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Carighan

@Carighan@lemmy.world

The strength of life to face oneself has been made manifest. The persona Carighan has appeared.

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To be fair, there's a big difference.

VS Code is a text editor / IDE. Compared to something like Notepad++, it's super slow to open/load, it's UI feels laggy at times, and it's just overkill for opening a text file. Compared to specialized log viewers, it struggles with large files and is generally super slow.
But compared to "full" IDEs like IntelliJ, it's marginal in coding features, lacking important analysis and testing support, plus integrations with ~everything.

If you find yourself in the middle, like many JS developers do, not actually needing the biggest IDE but also needing more than just a text editor, it's a fine tool. As a Java Backend Dev, VS Code feels like a joke if applied to that, OTOH.

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I AM SO HYPED! Preordered right away (like duh)

Why would you preorder while you don't know whether it even runs on day 1? Especially with From, where the main game had serious technical flaws initially, too?

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Fair enough, tbh. A little bit of hype is always nice.

I struggled a fair bit. Performance hit me hard with really bad stutter in particular during some early boss fights, I also had weird CTDs after the first patch, and of course it has the good ol partially-hardcoded key bindings were trying to use alternative input schemes such as cursors, ESDF or truly alternative input devices is a no-go. Though these days I find it difficult to criticize any specific game for that, I hate how ubiquitous this problem has become. Like CP2077 still has it after so many years, Avatar Frontiers of Pandora has it, etc etc.

Oh, and one big one I just recalled: The online would disconnect, but without telling me. This wasn't always bad, but the game would not realize it's no longer online, so sometimes it "stalled" trying to check something online. Never found out what caused that, it was gone after some patch. Long story short I waited a fairly long time, then played it after a bunch of patches when it was mostly - sadly not entirely - fine. And loved it. :)

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Yeah although not having a tablet or web client is frankly ridiculous. It's not 2000 any more, plus their desktop client is already running in a package Chrome anyways.

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incompetence and thoughtlessness shine through absolutely everywhere, and nothing works the way it ought to.

I mean the website also feels quite amateurish, as does the art-design. It's not bad for an indie game, but it seems to want to be so much more.

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/b8da799c-7f67-4893-b275-f8ec129154af.jpeg

Interesting, but the implementation feels a bit meh. This implies traded items are sub-par, right? Since you get better items if you join the faction that causes them to be non-tradeable.

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Honestly virtually all verification mail lands in spam on most free providers.

And it's no wonder. Try running your own server sending these mails before you judge. My company needs to put a lot of work into this.

Why?

Because spam is rampant. So in return, anti-spam filters are extremely strict. And there's dozens and dozens and dozens of hoops to jump, and holding one leg just a tiny bit wrong immediately gets you spam filtered everywhere.

You might think "This sucks, just don't block as much!", but you're not seeing the thousands of mails that never even reach your spam folder because the server-to-server traffic already blocks them and they don't make it through that. The percentage blocked is crazy. Spam is that bad.

Carighan ,
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I’m just saying that everything in our lives is trying so hard to turn everything into a recurring fee that my first reaction to every recurring fee is pure hatred.

But OTOH, it has ~always been that everything semi-worthwhile in our loves has been a recurring cost.

Food, sex, children, relationships, even things luxury/benign such as cars which are often mistaken for a one-time payment but really are not.

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Not a lot at all, as you can run a spam mail center on a potato. People underestimate how power-/hardware-inefficient crypto really is, and how that alone already makes it unusable for banking at large.

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Plus, it ignores that most websites couldn't reliably tell you how much carbon emissions they'd be responsible for individually. That's a super-complicated question to answer.

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How so?

I mean you put it as a generic thing which means it's independent of other details, including a "way" so you suggest it's a significant difference clearly. This must be based on detailed data or research, right? Care to share that?

