Skip Navigation
otter Otter @lemmy.ca

I waddled onto the beach and stole found a computer to use.

πŸβš•οΈ πŸ’½

> Note: I'm moderating a handful of communities in more of a caretaker role. If you want to take one on, send me a message and I'll share more info :)

Posts 1.1K
Comments 3.1K
Multi-community post from the create post screen?
  • No worries! I didn't read it properly until after I already left a comment. I was too excited to share lol

  • Strands 106
  • Strands #106
    β€œPicking up the pieces”
    πŸ’‘πŸ”΅πŸ”΅πŸ”΅
    πŸ”΅πŸ’‘πŸ”΅πŸ’‘
    πŸ”΅πŸŸ‘
    
  • Connections #373 2024-06-18
  • Connections 
    Puzzle #372
    🟩🟩🟩🟩
    🟨🟨🟨🟨
    πŸŸͺπŸŸͺπŸŸͺπŸŸͺ
    🟦🟦🟦🟦
    
  • [email protected]: Has anyone else never had an single issue with YouTube on Firefox with adblockers?
  • Anyone dealing with issues: try setting the user agent to chrome to see if this is Google's doing

  • Multi-community post from the create post screen?
  • I think both Lemmy and Boost have this functionality, although there have been some bugs in Lemmy web UI after the recent update

    For Boost, hit the share button on the post and then "Cross-Post, Post to Lemmy"

    edit: Unless you mean posting in a few communities all at once, which I agree would be cool

  • Has anyone been geocaching around Vancouver? Looking for recommendations for places to explore
  • Oh cool, I'll try that one some time!

    I'm open to anything, but since we're just starting out we might try for the easy ones. Or alternatively if there is an area with a handful of them close together, that might be a chance to try out different ones

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • TIL That Zoboomafoo was the lemur's stage name, with the full name being "Jovian Marcus Kendall"

    As an extra TIL, he has grandchildren!

    !

    > The first relative of Jovian to be born after his death was his granddaughter Isabella, born on January 25, 2015

    An adorable video: Lemur Grandchild of Famous Zoboomafoo Born at Duke University

    > On June 15, 2021, the Kratt Brothers' official TikTok account uploaded a video showing Jovian's new granddaughter Cassia, born from his daughter Gisela

    2
    What popular product do you think is modern day snakeoil?
  • Definitely this one, the products are sometimes placed right next to legitimate ones and worse:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/marketplace-homeopathic-products-1.6254025

    Hidden camera reveals some pharmacists recommend homeopathic products to treat kids' cold and flu

  • What popular product do you think is modern day snakeoil?
  • I sometimes come across influencers pushing chrio "treatments" on pets or newborns, saying it makes them "breathe better" or be "more energetic"

    It's infuriating

  • Finally on vacation.
  • Enjoy! :)

  • Globe, a daily geography game. Helps me be less map dumb
  • Woah this one is fun

    Seems like I tried every country nearby before eventually spiraling to the answer

    🌎 Jun 16, 2024 🌍
    πŸ”₯ 1 | Avg. Guesses: 18
    🟧🟧🟧🟨πŸŸ₯🟧πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯
    πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯
    πŸŸ₯🟩 = 18
    
    https://globle-game.com
    #globle
    
  • Bandle - Song guessing game, one instrument track at a time
  • Bandle #669 5/6 β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ©β¬œ Found: 1/1 (100%) #Bandle #Heardle #Wordle

    https://bandle.app/

  • Wordle 1.093
  • Nice staircase

  • Wordle 1.093
  • Wordle 1,093 4/6
    
    ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛
    β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©
    β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ©
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    
  • The ultimate rickroll
  • Huh, looks like the user doesn't exist on Reddit anymore

  • Why do people say "symbiotic relationship" when they really mean "mutualistic"?
  • My guess is that it's a simpler word that is more memorable and 'biological' sounding. So people are more likely to remember it over mutualism

  • Justice Department formally moves to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in historic shift
  • I should look more carefully when going through my RSS feed. Thanks for the note!

  • Connections 2024-06-15
  • Everyone's board starts out the same way, btw. Thursday's had "SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON" on the top row.

