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If I came across these, I think I'd have to buy one, in solidarity with my favourite social media platform. The peach one sounds yum!

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Hardly a rave review :P

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I’d say in about 2 years, the entire place is going to be bots with AI generated content that try to mimic “real users” using their new Dynamic Product Ads tool

Yeah, it's just partially like that now lol. A few weeks ago there was a side-by-side reddit screenshot post on Lemmy. It showed the exact same reddit post, with the exact same tens of comments (all word for word, some in response to each other iirc), from different accounts less than a year apart. 100% fabrication. I'd never seen such extensive bot-masquerading as people behaviour; it was a realization moment for me

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The photos of the 3 of them are neat :D
Photo #2, Miez: "WTF, you're not scritching Luci, are you?!"
Photo #3, Timmy: "Are we doing photos? I was zzzZZzzz"

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Their eyes look backlit, and remind me of a harvest moon in the night sky. A lovely floof

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I wouldn't know about biggest surprise, but I didn't see the Red Hot Chili Peppers replacing guitar with keyboard. I really liked what John Frusciante and his predecessors had brought to the group. I went from a deep Peppers fan to not listening to anything post Stadium Arcadium

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Alright, new characters in the Miez Universe! Timmy sounds like a good guy. Epic stretch by Miez by the door, doing a 180

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Tbh, policing of criticism of the Israeli government and their ongoing colonialist genocide of the Palestinian people has been so profoundly pervasive and oppressive in Canada (and US, Germany, and other countries), at least the half year or so, that I consider Chow's comments and non-participation pretty courageous and commendable actually. Like you, I certainly would have liked a more principled stance that explicitly denounces genocide, but given the almost absurd level of censorship and whitewashing that's been going on, I think she's perhaps saying and doing as much as she can. It's clear to me that this is much larger than her. I'm glad she's mildly voicing dissent about the flag-raising at Toronto City Hall. It's a @#$%ing travesty

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Well said. That's how I see it, anyway

Coming to terms with no longer having privacy and control over my technology

I miss the days of VHS and DVD shelfs in homes, for example. If you bought the tapes and had them in your home, no corporate entity could alter those tapes without your consent, monitor how many times you watch them, sell your data to whomever they please without your knowledge, roll out new mandatory conditions to a 'user...

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Another problem caused by greedflation: companies want to collect both money and data for every usage (edit: I forgot to include "push ads in your face" as well)

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So true. As others have remarked on here, entshittification really changes the calculus of "is piracy worth it?"

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I appreciate you sharing that! Sounds like you got a good thing going

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Ah yes, neo-feudalism, I think

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You are so right

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I understand your pause on purchasing the robot vacuum. So many of these devices seem designed to collect every bit of your data that they can get their hands on, ostensibly justified by some veneer of convenience to the customer (ie, data livestock) or their 'safety' or 'privacy' (lol). As someone with lesser tech knowledge than you do to manage such data siphoning, I think it's safe to say I'll never be interested in owning a robot vacuum

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I appreciate the rec's! I did check out gog a bit a month or so ago and thought it did look refreshingly different

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I might've misspoke about never paying for a video game again. I do like the look of gog. I'm really out of the loop when it comes to gaming. I like more privacy- and ownership-respecting platforms, and I would (do) pay for those. What I meant was I'd caught a glimpse of the direction of the mainstream gaming industry with WC3, and I realized it wouldn't work for me and had to get off it. I use LibreOffice. I'll check out the libre gaming software, thanks!

They’ll obviously win when we run away. We should take the fight to them.

I appreciate your point of view. The way I see it, I think maybe 95/100 people blindly trust big tech companies and 5 of us don't (to the willing we'll avoid mainstream social media, for example); the proportion is debatable, but I think it's a very uneven divide. I don't think we have enough power to "stick it" to big tech. I also don't think we need to. I participated in the reddit blackout last summer and then I left it altogether for here (Lemmy), which I enjoy more and want to help grow more than I did the last place. I guess I do want some people to keep big tech in check and whistle-blow, at least to help spread awareness. I guess I'm just not the person for the job, and I think that's okay. More tech savvy people would do well in those roles :)

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I was under the impression that the second part of that saying was deliberately facetious or sarcastic lol

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Great points! Ownership, control, access, possession - these might apply differently to different things. I could see ownership being more relevant than other concepts in digital documentation of one's genetic information, for example. I think a public library model (ie, access) would work pretty satisfactorily for entertainment media. Our language might have lagged behind the privacy, consumer, and legal concerns of today. My knowledge certainly has, but that can be changed ;)

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Thank you very much, kind Lemmy! I think it makes sense for me to postpone that a bit due to other things going on at the moment. But it was really helpful to vent and to hear words of empathy and support from people like you :)

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I appreciate your comments and good points!

WHY DON’T YOU WANT PERSONALIZED ADVERTISEMENTS?

Lol. I prefer the terms user-preferred advertisements or user-centric advertisements /s. Whenever I see targeted ads, I just think it's creepy

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Thanks, Blisterexe - you too :)

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It's a little beyond me, but I was under the impression that the dictionary lookup feature is purely local. Saying that out loud I'm now not so sure lol

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Thanks for the info! I general sail the seven seas for that suff but thought it was a pretty good example of the larger trend.

