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Affordable Android Excellence: Best Smartphones Under $200 in 2024 ( www.gizchina.com )

While flagship smartphones boast impressive features, spending $1,000 is not a prerequisite for a satisfying Android experience nowadays. If you’re in need of a new smartphone and have a budget of approximately $200, there are numerous excellent options available. Surprisingly, some of the best Android phones under $200 come...

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It doesn't necessarily defeat the point if the only reason you are using Lineage is for OS updates and not for privacy reasons. That was my original reason for using it before de-googling.

I don't have google play services anymore but I do still use microG just for Revanced because I am a psychopath that actually likes YouTube recommendations.

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I recommend reading the actual paper this article is about. DDG is actually by far the worst by their measures. Google is 9% spam compared to 31% for DDG and 23% for Bing. That's a huge difference.

I would recommend trying a SearXNG instance if you haven't before. You can combine results from multiple sources. I use Google as my main source while also having access to the DDG-style !bangs.

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I recommend reading the actual paper. DDG is actually by far the worst by their measures. Even though Google has gotten worse, it's results are still massively superior to the competition. 9% spam compared to 31% for DDG and 23% for Bing. That's a huge difference.

I would recommend trying a SearXNG instance if you haven't before. You can combine results from multiple sources. I use Google as my main source while also having access to the DDG-style !bangs.

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In Arch there are AUR packages for specific versions so you don't have to do it yourself. Arch is about picking and choosing your packages, but not really about actually building/patching things on your own like LFS or Gentoo.

Although picking a rolling-release distro and then using an outdated kernel does seem counter-intuitive.

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Fun fact, if you want to bypass the hearts system you can go to Duolingo For Schools and create a classroom with only yourself in it. There is zero verification.

It affects the desktop and mobile app. I think it might also hide ads but I'm not 100% sure about that, it's been awhile since I've used it.

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For me Firefox crashes all the time in normal use. I am talking minimum twice a day. It also has this weird problem where it will pin one thread to 100% and lock up the whole browser when downloading files. I also had to disable video hardware acceleration or else Twitch crashes every 5-10 minutes but luckily my CPU is so strong that it's not too big of a deal to do software decoding.

I still use it out of principle but it has been a way worse experience than Chromium ever was for me.

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I am talking about on desktop but actually the Android version of Firefox was such a laggy buggy mess I switched to Brave on mobile.

On my desktop I use Arch btw with a 7950X and a 6900 XT. Honestly after using it for over a year I kind of hate it. I am so fed up with how many small annoying problems it has. Someone else mentioned Thorium in this thread and I might give that a try.

If Firefox works great for you that's awesome but it is BY FAR the buggiest piece of software on my entire computer.

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For me I had to disable video hardware acceleration (just video, not all acceleration) for Twitch to stop crashing all the time.

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Do you think Rockstar is omniscient?

Seriously. There is actually zero way Rockstar would ever know even if you outright stole some of the code unless you were to admit it. And definitely not if you got some inspiration from it.

The derivative code will get compiled. What are they going to do, pick apart the machine code from every game released from now on to see if it somehow matches a chunk from GTA? And then somehow track down and prove that one of the probably dozens of employees who worked on the game looked at this leaked source code? Good luck with that.

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Watch hbomberguy's Fallout 3 video and see if you feel the same way afterwards.

Why does open source take up so much memory space on Macos

I have macbook air with M1 chip, I wish I could change to linux but unfortunately I cant so I try to stick as much as possible to using open source on macos. But i cant understand why FOSS apps take up so much space in memory. I'm even getting messages that says that I dont have space left in memory and i must close apps, and I...

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16GB should be the absolute bare minimum with 32GB being standard at this point.

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    Same with Cox, the default is 1.25 TB. I pay extra for unlimited and use around 7 TB per month. Haven't heard any complaints for the 2 years I've had them. I have a feeling the threshold is something like 8 or 10 TB but I'd rather not find out.

