thecanine

twtxt.net

Czech IT doggo, tester, webdev, C# programmer and pixelart artist. http://pixelated.woofl.es

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In-reply-to » Thank you, for giving us a choice Microsoft Media

@bender@twtxt.net Idk, it’s gotten to a point, where there is probably 3 or 4 completely different versions of MS Teams. I was on thr Windows version 1.7.00.3653, when the pop-up appeared and now after forcing the downgrade, I’m back on that version again.

The reason, why I demand to be able to continue using this version, is because the one they’re trying to force onto everyone, is not only still janky, but also missing crucial features. Part of my job, is being able to quickly communicate things, in multiple languages. The old version supports that, because it can figure out the language you’re currently using and automatically check the spelling for that language. The new version, only lets you choose one language and does not even support the language, that I use the most. I could probably get the support for that language working, but it would require admins to install language packs, to every machine I use and me going through the settings, every time I need it, to spellcheck the other language.

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In-reply-to » Thank you, for giving us a choice Microsoft Media

@prologic@twtxt.net The best part is, that since it is the business version of Teams, they still have to give you the option, to opt-out of this update. To do so, you just have to:

  1. Agree to this nonsense and let the app update itself
  2. Click around the new version for a bit
  3. Click your profile picture in the top right corner
  4. Uncheck the “use new version” thingy
  5. Confirm your choice
  6. Let the app downgrade itself

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People who fight against the use of privacy frontends and bridges, to relay publicly available information, should be mocked for their stupidity. This applies to both salty Twitter bros/YouTubers, fighting it, because they feel entitled to pennies from advertisers and Fediblock jannies, deathly afraid someone using another protocol and a bridge, might read their shit takes and be able to add their opinion, into the discussion.

I’m not in favor of scraping content and/or profiting from it, but that’s something completely different. Especially when it comes to frontends, you’re not entitled to an opt-out - that’s not how that technology works.

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In-reply-to » Those of you who have your own sites, might want to give this a quick look: https://spawning.ai/ai-txt

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org their crawler does not read the robots txt and to my knowledge, neither do any other AI crawlers. As always, they considered themselves exempt, from everything they find inconvenient.

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In-reply-to » Those of you who have your own sites, might want to give this a quick look: https://spawning.ai/ai-txt

@mckinley@twtxt.net @prologic@twtxt.net Yes, I agree the website itself sucks and the company behind it is incompetent at best - even more so, with their other websites.

Their first site (haveibeentrained.com) was offering a way to search through all the training datasets, not realizing, they were full of illegal porn - so it was quickly shut down.

Now their main gimmick is offering a browser extension, that lets you see what data on any given site you visit, was used for AI training, what has already been marked as “opted out” and a way to add your stuff, to that list.

I don’t like that idea either, adding URLs to a list, should not require questionable browser extensions and in general, opting out all the places that might have your images, doesn’t seem worth the time, if the companies, don’t even have to respect this request.

If you just want the txt file, without additional nonsense, feel free to take the default one, that I use here: https://thecanine.ueuo.com/ai.txt and use or edit it, to match your needs.

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Those of you who have your own sites, might want to give this a quick look: https://spawning.ai/ai-txt

It’s just a text file, similar to robots.txt, but for AI crawlers, rather than search engine ones. Probably not very effective, as of now, but at least it’s a way to make it clear you don’t conset to your site being used for AI training, without making it suck for human users, in the process.

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I’ll have to disappoint you, not properly joining the Christmas profile picture thing, for the second year in the row.

This year in fact countering it, with a profile picture wearing sunglasses. Hopefully at least the Australian users, have my back with this one.

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In-reply-to » A thing from start of this month, that I never posted here: Media

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org In this one, the uniform is generic, with a very subtle reference to the Czech flag, on the hat pin.

In the first ever picture of him wearing a uniform, he was wearing some kind of a WWII German airman one:

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Neither can be considered his war attire of choice. That title would likely go to this stupid combination of a gold and silver spiked black bandanna, yellow decorated leather jacket, green belt with a heart shaped buckle and a white shirt with a burning tree.

