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If I own a community that’s related to a piece of software, service, or other community and someone who actually contributes to that wants it, message me and it’s yours. I stake no claim in communities, I simply want to see them exist and thrive.

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Mastodon.social admin and lead mastodon dev Eugen Rochko signed an NDA with Facebook and has since been in support of Threads' embrace of the Fediverse and asked people to give Facebook a chance. We won't know if he's made some deal (monetary or otherwise) with Facebook due to aformentioned NDA.

Many instances of the fediverse are anti-Threads despite his shilling though.

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Playnite on Windows is the premiere experience for multilauncher support. Highly customizable, and it has a UX that's much better to lay-users than something like Gog Galaxy 2.0. Integrations are well QA'd and updated. It's wild that this was built as a FLOSS project because it's better than what billion dollar companies have done by a mile.

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Well, Epic instigated them to ban the app so they could claim the ban as a tort under competition law.

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I personally find them both useful. Well, Tiktok specifically not youtube shorts.

My thing with tiktok is that their content recommendation algorithm is best-in-class at knowing what sort of content I want, and it starts edging away from what I want, just marking stuff as "not interested" a few times will bring it back in line. By modulating my behaviours on certain types of content (i.e. making choices over whether to watch or skip, mark as "not interested", view comments, comment myself), I can customize an algorithmic feed that delivers what I want.

Granted this is quite an amount of work to use a "social media app", unlike the other platforms, it's possible and it's good.

Youtube (long-form) I think is extremely useful when I'm looking for something in-particular, especially if it's something that doesn't age very much. Guides and tutorials, let's plays, retrospectives, etc. They both fit better with the long-form content, and are much easier to find on Youtube than Tiktok.

The content recommendation algorithm of Tiktok is what makes me use it, while the discovery of specific content and access to longer form content is what makes me use Youtube.

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Elon too, while misguided, wants to do good

There's no reason to believe this.

But look at how his dad has treated him growing up

An explanation as to why someone's a bad person doesn't make them less bad.

Plus I’m pretty sure he’s neurodivergent.

He's autistic. Most autistic people aren't narcissistic megalomaniacs, and if they are, they should be called out for it.

If anybody wants to get him to see the error of his ways, more abusive language is certainly not going to help.

A moot point, he will not accept anything but the yes men he grew up around and lived the last 52 years being applauded by.

He’s being pushed into a corner and in his mind he sees a world that is increasingly broken by vile people who don’t understand him or his vision for improving the world.

I do understand his vision, and the vision is broken and harmful.

Elon has in fact done a lot of good for the world, but he needs people he trust to keep his feet on the ground.

He has? Like his racially segregated factories? Or the monkeys he experiments on the brains of?

That can’t be achieved by chastising him, but by praising the things he does well and getting him to spend more time among “normal” people and good role models

This is ineffective with people in such a power position.

In the meantime though, to protect the world from powerful broken men, we need regulation to keep them fenced off.

Agreed.

Ultimately, Elon Musk is a genuinely harmful and bad person, who is both uncritically malicious to those who dare criticize him, and is incredibly foolish at every endeavour he involves himself in. "His" successes come as a result of people he hired walling him off in his companies so that he continues to invest in technologies while being blind to any important part of production he might find interesting enough to meddle in.

Your take on him is one I can empathize with, and I even held myself for a while, but at the end of the day, it's a benefit of the doubt he expressly does not deserve.

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I should add that I reject the idea of anyone making a choice. Neuroscience is pretty confident that choice is not an actual thing; it’s all cause and effect. The behavior we are seeing from Elon Musk now is caused by his genes, how he was brought up, and how people are treating him. We can control one of these three things to get the effect we want.

Is this how you excuse any wrongdoing of any person who's ever existed? Holding people accountable, both in private and public, is a part of that influence upon who he is. At this point, I'm comfortable saying Elon Musk is a lost cause, and the best thing we can do is make him less capable of harming society yet further.

Not everyone gets a redemption arc, that's only a thing in novels. Elon Musk has no desire to understand normal people, and that's something is simply impossible to contend with.

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I don't agree with punitive "justice". It's ineffective, bad, and wrong.

But I do agree that, while rehabilitative justice takes place, we must protect society from those who are doing harm to others.

The adult approach is to think about an effective way to prevent him from doing more damage while not giving the wrong signals to the rest of society.

Your "adult approach" allows him to continue to freely do harm to people, and in no way addresses it nor the harm those who think he's acceptable perpetuate.

He has a tail of followers so care needs to be taken that he doesn’t become a martyr for them.

This is another excuse to do nothing.

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Determinism is actually a really silly argument to make for anything. Determinism doesn't posit that people don't make choices, but simply that the choices made are determinable, even if they in every way resemble "free choice". We are a part of the variables that determinism says contributes to these choices, but your solution is we sit with a sock in our mouth because it's so very mean to tell Elon he's a cunt "because he has no choice". You're, put plainly, a fool, if you believe for a second that predetermined choices make someone any less of an asshole. Elon Musk is a harmful, narcissistic asshole is no different than "the total result of Elon Musk's predetermined decisions are to behave as a narcissitic asshole."

