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The actual fuck did they think was gonna happen? Literally everyone saw this coming except the FTC somehow I guess.

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There's a book called The Media Monopoly that details how media companies have consolidated to just a handful of mega corps and the book had to be republished 5 times since the 80s because every few years the number keeps shrinking dramatically. The author later released a brand new book called The New Media Monopoly which is essentially the 7th edition of the original book and at this point we're in a fucked up late stage version of the problem he originally detailed.

From the Wiki on the author:

In 2000 Bagdikian stated, "Every edition has been considered by some to be alarmist and every edition ends up being too conservative." In this latest version, Bagdikian wrote that the number of corporations controlling most of the media decreased to five: Disney, News Corporation, Time Warner, Viacom, and Bertelsmann. He argued, "This gives each of the five corporations and their leaders more communications power than was exercised by any despot or dictatorship in history."

The Onion is a bit too accurate sometimes.

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Ok but will this run on my TI-83? It's a + model.

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Still an improvement but you definitely have a point.

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Just like how many people stopped being supportive of labor unions, a lot of dummies out there have this misplaced belief that as soon as any problem goes away, we no longer need to uphold the things that solved those problems in the first place.

Of course that's not at all how the world works. Bad actors are constantly looking for gaps in our defenses. They're never going to fully go away because there is an ever present 25-30% of humanity that frankly sucks.

It requires a continuous collective effort to stave these despicable motherfuckers off.

Is anyone else worried about the apple vision pro?

i wouldn't normally be concerned since any company releasing a VR product with this price tag is obviously going to fail... but it's apple and somehow through exquisite branding and sleek design they have managed to create something that resonated with "tech reviewers" and rich folk who can afford it....

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Some people call VR dystopian, but it's got great potential too.

During COVID while I was living alone and we were under lockdown...

I used a Quest to watch movies in a virtual theater with a bunch of people from around the world. I remember being in a theater watching an absolutely ridiculous Nicolas Cage movie laughing my ass off with a bunch of dudes from Australia. Another time I watched a cricket game with some people who explained the rules to me and kinda gave me some play by play on what was happening.

I've also attended a few support group meetings in VR for coping with loss that had quite a lot of attendants. The meeting was run by a licensed group therapist and we took turns sharing and then reflecting on each others stories. It was frankly amazing.

I also played mini golf with friends of mine as well as had a couple meetings over a round of mini golf with the other guy on my design team during lockdown. Honestly the best virtual meetings I ever had.

All of the above were very social and very positive experience. I didn't feel far away from people, I felt connected to them.

Same way a smartphone can be a useful tool that enhances your life or a screen you stare at for hours consuming bullshit TikTok videos. You're in control of what you make of it. You can also stick to a dumb phone and not participate at all.

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And IIRC those are all PCVR sets and not standalone.

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I'll be honest I think their watch and AirPods both look kinda dumb, but they seem to be quite popular. And I distinctly remember that when both came out people were taking shots at how they looked, myself included.

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There were no insane avatars, everyone looked pretty normal. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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This was in Altspace VR which unfortunately got axed by Microsoft IIRC, but on there you kinda looked like a less shitty version of one of those Nintendo avatars customized however you wanted.

The craziest anybody looked on there would be to have like rainbow or blue hair or something along those lines. It was pretty tame compared to like the furry anime cat sex doll looking things some people run around in VR Chat with. It also wasn't overrun with screaming children which I think is VR Chat's biggest overall problem.

Anyway, that support group thing I think has since moved to another platform, I forget which.

Disney+ has started cracking down on password sharing in the US (www.engadget.com)

Disney+ started getting strict about password sharing in Canada last year, and now it's expanding the restriction to the US. According to The Verge, the streaming service has been sending out emails to its subscribers in the country, notifying them about a change in its terms of service. Its service agreement now states that...

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Password crackdown aside, I don't really get the appeal of the service unless you have kids or an abnormally large boner for Star Wars and MCU

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I think the next thing they're gonna do is go after people who sub for a month and then unsub. Probably by charging a good bit more for month-to-month than paying annually.

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Incidentally I thought both philosophies sounded somewhat reasonable when I was around 13.

Do you all have any tips on activities to do yourself, instead of consuming content all the time?

I'm pretty sick of my content addiction, like watching youtube or netflix all the time. I would rather be spending my time otherwise so figured fun things are the best to start. Do you have tips for fun things to do? Or how I could search for them?...

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I got into scratch/trash building and kit bash modeling crazy mechs and stuff last year and it’s been a blast.

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Yeah I’m just not sure how much I believe this thing is worth the investment at all and the fact that it’s 100km just proves these guys were like “uhhh, let’s make it BIG NUMBER KM LONG.”

I think there’s likely quite a lot of other worthier expenditures in science research than this indulgent toy.

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Not a gotcha question, but what things did the LHC discover that have real practical applications right now other than validating some hypothesis? Because I’ve looked into it before and turned up nothing so I’m wondering what I’m missing.

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For my particular niche (illustration) it has a way better concentration of active (and also importantly) high quality actual working professional artists on it than mastodon.

The art scene on mastodon is pretty meh and the largest art centric instance is run by unstable authoritarians that are some of the biggest sources of drama on mastodon.

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Say what you will about Apple but I don't have to put up with this insane shit at least on their computers. I really wonder how long they hold out on this stuff.

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Yeah for sure they both have their pros and cons, I've used both extensively. This just happens to be something that would particularly fucking infuriate me and I'm glad I don't have to deal with it on my daily driver.

