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Mereo Mereo @lemmy.ca

Mereo is a sociologist who is also a nerd. He believes in open-source software.

I transferred to this instance from https://lemmy.world. My previous profile: https://lemmy.world/u/Mereo

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Steam users have spent $19 billion on games they’ve never played
  • Why? You bought the games. It's like going to the store, buying a bunch of clothes, and realizing after a few months that you don't want them anymore. They cannot be returned.

  • Steam users have spent $19 billion on games they’ve never played
  • Which why nowadays, even during the mighty deals periods, I don't buy games anymore. Right now, I'm focusing on finishing games I already own.

  • My Health Insurance Company Is Trying To Kill Me
  • Unfortunately, the US will never change. This rabid individualism and savage capitalism is too ingrained in the country's psyche for it to change.

  • Nearly $109 million in deposits held for fintech Yotta’s customers vanished in Synapse collapse, bank says
  • This post does not belong here. This is not a post about technology.

  • NVIDIA exploring ways to support an upstream kernel mode GPU driver
  • A little explanation, there are two different types of drivers:

    • Kernel Drivers: The low-level software that directly controls your Video card, managing essential functions like memory and power.

    • User-space Drivers: The higher-level software that translates graphics commands from applications and games into instructions your video card can understand.

    Here NVIDIA wants to kill the proprietary kernel driver and have the open source kernel included in the kernel by default. This means that the distros or you simply need to download the user-space binary blob driver without having to recompile the kernel driver every time the Nvidia drivers are updated.

  • VR support for GNOME Wayland is here!
  • For me, VRR is crucial as I play a lot of FPS games or else, I don't feel that the mouse is the extension of my hand. That's why I switched from Gnome to KDE.

  • VR support for GNOME Wayland is here!
  • In KDE, I agree. I have an AMD video card and I've been gaming in KDE Wayland for quite a while now.

  • VR support for GNOME Wayland is here!
  • Yup, this is huge. Wayland gaming is now a possibility. With Explicit Sync (needed for NVIDIA users) and VRR, there's now no excuse to keep gaming in X11 in both DEs.

  • VR support for GNOME Wayland is here!
  • Nonsense. This is huge, as I suspect many people, like myself, switched to KDE because it was the DE that was perfect for gaming in Wayland.

    So this is huge for the community! Gaming is now possible in two of the most popular and used DEs.

    As for the weather application. Don't blame GNOME, blame the weather provider (OpenWeather).

  • Nvidia Looks Towards Linux Kernel Upstream
  • Any work that requires GPU compute will require Nvidia.

  • Proton is transitioning towards a non-profit structure
  • Excellent explanation. Thank you

  • What are the best Lemmy clients for iPhone?
  • Voyager. It's an Apollo like client.

  • Larian confirms players can keep digital game given in error
  • This is the way. They owned their mistake. Respect.

  • AMD has preemptively dropped support for Windows 10 on its new Ryzen AI 300 Series chips
  • It's all about getting users to buy new PCs that can run the AMAZING AI! (I'm being sarcastic here). It's good for AMD and Microsoft's pockets.

  • www.vg247.com Starfield's latest update draws player ire by sticking a bounty hunting quest behind the Creation Club paywall

    Starfield's latest update has drawn some player ire by making a bounty hunting quest part of the Creation Club.

    Starfield's latest update draws player ire by sticking a bounty hunting quest behind the Creation Club paywall
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    Dealing with games that just won't run on Linux
  • Haha. we're officially old. I was an extremely competitive gamer back then. I played Quake 3, UT 99, Tribes 2, America's Army, etc. I was even in a Tribes 2 squad and we basically practiced for tournaments every day.

    But now that life is stressful enough with the responsibilities I have, I just can't play competitive games anymore. I just want to enjoy the story. I no longer have the stamina and the reflex for competitive games anymore.

  • Dealing with games that just won't run on Linux
  • I use Proton Experimental to play my games and they all work without exception. I'm in my late 30s, so I no longer play competitive games that have a kernel rootkit, I mean kernel anti-cheat.

    Basically, Linux gaming is like this: If you want to play competitive games with anti-cheat, stay or play in Windows. For all other games, play in Linux.

  • France's Macron dissolves parliament, calls new elections
  • One theory some analysts say is that since Macron's second term ends in 2027, and since it's his last, if the FN doesn't govern well, then his party might be able to win again.

    Basically, they're saying that Macron is playing a dangerous game of chess.

  • France's Macron dissolves parliament, calls new elections
  • One theory some analysts say is that since Macron's second term ends in 2027, and since it's his last, if the FN doesn't govern well, then his party might be able to win again.

