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pluralistic , to Random
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When hydrocarbon barons do their damndest to torch the Earth with fossil fuels, they call us dreamers. They insist that there's a hard-nosed reality - humanity needs energy - and they're the ones who live in it, while we live in the fairy land where the world can run on sunshine and virtuous thoughts. Without them making the tough decisions, we'd all be starving in the frigid dark.

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kbal ,
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If we could capture a mere 0.4% of the sun's rays that strike the Earth, we could give every person on the planet the energy budget of a Canadian

0.004 is a pretty small number, but then the surface area of the earth is a pretty big number. It would mean each individual person having solar panels twice the size of the footprint of the average Canadian house dedicated to their use, plus whatever infrastructure is required to transport that energy from the more sunny places to for instance Canada. And we do build our houses pretty big around here.

Sounds good though, let's do it.

kbal ,
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I think that's just some scrabble players angry at all the non-words

kbal ,
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Polls show that approximately one third to two thirds of Canadians think that Canada should increase its defence spending, depending on how you phrase the question. It remains unknown how many would answer positively if asked "would you like to pay more in taxes to have higher government spending on defence?"

kbal ,
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I spent a small moment wondering whether or not this was the real Olga Loiek in the video, but I guess the heuristic that says the real one is probably the one who's not telling you how great China is or which brand of makeup to buy still works for now.

kbal ,
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Only 1 in 100 Americans knows that HTML was named for "hot metal" after a type of ancient torture device.

kbal ,
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It was rc6 that finally fixed the amdgpu bug that's been annoying me for the past two months after I switched to a newer kernel than my distro came with in order to make some stupid ML stuff work. Probably it was the change described as "fix the runtime resume failure issue" I suppose. Whatever the problem was, it's gone now. If your graphical session sometimes fails to come back after the monitors were powered off for a while, 6.8 may be the kernel for you.

That's the problem with going out of your way to get a newer kernel. It has some new features but also some new bug and before you know it you're spending Sunday nights compiling the latest rc builds straight from Linus.

kbal ,
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ranked ballots will not lead to more representative governments

Perhaps not. The only thing we can be certain they'd give us would be a better voting system.

kbal ,
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Did they change the headline, or did you come up with the more click-baity one just for us?

kbal ,
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Well, she's not wrong that we need more influential people fighting back against this latest push in the global coordinated effort to put an end to communications privacy. It's really quite alarming how little attention it seems to get most of the time. Civil society seemed much more robust when it fought off similar attacks in the 1990s. I do hope that the "VC community" isn't our only hope.

But of course Signal can’t interoperate with another messaging platform, without them raising their privacy bar significantly

Signal is supposed to be free software. You could probably manage to interoperate at least with other operators of actual Signal-Server instances, if you wanted to.

kbal ,
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No wonder people sometimes say F1 is hard to follow. Are these unaccountable rumour-mongers trying to fuel the scandal for the benefit of Mercedes, or are they trying to make it look like someone else fabricated the scandal for the benefit of Mercedes?

kbal ,
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It'd have to be pretty long to get all the way to a conclusion that meaningless.

kbal ,
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That's not the difference between this and the usual kind of enshittification. The users are one side, the advertisers (and google) are the other. Nothing unusual there. The difference is that this time it's driven by desperate grasping at straws, rather than barefaced greed.

kbal ,
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It seems highly likely that you have mischaracterized the meaning of browser.shopping.experience2023.ads.userEnabled but it doesn't matter. The mere existence of browser.shopping.experience2023.ads.userEnabled is damning enough on its own.

kbal ,
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I would not blame this on the new CEO unless there's some evidence to support it. Wanting to incorporate more ads into the browser is one of the things the previous CEO was known for, and maybe that brilliant idea being met with hostility was one of the things that persuaded her to depart from the role. Whatever this new feature was to be, it most likely had its origins during her tenure.

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I just set my account to no longer automatically accept new followers.

I'm getting so many follow requests from new users that appear to be very spammy businesses—from AI-generated porn peddlers to web design shops in Arkansas—that it's annoying the hell out of me. And they all seem to come from mastodon.social.