Because otherwise, I have a few questions:

  • Is the whole supply chain included? Developer, Ops, Admin, Data Center, cabling, everything? Or just the legally mentioned admin on the page, respectively the lawyer?
  • What if the page from home (and the whole home!) is running on hardware that gets electricity from fossil fuels + cooks with gas while the office and it's page all run on renewables?
  • What if the page deployed from home is written extremely ineffective, so it uses multiple times more electricity?
  • What if the office in question is the back office of a pet shop? Or a supermarket? Or a DIY superstore? They'd heat the place either way, so why not also deploy the website from there?

And don't get me wrong, I'm a staunch supporter of closing down offices as possible. But generalizations such as these help no one, and also just like the OP completely miss the point of talking about carbin emissions and climate impacts.

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Yeah but that's making the assumption that someone drives to the office.

And also immediately points the finger at car-based single-person traffic, not office-based work. And I want offices closed down as possible, so please keep the finger on them. 😛

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Aaaah, yes, if we assume everything else to be equal, then of course having the admin work from home makes a positive impact.

Carighan ,
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To be fair, to some degree this is exactly the use case stochastic parrots (the thing we call 'AI' as a buzzword) can truly excel at:

  • Interpeting the bullshit we stammer out when we try to give a verbal command while totally not adhering to any reliable command structure.
  • Formulating a reply that sounds like fairly natural language despite how inane the sources used might be.

So yeah, we're finally at a real use case. Gimme! And from briefly trying it, Gemini is better at figuring things out from impresice input than Assistant was.

Make no mistake, it's ultimately the same backend. They just swapped the processing layer between audio-to-text parsing and running inputs from them (and again on the way back). Sadly no Google Now smartness at all, we've lost that forever. But hey, at least this improves stuff.

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Ah, I think the wording confuses it.

Timers are set for a duration. Alarms are set for a time. Which makes sense btw, you can't set an egg timer to 9:15 either, you set it for, say, 21 minutes (if it's 8:54 right now). And you don't set your alarm clock for "in 6 hours", you set it for 8:00.

It's a bit arbitrary, but this is exactly where I feel models such as Gemini or ChatGPT can actually improve things, because they can more readily leap from the keyword "timer" expecting a duration to that you actually meant "alarm" from the rest of the input, you just said timer instead.

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I was about to say the dumb and backwards part was not having basic stuff like encryption in the standard. 🤷

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DDG is so bad in results though it makes not using a search engine seem like a solid alternative. I remember that research from a few months ago where they compared Google, Bing and DDG to do statistical analysis of if and how much Google's search results have been getting worse in recent years.

Result:

  • Google did get worse.
  • However, Bing and DDG got worser, faster.

The real conclusion was that SEO spam has found ways to optimize that is no longer easy to exclude for search providers. Hence all search is getting shit pretty quickly.

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Didn't they also click ads when you clicked a link, invisibly in the background?

Looking for a pro controller/handheld option. All suggestions appreciated.

I had the 8bitduo Ultimate and I loved it, though it was a little awkward to hold at first as I was more used to the slanted handle design of an Xbox controller. Unfortunately, I think I must have left it somewhere in public leading to it being stolen, as I haven't seen it in a few months in spite of constantly looking for it....

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For the Switch, it has to be either their own Pro Controller, or IMO that very 8bitdo Ultimate. The latter has the upside that you can also use it on PCs, on the downside its vibration is significantly worse than the Nintendo one.

Everything else I've tried, Hori, Gulikit, they've all been disappointing by comparison to those two.

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I went from 110 to 75kg a few years ago by no longer snacking in the evening.

I eat something at 5-6, and then that's the last thing for the day.

That alone did it already.

Carighan ,
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Well muscles are very dense. If you go for body shape and fitness, don't go for raw weight at the same time basically.

Carighan ,
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My parents were both hippies through and through, including the clothing and everything. I know my mom had just recently left my biological father and started dating my dad, and they were planning to move in together now that they have a son.

They also stopped engaging in local politics as much, and looked more towards reforming things from the inside with huge swaths of people - all hippies - hiring with the local coal mining agency to change the internal culture around it (which actually worked).

I don't really know much about their private or leisure life, though. Beyond music and smoking pot and drinking, of course.

