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I waddled onto the beach and stole found a computer to use.

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The other comment by @Pfosten focuses on the contents of the article, which are more important. I took a peek at the author, Kit Klarenberg.

The author also writes for The Grayzone (thegrayzone.com/author/kit-klarenberg/), which gets posted on Lemmy occasionally. Among other questionable and misleading pieces, The Grayzone and Kit put out articles ‘calling out’ Bellingcat and TOR…

For the stuff below, if you have doubts in the source, please follow up on the linked sources each one contains. To be clear, we do need to hold these tools and services accountable. Spreading misleading content does not help with that. Even worse if it’s intentional disinformation


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grayzone

an American fringe,[7] far-left[19] news website and blog,[23] founded and edited by American journalist Max Blumenthal

The website, initially founded as The Grayzone Project,[24] was affiliated with AlterNet before becoming independent in early 2018.[4] It is known for its critical coverage of the US and its foreign policy,[1] misleading reporting,[25][26] and sympathetic coverage of authoritarian regimes.[4][21][27][28] The Grayzone has downplayed or denied the Chinese government’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs,[32] published conspiracy theories about Venezuela, Xinjiang, Syria, and other regions,[33][34] and published pro-Russian propaganda during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-grayzone/

Overall, we rate The Grayzone Far-Left Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and consistent one-sided reporting.

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People pirate Photoshop, isn’t that subscription based?

I’m not familiar with clip studio paint

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See the pinned post in !communityPromo for some tips on finding communities. If there isn’t one that fits, this is probably the best instance for you to make that community

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One of the big new features Google is preparing for the Pixel 8 Pro is “Video Boost,” which promises to greatly improve video quality through post-processing on Google’s servers. While there’s no firm release date for that just yet, the Google Photos app is setting the foundation.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.

"To boost your videos, turn on backup in settings, or back up this individual video”

“To use Video Boost, you need to back up this video, which requires signing in with your Google Account”

"Waiting to back up video”

“Backing up for Video Boost. This may take some time. A notification will be sent when your video is ready.”

“Boosting video quality. This may take some time. A notification will be sent when your video is ready.”

“This may take some time depending on video length, internet speed, and battery status. A notification will be sent when your video is ready.”

"Boosting your video won’t affect your phone’s battery life or performance, but it may take some time. A notification will be sent when your video is ready.”

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It might help to block the Reddit community if you don’t want to see Reddit related content

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So

Google is facing it over the search engine shenanigans

Microsoft & Amazon are facing it over cloud computing

what else

FOSS reminder app recommendations with persistent notification

Hello! I’m currently very very dependent on TickTick (not tiktok) because of a single simple feature: persistent notification alerts. I can set events and tasks as in many other similar apps, but once the reminder is triggered, a persistent notification is showed, until I manually say “mark as completed” or “remind me...

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Looking for the same

I’m using Collateral, which sounds like a very similar app

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I thought this was built into Android 14, and it’s relatively simple already?

digitaltrends.com/…/how-to-turn-android-phone-int…

I always found Phone Link to be bloated and buggy. KDE connect was more reliable for what I needed

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Yea I guess so, I’d be curious about the latency from that

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Yea it’s possible that ublock patched their latest attempt, and it’ll take some time before Google goes again

Arms race it is

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Looks cool, is it mainly for the US? Also does it show other Amazon sellers or local brick and mortar stores?

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Ublock origin

Search by image

web archives (for when you hit a paywall)

old reddit redirect (so you don’t get stuck on the broken mobile site)

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They’re not changing their minds though, that was always the plan?

To upgrade the browser then slowly reintroduce extensions

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Is there a list of which apps are doing this? I get Snapchat because, despite it actually being terrible with security, it wants to make it SEEM like it is looking out for you

but why tiktok?

Screenshot detection being baked into every app feels hostile towards the user, I don’t want to think twice before taking a screenshot just in case some app wants to use it for data collection.

Varjo XR-4 Headset "Indistinguishable From Natural Sight" (www.uploadvr.com)

This seems to be Varjo’s response to the Apple Vision Pro. Its significantly cheaper than the last headset, the Varjo XR-3, going from $5,495 to $3990 and also removing the $1000 yearly subscription. Here’s a reminder that Apple initially developed much of their software for the Apple Vision Pro using Varjo’s XR-3’s and...

