A Digital Executor is a relatively new concept when it comes to estate planning. So what is it and why do you need one? In today’s increasingly digitized world, our lives are intertwined with the digital realm. From social media accounts and email addresses to online banking and cherished memories stored on the cloud, our digital footprint is extensive. While traditional estate planning covers physical assets, it’s equally crucial to address the management of your digital assets after your
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Here’s a trio of articles about the use of generative artificial intelligence in legal writing:

Using AI to assist in the representation of a client is neither new nor an automatic violation of the Rules of Professional
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With twitter deteriorating by the day, there is a need for social media options. And, one of those options is Mastodon and the Fediverse. Unlike other social media where a person signs up for an account at a central repository (think Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn), there is no single repository or instance of Mastodon. Rather, Mastodon’s only real organization is set of communication protocols called ActivityPub so that posts from one instance can migrate to
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In recent years, employers have adopted a wide variety of algorithmic decision-making tools to assist them in making employment decisions such as recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, transfer, performance monitoring, demotion, dismissal and referral. These tools have been increasingly utilized by employers in an attempt to save time and effort, increase objectivity, optimize employee performance and decrease bias.

On May 18, 2023, the EEOC issued guidance clarifying the potential risks employers may face if the artificial intelligence tool being used
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Artificial intelligence is all the rage nowadays, and Barton Gellman indicated how whisper.cpp presented fantastic accuracy.

So, I gave the app a run, and it is impressive. Unfortunately, directions for usage could be a bit better. Here are some helpful tips.

First, some directions for installing.

  • Clone the git repository.$ git clone
  • Move into the newly created cloned whisper.$ cd whisper.cpp
  • Compile the software.$ make [My systems are pretty vanilla, and there were no hitches with the

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    I confess that I enjoy some online things that Internet privacy and safety experts say I shouldn’t, like those AI-generated portraits and social media quizzes (I mean, how else am I going to know what kind of a potato I am if not through disclosing my mother’s maiden name and my high school mascot?).
    I am also a master procrastinator. So, of course, when ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot under the OpenAI umbrella, went viral last month, I
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    ChatGPT is a new AI-powered chatbot that answers complex questions conversationally.  This remarkable tool that can assist with a wide range of tasks, from generating humanlike text to providing helpful answers to questions.  This raises huge implications for research, education, business, and much more. “So the best way to think about this is you are chatting with a omniscient eager-to-please intern who sometimes lies to you,” describes Ethan Mollick , Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania.  If
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    In recent versions of Vivaldi, the menu has started appearing on the right side of the window.

    I am a stickler for usability, and so I want a menu showing. I also follow the original human interface design guidelines of trying to have window controls on the upper-left corner of windows/screens.

    Any insights into how to fix this display bug in order to get the menu back on the left side of the window?

    This bug
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    Who has time to read those pesky terms and conditions anyway? As it turns out…they are worth paying attention to, particularly if you are in a position to be writing them or using them on a website.

    If you are a new business owner starting up a website, terms and conditions should matter to you. In particular, the presentation of the terms and conditions to visitors of the website is of great importance. Even if you are just a
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    The use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning in the workplace is growing exponentially – and specifically in hiring. Over the last two decades, web-based applications and questionnaires have made paper applications nearly obsolete. As employers seek to streamline recruitment and control costs, they have jumped to use computer-based screening tools such as “chatbots” to communicate with job applicants, to schedule interviews, ask screening questions, and even conduct video conference interviews and presentations in the selection process. Employers
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    With the ongoing unemployment crisis, I have not had much time at all to do anything computer-related in a while.

    But, Dedoimedo has a fabulous post about how to make FireFox more user-friendly in the current v91 user-interface. Here is what I managed to accomplish in 20-30 minutes.

    Download the userChrome.css file I created yourself to save some copying and pasting, if you want.
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    Dedoimedo has an excellent commentary of the state of the Linux desktop.

    He notes that usability has plateaued in many ways. I agree. The basic functionality and speed I had with Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) was stellar. Now running Xubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) on both newer and faster desktop and laptop computers, I have had problems with graphics cards, samba networking is a bust that I work around, and connecting my iPhone for file transfers
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    Insync has undergone a major re-write of the underlying sync frameworks from version 1.5.x to 3.0.x.
    Integration with file managers like thunar is a work-in-progress with this new version. More troubling is a major change in sync behavior with the series 3 version. While the new version has many more syncing options, there is a significant change that is NOT adequately explained.
    Previously, all files in the sync folder were synced across google drive and the computers connected
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    Here are some comparative geekbench scores between a 2011 MacBook Pro, a thinkcentre desktop, and a 2018 Galago Pro from System76:
    Single-Core scores
    MacBook Pro desktop Galago Pro
    2935 2186 4209

    Multiple-Core scores
    MacBook Pro desktop Galago Pro
    6282 3493 11636

    The MacBook Pro is a 13-inch Early 2011 model with 8 MB of memory and an Intel Core i7-2620M running at 2.7 GHz and an SSD replacing the original hard drive.
    The desktop is a
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    Ghostscript is the open source command-line access to everything postscript and PDF. Because ghostscript can do nearly everything with these files, however, it is not the easiest to use. The options can and are overwhelming to casual users who may need ghostscript for occasional and very specific purposes.
    Luckily, a host of utilities have been created around ghostscript. For example:
    $ ps2
    ps2ascii ps2epsi ps2pdf12 ps2pdf14 ps2pk ps2ps2
    ps2eps ps2pdf ps2pdf13 ps2pdfwr ps2ps ps2txt
    $ pdf
    pdf2djvu pdfatfi pdffonts
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    Because I have an encrypted home folder on an ext4 formatted volume, Dropbox stopped working.

    Luckily, Alan Pope has a solution at his popey blog.
    He essentially has created a shell script for you to download and run (after shutting down DropBox on your computer and backing up all of the files).
    After downloading the script (I simply copied and pasted it inside a text editor and then saved it as a file called, make sure to
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