If you're trying to follow me, sorry: it may take a day or two longer, now.

kbal ,
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Some of the other fedi software lets you do instance blocks on your own account. It's a feature that makes sense and should be demanded of Mastodon more often.

kbal ,
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localectl set-locale LANG=en_US.UTF-8

kbal ,
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To help make skittish people feel at ease with the concept, why not give it a friendly on-screen avatar? Perhaps something like a cute little animated paperclip.

mgeist , to Random
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As we wait for actual text of Bill C-63, my thread on Online Harms Act based on govt materials for today’s briefings. Main takeaway: significantly different from 2021 consultation plans. Focus on hate and children safety, not takedowns or site blocking.
https://x.com/mgeist/status/1762217483031703897?s=20

kbal ,
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@mgeist So is it illegal to run a fediverse in canada, yet? Certainly there is "a significant risk that harmful content is accessible" through them.

kbal , to Random
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Today in the Parliament of : Rival gangs of lawyers harangue each other.

kbal , (edited )
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Well, if what you want is inexpensive, simple, and durable you might be looking for my favourite keyboard which apparently they're still selling. I haven't needed a new one in 15 years or so but it doesn't look like they've changed the design at all.

Whether a "mechanical" keyboard is worth it just depends on your taste, but in my experience they do wear out much more quickly than this thing I'm typing on.

pluralistic , to Random
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You know the "horseshoe theory," right? "The far-left and the far-right, rather than being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear continuum of the political spectrum, closely resemble each other, analogous to the way that the opposite ends of a horseshoe are close together":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory

If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/26/horsehoe-crab/#substantive-disagreement

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  • kbal ,
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    I liked the "old good Internet" but I feel like maybe only 5 or 6 people saw the same parts of it that I did.

    s/sites/sights there (if you want to use conventional spelling)

    kbal ,
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    More importantly, you don't need to be on an airplane to use airplane mode.

    kbal ,
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    The colour is a little unusual as well.

    kbal ,
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    This green tea I'm sipping made my mind sufficiently relaxed and agile to see that punchline coming from a mile away.

    kbal ,
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    "Piracy shield" sounds pretty stupid. It needs more of a catchy name. "The Great Melonian Firewalls" maybe?

    Jensen Huang says kids shouldn't learn to code — they should leave it up to AI. ( www.tomshardware.com )

    Jensen Huang says kids shouldn't learn to code — they should leave it up to AI.::At the recent World Government Summit in Dubai, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang made a counterintuitive break with tech leader wisdom by saying that programming is no longer a vital skill due to the AI revolution.

    kbal ,
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    Kids should focus on the one thing AI can't do: Stand-up comedy.

    kbal ,
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    Your post calling for peoplpe to contribute something of value to the discussion contributes nothing of value to the discussion. This comment adds to the noise by pointing it out. Such is the way of Internet forums since time immemorial.

    I dislike wayland

    Quite the unpopular opinion, but I just wanted to post this to show the silent majority that we still exist. We have reached a point where voicing criticism against wayland is treated like the worst thing ever and leads you to being censored and what not. The red hat funded multi year long shill campaign has proven to be quite...

    kbal ,
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    I dislike LDAP

    Quite the unpopular opinion, I know. Obviously you can assume that I don't use LDAP. But that is not enough. I really dislike it, and I want you all to know that we still exist, people who dislike LDAP. We have reached a point where criticism against LDAP just gets ignored and can even lead to you being censored and what not. The big business multi-decade shill campaign promoting the idea that LDAP is useful for something has proven quite successful. Now imagine the same happening for immutable distros, "containers", firewalls, remote procedure calls, and every new buzzword that restricts your ability to live like the gods intended with simple and small programs that each do one thing well. If they have their way the long term plan to completely undermine the precious binary fluids of the linux desktop will finally come true. You have been warned.

    kbal ,
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    Pointing to android and chromeos as successful examples of immutable systems is a very effective way to convince some of us to avoid the immutable distros.

    kbal ,
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    The sexual identity politics of the Borg!? That's what this has been about the whole time? Damn. Wouldn't have guessed it.

    kbal ,
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    I'll just go ahead and assume that the downvotes are because it's fucking twitter (and @firefox is still 404) not some kind of animosity towards furries.

    kbal ,
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    It's not that easy being free
    Having to wonder if you picked the right instance
    When I think it could be nicer being Zucked
    or Musked or Spez'd -
    or something much more profitable like that.