    Oh cool, didn't know that, maybe it's intentional? It would get the person thinking of the words in a certain context

    Which was a weird one for me, because I didn't actually read the whole top row first, instead I read "SMASH", and then my eye skipped over to "HIT" on the second row, and I immediately thought "things people do to the Like button on YouTube".

    Lol

  • globalnews.ca Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise in some provinces. What to know - National | Globalnews.ca

    Cases of invasive meningococcal disease are rising in some provinces, prompting health officials to warn Canadians about the importance of vaccination.

    Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise in some provinces. What to know - National | Globalnews.ca
    0
    apnews.com Justice Department formally moves to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in historic shift

    The Justice Department has formally moved to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, a historic shift in generations of U.S. drug policy.

    Justice Department formally moves to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug in historic shift
    2
    apnews.com Watchdog: EPA's lead pipe fix sent about $3 billion to states based on unverified data

    The Environmental Protection Agency watchdog says the agency distributed about $3 billion to states last year to replace harmful lead pipes based on unverified data.

    Watchdog: EPA's lead pipe fix sent about $3 billion to states based on unverified data
    1
    www.theglobeandmail.com Policy that forced patients to switch to cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

    The B.C. government said Friday that the money freed up through its biosimilar switching plan allowed the province to expand public coverage of other drugs and devices

    Policy that forced patients to switch to cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

    > A British Columbia provincial policy that forced people with chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis to switch to cheaper medications saved the province more than $730-million over five years, according to a new government report. > > The B.C. government said Friday that the money freed up through its biosimilar switching plan allowed the province to expand public coverage of other drugs and devices, including Trikafta, a life-changing treatment for cystic fibrosis and continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes.

    1
    www.theglobeandmail.com Policy that forced patients to switch to cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

    The B.C. government said Friday that the money freed up through its biosimilar switching plan allowed the province to expand public coverage of other drugs and devices

    Policy that forced patients to switch to cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

    > A British Columbia provincial policy that forced people with chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis to switch to cheaper medications saved the province more than $730-million over five years, according to a new government report. > > The B.C. government said Friday that the money freed up through its biosimilar switching plan allowed the province to expand public coverage of other drugs and devices, including Trikafta, a life-changing treatment for cystic fibrosis and continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes.

    7

    Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic | Reuters Investigation

    > At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

    > Reuters identified at least 300 accounts on X, formerly Twitter, that matched descriptions shared by former U.S. military officials familiar with the Philippines operation. Almost all were created in the summer of 2020 and centered on the slogan #Chinaangvirus – Tagalog for China is the virus.

    > The military program started under former President Donald Trump and continued months into Joe Biden’s presidency, Reuters found – even after alarmed social media executives warned the new administration that the Pentagon had been trafficking in COVID misinformation. The Biden White House issued an edict in spring 2021 banning the anti-vax effort, which also disparaged vaccines produced by other rivals, and the Pentagon initiated an internal review, Reuters found.

    1
    Connections 2024-06-15
  • Not a spoiler, my board is like this right now before I start

    Edit, ouch:

    Connections 
    Puzzle #370
    🟦🟨🟨🟨
    🟨🟨🟨🟨
    🟩🟩🟩🟩
    🟦🟦πŸŸͺ🟦
    🟦🟦πŸŸͺ🟦
    🟦🟦🟦🟦
    πŸŸͺπŸŸͺπŸŸͺπŸŸͺ
    
  • Wordle 1.092
  • Got lucky

    Wordle 1,092 4/6
    
    β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›
    πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨
    πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ©
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    
  • arstechnica.com One of the major sellers of detailed driver behavioral data is shutting down

    Selling "hard braking event" data seems less lucrative after public outcry.

    One of the major sellers of detailed driver behavioral data is shutting down

    cross-posted from: https://lemm.ee/post/34636917

    11
    arstechnica.com Microsoft in damage-control mode, says it will prioritize security over AI

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is now personally responsible for security flaws.

