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Interesting theory. A fancy way of saying the press aren’t super sleuths or credible reporters with all the facts.

I’ve been involved in about 4 incidences that made the news. None of them. 0/4 were remotely accurate outside of the total sum of the event (there was a car crash involving two vehicles). The broad strokes are there but that’s about it.

But then the news is a money making enterprise that has no real incentive to report the news impartially or even accurately. It kinda cuts into their profits (real reporting takes time, money, resources).

The take home is the shit you see on the news is essentially “based on a true story”, nothing more.

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We let Google self regulate. We let Facebook self regulate. We let Microsoft self regulate. How did that turn out again??

Facebook parent Meta sues the FTC claiming 'unconstitutional authority' in child privacy case (apnews.com)

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The parent company of Instagram and Facebook has sued the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to stop the agency from reopening a 2020 privacy settlement with the company that would prohibit it from profiting from data it collects on users under 18....

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Yeah we can all see thru them like my cousins underpants

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Why are people weaving social media and the internet into a single thread? The internet is so vast, social media makes up a tiny sliver of it.

The real problem with the internet isn’t Facebook or Twitter or Reddit, it’s the fact the entire experience is pretty much controlled by Microsoft and Google. As they shape your content, lock you out of areas and generally dictate what’s “legal” or even what gets found during your searches.

It’s no longer an information superhighway but rather turning into a giant storefront. And that’s the problem. I search for anything and the first 3 pages are Amazon link backs. Or fake websites with AI generated content used only for ad impressions.

Facebook and the like definitely erode some parts, but as a whole, there is way more fuckery going on by big tech.

And this isn’t even mentioning the tracking and fingerprinting and violations to privacy and security we are all promised.

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Yeah not saying they aren’t shit. Just that the internet isn’t just social media. I surf with mullvad blocking all nuisances (social media included) and I don’t even really feel its effects unless I actually try to visit facebook.com or equivalent.

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I worry about that shit more than I do what social is doing. The fact Meta, Google, MS, etc can control actual parts of the internet is just beyond wild to me.

Go capitalism 🙃

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Apple is a hardware company. Over 90% of their cash comes from hardware. Latest figures show that about 6-8% are from services. Aside from making a browser that’s quite popular on mobile, they really have little to no control on the net.

Their partners certainly do, but they are not a software company. They have nowhere near the impact Google or Microsoft do because those two are both service companies and both actually control and own giant slices of the net. Google has shaping the net’s infrastructure for decades now.

Not saying Apple doesn’t influence in other ways, but is just a spec compared to the companies that actually own parts of the nets backbone.

It’s going to be like old telecom soon, where the companies that own the physical lines have all the control. And that’s scary. I don’t want kids growing up using Google Internet or Microsoft AllNet to access the web.

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Yeah what a future! Literally everywhere you look or turn, there’s someone yelling in your ear for cash. Can’t wait 🙃

It’s honestly wild that our species has gotten here. When are we setting up on Mars again??

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Christ who funds them Google? What a farce.

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The entire scientific community isn’t what people think. There is so much corruption or bias, it’s absurd. But I agree, every peer reviewed paper needs to have its top 3 sources of funding right there is the title. And we need to keyword them so every article Google or Microsoft have ever funded are right there in plain sight. And not some forgotten footnote.

Leave it to capitalism to mix everything with money and subsequently greed 👍

But then governments do this on the daily too. My first year bio prof left her job testing water samples for the government because she found things. Bad things. And they didn’t bring them findings to light, they suppressed them and told her to forget about it (applaud her for having the backbone to leave!).

Thanks for coming to my ted talk.

Tumblr sheds Post Plus subscriptions as the platform downsizes (www.theverge.com)

TL;DR: Tumblr is discontinuing its Post Plus feature, allowing creators to charge for content, starting December 1st. This decision follows a leaked memo about downsizing due to struggles in meeting usage and revenue targets. Post Plus, introduced in 2021, didn’t meet expectations, leading to its discontinuation. Existing Post...

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Yeah despite Yahoo trying like hell to kill the platform, its user base has steadily grown since. 2014: statista.com/…/unique-visitors-on-tumblr-in-the-u… (about half of its user base is in the US).

