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Cake day: eka. 24, 2020


It feels like torture, too. I gave it a quick watch and they’re just… rambling. There’s a laugh track sprinkled in here and there, but I promise you, it’s not funny.

If I tried LaMDA? No, truth be told, I only found out about it when ChatGPT blew up. The reason I said it’s not as good as ChatGPT is because that’s what most articles I find online are saying: ChatGPT delivers information in a plainer, clearer way than anything on the market right now.

That said, my original statement is misleading, sorry about that! I’ll make an edit immediately.

Oh, for sure. They even have their own chatbot called LaMDA. Trouble is, reports are saying that it’s not as good as ChatGPT and Google knows this. Right now they’re in panic mode.

I’m glad this is getting more attention. I’ve recently tried joining a community for mental health only to find out they hang out on Telegram, which was alarming to me. I would hardly call a space owned by a company who sells data to government agencies a safe one. Regrettably, I wound up not joining because of this.

See, I don’t think it is. While Reddit has many, many problems, most users seem to be okay with it. Heck, until about year ago, there was a subreddit called WatchRedditDie which had ample proof of Reddit’s shortcomings. However, Reddit never really died, corporate interests just took over. After this revelation, the mods of the subreddit rightfully gave up and archived the subreddit. I believe Reddit will only die when a mass exodus of users takes place, which is just not happening right now.

Can’t speak for everyone, but I only connected a smart TV to my Wi-Fi network once and regretted it immmediately. Why? After that, it wouldn’t forget my wireless password and kept connecting to the internet, even though I didn’t want it to. That is why I’m never connecting another smart device to my network again, unless I’m double-dog sure I want to.

I am a former reddit user. Well okay, lurker. I liked the concept of reddit, but hated the issues that their team left unresolved: power tripping mods, censorship and later the whole Ellen Pao debacle and it just got worse from there. So I started looking for similar sites. I tried Aether, Tildes, I think I was also on Raddle at some point. Then I found Lemmy and here I am.

Well, how delightfully vague. A “sophisticated, encrypted communication device” could be just about anything that connects to the internet.

Everybody gangsta until their internet connection craps out.

I’m just now noticing that the handle retracted into the suitcase, trapping the “robber’s” hand. Pretty cool. On the other hand, those prongs look like a good way to poke someone’s eye out.

I’m a private person IRL, so I like to keep things as private as possible on the internet as well. I say “try to”, because heaven knows big tech isn’t making this easy for me.

Near as I can tell, this whole thing started with John Deere tractors. US farmers wanted to repair tractors themselves, because the alternative was calling up someone to have their tractor towed to an official John Deere™ repairshop, which was usually hundreds of miles away. The tow alone would cost them hundreds of dollars. So, they sought legal help, went to court and this is when other companies like Apple and Microsoft caught wind of this story and didn’t like the precedent one bit. After all, why let the users repair their own stuff, when the companies could be earning money on repairs? That’s why this outcome is so important.

Anyway, that’s the quick and dirty version. If you’d like to know more, Vice made a really good video about it two years back: https://youtu.be/EPYy_g8NzmI

And because of the whole karma-farming thing, the discussions on most subreddits are a joke. And I mean that literally, by the way. On like, 99% of all posts, instead of a discussion, everybody is trying to out-joke each other so they can get more imaginary internet points.

EDIT: A bad word.

Just note that while the Humble Store does sells some games DRM-free, this isn’t their focus like it is over at GOG or itch.io and a lot of game keys sold there come with Steam’s DRM. On a related note, Steam actually does sell some DRM-free titles. A fairly comprehensive list of those can be found here.

Cool. Now if only they’d ditch Cloudflare.

I’ve never seen a company in such a hurry to lose more customers. Must be a new business strat.

Yeah, that admittedly makes more sense.

Not only are you breaking the law but stopping someone earning a living from their hard work.

Emotional manipulation, that’s what this is. I’m thinking they wouldn’t even need to resort to it, if their legal premise wasn’t so wobbly.

I don't want to talk about work with my friends, mine or theirs. Am I being rude?
I **hate** talking about work. I also listening about work. I don't exactly enjoy my job, so I try not to waste my free time thinking about work, talking about work or, heaven forbid, doing something for work. However, my friends talk about their jobs all the time and it's painful to listen to. I told them as much, but the topic keeps popping up. I'm just not that invested in the specifics and minutia of their workday. I either lack the knowledge to understand their work process or, more often than not, just don't care. That is, unless something bad happened and they want to vent, I'm okay with that. But I still get looks, as if I should be interested about their job. Which, I'm sorry, I'm just not. Am I being unreasonable in trying to steer the conversation into a topic that isn't work-related?

