[-] [email protected] 3 points 6 hours ago

Oh, that's not what I meant. Weight loss programs, especially the ones designed to help you maintain weight for the long term, work well. I'd say they're probably the best way to lose weight if you can't do it alone (and very few people that really need it can). There are some bullshit ones, but there are also great alternatives.

What doesn't work is the "drink a bag of this powder every day and you'll lose weight automatically" bullshit. Sometimes this bullshit is also sold as berries, sometimes it's some foreign kind of nut, but new "magical weight loss food" bullshit pops up a few times per year and desperate people will fall for it over and over again.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 7 hours ago* (last edited 6 hours ago)

Any weight loss pill, drink, or food. It's all scams built in top of scams.

Those new ones based on diabetes medicine seem nice, but as soon as you stop taking them their effects wear off. They're a medically induced crash diet. The real hard work, fixing your bad habits long-term, still needs to take place.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 hours ago

"Almost everyone" seems a bit broad. Lots of people watch porn and illegally download stuff that they don't want their ISP to know about, especially in countries like the USA where ISPs are allowed to sell browsing statistics of their customers for marketing purposes.

I take offence to the "protect against hackers" bullshit those ads keep repeating, but for their intended purpose, VPNs are a good solution.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 7 hours ago

Night mode kind of differs. I think there was one piece of software that did it way before operating systems got night mode, and with the help of some measuring device they found out that most competitors turned the screen red but did not actually lower the amount of blue light much, negating the whole point (as the theory behind this stuff is that blue light messes with your sleep schedule). Your screen turning reddish yellow does very little if the effect is achieved by turning on more red and green pixels.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 7 hours ago

I always thought the point was for the vitamins to be absorbed by your skin. Human skin absorbs all kinds of stuff so as long as the vitamins make contact it sort of makes sense?

Though I suppose for most people it won't have much of an impact unless you have a severe vitamin deficiency.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 day ago

I doubt Google cares about F-Droid in the slightest. Practically nobody uses it there are barely any useful apps on it for 99% of their user base and the mediocre user experience will help prevent it from ever becoming real competition.

They do care about the random APKs people download to "upgrade their WhatsApp", though. Same with the piracy market places loaded with viruses. Those give Android a bad name.

Android has a massive virus problem because sandboxing doesn't help when nobody has learned how to use computers safely. We had this problem in 2004 and Windows solved it mostly by having an aggressive antivirus engine built in and SmartScreen showing scary warnings for every executable downloaded off the internet. It makes sense for Google to do the same, because it works.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

Huh, with the way Apple advertised it I thought they'd bring local AI to at least the entire latest lineup.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 2 days ago

I don't know if Android has the AI features that ios 18 adds. My Android 14 ROM certainly doesn't. There are a lot of AI apps for Android, but none of them seem to run locally.

[-] [email protected] 30 points 3 days ago

Depends on the server you're on. Lemmy found popularity when a group of communists had their subreddit(s)banned. Lemmygrad is worse than Lemmy.ml but both are managed by the same people and both have a clear communist bias because of the way the project came to be. The .ml in the domain name may technically be the country code of Mali, but the project is hosted under that domain because the letters reference two famous communist names.

Other lemmy servers are less obviously left wing. They're still relatively left wing, but less anarcho-communist. Some are right-wing, but unfortunately the ring wing servers seem to attracts disfranchised right wingers who are often banned for good reason.

I'd say FOSS advocacy has a left wing bias, though a lot of people who use open source because of personal freedom aren't necessarily left wing. Plus, the biggest open source projects are all backed by huge capitalist companies, so I don't think the connection between open source software itself and the left is that strong; I think it's mostly the advocacy groups and activist communities that tend to go that route.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

I have yet to see any benefit to AI beyond the current browser UIs. The MS Paint image generation feature is neat for creating some quick clipart, if you mind the plagiarism, I guess.

Windows Recall shouldn't be too hard to copy (it's just OCR + CLIP on pediodic screenshots, after all) for those who want that sort of thing. Perhaps excluding private browser windows will be more of a challenge, especially on Wayland, but if the feature is built as an extension/plugin to the DE then I don't think that'll be impossible either.

Currently, the power and hardware requirements are too high for me to run anything useful locally, though. Even low-res image generation takes half a minute on my gaming GPU while burning a steady 180W of power.

The kind of text reformatting Apple has shown (selecting text and allowing a quick "make this paragraph more professional" in the context menu) takes forever on my hardware. Granted, it's a few years old, but at 3 tokens per second I'm not exactly ready to install an AI addon yet.

I look forward to the Qualcomm and Apple advancements on this area, though. If the AI hype doesn't die down, we may just see affordable and usable local AI in end user devices in a couple of years, and that's pretty neat.

Hell, we may even see useful AI accelerator cards like that Coral thing or whatever it's called, but with a usable amount of RAM. An upgradeable, replaceable AI accelerator could do a lot if AI stuff is going to be a hit in the future.

Like always, I expect Linux to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the technical ability (after all, Stable Diffusion ran on Linux long before Microsoft added it to Paint) but actually user friendly implementations will lag behind several years. Especially with the current direction of AI, basically advanced plagiarism and academic dishonesty machines, I don't expect the free software community to embrace LLMs and other generative AI any time soon.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 days ago

The status of this document seems to be highly overstated. This isn't a 42 step plan, it's a concise answer to a broad question a working group was asked. The numbers in front of the paragraph aren't steps, they're numbered because they're official documents and these paragraphs may need to be referred to later.

The EU got law enforcement agencies together and asked "what do you think we need to do to modernise law enforcement". Obviously the police force is going to ask for a carte blanche, they're not competent enough to catch serious criminals anymore. That doesn't mean any of this will make it into law. The references to voting are also pretty random considering the European parliament is largely opposed to suggestions like these.

Asking a VPN company whose business runs on privacy scares about potential privacy impact is like asking Google about ad regulations.

An unsettling, but hardly unexpected, result of an inquiry, but this article doesn't do a good job reporting on it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 days ago

I don't think Telegram will switch to MLS, they haven't bothered encrypting group chats before and they're (strangely) defensive of their MTProto encryption layer.

I'm not sure how Threema's security works, but it'd be nice if they could add a compatibility layer for external chat services.

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