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Rivian’s network is incredibly tiny compared to Tesla’s network but they plug a couple of holes in Tesla’s network coverage.

Exciting news all around.

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Selected highlights:

  • Reddit publishes active user numbers:

We had an average of 73.1 million DAUq and 267.5 million WAUq in the three months ended December 31, 2023. We believe that there is a significant opportunity to convert many of the users who come to Reddit on a weekly or monthly basis to become daily user

  • There’s talk about improving search:

◦Modernizing Search. While we are still in the early innings, search is already a key action taken on Reddit with an average of over 35 million daily search queries directly on Reddit in December 2023. We recognize the importance of search, and have made significant investments to make searches more relevant and drive deeper engagement. We have observed 30% higher week-one retention (which measures the percentage of users who return to Reddit eight to 14 days after first accessing Reddit) in users with any search activity compared to all users from October 2023 to December 2023.

  • Reddit plans to make money from ads, selling data for AI training, and avatars

  • Reddit’s risks include user contribution quality

If Redditors do not continue to contribute content or their contributions are not valuable or appealing to other Redditors, we may experience a decline in the number of Redditors accessing our products and services and in user engagement, which could result in the loss of advertisers and may harm our reputation, business, results of operations, financial condition, and prospects

  • Lost $90m last year and lost $158m in 2022

  • Spez received $192m in comp (incl stock)

I dunno folks, as a collective whole (not this community, but Lemmy) we ought to cut the crap, drop the circlejerking, the poo-pooing, and the rampant doomerism because we might get some new visitors as these numbers become more known and we can’t let folks think they’re in for a lame time 😎

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Not paid by them but I use it. I enjoy it because it lets me filter out bullshit sites and prioritize others. I’m not aware of another engine that does it to the degree of Kagi.

Basically everything I need to look up for work is now always on the top half of the first page just by pinning documentation sites and general reference like Wikipedia.

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IMO by default everyone should put up a barrier to registration, be it manual approvals or email verification.

Both have their own set of flaws and can establish a sense of false security, but it’s the bare minimum to slow down spam registrations.

I’m working on an instance-level spam filter that acts on all federated content to take this into consideration for the instance I run…

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Not all of the ones involved in the spam attack….

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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People need to understand there are risks if they’re going to host an open server and are ultimately responsible for how it interacts in the network.

Keeping defederation minimal requires a high degree of trust with all instances, regardless of size.

If the instance has open reg, hosted spam for multiple days, has no activity from the admins for ever, and might be several versions behind, that’s entering “I simply don’t trust your ability to host” territory.

I run a small instance. I turn on registration applications, spot-check new accounts to make sure there isn’t spam, keep an alert active so I get notified when updates are available, and occasionally post from an admin account to indicate it’s an active instance. I even check reports at least once a day. This all takes very little effort to do. If you’re a small instance, the burden of proof is on you to show that it’s being maintained.

Some of the spam instances have had spam up for several days now. Sure, maybe one or two people may be on vacation and aren’t aware, but I doubt that’s the case for every host.

We’re fortunate the spam (at least what I’ve seen) didn’t blatantly display malicious content.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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Completely disagree on the scalability argument and I find it silly.

Most instances are small. Not everyone is going to run a 20,000 person instance where all 20,000 show up on the same day.

If you’re a big instance like lemmy.world, then sure, I can buy the scalability argument, but once you’re at that point you’ve likely established that there is an active and engaged admin team.

As a bonus, it even serves as a great asshole filter. If someone gets upset they had to wait a day for an approval, imagine how they’d act once they’re in.

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Obligatory I think X is a shithole etc etc etc

That out of the way, Yulia’s account seems to be back now.

https://twitter.com/yulia_navalnaya

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Nothing.

It’s perfectly fine for the class of Linux user that only has a slight-to-none Vitamin D deficiency.

cosmic_slate OP ,
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NPR also has a very good, related article that covers Berkeley and other cities across the US: https://www.npr.org/2024/02/17/1229867031/housing-shortage-zoning-reform-cities

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Don’t even need to go that far. It’s pervasive here.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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This isn’t strictly limited to cable companies, telecom wants their pound of flesh too.

Verizon seems to be doing this as well. My former apartment complex used to let you choose between Comcast or FiOS. Now you’re made to pay for FiOS from the apartment complex. If you want Comcast, you’re now stuck paying for two ISPs.

Before you could get your own account and deal with Verizon directly. Now it’s some weird reseller-esque platform specifically targeting MDUs.

Now before the foamy-dweeb parade of “omg who wants Comcast” rolls around, do note: Verizon is limited to 1000/1000 (well more like 950/950), and I could rarely get more than 600mbit both ways. Comcast recently introduced 2000/200 in my area but is intending to go faster, and they’re farther along in their plans than Verizon’s multi-gig strategy.

