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Living Room / Re: Favourite youtube channels
« on: February 10, 2021, 01:38 PM »
Over the past year or so I've gotten into videos by the LockPickingLawyer. He seems to be a master lockpicker, with over 1,000 videos of him showing off various locks and picking them on video, and sometimes he even takes them apart to show us how the internals work, etc.

As someone who has an interest in digital security, I've found it interesting to see how much of physical security is also largely easily bypassed due to "exploits" or design flaws that have been known about for decades but lock manufacturers keep making new locks vulnerable to them anyway.



He's also done a few "blind picks" where he picks a lock he's never seen before all in one take on the video, so you know he's the real deal.





And he also shows off some unusual (at least in the USA) designs or vintage/ancient locks:










I could go on with more videos but I'll stop there.

His channel got me interested in learning how to lockpick for myself. I see it as a kind of puzzle-solving hobby, like sudoku or crosswords, but potentially with practical, real-world application. So I got a lockpicking toolkit and an acrylic practice lock for Christmas (both of which are cheap pieces of junk from banggood which didn't arrive until about a week ago). After opening the practice lock a few dozen times in the first day, I started having more and more trouble with it to the point where I can rarely open it anymore. I think that due to the poor quality materials and workmanship of the lock, the keyway has slightly changed shape and so my turning tool can no longer apply torque properly. But I'm too much of a noob to know for sure what the exact cause of my troubles are. But all of that is tangential to this thread, so I'll stop blabbing about that, as well.

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General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: February 10, 2021, 12:52 PM »
As of today, 04-10-21, my registered and paid version of 4K Video Downloader gives me an 'error' message now and won't download anything.
What's a good youtube video downloader?

YouTube constantly changes (breaks) things. 4K will surely have an update soon that makes things work again.

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Looks like I installed it right when things were getting shady. :'(

Interestingly enough, just today I noticed that Brave has a Safety Check feature in the settings ( brave://settings/safetyCheck ) and I ran it and it said everything was fine, including my extensions. But it didn't force-disable The Great Suspender even though I was running v7.1.8 which appears to be the version which included the malware.

But from my understanding it seems that if you disabled analytics tracking in the settings, it actually respected that setting and the malware didn't function? If that's the case, then I guess I lucked out because I had it disabled.

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Living Room / Re: Share Your 2020 Top Ten List(s)!
« on: February 02, 2021, 12:02 PM »
Do you mean Cyberpunk 2077?

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Living Room / Re: Share Your 2020 Top Ten List(s)!
« on: January 29, 2021, 02:49 AM »
Since there appears to be no interest in this thread, I'll spare everyone the time it takes to read my usual long-winded write-ups and just list what I decided the top 10 videogames I played in 2020 were, ranked approximately in order of enjoyment, with #1 being the game I enjoyed the most:

#10: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
#9: Total War: Shogun 2
#8: Defense Grid 2
#7: Cat Quest
#6: Renegade Ops
#5: MarZ: Tactical Base Defense
#4: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
#3: Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
#2: Terraria
#1: Factorio

And as a bonus list, here are the top 5 most disappointing games I played in 2020, in alphabetical order:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Don't Starve Together
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Grim Dawn
  • Minecraft Dungeons

If anyone else feels like sharing their lists, that'd be great. But if no one really cares to, that's fine, too.

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