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jarfil

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Programmer and sysadmin (DevOps?), wannabe polymath in tech, science and the mind. Neurodivergent, disabled, burned out, and close to throwing in the towel, but still liking ponies 🦄 and sometimes willing to discuss stuff.

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From the photos, it was a very crudely taped iPhone to a toilet seat, maybe enough to fool a 9 year old, but clearly not to fool anyone with more critical thinking, like the 14 year old who reported it.

What you should worry about, are the well disguised hidden cameras installed by professionals...

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It's lawyers being lawyers, they throw all the 💩 they can and see what sticks ,particularly when paid for the hour, or on a hefty retainer they need to justify.

That BS "defense" should get thrown out of court in no time.

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Not at all: any company that wants to operate in a given country, has to follow that country's laws, whether they like them or not.

Whichever company were to disobey the Kremlin, would lose all Russian market share... and perhaps more importantly, all ability to offer Russian citizens access to non-Russian news and points of view.

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The choice is not between blocking or not "some videos", it's between blocking some videos, or getting ALL videos blocked.

Think twice before you decide whether a Russian-only clone of YouTube is the better alternative.

Wikileaks' Julian Assange given permission to appeal against U.S. extradition, UK court rules ( www.reuters.com )

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's battle to avoid extradition to the United States received a huge boost on Monday when London's High Court ruled that U.S. assurances over his case were unsatisfactory and he would get a full appeal hearing....

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Foreign, and non-foreign, citizens only get those rights once they're legally admitted to US soil. Like, they don't have those protections at the airport before being granted entrance.

Could the US decide to deport Assange to Guantanamo?

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On Android, most apps depend on the keyboard.

  • Gboard has a configurable suggestions bar where you can pick words, or not.
  • Microsoft SwiftKey works similarly, but it underlines the word you're typing.
  • AnySoftKeyboard works like Swiftkey.

Only exception I've seen, is Copilot, which shows the suggested word directly, to be selected with [tab], but you can still type a different one.

I've noticed no such behavior on Facebook. Have you checked your keyboard settings?

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Could also stake the directors of those banks for not leaving sooner.

Does anyone else ever just realize that you're not even sure why you want a relationship at all?

As I've gained more and more close friends, more than I've ever had in my life, and some closer than I've ever had in my life, I've come to realize something recently. Despite the prevailing feeling like I want a relationship, I don't actually know why it is I want one, nor what I have to gain from one....

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As far as I've gathered, relationships are great for:

  • Naked cuddling
  • Deeper interdependence
  • Guaranteed emergency contact

If you can get that without commiting to a relationship, then you probably don't need one, but usually it's easier to say "this is my SO" than start picking which friend might help you in each case.

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People change and get into different places over time, there is no reason you couldn't revisit some ex or friend at some future point in time if you feel comfortable with them.

Anyway, you shouldn't think of a relationship as keeping someone to stay forever. It might happen, or it might not, you can't predict the future. Pick a relationship if you think you can grow together at a given point in time, but remember that growing apart is also a possibility.

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Romance is basically your first point, when done with someone you like and are willing to offer them the same in return 😉

Gender bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women versus men ( www.researchgate.net )

Our results show that women's contributions tend to be accepted more often than men's [when their gender is hidden]. However, when a woman's gender is identifiable, they are rejected more often. Our results suggest that although women on GitHub may be more competent overall, bias against them exists nonetheless.

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Through gender stereotypes. The observer's perception is all that counts in this case anyways.

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We ass-u-me too much based on people's genders/photographs/ideas/etc., which taints our objectivity when assessing the quality of their code.

For a close example on Lemmy: people refusing to collaborate with "tankie" devs, with no further insight on whether the code is good or not.

There also used to be code licensed "not to be used for right wing purposes", and similar.

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Their objectivity is preempted by a subjective evaluation, just like it would be by someone's appearance or any other perception other than the code itself.

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News at 10: Shit happened! If only someone warned us.

You can only pick to live either in the future, or in the past. One is uncertain, the other is unchangeable, and the "present" is an illusion where one turns into the other. Choose wisely.

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The discussion is about 💵💵, not about people.

