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Is that really the case? Would everything one type to the keyboard be send to the companies and used as training data for AI? Does that any keyboard at all on the smartphone?

thingsiplay ,
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I think predictive text predates even Android and smartphones (but not exactly), when we had to press a key 3 times until specific characters appeared; called T9 and just a dictionary. Having or not having a dictionary suggestion was the difference between life and death. Now the modern smartphone has way more compute power and resources, therefore they can analyze text in more depth. It's just the logical next step to the plain and simple dictionary.

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Same for side loading apps. If the rest of the world / governments does not care, then Apple won't care in the rest of the world too.

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One of my favorite blogs recently.

A few weeks ago, some of us discovered that KDE apps just looked terrible when run in GNOME.

They should test this much more often and frequently. Unlike Gnome, KDE do actually care about their users, not just about themselves.

Dolphin now gives you the option to enable previews for folders on remote locations.

I wouldn't use this for internet connections, but when accessing my Steam Deck through Dolphin on my PC, then this could be fast enough for smaller directories I guess. Meaning as long as the remote location is in the LAN and not the internet, the performance wouldn't be too bad I guess.

Discover now handles the case where one of your Flatpak apps has been marked as “end of life” and replaced with another one; it gives you the opportunity to switch to the new one, or cancel and keep using the old one anyway

Wow! This is a topic we discussed a lot in the web. Not for Flatpaks but often for native package managers like in Fedora or Archlinux, where no longer supported programs are still in the repository (such as neofetch). I still wish this check from Discovery app would be on the side of the package managers+repository information like Flatpak+Flathub itself, as I do this in commandline only. But very nice to see how KDE improves on this front.


BTW a personal little problem from me: My Application Launcher menu is very slow with bad performance. It always freezes for half a second goes loads when I move mouse and freezes again. Does anyone experience this issue?

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Reddit has become one of the internet’s largest open archives of authentic, relevant, and always up-to-date human conversations about anything and everything.

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman says

But refuses to pay the users or at least moderators who build Reddit to what it is now. Instead, it pushes more advertisements and sells data to AI companies for millions of Dollars.

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The license does not apply to posts and replies in Reddit, right? Thank god I created a blog to post about any stuff that I want, without license or restrictions from Reddit. Before the AI breakthrough and what happened to Reddit. But even if so, do AI tools understand such a license text and evaluate if they can or cannot use the material?

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Well the companies and developers don't decide for every single material. In example what I expect is, that they program the scraper with rules to respect licenses of individual projects (such as on Github probably). And I assume those scraper tools are AI tools themselves, programmed with AI tool assist on top of it. There are multiple AI layers!

At this point, I don't think that any developer knows exactly what the AI tools are fed with, if they use automatically scraped public sources from the internet.

thingsiplay ,
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Human Rights are higher than any law. Just because its law in China, does not mean it is correct to follow the law. It is not we decide which laws to follow, but it is universally in entire world the right thing to support Human Rights, regardless of any law.

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It is literally either follow this law or cease operations here. Both would end in the song being blocked anyway.

Which does not change the fact that Google does it. So the reason why Google supports China and their anti Human Rights laws is, because of money. That's what we criticize.

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This would probably make the entire world talk about it and it would be worse in China, because this would only anger people and fighting against the country. We won't see that, because Google wouldn't dare. The money is more precious than any Human Right, regardless of law.

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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I have no one to recommend, but you might find something from this list: https://github.com/JefMari/awesome-wysiwyg-editors

As others recommended, using a web browser to edit is actually pretty cool, especially in Firefox. I myself use Wordpress in the browser instead, which has such a builtin editor.

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This is good to know. I usually have a mixed set of applications for stable and non stable, depending on how much I trust the devs for this. If the release of Gimp 3 wouldn't be on the corner, I probably used it too.

I'm on Linux and use Wayland (details not important if you are not familiar with it) and Gimp 3 still has a few issues regarding that. At least based on their own notes, so I will wait a few weeks (or months) longer, because I am not at a hurry at the moment. Can't wait for this massive update and a huge step forward! Glad to hear it is already working well (I would assume that if they are close to release.)

