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17 cringe-worthy Google AI answers demonstrate the problem with training on the entire web
  • The author had so many things to highlight that they didn't even mention "as of August 2024" being in the future, haha.

    What a trainwreck. The fact it's giving anonymous Reddit comments and The Onion articles equal consideration with other sites is hilarious. If they're going to keep this, they need it to cite its sources at a bare minimum. Can't wait for this AI investor hype to die down.

  • Stubborn polystyrene waste finally gets innovative recycling solution
  • And imagine being the guy who's got to clean out the train car afterwards of all the tiny pieces. Nightmare fuel.

  • The Best Secure Email Providers in 2024
  • I did some more research after your comment and it does indeed sound like it's not for the feint of heart.

    Spam seems to be one of the biggest challenges, both incoming and outgoing. For incoming, it's a constant arms race with spammers to circumvent spam filtering techniques. But at least that's something you have control over, you can just turn off your spam filtering and ensure you receive all important email. The real problem is ending up in other people's spam filters, which you have very little control over once you've decided on your mail server domain/certificate.

    The crux of the issue seems to be that SMTP is ancient insecure tech designed for an innocent era when email was for universities only. We desperately need a more secure open source email protocol designed for the modern era, but capitalism isn't having it - instead we've got corporations wrestling for control of the next big thing with proprietary protocols... Discord, Slack etc. And big tech companies that continue using SMTP (Gmail, Outlook etc.) simply treat any servers outside their sphere with a high level of suspicion.

  • The Best Secure Email Providers in 2024
  • Has anyone tried self-hosting on a NAS or similar? I'd be interested to hear the practicalities of it, I imagine it's not exactly set or forget, and the realities of the enshittified internet present some obstacles, like ending up in spam filters etc.

  • The federal government has given an online age verification pilot the green light. Here's what we know about it
  • Responding to eSafety's roadmap last year, the government set a few tests that any age verification scheme would have to meet. They included confidence it can't be circumvented, can be easily applied to companies based abroad, and don't risk the privacy of adults looking to legally access porn.

    This is going absolutely nowhere then. All three of those bullet points are impossible problems on their own. What a waste of money.

  • What remains of Edith Finch
  • Where this game shines is in storytelling and art. I thoroughly enjoyed it and rate it very highly, but I also really enjoy the walking simulator genre. It's the perfect game to chill out and play on the big screen over an evening or two, very watchable for spectators too.

  • TikTok will not be sold, Chinese parent ByteDance tells US
  • I don't know about you, but if I must leak my private data like a sieve to use the internet, I'd much rather that data go to a government that isn't governing me!

  • How web bloat impacts users with slow devices
  • Would love to see the same tests with an adblocker installed.

  • How bike lanes sidelined cyclists: unearthing 190 miles of 1930s cycle lanes
  • It's amazing to think how little has changed in a century for the bicycle. They're like the shark of machines.

  • Should we allow job-sharing in parliament?
  • I'm all for it to allow more diverse representation, but I also think Twomey is on the money that this will need to go through a referendum to allow the constitution to be modified.

  • Nerd Update 20/4/24
  • Thanks for sharing! That sawtooth pattern on the memory graph is pretty crazy, it's leaking like a sieve.

    How are you going for server costs? Shout out if you need more donations, I think many of us have realised this is a viable platform for the long-term.

  • Safest way of using WeChat on Android?
  • I'll level with you... I've never used Matrix either. 🤣 But all the cool kids around these parts recommend it, and I fundamentally agree with the cause of the project and saw they had the WeChat bridge, so thought I'd mention it.

  • Safest way of using WeChat on Android?
  • Ah, that's interesting and makes sense. So I guess your best option (if you must use WeChat) is to use the international version of the app with as many permissions disabled as possible.

    Or maybe look at the Matrix WeChat bridge? https://matrix.org/ecosystem/bridges/wechat/

  • Descent 3 has been made open source
  • Haha, love the last paragraph. It's hard for software engineers to release code publicly knowing their work is going to be scrutinized by other engineers, without adding a disclaimer or caveat of some kind.

    "We had very little time and were crunching for months"

    "I know this is a bit hacky but I was 7 years old"

    "I wrote this code in hospital while I was recovering from anesthesia"

    It reminds me of a musician playing their song publicly for the first time.

  • Canada's budget to increase taxes on the wealthiest, says source
  • God damn, meanwhile in Australia our top tax bracket is AUD190K (USD122K) @ 45%!

  • Help a nerd choose a new phone after 7 years
  • I would strongly consider just crying about the headphone jack. Like you I'm really annoyed that most phones got rid of it, but take a look at how many more options you have on gsmarena phone finder if you ditch it.

    My main use case for it was sharing my wired noise cancelling headphones between my work PC and phone for zoom calls. But I ended up getting a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones recently and so haven't used it in a long time. I'm sure it'll still annoy me on occasion living without it, but if it's only a few times a year I can live with that for all the options it opens up for new phones.

  • Untapped rooftop solar: Australian homes could save $9.3 billion a year, UNSW study finds - One Step Off The Grid
  • We have so much uninhabitable land that's perfect for endless fields of solar panels in Australia. Why we go with the inefficient system of households opting into it is beyond me.