Yes, under determinism, he has no choice in the matter, just as a gun used to kill someone has no choice in being a killing machine, or a pencil in a 4th grade classroom has no choice in being a penis drawer.

Deterministic sophistry being used to soften, excuse, or in any way lessen the value of peoples' individual actions is mere sophistry, and completely misses the point of the philosophical theory.

Apple isn't happy about India's demand to upgrade older iPhones with USB-C (appleinsider.com)

Apple isn't happy about India's demand to upgrade older iPhones with USB-C::Apple has urged the Indian IT ministry to make changes to its single charger rules, as adding USB-C to older iPhone models will make it hard for Apple to meet production targets for India's manufacturing and export laws.

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Well, that's not exactly the demand. The demand is simply that if they wish to sell a product in the country, it meets their regulatory specifications by June 2025. Apple doesn't have to upgrade their older models, they could also simply stop selling them.

But if they wish to sell a product, it must meet the manufacturing requirements of the region in which they wish to sell. Hardly a big deal if you ask me.

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India is 6% of Apple's market, and growing.

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Ya, no pirate worth their salt would risk it at this point. It’s so infested with malware, with seemingly no moderation, and no meaningful original releases.

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Because these aren’t conservatives. Not in the economic sense. These are fascists who campaign under the guise of conservatism.

Bill Gates says a 3-day work week where 'machines can make all the food and stuff' isn't a bad idea (www.businessinsider.com)

Bill Gates says a 3-day work week where ‘machines can make all the food and stuff’ isn’t a bad idea::“A society where you only have to work three days a week, that’s probably OK,” Bill Gates said.

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So, you don’t believe in voting as a human right, and you think prisons have ever solved even a single solitary thing in their entire history?

Miss me with that lmao

How to check a direct downloaded mkv file

Decided to dip my toes in so I followed the guide to a website where I can download some content via google drive. Like an idiot, I didn’t research the risks of direct downloads before and so I’m now a bit paranoid. I understand the chances are low and my media player needs to be exploited but is there a way to be certain? A...

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AniDB contains hashes for episodes of anime. They’re obviously not all there - really it’s a fraction of a fraction of them - but it’s the most comprehensive public database of anime file hashes.

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With BlueSky moving towards finally opening up federation, I'm interested in how people feel about it?

Would you be open to the idea of Mastodon, Lemmy, Pixelfed, and other Fediverse platforms adopting the AT protocol in order to federate with it?

If those technical hurdles could be overcome, would you support your instance federating with BlueSky?

Does the same go for other commercially-owned platforms, such as Threads and Tumblr?

@fediverse

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Once they’ve transferred governance to some other entity, sure. That’s gonna take years though, they said so themselves. Standardizing a protocol isn’t something that can be done overnight, and that’s fully their intention with ATProto.

I’m keenly interested in the protocol, but I also question its flexibility as to the content it can be used to post and distribute. That’s something we’ll have to wait for federation to come to see people start playing with. If it becomes a standard, governed by a non-partisan body, and is flexible to a variety of content types, I see no reason to stay with ActivityPub except that the software’s already here.

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It’s yet another hole in his wallet… assuming it’s even him paying for it. I’ll say one thing, these troglodytes are good at just not paying for things they owe for. Whether it be fines for putting up an illegal sign, or lawyers and other service-people.

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It’s not “stalking” and “harassing,” as you claim in the thread, for someone to defend defamatory claims that were made in public. That’s dumb. Also the fact you keep remaking this thread shows you know you’re in the wrong lmao

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Yes, it’s completely okay for Ada to defend themselves in response to defamatory claims, and is not proof of harassment nor justification to claim they’re stalking for doing so.

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It’s spying to be an admin? Maybe you should just run your own instance so people aren’t spying on you then.

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It’s not “stalking” and “harassing,” as you claim in the thread, for someone to defend defamatory claims that were made in public. That’s dumb.

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Older people ignore the comment sections in their factorization. I think this can be fair but also isn’t necessarily when we consider things like livestreams on twitch and youtube, where you will have actual communities form on the platform itself, who communicate and form friendships and relationships. Unlike message boards and forums typically have, there is a “main character” if you will, but I don’t think that makes it asocial.

There’s also the participatory, communicative environment people feel even as smaller creators. It’s not like film and TV where you need an entire network and brand backing you, and as such it’s pretty democratized to be a social outlet for people.

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All games are flawed; SV’s unacceptably so and your copium just justifies GF getting worse on that front.

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OP ITT is really just jumping around screaming that they’re the only person on this platform who’s not in the CIA lmao

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Why are you always spending time with the CIA? Pretty sus, maybe you’re in the CIA, or a CIA shill, huh?