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But it was not required, so the information was clearly wrong.

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Trained on YouTube clips

It could have been worse. Imagine trained by Tik Tok clips.

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Money.

thingsiplay ,
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a bad uncanny-valley 75% accurate version of one

Actually a perfect description of what a deepfake is.

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Finally it's official. I think it's a good move to make it an archived repository, so everyone knows for a fact this is not developed anymore. That means bugs or security issues are no longer actively searched and corrected. I wonder if this program will be taken out from distribution repositories now. My personal alternative is fastfetch .

Edit: ... oh, I didn't realize all of his repositories are now archived. Not only neofetch: https://github.com/dylanaraps?tab=repositories

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Looking at the readme edit history: https://github.com/dylanaraps/dylanaraps/commits/master/

  1. First edit 3 years ago: Away till the New Year. Merry Christmas.
  2. Then next edit 10 month ago replacing that line with: On hiatus.
  3. Then next edit 4 days ago replacing that line with: Have taken up farming.

English is not my native language, and I don't understand what "Have taken up farming.", but I have my guesses. means. Normally I don't interpret such a situation, but it doesn't look good. Most contributions of the software is 3 years old, and only a few readme and link updates recently are made alongside making everything archived.

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It's likely that they will form a new organization in the US, so they can operate in that country and still have Tik Tok alive. My expectation is that the US based Tik Tok would still interact with the world, but block China.

thingsiplay ,
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Because China is collecting information from millions of US citizens. Plus they control what the US citizens can see and interact with. US has no control over Tik Tok and that scares them. Why are Facebook and X not banned? Because Facebook and X are US based have to comply with the US regulators and share every collected information with the government.

thingsiplay ,
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Tik Tok is owned by a Chinese company from China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ByteDance Data is collected in China. Not sure what you mean. Why do you think US tries to block Tik Tok?

thingsiplay ,
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I didn't suggest to sale the Chinese company. I suggest to create a new one in the US from the same organization in China. This is a normal practice that is being done for many years by many companies to overcome limitations from those countries.

thingsiplay ,
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None of this changes the fact that the operational headquarter of the company is in China and that they collect data that is send to China. Therefore China gets all the data from US citizen, regardless of who the investor is.

thingsiplay ,
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We need privacy protection laws, not arbitrary bans of apps that do the same thing as US social media apps

The ban of the application is not to protect our privacy, otherwise they would ban US social media apps too.

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Where do you get the information you are spreading? I would like to learn more if you know good sources.

Except the operational headquarters is not in China.

instead of spreading incorrect info.

How can you judge and say it is incorrect, if you don't actually know all details? Your opinion is not much more correct. What you probably mean is, I should not spread info that is not proven to be correct.

They are not sending data to China, they are sending it to Singapore.

but nothing has been proven (not saying it won’t be, but we can’t operate on speculation)

If it's not proven, then you are speculating that China does not get the data as well. If that was correct what you are saying, then the US government would not ban Tik Tok. Especially you follow up with a statement

China can get “all the data from US citizens” outside of TikTok.

which is probably harder and more complicated than just getting it from Tik Tok. ByteDance is a company for collecting information, so its right in the hands of China.

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TikTok is literally a separate entity from ByteDance. They are owned by ByteDance, but they are not the same company and operate separately. Again, you are conflating the two

https://www.bytedance.com/en/products : Our Products > TikTok

So they have access to the user data from TikTok. Why wouldn't they are products from that company? Companies split up and organize together to overcome limitations of the system. This is not fan fiction, it is reality how many companies operate.

I am not the one claiming the data is sent to China, you are.

