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rimu Rimu @piefed.social

Developer of PieFed, a sibling of Lemmy & Kbin.

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Yggdrasil Linux working for once (Fall 1995 edition)
  • Yeah, I long for window decorations and borders like that. Anyone know a good KDE 5 theme that does it?

  • [META] A few words about Bots and Civility
  • I banned some of the most obvious and prolific shills from my instance and there was a small but noticeable drop in server CPU load. Their posts are not the cause, it's all the comments on their posts and the votes on all of that. Those are being discarded instead of processed.

    Their effect should not be underestimated.

  • ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims
  • From the community description:

    Culture, history, and news of the world's most populous nation.

  • Discover Forums using the Discourse Software!
  • This is awesome, thank you!

    Can you add a filter for forums that have ActivityPub integration?

    I would just visit each forum that looks interesting and check for myself but unfortunately the Federation tab (e.g. https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/ap/local/actor/52889/followers) only has a visible UI link to it when logged in which makes finding out this information very slow.

  • Before your change to Linux
  • Windows XP. Windows itself was fine, I only moved because the programming languages I wanted to use ran better on Linux and ran in a way that was more likely to be the same as in production.

  • Russian court orders arrest of Yulia Navalnaya
  • The worst is significantly worse than that. Look at history. Rwanda, Cambodia, Sudan, for starters.

    And they have nuclear weapons.

  • What makes you feel like you're in the future right now?
  • When the wildfire smoke turns the air orange.

    like this

  • Scammed by the fake Chinese police
  • Wow that is amazingly elaborate!

  • House Democrat is proposing a constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court's immunity decision
  • Ah yes, a strongly worded letter. That's the Dem way. Works every time.

  • How the 2024 election could have looked with proportional representation
  • New Zealand switched from FPTP to MMP despite the encumbant parties being like that.

    It took years of organising and effort. History here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_Reform_Coalition

    The vibe in UK reminds me of NZ in the late 80s. It can be done when people really want it.

  • How to host a userbase
  • What do you want those users to be able to do with their accounts?

    A CMS like Drupal or Wordpress might be what you want.

    It's hard to recommend something when you haven't described the purpose. Having users register accounts is just a means to some end.

  • New study links COVID-19 to lasting neuropsychiatric issues, highlights vaccination benefits.
  • vaccination was observed to attenuate the neuropsychiatric effects of the infection

    Yes but by how much? Is it 5% or 50% or 95%?

    Kinda important.

  • House Democrat is proposing a constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court's immunity decision
  • An amendment requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

    It's worth a try but don't pin all your hopes on it.

  • Is it possible to replace the wifi card on a Macbook pro 11,2 (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)? If so, are there any compatible wifi cards with open source drivers for Linux?
  • I had a terrible time getting wifi working on my Macbook Pro from about the same year. 2012, I think. It semi-worked but was horrifically unreliable and slow.

    In the end I just got a tiny USB wifi dongle and plugged it in, rather than using the internal wifi card.

  • Your vote isn't enough.
  • Voting, alone, has never been enough.

    Here are 198 other methods of nonviolent direct action.

  • Booting Linux off of Google Drive
  • That's some God tier linux wizardry

  • Japan declares victory in effort to end government use of floppy disks
  • Buy a floppy drive off ebay == end up on a watchlist

  • Bangkok Post - Myanmar shop owners jailed for raising wages
  • Fight inflation by arresting the rich, you say... Hmm, I think it's worth a try. 🤪

  • A page with a million checkboxes. Checking a box checks it for everyone.

    That's it. Have fun!

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    New filtering options - check your settings

    A new contributor, h3ndrik, has made significant improvements to the filtering options for NSFW/NSFL content and I've also added some options to the same form which control when comments are collapsed or hidden.

    Previously, NSFW was a yes or no option but now you can choose to have it unblurred, blurred, semi-transparent or entirely hidden.