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Ah, I no longer even Bat an eye at Rouge.

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I like this. LLMs are powerful tools, but being rebranded as "AI" and crammed into ~everything is just bullshit.

The more legislation like this happens where the employing entity is responsible for the - lack of - accuracy, the better. At some point they'll notice they cannot guarantee the correct information is the only one provided as that's not how LLMs work in their function as stochastic parrots, and they'll stop using them for a lot of things. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Carighan ,
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Yeah I thought the same reading that.

Even in the very game, CP2077, as impressive as it can be, it can also be just as disappointing. It's still a nice technical marvel, but it's not at all the gamechanger it wanted to be.

And there's games such as A Plague Tale Requiem where the baked lighting looks flat-out better in most scenes than the raytracing, since unlike the "realistic" raytracing they hand-crafted it to be unrealistic but fitting for the tone and atmosphere of the scene. So I turned it off again.

I'll be honest, so far the only game where RT universally made me go "I'll leave that on, that's awesome!" is Riftbreaker. And it has a comparatively minor effect there, but at least a purely positive one (CP2077 I prefer at native rez over RT + DLSS which gets a weird pseudo-blur even with carefully tweaked resharpening, it's just part of how it renders I think as other games don't have this issue).

Carighan ,
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The example videos are both impressive (insofar that they exist) and dreadful. Two-legged horses everywhere, lots of random half-human-half-horse hybrids, walls change materials constantly, etc.

It really feels like all this does is generate 60 DALL-E images per second and little else.

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Ah, it's good someone is looking out for the poor poor shareholders. Just earlier I saw a long line of them at the unemployment office, begging for food from passerbyes, destitute in their poverty. /s

Does anyone remember the name of that Dwarf-themed FPS game that got announced at (I believe) Summer Game Fest last year?

EDIT: I've only just remembered a crucial detail. The game is a highly detailed voxel game (similar looking to Teardown) and the terrain, as well as the enemies are fully destructable. I remember in the trailer, his gun was not only carving through the walls but he was shooting pieces off of the enemies too. The voxel enemies...

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Yeah I was about to say, I could see an argument for Mastodon having lost (it's momentum, which is the only thing it truly has going for it), but Bluesky? ~every podcaster I follow now advertises they're on bluesky instead of twitter, and most youtubers link to their bluesky, too. At least in the US it seems to have gotten decently popular tbh.

OTOH, we have the BBC and Flipboard being all-in on Mastodon, granted. Which is going to be fun when people get around to defederating them considering how it went for Threads.

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Well, 1 effective server. I would sure hope it actually runs on more than 1 for redundancy/latency reasons.

Carighan ,
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The situation is not truly comparable, tbh.

Artists very much retain legal rights to the art they create. Hence the current lawsuits against various AI companies. Meanwhile it depends on jurisdiction whether a comment/thought you write on a public-facing website can be considered your legal production for a civil lawsuit. It'd be trivial if it were a closed site with a very selective admission process with some easily evaluated barrier (say, only people who study at university XYZ are allowing on the otherwise private forum of that university), but public-facing it's more ambiguous.

You can still try to sue someone who taking that content, but it's not as clearcut that someone violates your rights as with artists and their art. Meaning that there's less basis for someone wanting this to always have to be explicitly opt-in and get explicit permission. At least right now. This might very well all change as a result of AI lawsuits.

Carighan ,
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If we're allowed to - and happily do - copy over content from for-profit websites with bots, it feels a bit weird to then get angry about that happening in reverse, no?

Plus, oh no, interoperability. We get to just interact with people instead of everyone sitting in their respective walled gardens.

Carighan ,
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Tbh X is not the real enemy here imo.

Eh, X and Musk are always the enemy. I get what you're saying, but ultimately it's important to keep in mind that the underlying impetus is still Musk being a far-right bigot that has bought X to explicitly make it a haven for fascists, bigots and haters.

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If they’re afraid of that, they joined the Fedi with a fundamental misunderstanding of how its supposed to work.