No, the US goverment claims that. You mistaken this with my opinion. I am just telling the goverment is blocking Tik Tok because they think China is doing this.

thingsiplay ,
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As a Thunderbird user and Rust fan, I approve this integration. However I want to mention that Thunderbird is good as it is and actually don't think new features are needed. Only compatibility with other software or protocols could be better (which the Rust integration aims to improve). And to be honest, a way to disable some of the feature bloat would be preferable too, as I don't use lot of the additional stuff (but I make use of the RSS Feed reader).

thingsiplay ,
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I wrote a simple commandline program in Rust to read mailbox file from Thunderbird and to output count of unread mails. The speed is insanity! Measuring the execution time with command time CMD outputs execution time of total 0m0,001s! While also providing all the features and checks from Rust (plus Clippy with pedantic options enabled), so I am confident it is not a buggy mess. I would need at least 10 years of professional experience in C to have this feeling of confidence.

Apple pulls WhatsApp, Threads and Signal from app store in China ( www.washingtonpost.com )

Apple has complied with the Chinese government's request to remove several popular communication apps from its app store, including WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram, due to national security concerns. This action was taken following a directive from the Cyberspace Administration of China. These apps have been crucial for...

thingsiplay ,
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A more correct headline could also be read as: "China pulls WhatsApp, Threads and Signal from app store from Apple." I know technically Apple pulled them away, but logically it was China. Apple had no other choice. If Apple didn't do it, then their devices would be kicked out of China entirely. And that's something China could do, especially because its a closed garden American company and tech, where they cannot break into.

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Sideload apps only work in the EU. Or does it work in China too?

thingsiplay ,
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Does anyone have the link for the source of the interview? I've looked through the article and couldn't see it at first glance.

Google fires 28 workers for protesting $1.2 billion Israel contract ( www.nbcnews.com )

"Google issued a stern warning to its employees, with the company’s vice president of global security, Chris Rackow, saying, “If you’re one of the few who are tempted to think we’re going to overlook conduct that violates our policies, think again,” according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC."

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Isn't it illegal to fire protesting workers? At least here in Germany its illegal as far as I know. But it must be a protest event (which it seems to be).

thingsiplay ,
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That reads like something out of South Park. :D

thingsiplay OP ,
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I'm probably the only human using my own software. :D This is basically something like a script to run RetroArch. The idea is to make it easier to play games without the need to explicitly specifying the core name in the commandline. The core will be looked up from a user configuration file based on the file extension of the Rom file. This also makes it possible to run games from the graphical filemanager, if the file extension is associated with this program.

I use this program since years now. This is just a maintenance update. It was developed for myself mainly and that's why I did not bother to make it run on other platforms than Linux.

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That happens if a single company controls the community (Reddit, Discord) and its closed source on top of it..

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I think it's like Windows and Reddit. People don't use it because they like or love it, but because most are there. Sometimes the only way to interact with the developers or find new people in an active community.

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There is this Matrix-Discord bridge, but I don't exactly understand the details and if its one way only. https://matrix.org/ecosystem/bridges/discord/

thingsiplay ,
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I don't trust Fuck (lol typo, it was an accident, f and d are really close!) DuckDuckGo and stopped using it since the "relevant" ads from Microsoft: https://duckduckgo.com/duckduckgo-help-pages/company/ads-by-microsoft-on-duckduckgo-private-search/ I personally don't trust them.

Rather use an open source search engine like SearxNG . If you don't want host your own search engine, then use a third-party hosted one: https://searx.space/ and probably switch from time to time. Sometimes the search results are slower or not as good, but that is a price I pay.

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The Overwatchers.

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Little bit offtopic, but I don't like headlines that tells me what I think.

thingsiplay ,
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On beehaw . org we can't downvote. xD

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One of the most minimalistic blog posts I have seen in a while (content wise). It has only 2 sentences, a link and a quote. Some YouTube comments have more content...

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You are breathtaking!

thingsiplay ,
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Some don't realize it's an abusive relationship, because they never saw anything else. Or they are addicted (let's call it Adobe drug or certain games drug). But these are the minority. Most people simply don't care.


BTW just for the lolz, in 2010 I predicted that we would 10 years later (in 2020) have probably 30% market share on Linux desktop. Boy I was off.

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