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The Brave web browser is hijacking links, and inserting affiliate codes

This seems a bit misleading.

It doesn't hijack links. It suggests links with Brave's refID in the auto-complete for the address bar. So if you click a link, or type a URL into the address bar, it either takes you exactly where you think you're going, or shows you in the auto-complete where it will be taking you if you press enter.

Here's what happens when I start to type in (which I have been to previously):

Brave RefID.png

Notice that the auto-complete suggestion gives preference to URLs I have visited in the past, listing the "suggested" referral URL below my actual history. If I press enter, it takes me directly to with no referral. I have to manually select the bottom suggestion which contains the referral code in order to be taken to the referral link.

And here is what happens when I start to type in (which I have not been to previously):

Brave Binance AutoComplete - Search.png

Because I haven't typed out the full URL it will do a search for the site if I press enter. If I click the top result, it takes me to the site with no referral ID. No links have been hijacked or modified.

Here is what happens when I type in the full URL (which I still have not been to previously at the time of testing this):

Brave Binance Autocomplete RefID.png

It shows me that it will autocomplete with a referral ID if I press enter. Or I can select the non-referral link and then every time in the future when I type out the URL it will give preference to URLs in my history over its own suggestions. Or in other words, it will be like my Coinbase example above.

Sounds like making a mountain out of a molehill to me.

Either way, these "autocomplete suggestions" can be disabled from Settings -> Appearance -> Show Brave suggested sites in autocomplete suggestions. And in response to the negative feedback, it will be disabled by default in future releases.

Brave Disable RefID Autocomplete.png

Living Room / Re: 3D Printing - General Discussion
« on: May 28, 2020, 02:17 AM »
Since you seem to be regretting your decision to wait, this seems to be the same thing, but is in stock now:

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:52 PM »
If you want to take these with a grain of salt, do so. Just keep it there for people here on a salt-free diet.
-Arizona Hot (May 25, 2020, 06:07 PM)

So what you're saying is that even though you're posting to a discussion forum, you don't want there to be any discussion? :huh:

This is annoying, but the book is always going to be behind the software ("Documentation - the worst part of programming").  The books seem to me very expensive.  If they want people to use, and evangelise for, the software, maybe Serif should make the books freely available as a PDF or something.  They would be easier to keep up to date in a purely electronic format.

Agreed. The book is fairly spendy, plus you have to pay extra for shipping since it's a big hardcover book. I think I asked on Twitter if the book came in digital format so I could avoid the (relatively small) extra cost of shipping. And I also hoped that maybe, as you suggested, it would be more likely to be or kept up to date. They told me they only sold it in dead-tree format. :(

I bought it, on sale, but of course the shipping costs weren't discounted, which brought the total cost back up closer to the non-sale price.

I've just never used those strokes

I probably wouldn't have either, but the book told me about them so I decided to try them out.  ;D

And actually I just opened it up and see that it's on v1.8.x now (I had problems previously with versions 1.7.x and 1.6.x). It seems a lot better in this version. It still gets a little sluggish as I continue to draw a curve, but if I draw for about 10 seconds it takes maybe only an additional 5-10 seconds to finish rendering, as opposed to the 4 minutes it used to.

Thanks for posting about these deals. The Affinity suite of tools looks like very nice software. I wouldn't blame anyone for being tempted to buy.

My tl;dr warning is: Definitely make use of the 90-day trial before you buy, as you may be unhappy with the results.

I bought Affinity Designer in 2018 because, while I'm not an artist, I do occasionally need to make or manipulate an image here and there, and it seemed like really capable software and it was on sale.

So I bought it and played around with it for a bit, noticed some bugs and issues, including a serious performance issue. Then I posted on their forums to report the bugs or otherwise get support, and. . . nothing. No response to my post about terrible performance. But I was busy in my life with other things and wasn't ready to dive into seriously using Affinity Designer yet, so I kind of forgot about it. Then, about a year later, during another one of their sales, I bought the Affinity Designer Workbook. When it arrived, I opened it up and started reading through it so I could learn how to use the software. A within the first ~15 pages or so, still within the introductory chapter which explains the UI and basic tools, I noticed a few discrepancies between what the book showed me and what the software showed me. There was one button/tool I couldn't even find. But otherwise, as it explained each tool, I spent a couple minutes playing with it in the software to get a feel for how it worked and what it was for.

