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24 HOURS LEFT OF CANVAS 2024 | Timelapses!
  • The event isn't over, so perhaps there were still holes at the time up to where this time lapse covers, that were filled in after this time lapse end time?

  • 24 HOURS LEFT OF CANVAS 2024 | Timelapses!
  • The guy lives in the country of drop bears and emu wars. I'm not gonna get on his bad side.

  • 24 HOURS LEFT OF CANVAS 2024 | Timelapses!
  • Yes it's looking really good, especially the top left which is looking really complete.

  • 24 HOURS LEFT OF CANVAS 2024 | Timelapses!
  • I tell you what, @[email protected] is a man with a vision and he made it into reality! That Aussie flag looks great, I was worried it was too big but the combination of the other art overlapping and the Brits helping with the union jack meant it all came together in the end 🙂

  • Canvas 2024 is here!
  • Thought I''d post an update. Looking good! I've started to fill in some background and doing some refinement on the edges of where things touch.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • All the more reason to not be concerned when someone reports a gunman on the roof?

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • That's a really good point, it must be hard keeping them on top of their game.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • Yeah, but we don't know how often they get false reports. I think from now on the security approach will probably change.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • I honestly think you're underestimating how hard this is. 3 minutes is probably not enough time to get to the roof let alone find him if he moved.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • Yeah, I'll give you that one. I'm assuming there's a super tough process to be selected for the secret service, like an astronaut selection process? But maybe I'm assuming wrong.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • "There's a shooter in the stadium somewhere, find them in the next 3 minutes" actually sounds like a really hard job.

  • Secret Service: We Didn’t Turn Down Trump’s Extra Security Request
  • Is it just that it's a really fucking hard job? How do you protect someone who wants to travel the country and stand in front of live audiences of thousands of people, without getting in the way of the personal experience they are trying to sell?

    If you are as controversial as Trump, anyone can be an assassin and the secret service have to somehow separate crazy fan from crazy assassin, in a thousand different venues. The only real option is a bulletproof Popemobile.

  • Firefox added ad tracking and has already turned it on without asking you
  • The setting from the original post is for sites in general, it's not specifically about Mozilla sites. I'm not sure how having this option relates to their revenue, unless Google put it in their search contract with them?

    Edit: Wait, I see people mentioning Mozilla acquired an ad company?

  • laptops and airport screening
  • Ah that will be it, I'm only ever flying to the regional ones.

  • laptops and airport screening
  • I haven't flown domestic from Wellington since last year, when I did it a few times, and I don't recall ever going through anything resembling security (except checked bags). I recall someone talking about upcoming changes, do they do security checks/bag scanning for domestic now?

  • Help us to conquer the UK (in canvas)
  • You could make it a little smaller (I set width to 40) and it fits pretty easily here, towards the bottom left of the right half of the canvas:

    When you get to the coffee cup, just leave it and only do up to the edge, and it should look fine.

  • Help us to conquer the UK (in canvas)
  • If you look at the left hand side, or even the Australia flag you screen shotted, notice that items are either small or overlapping. It's ok to pick a spot, and then only build your template to the edge of the things around you. Here's an example:

    It looks much nicer having things poked in gaps and working together on the clashes rather than everyone building in their own space and leaving white in between.

  • Help us to conquer the UK (in canvas)
  • Don't be a dick. There's plenty of space on the right side where the canvas expanded, and that flag at the top left is not the UK, it's the Union Jack on the Australian flag.

    ETA: And the new one doesn't even appear to be a UK flag, it looks like it's an England flag.

  • Canvas 2024 is here!
  • Ok, I'll follow your lead

  • Canvas 2024 is here!
  • What's the plan to connect it with the eyes?

  • Canvas 2024 is here!

    Hi all!

    Canvas is an event that is like reddit's r/place, where users can paint one pixel at a time and we all work together to make some art. You can see more at last year's conclusion post.

    You use your Lemmy account to log in, where it messages you a code to confirm it's you (no password required). This year they have a one account per person rule, so we will need all hands on deck!

