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I've installed Ollama on my Gaming Rig (RTX4090 with 128GB ram), M3 MacBook Pro, and M2 MacBook Air. I'm running Open WebUI on my server which can connect to multiple Ollama instances. Open WebUI has it's own Ollama compatible API which I use for projects. I'll only boot up my gaming rig if I need to use larger models, otherwise the M3 MacBook Pro can handle most tasks.

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That's 128GB RAM, the GPU has 24GB VRAM. Ollama has gotten pretty smart with resource allocation. Smaller models can fit soley on my VRAM but I can still run larger models on RAM.

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I'm running a search instance on a VPS so my home IP isn't linked to my searches. The main disadvantage is that my VPS is in Toronto and I live 2hrs away so geo searches don't work very well. For instance, if I Google "restaurants" I get results for local restaurants whereas if I Gregle (I named my search engine Gregle) I get results for results near my VPS.

DM me if you want a link to my instance to check it out. It's open but I don't publicize it because bad actors could ruin my IP addresses reputation with spam queries via the API.

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This is tough, the goal should be to reduce child abuse. It's unknown if AI generated CP will increase or reduce child abuse. It will likely encourage some individuals to abuse actual children while for others it may satisfy their urges so they don't abuse children. Like everything else AI, we won't know the real impact for many years.

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The use of CSAM in training generative AI models is an issue no matter how these models are being used.

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Jokes on you Slack, I'm not intelligent!

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The neck beards that judge someone's distro choice without knowing their use cases don't represent the Linux community. Just use the best tool for the job

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I use Ubuntu on most of my servers and dual boot my gaming rig with Ubuntu Desktop mainly to host LLMs. I've been a Linux user for 25 years, I remember playing around with Red Hat pre 2000. Right now though, I want a solid distro that supports lots of hardware (my network consists of x86, ARM, Oracle Cloud, SBCs, etc), has a large community for support, and isn't likely to get abandoned. Ubuntu solves that

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My daily driver used to be a MacBook Air running Linux. Apple hardware is amazing, I don't give a shit about the logo on my laptop. I only switched to MacOS for a daily driver when I started working for a company that gave me a MacBook pro so I sold my Air which was just gathering dust.

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I'm 100% secure, I have Nord VPN

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I forgot to post an affiliate link and explain how routing all your internet traffic though one company equals security

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Maybe someone is sneaking into your room while you're sleeping and stuffing dryer lint up your nose ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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This sounds really fun! I'm putting this on my long to-do list

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This is exactly the situation 😅

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Oops I did it again by Britney Spears

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I'm an immigrant from Australia and I remember having to change my word choices even though Canada and Australia are nearly culturally identical. It must be a lot more work coming from less culturally similar places.

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Renting a 3 bedroom house in Toronto is more expensive than a similar house in Belleville + $1500 in monthly VIA Rail tickets. Plus lots of jobs are partly remote which makes the equation even more appealing.

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I work remote, live in Belleville, and visit our Toronto offices every couple of months. My experience with VIA Rail has been positive though I appreciate that I have a lot of flexibility. I can work while on the train so the commute isn't wasted time for me. Working while commuting is not something I could do if I drove or took a bus. The train can be late so I wouldn't organize an in-person-meeting within an hour of the scheduled arrival.

I agree that the ticketing system should be improved to encourage commuting, it would be a headache to buy tickets individually weeks in advance if I were using the service more frequently.

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Religion has competition now, AI is also profiting from hallucinations that lots of people believe as fact.

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Fill the drive 100% using data duplicator then delete everything on the drive. Repeat a few times to ensure you scrub all blocks. There is no need to physically destroy the drive.

edit: fair criticism of this approach in cases when the data is unencryptd and the hard drives has bad blocks. I just wanted to give a counter to the destroying hardware approach which isn't necessary warranted

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That's fair, I can appreciate an attack vector in cases where there are bad blocks and the drive was unencrypted. Luckily bad blocks are less common with modern SSDs and assuming the disk was encrypted, a few bad blocks are unlikely to expose any contents. So knowing the number of bad blocks and what data was stored would inform if a fill and empty approach would be suitable to sanitize the drive.

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Algorithmic advertising big tech companies (Meta, Google, Amazon, etc) generate profit at the expense of society. They blindly follow short term algorithms with no regard for their impact on society. We obviously should tax them but we should also make sure our laws enable us to prosecute people who profit by destroying society. Hold them accountable

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Why do you believe that most people you know don't live and are just surviving?

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Haha, that was literally the exact same point I stopped reading. I have emails older than this system and they weren't stored on floppys 😂

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Have you downloaded your podcasts while I'm another country or with a VPN set in another country?

