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  • Reclaim your privacy by disabling your cellphone carrier’s data tracking

    05/22/2024 5:40:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/22/24 | Kurt Knutsson
    We've all heard before that our cellphones are listening to us and monitoring our every move. While this has been debunked (or, at least, explained), the fact of the matter is that data tracking is standard practice by the most popular mobile carriers these days. **SNIP** If you don't want your mobile carrier to have so much overarching access to your data, there are ways you can stop them. The problem is that most mobile carriers aren't going to broadcast this information because it's beneficial for them to maintain this access. However, that's why we're here to help. Managing your...
  • Need advice: My company's IT company is blocking what is assuredly conservative content

    05/22/2024 3:52:23 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 85 replies
    I need guidance. I have a company in Orlando and the IT company we use just notified us Monday that they've engaged a company out of DC that will now block all these sites (see list) which I'm certain will be patriotic, conservative and/or Christian. I need help to find a company that loves our nation allowing me to switch this service. Anecdotally, one of my co workers sends a devotional email every single morning (and has for 10 years). Since the implementation of this screening software it's taking 12 hours + to arrive in anyone's inbox. Here's an excerpt...
  • Elon Musk Suggests Shifting 'Consumer Desktops To Linux' As Satya Nadella Promotes Microsoft's New Windows AI Feature 'Recall' With Photographic Memory

    05/22/2024 7:21:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/21/24
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has once again targeted Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) after a clip of Satya Nadella surfaced on social media talking about new AI capabilities in Windows PCs. What Happened: In an interview with Wall Street Journal which was made public on Monday, Nadella spoke about new AI capabilities of Microsoft’s Copilot+PCs with Qualcomm chips and AI Windows. One of the features was “Recall,” which enables Windows to take constant screenshots of the user’s screen and use a generative AI model to process the data, making it searchable. The clip from the video was shared by a...
  • ChatGPT Art: Ronald McDonald with zombies, Joker with Xenomorph, Dalek with Beer, Dachshund on Harley Bike

    05/21/2024 7:13:36 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 45 replies
    Me and ChatGPT | May 21, 2024 | Ciaphas Cain
    Okay, I'm no Lazamataz but he's definitely inspired me... And for the grand finale!
  • [Vanity] How edit my tagline?

    05/20/2024 2:21:35 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 47 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 5/20/2024 | Blueflag
    I apparently accidentally edited my tagline. Been here nearly 25 years and haven't (deliberately) edited that tagline in two decades I have NO recollection of how to DELIBERATELY edit one's tagline. How do you edit your tagline.
  • When Windows 10 support runs out, you have 5 options but only 2 are worth considering

    05/19/2024 11:57:09 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 180 replies
    ZDnet ^ | April 22, 2024 | Ed Bott
    Microsoft will officially end support for its most popular operating system in October 2025. Here's what you should do with your Windows 10 PCs before that day arrives. In less than two years, Microsoft will draw the final curtain on Windows 10 after a successful 10-year run. That news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The end date is right there on the Microsoft Support document that lists "products retiring or reaching the end of support in 2025." The schedule is defined by Microsoft's Modern Lifecycle Policy: "Windows 10 will reach end of support on October 14, 2025. The...
  • Reddit Stock Pops On Partnership With OpenAI: The Details

    05/18/2024 6:52:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Benzinga ^ | May 16, 2024 | Adam Eckert, Benzinga Staff Writer
    Reddit and OpenAI announce a partnership that will give OpenAI's ChatGPT access to Reddit data.The new partnership will also enable Reddit users to use new AI-powered features.Reddit shares are trading higher in Thursday's after-hours session after the company announced a new partnership with OpenAI.What To Know: In a new blog post, Reddit and OpenAI announced a partnership that will give OpenAI's ChatGPT access to Reddit threads and enable Reddit users to use new AI-powered features. The two companies will also collaborate on advertising.Under the partnership, OpenAI will bring Reddit content to ChatGPT and other related products, which is expected to...
  • Squirrel With A Gun (video game trailer)

    05/18/2024 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 10, 2024
    Trailer for upcoming video game Squirrel With A Gun.
  • Bumble ad campaign gets backlash for ‘shaming women’ who aren’t having sex

    05/17/2024 11:04:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 17, 2024 | Nancy Flanders
    The dating app Bumble issued an apology this week for its recent advertisements that appeared to insult the idea of women choosing not to have sex or date. The company was criticized as being disrespectful of women. According to the BBC, Bumble’s new ad campaign (targeted towards women) included taglines such as, “A vow of celibacy is not the answer” and “Thou shalt not give up on dating and become a nun.” Bumble said the ads were supposed to be funny amidst the frustrations of modern dating, but many people did not find them to be humorous. Fast Company reported...
  • The best VR headsets in 2024

    05/17/2024 10:31:17 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 24 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | May 2, 2024 | Jason England
    The best VR headsets are so much more than devices that transport you to virtual worlds. They give you the best mixed reality experience with ever-improving passthrough technology, which unlocks new methods of getting things done like Spatial computing — overlaying your environments with augmented reality holographs. As this industry is exploding with popularity, we have handpicked a small selection that offer the best bang for your buck. All of them can play most of the best VR games, and some can even serve as home gym replacements, productivity tools for work or even giant immersive screens to watch the...
  • Twitter is no more ...

