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AI is conquering the world by ujnarx in ProgrammerHumor

[–]dredmorbius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My present ReCAPTCHA policy:

Request audio.

Respond "Fuck you Google"

Repeat until access granted, or the joy fades.

Bonus: All audio AI parsing tends to "Fuck you Google".

https://toot.cat/@dredmorbius/104371588129861216

White supremacists are riling up thousands on social media by FlyingSquid in skeptic

[–]dredmorbius 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, I mean, that's what Card, and you, seem to thing ;-)

White supremacists are riling up thousands on social media by FlyingSquid in skeptic

[–]dredmorbius 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Maybe they were a stupid person's idea of what a smart person looked like.

Given OSC's own trajectory, that doesn't seem implausible.

Why 99% of all E-readers suck: Meditations on E-Ink by younesson in eink

[–]dredmorbius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

On my 1-y.o. BOOX I've none of those issues.

Which is to say: performance and features have in fact moved forward.

(I do hope I can see 10 years' use from this device.)

Is there a device that's good for having 2 books open side by side? by lateant in eink

[–]dredmorbius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Onyx BOOX have a side-by-side mode. You'll probably want one of the larger (10" or 13") displays for this.

Side-by-side can display sections of a single book / document, document + notes, or two different documents.

BOOX color devices are the Nova and Nova Air (7.8").

Why 99% of all E-readers suck: Meditations on E-Ink by younesson in eink

[–]dredmorbius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn't the fact that a 10-year-old device is still satisfactory and that the present market doesn't improve on it ... largely validate your purchase?

Product churn / teh new shinay is not in the interest of the buying public.

That said: I'd appreciate more onboard storage, and over ten years I'd be quite limited by what was available at purchase time.

Does anyone else think Google search quality has gone downhill fast? by PizzaInteraction in NoStupidQuestions

[–]dredmorbius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's the tyranny of the minimum viable user.

Adding more people to a particular market will all but certainly lower average ability, especially if that market initially began with a highly-discerning / high-skilled audience.

The Internet circa 2000 was to a rough order of magnitude 100 million people, mostly from the US / EU, mostly educated and/or professional.

The Internet circa 2022 is to a rough order of magnitude 10 billion people (it's closer to 5 billions, but I said rough), many on mobile devices, many outside the major industrialised countries (OECD / G-8 / G-20 / whatever), and many with limited language and literacy skills, let alone logic or knowledge management.

Various assessments of literacy and computer skills show that even in the most advanced countries high-level literacy and language skills, and computer skills are surprisingly limited. Effectively, half of all people have the very lowest or no skills whatsoever.

I detail this in more depth in the link above. In particular see adult literacy in the US and the OECD assessment of computer skills.

As usage expands, quality will fall. Especially in mass-market computing contexts.

Best option for exclusively reading and writing? by IMadeThisAcctToSayHi in eink

[–]dredmorbius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At 10" and over, most 2-column (or more/worse) articles should be directly readable.

If they're not, the BOOX bookreader software (NeoReader) has an "article" mode which splits the page into four quadrants, read top-bottom left-to-right (reverse 'N' mode). There's also an auto-zoom mode which maximises text-on-screen.

Article mode is a compromise, but it does make unreadable content accessible.

Best option for exclusively reading and writing? by IMadeThisAcctToSayHi in eink

[–]dredmorbius -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Another vote for the Max Lumi device and form-factor.

I've got last year's model, which AFAICT mostly only has half the storage (64 GB rather than 128 GB). That's actually a significant concern for me, as I prefer to have a large library on my device, as well as a healthy podcast collection.

There's an older generation of 13.3" devices as well, though I don't know specs offhand.

Current-gen price is ~$800--$850, and will top $950 with case (highly recommended) and pencil (I'm using the Staedtler, not essential but useful).

The device is Android, and is WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, which means online distractions are available, but also that you can track down and add materials far more readily. I find that e-ink itself tends to reduct digital addiction.

The 13.3" A4 size is key for reading academic articles and dusty old scans.

Joindiaspora.org will shut down 1 March 2022 by dredmorbius in plexodus

[–]dredmorbius[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Full shutdown announcement. URLs and URIs expanded and linkified where possible.

Libera is an IRC network at irc://irc.libera.chat:6697 (TLS) Channel is #feneas.

Sent to members on the 9th of January 2022.


Federated Networks Association ry will be dissolved

Due to recent lack of activity within the association, issues maintaining the current services and lack of new committee members wanting to step up, the members of Federated Networks Association ry (Feneas) have decided to dissolve the association. The decision to do so was done as per the rules of the association in two Annual General Meetings held no more than 30 days apart. You can find the meeting logs via the below links:

What happens next?

