceless corporations," said @aral, who has long campaigned against the control of our data – and lives – by big tech firms.

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Building an artificial sun that looks unbelievably realistic - DIY Perks

For some reason I keep coming back to this wonderful talk by Tim Ewald about the nature of power tools.
It's not immediately clear that it's the actual topic, especially given the fact that it happens at a Clojure conference...

With the most recent release of (0.20.0) I've spontaneously started picking it over the official app for playback. It's just that good now. Automatic transition to background/windowed playback when switching from the app *rocks*!
It's not a completely seamless transition yet, there's a noticeable hiccup when that happens, but I have faith in community.

Find it on @fdroidorg here:

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