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Mythological canines aren’t exactly known for reasonable fashion/war attire. 😅

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In-reply-to » youtube ads, back button and forwards quickly seems to help (use keyboard shortcuts)

@iolfree@iolfree Good to know, but if you want to avoid them completely, use either a good front-end (Invideous/Piped), or install the uBlock Origin extension.

ReVanced (or forks of it), NewPipe, GrayJay, VueTube,… can do the trick on mobile.

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There is not many designers I follow and even less, who I follow ironically. One of them is Peter Arnell, the guy I “admire”, for being able to create stupid shit, write even stupider explanations and sell it to companies, for tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars.

In 2008, his group designed the very logo, that Pepsi used until now and justified its greatness, by 27 pages of the dumbest shit ever put on paper, that I sometimes quote to this day. Sadly all great things, must come to an end.After 15 years of small changes, Pepsi decided, to get rid of the logo completely, along with making their garbage drink, even more unhealthy and pushing the allegedly cancer causing sugar-free version.

I will never have a proper Arnell logo for myself, along with the book of nonsense, that you get with one - especially not after writing this and considering, I probably won’t make that much money, during my entire life. Still in the spirit of great graphical genius Peter Arnell, I humbly submit one sketch of my current logo, with added nonsense, that completely fails to rival his.

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If you have any logos, or want to try doing this, with anything I ever drew, please do it now and send me the results - might the spirit of the Arnell design process, never die!

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Omg! I’m always playing on those pixel placing canvases, where it’s usually an endless war of factions or just things being attacked for no reason, but now someone did the most wholesome thing imaginable and drew another inugami facing mine and drew them shaking paws.

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In-reply-to » How is everyone finding GitHub CoPilot? 🤔 Good / Bad ? 🤔

It’s not going to stay free for too long. GitHub is going to start charging 10$/month per user for personal licenses and double that price, for every corporate employee - source

They also already announced Copilot 365, priced at an even more ridiculous 30$/month/user, for the corpo customers, that 365 package applies to - source

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In-reply-to » How is everyone finding GitHub CoPilot? 🤔 Good / Bad ? 🤔

@abucci@anthony.buc.ci I’m never too serious about code theft, because as developers, we all do a little copying and pasting from SO, or smashing the keyboard, until the code works somehow. Despite that, it’s still bullshit, that this was targeting all the open-source developers, who did not consent and probably also violating all kinds of open-source licenses in the process, yet at the end, it’s the proprietary developers and companies, who profit the most from it, despite contributing nothing, or the bare minimum.

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
cons:
It takes work
Pros:
Now you get to be the one, sitting in the dark, drinking beer, blasting loud indie music through headphones, writing the edgy READ ME.txt files, you’ve seen included with things, you downloaded as a kid.

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Oh god, If I don’t repent for my sins and end up in hell - I’m pretty sure part of my punishment will be having to watch the Discord soydevs, attempt to program an Android file picker in RN, for all of eternity - as it will never be accomplished. All while I scream at them in pure agony, far greater than the one caused by my skin melting in lava.

You have to have a photo (cannot be an image, even if the extension is the same) in a specific directory, taken by the phones camera, for this file picker to function. How is code this bad even possible, unless it’s on purpose.

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In-reply-to » What do we make of this? Sky News Australia interviews 'free-thinking' artificial intelligence - YouTube #OpenAI #Amica

@prologic@twtxt.net Looks like yet another one of those scams, where a custom version of Chat GPT (machine learning at best, in no way even close to real AI), is shoved into a human-shaped torso and presented as FutureBot5000.

Still kinda sad how guy 1, had to invent a woman shaped and voiced android, to have something resembling a woman, he can yell “shut up” at. 😂

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In-reply-to » Is there a Youtube frontend that doesn't suck? Requirements:

@prologic@twtxt.net I really don’t think so, as even Googles attempts to filter out content inappropriate for children failed miserably. As far as I know, the only front-end that even comes anywhere close to your requirements is Invideous, but unless you’re willing to give up child filers and see some trending, you’d probably have to fork it and change quite a few things.

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In-reply-to » Why I don't like Discord: It makes "beeps" at you, you go and figure out who wanted your attention, but you can't ever figure that out. It's just "beeping" at you for no good reason 🤦‍♂️

Yes, disabling any and all notifications and sounds is an absolute must.