Yeah I was about to say, sure this isn't ActivityPub, but the specific implementation of the federation should be an impolementation detail the user should never care about. You joined a federated system. Your content gets federated. Period. Whether said federation happens through ActivityPub, AT, some bridge system or the Binford Content Disperser 5000XL+, that's really not the point of any discussions so long as the content does get federated.

Carighan ,
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I mean I do blame the consumer. Specifically for not voting in harsh consumer- and worker-protection laws curbing corporate abilities.

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It's such a shame that the OW1 discussion about loot boxes went nowhere in regards to giving ingame gambling the same legal framework as IRL gambling.

Carighan ,
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Well, I'm of two minds about that.

To a healthy person, the current system is pricier and more aggressive. Things are constantly being shoved in your face, but they're all purchase-only, and 20€/skin is just absurd.

But, I disagree that it's more predatory. To a vulnerable person, the new system doesn't elicit an addictive response, which loot boxes due to their gambling nature do.

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Much as we like to joke about it, to me this hints at the bad state of the mental and emotional care system.

For cops in particular in this case, but of course the population at large, too. A person who is armed - and in the US that can be everybody 2 years or older basically - should not be left without help to get into a situation where they can be this delusional and on edge while carrying a gun. People need help. Medical help.

Carighan ,
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Whats really bad for cops is if they get mental help that is used as proof they are unfit fir duty. Yes a cop getting help to better handle their job is treat like a bad cop.

This is even a far wider problem.

People readily accept someone has say, a broken leg and goes to the hospital and will be out for a few weeks.

But have a mental problem? Going to the clinic for a few weeks? People look at you really weird and start distancing. Which is ridiculous, mental issues should not be as stigmatized as they are, an illness is an illness, whether pathological or psychological.

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It’s just embarrassing. This is how we wish to present ourselves as an alternative to corporate social media?

Yeah it's all "We hate walled gardens" and then a minute later "DO NOT TOUCH MY GARDEN WALLS!!!!1!!".

And it's always the same utopian idea that you can somehow both be relevant and big enough to have "enough" activity to be a fun space where to spend free time for discussion and avoid any and all corporate interest in the technology. Instead of trying to get ahead of it and figuring out how to handle of this so that when it inevitably happens you got a clue what to do about it. As if defederating from Threads would even stop Threads from both copying content to them and - if they wanted to - copying their content here. Ridiculous, if they wanted to, they could and they would. That they don't even want to is the far more interesting bit, really.

Carighan ,
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why don’t they switch to ActivityPub and problem solved immediately get defederated

FTFY. That's what would actually happen, and you and me both know it. 😛

Carighan ,
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Fair enough.

I don't even truly know where I stand if I had to personally decide it. I guess i'm one of those filthy Neutrals, I have no strong opinion either way. 😑

Carighan ,
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I think the people mad about these massive networks joining the Fediverse want to shield their little social networks from the big bad internet. They don’t want the Fediverse or any part of it to succeed and become mainstream, because that brings in the toxic waste of opinions and trolls that the wider social media is known for, and their tiny servers don’t have the moderation capacity to deal with that.

And I mean, I don't necessarily disagree - but I find it wild that the very same group would then not also want their social network to be inaccessible from the outside, so that it cannot simply be scraped like this bridge does.

But it's also a bit weird insofar that if AP ever gets big, that's a problem we'll have to do deal with sooner rather than later anyways. Or at least have a plan how to handle it that goes beyond DEFEDERATE EVERYTHING™️. We need to accept that either there's a certain baseline obscurity always baked in that also means at any point it could be that the world at large swings to using a different federation protocol and then we're the weird pariah on a weird non-standard protocol. Or it gets mainstream acceptance and then Threads will be just one problem in an ocean of corporate federation.

Personally, I just go 🤷 in regards to the actual data-federation, and rather focus on moderation/administration tooling and automation. It's a problem that eventually needs solving anyways, so might as well get in front of it and have a solution for when or if large corporate instances and their masses of users end up dumping data into AP.

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