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prologic
Reply to #ttjvaya
@slashdot So this is this "Crowdstrike Outage" my wife told me about a few mins ago hmmm 🧐 wtf is going on here? 😅
1 hour ago
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prologic
Reply to #ojhrg4a
I re-blocked this feed (_if anyone really wants it, please let me know!_) and nuked it from the cache. It's full of garbage AFICT 🤦‍♂️
1 hour ago
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prologic
Reply to #c2afqsq
@movq I couldn't agree more!I have many projects and tools like this that are just "done"
9 hours ago
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prologic
Reply to #ojhrg4a
Hmm I thought we blocked this rubbish anonymous gopher feed before? Has it change its location? 🤔
9 hours ago
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prologic
Reply to #agec3sq
@aelaraji you're welcome. 😅
9 hours ago
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mckinley
Reply to #smnew7a
@movq Group chat is still pretty rough around the edges, especially if you want encryption. I don't use it with my friends. If you need group chat, it's probably better to use something else.
11 hours ago
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lyse
Reply to #c2afqsq
@movq Yeah, I don't get it either. Some "security" scanner at work also complains about "dead" libraries all the time, just because the most recent commit is a few years or even just months old. What a giant joke.

This mindset _might_ come from today's kids who can build stuff only with gazillions of dependencies. And plenty of these suck, are full of bugs, vulnerabilities and bad code in general. So they have to be patched constantly. If one is always surrounded by that, it just feels normal. One might even come to the conclusion that it simply has to naturally be that way. And then, the incorrect deduction is that the project is abandoned, once there are no new commits in a week. It maybe doesn't occur to these people that it is actually possible to work out differently.

To be fair, there is also a lot of unfinished and truly dead code out there. So that assures their theory even further, once they stumble across one of those projects.

And the same doesn't only happen to private projects. All enterprise software systems also pull in so much stuff, that there is always something to update.

The lack of proper planning, just building and delivering buggy banana software in cycles and the mindset of shipping fast and often and doing things agile in general does not do this any favor. It just feels like today's sofware is never ever finished. And if it finally reaches such a point, it must be dead.

I know of some otherwise reeeeaaaaally great software developers who also think that way. I don't understand why they disagree with us here. :-?
15 hours ago
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**Meta Won't Release Its Multimodal Llama AI Model in the EU**
Meta says it won't be launching its upcoming multimodal AI model -- capable of handling video, audio, images, and text -- in the European Union, citing regulatory concerns. From a report: The decision will prevent European companies from using the multimodal model, despite it being released under an open license. Just last week, the EU finalized compliance de ... ⌘ Read more
16 hours ago
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**Nvidia and Mistral's New Model 'Mistral-NeMo' Brings Enterprise-Grade AI To Desktop Computers**
Nvidia and French startup Mistral AI jointly announced today the release of a new language model designed to bring powerful AI capabilities directly to business desktops. From a report: The model, named Mistral-NeMo, boasts 12 billion parameters and an expansive 128,000 token context window, positi ... ⌘ Read more
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lyse
Reply to #bl7a36a
@movq Why would that be surprising? :-) They definitely fit my style of music. Well, I don't wanna know how much a ticket is. And the Wasen is also a terrible location. :-D

The overcrowded train was run by GoAhead, the S-Bahn by DB. They're interchangeably bad.

Over fifty kilometers is a very long bike ride. That at least doubles my commute to more than six hours in total. No, thanks. ;-)
16 hours ago
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movq
Reply to #c2afqsq
@lyse

> Then there comes in feature creep.

This is driving me nuts. Everybody thinks that “development has to be kept alive!” When people see a project without commits in the last 2 years, they think it’s dead and not worth using. Bah, why? Software can be “done”. If no bugs are known, then there’s no need to change anything.

All these ideas are old. I’ve heard about much of this from meillo some 15 years ago and he didn’t come up with it, either.

It’s all super unpopular. Why? Many of my projects see a burst of commits in the beginning and then mostly just maintenance – and that’s great. It saves me from so much trouble and work. For example, my X11 wallpaper setter was written in 2017, I’m using it daily all the time, it just works, boom, done.

A project isn’t dead if it doesn’t see commits anymore – it’s dead if nobody *maintains* it anymore.
17 hours ago
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movq
Reply to #smnew7a
@mckinley Last time I tried jabber was probably 10 years ago. How’s group chat these days? Is it comparable to “modern” chat systems, does it feel the same?

I guess it’s irrelevant which platform I’m going to propose as an alternative to WhatsApp. It’s the same old problem: Almost all their contacts are on WhatsApp, so that’s what they want to use, end of story.
17 hours ago
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movq
Reply to #bl7a36a
@lyse You had me in the first half, I thought you were going to their concert. 😅 That would have surprised me.