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lol. Amazon itself should be “sparking concerns”

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Or you know have the sense god gave goats and be able to see the neon sign as they have been blowing out Amazon home devices for years. Now they need to recoup that half decade of losses. Buckle up.

Honestly, this is why we are here. I get it if you use their delivery because getting stuff can be hard depending on the area. But this stuff, where there are half dozen competing options… come on.

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Your gripes about inflation are justified.

All I’m saying there were so many red flags on buying these that you’d have to be new to technology to not have seen this coming. I’m actually surprised they weren’t doing or worse from day one 🤷‍♂️

Facebook Watches Teens Online As They Prep for College (themarkup.org)

An investigation by the media organization The Markup found the pixel by Facebook and Instagram-parent Meta on dozens of popular websites targeting kids from kindergarten to college, including sites that students are all but required to use if they want to participate in school activities or apply to college....

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Samsung has prep courses that funnel kids from high school into university where they come out with a job. It’s designed to basically fuel Samsung’s employee head count year after year.

Some ten years ago, they swept graduates and through them into rooms with dangerous chemicals. With nothing more than a mask.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Promise

But it pretty much the same here in NA. All of my computer classes were Microsoft heavy. I mean intro Computers spent a third of the course on Microsoft Office ffs.

Companies have educational institutions under their thumb and have for decades.

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Of course you can, you’re only striping one at a time. You could put as many as the physical card can hold.

Best way is to apply glue the back using a regular glue stick. Put it in a book for a day till it dries. Then you’ll need to laminate the card with a non glossy coating to protect it.

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Not if you cut the card in half

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It’ll go thru because money but 🖕Adobe.

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I went down a rabbit hole a while back regarding kids and social media and mom’s are putting vids up with their kids at the pool in swimsuits and the people watching are like 30+. Mostly males. And that’s a trend. Lots of minors have a ton of adult followers.

Moreover, companies like Meta and Google simply monetize it. Wild how literally raising kids has become predatory.

Godspeed EU 🙏

Internet providers say the FCC should not investigate broadband prices (arstechnica.com)

Internet service providers and their lobby groups are fighting a US plan to prohibit discrimination in access to broadband services. In particular, ISPs want the Federal Communications Commission to drop the plan’s proposal to require that prices charged to consumers be non-discriminatory.

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It’s actually about the bandwidth: eclecticlight.co/…/how-unified-memory-blows-the-s…

The bandwidth provided by unified memory is just unparalleled because of the tightly integrated components found on Apple Silicon.

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It’s not anecdotal in the least. It’s been widely tested. There’s a reason an M1 Mac mini with 8GB of RAM can load and fully support over 100 tracks in Logic Pro. The previous Intel machines would buckle with just a few.

ARM is not comparable to x86-64. The former is totally unified, the latter totally modular.

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Why do people still have faith in this broken system? Companies the size and reach of Meta, do not “fail”. Big companies like these have enough control and power to quash or simply buyout future competitors that would usurp them.

There is no system where people vote with their wallets and we can shift control by way of consumer revenue alone. That dream died some 100+ years ago when companies grew large enough to overthrow governments (Chiquita Banana), shape societies (Walmart & McDonald’s) and build monopolies so resilient, they will control us into the next millennium (Google).

If you’re all banking on the freedom of economy and capitalism self correcting, man is that a long wait for a train that won’t come.

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You know what’s funny, Snapchat is and always was a confusing mess of a service. Didn’t stop it.

It’s not ease of use that closed-source brings, it’s a brand image. Companies like Apple, MS, Amazon, spend millions annually on shaping their brand. That image makes people feel at ease. It provides context, trust and a sense of familiarity and security because “why would Apple ever spy on me, they are a publicly traded company used by billions?” is more favourable than “oh some geeks made this thing in their basement and can watch me??”

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We made the shittiest thing and nobody likes it. We’re all out of ideas.

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115 years. Where is your mind at knowing that.

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Cool. So no one is asking why Elon is going out of his way publicizing the fact his new company shed over half its value?? This is a guy whose ego is fragile he can’t even be told no without throwing a world class temper tantrum.