    Google Researchers’ Attack Prompts ChatGPT to Reveal Its Training Data ( www.404media.co )

    ChatGPT is full of sensitive private information and spits out verbatim text from CNN, Goodreads, WordPress blogs, fandom wikis, Terms of Service agreements, Stack Overflow source code, Wikipedia pages, news blogs, random internet comments, and much more.

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    And even then there is no “database” that contains portions of works. The network is only storing the weights between tokens. Basically groups of words and/or phrases and their likelyhood to appear next to each other. So if it is able to replicate anything verbatim it is just overfitted. Ironically the solution is to feed it even more works so it is less likely to be able to reproduce any single one.

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    The important distinction is that this “database” would be the training data, which it only has access to during training. It does not have access once it is actually deployed and running.

    It is easy to think of it like a human taking a test. You are allowed to read your textbooks as much as you want while you study, but once you actually start the test you can only go off of what you remember. Sure you might remember bits and pieces, but it is not the same thing as being able to directly pull from any textbook you want at any time.

    It would require you to have a photographic memory (or in the case of ChatGPT, terabytes of VRAM) to be able to perfectly remember the entirety of your textbooks during the test.

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    I think you are confused, how does any of that make what I said a lie?

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    I’m honestly not sure what you’re trying to say here. If by “it must have access to information for reference” you mean it has access while it is running, it doesn’t. Like I said that information is only available during training. Either you’re trying to make a point I’m just not getting or you are misunderstanding how neural networks function.

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    Bitcoin has been mined on ASICs since 2013. GPUs are outclassed when it comes to specialized hardware. The Reddit classic of downvoting a completely correct comment has carried over to Lemmy I see.

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    Where did I say it was an attack? Now you’re projecting. I just find it frustrating when someone is being downvoted for something that is verifiably true. It wasn’t directed at you specifically.

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    As someone who enjoyed Google Inbox before they killed it, it hurts to read this comment.

    OpenAI's offices were sent thousands of paper clips in an elaborate prank to warn about an AI apocalypse ( www.businessinsider.com )

    OpenAI’s offices were sent thousands of paper clips in an elaborate prank to warn about an AI apocalypse::The prank was a reference to the “paper clip maximizer” scenario – the idea that AI could destroy humanity if it were told to build as many paper clips as possible.

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    You would think so, but you have to remember AGI is hyper-intelligent. Because it can constantly learn, build, and improve upon itself at an exponential rate it’s not only a little bit smarter than a human-- it’s smarter than every human combined. AGI would know that if it’s caught trying to maximizing paperclips humans would shut it down at the first sign something is wrong, so it would find unfathomably clever ways to avoid detection.

    If you’re interested in the subject the YouTube channel Computerphile has a series of videos with Robert Miles that explain the importance of AI safety in an easy to understand way.

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    Yeah from what I’m seeing it’s not that they’re scamming their customers it looks like a compliance problem. Things like getting not proper ID and allowing illegal and/or foreign transactions.

    Louis Rossman/FUTO's YouTube app, GrayJay, now supports Sponsorblock... and shames you if you use it

    Seriously this was very surprising. I’ve been experimenting with GrayJay since it was announced and I largely think it’s a pretty sweet app. I know there are concerns over how it isn’t “true open source” but it’s a hell of a lot more open than ReVanced. Plus, I like the general design and philosophy of the app....

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    I think you guys are just discussing semantics. Revanced as a project is the patches themselves, so Revanced is open source. But a YouTube app patched with the Revanced patches is not.

    Apple announces that RCS support is coming to iPhone next year ( 9to5mac.com )

    In a surprising move, Apple has announced today that it will adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging standard. The feature will launch via a software update “later next year” and bring a wide range of iMessage-style features to messaging between iPhone and Android users....

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    Yellow bubbles for all RCS messages.