The Discord app itself used to be at least usable, long before all their stupid redesigns, rewrites, additions no-one asked for and new monetization gimmicks.

DEATH TO INCOMPETENT REACT REWRITES

Well I might be partly biased, because it is the platform, where I’m by far the most popular and one where my bot development and art started. They even reserved “@thecanine” for me.

Still all I wish them is the Skype future and most users moving to better alternatives, like Revolt.chat.

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I just got the Windows 11 update, that adds the new folders, volume bar design and some other “features”. I don’t even know how many people have it now, or what kind of an update it was, but I thought it looked alright and didn’t mind it, until Microsoft tried to sneak all the bloatware I spent a day+ removing back in, through some background process, I luckily noticed and quickly destroyed.

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In-reply-to » @thecanine Can you recommend me some good pixelated fonts?

@bender@twtxt.net You’re the first person, to ever tell me that. I was testing the last minor rewrite, along with my friend from US, who had no trouble accessing it and all of my US VPN IPs connect too.

After the recent move, the site is now most likely hosted in the DFW Datacenter, located within the US. That’s not anything new either, as despite being European, I think the vast majority of my stuff, runs somewhere on your continent.

If this isn’t just some temporary outage, you might have to contact your ISP and demand a working service. I’m still checking here, but it doesn’t look like there’s any problems on my end.

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In-reply-to » @thecanine Can you recommend me some good pixelated fonts?

@prologic@twtxt.net That is unfortunate, but it probably applies to all heavily pixelated fonts, so if you’re aiming for that aesthetic, you don’t have a more accessible choice.

I only use those fonts on my website, where this issue can be mitigated, by turning off external fonts (in the browser settings), or using a screen reader.

This is not a perfect solution, but knowing that, I try to keep screen reader compatibility a high priority, during site rewrites. Along with making sure, the site looks alright, with the usual default browser fonts.

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If anyone remembers my rant, about the strange Club Penguin sequel, that requested very personal information and documents for verification - it somehow got even stranger. I got a couple more e-mails from them, trying to get me to finish my registration, before I set my spam filter, to get rid of future reminders.

For some reason completely beyond my understanding, after a few months passed, their system just automatically assumed that I went through with it and sent me the following e-mail, congratulating me for doing so:

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Sure enough, this is not just a “rogue mail server” and my account just somehow works now, without any of the requested info.

I off-course did the responsible thing, clicked the big yellow button and downloaded the apk file onto my primary phone, installed it and gave it the requested permission, to install other things. It installed the promised Club Penguin sequel “Party Parrot World”, that still despite being a separate thing, could only be launched through the original app, that was called “Hideaway”.

To cut it “short”, it is a “technically functional multiplayer game”, in the loosest definition of all those words. It barely even loads and clicking almost anything breaks it. I have only seen a glimpse of one other player for a second, so I’m not even sure, it wasn’t some NPC, missplaced there by one of the many present bugs. Lastly there just wasn’t anything to do, besides walking around, going through the buggy menu, that usually broke the “game”, so much it had to be relaunched, or trying to find “minigames”, that either said coming soon, or were not playable on mobile.

I might still return to this thing down the line, out of pure curiosity, but a masterpiece it is not.

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In-reply-to » @thecanine Can you recommend me some good pixelated fonts?

@adi@twtxt.net Depends on what you’re looking for. If you want something a little bigger, but still very pixelated and don’t mind it only supporting English.
You can take the one used on my site( https://thecanine.ueuo.com )

You should keep in mind, that it’s more or less ripped from “Hypnospace Outlaw”, so probably not good for commercial use.

A smaller, most languages supporting and more commercially usable pixelfont is “uni05_53” by Craig Kroeger.
Sadly the version of this font, listed on the vast majority (if not all) font sites, includes a small error, that makes it unusable, for some European languages.

A fix for that was made by me, after getting Craigs permission, so if you like this font, it’s better to download my version of it, from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vEXYneABo6tAXdz2e0Er915uiiP5aFh-/

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In-reply-to » Can't wait until this site joins the trend and becomes "y.com" - the everything protocol.

@prologic@twtxt.net Twitter has ditched the bird logo, in favor of the uni code character “𝕏”.

The company behind it is now called “X Corp.” and the site can also be accessed, by going to https://x.com .