    We have a template for the design we have put together, you can jump straight to Canvas with the template enabled by clicking this link: https://canvas.fediverse.events/#x=162&y=328&zoom=4&tu=https%3A%2F%2Flemmy.nz%2Fpictrs%2Fimage%2F497358ad-b655-4ae1-9e42-ea70c303a63e.png&tw=112&tx=100&ty=300&ts=ONE_TO_ONE

    The event starts today (Friday) at 4pm, and runs for 72 hours.

    If you use Matrix (or are willing to use Matrix) join the chatroom by following the instructions here.

    We can also use this post for coordination, or if anyone is having trouble getting logged in or other issues.

    Edit: Updated link

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    www.rnz.co.nz Auckland food bank emptied by thieves ripping hole in wall

    An Auckland food bank is asking for help to fill the cupboards after it was targeted by thieves early last week.

    Auckland food bank emptied by thieves ripping hole in wall

    > An Auckland food bank is asking for help to fill the cupboards after it was emptied by thieves who cut a hole in the wall to gain access to the building.

    > "The aim [of the food bank] is to help people in the community who are experiencing severe financial hardship ... we rely on donations from food from generous people and organisations and then to find that some scumbags have come along and robbed us, it seems to be pretty diabolical to me."

    > The thieves got inside by lifting some cladding from the back wall and then ripping a hole in the wall where the heat pump unit had been installed, he said. > > Furlong said most of what was taken was frozen meat, biscuits and confectionary. > > "If they had come to us and said they needed food, we would have given them food anyway.

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    www.rnz.co.nz Winston Peters alleges cover-up over Interislander crash

    The cause of the grounding is being probed but the acting PM says "it's clear as daylight something dramatically has gone wrong".

    Winston Peters alleges cover-up over Interislander crash

    > Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has alleged a cover-up at KiwiRail over the grounding of the Aratere last month.

    > There were allegations from coalition government partner New Zealand First earlier this week the accident last month happened after "someone put the autopilot on, went for a coffee, and then couldn't turn the autopilot off in time when that someone came back". > > Party leader Peters on Thursday morning appeared to distance himself from the claim, before doubling-down on it.

    > "But here's the point - at the moment we heard this story, it was clear as daylight that something dramatically had gone wrong, that shouldn't have gone wrong, and we find out it was on autopilot." > Peters said the party had sources on the boat itself, which relayed the 'coffee break' claim.

    > "I am the acting prime minister, and the reality is that we are wanting to hear the truth, but we don't want to delay any longer. And in a way, you can say I'm asking KiwiRail [to] front up - right here right now."

    > Labour leader Chris Hipkins was unimpressed with New Zealand First posting the claim to social media, rather than sharing whatever information it had with investigators.

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    Suggestion of distro for TV/server combo?

    I have a server that is also plugged into my TV. It's running Ubuntu server, but then I installed the DE when I started trying to use it with the TV as well.

    For the TV I'm using Kodi synced with Jellyfin. Unfortunately it's not very stable. Most of the time it's fine, but with specific files Kodi will crash, often bringing down the whole system. I expect this is at least partly because the DE was an afterthought and it's not running a full DE.

    I'm looking at doing a full refresh of the server, and am wondering if there is a distro that is particularly good for this use case. I also want to be able to play games on occasion with xbox controllers.

    TL;DR: Can you suggest a distro to run on a PC connected to a TV, used mainly to run Kodi and as a server via docker containers, but also for games via wine/proton with controller support?

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    Aotearoa Weekly Kōrero 8/7/2024

    Last weeks thread here

    Welcome to this week’s casual kōrero thread!

    This post will be pinned in this community so you can always find it, and will stay for about a week until replaced by the next one.

    It’s for talking about anything that might not justify a full post. For example:

    • Something interesting that happened to you
    • Something humourous that happened to you
    • Something frustrating that happened to you
    • A quick question
    • A request for recommendations
    • Pictures of your pet
    • A picture of a cloud that kind of looks like an elephant
    • Anything else, there are no rules (except the rule)

    So how’s it going?

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    This is a follow on from this event a little while back: 'Reckless': Man pretending to be injured on motorway overbridge arrested.