    Microsoft in damage-control mode, says it will prioritize security over AI
    10

    Breaking Rules to Create Better Apartments | About Here

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/23019807

    3
    www.theguardian.com Scientists develop glowing dye that sticks to cancer cells in breakthrough study

    Experts say fluorescent dye, which spotlights tiny cancerous tissue invisible to naked eye, could reduce risk of cancer returning

    Scientists develop glowing dye that sticks to cancer cells in breakthrough study
    0

    First Look at Season 12 of Futurama

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ca/post/22813480

    > Release date: July 29 on Hulu.

    33

    Petition | Meta has announced it will be abandoning CrowdTangle, its industry leading transparency tool, this August - in the middle of the biggest election year on record

    foundation.mozilla.org TELL META: Don't Kill Your Crucial Transparency Tool, CrowdTangle!

    Meta has announced it will be abandoning CrowdTangle, its industry leading transparency tool, this August - in the middle of the biggest election year on record.

    TELL META: Don't Kill Your Crucial Transparency Tool, CrowdTangle!

    > TELL META: Don't Kill Your Crucial Transparency Tool, CrowdTangle! > > Meta has announced it will be abandoning CrowdTangle, its industry leading transparency tool, this August - in the middle of the biggest election year on record. > > CrowdTangle is used by thousands of researchers, journalists and advocates to monitor political disinformation and hate speech on Facebook and Instagram. > > The decision to kill this crucial tool without an equivalent replacement couldn’t come at a worse time: Elections affecting approximately half of the world’s population are taking place this year. Meta’s irresponsible decision poses a direct threat to our ability to safeguard the integrity of these elections - but we can still stop it. > > Sign the petition now to call on Meta to maintain CrowdTangle during this critical period of elections worldwide to protect election integrity in 2024 and beyond!

    28

    Is there a good way to prevent apps/programs from accessing the internet, or restrict it to VPNs only?

    I'm asking for Android specifically, but I'm curious what else is out there.

    For example, some apps work without internet but may use it if it's available. I might want to block that without having to turn off wifi, force stopping it, and wiping the cache/data.

    Similarly, maybe I only want to use the app over a VPN and want to prevent accidentally opening it without first turning the VPN on.

    25

    DuckDuckGo AI Chat adds support for Llama 3 70B and Mixtral 8x7B

    Might be helpful for those that

    • don't have access to hardware that can run things locally
    • understand the benefits and limitations of generative AI

    Link: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=DuckDuckGo&ia=chat

    As a nice coincidence, one of the first results when I searched for a news update was this discussion:

    https://discuss.privacyguides.net/t/adding-a-new-category-about-ai-chatbots/17860/2

    23

    What (generative) AI tools are actually useful, and potentially worth paying for?

    There are so many out there, with varying benefits, risks, and ethics. I'd like to know what to recommend when asked, and also what I could use for myself.

    Some areas that could be good for discussion:

    • Locally hosted models (both for low and high powered devices)
    • Open source models (also calling out "open source" models that aren't actually open source)
    • Privacy friendly tools/frontends (ex. DuckDuckGo's AI chat for anonymous use of some "free" models)
    • Unified interfaces for multiple models, or 'pay as you go' platforms instead of paying for individual subscriptions
    11

    CIRA Launches beta release of their new Internet Performance Test (IPT)

    Try it and give feedback here:

    https://beta-performance.cira.ca/

    ---

    Relevant details about the tool (some from the link above, others from their newsletter):

    > Key Features > - Improved design: experience a more user-friendly and intuitive interface. > - Responsive and touch-screen friendly: easier to take tests with tablets and phones. > - Powerful testing capabilities: test your internet and access over 60 key performance metrics.

    > What is being done with the data > > The data you create from each test will be anonymously aggregated with all the other performance tests done throughout Canada. These results help researchers understand and build a better internet for Canada. All the data is made available so researchers, governments and policy makers all have access to the information to base analysis and decisions on.

    > Help contribute to changing Canada’s internet for the better by running regular tests and providing valuable feedback at the end of each test.

    ---

    What CIRA is:

    > the organization that manages the .ca country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Canada. [...] CIRA sets the policies and agendas that support Canada's internet community and Canada's involvement in international internet governance

    1