I had some pleasant experiences with public transportation lately, but that wasn’t Deutsche Bahn.

Would a bike or an ebike be an alternative for you? 🤔
17 hours ago
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movq
Reply to #22exukq
@prologic @bender It’s a twtxt feed that anyone can post to via Gopher: gopher://g.nixers.net/1/%7eanon/

Do we think this is a problem? 🤔 If so, you should be able to contact the admin in #nixers on libera.chat.
17 hours ago
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**NASA Ends VIPER Project**
Following a comprehensive internal review, NASA announced Wednesday its intent to discontinue development of its VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) project. NASA: NASA stated cost increases, delays to the launch date, and the risks of future cost growth as the reasons to stand down on the mission. The rover was originally planned to launch in late 2023, but in 2022, NASA requested a launch delay to late ... ⌘ Read more
18 hours ago
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**Indian Crypto Exchange Halts Withdrawals After Losing Half Its Reserves in Security Breach**
An anonymous reader shares a report: Indian crypto exchange WazirX on Thursday confirmed it had suffered a security breach after about $230 million in assets were "suspiciously transferred" out of the platform earlier in the day. The Mumbai-based firm said one of its multisig wallets had suffered ... ⌘ Read more
18 hours ago
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**More Than 40% of Japanese Companies Have No Plan To Make Use of AI**
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Nearly a quarter of Japanese companies have adopted artificial intelligence (AI) in their businesses, while more than 40% have no plan to make use of the cutting-edge technology, a Reuters survey showed on Thursday. The survey, conducted for Reuters by Nikkei Research, pitched a range of questions t ... ⌘ Read more
19 hours ago
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**'Supermodel Granny' Drug Extends Life In Mice By 25%, Study Finds**
A drug has been shown to extend the lifespan of laboratory mice by nearly 25%, with treated mice displaying fewer cancers and improved health and strength. It earned them the nickname "supermodel grannies" due to their youthful appearance. "The drug is already being tested in people, but whether it would have the same anti-ageing effect is unkno ... ⌘ Read more
22 hours ago
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**Signs of Two Gases In Clouds of Venus Could Indicate Life, Scientists Say**
Astronomers say they've detected two gases that could indicate the presence of life forms lurking in the clouds of Venus. The Guardian reports: Findings presented at the national astronomy meeting in Hull on Wednesday bolster evidence for a pungent gas, phosphine, whose presence on Venus has been fiercely disputed. A separate ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**Psilocybin Desynchronizes the Human Brain**
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: The image, as it happens, comes from dozens of brain scans produced by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis who gave psilocybin, the compound in "magic mushrooms," to participants in a study before sending them into a functional M.R.I. scanner. The kaleidoscopic whirl of colors they recorded is es ... ⌘ Read more
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**California's Grid Survives Heat Wave Thanks to Massive Battery Storage**
Longtime Slashdot reader Uncle\_Meataxe shares a report from the Sacramento Bee: California's power grid handled a nearly three week long record-setting heat wave with few issues. The heat wave was the hottest 20-day period on record around Sacramento and set an all-time temperature record of 124 degrees in Palm Springs. Emergency ... ⌘ Read more
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**'Godmother of AI' Builds $1 Billion Startup In 4 Months**
Dr. Fei-Fei Li, the so-called "godmother of AI," is working on a startup focused on developing technology capable of human-like visual data processing and advanced reasoning. According to the Financial Times (paywalled), the startup is called World Labs and is already worth $1 billion. Quartz reports: "Curiosity urges us to create machines to see just as intelligently as ... ⌘ Read more
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**Valve Runs Its Massive PC Gaming Ecosystem With Only About 350 Employees**
Valve had its employee and payroll data leaked through a poorly redacted document in an antitrust lawsuit in May, offering a rare glimpse into the company's small but impactful workforce over the years. As first noticed by SteamDB's Pavel Djundik, Valve's significant influence in PC gaming transactions has been maintained by just ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**Meta Opens Pilot Program For Researchers To Study Instagram's Impact On Teen Mental Health**
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Atlantic: Now, after years of contentious relationships with academic researchers, Meta is opening a small pilot program that would allow a handful of them to access Instagram data for up to about six months in order to study the app's effect on the we ... ⌘ Read more
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**GlobalWafers Scores $400 Million To Help Build First 300mm Wafer Plants In US**
Matthew Connatser reports via The Register: US government is granting GlobalWafers up to $400 million in CHIPS Act cash to help fund its 300mm wafer manufacturing facilities in Texas and Missouri. The Commerce Department said GlobalWafers' Texas plant is a significant milestone for the US as it's the country's first facil ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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prologic
Reply to #22exukq
@bender Yeah I dunno wtf this feed is 🤣 Looks like a gopher feed. Either their client is fucked up, or this is just pure spam 🤔 Anyway found some bugs in `yarnd` that I should fix because of this feed.
1 day ago
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**Meta Won't Offer Future Multimodal AI Models In EU**
According to Axios, Meta will withhold future multimodel AI models from customers in the European Union "due to the unpredictable nature of the European regulatory environment." From the report: Meta plans to incorporate the new multimodal models, which are able to reason across video, audio, images and text, in a wide range of products, including smartphones and its Meta Ra ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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prologic
Reply to #22exukq
@bender hmmm
1 day ago
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prologic
Reply to #raanwfq
@movq Same
1 day ago
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**The Biggest Data Breaches In 2024: 1 Billion Stolen Records and Rising**
An anonymous reader quotes an excerpt from TechCrunch, written by Zack Whittaker: We're over halfway through 2024, and already this year we have seen some of the biggest, most damaging data breaches in recent history. And just when you think that some of these hacks can't get any worse, they do. From huge stores of customers' personal i ... ⌘ Read more
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**Changes Are Coming To the ACT Exam**
Major changes are coming to the ACT college admissions exam in the spring, the CEO of ACT announced Monday. From a report: The exam will be evolving to "meet the challenges students and educators face" -- and that will include shortening the core test and making the science section optional, chief executive Janet Godwin said in a post on the non-profit's website. The changes will begin with national onlin ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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lyse
Reply to #qtrfeca
@movq It requires heaps of discipline. Lots of.
1 day ago
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lyse
Reply to #c2afqsq
@movq @prologic Good analysis! Another aspect is: Trying out new stuff is appealing to a lot of people. I'm certainly not unguilty of that either. But when you experiment, things will naturally go wrong somewhere at some point. You probably don't even know that at this point in time and realize this only much later. If at all.