I played guitar for 5+ years, never really learning properly, but being able to jam okay. I can't do that any more, but I have a pretty good knowledge base to start from. It's probably a matter of I should just do whatever's fun until I'm picking up the guitar a few times a week regularly - then I can get more focused. For easy-starting fun, that's probably strumming and singing through songs on a less ad and malware-bloated website. To get serious, I'd like to work with a metronome, maybe finally feel confident with a 12-bar blues, transcribe some solos perhaps. Very old school 😎. Do you play or want to learn?

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I think I'm more or less with @verdigris. I'd get behind the position that most large corporations have bent the rules of society so much to their favour and accrued so much wealth at the expense of ordinary people that we don't owe them anything at this point. I got mad respect for the independent creators. But I feel there's no moral transgression with streaming a pirated show vis-a-vis the corporations missing out on making a few bucks from that, to use a example. It's not black and white; actors and others salaries are important and related. But those "you wouldn't steal a car, so why are you trying to a CD/DVD?" ads were clearly corporate propaganda, as another example

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What would a child say if they were asked whether they would steal a loaf of bread to feed their starving family if they had no other way of saving them? What would you say? Does context matter in moral judgements?

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Great advice, thank you!! What you said applies to me quite a bit

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It's great to hear that Miez is on the mend (recovering). !

It sounds like with her trust and safety with you, and her braveness, she's a very cooperative and well-adjusted cat patient, which must make things a little easier on you

I like the title picture. If she authored a book and there was a picture of the author on the back, that one would work well. If I'm not mistaken, I think that's her in the same cat hammock in the reddit cats photo that you posted in a comment

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That's got the be among the best painting names out there. A very nice work itself too

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When I think of Tim Hortons, I think of how I've seen the disappearance of reusable flatware and cutlery from such a large proportion of eating establishments, and the normalization of eating-in with exclusively single-use disposable stuff (usually plastic), in about two decades. Future generations will thank us /s. But it's those effing 'woke lids' that are the real problem /s. Also, who cares about Tim Hortons if you don't like it; it's not even Canadian. Do conservative voters just need a daily dose of misplaced resentment and rage to keep them going?

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Paper straws do suck though.

I'm in Toronto, and I believe the city has banned plastic straws. I think plastic straw bans tend to be harmfully distracting from the larger issues. (To be clear, I think we have a massive plastic pollution problem.)

I was in a Hawaiian cocktail bar in Toronto recently, where the drinks are made to be drunk with straws and half of the people at the table asked for a second straw halfway through their drinks as the paper straws had stopped working well

We should be selling and marketing bring-your-own reusable plastic straws, with a small washable traveling case and a cleaning brush, maybe 4-packs

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I think that is a really American thing though. I have never been to a place that had plastic cutlery and single use flatware.

Interesting! Care to provide your province and urban/rural? I live in downtown Toronto and unless there's waiter-to-table service, there's nothing reusable except glassware in bars and potentially plastic cups for free water. Other Torontonians, please chime in if you've seen anything different. Most places don't ask "to stay or to go?" any more, or if they do the only difference is a bag

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Like at Tims?

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Great insight, thanks for sharing! You said things better than I could have

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How disappointing and shameful. It'd be nice to see our country on the right side of history

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An "an anonymous source says" article (i.e., deliberate leak to the press; standard sports industry practice). Toronto, the WNBA's 14th franchise, is expected to start play May 2026 and play at Coca-Cola Coliseum, an 8,000-seat arena at Toronto's CNE grounds which is home to the Marlies and where Toronto's Professional Women's Hockey League franchise is currently playing its first playoff series. An official announcement is expected May 23rd

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Sad, shameful. The Woodland Cree First Nation deserve better

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First off: @#$% off, Ford. Second, this continues a trend we've seen most prominently under the clown show that is Danielle Smith's UCP in Alberta: Provincial governments wanting to dictate municipal affairs according to their own political agenda, which I don't think is healthy for Canadian cities

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Important article. I liked the breakdown the principles and the examples of violations by the UCP

Amazon Prime's NHL deal breaches cable TV's last line of defence: live sports ( www.cbc.ca )

For years, cable TV has bled viewers and subscribers to streaming giants like Netflix, Apple and Amazon. Now, those same companies are vying to stream live sports, one of the last lines of defence when it comes to audiences paying big bucks for traditional cable packages....

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amazon also purchased a huge stake in NBA (men's basketball) TV rights for the next decade last week. Becoming players in the pro sports market seems like a key step in streaming services becoming the new cable (eg, you pay and there are ads)

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You make some good points. I wonder if their testimony for ICJ or a similar body would be as protected as if it was for Canadian legal proceedings. Regarding termination, fabrication of 'patient safety' concerns can be used to disguise motivations and minimize due process when there's a desire to fire someone. Sorry if I sound wildly pessimistic. It's the most 1984 thing I've experienced personally, and I've got to put up with it for several more years before I'll be empowered to stop hiding as much

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I think they were being sarcastic, playing with the criticizing Israel's government = antisemitism nonsense

Canadian students camping for Gaza aren’t antisemitic—they’re building brave new alliances for justice ⋆ The Breach ( breachmedia.ca )

For a supposed hotbed of antisemitism, the scene at McGill’s Gaza protest encampment was distinctly Jewish: giant bottles of kosher grape juice and matzah bread piled on the ground, the fixings for a Passover dinner....

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Such deep anti-racism is heartwarming and cool

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