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TIL about Sublinks, a Java-based alternative to Lemmy's backend (github.com)

Today I learned about Sublinks (here), an open-source project that aims to be a drop-in replacement for the backend of Lemmy, a federated link aggregator and microblogging platform. Sublinks is designed to be initially API-compatible with Lemmy, allowing existing Lemmy clients, such as Lemmy-UI, to integrate seamlessly....

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I asked about that earlier today, and this is the explanation

It’s in Java, so there’s that overhead. But mostly, it’s less about “efficiency at all costs” and more about maintainability, being easier to contribute to / review, and having a less toxic development community. It’s got more developers working on it than Lemmy, and it’s in a language more people are familiar with (Java). It’s roadmap is also not constrained by the viewpoints of a small group of fairly, uh, controversial figures.

After the 1:1 compatibility phase is over, they’re both free to and planning to implement more features that the Lemmy devs either won’t or can’t be arsed to do.

The comment: https://lemmy.ca/comment/7677015

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Really cool! I've been waiting to see something like this. Excited to see it develop

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I might be missing this each time I check, but what is different about sublinks? Visually the demo looks the same

Is it a front-end that's easier to contribute to? Can instances come back to Lemmy if it doesn't work out?

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I see

How would this compare efficiency wise, because my understanding was that Lemmys backend was very efficient and that was a big advantage

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I see, thanks for the info :)

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A lot of the games I wanted to try as a kid

Some of them aren't as fun as I thought it would be, but at least I can still try them and confirm

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That's really cool, thank you for sharing :)

otter OP ,
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Good to know, thank you :)

Setting my name now

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Ah not this again (EDIT: see this link for a better explanation than mine: https://lemmy.ca/comment/5401873 )

Your source there lists it as:

CIA → RFA → OTF → Signal

My understanding is that the CIA operated a news agency in the 50s, then decades later the 2012 president of the news agency started the Open Technology Fund to "help better protect reporters and sources for the news organization with enhanced digital security technology". That organization made (publicly documented) investments in projects including the Tor Project and Signal. Even if someone thinks the OTF is sinister, the total amount over 5 years was $3M.

Condensing all that into "Signal is CIA funded" is silly, and it's even sillier to imply that Signal is controlled by the CIA as a honeypot.

Also, it's open source. Given how popular it is, and how much constant scrutiny the code is under, we should notice any issues that pop up.

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Something fun I spotted while checking links: a comment from the Signal subreddit linked to the Lemmy discussion that I was looking for. Lemmy's SEO isn't as good, but I found it indirectly anyways

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It's very misleading (or straight up false), see the other comments

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I think it's on all the browsers

Instance Assistant

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Huh, so people DO get tired with apps nickel and diming every interaction

Want to filter by more than 2 things? Pay up. Want to send a message? Pay up. Want some privacy measures? Pay up. Also the features are scattered across multiple paid plans, with separate per-item costs for roses/likes/super-likes etc.

This isn't limited to Bumble either

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I think this post would have done better as a meta post than a question, because the question portion feels shoehorned in

Generally I agree with the sentiment that people voting on Lemmy sometimes don't look at what community it's posted to. With the smaller userbase, more people see each post but some users miss the culture / practices of the community before commenting and voting. This community was having similar issues, but it's been better recently

Now as for that post:

  • the community nostupidquestions is a good catchall for most questions, but it isn't a "ask questions with no rules" comm

  • even the reddit version had rules around bad faith questions. "Rule 9: No disguised rants, agenda posts, potstirring, disruptive topics".

That doesn't mean no controversial questions, but rather no bad faith questions. If it's not clear, I lean towards giving the OP the benefit of the doubt. If I feel that they have an agenda or are asking in bad faith, I'll also downvote and/or report it.

Why does our civilization send signals and our location into space?

Individually doing atmospheric analysis for every planet in the galaxy is probably an impossible task for a civilisation confined to a single solar system. Listening for signals is something our civilisation already does. If we discover radio signals from a primitive civilisation in the next star system over there's a non-zero...

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There are some fun Kurzgesagt videos on this, for those that might be less familiar with the theory / discussion:

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Really cool! Could that code be rendered as markdown afterwards?

I posted this in !fediverse some time ago about guides and megathreads going out of date.

https://lemmy.ca/post/6390931

This might be a good way to handle stuff like that, so you only have to edit in one place. Even if it doesn't render, having a plaintext guide might be ok?

Privacy friendly fitness tracker recommendations

I'm looking for advice on a privacy friendly fitness tracker. One that doesn't require storing my personal data on a third party site, where I can sync the data locally using an open source program. I do have a PineTime but it doesn't really track metrics and I question the accuracy of the heat rate monitor. FitBit is owned by...

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https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/categories/wearables/

If you're picking from the popular ones, Garmin is usually recommended even with their cloud services enabled. I know some models allow you to stop syncing data indefinitely. I assume it should be possible to only sync through gadgetbridge or the cable, but I haven't checked extensively. For example, if you just set it up without connecting it to Garmin services

If you make a list of what specific features you need/want/avoid, it might help narrow things down

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A little different actually

Not voting at all can mean anything. You like them all, you hate them all, you couldn't care, etc.