To make it better, throwing things away and starting over with the newly aquired knowledge would be the right thing to do. But that doesn't happen for a myriad of reasons. So you ended up with overly complex stuff.

A bit like building a prototype and keeping it alive forever. "Denn nichts hält länger als ein Provisorium." – "Nothing is more definitive than the temporary."

Then there comes in feature creep. And preliminary optim^Wfeatures, "hey, maybe somebody would like to bla in the future, let's add this".
1 day ago
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**UK First European Country To Approve Lab-grown Meat, Starting With Pet Food**
Lab-grown pet food is to hit UK shelves as Britain becomes the first country in Europe to approve cultivated meat. From a report: The Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have approved the product from the company Meatly. It is thought there will be demand for cultivated ... ⌘ Read more
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lyse
I just heard AC/DC play live in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt for the first time in my life!

Well, when I was waiting for my train home on the station platform. I didn't recognize that it was Acca Dacca, and I tried hard. In fact, the stage was 500 meters away, so it was just some music-like sound that found its way into my ears. Still kinda cool to know that I heard them live.

I had a barbie with my old workmates. That's why I have a story to tell now. On the way there, the train was hopelessly overcrowded with AC/DC fans. You couldn't fall down, simply impossible. It was like in the videos of Japanese subways, where guards press in passengers to utilize every square centimeter. At later stations, plenty of people didn't get in. Not a chance. This caused quite some delays. And boy, was it hot in there. Streams of sweat running down everywhere.

Originally, I wanted to meet up with a workmate in a city train for the second part of the trip. Due to a signal failure, his train was delayed, though. It got delayed even more and more and was finally cancelled altogether. I eventually got my connecting train while he was still stuck and decided to abort mission and go home after 40 minutes. Catching my connection was another adventure. It was rerouted to another platform, of course without announcement. Because why would you? Fuck the passengers! Luckily, I noticed that it took a different branch at the switch on arrival and ran down and up the stairs to the other platform. The delay counter in this train showed 40 minutes when I finally got off.

With the exception of Acca Dacca, the way home was pleasantly uneventful. Just a few minutes delay and a relatively low passenger volume.

I'm so grateful for not having to experience all this shit on a daily basis anymore. Not looking forward to the next time I have to go into the city. Not at all.
1 day ago
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**US To Issue Proposed Rules Limiting Chinese Vehicle Software in August**
The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue proposed rules on connected vehicles next month and expects to impose limits on some software made in China and other countries deemed adversaries, a senior official said Tuesday. From a report: "We're looking at a few components and some software - not the whole car - but it would be some o ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**Leaked Docs Show What Phones Cellebrite Can and Can't Unlock**
Cellebrite, the well-known mobile forensics company, was unable to unlock a sizable chunk of modern iPhones available on the market as of April 2024, 404 Media reported Wednesday, citing leaked documents it obtained. From the report: Mobile forensics companies typically do not release details on what specific models their tools can or cannot penetrate, ins ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**Google Docs is Finally Adding Markdown Support**
Google Docs is adding Markdown support, bridging a long-standing gap between the popular markup language and the popular document editor. The update, rolling out over the next two weeks, allows users to import, export, copy, and paste Markdown-formatted text. This move comes a decade after Google consolidated its document editing tools into Drive.