    > Back in April, I spent some time looking into a fledgling charity called the Suicide Reduction Trust (SRT). It had caught my eye after a reader tip-off about a TradeMe listing they believed might be a scam. The listing advertised a raffle with the prize too good to be true: a free house. And not just any house, a $2m Auckland mansion, along with cash for furniture and a brand new Tesla to boot. The raffle was advertised as raising funds for the SRT, which had launched shortly before the win-a-house promotion. While TradeMe pulled the listing, telling The Bulletin that it went against its rules, the raffle was legitimate, as Stuff’s Tony Wall reported at the time. But who was behind it and why?

    > A couple of weeks ago, an email arrived in The Spinoff inboxes with a provocative and, to be frank, shocking subject line: “Auckland lawyer hangs himself on Auckland motorway overpass.” It was from Jaques, criticising the media for failing to cover his new charity. The body of the email clarified this was simply an attention-grabbing stunt. “I’m going to do you a favour and give you the newsworthy clickbait you so badly desire and this morning I’m going to hang myself from an Auckland motorway overpass and you’ll have the story you really want,” he wrote. A few hours later, reports started to emerge of a man dangling from an overbridge, attached to a harness, causing delays to shocked rush hour commuters after two lanes were closed by emergency service. Newshub reported that Jaques was throwing leaflets at the speeding traffic below. He was later charged in relation to offensive behaviour and endangering transport.

    > Jaques acknowledged it could have “a profound impact on the Trust’s reputation and way of operating” and said “he may have in fact caused more harm than good”.

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    www.rnz.co.nz Government wants to 'flood the market' to make houses more affordable - how will that work?

    Here's what the Housing Minister is planning - and how it might work.

    Government wants to 'flood the market' to make houses more affordable - how will that work?

    > Housing Minister Chris Bishop has told real estate agents that the government wants to "flood the market" with opportunities for housing development. > > It has agreed to a range of changes that would free up land for housing, and, the government hopes, make housing more affordable.

    My rough summary of proposal:

    • Most cities will be required to have zoned enough land for 30 years of housing demand all the time
    • These cities won't be allowed to determine urban/rural boundaries
    • Must intensify, especially around major public transport routes. If they decide not to for character reasons, then equivalent capacity must be opened up in another area
    • cafes, dairies, etc (mixed use) must be allowed in residential areas
    • appartments not allowed to have minimum floor area or requirement for balcony set by council
    • councils already intensifying under a previous agreement (MDRS) will keep this, but if they change it then they have to move to using new rules

    Let me know if I've got something wrong!

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    Tests for students from first year of school announced

    > The government has announced mandatory reading, writing and maths tests for primary schools. > > From next year, schools will be required to test the ability of five year olds to link sounds and letters at 20 and 40 weeks of schooling. > > From years 3-8, schools would have to test children's reading, writing and maths twice a year using either e-asTTle or Progressive Assessment Tests (PATs).

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    RESULTS - 2024 Instance Census for lemmy.nz

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the 2024 Lemmy.nz Census survey!

    I asked for volunteers to proof read but got no offers so let me know if anything needs fixing. Especially let me know if terminology I have used is incorrect, I know some words hold a lot of weight to some people.

    All fully completed surveys are included in this summary, if someone didn't submit, their partial responses are not included. No questions were mandatory so if someone didn't answer the question, it's not included in the results unless specified.

    Overall, we got 69 responses, which is pretty good I think. On average (mean), it took 5 minutes 40 seconds to complete. The median was 4 minutes 39 seconds. The longest was just over 30 minutes, and the shortest was a little under 2 minutes.

    You can see here the number of submissions each day in blue, and the running total in red. There was a spike when first posted, and a further spike when I posted a reminder post. The final submission was when I reopened the survey for a day on request as someone hadn't managed to complete the survey and wanted to.

    !line graph showing number of submissions over time

    Let's get into the actual responses. I've been told I should stick to bar charts because "pie charts are for marketing and pizza", but I think it's nice to represent some of these as proportions. However, where I've used a pie chart I've also included a bar chart in spoiler tags. I know in the past some apps have had trouble with spoiler tags, so if you have issues maybe read this on desktop. It's a lengthy read anyway!