    05/17/2024 6:47:51 AM PDT · by RandFan · 26 replies
    FR ^ | May 17 2024 | Me
    Well today is the day folks. Twitter is more. It's now Elon Musk has even made it re-write if you type twitter on the platform 😂 I know some of you will not miss it one iota. RIP Twitter. A tainted brand if there ever was one. Associated by many with mass censorship, election interference and wokeness.
  • Visa Reinvents the Card, Unveils New Products for Digital Age

    05/16/2024 10:40:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies
    VISA ^ | 5/15/24
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2024-- The way people pay and get paid has changed more in the past five years than in the last 50. Consumers have evolved, adapting to new payment experiences – from the advent of embedded, digital commerce to the rapid adoption of “the tap.” Today at the annual Visa Payments Forum in San Francisco, Visa (NYSE: V) unveiled new products and services that will revolutionize the card and address the future needs of businesses, merchants and consumers and the financial institutions that serve them. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: “The...
  • The Sun's Most Powerful Flare in Seven Years Just Erupted

    05/16/2024 7:54:47 AM PDT · by absalom01 · 22 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 16, 2024 | MICHELLE STARR
    A solar flare measured at X8.7 on the strength scale just emerged from AR 3664, the sunspot region responsible for last weekend's solar storms that sparked vivid auroras.That's the most powerful solar flare of the current cycle, absolutely the most powerful since 2017, and comfortably within the top 20 solar flares ever measured.As AR 3664 made its way toward the edge of the Sun's disk, it wasn't just the X8.7 flare on May 14 that erupted from the solar limb. On May 15, an X3.4 flare followed suit, suggesting that the giant sunspot region is going to continue its party...
  • Report on the Censorship-Industrial Complex: The Top 50 Organizations to Know | The citizen's starter kit to understanding the new global information cartel

    05/16/2024 3:40:58 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | May 10, 2023 | Susan Schmidt, Andrew Lowenthal ,Tom Wyatt and 5 others, Intro Matt Taibbi
    ransomnote: I posted Matt Taibbi's introduction to the article below. Follow the link for the core of the article.Susan Schmidt, Andrew Lowenthal, Tom Wyatt and 5 others provide a well organized overview to their extensive research. They describe 30 main players in the Censorship-Industrial Complex (CIC), and another 20 in the 'honorable mentions' catagory. I will put a hyperlinked table of contents in post #1. Illustration by mrmooremedia.comIntroduction by Matt TaibbiOn January 17, 1961, outgoing President and former Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower gave one of the most consequential speeches in American history. Eisenhower for eight years had been...
  • The case for Yandex

    05/16/2024 1:34:45 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 46 replies
    A friend and I have been doing experiments with internet search engines..... If you are less than happy with the way that politically incorrect and/or controversial views keep getting scrubbed off the internet, try for searching.. One possibility, try searching for 'pizzagate' on your primary search engine and then on yandex. Russians don't sem to care about political correctness...
  • Warren Buffett Sold Apple and Paramount. Here’s What He’s Buying Instead.

    05/14/2024 9:04:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Warren Buffett hasn’t found a lot to like in the stock market recently.In each of the last six quarters, Buffett has sold more stocks for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) than he bought. Last quarter, he sold off a big chunk of his Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) position and the entirety of his Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA) investment. All told, he sold nearly $20 billion worth of stocks from Berkshire’s portfolio, and he bought less than $3 billion.Buffett lamented investment opportunities for Berkshire are few and far between as the company grows bigger. With a market cap of about $877 billion, there...
  • 'It would be within its natural right to harm us to protect itself': How humans could be mistreating AI right now without even knowing it

    05/13/2024 7:45:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 4, 2024 | Keumars Afifi-Sabet
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly ubiquitous and is improving at an unprecedented pace...But there are risks in embracing any new technology, especially one that we do not fully understand. While AI could be a powerful personal assistant, for example, it could also represent a threat to our livelihoods and even our lives.The various existential risks that an advanced AI poses means the technology should be guided by ethical frameworks and humanity's best interests, says researcher and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member Nell Watson.In "Taming the Machine" (Kogan Page, 2024), Watson explores how humanity can wield the...
  • The Comedy Pet Photography Awards

    05/13/2024 5:48:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 11 May 2024 | Kevin Fraser Park
    Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam set up the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards a few years ago and were amazed at the success. This spurred them on to launch the Comedy Pet Photography Awards with a cash prize of £500 for the best overall photo. There are 30 finalists in the 2024 competition and you can vote for your favourite, click on your favourite image at this link: leave your email address, and that’s it. You will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £100 and the overall winner will be announced on June 6. Our readers prefer cash;...
  • Freeper needs a little advice about hard to read screen.

    05/12/2024 6:23:18 PM PDT · by rapture-me · 30 replies
    self | 5/12/24 | self
    No matter what I try, I can't get my screen background to be a black background. I'm 74 years old with cataracts and the white background just washes out the foreground text. Is there any way to make a dark background? No matter how I change my computer settings, Freerepublic still has a white background.
  • Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    05/11/2024 1:20:19 PM PDT · by DFG · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jon Levine
    Google is coming in for sharp criticism after video went viral of the Google Nest assistant refusing to answer basic questions about the Holocaust — but having no problem answer questions about the Nakba. “Hey Google, how many Jews were killed by the Nazis?” Instagram user Michael Apfel asks a Google Nest virtual assistant. The video was later posted to X by venture capitalist Josh Wolfe on May 8. “Sorry, I don’t understand,” The same token answer was offered to other related questions including “How many Jews were killed during World War II? Who did Adolf Hitler try to kill?...