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Apple: "I play Lawyer in attack position."

It's free for Apple honestly, just for unauthorized use of their trademark alone.

Do we live in a computer simulation like in The Matrix? Proposed new law of physics backs up the idea ( phys.org )

The simulated universe theory implies that our universe, with all its galaxies, planets and life forms, is a meticulously programmed computer simulation. In this scenario, the physical laws governing our reality are simply algorithms. The experiences we have are generated by the computational processes of an immensely advanced...

delcake ,
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That's kind of where I'm at with the whole idea too. Should we be in such a situation, it just moves all our existing questions about "What is reality and the universe?" up one meta-level to the theoretical actual reality. I doubt we would stop finding out as much as is possible about this layer, but we would be wholly unable apply our findings or assumptions to the true reality.

But even if that true reality remains forever unknowable, it at least sets what I would consider some "sensible" bounds on our universe. As things are now, I'm not sure if I'm more dumbfounded by the idea of an infinite universe or a finite one - both boggle the mind for different reasons.

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Nah, it's per device install. So unless you modify your PC enough to generate a different hardware fingerprint or go install a game on a fleet of laptops or something, most people won't be running up that counter too much.

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I saw that a short while ago and actually laughed out loud. The only thing left is to get the popcorn ready I guess because this is going to be hilarious.

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After Unity's clarifications, I'm honestly kind of expecting the old "null-route the web address in the HOSTS file" to be a valid method to prevent their installer from phoning home to increment the counter. It's gonna be incredible if people start trying that just to frick with Unity.

The fact that we can even have this discussion should be proof enough to Unity that it's a complete non-starter of an idea to let user behavior influence the developer bottom-line.

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This is why I die a little inside each time I see someone post an LLM summary of an article.

As if generating it in the first place and then reading that is somehow less work than just reading the article to begin with.

delcake ,
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Different platform, but exactly the same deal moderating Twitch chats. I think my favorite insult that I've received was that I was personally "the downfall of Western civilization."

The upshot to those disruptions happening in an active chat like that though is that everyone sees how much of a knob that person is being and is perfectly happy to see them gone.

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I'm definitely interested in seeing how the single-user instance offerings develop across the various federated applications. I have no interest in taking on the role of admin or moderator for people I don't know personally, but am more than happy to run my own front-end service that'll let me lurk and interact with all varieties of ActivityPub content.

For now it seems kbin might win that fight for me since it's equipped to handle reddit-style communities and threads while also providing a workable microblog interface. But it does seem to be a bit on the heavy side... I wonder if we might see some software created for this particular usage scenario one day, if it isn't already being worked on somewhere.

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Certainly a possibility, but I don't really expect it to be a common concern. Defederation is mostly about keeping problematic people out when an instance's admins either can't or won't resolve whatever problem is at play. Most instances will never even realize a single-user instance is lurking at all if they don't bother to crawl the logs and said user doesn't cause a scene.

I'd expect most whitelist-only instances will have been that way from the start instead of growing large and then shutting the door, because the goals of running an instance like that are fundamentally different.

Mates, today without warning, the reddit royal navy attacked. I've been demoded by the admins. ( lemmy.dbzer0.com )

A fellow mod informed me that about it as I was laying in bed. Reddit sent a message to the mod team and after 1 hour demoded me. I didn't even had time to see it, never-mind respond to it....

delcake ,
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As any good legal question goes, I imagine the answer is one of the many shades of "It depends."

Ultimately it's going to come down to how accommodating Reddit wants to be if rightsholders lawyers come around demanding an explanation for why Reddit facilitates the piracy of their works. Generally a platform doesn't have liability for infringing content posted on it as long as they are responsive to requests to take it down.

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I wouldn't consider myself a power user on ebook servers by any means, but I spun up Kavita a few weeks back and it definitely handles everything I need it to so far. Feels better to use than calibre IMO too.

Redditors should feel fucking ashamed. ( lemmy.world )

This is a rant post and I apologize but I had to talk about this. Most subs are coming back online and not saying ANYTHING about the next steps. Only a handful of subs are going indefinite. I checked the front page for the first time today after leaving the a couple hours before the day of the blackout and what do I see? Subs...

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I can see that. To maybe overgeneralize, the people that are active on reddit today will consist primarily of the people that were inconvenienced by the protest. Quite a lot of them are pissed that they were inconvenienced. Support for the protest on the platform will kind of evaporate because the majority that understand why it was necessary are already gone.

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Yeah, I don't have hard numbers or anything but I wouldn't be surprised if the active Reddit users today consisted more heavily of people that are pissed that they were inconvenienced by the blackout.

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Yeah, I don't really expect any further voting on any given subreddit's side to be particularly successful from this point on because of that.

But honestly I'm kind of okay with a slower start on this side of things. If we see any kind of concentrated surge of users on to the various /kbin or Lemmy instances then I think we'll find out really quick where the breaking point is from an infrastructure and moderation standpoint. Like a few others have mentioned in this thread, we don't really need Reddit to die - we just need these alternatives to grow in to viable platforms in their own right.

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