    Where are we?

    Where do you live?

    In a result that will shock no one, the vast majority of responses came from people living in NZ.

    !pie graph showing country of respondents

    Bar graph

    !bar graph showing country of respondents

    Within NZ, Wellington is over represented but otherwise we seem to be spread out rather evenly by the population of each area. To my knowledge, /r/wellington is the only subreddit that had a post about Lemmy with any traction, so I presume this is the reason for the higher proportion of Wellingtonians.

    !graph of region of NZ of NZ respondents

    How big is your community?

    Most of us live in urban or suburban areas, with some write in options. Nationally, around 15% of us live rurally, but for survey respondents this was around 7%.

    !Pie graph of community (urban,suburban, rural)

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of community (urban,suburban, rural)

    In your opinion, what is the quality of your internet connection?

    Most of us think our internet quality is great, with almost 81% stating the quality of their internet connection is Excellent.

    !Pie graph of quality of internet connection

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of quality of internet connection

    This makes sense, since most of us have fibre.

    !Pie graph of type of internet

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of type of internet

    Within those with fibre, we are pretty evenly split on being under 300Mbps and over 1000Mbps. I foolishly forgot to add an option in the middle, but one person responded 600Mbps in their "Other" option.

    !Pie graph of type of fibre

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of type of fibre

    Who are we?

    What is your ethnicity?

    We are a pretty white bunch. Way less ethnic diversity than I was expecting. The 2023 NZ census showed around 44% of people identify with Māori, Asian, or Pacific enthnicities, so we are remarkably different from the general population. Three people indicated they preferred the term "Pākehā" to "NZ European", though these are grouped together.

    !Pie graph of ethnicity

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of ethnicity

    What age range do you fall into?

    We have a reasonably older age than perhaps reddit does, but this is largely in line with Lemmy.ca and probably Lemmy as a whole.

    !Bar graph of age

    What is your gender identity?

    We are mostly men here, with this spread being broadly in line with Lemmy.ca's results, so this may be representative of Lemmy. We do have a higher proportion of women and a lower proportion of people who are non-binary, but this is probably due to normal variance with the low sample size.

    !Pie graph of gender

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of gender

    Are you someone with trans experience (meaning your gender identity does not align with your sex assigned at birth)?

    Two users identified as trans, and these users both identified as non-binary in the previous question. One user selected Other and indicated they have a gender identity for society, not for themselves.

    !Pie graph of those with trans experience

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of those with trans experience

    How do you identify?

    Almost 85% of us identified as straight, or 91% if you include those identifying as "straightish". This value is much lower than the general population. StatsNZ reports (based on a survey, not a census) that 4.1% of NZ belong to what StatsNZ referred to as the "sexual minorities population", compared to 9-15% of respondents (depending on how you categorise "straightish").

    !Sexual identity pie graph

    Bar graph

    !Sexual identity bar graph

    What is your disability status?

    To start, here is a graph of all respondents vs those that indicate a disability. Note that we did not have a way to differentiate between someone without a disability and someone who didn't want to answer the question. 8 people specifically said they don't have a condition or disability.

    !Pie graph of those with disability vs those with no answer

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of those with disability vs those with no answer

    For those that indicated a condition, we see quite a range. For this question, there was a free text field and answers don't nicely group, so in the interest of having a graph I have tried to nudge them into categories. Mostly, this means if someone wrote "Probably" or "Maybe", I've assumed they have this condition. Hopefully I haven't miscategorised anyone, but remember to take this with a grain of salt.

    Also, conditions are listed separately. If someone listed three conditions, they will show as three items in this graph.

    !Pie graph of the type of condition

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of the type of condition

    Are you currently studying?

    Around 10% of us are studying at the moment.

    !Pie graph of if currently studying

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of if currently studying

    What is your highest level of education achieved?