    It's not easy being free.
    It seems you vibe with so many other
    federated things.
    And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
    not standing out like influencers in the feeds -
    or big brands in the web.

    But free's the color of fedi.
    And free can be cool and friendly-like.
    And free can be big like an ocean, or dank
    like a meme, or round like a blobcat.

    When free is all there is to be
    It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
    Wonder, I am federated and it'll do fine,
    it's pretty good most of the time!

    And I think it's what I want to be.

    mgeist , to Random
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    Conservatives Double Down on Support for Mandated Internet Age Verification and Website Blocking: Why Can’t Canada Get Common Sense Digital Policy?
    https://www.michaelgeist.ca/2024/02/conservatives-double-down-on-support-for-mandated-internet-age-verification-and-website-blocking-why-cant-canada-get-common-sense-digital-policy/

    kbal ,
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    @mgeist While I generally agree that "filtering software" is a better idea, I've recently been reminded of some of the problems with that kind of software as it exists. It seems to have gotten even worse since last I looked at any of it myself which was perhaps 20 years ago.

    Cory Doctorow at https://voices.uchicago.edu/censorship/session-2-transcript-historical/ :

    "It’s the parental control filter business, they’re all basically just rebadged versions of repressive state censorship. They have historically, they’ve done things like invoked copyright law to prevent people from finding out what’s on their blacklists. So you couldn’t see how their blacklists were being developed. Some of them have been caught selling data on children’s Internet usage to marketing companies. So you’re a parent, you pay for a parental filter, and they spy on every click your kid makes and then they sell it to marketing companies. They capture, intercept every message your kid sends and then they sell it to a marketing company. The Internet filtering companies are a dumpster fire."

    When people say that filtering doesn't work, it's because the software industry has made an incredibly bad job of it over the years.

    kbal ,
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    Problem: 5 companies control 80% of the retail grocery market.

    Solution: Ask their bosses to be a little less greedy, please.

    kbal ,
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    Preliminary calculations show that it would take decades to break this cryptographic separation [between a subscriber account and its associated network traffic]

    The unnecessary rubbishing of Android VPNs seemed like one red flag in there. Is that another one? It seems both unlikely given the kind of traffic analysis that could be brought to bear, and very unimpressive that the hypothetical time to break it is measured only in decades rather than the multiples of the age of the universe that seem more normal when discussing things that are meant to be cryptographically secure.

    But it would nonetheless be interesting, if Google hadn't shut it down last year as seems to be the case far as I can tell.

    kbal ,
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    Even if one goes along with the premise that this bill itself or its implications and effects are all about pornography it's still an obviously bad idea, but it seems notable that so few of the contributors to this round of press coverage of it have questioned that premise.

    kbal ,
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    Whittaker says that, for better or worse, a phone number remains a necessary requisite

    Worse. It is for the worse. We sure did wait a long time for this half measure, Signal.

    mgeist , to Random
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    As some shamefully seek to downplay antisemitism by suggesting it is being “weaponized”, this report demonstrates Canadian reality since October 7th: “an unparalleled spike in hate crimes against Jews” and intelligence warnings that extremist attacks are “increasingly likely.”
    https://globalnews.ca/news/10294929/antisemitism-canada-since-oct-7/

    kbal ,
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    As I understand it most people talking about "weaponized" antisemitism are referring to false accusations of antisemitism used as a weapon. That is also a problem, one which only makes it more difficult to combat the real thing.

    kbal ,
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    ... and then two hours later I stumbled across some asshole talking about "weaponizing antisemitism" where it clearly referred to the offence of holding someone's actual antisemitism against them. Apparently it has become a big racist meme. Well, that sucks.

