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HarkMahlberg , to random
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When you reach for your beer and forget it's actually hot sauce.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@HarkMahlberg That sounds painful.

Jezebelley3D , to ai
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is getting absolutely bonkers. I used on Discord to create this piece. I'm kind of in awe of what we can do with these days.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@Jezebelley3D That's really cool

Playingwithethenew , to random

"Don't sell my personal information" sounds really dystopian, don'tcha think?

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@Playingwithethenew A bit, since it doesn't include "don't give my personal information away for free with any purchase".

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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That's fine and all, but I have one question. Why would you want to want to revisit the biggest video game scam in recent memory?

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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I'm going to present the opposite opinion to yours here. Kbin represents the best way forward for social media, to me. If we can get a working PeerTube integration after Threads federates, I'm all set. It's what Google Plus was supposed to be, it's why I first (as a user) used TweetDeck back in the day. It puts everything in one place again. I was a LiveJournal user back in the day, which was another place like this - communication & community, but individual places for your thoughts. I tried Tumblr for a while and it was close to an LJ replacement.

Everything since then has fractured and fragmented so we have very aggressive echo chambers, but no private places. This might be able to give that back to the users.

I accept that it can feel like drinking from the firehose at the start. It was to me at first too, but I was aware of Lemmy early on, and I was on two Mastodon instances that didn't cofederate. I knew what I was going in for. I stepped back from Kbin when a known tech issue degraded my experience, and it's been fixed. I think the thing is that Kbin allows you to curate your own experience, rather than be tied into doing one thing or another all the time.

I think when Kbin is ready for prime time and when the major issues are fixed, there might be a need to look at the first-timer experience, maybe even a tutorial. Because it's not a beginner focused interface. It's meant for us who want it all back in one place, and accepted the burden of experience that means.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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The best possibility is something like I've done. I split my social media time between here, Reddit, Facebook, Threads, and a Mastodon instance that doesn't federate (in addition to being a viewer on YouTube & PeerTube). You can't hold all the people all the time. It's just not feasible. So yes, people going back to Reddit is expected. But it's when they come back and find something they want that's important.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Pitchfork being on an alternative social platform just feels right to me. So I say, go for it.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Well, if he doesn't care, then I just might bother the time and effort to pirate it. But then again, a dismissive creator who's working with Markiplier isn't someone I'm really keen on supporting in the first place. I wish him luck, and that he is approximately as successful as I am in financial terms.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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I'm not at my computer, so please excuse any mobile issues. I'm in favor of the move, because it will help to simultaneously connect and decentralize communications across the platforms. Say what you will about Facebook (you're probably right), but if they're that bad, then it seems logical to me to connect to their federated service even more aggressively.

The more we push our content (and by extension the Fediverse content that kbin aggregates), the less impact their algorithm can have. The more we go out of the way to expose their content, the harder we make it them to curate/censor/suppress any voices. And if, when comparing two Fediverse instances or softwares, we find that what's been pushed to them is different, we the users can call it out to news organizations (or make it public ourselves).

And yes, I know I'm making the arguments for supporting private companies in adopting open-source. It's about being able to audit what companies we don't trust are doing.

In addition to that, I'm currently a Threads user. Anecdotally, there's a lot of wholesome content on there that I appreciate, and what limited advertising is there is nowhere near as obtrusive as Reddit or the main Facebook platform.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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My hand is raised.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Because Threads presents an opportunity to grow the community on ActivityPub services, and because the Fediverse presents the opportunity to extend the community I'm involved in that's on Threads right now. My hope is that if that group respects what the Fediverse offers, they will also start sharing the podcast on PeerTube

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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kbin finally has notifications not throwing an error every time I try to check them, so that much is nice now. I've actually had no problems with the Reddit software on my phone, and I've unsubbed from most of the communities I was part of there which moved across to lemmy. That choice has really trimmed my experience down to a more focused one nicely. I've also gotten done turning federation back off as I want it to be, and my user block list here is getting pretty long, blocking out the spammers that come across my feed.

Of course, because kbin is still one of the smallest sites related to the ActivityPub protocol, there's limited content here compared to Reddit, Then again, there's also less content on all of PeerTube (let alone a single site) than there is on YouTube, and I'd take a shot at saying that even Threads has the largest Mastodon community beat by a country mile, let alone what Twitter still has.

So basically, I guess I'd say I'm not a refugee, I'm just doing as I did with Facebook when it first launched after MySpace and Friendster - keeping my options open and looking around.

CyberCatBytes , to random
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I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE (Installs Linux Mint)

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@CyberCatBytes Funny, every time I've tried Linux, it's ended in tears, and installing FreeDOS to run Format ., because Linux doesn't even have that command.

OpenAI researchers warned board of AI breakthrough ahead of CEO ouster, sources say ( www.reuters.com )

Ahead of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s four days in exile, several staff researchers wrote a letter to the board of directors warning of a powerful artificial intelligence discovery that they said could threaten humanity, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters....

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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I think it's time to shut it down, hard. That's the start of something that will not end well for human beings.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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I've been finding Brave a better solution.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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How many millions are you paying them? Because unless you're paying into the business tier or an SLA, you are not their customer.