    Take a look at the satellite view of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California, and be sure to scroll down and to the right... that's what we should be doing: https://maps.app.goo.gl/UAouV6yJ11GQhVRf9

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  • www.theguardian.com RBA should pause rate rises as ‘deflationary shock’ sweeps global economy, former board member says

    Warwick McKibbin says Australia’s central bank has been slow to react as supply pressures from Covid and war in Ukraine abate

    RBA should pause rate rises as ‘deflationary shock’ sweeps global economy, former board member says
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    www.abc.net.au Prime minister spruiks large budget surplus as Australian households battle cost-of-living crisis

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese believes Australians will welcome the news of a larger than expected budget surplus even as their own budgets continue to take a battering.

    Prime minister spruiks large budget surplus as Australian households battle cost-of-living crisis
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    Australia needs China's economy to bounce back, but youth unemployment and low consumer confidence suggest it'll take time
    www.abc.net.au China's post-COVID economic recovery appears to be sputtering. Here's why

    Australia is relying on its largest trading partner to bounce back, but China's youth unemployment figures and low consumer confidence are slowing down much-needed growth, suggesting a full recovery will take some time.

    China's post-COVID economic recovery appears to be sputtering. Here's why

    Ouch, 20% unemployment in China is rough. How tied to China's economic outlook do you think we're going to be in Oz?

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    www.smh.com.au PwC Australia appoints new CEO, offloads government business

    PwC has appointed one of its most senior global executives to take control of its Australian firm and has confirmed the sale of its government business to private equity group Allegro Funds for $1.

    PwC Australia appoints new CEO, offloads government business

    PWC: Government business division for sale - $2 Allegro Funds: Tell 'em they're dreaming

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    Insolvency data hides the true picture of business closures amid the cost-of-living crisis
    www.abc.net.au Jessica worked for years to make her business a success. With interest rates rising, she's going out 'on a low'

    Australia may not be hearing the full story about the impact of rising interest rates on small businesses, as a "perfect storm" of pressures contributes to a gloomy outlook.

    Jessica worked for years to make her business a success. With interest rates rising, she's going out 'on a low'
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    www.abc.net.au Ford set to axe 400 jobs, with Geelong workers facing biggest cuts

    Ford's planned job cuts will amount to about 22 per cent of its workforce in Australia, with the majority impacting Geelong workers in product development and design roles.

    Ford set to axe 400 jobs, with Geelong workers facing biggest cuts
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    www.theguardian.com PwC tax scandal: firm engaged in a ‘calculated’ breach of trust, Senate committee finds

    Consulting firm used confidential government information to help private clients avoid tax, interim report tabled in parliament finds

    PwC tax scandal: firm engaged in a ‘calculated’ breach of trust, Senate committee finds
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    www.abc.net.au The Reserve Bank has pointed directly to the elephant in the room

    The stock market is a few percentage points away from an all-time high because some of Australia's biggest corporations are making record profits. But Australian households are under pressure, writes David Taylor.

    The Reserve Bank has pointed directly to the elephant in the room

    Oh good, I'm sure now the government will do something...

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    www.theguardian.com Shrinkflation: don’t want to upset customers with price rises? Just make your product smaller

    A growing list of companies are increasing profits and passing on costs by shrinking their products, meaning customers pay the same amount for less

    Shrinkflation: don’t want to upset customers with price rises? Just make your product smaller

    Would be nice if there was legislation that prevented companies from doing this, so price increases couldn't be concealed so easily.

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    How do mentions work?

    This might be a Lemmy question more than a Jerboa question, but no matter what I try I can't seem to mention myself in a comment and have it show up in my inbox. Is there a trick to mentioning someone? Or is this part of the app not working? Or do I need to wait for the federation to do some funky syncing between instances?

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    www.abc.net.au Almost 2 million rental households struggling to make ends meet, new report finds

    Financial pressure on households has never been higher, and more of us are spending beyond our means than ever before, according to a long-running survey.

    Almost 2 million rental households struggling to make ends meet, new report finds
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    A video where I talk about the Hurstbridge line for 40 minutes!

    Not my video, but saw this on YouTube and somehow ended up watching it from start to end.

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    www.sbs.com.au Could a Universal Basic Income be the answer to cost of living woes?

    Is a Universal Basic Income merely a utopian concept, or can it be a viable solution that can effectively work in Australia? Experts weigh in.

    Could a Universal Basic Income be the answer to cost of living woes?
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    How are you coping with inflation and cost-of-living increases?

    Curious to hear how the current situation in Australia has impacted your daily habits, if at all.

    I'm definitely ordering takeout and dining out less - not because I can't afford it, but because it just doesn't feel like good value any more.

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    Inflation is high but is the Reserve Bank raising interest rates into a recession?
    www.abc.net.au The economy is in a race to the bottom and nobody wants to win

    A lack of data on how consumers are responding to monetary policy could lead the Reserve Bank to raise rates into a recession. And what if that's difficult to escape? It's a critical economic question right now, writes David Taylor.

    The economy is in a race to the bottom and nobody wants to win
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    AusFinance community?

    Would anyone be interested in an AusFinance community here? I enjoyed the content on Reddit, and haven't seen an equivalent pop up yet elsewhere.

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    Accessing communities here from other instances

    I have another account on lemmy.ml and can't see any of the aussie.zone communities when I search for them, even if I provide a proper URL as outlined here.

    Maybe this is a problem on their side or just a bug, but I thought I'd mention it here in case there's an instance config issue here that can be fixed.

    IMHO it would be nice if the communities here showed up on the biggest Lemmy instance to help aussies find their way here.

    Edit: Looks like this took care of itself, likely just server congestion on the lemmy.ml side as others suggested. Thanks all!

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    a1studmuffin a1studmuffin 🇦🇺 @aussie.zone

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