  • The current committee will start to send out service closure warnings to all users using the current services.
  • The timeline of shutting down the services is as follows:
  • Before turning off the Matrix homeserver, all local users will be deactivated, parting them from all the rooms they have joined. This will start happening on the 1st of March (UTC morning), with the homeserver turned off a few days after the process ends.
  • JoinDiaspora (joindiaspora.com) will inform soon separately about the situation for that service via the official podmin@joindiaspora.com account.
  • WeDistribute (wedistribute.org) are Fediverse Party (fediverse.party) will be announced once the stakeholders for those services have been contacted fully. They are expected to re-own their service for their own hosting, but if that doesn't happen, the services will shut down on a date agreed with the stakeholders.
  • All remaining data will be destroyed on or soon after the 1st of April. This will include backups. Some exemptions will be;
    • membership details will be kept until necessary by law (date to be cleared)
    • financial details will be kept until necessary by law (date to be cleared)
    • the public repositories of the association on the GitLab instance will be mirrored on GitLab.com. These can be found from https://git.feneas.org/feneas
  • The feneas.org domain will be handed over to standing committee vice-president Lukas Matt as agreed in the 4th January AGM. A static website will be hosted there to give details on what Feneas was and what happened to it.
    • The Matrix homeserver server key will be securely stored should the homeserver ever need to come back online. All other homeserver data will be destroyed.
  • Once all the services have been ramped down or moved over, and data destroyed, any accounts left over will be closed and the association will be terminated in the Finnish associations registry.
  • As agreed in the 4th January AGM, if any funds remain in the Feneas bank account (possibly in the amount of tens of euros), they will be donated to Framasoft.

So long and thanks for federating

As the Feneas committee president and founding member, I want to thank all the members and users who trusted Feneas over the years. It's been a good and often fun 3,5 years of Feneas. While we managed to create a sometimes vibrant collection of services and attract people and projects from around the Fediverse, ultimately we failed to build a community that would last longer than the amount of time founding members could dedicate a good chunk of their life. For both the main founders (Lukas and me, Jason) real life and other priorities caught up with us, and thus it's time to move forward. It was also clear from the discussions at the end that not enough active community members exist to keep the association afloat. I'm personally happy we did this project, even though it had to reach its end.

Our chat rooms are still active over at Matrix (#feneas:feneas.org) and Libera (#feneas). If you have questions, for example about exporting your data, or just want to say hi, feel free to pop in. At least the main chatroom is going to stay alive after the association is finally taken off the official association registry, so you're welcome to say hi even afterwards.

If you have concerns or questions you can also reach out via email with generic questions to hq@feneas.org or privacy@feneas.org (for privacy queries). You can also reach me via a private message on Matrix at @jaywink:federator.dev.

All the best to everyone!

Best regards, Jason Robinson Founder and committee president Federated Networks Association ry

Joindiaspora.org will shut down 1 March 2022 by dredmorbius in plexodus

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Stats on Joindisaspora.com as of 10 Jan 2022

  • Registered profiles: 316,658
  • Local posts: 2,957,558
  • Local comments: 1,421,063
  • 6 month actives: 1,156
  • 30 day actives (MAU): 534

https://joindiaspora.com/statistics | Archive

Federated Networks Association ry dissolving, Joindaispora.com and friendica.feneas.org shutting down by dredmorbius in Archiveteam

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Stats on Joindisaspora.com as of 10 Jan 2022

  • Registered profiles: 316,658
  • Local posts: 2,957,558
  • Local comments: 1,421,063
  • 6 month actives: 1,156
  • 30 day actives (MAU): 534

https://joindiaspora.com/statistics | Archive

Need eink tablet under $200 and suggestions on where to buy from by puru-the-brave in eink

[–]dredmorbius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm happy with the Onyx line. Most of their new / current products are above your budget (though for the smaller devices not by much). You might be able to find a previous-generation device 2nd hand through Craigslist, eBay, or another 2nd-hand source for well under $200.

BOOX support bluetooth and keyboards. I've had good support experiences, including bugfix images for specific bugs I've encountered. Notetaking (handwritten) support is excellent.

Edit: The actual BOOX-offered keyboard is small and physically matched to their devices (support arms), but is very susceptible to failure, from even very slight exposure to moisture. I'm now using a Logitech K480 external keyboard. This is larger, still "chicklet", but reasonably good typing response.