RNA for the first time recovered from an extinct species - Stockholm University ( www.su.se )

RNA for the first time recovered from an extinct species A new study shows the isolation and sequencing of more than a century-old RNA molecules from a Tasmanian tiger specimen preserved at room temperature in a museum collection. This resulted in the reconstruction of skin and skeletal muscle transcriptomes from an extinct...

Another country has called Xi a 'dictator' and China is not happy with that description ( edition.cnn.com )

China has lashed out at Germany after its foreign minister called Xi Jinping a “dictator” and summoned Berlin’s ambassador for a dressing down, in the latest flaring of tensions with a western democratic power over how the Chinese leader is described overseas.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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When the shoe fits, start wearing it. PRC is an authoritarian state led by a dictator and his cronies.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Honestly, given the ruckus they've been raising for a while now, my feeling is that Beehaw wants to push themselves away from society as a whole. I don't agree with their perspective, which is part of why I never engage with much of their content or users. All I can say is that I wish them only the best for their echo chamber.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Oh great. Where's X-Com when we actually need them?

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Laptops, Chromebook, tablets (iPad and Android), and an android phone. I've basically got everything but an actual desktop (which is fair since I don't have a desk).

HarkMahlberg , to random
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I finally found some way to empathize with you folks out there who crave pumpkin spice coffees. My local breakfast place has Kahlua Creme coffee and I would fight for it.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@HarkMahlberg i just add Kahlua & Bailey's to my coffee. It makes my morning meetings a lot more bearable!

Haileaf01 , to random

WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP HAVING SO MUCH WASTE. I want to do the best I can to recycle. My apartment complex does not have a recycling bin, I reuse plastic bags, and im starting to transition to using tote bags in grocery stores. Any advice?

I also have two cats so im looking for options for that as well. Thank you.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@Haileaf01 Do you have municipal recycling where you live?

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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I wonder what this means for Sega now. I hope it's not predicting a pivot to mobile-first.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Exactly. People need to vote with their wallets and PCs.

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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Cool. Now I really want to play Smite. If only it were available without DRM.

CyberCatBytes , to random
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My parents rly fed me games like Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper growing up just to wonder why I'm a leftist now lol

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@CyberCatBytes I guess we're in similar situations, but I had influences that drove me the other way. The ones I can think of right now: Wolfenstein, Commander Keen, Doom, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, SimCity, Populous, and Battletech. Oh, and of course Shadow President. Most of the games I played didn't have a specific political outlook; it's just the way that success was gained, and recognizing how that's applied in the real world.

lowqualityfacts , to random
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Slightly confusing, but somehow true.
https://patreon.com/lowqualityfacts

NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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@lowqualityfacts You have it backwards. It means you are descendant of Genghis Khan, or that he is one of your ancestors.

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  • NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    The "corpo drones" in this case are people willing to follow the directions from Reddit/Advance Media, but not get paid.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    I look forward to AI taking over writing movies.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    I have so many shows I need to catch up on that I could never run out of "new-to-me" media. But there's some I could suggest:

    • Perry Mason
    • Mission: Impossible!
    • Star Trek (including all sequel series)
    boolean , to random
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    found in a tab in my text editor, date unknown:

    table is a mess
    I built a new computer
    summer heatwave vibe

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    @boolean Not quite haiku, I think.

    Mozilla shutting down Pocket app for Mac, recommends installing iOS app — 9to5Mac ( apple.news )

    Mozilla has announced today that its read-it-later service Pocket will be retiring its Mac app this month. Users are encouraged to install the iOS app on their Mac or use the web going forward. Here’s when and why Mozilla is shutting it down.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Wait, people actually use Pocket? When they made it part of Firefox, that was the last straw for me to switch completely to Pale Moon.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Huh. If it's running on a new engine, do you think John Romero could remaster Daikatana on the new engine?

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Well, that's an interesting development. I hope Capcom takes notice of this.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    After the 2-day blackout, I went back to using it as normal. Now, I usually have two tabs open; one for kbin, one for Reddit. On my phone, I have the Reddit app, and while it's heavier than RedReader, it works well enough. I just make sure to tap every ad I see, to drive up the advertisers' costs and help to drop campaign conversion.

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  • NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Is there any Owncast host that's similar to YouTube or Twitch in terms of relative painlessness? If it requires each person host their own caster instance, it's not going to gain wide adoption.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Maybe human civilization is only meant to exist until fossil fuels are depleted?

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Dumping money/metal into the oceans cannot be made profitable. Even if it can, there's always going to be a more profitable use for that material.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Profit above all else is how the world has worked for centuries. You're right it's what brought us where we are. We have an increasing ceiling of education, the greatest overall mobility (socially and spatially), vast swathes of entertainment and communication, at least outside of some nations where there's a major problem politically and socially. People are not going to give up that comfortable society they've become accustomed to. Unless you can make this change immediately profitable, which is unlike most change, people are not going to accept it.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Fossil fuels gave us the technology to get where we are today. We have overcome natural limits for centuries. I believe we can continue to do that.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    Corn growth and other subsidies are profitable to the government, because the money comes back to them in lobbying/bribery.

    NotTheOnlyGamer ,
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    So, are notifications just a dead feature now?

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