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onlinepersona ,

Much less invest in a memory safe language. If they don’t take a serious look at Rust, Go, or some other memory-safe language… I’ll stop right there: they won’t. Management doesn’t give a fuck as long as the cost is within manageable margins, or they can fire a bunch of scapegoats but change nothing.

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onlinepersona ,

I have a few early access games in my library, but they have been “early access” for 5 years now. IMO that doesn’t count as “early” anymore. I’ve never bought a game within the first year of release, much less 5 days before release. But if people are willing to do that, hey, it’s their choice to get disappointed 🤷

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onlinepersona ,

I don’t have a TV, but doesn’t a smart TV require internet access? Why not just… not give it internet access? Or do they come with their own mobile data plans now meaning you can’t even turn off the internet access?

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onlinepersona ,

OK, that’s really fucked. What the hell? Wait a moment… that means they could turn the use of the TV into a subscription at any time! That’s crazy…

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onlinepersona ,

I never needed a TV, but now I for sure am not getting one.

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onlinepersona ,

Bruh, absolutely fuck Qualcomm. Aren’t they also suing a phone vendor for not using their chips? Absolutely nuts.

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onlinepersona ,

Rather than making a useless comment, maybe don’t?

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onlinepersona ,

A very interesting choice of language. Haven’t seen C# really used anywhere but game development and thought Mono was dead on Linux 🤔

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onlinepersona ,

Pay their management big bucks aka distribute money to the least qualified.

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onlinepersona ,

Didn’t think they’d still be active. Bought USB controller back before playstation had USB playstation controllers. Unfortunately it didn’t work well with PXSX2. Dunno if that was a linux or PCSX2 issue. Since then I gave up on it. Maybe the situation has changed now and more games are compatible?

Aren’t there emulators for newer platforms out there now?

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onlinepersona ,

Such a dumb article. Had no-one mentioned they were AI, lots of people would’ve been fooled and never thought about “objectifying women”. Why? Because there are millions of pictures like these online put up by millions of women themselves. There are many beauty pageants too and all the miss universe and miss whatever going on where real women participate - willingly.

Now that real women don’t have to compete and the whole thing can be faked online, it’s worse than real life? What?

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onlinepersona ,

As a point of comparison, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme in the Asus ROG Ally scores 35,534 in the Geekbench Vulkan test, which puts it in the same ballpark as the new Intel Lunar Lake chip. AMD’s top silicon is still slightly ahead in this game, but Intel is catching up fast, and the aging chip in the Steam Deck is being left behind.

onlinepersona ,

I’m glad this is hitting Intel and not AMD. The market needs more AMD marketshare. Hopefully RISC-V and ARM will become more mainstream in the next 5 years to dethrone Intel.

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onlinepersona ,

To err is to be human… right?

To be honest, this doesn’t instill me with much confidence, but who am I? If someone looked at my OpSec, probably they’d be horrified.

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onlinepersona ,

Malus won’t ever do the right thing if it doesn’t align with business goals. Tbf, dunno which publicly traded enterprise would.

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onlinepersona ,

We could have global train network taking cargo and passengers from China all the way to Europe, but instead these people are focusing on the hardest feats possible. All because they read about it in a book and think it’s within arm’s reach. We could be living in unpolluted cities with free public transport and maybe even UBI. Instead we have to settle for this…

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onlinepersona OP ,

Funny, I said “monetisation”, you heard “ads”. Do you think that’s the only way to monetise something?

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onlinepersona OP ,

Peertube is tech solution to host video, not a way to make money with videos. Monetisation can be done with peertube, but it’s up to creators to set it up.

Why should it be up to the creators? On youtube creators don’t have to think about “setting up monetisation”. Upload a video, ads are active, done. Peertube doesn’t have something that simple - and I’m not saying “we need ads”. Monetisation != ads.

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onlinepersona OP ,

Why can’t we have a place online where we aren’t bombarded with adverts or having our data vacuumed to sell to advertisers?

I’ll repeat this again: monetisation does not mean ads. If you believe ads are the only way to monetise something, you have been lied to or are giving in to programming.

Why does it need monetisation?

How do you think content creators survive?

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onlinepersona OP ,

You don’t know what I heard. Please do not speculate.

OK, then.

Ads are best case. I can filter those out. The rest is worse.