And that's when I ran into the big issue. One of the tools, the Vector Brush Tool, slowed my computer down to a near standstill when I used it. I actually recorded a video of it where I spent ~10 seconds drawing a single curve and it took ~4 minutes for it to actually render what I drew.

Now, to be fair, this video recording shows it as being worse than it actually was. Because Affinity Designer used up all my CPU, my video recording software ran even slower, so it actually looked smoother on my machine than it looks in the video. But the important part is that it still took the same amount of time even when I wasn't recording.

One of their big and prominent claims is how butter smooth the software is and how it is always so responsive. So once again I went to their forums to try to get some support because either they were lying about how responsive their software is, or there was something wrong on my end that needed troubleshooting. And once again, there was no response to my post. Finally I complained loudly on Twitter and that got their attention. I got a response on a Friday and I was busy that weekend so I didn't get back to them until Monday. They asked for more information from me and had a couple suggestions I could try. We sent a couple messages back and forth over a couple of days and then they went back to radio silence.

After about another two weeks I complained loudly on Twitter again which prompted them to respond to the thread once more, but with a very unhelpful "there's nothing we can do." A little bit later, a different person from Serif asked me to try it out on another machine and see if anything changed, and asked for a video if I could record one. So I obliged and recorded my testing on another machine and posted the results to the forum thread. Can you guess what happened next? If you guessed "nothing" or "radio silence" you are correct!

So the software may or may not work well for you, depending on who-knows-what. The Workbook was outdated and/or incorrect the moment it arrived, and had printing blemishes (ink smudges or whatever) in it as well. And it's nearly impossible to get anyone from the company to respond to you when you try to get support.

Buyer beware.

Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered
« on: May 20, 2020, 04:37 PM »
Panzer, please stop joining threads and just posting lists of links. Nobody wants to see that, and as stated previously, it doesn't actually contribute to the discussion.

At a minimum, include a useful description about what you're linking to. You should also include a sentence or two about why you like it, or recommend it, etc. Basically, you should tell us why you're linking to it and give us enough context/information to know whether or not we're interested enough in it to click the link. And to make an even better impression, you can include a screenshot or video of what you're linking to, if appropriate.

And the sad thing is, any company who tries to build a sustainable business model can't get a foot in the door because the customers will just say (for example), "why would I pay $24 for that pizza from you when I can get it for $16 from another company [which won't be around in a few years because they're not sustainable]?"

So in the end, neither model is sustainable in practice.

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: May 19, 2020, 01:32 PM »
I've always seen/heard it as PEBCAK (or PEBKAC).

Problem exists between chair and keyboard.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: May 14, 2020, 05:08 PM »
Grand Theft Auto 5 is free on the Epic store this week.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 14, 2020, 05:02 PM »
Aegis Defenders is free on Humble for the next few days:


DC Gamer Club / Re: Ludum Dare 46: April 17th-20th, 2020
« on: May 13, 2020, 06:48 PM »
I don't speak French, so I don't understand most of this, but someone recorded their experience playing the game my team made. :Thmbsup:

Turn subtitles on in cog then go back in them and you can hit auto translate the auto generated french ones to english.

Congrats as well.

Thanks! I'm not sure how accurate the translation was, but it was nice to get an idea of what he was saying as he played it.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Ludum Dare 46: April 17th-20th, 2020
« on: May 12, 2020, 07:52 PM »
The results are in!

Defendeer ranked surprisingly well this time, ranging from 5th to just under 500th in the various categories, and 28th overall.

LD46 Defendeer - Results.png

Living Room / Re: Favourite youtube channels
« on: May 12, 2020, 02:43 PM »
I really like this guy's videos on how technology works -- he does a good job of explaining interesting issues:

[Technology Connections]

I've been watching quite a few of those videos as well. Interesting stuff.