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Then you don’t need eyes anymore? I take eyes now, VR comes next week “sometime in the future”

In all seriousness, the renders look pretty cool. I’d like to try them someday

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I’d like to DMCA the Google Chrome download page because it allows users to download my copyrighted text

Here is the text that is copyrighted and should not be distributed: 84i848474791874891972uhe8928277483929928hr82982827u4b28828282838748291992910109474748300202io291o2020920201

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What do people use to have backups of their google drive content?

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Do you have it plugged in all the time or do you periodically do a full transfer?

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Makes sense, I’ll have to start doing that.

One more question out of curiosity, how do you store the drive after?

I was thinking of getting a proper fireproof safe someday, but that might make it so I get lazy with the backups

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I use Trakt for movies and TV. It has an official app now, but there are third party apps with more features if you need them

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It’s a little ironic that they protect SOME copyright and artistic styles (from giant corporations producing media) but not other copyright and artistic styles (independent artists and creators)

So all the reasons they listed here, it’s ok to do that to everyone else just not Disney 😒

Time to switch to the open source / self hosted / jailbroken creation tools instead

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Someone linked a nice explainer on the topic in this thread, but my takeaway was that this is unlikely to ever exist

TLDR of the TLDR (which I recommend reading)

  • the regulatory body is super slow, and won’t approve a change unless all the ducks are in a row
  • there’s no safe way to stop or disable a car while it’s moving, so the regulatory body won’t approve it anytime soon
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CEO ousting shenanigans = 📉

Release rumor = 📈

They’re not publicly traded, but I assume public sentiment still has an effect on things (ex. Partnerships, users buying memberships, etc.)

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These devices are pretty popular, so if you have one it might be time to disable updates

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Depends on how they do it I guess

I remember reading about the newer home screen added a promotional banner. It was showing content from the apps themselves (ex. New shows from Disney+) but it was still annoying and a lot of people switched to a different launcher.

People will probably figure something out

edit: see the comment by @looping

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On that note, what are GOOD android tablets for different price ranges?

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The Easter eggs showing up is pretty solid evidence

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What did dbrand do? I thought they were well liked

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Fair enough, I’ve heard good things about their quality and customer service (being great about replacements and technical issues) but there’s lots to choose from. There are others you can go to for the products

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How does this process work, and can it be abused?

Since the torrent file is small and doesn’t contain all the data in the file itself. Can you download a file, modify it maliciously, then seed that?

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Thanks!

Flipboard stops tweeting, launches new podcast about decentralized social apps | TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)

Social magazine app Flipboard had already committed to joining the "fediverse" -- the decentralized social web, which includes apps like Mastodon. Now, it’s doubling down on those ambitions with an announcement that it will stop tweeting while also launching a new podcast devoted to exploring the topic of decentralized social...

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I think they may be joining in the context of their social media presence? Not sure though, I’m not familiar with what they do

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Just to add on, the Do not redeem sir was probably a reference to a viral Kitboga video where a giftcard scammer gets very… agitated with the prank

YouTube Says New 5-Second Video Load Delay Is Supposed to Punish Ad Blockers, Not Firefox Users (www.404media.co)

Firefox users are reporting an 'artificial' load time on YouTube videos. YouTube says it's part of a plan to make people who use adblockers "experience suboptimal viewing, regardless of the browser they are using."

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To add on

You can spoof this user agent to see if a website does something shady depending on which browser you’re using.

So if you keep all other variables the same, and just toggle the user agent value, YouTube behaves differently

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I haven’t tried it in a while, but I think there are browser extensions for it. Might need to ask someone else for how to do it these days

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No joke, there’s a whole world of memes and interpretations we can get from them

What is it showing? What did it learn from in order to do that?

Like r/DisneyVacation, but with whatever the AI was smoking in slide 4

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Go for it! I think Reddit had a bot run community, but back then it was much more random

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That looks amazing! Going to share it with friends

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That’s really cool, where do you get used GPUs from?

Also if you have a community or blog set up, I think people would enjoy following along

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Recently learned about Krita too, which is more for art but it’s nice

There’s a plugin for AI generation now

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Why though?

The image generation algorithm is open source and it runs locally. Artists can use it instead of giving up their art to some company to abuse. We’ve had tools like this for years, this is just better and easier to use

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