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Ilandar @aussie.zone
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How long until running stops sucking?
  • Many of my soccer teammates over the years have despised the running in pre-season despite running being a major part of the sport. It works the other way too, like some loved weightlifting/gym, whereas I always hated doing that as part of fitness work and tried to hog the treadmill as much as possible.

  • How long until running stops sucking?
  • I think this thread is suggesting that it's entirely subjective. Some people are saying it's only when you reach X amount of fitness, others are saying it never becomes enjoyable...meanwhile I have loved running since I was a young child. It is always difficult if you're pushing yourself, but that is part of the enjoyment for me. I love the physical suffering and the mental challenge that comes with learning to re-focus and endure it.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • They all answer to the CEO of Sony in Japan.

    Another fundamental misunderstanding of how conglomerates work. There is not one person right at the top telling every single subsidiary to follow their evil master plan to the letter. Each division will be formulating its own strategies to meet whatever targets have been set.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • Sony Corporation (which includes Sony Mobile) is not the same subsidiary as Sony Interactive Entertainment (which owns PlayStation). There is no reason to just blindly assume that the two companies have the exact same business structure. You talk about snake oil but the only one making baseless claims here is you.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • That has been my experience with Sony phones, too. And as you (and I) pointed out, that device already has official LineageOS support so clearly it can be unlocked. I can only assume this is a regional problem or something. I know Japanese and American variants can have permanently locked bootloaders, which sometimes catches out second-hand purchasers who haven't done their research.

  • Critérium du Dauphiné Results [Spoiler]
  • Yeah although I never found that one (or any motor doping) particularly convincing. Anyway, these days I just enjoy the racing for what it is and don't worry too much about how the results I'm seeing are being achieved. I wish there was greater amnesty within cycling, particularly among fans, so that riders like Hesjedal or Stuart O'Grady could be fully open and honest about their time in the sport instead of hiding behind these obvious lies of "I never doped outside of that one time I randomly decided to dope and was caught".

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • You can use Universal Android Debloater (updated fork here) to remove some applications, but it's nothing on the level of a custom ROM. If you are really set on the hardware of the Xperia 1 V then I would recommend taking a look at this guide, written by @[email protected]. It has some advice for how you can achieve greater privacy on a non-Pixel Android device.

  • De-googling and privacy on Sony xperia
  • The 1 V is officially supported by LineageOS. Installation instructions can be found here.

    EDIT: I will add that support for this device is quite recent, and it is still very expensive even second-hand. You are relying on a volunteer maintainer who makes no commitments about how long they will support the device for, so I think it's financially risky to buy the device purely based on it having LineageOS support now. You might want to consider the Xperia 1 III, which is two years older and significantly cheaper on the seocnd-hand market, but is otherwise quite similar to the 1 V. It has also received official LineageOS support for a longer period.

  • It's time to stop thinking plastic phones can't be premium
  • What do you mean by track? Unihertz is a small Chinese manufacturer - it makes no guarantees around support and barely delivers any updates to its devices, as is the norm within much of the non-Google, non-Samsung Android market. It's really only within the last couple of years that the industry has actually made a bit of progress in this area.

  • Do you prefer Reddit or Lemmy?
  • Focusing on the people and communities, since takes like "Lemmy has no ads" or "reddit has more content" are so obvious that there is zero point in sharing them, I would say Lemmy is better. I think the quality of discourse is a lot higher and people are more likely to type longer, thought out and educated (or well intentioned) comments. If I were to put it really simply, I'd say Lemmy's community is more centred around discussion, whereas reddit is centred around reaction.

