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I’m in no way related to the author other than someone who follows him on IG. I thought it was a neat concept and shared it.

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While I agree with you that shoes are a basic necessities, I bet there are a bunch of families that can afford $60 shoes for their kids but not $600 shoes. This kid is a genetic outlier and that makes this one of those situations where a community can come together to help someone with a unique problem. His community donated $12k before Shaq got involved, so Shaq’s charity is just icing on the cake. Also worth noting that Shaq has done work to make shoes more affordable for all people but it’s an unreasonable expectation for him to stock every Walmart with Size 26 shoes.

realcaseyrollins, to moviesandtv

Following an undercover probe, the activist group alleges welfare violations by an Atlanta firm that does work for studios including Disney, which the company says are baseless and made in bad faith.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/peta-sting-accuses-hollywood-animal-firm-neglect-usda-complaint-1235838466/

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PETA has ties to a terrorist organization, has previously kidnapped and euthanized pets, advocates for the extinction of domesticated animals, and has at least one executive who used animal-derived insulin despite their campaigns against the very same.

I see no reason to give them the benefit of the doubt in any of their publicity stunts. Wake me up when a legitimate organization working for animal welfare has concerns.

Tumblr and Wordpress to Sell Users’ Data to Train AI Tools (www.404media.co)

this could not be timed worse for Tumblr which is in huge hot water with its userbase already for its CEO breaking his sabbatical to ban a prominent trans user for allegedly threatening him (in a cartoonish manner), and then spending a week personally justifying it increasingly wildly across several platforms. the rumors had...

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Fun fact, it’s been two different groups of people in charge! Yahoo! was responsible for removing adult content and then sold it to Automattic for pennies on the dollar. Automattic then went through several rounds of different poor moderation before the CEO himself stepped up to share GDPR violating information on Twitter. Now we’re adding AI!

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Dude also used a LLM to generate descriptions for the packages he’s serving from his package manager. And of course, it got them wrong, creating a headache for the actual package maintainers

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Here’s the statement from their CEO Kirk Tanner (emphasis mine):

Beginning as early as 2025, we will begin testing more enhanced features like dynamic pricing and daypart offerings, along with AI-enabled menu changes and suggestive selling,” he said. “As we continue to show the benefit of this technology in our company-operated restaurants, franchisee interest in digital menu boards should increase, further supporting sales and profit growth across the system.

Here’s the Oxford English Definition of “dynamic pricing” since 1929:

the practice of varying the price for a product or service to reflect changing market conditions, in particular the charging of a higher price at a time of greater demand.

Referring to reporters, investors, and consumers as “shitty” for taking a company at their word is just silly.

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Apparently the idiots are mad that official mod support hasn’t come fast enough and that official patches break unofficial mods.

That sounds like a great reason to threaten someone /s

Baldur’s Gate 3 Devs Hope for Substantive Discussion. „Threats and Toxic Behavior Only Harms Conversation.”

What are the craziest misconceptions you’ve heard about programming from people not familiar with it?

As someone who spends time programming, I of course find myself in conversations with people who aren’t as familiar with it. It doesn’t happen all the time, but these discussions can lead to people coming up with some pretty wild misconceptions about what programming is and what programmers do....

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The things that make me a good programmer:

  1. I read error messages
  2. I put those errors in Google
  3. I read the results that come up

Even among my peers, that gives me a leg up apparently.

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They mean jank:

jan·kyadjective, informal*adjective: jank*


<span style="color:#323232;">of extremely poor or unreliable quality.
</span><span style="color:#323232;">"the software is pretty janky"
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100%

I program – yet I’ve been asked to fix a camera and Apple Maps.

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I don’t think it’s so much a sign it was bad, moreso that it could be left on a cliffhanger or unresolved plot points.

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To make matters worse, they keep reusing the same names for things. I honestly don’t know if I use Google Pay or Google Wallet? I just push the credit card icon on my phone.

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Also, does the point of creating a game have to be making the “most” money? Isn’t it enough to make something awesome and a profit?

Why the recent Mozilla news isn't actually a big deal

Everyone here has been overreacting about the Mozilla layoffs, but they only laid off poeple working on the metaverse, ai, and their VPN and stuff. They’re actually refocusing on Firefox. People have been freaking out about them working on ai now, too, but theyve been doing ai for a while (Mozilla common voice...

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The people who make up the 2% market share using Firefox overlaps with the people tired of AI - specifically LLMs - being shoved into everything.

Mozilla just released a LLM-driven website generator a few months ago. Why are we assuming they won’t add something similar to Firefox?

If Mozilla wants to use machine learning, awesome. But how about we treat the techies who support them like adults and say “machine learning” instead of using the AI buzzword which is overloaded.

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While we resourced mozilla.social heavily to pursue this ambitious idea,

How many people do you need to administer a Mastodon instance? I’m pretty sure infosec.exchange is like one dude.

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NewEgg is such a shell of its former self. They went from fighting patent trolls to platforming scammers.

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I doubt most people know that country TLDs are different from vanity TLDs. I know when I look up domains, they’re usually all smooshed together and then the terms are in a giant block of ToS.

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The Lock In / Head On and Dispatcher series from Scalzi are pretty good.

The entire Murderbot Diaries series.

The first Hell Divers book was good (I haven’t read the rest yet)

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Well yeah, if you go on strike when your union says you shouldn’t, you’re going to lose your job.

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