If tariffs were a response to human rights violations, check the UN's list of HR violations, there should be thousands, or millions, of tariffs everywhere. But, there aren't, because the HR are just an excuse that 💵💵 uses whenever it suits it.

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For decades China had a "3rd world country discount" on international transport, meaning:

  • send from China = almost free
  • sent to China = normal cost + extra fee

Not just the US, but every "1st world country" has been helping China, in the hopes of integrating it into a capitalist system and disrupting whatever is going on in there.

...and it would have worked, if it wasn't for China not just doubling down, but going bananas on authoritarian interventionism.

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Could mean FOSS but they keep the trademark.

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The real solution is, a heuristic analysis of the phone's gyroscope and accelerometer data.

Marketing calls that, "AI".

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It isn't clear which of these features use Google servers and which ones don't. The "Find My Device" definitely does, and has no place in AOSP. If they're actually using AI to compare phone state with some tracked "habitual" behavior, it may also have no place in AOSP, but who knows.

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It's kind of both Google's and manufacturers responsibility. Google has made available a Dynamic System Updates feature:

https://source.android.com/docs/core/ota/dynamic-system-updates

https://developer.android.com/topic/dsu

...but it requires manufacturer support to allow adding custom keys.

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"AI" used to mean "whatever we don't fully understand yet". A lot of processes have walked the path from "fantasy" to "AI" to "algorithm". Doesn't need to be non-deterministic, the original tic-tac-toe playing software was "AI" at the time.

Until we get some AGI, the term "AI" will remain a moving technological target, and a static marketing target.

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AI can also understand extra weights for hand picked sources of truth. Whether you then agree with the choices of whoever is doing the hand picking, is a separate matter.

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Is coming, and more.
Very good video, with good points. Slightly outdated already, with AutGPT being a thing.
What's coming, is going to be orders of magnitude more than what they predicted in that video.

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Yup.

They also correctly identify the function of LLMs as a glue between siloed AIs. We have barely seen the beginning of that, but as the AI race continues, it seems likely that some LLM models will be created that will have less human language, and more "interop language". Where nowadays LLMs can be somewhat probed for words and relationships, we'll have zero chance to probe an LLM using tokens that are part of some made up (by the AIs) interop language. Black boxes inside black boxes.

A naive approach will be to "democratize AI", and that will surely be better than centralized AIs responding to every query... but won't solve the deepening of inscrutability.

One point made me chuckle: when they showed the graphs for cualitative jumps above certain network size. Recently someone commented about the "diminishing returns" and "asymptotic growth" of making a LLM larger and larger... but also so it was in these models: diminishing returns all the way up to a point... followed by a sudden exponential jump until the next asymptote. The truth is we don't know where the asymptotes and exponential jumps lie, we don't even have a remote hypothesis about it.

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Yeah, they call it A-Z testing, because A/B wasn't enough, and AIs can fill A to Z cases with ease.

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Was that on the Insider Dev channel, a Preview channel, or did it stop asking after the first time?

I haven't seen a single "ad" of those since I booted Windows 11 Pro for the first time.

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Senior talent tends to be "T people", while juniors tend to be "I people". Removing that T scaffolding, is how corporations end up like Boeing or the Titan.

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How to survive Windows in 2024:

  • Windows 10/11 "Pro" is codeword for "not a joke". Always use Pro or better for anything serious.
  • DO NOT ever install any "Preview" updates, unless you want to become a betatester (comes with config reset and telemetry).
  • DO NOT join the "Windows Insider Program", same reason as above.
  • WSL2 is your friend, so are Cygwin and WinGetUI/UniGetUI.
  • ONLY install official software, and FOSS software.
  • DO NOT install anything cracked, or run any cracks, serial generators, or anything that promises you a free gain, ever.
  • Windows Sandbox, is also your friend.

Sandbox is particularly nice, since it may run a "Preview" version of Windows, but sandboxed, without polluting your main install.

If you have an Intel 12th gen or higher, you may be able to run it with TME-MK for extra isolation between the systems.