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I can't verify this story with any reputable sources. Is this real or just boomerbait?

What ridiculous thing can I do during the eclipse next week?

I'm going to go see the eclipse next week, and I want to video tape myself doing something ridiculous. For example, I could enact some ancient spiritual ritual or play Total Eclipse of the Heart the whole time. I'm leaning more towards the ritual since I wouldn't be annoying everyone around me and would have time to engage in...

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how would anyone know if a particular name is being unused?

I have a couple of nice domain hacks and I use them for email and random services I run so the root domain appeared to be abandoned. I received so many messages from people wanting to buy them I just started pointing them at other sites so they would stop hassling me. I've had one of these domains for nearly 20 years and it's my main email address. I'm not selling because it would be a year long full time job just to update all my services 😅

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I hope US enemies don't find this. They could use it to force US soldiers to stand up during engagements and then force the US soldiers to kneel when they're doing fire and movement.

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The CCP should make the m4, Abrahams tank, F35 etc emblems. Checkmate

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to avoid being overrun by that large truck heading into me

lol, I'm guessing you've never ridden a bike in Amsterdam

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I live in Canada and seeing so many people riding around without helmets in Amsterdam felt weird until I realized how protected the cyclists are by the design of the road infrastructure. Cycling while sharing the road with a truck with no barrier in-between is common where I live so I appreciate your perspective.

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I thought Twitter's infrastructure was going to collapse within weeks after Musk made all those cuts and changes. I was obviously wrong because Twitter's infrastructure didn't collapse. I'm not speaking to the user experience on Twitter but from a purely infrastructure perspective, Musk was right and I was wrong.

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Lol exactly, how dare you have a nuanced opinion!

University vending machine error reveals use of secret facial recognition | A malfunctioning vending machine at a Canadian university has inadvertently revealed that a number of them have been usin... ( www.theguardian.com )

University vending machine error reveals use of secret facial recognition | A malfunctioning vending machine at a Canadian university has inadvertently revealed that a number of them have been usin...::Snack dispenser at University of Waterloo shows facial recognition message on screen despite no prior indication

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Consent is a requirement for GDPR compliance. They are likely taking an image from the camera, extracting semantic attributes from the image, and then discarding the image. The length of time the individual is standing there making the purchase is likely longer than the image is stored in memory while extracting the attributes.

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Marketing is often targeted, especially online (which is a huge privacy issue). I would guess they are using the data from these vending machines to measure the success of their marketing campaigns.

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This type of analysis is cheap nowadays. You could easily fit a model to extract demographics from an image on a Jetson Nano (basically a Raspberry Pi with a GPU). Models have gotten more efficient while hardware has also gotten cheaper.

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Lol yeah, if the easily checked facts don't align with beliefs then groupthink-people double down on their beliefs. Denying reality is easier than changing beliefs. It's the same reasoning skills that Trump supporters use 😅

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You pretend to care about consent and privacy and then mention my daughter by name here. You'll notice I share photos and details about my daughter from accounts on servers I control. There is an implicit agreement in the fediverse to respect people's privacy. I obviously don't rely on that implicit agreement because some people do unethical things as demonstrated in your post. I protect my daughter from legitimate online privacy and security threats, I don't play privacy and security theatre.

This vending machine is taking biometrics off of everyone who walks past

You have no evidence of this and there is no mention of this in the article. This also doesn't make any sense from an implementation perspective.

GDPR doesn’t apply in Canada unless you are trying to operate business in Europe.

You're correct that GDPR doesn't apply in Canada, it's just that GDPR is usually the strictest compliance so it's usual for companies to meet that compliance as a minimum.

Compliance only matters if you can’t afford a fine.

GDPR fines can be tied to global revenue.

When your beliefs don't align with the facts, consider changing your beliefs instead of doubling down on your opinions, making things up, and doing unethical things. Please try better.

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I have in other sections of this thread. I don't want to copy and paste but I'm happy to answer any specific questions.

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I doubt they would implement thing on every vending machine. They can still derive some useful analytic data from a smaller sample size

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The FAA failed to regulate Boeing. I'm pro regulation and laws that protect people's privacy. And if this company and the individuals within it break the law they should receive appropriate punishments with fines tied to international revenue.

My point is that the laws should relate to privacy independent of the technology. The "ban face recognition" narrative misses the point and doesn't address the threats. Facial recognition technology can be used in ways that don't threaten individuals privacy and non facial recognition technologies can be a threat to individual privacy.

It's cynical to assume this company is breaking privacy with no evidence. But it's fair to say there needs to be greater punishments and regulations

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