Once the rebrand is finished, the site will just be called “X”, with “the everything app” as the new tagline/slogan.

Dumb (but related) shitpost, made by me: https://youtube.com/shorts/GxeYI7ZBdk4?feature=share

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In-reply-to » Opera browser: my final disavowal

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org for sure, I also block ads wherever possible. What Opera does now (among other things), is sponsor creators/“influencers” to talk about it, pays to show up, on top of browser-related Google searches and occupies the tiny amount of ad space, that I do not block, to help cover some projects server costs.
But to be transparent, some of that is surely targeted at me, only because I was researching it - and the Google spyware somehow noticed.

Now I want to give Pulse browser a fair try. It’s still in alfa, but it’s one of the few forks of Firefox, that try to change and simplify things, offer a bit of a unique look and it comes with Ublock origin built-in.

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Opera browser: my final disavowal

While the Internet is being flooded by a record amount of Opera ads, affiliate program members and new hardcore defenders, while I - as someone, who has been using it without a break, for more than 10 years, have had enough and I’ve finally decided to uninstall it.

Part of the reason for this decision, was the new Opera One UI update, that I not only found incredibly ugly and uninspired, but also worsening the already abysmal performance of the browser, as well as adding to the already gigantic pile of bugs within.

All of this, came after a few very frustrating weeks, where the browser constantly crashed, under the weight of its own AI bloat. Every time any text was selected, it was trying to load some ridiculous AI integrations on top, but always crashing and loosing all the opened tabs.
After the UI update, the whole browser somehow felt even more wonky and laggy.

Even for those, who might be fans of the new UI and all the added “features”, that now include a built in generic anime girl game and stupid cartoon noises, upon clicking almost anything, in the “gaming version” of this browser, the growing concerns about this browsers spyware-like connections, to all kinds of mysterious servers, should at least be considered and looked into further. Not to mention the extra problems, that come with them being a Chinese-ran company, storing this data in China.
Quick summary: https://youtu.be/NV8akIgfDqQ

Int the interest of brevity, I won’t go further into the pointless social media arguments they engage in, their past promoting predatory loans, them inserting affiliate links (to the sites you visit through tiles), running a very questionable free VPN service, hidden extensions, that cannot be removed and god knows what else.

Either way Opera, you were an alright browser - many, many years ago. Sadly all I can say now, is “rest in piss, you won’t ever be missed!”.

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In-reply-to » Looks like Google's using this blog post of mine without my permission. I hate this kind of tech company crap so much.

@abucci@anthony.buc.ci Like it or not (it’s also a “not” in my book), that’s the direction, most search engine are heading. It’s also heard to imagine it being illegal, because they’ve been scraping and letting you search images for decades and won the lawsuit, they got into by scanning and scraping books.

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In-reply-to » I've seen BlueSky referred to as BS (as in Blue Sky, but you know...), which seems apt.

@abucci@anthony.buc.ci I’m 99% sure, that won’t be the case. I’d be really surprised, if the instances, willing to host illegal content, weren’t somehow blocked by default.

Even the sites hosting gore and archiving illegal shooting cams, always have an effective way to remove illegal pornography. If anyone made a site without that option, no-one would ever want to host it and the only users happy to stay on it, would be pedophiles.

There are a few Mastodon instances like that, made by and for pedophiles, hosted in places with loose laws, but they’re completely defederated, even from those ran by “free speech absolutists”, as well as the few, straigh up advocating neo-nazism.

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In-reply-to » So the news is telling me, Bluesky is the hottest new decentralized thing, with parole waiting month to join, or buying invite codes of ebay, for thousands of dollars.

@xuu@txt.sour.is Thank you for the info. I definitely wouldn’t mind one, despite originally wanting to join, through some other instance. Since they’re also promising seamless instance switching, this should hopefully be a non-issue.

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So the news is telling me, Bluesky is the hottest new decentralized thing, with parole waiting month to join, or buying invite codes of ebay, for thousands of dollars.

Yet there’s not one other instance out there, for people to join this decentralized paradise. Idk, just sounds a little sussy to me.

I know there was stems.social, but when people tried joining it, they cried “abuse” and shut it down - so no, it doesn’t count.

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