    Almost 75% of us have a post-secondary school qualification! I thought I might find some cool relationship between the people who indicated ADHD and the people who had completed "Some university". Despite 10 of the 13 who completed "Some university" indicating they were not currently studying, only one of these people indicated ADHD (and in fact, this was the only person in the group indicating any disability or condition).

    !Pie graph of education level achieved

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of education level achieved

    What's your employment status?

    89% of us are in paid work, which is higher than Lemmy.ca's results, but this could be due to having a lot fewer respondents so a single person's answer can change the outcome by a fair bit.

    !Pie chart of employment status

    Bar graph

    !Bar chart of employment status

    If employed, what field of work do you work in?

    This question was a free text field. I have tried to group them into similar categories. This was hard, especially since there's not a detailed job description for each, so take this with a grain of salt. Without these groups, there were many different answers with just one respondent with that answer. But rest assured we have everything from mechanics and plumbers, tourism operators and hospitality workers, researchers, archivists, engineers, manufacturers and those that do film visual effects. And this is all on top of the 57% of us that work in Information and Communication Technology (IT and communication). 23% of respondents listed just "IT", and a further 23% stated "Software Developer", "Software Engineer", or "Web developer".

    !Bar chart of employment field

    Bar graph

    !Pie chart of employment field

    Lemmy and us

    Which instances do you have an account on?

    Unsurprisingly, the largest group was lemmy.nz, followed by the larger Lemmy instances. Note that this was multiselect, so a user may be listed in more than one place.

    !Bar graph of which instances people have accounts on

    What other Fediverse services do you use?

    Lots of Mastodon users. Many use Matrix as well, which is unsurprising since Matrix chats are quite common with Lemmy, and Lemmy even allows a Matrix account to be linked to a Lemmy account to add a button to message a user on Matrix. And on top of that, we have a Matrix chat which would also encourage people to use Matrix.

    !Bar graph of other Fediverse services people use

    On average, how much time do you spend on Lemmy each day (whether on Lemmy.nz or other instances)

    Most people are here less than 2 hours a day, which is similar to Lemmy.ca's results.

    !Bar graph of how much time people spend on Lemmy

    How do you access Lemmy most often?

    Most of us use mobile more often than desktop to access Lemmy. There was one "Other" selection stating "iPad".

    !Pie graph of device type used to access Lemmy

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of device type used to access Lemmy

    On mobile, which OS do you use?

    Over 80% of mobile users are using Android. We had users state GrapheneOS and CalyxOS (one each), I have included these in Android. We also had one user write "Both", which I have added.

    !Pie graph of mobile OS used

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of mobile OS used

    On mobile, which app(s) do you use?

    The most popular app was Voyager, followed by just using the website in a mobile browser. This was actually quite different from Lemmy.ca, who had Sync as their most popular, followed by Jerboa and then Voyager.

    !Bar graph of the apps people use on mobile

    On desktop, which interfaces do you use?

    On desktop, people tended to only use the default Lemmy UI. This may partly be because it's not particularly obvious that our other frontends exist.

    !Pie graph of most common ways to access Lemmy on desktop

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of most common ways to access Lemmy on desktop

    If you primarily access lemmy.nz through a different Lemmy/Kbin/Mastodon/etc instance, please list it below

    For those not directly accessing through Lemmy.nz, Lemmy.world was the only instance with multiple people using it as their primary way of accessing Lemmy.nz.

    !Graph of primary instance

    Final questions

    What's your favourite desert?

    I'm an idiot and, after reading the Lemmy.ca answer about The Sahara, accidentally wrote Desert instead of Dessert.

    For favourite Desert, we have three votes for the Antarctic/Antarctica, two for Sahara, and one each for Gobi, Central North Island, and Arrakis.

    !Graph of favourite desert

    For favourite Dessert, I have grouped and graphed the results, though I am sure to have offended someone with my groupings. The top answer was ice cream, followed by cheese cake, which mirrors Lemmy.ca's results. One person decided "Ice-cream cheescake mix" was their favourite, which is not counted in either category and is instead listed separately.