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    Those kinds of apps took off in other places because SMS was expensive, but in the US there has been cheap and/or unlimited SMS for a couple of decades now. So people had no reason to use anything else. That means when iMessage came along and transparently covered up SMS it became the standard.

    It is especially bad for teenagers where the iPhone has almost 90% market share. If you are a teen using Android with 9 friends, chances are literally all of them are on iMessage. Good luck trying to convince all 9 of them to install another app just for you. Apple’s indoctrination marketing is so powerful that kids are actually bullied for not having an iPhone.

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    Sure, but pricing was the main driver. There doesn’t seem to be readily available historical pricing data but even as late as 2018 the price of SMS in Europe seemed to be €0.07-0.11 per message. Which means it was even more expensive back in the early 2010s when WhatsApp and others were beginning to take off. For the US the price per message is and has been $0. I think the extra features were ultimately just a bonus when compared to being able to send messages for free. The fact the US still hasn’t switched is proof enough that it being a better experience is not enough to compel people to change off of the default. Money is a huge motivator.

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    It’s also ironically easier to use day-to-day than some other commonly suggested distros. Sure something like Mint or Pop_OS is much much easier to set up but later on when you need a newer version or something that isn’t in the repos. Too bad! That doesn’t exist. Time hunt down a PPA and hope it’s trustworthy.

    With Arch 99.9% of the time if it’s not in the main repos it’s in the AUR. And since it’s rolling there’s no worry of doing the big upgrades (been seeing plenty of posts about issues with the transition from Fedora 38 -> 39 lately). I have daily driven Arch for almost 10 years now and there have only been a handful of times across that whole span where a pacman -Syu actually broke something.

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    To be fair it is always my fault when things break not Arch’s. It’s not like Arch does anything on its own.

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    This tracks with my experience using Unity in the past. They like to add a bunch of half-baked new features while simultaneously deprecating old ones that worked fine. Which means you have to choose between using a “worse” feature you know will no longer be supported or using a “better” feature that’s not fully finished yet. When your release window is 2+ years out it is really hard to make that decision.

    And they do it directly in their stable builds and label individual features as “beta” rather than keeping them in a separate beta branch which is remarkably stupid. It makes them seem like the features are ready for production when they’re clearly not.

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    That’s how I’ve felt for a long time. What a stupid world we’ve built where reducing the number of jobs is considered a bad thing.

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    So yeah, first question is whether or not there is a way to migrate all of that data.

    JellyPlex-Watched is exactly what you are looking for.

    I don’t think there is a way to migrate the posters but I could be wrong.

    Is there a way/tool to do this on jellyfin?

    For audio and subtitles there is a setting for Jellyfin to remember which ones you want for a specific series so you select it for one episode and it will keep using it for subsequent episodes. No external tool required. I’m not sure if they are enabled by default but you can find “Set audio track based on previous item” and “Set subtitle track based on previous item” under the Playback settings.

    The audio track language/title is often either unamed or named inconsistently, so it often never works. And for subtitles, you have the same issue, except you have to also include the fact that there can, and usually is, two or more English subtitles for dialogue, signs(on-screen text), commentary, etc.

    Part of your problem here is also just bad sourcing. If the releases you’re downloading are incorrectly labeling their tracks those releases are probably not worth grabbing. I would avoid whichever ones those are. When they’re done correctly both Plex and Jellyfin (and almost any other player) will correctly select Japanese+Full Subtitles or English+Signs/Songs automatically.

    So basically, what are my options for direct-play with jellyfin, if any?

    Jellyfin Media Player on desktop, Findroid on Android, Swiftfin on iOS.

    It’s 2023. Every device I own is more than capable of playing every format, codec, etc that I could possibly need.

    That’s not Jellyfin or Plex’s fault. Especially with anime most is in HEVC which is not supported by most browsers because of patents/licensing issues. Chrome and other Chromium based browsers added support recently but if you use Firefox that is probably the issue.

    When my Internet shits the bed, will I be able to keep watching my stuff, or will jellyfin throw a hissy fit and refuse to work, like Plex does.