What other options do you think there are?

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onlinepersona OP ,

I’ll talk about the link if you can tell me which monesation options you know of, besides ads, and how you think they’ll make peertube worse.

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onlinepersona OP ,

Because YouTube wants you to not think, but just provide content and shut up.

What’s wrong with that? When you drive a car, ride a bus, fly on a plane, or use anything in general, do you have to understand the inner workings of everything?

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onlinepersona OP ,

You try to derail the conversation and when I try to get it back on topic, you call me a “wanker” and tell me to “fuck off” and don’t even answer the question pertaining to the topic 🤷 OK.

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onlinepersona OP ,

It would be my preferred way too. There are plugins for Wordpress (example). that allow microtransactions, leading me to believe it should be possible for peertube as well 🤔

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onlinepersona OP ,

Donations are one form, but the flow thereof isn’t optimal in peertube. Viewers can’t donate just by having an account on peertube. It’s not “a click a way” like a “donated subscription” or something. I can’t create an account on peertube, connect it to my bank directly or some payment processor, go to a creator and click “donated subscription”, then expect money to end up with the content creator.

Youtube doesn’t require setting up KoFi or patreon or something. At the base level, if your video gets popular and you have subscribers, you’ll get paid (or that is my understanding). Peertube has a higher barrier.

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onlinepersona OP ,

Well if you don’t know how to operate a car, you should not drive

True, but you don’t have to understand how an engine works in order to drive a car. Same goes for content creators. They don’t have to understand how monetisation works to get started on youtube. It just happens.

If you’re a video creator who wants to make money with your videos, you should be knowledgeable about monetisation and video making. Don’t be lazy, it’s just your job.

Yeah, I disagree. Adding that barrier is exactly the attitude greybeard linux users have and why linux has the bad image it has. It shouldn’t be necessary to be knowledgeable about everything in order to do something. Having a lower barrier for entry encourages use.

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onlinepersona OP ,

The userbase on the Fediverse is not big enough to support a donation-based economy.

Could you expand on that? Why do you believe such is the case?

The userbase is still anti-business.

I’m starting to get the impression that this is the biggest hindrance. That and the common misconception that “ads = monetisation”, which IMO big tech has hammered into users very well.

For all its faults, Youtube is hands-down is the platform that pay the most to content creators.

True, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Content creators are not willing to spend their time building out audiences on new platforms. Principles be damned, they will just go where the money is.

Probably better tools could contribute to that. Something opensource that allows engaging with all major platforms + peertube and others could swing things in another direction. Imagine if peertube, mastodon, and so forth were just a toggle or a “sign up” form in the app. It could increase adoption by its simplicity: “Never heard of this platform, but I’ll just enable it and see what happens” could very well be possible.

I’ve added support for crowdfunding to Communick earlier this year

Wait a minute… I think I recognise that! Didn’t you make a post that was massively downvoted (or received negatively), because people didn’t understand what you were trying to do? “If it’s not steady income I won’t use it” is something I recall…

Edit: Lemmy is missing the feature to favorite other users :/

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onlinepersona OP ,

Good question. Probably high enough for people to want Patreon and KoFi and with a low enough barrier that people are fine starting out with it - something peertube cannot claim.

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onlinepersona OP ,

If you don’t donate, how will you be tracked?

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onlinepersona OP ,

In-built monetisation that doesn’t require opening third party websites for every person you want to donate to. Maybe even a tip button or “donate subscription”. That’s what would be better.

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onlinepersona OP ,

None of the major Fediverse projects have real monetization.
Why single out PeerTube?

To me, Peertube is the most obvious. Lots of work goes into creating videos. I don’t use funkwhale, so I didn’t consider it. Monetisation for comments and tweets just seems questionable to me. Reddit introduced reddit gold, and I guess that could be one way of doing it 🤔 It would allow instance operators to keep the instance alive and users happy at the same time. IMO reddit gold was a genius move which could be implemented in lemmy or elsewhere. Same as Discords paid emojis and stuff.

Why would you expect monetization at this point?

At which point should I be considering monetisation? It’s always disappointing to me to have to go back to Youtube and pick the right, alternative client that currently works. And I do like some of the content I subscribe to, but I can’t be arsed to create 10 different accounts in order to donate indiscriminately, regardless of how many videos I watched of a content creator.