Sending in a blank but signed vote means you cared enough to show up and that you didn't pick anyone. Those ballots are counted. Over time, if enough of them start to pile up, the existing parties might change things up to cash in on the pile of votes sitting around. New parties may also form if there's a clearly defined group that isn't being represented.

I'm not pushing for doing this in any particular election. We have users from all over the world here, voting in many different jurisdictions of elections. A blank vote can be an effective strategy in some situations

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I'm in Canada, and I think the term used here is 'rejected ballots' or 'declined ballots'

Some links:

The first article is specifically the effect I described, where people report the number of declined ballots, interview people who chose to do that, and talk about why it might be happening. That has an impact, but the magnitude depends on how prolific it is.

Second link quoted:

Ballots must be rejected if they were not supplied by an election officer, were improperly marked (including those voided by the elector), were cast for a person other than a candidate, or if there is any writing or mark by which the elector could be identified.

After the count, the election officer fills out a statement of the vote, recording the number of votes in favour of each candidate and the number of rejected ballots. In this statement, the election officer has to account for all ballots received at that poll.

I'm not as familiar with the US. My point was a blank ballot can have a different outcome from not showing up, and it can be a valid strategy depending on where you are in the world.

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Where did customers get the new codes, was it embedded in the disks themselves?

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This sounds similar to !digitalcommunitybuilding, which was in the process of setting up :)

For kbin

https://kbin.social/m/digitalcommunitybuilding@slrpnk.net

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This is something that's also been in the back of my mind. It would be great to have some best practices listed somewhere, or just a general knowledge base

I wrote down some ideas and never got around to doing something about it

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Healthcare would be a good one because having access to good reliable data means better treatments, especially for populations that are underrepresented in current studies

Otherwise the other data could be used for policy development. Right now when a private entity collects a lot of data, they can release the data that helps them while hiding the data that harms them. Having that available publicly means that we can develop policy based on the most accurate picture of reality

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I think it might happen just from doing a search for the content using the right terms / string?

Youtube stopped working on Firefox when signed in (kbin.social)

Last Friday everything worked fine. Today, if I try to watch a video while signed in to Google account I can only do it with quality set to auto that then defaults to 144p or 240p. Setting quality to 360p or higher results in constant buffering like we're back in 2008 and 720p does not even start playing. Tried Firefox on my...

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It seems to be working for me, so maybe it's some Google A&B testing?

Try switching your user agent to chrome to see if it fixes it, that might be proof of some trickery

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I'd assume it's a running joke

SyncForLemmy --> Sink for Lemmy

Ah just checked, maybe it's because the mods haven't checked in with the community in a while and it's a joke about being abandoned. From what I remember, even on Reddit the dev would disappear for some time and then come back with a big update?

If they ARE gone, there are a lot of Lemmy apps available that are receiving regular updates. Boost, Connect, and Eternity might be a similar feeling to Sync

Could Reddit's data be "poisoned" to prevent its use in training AI?

In case you didn't know, you can't train an AI on content generated by another AI because it causes distortion that reduces the quality of the output. It is also very difficult to filter out AI text from human text in a database. This phenomenon is known as AI collapse....

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But then the normal old content will still be there

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Maybe the US politics community, or one local to the region this person works for

A generic community might not work as well because you'd need to understand the context behind what is being said

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Defederation should be a big decision, and instances shouldn't do so on a whim. If people want it, it can be done after some discussion

It should be discouraged unless the other instance is actively breaking the rules. When instances are super fragmented, it's a much worse experience for everyone and it gets confusing for new people. So it should be limited to when enough people agree it's necessary

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Meanwhile the baddie is in distress, hopping from bathroom to bathroom

New Israeli report alleging ‘systematic and intentional rape’ by Hamas relies on debunked Western media reports - The Grayzone (thegrayzone.com)

The contents of the Israeli Association of Rape Crisis Center’s paper alleging “systematic” Hamas rape derive largely from discredited second-hand testimonies and debunked media reports. Among its most heavily cited sources is a dubious NY Times article that triggered a staff revolt at the paper.

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In this case, it might also be a good call because of the source

I'd prefer some other agency reported the story given Grayzone's track record

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Looks like this is just about them using AI for internal admin work?

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I met one person a few months ago who also used signal primarily. It did feel weird adding someone normally. Usually when I add someone it's their first time with signal

alarm app

I need an alarm app that lets me scan QR codes. I find that it helps me get out of bed and take my meds in a timely manner. I have QRalarm but it's a onetime use alarm and I can't schedule times for certain days which I find to be really important. I normally use alarmy but it requires the Google Play store and I'd prefer to not...

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It is, for legacy reasons

(I quickly threw it together)

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Ah makes sense :)

I find that it's similar to security questions, where I might not remember what exactly to input when I need to regenerate it. "qrcode" vs. "QR-code" etc.

A better solution to my problem might be to add the code as text, underneath the image when printing it out

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