    Basically, they're saying that Macron is playing a dangerous game of chess.

  • Windows won’t take screenshots of everything you do after all — unless you opt in
  • In the '90s and early 2000s, Microsoft's business model was the classic one of selling products to customers. Today, it's all about the cloud, advertising, and AI, where the product is the user.

  • Lemmy v0.19.4 Release - Image Proxying and Federation improvements
  • I agree. Lemmy is not Twitter like, it is Reddit like, it is a forum.

  • www.theverge.com Google cut a deal with Reddit for AI training data

    Reddit’s IPO is reportedly right around the corner.

    Google cut a deal with Reddit for AI training data

    Google is getting AI training data from Reddit as part of a new partnership between the two companies. In an update on Thursday, Reddit announced it will start providing Google “more efficient ways to train models.”

    The collaboration will give Google access to Reddit’s data API, which delivers real-time content from Reddit’s platform. This will provide “Google with an efficient and structured way to access the vast corpus of existing content on Reddit,” while also allowing the company to display content from Reddit in new ways across its products.

    When Reddit CEO Steve Huffman spoke to The Verge last year about Reddit’s API changes and the subsequent protests, he said, “The API usage is about covering costs and data licensing is a new potential business for us,” suggesting Reddit may seek out similar revenue-generating arrangements in the future.

    The partnership will give Reddit access to Vertex AI as well, Google’s AI-powered service that’s supposed to help companies improve their search results. Reddit says the change doesn’t affect the company’s data API terms, which prevent developers or companies from accessing it for commercial purposes without approval.

    Just last week, a report from Bloomberg said Reddit struck a $60 million training deal with an unnamed AI company. Google Search is currently expanding the test of a “forums” filter that lets you browse through results from sites with human discussion, like Reddit, Stack Overflow, and Hacker News.

    Despite this deal, Google and Reddit haven’t always seen eye to eye. Reddit previously threatened to block Google from crawling its site over concerns that companies would use its data for free to train AI models. Reddit is also poised to announce its initial public offering within the coming weeks, and it’s likely making this change as part of its effort to boost its valuation, which sat at more than $10 billion in 2021.

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    Exmuslim @lemmy.world Mereo @lemmy.ca

    [email protected] I have blocked you

    To me, the bot is just spamming this community. What the bot is doing is redirecting the conversation from Lemmy to Reddit.

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    Lemmy.ca's Main Community @lemmy.ca Mereo @lemmy.ca

    Can't login to old.lemmy.ca (I don't see the login section)

    When I click on the login link, I don't see the login section as shown in the screenshot. I've tried logging in using Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. To no avail.

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    www.theguardian.com Canada’s ‘haves-and-have-nots’ health system lags behind Europe, study finds

    Research says funding cuts and poor organisation stop Canadians from accessing healthcare – and 20% have no doctor at all

    Canada’s ‘haves-and-have-nots’ health system lags behind Europe, study finds

    Research says funding cuts and poor organisation stop Canadians from accessing healthcare – and 20% have no doctor at all

    Note: these are my chosen quotes from the articles:

    > The CMAJ study, led by family physicians and researchers at the University of Toronto and published on Monday, compares the Canadian healthcare system with those of Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the UK. Those countries were chosen because 95% or more citizens have access to a family physician.

    > She pointed out that Norwegians and Finns are automatically registered to a doctor or health centre, and those in the UK have a right to register with care providers in their immediate communities.

    > Many Canadians, however, wait for years on provincial family doctor waitlists. Others have to call around town in hopes of finding someone willing to accept them. In the interim, they cobble care together through urgent care clinics, hospital ERs and, in some cases, private out-of-pocket services.

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    www.ctvnews.ca Immigrants explain why they're leaving Canada

    Dozens of people who came to Canada as immigrants have reached out to CTVNews.ca to explain why they've abandoned their efforts to build a life here and are moving on to greener pastures.

    Immigrants explain why they're leaving Canada

    > Immigrants to Canada are increasingly leaving this country for opportunities elsewhere, according to a study(opens in a new tab) conducted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and the Conference Board of Canada.

    > In fact, the number of immigrants who left Canada rose by 31 per cent above the national average(opens in a new tab) in 2017 and 2019.

    > According to the study, factors that influence onward migration include economic integration, a sense of belonging, racism, homeownership, or a lack thereof, and economic opportunities in other countries, the report revealed.