This is probably not a meme, so apologies for that. I do find it funny, though. Here's what the cookie selection window looks like: ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/50fde2cf-2c58-4bb4-a47c-a234741f3564.png) ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/8c82a67c-d52c-43a8-9d55-d960c1870f0b.png)

Thoughts on repositories such as this?
The repository in question: https://github.com/BullyWiiPlaza/Ghosts-WiiU-Mod-Injector All it has is a README.md file and they want 8€ for anyone to use this app. I mean, sure, but why host something like this on github? Or am I missing something?

Can anyone tell me what the heck web3 actually is?
I mean specifically, what criteria does a webpage have to fulfill for it to be considered web3 compliant? Because all I see around the web are people waxing poetic about freedom, ownership and whatnot without really saying anything. There's no consensus, there's no whitepaper, just... vague, nondescript ideas.

What's the cheapest hardware that can playback videos at 1080p?
There are so many options out there, it's kind of dizzying. I'm looking for a cheap solution that I could hook up to a TV and ethernet, so it could run a flavor of Linux (or BSD) and play videos at 1080p. Bonus points if it can handle 1080p@60 FPS. Other than that, it would be used for light web browsing. I was looking at Raspberry Pi 4, but is there anything else you would suggest?

[Answered] Trying to remember an IP-KVM-like device
This is going to sound rather vague, but less than a week ago, I was reading a forum post somewhere about a device that lets you control a machine remotely, allowing you to do stuff like remotely access a machine's BIOS. Pretty sure it was Linux-based. I thought it was super neat, so I bookmarked it. Or so I thought, because I can't find the bookmark anywhere and for the life of me I can't remember the name of the device. I do remember it being really small, about the size of a Raspberry Pi. In fact, I remember reading the "recipe" for the device on the manufacturer's website that would allow you to make your own and I distinctly remember one of the components being an RPi. There was also a pre-assembled model available. Does this ring any bells for anyone or am I just talking nonsense?

Just tried the latest elementary OS in VirtualBox and... is it supposed to be this obtuse?
I'm just screwing around with the OS, but I have to say, I'm a bit perplexed. I wanted to install GIMP and LibreOffice, so I clicked on the AppCenter only to find out it couldn't find either of them. Which is bizzarre, because I can install both using apt just fine. As it turns out, the AppCenter only has [51 curated applications](https://appcenter.elementary.io/), completely ignoring the abundance of programs already available in the Ubuntu repositories, making the AppCenter a bit useless. Then there's the desktop. I'm not entirely sure why I'm not allowed to have icons on it. macOS has desktop icons. As does Windows. Hell, almost every OS with a GUI does. Apparently, there's something called Elementary Tweaks which lets you enable them, but why would anyone have to jump through hoops to enable this basic functionality? I guess I just don't understand who this OS is meant for.

Advice needed. What would be the least invasive Chromium-based browser for a Windows user? Automatic updates and addons are a must.
The user has basic computer literacy, which is why having auto updates is something they'd like for the convenience. Addons are needed for uBlock Origins and such. Having used Firefox for so many years, I honestly haven't a clue. Should i go with just vanilla Chromium? Or are there better options? Thanks in advance, Lemmy.

How do you deal with anti-vaxxers?
I'll be honest, this is as much a question as it is a vent. Specifically, how do you deal with people you meet everyday like family, coworkers, etc. who just revel in conspiracy theories? I have a coworker who is dead certain 5G *somehow* produces the coronavirus, despite easily verifiable facts in microbiology and physics showing otherwise. He's a nice guy in general with a degree in electronics, but dear lord, when he starts with this tin-foil hat bullshit it ruins my day.

The most anonymous way possible to buy on eBay?
I know eBay is horrible and so is PayPal, but after OpenBazaar shut down, I don't know where else to look. I'm looking to buy a very specific PlayStation 3 model, which it seems I can only get on eBay (CECHPxx, for those wondering). The issue is that in the EU a new directive was passed called PSD2. This means that whenever you want to purchase something online, you have to use your bank's app which uses a form of OTP and I believe, your fingerprint. To me that sound horrible and I don't plan on downloading the app, because it's a giant pain in the ass to use. What are my other payment options for eBay that don't require a freaking app to use? Alternate question: is there an alternative to eBay that takes PaySafe cards or crypto? And apologies if this is the wrong sub, I honestly don't know where to post this question. EDIT: I should mention I'm not expecting complete or even partial anonymity, just a payment method that doesn't involve taking my biometrics.

I came across this page comparing XMPP and Matrix. Would love to hear your thoughts.
It doesn't paint a very good picture of the matrix protocol. Does the comparison have any merit?

Linux kernel "rapidly proceeding down an unstable path" according to Hyperbola Linux
I was looking into Hyperbola Linux, when I came across [this post](https://www.hyperbola.info/news/announcing-hyperbolabsd-roadmap/). In this post it is outlined why Hyperbola Linux is switching to a BSD base. A bold move, but I hope it works out for the team. However, I am curious about the four points they outlined as reasons for switching away from the Linux kernel. Is the Linux kernel really careening down a path of instability and binary blobs, or is this just a case of the Linux kernel's development not fitting with Hyperbola's design goals?