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On what basis?

The FAQ page also mentions "a landlord may refuse to allow other service providers to offer service to tenants."

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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I am disappointed in the carelessness of your reply lol.

Right now this is like refusing an amenity fee because you don’t use the pool. You can disconnect the service, but the $60/mo or whatever charge is still being billed to you.

The FCC is fine with it as long as the landlord bundles the service with your lease and the service provider isn’t blocking other providers.

Nothing is stopping you from also paying for 5G internet while you burn $60/mo on cable service that goes unused.

Is it right or fair in my opinion? Absolutely not.

Sure, you could probably find a lawyer but that’ll only work up till the point a judge goes “well, the state doesn’t block these fees and this is outside of the purview of the FCC”.

…and can’t forget the gamble of paying $300/hr+ for a lawyer.

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What do you mean “underperforming”? That’s just head-in-sand nonsense.

Basically 3/4th of the number of active Mastodon users signed up for Bluesky within the last few days.

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5 million on a currently-centralized platform is still doing significantly better than Mastodon.

The constant whininess of Mastodon/ActivityPub-services users is a fantastic reason to completely steer clear of it.

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Not active users, unless you’re willing to cite that claim. Maybe accounts created over the last few years.

Making Mastodon seem more active than what it is won’t help adoption.

Adding Threads would significantly help boost active user numbers but people are too busy crafting foil hats.

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Anything remotely useful to connect to other people gets shouted down rather quickly and irrationally.

Look at the foam-mouthed Threads opponents.

It’s just embarrassing. This is how we wish to present ourselves as an alternative to corporate social media?

There is simply no reality where everyone decides to switch to Mastodon. Instead, if Bluesky grows, I can see people move away from ActivityPub-based microblogs.

I get the feeling the vocal people don’t actually want ActivityPub-based social media to be adopted by anyone (or just desperately need a hobby outside of complaint generation)

Opponents should use an instance that blocks the bridge if they’re concerned. But nobody should pretend ActivityPub is a private protocol.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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Instead, if Bluesky grows, I can see people move away from it.

When has that ever worked?

Major grammatical error this morning for me -- I've since edited my post. I meant that people will move away from ActivityPub-based software. If someone's friends all adopt another platform, why stay on one that you aren't getting connections, especially that's hostile to letting you connect to the platforms your friends do use?

The whole idea in the first place was to NOT be corporate. It’s pretty understandable that when those corporations come knocking pretending to be nice, a lot of people want nothing to do with it.

The company behind a service becomes nearly irrelevant when federation comes into play. In theory, you defederate from servers who are bad actors.

But at the end of the day, people want to use social media to connect to people. The whole point of federated social media was to get out of walled gardens, yet here we are, building a walled garden.

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You know that it is comically easy to scrape stuff off of the fediverse, right?

I'd wager the vast majority of instances aren't utilizing any meaningful rate limits, and even if there are rate limits, just distribute your scraping across several instances.

Or just set up your own new instance and subscribe to literally everything you can find. You don't even have to scrape, it gets pushed to you!

If you are worried about scraping, use Facebook. Facebook has teams of people who combat bot/scraper activity.

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You’ve basically described Nomorobo

https://www.nomorobo.com/

If enough people report a number as spam, it gets added to a list that’s synced to your phone.

I don’t believe the blocks are permanent as you can mark a spammed number as legitimate.

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The significance of this is that it should make seeing updates to OSM data a lot quicker, and I'd assume making the "look" a better too.

cosmic_slate OP , (edited )
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I think the issue with Organic Maps is the lack of real-time traffic data (unless that's changed).

That said, Organic Maps routing seems good enough without it. I occasionally compare routes from Apple Maps, Google Maps, my car's nav, and Organic Maps. Organic Maps hasn't given a route that I'd say is unreasonable.

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cosmic_slate ,
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It works surprisingly well. You should try it before belting out under-educated (trying to say this as kindly as I can here!) comments.

When it’s rainy and such, it’ll warn you, tell you it’s a dumb idea, then limit its speed. And really, with any driver assist program, the driver should still be paying attention.

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Their loss, heh.

Having to barely put in work to drive is incredible. More time to keep eyes on everything around me in all directions. Road-trips aren’t exhausting, bumper-to-bumper traffic is a breeze.

For a technology forum, it is incredibly disappointing to see how closed minded people are to the tech.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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Didn't intend to call them stupid. My intent was to say they should try out a product that uses the tech before passing judgement on the effectiveness of it. I was hoping the use of "under" would be taken a lot lighter.