    The defaults values for collapse and hide are:

    • when a comment has a score of -10 it is shown but in a collapsed state. You can click on it to expand it and read it. This has always been the case but now you can change that threshold.
    • a score of -20 means the comment will not be shown. There is no way to make it visible and no indication that it was ever posted and no temptation to click on it.

    You might want to review those settings to make sure they're suitable for you: https://piefed.social/user/settings/filters. If you don't want comments hidden then remove the -20 from that field or set it to -1000.

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    Living a radically simple permaculture life on 1/4 acre

    Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on a 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals.

    They grow most of their own food, don't own cars and ride their bikes instead, use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest.

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    www.rnz.co.nz 'Just shame, shame,' - Former MP Golriz Ghahraman speaks in first interview

    In her first in-depth interview after her arrest for shoplifting, she tells John Campbell it was an act of "self-sabotage."

    'Just shame, shame,' - Former MP Golriz Ghahraman speaks in first interview

    Former Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has given her first in-depth interview after her arrest for shoplifting and subsequent resignation from Parliament, telling 1News it was an act of "self-sabotage."

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    PieFed development update June 2024 - Bookmarks and Announcements

    For the last few weeks our focus has been on fixing bugs and improving stability. There have been 3 people who have launched new PieFed instances, bringing the total to 4, which brought up a slew of new issues and feature requests. Close collaboration with those new instance admins yielded many positive improvements and a slew of PRs to merge.

    Despite this “under the hood” focus there were a few quite visible features added & changes made:

    Bookmark (save) posts and comments

    Click the three dots on any post or comment and you’ll see a Bookmark menu item. Access your bookmarks using the menu item on the Account menu. Saved posts are sorted based on when they were saved, not when the post was made.

    Announcement banner on home page

    I’ll link to this post from the home page so you can see it in action.

    Japanese language

    Translation is complete enough to be usable, thanks to karasugawasu

    Hashtags have a RSS feed

    Topics and Communities have had a feed for a while but now hashtags do too. Thanks to Dave Lane for the idea.

    Automatic archive.ph link on some link posts

    Some websites are especially important and really need an archive link. When the poster does not provide one, PieFed will add it.

    Ctrl + Enter to submit a post or comment

    While typing a new comment you can hit this key combination to submit the comment. Thanks for reminder about this forgotten issue, Jeena.

    “Features for growing healthy communities”

    I wrote a blog post describing some of the admin features that are available for rooting out bad apples.

    Some people felt I had gone too far, perhaps rightly so.

    General thoughts

    It is encouraging to see more instances sprouting up and to have code contributions from even more people. Activity in the repository has never been higher and the Matrix channel is becoming quite chatty!

    I am traveling overseas while working my day job so it is difficult to put as much effort into PieFed as I have in the past. When I return home in August there will probably be a large chunk of paid work to do alongside my regular job so I expect to be quite busy then too. Fortunately there is a trend towards me doing less coding myself and more merging in other people’s code so PieFed development will continue on regardless.

    PieFed is entirely free and open source and has not received any grants or funding. If you find it useful and would like to support the project, please consider donating using Patreon.

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    Cutting the ‘green crap’ has added £22bn to UK energy bills since 2015

    www.carbonbrief.org Analysis: Cutting the ‘green crap’ has added £22bn to UK energy bills since 2015 - Carbon Brief

    UK's energy bills were £22bn higher over the past decade than they would have been if Conservative governments had not cut “green crap” climate policies.

    Analysis: Cutting the ‘green crap’ has added £22bn to UK energy bills since 2015 - Carbon Brief

    £9bn due to not having built more cheap onshore wind, £5bn due to poorly insulated homes, £5bn due to low solar deployment, £3bn because new homes were built less efficient.