    !Graph of favourite dessert

    Of those that answered with a dessert, here is the full list:

    • Apple crumble x 2
    • Blackberry and apple crumble
    • Cheesecake x 2
    • Cheesecake!
    • Cheesecake, Strawberry
    • Chocolate
    • Chocolate chip cookies
    • Cookies and cream ice cream
    • Creme brulee
    • Custard
    • Don't eat sugar
    • Halo halo
    • Home made pav with fresh strawberries
    • Ice cream x 3
    • Ice-cream cheescake mix
    • Kapiti Ice Cream
    • Much Moore's Double Choc Fudge Ice-cream
    • Peacan pie
    • Revenge
    • Strawberry rhubarb pie
    • Tarta de queso
    • Tiramisu
    • Tub of jelly tip ice cream
    • Vegan Cheese Cake

    Do you use the Matrix chat?

    Almost half of people didn't know we have a Lemmy.nz Matrix chat room. Now you do! You can find instructions for joining here. If you're having trouble, reply in the post and we can offer help.

    !Pie graph of those what use matrix chat room

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of those what use matrix chat room

    Are there any communities you would like to see created on Lemmy.nz?

    There were a handful of suggestions here, but no two people suggested the same thing. Firstly, we have a post here that outlines some NZ communities across Lemmy. It hasn't been updated in some time, so feel free to reply with any that you know of to be added.

    Some people replied with things they don't want, but I have filtered this out as people can block communities they don't want to see.

    • /r/diynz
    • A dedicated outdoors community
    • Hurdy gurdy discourse
    • More regional NZ content
    • NZ mechanics, stained glass, or growing weed.
    • Something cheesy/cringe where we mock ourselves, kuhy-wee accent and maybe even small town monuments, etc. Almost nostalgia bit with shit posting and rivalry... Still got a way to go, but I reckon the ideas got legs. Bring back top town!
    • thetron - Hamilton

    In my view, I'd think most of these would be better posted to the !newzealand community, which has the bigger userbase. Some exceptions:

    I'm also not sure we have the population to support a Hamilton community. Originally the idea was anyone in the top half of the North Island could use [email protected], anyone in the bottom half could use [email protected], and then we had [email protected]. We intended to split communities as they got too big, which I don't think has happened, especially since we have a comment about wanting more regional content.

    I also think people should feel comfortable posting things to the [email protected] community if they don't fit in another community, even if it's not relevant to all of NZ. Others may have a different view, but I would be wary of fragmenting the users across too many communities.

    What are your thoughts on the Lemmy.nz post and comment language options?

    The options here were:

    • I don't use this feature and don't have an opinion.
    • We should stick to these three languages, as it makes it easier to find the language I want
    • We shouldn't limit the languages, all should be available.
    • We should use a small list of languages, but I would like us to add ___.

    I have shortened them in the graphs so they fit.

    !Pie graph of language preferences

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of language preferences

    We had some comments as well.

    One user mentioned Māori would never be used, I'd counter argue that it's weirder for an NZ instance to actively not allow it than it is to have it as an option.

    Someone mentioned they didn't know it was an option. On the website, there is a dropdown box under the box where you write your post or comment. If you use an app this could be in a different place. There are plans to have Lemmy auto-fill this in future.

    One comment saying NZ Sign Language isn't an option, and we should support it as it's an official national language. Unfortunately Lemmy doesn't support sign languages at this time, so we will have to try to think of another way users can communicate non-audibly. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears.

    One comment asking for Cantonese, and another saying we should add pacific languages. I don't have any reason not to do this so will look at adding these.

    One person said voting should help decide as people would upvote content they can read - unfortunately you can't see content for languages you haven't selected, and currently Lemmy.nz doesn't let you select languages outside the two current options. We would have to open up to all languages to allow this, which makes it harder to select one you are looking for as the list is huge. This was one reason for asking this question, to see if there were any other languages people wanted to read but couldn't.

    Do you have any other feedback about lemmy.nz, this survey, or anything else?

    I've grouped the feedback into generic answers. "I don't know what's happening" encompasses answers from (paraphrased) "I'm new and not sure what to think of Lemmy" through to "I've been here a year and still don't understand how it all works".