    However, one issue with Lemmy is that fringe groups and views are overrepresented (particularly left-leaning ones), which can result in an echo-chamber effect in many discussions. I find pile-on attempts, or accusations of fascism, Nazism and right-wing trolling, are a lot more common here towards users who don't immediately join in with a far left circlejerk or attempt to bring a little more nuance or critical thinking to a discussion. Dylan Marron, host of the podcast 'Conversations With People Who Hate Me', once said in an interview that social media pile-ons from people who are actually on your own side hurt a lot more than pile-ons from people who fundamentally disagree with you and I think there's a lot of truth to that. It frustrates me that some Lemmy users shutdown and try to "other" people the moment they have a minor or semantic disagreement with them, instead of taking the time to hash it out or just politely agreeing to disagree. It's kind of ironic that federation allows communities to isolate themselves, yet instead these people remain federated with everyone and then get really offended and outraged when they're confronted with world views that even slightly differ from their own.

    But anyway, that type of person is still a minority and Lemmy is, for the most part, a significantly better environment than reddit for polite and intelligent discussion.

  • Do you prefer Reddit or Lemmy?
  • If you're explaining every single joke in the same sentence as the joke (which is what /s is), it's not funny. Humour is not, nor has it ever been, about inclusion. It is about being funny. Not universally funny; just funny to people who understand and appreciate the joke.

  • Why do so many people still hate GrapheneOS?
  • Graphene seems to be the real outlier in terms of its community, which I guess comes back to the tone set by its founder. No other project (in terms of privacy ROMs) has such a toxic culture.

  • adelaideunited.com.au Exciting Young Forward Archie Goodwin Becomes A Red

    Adelaide United is delighted to announce the signing of young Australian centre-forward, Archie Goodwin.

    Exciting Young Forward Archie Goodwin Becomes A Red

    Signed on a four year contract. Clearly Adelaide rate him quite highly and see a move overseas in his future.

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    theconversation.com Cate Blanchett, like most Australians, thinks she’s middle class. An expert on class explains why that matters

    Cate Blanchett’s claim to be ‘middle class’ isn’t unique among the wealthy, or even the 1% she’s part of. Downplaying privilege among elites contributes to the problem of wealth inequality.

    Cate Blanchett, like most Australians, thinks she’s middle class. An expert on class explains why that matters
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    theconversation.com We gave 60,000 food products a ‘planetary health’ star rating – see how your favourites stack up

    The free ecoSwitch app takes the guesswork out of sustainable food choices, empowering consumers to take matters into their own hands.

    We gave 60,000 food products a ‘planetary health’ star rating – see how your favourites stack up
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    Came From Nowhere

    www.sbs.com.au Watch Came From Nowhere

    Marc Fennell charts the rise of the Western Sydney Wanderers, a ragtag Aussie team whose passionate and sometimes controversial fans drew the ire of police, politicians and shock jocks.

    Watch Came From Nowhere
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    yewtu.be Is it impossible to be private online?

    Every time I talk about privacy online, the pessimists always come out. "It's impossible to have any online privacy." "They've already collected so much data about you. Why bother?" Is it really well and truly over? Or are there actually good reasons to still care about online privacy in the age of ...

    Is it impossible to be private online?

    In sharing this video here I'm preaching to the choir, but I do think it indirectly raised a valuable point which probably doesn't get spoken about enough in privacy communities. That is, in choosing to use even a single product or service that is more privacy-respecting than the equivalent big tech alternative, you are showing that there is a demand for privacy and helping to keep these alternative projects alive so they can continue to improve. Digital privacy is slowly becoming more mainstream and viable because people like you are choosing to fight back instead of giving up.

    The example I often think about in my life is email. I used to be a big Google fan back in the early 2010s and the concept of digital privacy wasn't even on my radar. I loved my Gmail account and thought it was incredible that Google offered me this amazing service completely free of charge. However, as I became increasingly concerned about my digital privacy throughout the 2010s, I started looking for alternatives. In 2020 I opened an account with Proton Mail, which had launched all the way back in 2014. A big part of the reason it was available to me 6 years later as a mature service is because people who were clued into digital privacy way before me chose to support it instead of giving up and going back to Gmail. This is my attitude now towards a lot of privacy-respecting and FOSS projects: I choose to support them so that they have the best chance of surviving and improving to the point that the next wave of new privacy-minded people can consider them a viable alternative and make the switch.