And he’s going around making up these stories? 🤔

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Dude probably thought he was so cool showing up with a sink 🙄

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🥱

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Except software applications like Adobe CC have supported ARM for nearly 5 years now. As do most software because mobile exists (and mobile is exclusively ARM) and these days, apps need to cover desktop and mobile and web. ARM has essentially been forced on everyone because of mobile. Whether they like it or not, ARM is here to stay.

But none of this is a technical limitation. It’s a political one. Companies like MS don’t care about the technology, they just care about moving in a way that gives them control so they can maintain and expand their monopoly through licensing and other restrictions.

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My first boss told me about his first computer. The entry level model was 4KB of RAM. The upgraded model had 8KB. The salesman looked my boss dead in the eye and said “you’re never going to need 8KB!”

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“We’re literally out of ideas, just give us more money!”

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I had a company reach out and offer to pay me $50 to remove the negative review I left of their chair. Amazon did nothing.

But it shows just how dirty the system is. Some AI bot summarizing reviews is so not what’s needed.

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Yes as do most of mine. I tried updating that review and it was flagged and rejected 🙃

But I tired to keep it objective as possible with pictures to document on the first pass.

Twitter's lost 13% of its daily users and its rebrand has failed (www.bigtechnology.com)

The new data — comprehensive and definitive — should put to rest the countervailing narratives over Musk’s management of the app. Under his stewardship, X’s daily user base has declined from an estimated 140 million users to 121 million, with a widening gap between people who check the app daily vs. monthly. X’s...

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This paints Elon like a calculated intellectual that carefully weighs his decisions and has a great team around him. When in reality, he’s a petulant, ego maniac that is far more swayed by his mercurial emotions than reason and intellect. His many prepubescent tantrums over the years is evidence of that.

Money doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t make you a genius because you used your status to con someone out of it. If you don’t know how the tech works, Elon sounds like a fucking genius. A visionary. But if you are in the field, you’ll realize that his promises (living on Mars, brain chips, etc.) are just fiction.

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Does anyone want to switch seats!?! looks around nervously

When Product Markets Become Collective Traps: The Case of Social Media (bfi.uchicago.edu)

Those findings are crazy. I’ve never been social media addicted, been into luxury or general show-off brands (I pay extra to not look like I’m an advertisement… for anything but metal bands), so I don’t really know much about those issues.

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Depends on the circles you keep. But if your gaming crew if say 6 people are all playing Overwatch, what’s the game you’re likely playing? It’s not even pressure it’s just how social conformity work.

Isolation is a strong word. But to some degree, it’s about community. If your friends are all playing hockey all summer and in August you dip and spend it playing chess or drawing, it’s not going to strengthen the ties you have. Same deal with gaming. With any socially oriented hobby tbh.

It doesn’t mean you’ll turn into the Uni Bomber tho.

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Yeah gotta say this is beyond obvious. My stats prof would be winding up with chalk.

If some guy came up trying to sell me an expensive marine device for boats, I’d keep walking. I’m sure it’s a legit, valuable product, but I don’t have a boat. Nor care to own one. To me, that item has zero worth.

Same applies if Adobe offered me their suite. I don’t use their stuff. Zero interest in it.

To me, this is behind obvious. What good is a site if I don’t care for the service? Moreover, social media is invasive, so no wonder it makes sense that those not interested would find more value were it gone. That annoying song they played incessantly on the radio? Isn’t your life better after it fizzles out? What’s the groundbreaking finding?

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Yeah his plan is to turn it into WeChat/QQ. Starting its payments because he’s gonna try to do PayPal again, this time his way. Nothing insidious or revolutionary.

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I’m sorry there were people expecting Microsoft to act altruistically??

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Plenty of snark and contrarianism on Threads don’t know what dafuq they are talking about, sounds like nonesense.

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They are talking about the Belkin F2E9142-WHT ADC to DVI Cable. Apple doesn’t and has never made these. They were made by Belkin.

WTF are they crying to Apple for?

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Well I guess the 21 people who care about this dongle, can come find me.

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