Though, self-driving doesn't have to be a 100% scenario item either. It doesn't have to have the ability to activate all the time. It's cloudy/sunny 90%+ of the days where I'm at.

We would get nowhere if the criteria was "must be 100% useful in 100% of scenarios 100% of the time".

cosmic_slate ,
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That's fair and is a reasonable line of "usefulness". Of driver assist tech, good lane centering + adaptive cruise control are the biggest, most useful features that I think everyone would see big benefits from, and there's been a lot of improvement in this area over the years.

Tesla's AP+FSD has been incredibly rock solid on that front, to the point where most roads feel like you're on a rail track.

cosmic_slate , (edited )
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Sure, but having actually driven one instead of commenting on the internet, the issues that have come up with AP/FSD have seem to be more data related (speed limits causing slowdowns).

When there are vision issues the car complains and it's up to you as the driver to take control. I don't care how many sensors are on/not on the car, if it tells you it can't handle the situation safely, that's now on you as the driver.

Plus, vision-only drivers assist isn’t new and Tesla isn’t the first on the road with it. I’ll let you figure out which particularly popular Japanese brand known for their crossovers 😉

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Hey, I recognize the system has its faults but a number of people simply base opinions on bad faith arguments and articles soliciting clicks.

Radar/lidar isn’t the magic end-all-be-all that internet automotive commenter-engineers claim.

I’m sorry you disagree with what I’m presenting.

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So Tesla hasn't used lidar, and have disabled the front-radar for a while now. Though lately they decided to drop ultrasonic sensors and I think it's crap for parking right now. I suspect the cameras were not laid out to handle this use.

If you have a hard requirement on tight parking, I'd strongly recommend looking elsewhere or trying it with a trial first...

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Which is already abusing the feature. These are driver assist features, not driver replacement.

cosmic_slate ,
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Source?

cosmic_slate ,
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Where are you getting that from?

Here. I'll show you mine:

https://www.tesla.com/model3/design#overview

Scroll down to the feature add-ons.

Full Self-Driving Capability

$12,000

Your car will be able to drive itself almost anywhere with minimal driver intervention and will continuously improve

All functionality of Basic Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot

Autosteer on city streets

Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control

The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.

Maybe I'm a bit out-there but the bolded section seems to indicate to me that this is something I need to pay attention to the road while using, and am told this before I add the feature to the car before checkout.

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I take it that writing a thought-out civil comment was out of the question.

I’d be open to a conversation should this be rephrased to something more productive.

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Firefox has been on a very obvious fade to irrelevance. Plugging our ears simply doesn’t change it and almost nobody cares what Google does with Chrome.

This isn’t 2008 where Firefox ran so much better than IE.

Unlike the opinion author’s take, I’m optimistic that their renewed focus on privacy might be their best near-term shot at increasing revenue. At least it beats their Pocket acquisition…..

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But think of the clicks and blind outrage comments!

cosmic_slate ,
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Based on the stats of a sub I have access to, old Reddit has been on a slow decline for a long time and just isn’t that significant of a % of people.

So no, I seriously doubt this will have an impact.

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Counter-counter point: Reddit got rid of a lot of the mods that would be problematic to deal with for big changes and it didn’t really impact the site.

I say this as a mod who bounced

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As much as I don’t want to, I have to give a very very hard disagree on the quality decline. Sure, the couple of months after the sub shutdowns it was bad but stuff seemed to more or less bounce back.

I don’t count “All”, or any of the major ones like News, Politics, etc. I’m talking local, hobbies, and a few brands-of-device subs. Questions get asked, they get answered. There’s still a lot of timely breaking-news discussion.

But hey, if they want to contribute free work to pump up the value of a site where they won’t get a dime, they can go crazy. That’s why we’re over here and they are welcome to join us anytime.

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Don’t let the comments here discourage you. A lot of people on Lemmy like finding reasons to get mad at the world. It’s basically the only hobby some people seem to have.

You’re not hosting a Tucker Carlson server to praise alt-right values or similar nonsense, you’re hosting a server for a very popular and sentimental franchise.

Have fun with it, hopefully it takes off. If it doesn't, then hey you tried.

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Oh how I miss the free time I had in high school.

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theme

noun

ˈthēm

1a: a subject or topic of discourse or of artistic representation

b: a specific and distinctive quality, characteristic, or concern

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theme

I’m not sure who soured your milk today but “theme” is being correctly used here in English. It would take you less time to look it up than insert comment licensing links.

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Discover offers a free service that helps with this if you're in the US and have a Discover card or bank account.

I wouldn't be surprised if the data still exists with data brokers but at least it's become a lot harder to get my addresses from a Google search of my name.

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