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    Britain’s richest family sentenced to 4 years in jail

    www.theguardian.com Britain’s richest family sentenced to jail for exploiting staff in Swiss mansion

    Prosecutors claimed four members of family paid staff a pittance and gave them little freedom to leave Geneva mansion

    Britain’s richest family sentenced to jail for exploiting staff in Swiss mansion

    A Swiss court has handed jail sentences to four members of Britain’s richest family for exploiting Indian staff at their Geneva mansion.

    The Hindujas, who were not present in court, were acquitted of human trafficking but convicted of other charges on Friday in a stunning verdict for the family, whose fortune is estimated at £37bn.

    Prakash Hinduja and his wife, Kamal, were each sentenced to four years and six months in prison, and their son Ajay and his wife, Namrata, received four-year terms.

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    Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic - city builder game

    See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMnNosUBBWM by a guy who actually did the tutorial properly and has a more productive time of things

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    www.rewildingmag.com 6 reasons to downsize your lawn

    It’s time to imagine a future where lawns aren’t the norm – and homegrown habitats are.

    6 reasons to downsize your lawn
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    ‘Brazen aggression’: China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops

    www.rappler.com 'Brazen aggression': China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops in Ayungin resupply

    AFP videos show the China Coast Guard (CCG) brandishing knives, ramming ships, and using tear gas against Filipino soldiers. China says the CCG was 'professional and restrained.'

    'Brazen aggression': China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops in Ayungin resupply

    Videos show the China Coast Guard (CCG) brandishing knives, ramming ships, and using tear gas against Filipino soldiers. China says the CCG was 'professional and restrained.'

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    ‘Brazen aggression’: China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops

    www.rappler.com 'Brazen aggression': China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops in Ayungin resupply

    AFP videos show the China Coast Guard (CCG) brandishing knives, ramming ships, and using tear gas against Filipino soldiers. China says the CCG was 'professional and restrained.'

    'Brazen aggression': China used tear gas, sirens, weapons vs Filipino troops in Ayungin resupply
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    futurism.com Harvard Scholars Suggest Pollsters Ask Questions to AI Simulations of Voters Because Real People Won't Answer The Phone

    With just a fraction of people responding to political polls, Harvard experts are suggesting that pollsters "call" AI chatbots instead.

    Harvard Scholars Suggest Pollsters Ask Questions to AI Simulations of Voters Because Real People Won't Answer The Phone

    Instead of asking humans who they would vote for, try to understand the nuances of their thoughts and concerns, let those messages bubble up to candidates so they can adjust their campaign to meet voters' demand, instead of that, why not just segment humans into a bunch of shallow stereotypes (the socialist Millennial, the conservative Boomer, the liberal city dweller, the rancorous rural voter who feels left behind...) and then have some AI agents replicate how those people would respond?

    Surely nothing could go wrong.

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    Psychology @lemmy.world Rimu @piefed.social

    Meet the woman who cannot forget

    www.rnz.co.nz Life with a highly superior autobiographical memory: Meet the woman who cannot forget

    Sharrock can recite the entirety of the Harry Potter books, remember every school lesson she had, and recall what she was doing on any given date.

    Life with a highly superior autobiographical memory: Meet the woman who cannot forget

    > > > Imagine being able to remember every single day of your life, all the way back to when you were a newborn. > >

    > > > Australian woman Rebecca Sharrock is one of only 60 people in the world with a highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), also known as hyperthymesia. > >

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    Just Stop Oil supporters found not guilty in petrol pump case

    juststopoil.org Jury finds Just Stop Oil supporters not guilty in petrol pump case – Just Stop Oil

    In a unanimous verdict delivered today by a jury at Guildford Crown Court, Just Stop Oil supporters Nathan McGovern, Rosa Sharkey, and Louis Hawkins were found not guilty of causing criminal damage exceeding £5,000. [1] During the trial, Judge Sellers ruled that none of the defence’s three arguments...