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    This is what we need in Canada: France's Carrefour puts up 'shrinkflation' warning signs

    www.bbc.co.uk France's Carrefour puts up 'shrinkflation' warning signs

    Carrefour is telling its customers which products are smaller than they used to be.

    France's Carrefour puts up 'shrinkflation' warning signs

    > French supermarket Carrefour has put stickers on its shelves this week warning shoppers of "shrinkflation" - where packet contents are getting smaller while prices are not.

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    Lemmy.ca's Main Community @lemmy.ca Mereo @lemmy.ca

    old.lemmy.ca: getting 400 error

    Today, I keep getting the 400 error when browsing in old.lemmy.ca.

    The error in question: 400 Bad Request: rate_limit_error. there doesn't seem to be anything here

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    A little history on Reddit. From the politics subreddit with just 85,678 users in 2008 to 500 million active users today. Lemmy/Kbin will follow the same path.

    This is going to be a short and sweet little history of Reddit. Reddit was founded in 2005.

    Take a look at what Reddit looked like in 2006: https://web.archive.org/web/20061206235353/http://reddit.com/

    Note that it didn't have subreddits back then because the user base was too small.

    Look at Reddit in 2008 (December 31): https://web.archive.org/web/20081231080128/http://www.reddit.com/reddits/

    Politics had just 72,314 subscribers. Technology had 85,678 subscribers, and the "Nicher" Food subreddit had only 4,438 subscribers.

    Lemmy/Kbin follows the same path. Initially, generalist communities like Politics and Technology will have the most momentum and gain subscribers, just like Reddit did back then. As the user base grows, "niche" communities will be able to sustain themselves.

    Let's not think about the Reddit of today, let's think about Reddit of old. Rome wasn't built in a day.

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    Version 1.0.1: scrolling is still extremely choppy

    Version 1.0.1's scrolling is still extremely choppy to the point that it is unusable on my iPhone 8 Plus. I've tried Memmy, Bean, Avelon, and their scrolling is extremely smooth compared to Mlem's.

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    "I put a GPU in the M2 Mac Pro"

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    Kanata-Carleton: Please go vote

    Last year, voter turnout in the Ontario provincial election was 44%. Please get out and vote.

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    [Feature Request] Viewing Communities' instances (e.g. [email protected]) and Users' Instances

    I don't know if it's a bug or if the feature hasn't been implemented because the "Show Fediverse Address" option doesn't seem to do anything.

    It would be good to see the communities' instances like this: [email protected]. I've joined several communities with the same name on different instances (e.g. [email protected], [email protected]) and it will be good to know which one I'm looking at.

    As for users, perhaps have an option to display the instance of the user.

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    LRT won't reopen for at least another week: Complete redesign of axle hub assembly to take place as a long-term fix to ongoing bearing issues

    > To address long-standing bearing problems in the axles of light-rail cars, the axle hub assembly is going to be completely redesigned, Mayor Mark Sutcliffe announced Monday. "That alone will not solve all of our issues, but I and the team at OC Transpo are hopeful that this redesign will be a giant step forward. At last we are working on the root problem, and not just the issues that arise from it," Sutcliffe said.

    > To help deal with the bearing issue in the short term, equipment will be installed at 16 points along the Confederation Line to grease up the track in tight curves, Holder said. It will take several weeks to complete the installations. Staff are also working to optimize a maintenance plan for the system, Holder said. R1 buses are currently running the length of the line, except for Cyrville station. A shuttle instead connects Cyrville and St-Laurent stations.

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    ottawa.ctvnews.ca All LRT service suspended due to bearing issue

    All trains on Ottawa's Confederation Line LRT have been stopped and all stations have been closed because of a bearing issue that was discovered during a routine inspection.

    All LRT service suspended due to bearing issue
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    Threads collects so much sensitive information it’s a ‘hacker’s dream,’ experts say

    > The specificity and quantity of information the text and multimedia platform can access poses a risk to most users, if it falls into the wrong hands or is used to target them, tech experts agree.

    > “This is a hacker’s dream,” said Claudette McGowan, a longtime banking executive who founded Protexxa, a Toronto-based platform that uses artificial intelligence to rapidly identify and resolve cyber issues for employees.

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    arstechnica.com Big Tech can transfer Europeans’ data to US in win for Facebook and Google

    EU-US data pact approved; privacy advocates to appeal because of US surveillance.

    Big Tech can transfer Europeans’ data to US in win for Facebook and Google

    The European Commission today decided it is safe for personal data to be transferred from the European Union to US-based companies, handing a victory to firms like Facebook and Google despite protests from privacy advocates who worry about US government surveillance.

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