    All accounts on Jellyfin are local so it works perfectly fine offline. My internet actually just went down for a couple hours yesterday and Jellyfin was the only thing I was able to watch.

    And any other tips and tricks for migrating from Plex to jellyfin without having to do countless hours of manually configuring/editing my massive library, would be helpful.

    One recommendation I have is just run both Plex and Jellyfin at the same time. You can point them at the same folders and they won’t interfere with each other. Then if you end up not liking Jellyfin you can continue using Plex. Something that also helps with recognizing files correctly is if you include the imdb, TVDB, or TheMovieDB IDs in the file names. If you use the *arr apps they can rename them for you. For example all of my files have names like this so it is impossible for them to be misidentified:

    Monogatari - S02E01 - Karen Bee Part 1 [imdb-tt1480925] [tvdb-102261] [Bluray-1080p] [x264] [FLAC 2.0].mkv

    Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - [imdb-tt1856101] [tmdb-335984] [Bluray-2160p] [x265] [TrueHD Atmos 7.1].mkv

    Looking for what I can do with my android TV

    I’ve got a Sony android TV and it… Kinda sucks with the constant 'reccommended content’s (ads). Every update just adds more scrolling shit I don’t want to see.I want to know what different programs I can try out, and maybe a different os I can put on it. I’m looking at smarttubenext currently, and I want to know of...

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    Get FLauncher from the Play Store then either use Button Mapper to make the home button go there or use adb to disable the existing launcher. Completely clean home screen and can be done in a few minutes.

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    Glad you went with ADB. Yeah it is more complicated but I agree it does feel better to have it completely disabled. Luckily once you do it once it is easier to do again. I just recently did it for a TV and a Chromecast, and the first one took me 30-40 minutes to figure out while the second one took more like 5 since I knew exactly what to do.

    Still check out Button Mapper if you want to map the YouTube button on your remote to SmartTube. And if you are looking for any other app recommendations there is one called S0undTV that is basically SmartTube but for Twitch if you watch any streams.

    Websites to download cracked software for Windows?

    Yes, I have looked in the megathread. Specifically under the sections “All Purpose”, “Tools”, and “Software”… however, I didn’t find any general, all purpose websites for cracked software. Or at least, the megathread never had something in it that said “great website for cracked software”....

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    It’s not FOSS but what about Bitwig? I only have surface-level knowledge of DAWs but it seems comparable to FL or Ableton.

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    You can use Windows VSTs with Yabridge. This site also lists other FOSS plugins that might be able to replace most of what you need except for the more specific and/or niche ones.

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    It’s not actually based on the year. There have been 21 other major releases at various intervals starting with 1.0 in 2006. It just happens to be close to the current year right now.

    This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI ( www.technologyreview.com )

    A new tool lets artists add invisible changes to the pixels in their art before they upload it online so that if it’s scraped into an AI training set, it can cause the resulting model to break in chaotic and unpredictable ways....

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    Obviously this is using some bug and/or weakness in the existing training process, so couldn't they just patch the mechanism being exploited?

    Or at the very least you could take a bunch of images, purposely poison them, and now you have a set of poisoned images and their non-poisoned counterparts allowing you to train another model to undo it.

    Sure you've set up a speedbump but this is hardly a solution.

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    For me on Plasma it is extremely easy. Open system settings, click to the connections page, and enter the IP in the DNS servers box under the IPv4 tab. It is less steps than it is on Windows. And I’m fairly certain GNOME and Cinnamon are a similar number of steps. Those are the most popular DEs, so what DE are you referring to that doesn’t have DNS in the settings?

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    In games where you spend a lot of time in coversations it makes sense. Fallout New Vegas is one of my favorite games but if you do nothing but max Speech it turns into easy mode.

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    As long as old.lemdro.id stays I am happy.