    Jury finds Just Stop Oil supporters not guilty in petrol pump case – Just Stop Oil

    > > > On 28 April 2022, Just Stop Oil supporters blocked the entrances to Clacket Lane Services on the M25 by sitting in the road with Just Stop Oil banners. They also decommissioned the petrol pumps by breaking the display glass and covering it with spray paint. This action was taken in support of their demand for the UK government to end all new oil and gas projects in the country. > >

    > > > In a unanimous verdict delivered today by a jury at Guildford Crown Court, Just Stop Oil supporters Nathan McGovern, Rosa Sharkey, and Louis Hawkins were found not guilty of causing criminal damage. > >

    Any jury may consider that the law itself is unjust. It is an important principle and indicates public opposition to aspects of law, in this case, the 'lawful' behaviour of fossil fuel corporations.

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    What if the ModLog was a community?

    Every mod action would automatically create a new post. Anyone could see what is going on and express their approval / disapproval with votes. Maybe even comment on the post.

    It should probably be a local-only community (no federation) to avoid clogging up other instance's "All" feed with mod actions?

    What do you think of this idea?

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    The CEO of Zoom wants AI clones in meetings

    www.theverge.com Zoom CEO Eric Yuan wants AI clones in meetings

    Why have fewer meetings when you could just send your AI clone instead?

    Zoom CEO Eric Yuan wants AI clones in meetings

    Zoom founder Eric Yuan has big ambitions in enterprise software, including letting your AI-powered ‘digital twins’ attend meetings for you.

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    PieFed development update, June 2024 - Peertube, Polls

    Here's some development highlights from the last 3 weeks and who contributed:

    Freamon

    Markdown parsing improvements and let us use a different variant of Markdown than Lemmy does. Poll federation - Mastodon accounts can vote on PieFed polls, and receive votes from PieFed users for Polls they've posted into a local community. PeerTube integration - New channels arrive with 10 recent videos, their player is embedded in the PieFed post, new posts are correctly restricted to channel owners, and arrive into PieFed automatically. Manual post-retrieval from remote communities function Improvements to federation that led to an 80% drop in the amount of spam cleanup work admins need to do (some post deletions on remote Lemmy instances weren’t being imported into PieFed properly).

    Rimu

    A minor dark mode improvement. Made the Poll UI and database. Made a start on federation with Pixelfed and Discourse. An admin tool to list communities that need to be assigned to a topic. Update translations from crowdin - French is finished thanks to wazaby. Steady progress continues on Japanese translation. Much better topic list layout. Imported many PeerTube channels into piefed.social and assigned them to topics. Top-level topics added to the main menu under ‘Topics’. Soft deletes - post deletion can be reversed for up to 7 days.

    Tallship

    Suggested PieFed use 'soft-break' Markdown Testing User Follows from various platforms Reporting that the use of Mastodon's trademark was problematic

    General comments

    We are reaching the end of the initial roadmap I sketched out 6 months ago at the start of development. There are just a handful of small tasks to do before the “beta test” phase ends.

    With Lemmy to PieFed federation pretty solid, we are entering a phase of diversifying to other platforms. The first other platform, PeerTube, involved a lot of work that hopefully paved the way for future platforms to be integrated more easily. Pixelfed is going live with Groups support very soon. Exploratory work has been done on integration with Discourse although disappointingly they have implemented federation as an optional plugin so fewer Discourse forums actually federate than I initially hoped. NodeBB looks interesting.

    In general the Fediverse has reached a steady state in terms of user numbers which gives us space to slow down and reassess. There is not as much of a sense of urgency or bursting-at-the-seams that there was a few months ago. This might be a good time to start to pay down some of the technical debt we have built up. It’s not that the code is bad, it's just that it’s structured in a way that made things easy in the early days but is no longer serving us as well as it did.

    Very soon it will be good to have a discussion to create a roadmap for what comes after the beta ("1.0"). I’m thinking - more platforms (Mastodon, Friendica, etc), community wikis, API for mobile apps, better accessibility and can’t wait to hear other ideas from the community.

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