    Office 365 asking for permissions to change browser settings ( lemmy.world )

    I have to use certain Microsoft apps for work, so I strictly only use the web versions as I am on Linux. However, just seen this setting pop up in Word while working on a document. I wonder what in specific they would change, considering i am on Firefox. Does anyone know anything about this? Is there an actual good reason for me...

    kbal ,
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    Every once in a while I wonder what things are like back in the land of Microsoft. That this message doesn't give the user even the slightest hint about what it wants to do more specifically than "improve your experience" tells me all I need to know.

    kbal ,
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    Debian: Good for people who don't care about all these arguments and just want something that works. I've been using linux for 30 years and prefer xfce for a desktop.

    kbal ,
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    I'm just glad I checked the comments here before wasting even one second watching the video.

    kbal ,
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    What ever happened to the Internet Content Rating Association? Was that approach just too simple and effective for the politicians to accept? Not sufficiently easy to expand to cover things other than pornography? Not enough unfortunate side effects on privacy and free expression?

    If there were problems with that standard for labelling potentially dangerous content, Canada could perhaps do some good by lending its support to a better one. This problem cannot be addressed except through international cooperation, and there won't be sufficient cooperation with the particular kind of bullshit they've proposed.

    pluralistic , to Random
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    Enshittification describes how platforms go bad, which is also how the internet goes bad, because the internet is made of platforms, which is weird, because platforms are intermediaries and we were promised that the internet would disintermediate the world:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/01/30/go-nuts-meine-kerle/#ich-bin-ein-bratapfel

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    If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:

    https://pluralistic.net/2024/02/19/crad-kilodney-was-an-outlier/#intermediation

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    kbal ,
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    Grocery stores are an intermediary connecting producers and consumers of the products they stock, like you describe, and they too have consolidated in this country into a small cartel of giant and powerful manipulators of the markets they serve. I'm thinking of them as an example because the business seems so easily comprehensible compared to arcane and mysterious things like social media. It's clear why we need grocery stores; it makes sense to everyone that they should exist. My grandpa used to run a small one. It isn't complicated.

    And yet imagining how competition law could possibly bring back the world where people like my grandfather could successfully manage small independent retailers of groceries and such things in every neighbourhood seems impossible.

    kbal ,
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    Let's pretend I understand the chemistry part... could somebody explain the biblically accurate angel part?

    dangillmor , (edited ) to Random
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    If you've ever posted anything on Reddit, your words are going to be sucked up into an "AI" database. The people who profit from this are Reddit and the "AI" company.

    What do you get? Screwed, again, by tech companies that have pure contempt for your privacy and rights.

    https://www.engadget.com/reddit-reportedly-signed-a-multi-million-content-licensing-deal-with-an-ai-company-124516009.html

    kbal ,
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    kbin (well, mbin now) is working well for me as a former redditist, but there are also plenty of lemmy servers run by people who find the sort of thing you associate it with just as unsavory as you do.

    Besides which, if unsavory characters being involved in its development rules out a social media platform for you, reddit is definitely not the place to be.

    Mozilla website pushes serious eIDAS misinformation to political decision makers and public ( groups.google.com )

    Note: Since for more than a year I've been reading about the downsides of the eIDAS legislation. Their sources where mostly DOT.com US entities. The same stuff happened when the EU implemented the new GDPR and now similar things happen with the. upcoming eIDAS 2.0 and the the upcoming AI law. Here I outline the EU position to...

    kbal ,
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    The Register has also covered it recently and specifically talks about the "2.0" version.

    kbal ,
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    The Reg is not a USA-based publication. There are an abundance of non-Mozilla sources on this topic, some of which it links to. Mozilla is not some sinister conspiracy. I don't know what motivates your crusade against them. Possibly the same kind of disinformation that some of the more optimistic eIDAS proponents hope it can somehow prevent.

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