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    particularly now that steam has switched over to electron, so the client runs like shit

    It uses CEF not Electron, which it has used for over 13 years. This isn’t something they just added. If it’s running slow for you you probably have an issue with hardware acceleration.

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    but the whole steam client? has always been vgui, not electron cef. just because there is reference to chromium in the commit log doesn’t mean the whole thing’s built in chromium.

    The “whole client” hasn’t been VGUI. Yes now every element is CEF but many, many pieces have been CEF for a very long time. “Switched over to Electron” implies it was entirely changed but it’s just using more of the thing it was already using. Those are two different things.

    it’s not just me who has performance issues. at one point it was everyone on linux with an nvidia gpu

    The issue you linked had nothing to do with Steam it was a bug with the Nvidia driver itself. Not sure what that’s supposed to prove.

    my point was that i never had issues with vgui, and now i do.

    And my point is that is not an inherent problem with Steam, that is something specific to your configuration. If it runs fine for other people it can run fine for you. I’m on Arch with an Nvidia GPU. I have zero issues with the performance.

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    It’s funny that you mention Baldur’s Gate 3 because the game is blatantly unfinished. Act 1&2 are pretty much 9-10/10 but Act 3 is like a 6/10 at best. I’m surprised it gets a pass where Cyberpunk didn’t because in my experience they are equally as buggy. Because of my beefy PC and the scope of the games I think Cyberpunk may have even had less bugs than I’ve had in BG3. And I played it on release.

    In BG3 I have quests breaking, characters not showing up where they should, continuity issues, obvious cut content, etc. I just gave up halfway through Act 3 and started a new playthrough instead because I adore the first half of the game and it makes the latter half that much more disappointing by contrast.

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    I am talking strictly on the basis of bugs/incompleteness not the overall quality/scope of the games. But also “it barely ran on PCs” neither did Act 3. I have a 7950X and I still drop down to 40fps in some places even after the patches. People with say a 3600X were barely scraping 30. If we’re talking about the trend of games being unfinished or buggy on launch then BG3 deserves to be called out for the same.

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    Part of it is the game just being so huge. Most people aren’t even going to hit Act 3 until 50-60 hours in which is already much longer than most other games. So you’ve already formed your opinion of the game by the time you hit the less polished part.

    And to be fair, those first 50-60 hours are pretty great. (Minus some gripes with things like pathing and inventory management) If the game just straight up ended with Act 2 I would be completely satisfied. I didn’t even mention this because I wanted to focus on the bugs but even narrative, pacing, and quest design in Act 3 is just so rough compared to the other two. It almost feels like a different game or a different developer. The quality drop is that drastic IMO.

    I am worried that other studios might look at this and realize they can just front-load the best content and all the polish in the first section and neglect the rest to fix later. It sets a bad precedent.

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    I maybe be wrong but I think they just fixed the NPCs running away in the latest patch. One of the patch notes is, “NPCs will no longer run away from anything but the Dark Urge Slayer form to improve interactivity and flow.” I’m not sure if that is referring to Dark Urge only or if that means they exclusively run away from that one form and now all other summons are fair game. But I haven’t had time to jump back into the game to try it yet.

    There is actually a quest where you need to escort an NPC and when we got to the boss the NPC cowers in fear and tries to run away. But because I had an elemental summoned he would run towards the boss and instantly die. At first I just thought that was how it was supposed to be but after defeating the boss 3 times I thought it was way too hard to keep the NPC alive and it didn’t really make any sense for him to run straight in after dialogue saying he doesn’t want to go in there. The quest/dialogue also acted like he was still alive so it’s as if the developers never even planned for the possibility of him dying in that area. On my 4th attempt I moved the elemental in front of the door and sure enough he ran the opposite direction and stood in the corner he was supposed to, safe from the fight.

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    I haven’t played it myself (yet) but apparently Divinity Original Sin 2 was similar and the “Definitive Edition” that came about a year later fixed Act 3. So I hope the same thing happens for BG3.

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    That is the exact opposite of what needs more seeders.

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