    !Graph of feedback groups. A bit over a half "Thanks Dave", a bit over a quarter "Lemmy.nz is awesome" and a fifth "I don't know what's happening

    Bar graph

    !Graph of feedback groups. A bit over a half "Thanks Dave", a bit over a quarter "Lemmy.nz is awesome" and a fifth "I don't know what's happening"

    Are you happy for your responses to be released in a public data set?

    We had 52 respondents happy to have their responses released publicly, and a further user marked as "Other" that was happy to have their data included with some parts redacted.

    Please let me know if you are interested in doing some analysis on these results. I wanted to preemptively collect consent but I'll only release the data if someone is actually interested in doing some analysis.

    !Pie graph of those happy for data to be released publically

    Bar graph

    !Bar graph of those happy for data to be released publically

    Final comments

    Thanks to everyone for filling in the survey, and bearing with me as I wrote up the results. I had thought I'd get to do more analysis on subgroups, but you get quite small groups when you do that and so it's hard to draw conclusions from. If anyone has ideas for further analysis, leave a comment!

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    www.rnz.co.nz AI for school tutoring, instant medical analysis part of NZ's future - Judith Collins

    Artificial Intelligence has a big future with tasks like helping kids to learn and assessing medical results, says Cabinet Minister Judith Collins.

    AI for school tutoring, instant medical analysis part of NZ's future - Judith Collins

    > Cabinet Minister Judith Collins wants the government to expand the use of artificial intelligence (AI), starting with the health and education sectors where it could be used to assess mammogram results and provide AI tutors for children.

    > "It doesn't do the work for them. It says some things like 'go back, rethink that one, look at that number,' those sorts of things. What an exciting way to do your homework if you're a child."

    > Deploying AI in education and health would be seen as high risk uses under new legislation passed by the European Union regulating AI. > > Using AI in those settings in EU countries must include high levels of transparency, accuracy and human oversight.

    > But New Zealand has no specific AI regulation and Collins is keen to get productivity gains from extending its use across government, including using it to process Official Information Act requests.

    > An OIA request by RNZ for a government Cabinet paper on AI was turned down (by a human) on the grounds that the policy is under live consideration.

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    Aotearoa Weekly Kōrero 1/7/2024

    Last weeks thread here

    Welcome to this week’s casual kōrero thread!

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    www.rnz.co.nz Cash still king for many, despite push for card-only payments

    And why there's $9 billion in coins and notes still floating around.

    Cash still king for many, despite push for card-only payments

    > In a world of Afterpay, tap and go and online shopping, cash is - surprisingly - still king. > > Many said they still carry notes and coins in their wallets, and the amount of cash in circulation has almost doubled in the past 10 years.

    > One person spoken to by RNZ said they carried cash they received in tips from working in a restaurant, while another said her mum often gave her cash. > > But a third said it felt "flippant" to carry cash: "I don't really like to keep it because then I tend to spend it and I'm trying to control my spending." > > Some said carrying notes and coins was essential in a natural disaster. > > "I do love to have cash because I kind of feel secure," one man told First Up.

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    www.rnz.co.nz Ministry of Justice workers call researcher a 'bitch' in online conversation

    Researcher Barbara Sumner discovered the "deeply disturbing" conversation through an Official Information Act request.

    Ministry of Justice workers call researcher a 'bitch' in online conversation

    > Two Ministry of Justice workers are in hot water for describing a researcher as a "bitch" in an online conversation. > > Academic and author Barbara Sumner made a number of Official Information Act requests as part of her PhD research into the systems around adoption. Then, in October last year, she asked for all correspondence mentioning her by name. > > "Because I had felt all along that there was a resistance to everything I sent in and you know, just the sort of snottiness, I guess, of some of the responses that came in that request. I wanted to understand how they were treating me throughout the process." > > One page of the response stood out among more than 100 others. A November 2022 Teams conversation between two staffers, whose names were redacted, complained about Sumner's latest request. > > They described it as "a waste of time" and said it "should have been refused on the ground of substantial collation" or that the ministry should "charge her for it and get a contractor". > > "our ministerial services team sucks cuz they wouldnt let us refuse, and helen didnt push back hard [sic]," one worker wrote. > > "but also shes a bitch for wanting everything. does she think govt just has unlimited resources for this type of crap lol. > > "like theres no public interest in our emails back and forward."