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    Comparison of privacy and/or security focused Android ROMs versus "Stock" Android

    I stumbled across this today and thought it was worth sharing. I have used every one of these ROMs except /e/ and they are all good projects in their own right.

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    theconversation.com Daylight saving has 80% support in Australia and a majority in every state

    Even in states that don’t have daylight saving, most people favour it. However, support is strongest in the country’s south, where the difference between summer and winter daylight hours is greater.

    Daylight saving has 80% support in Australia and a majority in every state
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    A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement unless something drastic changes

    www.abc.net.au A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement. Let's break down why

    Politicians are all too aware that a metaphorical poverty freight train is coming for a generation of renters, but can a collision be avoided, asks David Taylor.

    A generation of renters are staring down poverty in retirement. Let's break down why
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    theconversation.com View from The Hill: Dunkley byelection a poor result for Peter Dutton’s pitch for the outer suburbs

    The government has easily retained the the Melbourne seat of Dunkley at Saturday’s byelection. Labor’s primary vote is stable while the Liberals did get a swing, it was not as big as many hoped.

    View from The Hill: Dunkley byelection a poor result for Peter Dutton’s pitch for the outer suburbs
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    theconversation.com Solving the supermarket: why Coles just hired US defence contractor Palantir

    Coles plans to ‘optimise its workforce’ with big data and AI tools from a controversial tech company.

    Solving the supermarket: why Coles just hired US defence contractor Palantir
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    Is the 'Change the Date' movement gathering momentum?

    Normally I tune out to this annual debate since it feels so polarised and stale, but the messaging from Woolworths, Cricket Australia, the Australian Open and others this year suggests big companies are concerned about an attitude shift within Australian society. It seems they've decided the inevitable backlash is now worth it because the silent majority has begun leaning in favour of change.

    Is this just a natural result of this being the first post-referendum Australia Day or is there a longer-term change unfolding here?

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    Aussie Frugal Living @aussie.zone Ilandar @aussie.zone

    Opinions on Costco?

    Everyone has an opinion on Costco but I'm curious how this community feels about it, considering we are probably more budget and value conscious than most.

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    League of Geeks games studio lays off half its workforce, 'indefinitely pauses' production on Jumplight Odyssey

    www.abc.net.au 'My stomach just fell to the floor': The call that crushed an Australian video game studio

    One of Australia's largest and most celebrated game developers announces sweeping cuts and pauses development on high profile new title. It comes off the back of a tough year for the global gaming industry.

    'My stomach just fell to the floor': The call that crushed an Australian video game studio

    One of Australia's largest video game developers has made half of its workforce redundant, citing issues such as rising cost-of-living and recession fears scaring off investors. The development team of the cancelled early access game Jumplight Odyssey will be put into the game in its final update and half of any future sales of the game will go directly to those who worked on it.

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    Got a 4G Phone? It May Soon Stop Working - Carriers are Killing 4G & 3G Devices.

    This isn't particularly recent news but it hasn't been reported on much for how significant it is. The TL:DR is that many 4G phones use 3G for calls or don't support VoLTE with Australian telcos. The shutdown will leave a significant number of Australians with phones that cannot make phone calls, forcing them to buy a new one.

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    www.sbs.com.au Days after Voice vote, Peter Dutton waters down Indigenous recognition commitment

    Peter Dutton says Australians are "over" referendums, walking back a pledge to hold one on Indigenous recognition.

    Days after Voice vote, Peter Dutton waters down Indigenous recognition commitment
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    Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes

    www.theguardian.com Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes – Australian politics podcast

    Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to opposition MP Julian Leeser about the centre-right perspective on the voice to parliament and how the referendum could still succeed

    Julian Leeser on the conservative’s case for yes – Australian politics podcast

    Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy talks to opposition MP Julian Leeser about the centre-right perspective on the voice to parliament and how the referendum could still succeed.

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