Ask HN: What is your system for backing up family photos and video?

My extended family has several terabytes of family photos and videos from over the years. We've mostly digitized everything, but some segments are just sitting on external hard drives in closets – waiting to eventually break or become corrupted.My current methodology for our immediate family is aligned with the common back up advice – one…

Ask HN: Any experienced engineers took a lower position as a “vacation”?

Have any experienced (10+ years) engineers gone down to say working as a mid-level engineer at a FAANG company just to keep getting paid but work at a lower responsibility, as a 1-2 year break?Was it beneficial? Was it just tedious? Did it hurt your career?Figured I'd ask as I can't be the only person…

Ask HN: How to get YouTube to stop offering me a free trial of YouTube Premium?

YouTube pops up an offer nearly every other day, even though I tap “No Thanks” (or “Skip Free Trial”, or other permutations of “@#%!$, I Said No”) every darn time. You'd think the big G would be doing something intelligent here like an exponential backoff.I'm starting to think that the hope behind all this pestering…

Ask HN: How to Grieve?

my account is only psuedo-anonymous so i won't reveal too much about the situation but someone very important in my life just passed away. i've never been in this situation and i'm berating myself for not being broken. i'm with family and assuming the role of keeping everyone calm, but mostly because i am calm,…

Ask HN: Why are we so at the mercy of Google and Mozilla for web browsers?

I hear what seems many a valid complaint about Google's conflicts of interest in managing Google Chrome and how it has down-stream effects on Mozilla and other web browsers. What exactly is keeping developers from making a fully featured open source web browser not at the mercy of Google or the browser's developers?

Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard

Legendary games, immersive interactive entertainment and publishing expertise accelerate growth in Microsoft’s Gaming business across mobile, PC, console and cloud. Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, a leader in game development and an interactive entertainment content publisher. The planned acquisition includes iconic franchises from the Activision, Blizzard and King studios like “Warcraft,” “Diablo,” “Overwatch,”…

No Place to Hide – U.K. campaign against end-to-encryption encryption

WHAT IS END-TO-END ENCRYPTION?Social media has many benefits and is an important part of life for many people. End-to-end encryption is valuable technology designed to keep our data and conversations safe. We are not opposed to end-to-encryption in principle and fully support the importance of strong user privacy. Instead, our campaign is calling for social…