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Rule of thumb:

  • Linux: you set a system from bottoms up, adding/enabling layers and features.
  • Windows: you set a system from top down, locking/disabling features that shouldn't be available.

Windows has tools to control and restrict updates/installs, with a full centralized logging system. You will rarely find log files, it all goes into the centralized log (think systemd log). Some failed installs may leave behind log files in temp, so be quick at getting them or they'll be gone.

If you have non-Windows programs and tools installed, you can use either the msstore, winget, or 3rd party choco and scoop, or all of them via WinGetUI.

Many admin tools are only available on the CLI via PowerShell. Some may or may not conflict with how their GUI counterparts work.

Additional built-in tools... are "secret". You may get a glimpse at some of them by checking the "install fix" tool or similar, but it may use non-backwards-compatible calls, which is why they're not made official.

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Hm, from a privacy point of view, what's the difference between this, vs. a private/incognito tab with a pi-hole?

I mean:

  • pi-hole eats the ads
  • private/incognito eats the cookies
  • the sites can still do basic tracking via the video feed itself

As for functional differences.... right now, the player seems to be missing the skip ±10sec feature, and the full-screen with rotate.

On the other hand... multi-site private bookmarking, would be interesting.

Are there any WYSIWYG html editors? just curious

Hello, i was looking for a wysiwyg html editors i could use for my personal website, perferrably just as a simple open source desktop program on linux (though anything else is fine). i DID find something called KompoZer but i was wondering if there's any other ones, thanks

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Chromium, Firefox... if you open the dev tools, you can edit everything, with it showing in the browser in real-time (WYSIWYG).

Firefox Developer Edition has some extra tools and debugging modes, but some are redundant if you're using VS Code.

If you're looking for a Dreamweaver-like thing, where you could drop elements with minimum HTML writing... you may want to check Seamonkey Composer.

For a simple personal website though, I'd recommend using a markdown editor, then either export it through a template, or have a template interpreter on the site, like GitHub Pages.

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BlueGriffon has been discontinued in 2019, not sure whether there is a fork.

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I didn't know that Slashdot added something like this... just googled for WYSIWYG FOSS editors to make sure, saw that BlueGriffon's site had a farewell message, and checked the GitHub.

FF Dev and Seamonkey, I have installed along VS Code 🤷

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Seems like federation filtered it out, it shows on your instance but not on this one 🤷

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Neuralink has a technology that specifically addresses two of the main issues with BCI: data density, and implant effective duration.

There are more issues, but it addresses those two in particular, which is something quite interesting to see, and can be turned into patents that can be sold to other BCI initiatives.

The rest of Musk is... well, he's kind of an "unstable genius", with enough money to blow on random moonshots, marketing stunts, and random publicity. Honestly, if I had his money, I'd probably do the same: build a few core businesses, then go on tangents to see what sticks to the wall. It can all still be seen under the general theme of "colonizing Mars" though, which is a guiding starshot as good as any, with Hyperloop and Boring company having kind of exhausted what can be done on Earth, Tesla being a borderline failure, SpaceX, StarLink, or indoor farming working pretty well, and X being an experiment at social manipulation.

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TikTok is a weird beast. It can at the same time show the destruction in Gaza, Israeli soldiers poking fun at it, ASMR videos, mindless looping footage, fake AI idols, underage girls asking for payment from strangers, and siphon engagement data to train Chinese propaganda bots.

It's the closest thing to "shove everything into a bowl, then shake"...

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It's not just to destabilize "American" politics, it's a series of worldwide campaigns to destabilize all information flow, to sow doubt and confusion among everyone, then out of the blue present an aligned front to push a certain narrative.

If people are kept in a "flux state of distrust", they're easier to convince when suddenly a bunch of their sources agree on some point, "it must be true if conflicting sources suddenly say the same".

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The biggest problem with Ukraine... is that they aren't fully detached from Nazis:

  • During WW2, Ukraine was allied with Nazis and fascists, helping them exterminate Poles
  • 21st century Ukraine, still uses Nazi symbology, the fascist salute, a fascist hymn, has set national support for WW2 Nazi combatants, and even their national shield is a fascist remnant.