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mckinley
Reply to #smnew7a
@movq I don't have much family and I talk to them on the phone but I've been there on two occasions with friends and Jabber.

> They attribute unrelated things to it, like “I can’t send messages to you, I don’t reach you! It doesn’t work!”

This scenario has played out the same way for me multiple times. It's uncanny.

I have some friends on Jabber now but it took time to make that happen. It helps that Conversations on Android is really good. I just hand them $5 cash and have them buy it on the Play Store so I don't have to answer questions about F-Droid and APK files.

On iOS, I recommend Siskin IM which works most of the time but I need to set it up for them because it doesn't handle captcha registration very well (fields are shown that shouldn't be and it's confusing) and it doesn't enable OMEMO by default (iirc).

I also used to refer to it as "XMPP", but I think that made it worse for me. "Jabber" is much less technical-sounding and some people remember hearing others talk about it.
1 day ago
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**Britain's New Government Aims To Regulate Most Powerful AI Models**
Britain's new Labour government has said it will explore how to effectively regulate AI models, but stopped short of proposing any specific laws. From a report: King Charles set out newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer's legislative agenda in a speech on Wednesday to open the new session of parliament. It included more than 35 new bills cov ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**84% of PC Users Unwilling To Pay Extra For AI-enhanced Hardware, Survey Says**
An anonymous reader shares a report: A recent poll on TechPowerUp revealed that an overwhelming majority of PC users are not interested in paying extra for hardware with AI capabilities. According to the survey, 84% of respondents would not spend more for AI features, while only 7% said they would, and 9% were unsure. Th ... ⌘ Read more
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**Ransomware Continues To Pile on Costs For Critical Infrastructure Victims**
Costs associated with ransomware attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) organizations skyrocketed in the past year. From a report: According to Sophos' latest figures, released today, the median ransom payments rose to $2.54 million -- a whopping 41 times last year's sum of $62,500. The mean payment for 2024 is even h ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**GitLab Explores Sale**
GitLab, a U.S. provider of cloud-based software development tools whose investors include Google parent Alphabet, is exploring a sale after attracting acquisition interest, Reuters is reporting. From the report: GitLab, which has a market value of about $8 billion, is working with investment bankers on a sale process that has attracted interest from peers, including cloud monitoring firm Datadog, the sources said. Any deal is ... ⌘ Read more
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**Damaged Internet Subsea Cables Repaired in Red Sea Amid Militant Attacks on Ships**
Repairs have finally commenced on three subsea telecommunications cables that were damaged in the Red Sea in February, even as Houthi militants escalate their attacks on ships in the area. From a report: The AAE-1 cable, a 25,000-kilometer (15,500 miles) fiber optic link between Asia and Europe, was repaired by a ... ⌘ Read more
1 day ago
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**Senators Press AT&T, Snowflake For Answers on Wide-ranging Data Breach**
A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators pressed the leaders of AT&T and data storage company Snowflake on Tuesday for more information about the scope of a recent breach that allowed cybercriminals to steal records on "nearly all" of the phone giant's customers. From a report: "There is no reason to believe that AT&T's sensitive data wil ... ⌘ Read more
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**Startups Are Building Balloons To Hoist Tourists Into the Stratosphere**
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: CNBC spoke to three startups -- France-based Zephalto, Florida-based Space Perspective and Arizona-based World View -- that aim to hoist tourists to the stratosphere using pressurized capsules and massive gas-filled balloons. "The capsule itself is designed to to carry eight customers ... ⌘ Read more
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movq
Reply to #c2afqsq
@prologic Kind of, yeah. (I wish they wouldn’t focus so much on “elitism”.)
1 day ago
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**'Amazing' New Technology Set To Transform the Search For Alien Life**
Robin McKie writes via The Guardian: Scientists with Breakthrough Listen, the world's largest scientific research program dedicated to finding alien civilizations, say a host of technological developments are about to transform the search for intelligent life in the cosmos. These innovations will be outlined at the group's annual conferenc ... ⌘ Read more
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**Startup Makes Butter Using CO2 and Water**
A Californian startup funded by Bill Gates is making rich, fatty "butter" using just carbon dioxide and hydrogen, with other dairy-free alternatives in the works. New Atlas reports: The San Jose company, Savor, uses a thermochemical process to create its animal-like fat, which is free of the environmental footprint of both the dairy industry and plant-based alternatives. "They started with ... ⌘ Read more
2 days ago
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xkcd
**Organ Meanings**
IMO the thymus is one of the coolest organs and we should really use it in metaphors more.Read more
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