Kind of similar, I also find the information from the Practical Engineering channel to be very interesting. Here's a sample video of Mechanically Stabilized Earth:

Here's the channel link:

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: May 09, 2020, 07:54 PM »
Windows 10 Warning: Users Hit By Serious New Failure
-Arizona Hot (May 09, 2020, 07:14 PM)

What a terrible article. The headline makes it sound like there's a security vulnerability or data is being lost. All the article says is that Game Mode is broken for some GPUs, but it doesn't say how or what the symptoms are.

Living Room / Re: Keybase bought by Zoom
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:41 AM »

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 07, 2020, 02:30 PM »
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is free for about 2 days (while supplies last)


DC Gamer Club / Re: Ludum Dare 46: April 17th-20th, 2020
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:35 PM »
I don't speak French, so I don't understand most of this, but someone recorded their experience playing the game my team made. :Thmbsup:

Satanos plays LD46 Defendeer

I found out what happened to my Brave Rewards.

Sometime earlier this year (in January or February), I enabled a Windows 10 feature called Focus Assist. For those not aware, this feature disables any notifications from popping up from any app on your computer (unless you specifically configure that app as high priority). And since Brave Rewards ads show up as notifications, I never saw the notifications.

I had configured Focus Assist to automatically turn on at night and off in the morning so my PC wouldn't unexpectedly make loud noises in the late/early hours. So when I manually enabled Focus Assist I assumed that, like Android's Do Not Disturb feature, it would automatically disable itself at the scheduled time in the morning to deactivate the feature. I was wrong. So I've unwittingly had Focus Assist enabled for most of this year. I noticed it was enabled and manually disabled it a couple weeks ago, hence Brave Rewards starting to work again briefly. But then I re-enabled Focus Assist during Ludum Dare 46 so I wouldn't be disturbed and so my screenlapse wouldn't capture any notifications containing private/personal information.

I've disabled Focus Assist yet again and have already seen 2 Brave Rewards notifications. So all is well on that front.

As for the regular ads all over the place I complained about a week ago, including YouTube, Brave recently had a buggy/bad adblocking filter that got pushed out which caused ads to fail to be blocked for virtually all Brave users. It has since been fixed.

Here's a related bug I spent last night fixing:

I've been encountering an issue off-and-on over the past few years that seems related.

Sometimes after I make a post, my own post will show up in the Unread Topics thread. Even if I click on it again and refresh the page, it can still take several attempts (or several minutes) before it will finally mark as read. I'm not sure if the number of attempts makes a difference. To me it seems more related to time. That is, if I try to get it to mark as read right away, it can take several attempts before it will finally be marked as read. But if I ignore it and come back to it later when I would normally check for unread posts, it will be marked as read on my first attempt.

I only started having this problem when I started using the HTTPS version of the website. And back when using HTTPS here on the forums was still new and optional, the problem almost always went away when I stopped using HTTPS here on DC.

Here's a thread about it.

So hopefully your fix will fix that issue, too. I'll try to pay attention to whether or not it happens to me again in the near future.

N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Mug-shots
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:21 PM »
[mugs on a shelf]

Time to build a new shelf in preparation for NANY 2021!

Fort Triumph is available on GOG Connect.

Android Apps / Re: DiscussionList for android
« on: April 29, 2020, 07:48 PM »
That's stupid. But even so, it sounds like all you needed to do was add " - the author" at the end of that statement so that it was attributed. But it's still stupid.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Steam Giveaway
« on: April 28, 2020, 03:54 PM »
Total War Shogun 2 is free on Steam if you claim it before Friday.


Living Room / Re: Looking for audio merger Y-cable
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:20 PM »
I took the easy way out and just ordered a single TRRS (audio/aux) cable. I connected the output of the secondary device to the Line-In port on my PC. Now I can hear both my PC audio and the audio from the secondary device simultaneously through my PC's speakers or headphone port. :Thmbsup:

But for some reason it took ~3 weeks for the cable to be delivered. Meanwhile, other non-essential items (books, HDMI adapters, etc.) ordered in the interim were shipped and delivered within a few days. :-\

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