All of that has nothing to do with the Russian invasion... but it does give Russia's propaganda machine an awesome excuse. It's just too easy to get people hooked up with some actual facts, then get them to do a leap of faith and fall straight into full propaganda... and Russia knows it.

Israel and Palestine is a particularly juicy case, where there are really shitty groups coming from both sides, ending up like an "all you can eat" buffet for every propaganda machine out there. No matter what narrative one wants to spin, chances are they'll find a latch point in the Israel vs. Palestine conflict, even contradictory ones for different audiences.

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That's a very long article to decry some echo chambers and manipulations... from inside a different echo chamber and manipulation.

Yes, China, Russia, and friends, are playing dirty to subvert the international influence of the USA.

No, Ukraine is not free of Nazis, and Israel is not free of genocidal fanatics.

Unfortunately, insisting on calling "democratic" or "free", countries that are not, does a gross disservice to democracy and freedom as a concept. Acting like there is no more work to do, gives a wedge for unfriendly regimes to pull quasi-democracies apart.

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Copyright can only be waived in the US by dedicating the work to the Public Domain. In most other countries, it can only be assigned or licensed to someone.

The "standard practice in all forum software since practically forever", has been to include a very broad use license on the work, without switching the copyright holder, in order to protect the forum owner from liability.

The GDPR is about a very broad take on "privacy", where the rights of "access, modification, and removal" get extended to any "personal information", no matter whether it's "personally identifiable" or not.

Kind of a two birds with one stone situation.

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Now do Reddit 😈

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This seems to have been addressed by the judge:

By attempting to exclude Bright Data from accessing public X posts owned by X users, X also nearly "obliterated" the "fair use" provision of the Copyright Act, "flouting" Congress' intent in passing the law, Alsup wrote.

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The orders of magnitude will come from the RAM running a whole layer at once in "a single clock", without the need for a processor to execute any of it. It's conceivable that multiple layers could be written/"programmed" into neuromorphic RAM, then a processor could just write the inputs, send an execute, move data from outputs to the next inputs, and repeat for all layers.

For example, an nVidia A100 goes up to 1,200 INT8 TOPS with 80GB of RAM at 1500MHz... but if the RAM could execute a neural network directly, that could raise it up to 80G*1.5G=120,000,000 INT8 TOPS, or 5 orders of magnitude.

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Current research points to memristors, which can work both as memory cells, and as weights in a n×m grid representing a fully connected n->m layer that executes in 1 clock. I forgot which company was showing prototypes since pre-covid... and now Google is so full of wannabes that I can't seem to find it, oh well.

Cerebras is at the limit of SRAM, that's true.

Spintronics could be the next step, but seems to be way less ready for production.

Higher dimensionality would be nice, but even at 2D, being able to push multiple processes at once, through multiple n×m layers, would already give those 5 orders of magnitude, at least for inference. Since training also involves an inference step, it would speed that too, just not as much.

Self-training would be the next step after that... I don't think I've seen research in that regard, but maybe I've just missed it.

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It's a "push as much data as a baby gets to train its NN" step, which is several orders of magnitude more, and more focused, than any training dataset in existence right now.

Even with diminishing returns, it's bound to get better results.

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That's not how watching the video or reading the paper works either.

Whatever.

Does anyone know of a FOSS Firewall for Windows

I currently use TinyWall Firewall, it works very well, it's small/portable, no complaints I even donated to the Dev but I would really prefer open source, also it needs to be user friendly like TinyWall so my non-tech family members can/will use it like they do with TinyWall.

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Process-level filtering is to avoid exfiltration from environments where "all processes run as the same user, with full access to all other processes"... which, unfortunately, are still most of them.

DPI is nice to stop incoming attacks, and to detect suspicious outgoing traffic, but it's kind of late when the data is already on the wire, and you won't be able to stop all possible kinds of traffic that way.

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From the video, it looks like part green washing, part fearing a post-oil word, part corruption, and part scam.

If SA was serious about their own future, they'd do like Norway with its Oil Fund. Instead, they've been squandering their oil income, and it seems like these projects are aimed both at scamming international partners as well as their own funds, with green washing as a facade.

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