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On what basis do you say that? There’s tons of legit malware on there, just search for shit that implements denuvo.

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Why would Epic put a store launcher on Steam? This is a silly argument.

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It included a photo of Hitler with the caption, “At least now the world know, why he did, what he did.”

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  • ram ,
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    Personally I prefer sticking with smaller instances of maybe a few hundred or a thousand users. The more evenly spread out we are across instances, the more democratized the federation is.

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    IDK where the lemmy admins are based out of, but many countries consider hentai depicting underage characters to be illegal; my country of Canada’s one such country.

    ram ,
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    I have a similar issue from Lemmy wanting to block kbin.social. I’ve even considered asking to just get banned from the instance just so I don’t need to deal with their users.

    ram ,
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    Is there a part of bluesky that’s under an impermissive license?

    ram ,
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    Genuine question: Aren’t you supposed to say “this is not legal advice?” if you identify yourself as a lawyer but you’re not their legal council? Or am I mistaken?

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    Don’t do this.

    ram ,
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    That one is certainly illegal, misrepresenting yourself as a lawyer online and giving legal advice on that basis. Same for doctors.

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    Canada, USA, the EU

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    “because…?” ?

    Do we live in a computer simulation like in The Matrix? Proposed new law of physics backs up the idea (phys.org)

    The simulated universe theory implies that our universe, with all its galaxies, planets and life forms, is a meticulously programmed computer simulation. In this scenario, the physical laws governing our reality are simply algorithms. The experiences we have are generated by the computational processes of an immensely advanced...

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    So, I was talking about my own thoughts on this, and it can’t be disproved, so it’s not really something I can believe in per se, but I think it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. I’m just gonna paste it here because I’d genuinely like to discuss it.

    So like, we agree here that the universe could be a simulation, right? That this could be possible, regardless of whether or not that’s true of our particular universe?

    I sorta had this idea on christmas last year but I was thinking…
    If it’s possible for a universe like ours to exist; for it to be created and to live out its life, etc.

    Maybe the idea that mathematics predicts a universe like ours, the stars, the planets, the division of anti-matter and matter, etc., maybe this entire thing is actually just that prediction. Not actually having “come true”, but moreso a figment amongst other figments that the mathematics of reality predict.

    To draw an analogue, if an infinitely intelligent, thoughtful, and knowing being had infinite brainpower running at infinite speeds, any time they thought of a universe, a world, a person, they would think with such clarity and depth that the person within it could live an entire life, could have evolved, would have existed in every way that we can perceive. They would have consciousness in any way we can recognize, and themselves wonder about the nature of their universe, and where it came from. But the reality is that it’s just the thought of a being of infinites.

    This would be deism, but if even I believe what I said above to be true, I don’t think I need to be a deist.

    Because maybe simply the possibility of that happening – the plausible reality of everything existing – is what all it takes.

    It’s something that’s churned in my head for a long time, and I really have no reason to believe it; it’s inherently unprovable, and thus isn’t really something I can believe in. But I think it’s an interesting concept.
    idk maybe I’ve made some foolish error in the arrogant pursuit of conceptualising all that which I do and don’t understand to be real lol

    Basically I postulate that the universe could be in a state of quasi-existence wherein it doesn’t actually need any sort of trigger or anything to exist, because it doesn’t even.

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    Information actually is quantifiable in physics, and broadly refers to the amount of order and structure present in a system. It’s generally quantified using concepts such as entropy, wherein lower entropy correlates with higher information content.

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    Yeah, brining up such a being was merely an analogue. The actual idea I’m putting forward is there is no need for a means of “the universe” to begin. If it can, it does, and we’re simply within a figment of possibility and potential.

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    First off, chill lmao. I don’t really want to take a defensive position on this because it’s not something I do or can believe, but moreso an interesting idea that I see no clear problems with. I believe in it no more than “the universe is a simulation” or “the universe was created by some exoversal trigger”

    Secondly, Math makes it possible. Or maybe some exoversal form thereof off of which our universe builds and adds to.

    Thirdly, going beyond the scope of existence within time and space necessarily will kick the can down the road to some extent. That’s an absolutely daft complaint given the subject.

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    Yea, but all the consoles I listed at launch had nearly full BC with the previous gen. DSi wasn’t compatible with Rock Band for DS, or fully compatible with the DS pokemon games that used the GBA slot for pal park, but beyond that, they’ve been pretty good for not starting any generation without a clean slate before Switch.

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    Stripped of executable code. IIRC the issue in particular was that sidebars observed HTML and you could put an iframe with potentially malicious code into them.

    Fediverse sustainability

    I prefer good faith discussions please. I love the Fediverse and love what it can be long term. The problem is that parts of the culture want nothing to do with financial aspect. Many are opposed to ads, memberships, sponsorships etc The “small instances” response does nothing to positively contribute to the conversation....

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    Donations are a sustainable model for development. Less sustainable than government taxation, but more sustainable than ads, subscriptions, and/or fees by a mile.

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