Do you think it should be monetized, or are you just surprised it hasn’t been?

I think it should be monetised.

What form of monetization are you imagining?

Tips for one off micro-donations, manual entry of tip amounts (this was so good I think it deserves a euro), “donated subscriptions”, and automatic donations based on how much is in my wallet at the time. I think there was a micro-transaction plugin for browsers that did that? The more you stayed on a website the greater the percentage of money was donated to it from your wallet.

But I haven’t seen it implemented and dunno if it’s the lack of interest, lack of skill, lack of possibility (maybe no payment provider makes that possible?), a combination, or all of the aforementioned.

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onlinepersona OP ,

It will also be really hard to offer the same quality and reliability that YouTube offers, without taking a larger cut than the 45% that YouTube takes.

Why do you assume so? Peertube instances have been pretty good for me so far. I rarely stumble upon unavailable videos nowadays. Still a little salty that they implemented their own protocol making webtorrents unavailable --> no headless seeds.

many of the Fediverse users are anti-adds and will run an add-blocker and maybe even sponsor-blocker.

Are you assuming monetisation = ads?

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onlinepersona OP ,

How are you precluded from donating? Which methods of donating exist where you are?

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onlinepersona OP ,

The problem isn’t making monetization available, it’s having sufficient pull in the market to make it viable.

That’s creating an chicken and egg problem.

We won’t create monetization options until there’s pull
We won’t join until there’s monetization

Someone has to break the tie and it’s much easier for us than content creators.

When we’re talking about video storage those petabytes start getting really expensive.

You’re worrying about a scenario a decade out. Also it’s not like peertube is a single entity. It’s a federated group of servers that will each host a part of the total. Not every peer will host the total, so there are no such restrictions on storage.

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onlinepersona OP ,

That’s creating a chicken and egg problem. Many people who make good content do it because they can live off of it. In order to do so, they need to get paid. If you don’t pay people, most people won’t have an incentive nor opportunity to make their stuff better.

Requiring good content to introduce an option for monetisation, would be limiting it to the lucky people who already have the time and money to invest in making good stuff aka the smallest minority. Growth is made much harder without it - if not impossible on peertube, leaving only youtube as an option. I don’t think that’s a good solution.

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onlinepersona OP ,

Initially content creation, but other brought recouping costs, so both now :) A reddit style paid award system or discord style paid emojis and stickers could be one way of funding services, but dunno how to implement that.

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Alternative YouTube clients having issues loading videos

It seems YT started another attempt at blocking alternative clients. They changed something in their API and both SmartTube and Tubular (NewPipe fork) are completely broken. Apparently it started happening this past week, but we personally just felt it today....

onlinepersona ,

We as a collective should be figuring out how to remunerate content creators on alternative platforms in non-shady ways (aka no crypto). I think it’s part of the reason content creators don’t put their stuff on platforms like peertube, dtube, or whatever else exists. With no monetary incentive, it’ll stay niche and we’ll be reliant on youtube until that’s resolved.

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onlinepersona ,

5M to protect against scraping? That sounds… a bit much, no? 34 employees with that one task for 2 years doesn’t sound believable to me. Why is WorldCat worth anything anyway?

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onlinepersona ,

In 2023 they fired nearly 16% of the team. Dunno if they regained some in the meantime, but I wouldn’t put my eggs into that basket.

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onlinepersona ,

NixOS documentation refusing to generate pages like readthedocs can drive a man insane…

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onlinepersona ,

What a time it must’ve been, being able to publish your phone number online without fear. Now you give it to any website and it’s sold straight away to advertisers. Making it public would be a nightmare.

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onlinepersona OP , (edited )

Right, those devs with 20+ years C experience don’t know shit about the language and are just lazy. They don’t want to catch up with the times and write safe C. It’s me, the dude with 5 years of university experience who will set it straight. Look at my hello world program, not a single line of vulnerable code.

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onlinepersona OP , (edited )

Yeah, for sure. Human error is involved in C and inertia too. New coding practices and libraries aren’t used, tests aren’t written, code quality sucks (variable names in C are notoriously cryptic), there’s little documentation, many things are rewritten (seems like everybody has rewritten memory allocation at least once), one’s casual void * is another’s absolute nono, and so on.

C just makes it really easy to make mistakes.

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