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    We are now running Lemmy 0.19.5

    Welcome to the latest version of Lemmy!

    Version 0.19.5 is a minor release with some bug fixes for 0.19.4. We were never running 0.19.4 so the bug fixes are less important than that new features in 0.19.4.

    Release notes for 0.19.4 are here.

    Release notes for 0.19.5 are here.

    The upgrade took a bit longer than expected, perhaps 40 minutes of downtime. Partly this is because of an issue with postgres memory that happened before I started the actual upgrade.

    Probably the two biggest new features for users are the ability to hide posts, and the ability to see any images you've uploaded (since lemmy started tracking).

    There is also a new setting to change how upvotes are displayed, and we have a new option to have communities that don't federate. Maybe this community is a good target for that? Let me know your thoughts.

    Let me know if you have any questions or see any strangeness!

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    Update to 0.19.5 planned for this weekend

    Lemmy 0.19.5 has been released with some bug fixes, and we haven't upgraded to 0.19.4 yet, so I'm planning on doing the upgrade (to 0.19.5) this weekend.

    Relase notes here: 0.19.4 / 0.19.5

    No specific time, but in my test run it was less than 10 mins. This assumes that nothing goes wrong 🙂

    I'll do it over the weekend when we normally have lower traffic.

    As always, I'll post updates in the Matrix chat.

    If anyone knows of any reason why we should hold off on the update, that would be good to know too!

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    www.rnz.co.nz Live weather updates: Evacuations in parts of Tai Rāwhiti, Hawke's Bay

    State of emergencies have been declared in the Heretaunga Ward in Hastings and Wairoa, due to the potential risk to lives and properties.

    Live weather updates: Evacuations in parts of Tai Rāwhiti, Hawke's Bay

    > Evacuations are under way in parts of Tai Rāwhiti, with police going door to door, as heavy rains and wind continue to lash the district.

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    Aotearoa Weekly Kōrero 26/6/2024

    Last weeks thread here

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    www.rnz.co.nz Bodies of three missing boaties found

    Roger Faber says the three dead fishers were among those lured out by blue fin tuna and a supposed weather window.

    Bodies of three missing boaties found

    > Three bodies believed to be those of the missing fishers have been found on the shore at Māhia this morning. > > Police said formal identification was under way but the bodies were believed to be of the fishers who were reported missing on Monday.

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    www.rnz.co.nz Fake police: Scammer arrested after being chased by officers on foot through city

    Police believe the man was on his way to collect more cash from a previous victim.

    Fake police: Scammer arrested after being chased by officers on foot through city

    > A man who scammed people out of nearly $300,000 by pretending to be a police officer has been arrested. > > On Monday the 25-year-old man, a UK national, was chased by police through Auckland central on foot. > > The scam involved a call to a landline by someone pretending to be a police officer and providing a fake badge number. > > There were 18 Aucklanders, aged between 56 and 90, with the majority over 80, allegedly duped out of money. > > "The scam will always involve this so-called officer asking for financial information or asking you to withdraw cash to be collected as part of an investigation into banks," Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Bolton said.

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    www.rnz.co.nz 'Reckless': Man pretending to be injured on motorway overbridge arrested

    The man's "reckless behaviour" was an attempt to gain publicity, police say.

    'Reckless': Man pretending to be injured on motorway overbridge arrested

    > A 57-year-old man has been arrested after pretending to be injured on the East Tāmaki overbridge on Auckland's Southern Motorway. > > Emergency services were called to reports of a man who appeared injured at about 7.46am on Monday. > > Police arrived to find the man "who was pretending to be injured as part of what we can only describe as reckless behaviour in an attempt to gain publicity", Inspector Danny Meade said.

    > Traffic was unusually heavy during peak-hour as a result.

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