Sorta feels like someone kicking the door into your house and tacking up billboards on your walls or something.

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Please elaborate.

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Honestly my biggest thing is for affordable 10 or even 20 TB SSDs to hit the market.

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You can't really even find a 10+ TB SSD easily right now let alone anything approaching 20, so it's a moot point for now anyway. All that pricing stuff is cyclical though. There was a big spike in SSD prices a couple years ago prior to that huge price drop we just saw. It'll come back down again eventually.

We just moved over to a HDD setup recently because I had run out of space on SSD and the amount of space is great, but I forgot how much I hate HDD seek and transfer times and I'm not gonna invest in RAID for now so I guess this is my life.

Might be smart to maybe keep my most active shows on an SSD and the rest of the catalog on the HDD.

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I have not seen a consumer SSD of 10 or more TB for sale anywhere and absolutely not 20. So the answer is, I have no idea.

Samsung has started selling 8TB drives for around 500-600 which is really not that bad, but I'm just gonna wait a couple years for larger capacities to hit the market and skip 8. It's in my opinion kind of a middling size if you're archiving a lot of video.

For now I'll just stick with the high capacity HDD setup I'm using.

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Samsung is selling some somewhat affordable 8TB drives but I feel like that's kind of an odd spot for size where it'll hold a lot of stuff, but when you get to that level of kinda semi-deranged collector mentality file hoarding, you're gonna blow past 8 pretty easily. I'm hoping it'll actually happen in a few years.

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To each their own. I don't care for the bulk of RAID setups or the transfer and seek time of individual spinning disks.

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I had a post of mine flagged for multiple days on there because it had an illustration of a woman in a full length wool coat completely covering her and not in any way sexual. Shit is so stupid

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Yeah exact same opinion. I've trained myself to use them by default. Not having one when necessary is a lot worse than having them where it's not absolutely needed. Just totally cuts out any chance of ambiguity.

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Why would you not bullet the first word in that bulleted list?

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Pretty interesting. I'm gonna take a wild guess that most of the low level (green) jamming is just plain old electromagnetic interference?

Really curious to know what's going on over Poland. Found this article talking about it. Seems to think Russia is responsible which I suppose isn't a surprise.

https://breakingdefense.com/2024/01/as-baltics-see-spike-in-gps-jamming-nato-must-respond/

Viktor Orbán's anti-woke resistance has made him the 'splinter under the fingernail' of the EU (apnews.com)

Hungary’s parliament will convene an emergency session on Monday to do something its western partners have waited for, often impatiently, for more than a year: to hold a vote, finally, on approving Sweden’s bid to join the NATO military alliance....

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Yeah this is just childish bullshit journalism. Orban is for sure a piece of shit but like… who wrote this trash?

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That’s how you know everything’s going great

What Meta’s Fediverse Plans Mean for Threads Users (www.wired.com)

Meta is treading carefully, doing a phased implementation while continuing conversations with Fediverse leaders. This will give the company more time to iron out some of the integration kinks. “Do we adapt the protocol to be able to support this?” Lambert asks. “Or do we try to do some kind of interesting, unique...

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Absolutely spot on teardown of this joke article.

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Funny thing is that the mainstream threads audience would probably do more harm to the mastodon ecosystem by orders of magnitude.

There is a big cultural disconnect. I’m active in both and they are very different communities by and large.

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It sounds annoying as fuck. I hate when my friends send audio messages in messaging apps.

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They really have just given up on being a good search engine at this point huh?

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Really? I've heard it kinda sucks these days. I used to use it years back though and am a big Firefox supporter.

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Huh good to know. Thanks for the details!

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Appreciate the insight, thanks

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Definitely sucks trying to find good content in other languages. I'm a native english speaker, but live in the EU now and I'd like to watch more content in the local language to help with my learning. It's just difficult to come by.

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Yep I remember this pattern of behavior distinctly from last time.

One of the big ones that sticks out is you start seeing a lot of people claiming to be democrats or left aligned showing up all of a sudden and being big time concern trolls and talking about sitting out the election and/or claiming that there's no difference between voting democrat or republican, which is demonstrably absolute horse shit.

And just a lot of added vitriol. It seems like even politically unrelated discussions get meaner and more argumentative. I expect it's just gonna get worse as we get closer to November. It's only the beginning February. Ugh.

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I feel like this isn't surprising information. Quite a lot of the rhetoric and behavior coming out of China has signaled as much pretty openly for a while now.

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Being that the exterior is some sort of stucco/earthen kind of material, it would have been refinished on the outside multiple times in 600 years. There's buildings around 800 years old where I live that are in great condition because they've been well maintained. Also it's pretty typical for old religious buildings to have been added onto and modified in phases. Quite a lot of the big old churches in Europe changed in design and grew in size over 100s of years, for example.

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As if tankies aren't constantly simping for both Russia and China on here.

A little history refresher on the origin of the term

The term "tankie" was originally used by dissident Marxist–Leninists to describe members of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) who followed the party line of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). Specifically, it was used to distinguish party members who spoke out in defense of the Soviet use of tanks to crush the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the 1968 Prague Spring uprising, or who more broadly adhered to pro-Soviet positions.

So specifically being a tankie and supporting fascist bullshit go hand in hand and always have.

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Well I sure have. Especially before multiple servers defederated with Lemmygrad and Hexbear.

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The Russian monarchy ended about 39 years prior to the Hungarian Revolution in '56. The whole Russian Revolution thing and the murdering of the Romanovs and all that.

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