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ChatGPT app for macOS raises privacy concerns for storing conversations in plain text

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OpenAI recently launched an official ChatGPT app for macOS, which is also the first ChatGPT app for any desktop platform. While having an app makes the process of talking to the chatbot more seamless, some users have raised privacy concerns. That’s because the app stores all conversations in plain text, which can expose sensitive user data.

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Colorado's Universal Basic Income Experiment Gets Surprising Results

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In November of 2022, "More than 800 people were selected to participate in the Denver Basic Income Project," reports the Colorado Sun, "while they were living on the streets, in shelters, on friends' couches or in vehicles. One group received $1,000 a month, according to the article, while a second group received $6,500 in the first month, and then $500 for the next 11 months. (And a "control" group received $50 a month.) Amazingly, about 45% of participants in all three groups "were living in a house or apartment that they rented or owned by the study's 10-month check-in point, according to the research." The number of nights spent in shelters among participants in the first and second groups decreased by half. And participants in those two groups reported an increase in full-time work, while the control group reported decreased full-time employment. The project also saved tax dollars, according to the report. Researchers tallied an estimated $589,214 in savings on public services, including ambulance rides, visits to hospital emergency departments, jail stays and shelter nights... The study, which began in November 2022 with payments to the first group of participants, has been extended for an additional eight months, until September, and organizers are attempting to raise money to extend it further.

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How to resurface a road without stopping traffic

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A video posted by Switzerland's Federal Roads Office, FEDRO, shows how they resurface a road without stopping traffic: they put a temporary elevated highway over it and work in the shade.

Automatically translated from the YouTube description: "The mobile construction site ASTRA Bridge has been in use again on the A1 in the direction of Zurich since the beginning of April 2024. — Read the rest

The post How to resurface a road without stopping traffic appeared first on Boing Boing.

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The 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season: University of Pennsylvania Forecast

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Vote for the Best Image in This Nature Photography Contest

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Online voting is now open for the People’s Choice Award winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, an annual competition developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. You can chose your favorite from among 25 shortlisted photos of the near-50,000 submitted to the competition. From…

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IRS Announces Delay On New $600 Form 1099-K Rule (2023, 2024, 2025 Details)

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The IRS has announced a delay on implementation of the law requiring payment processing companies like Paypal report payments of $600+. The bureau will implement the rule with a three-prong approach:

  • Year 2023: For the current tax year, the IRS will delay making any changes. Companies can use the old formula and only send out a form 1099-K to someone who received $20,000 in payments AND had more than 200 transactions.
  • Year 2024: The IRS will begin a phase-in of the new law and require payment processors to send a 1099-K tax form at a lower $5,000 threshold.
  • Year 2025 (or sometime later): The law will be enforced at the $600 threshold.

Some important things to remember:

  • This 1099-K reporting requirement does not affect whether you do or don’t owe taxes, it’s just an informational form.
  • The 1099-K requirement is not only for big payment processing companies like Paypal. Even a shopping portal like Rakuten might be required, in some instances, to send a 1099-K.
  • Use of direct payment services like Zelle should not cause you to get any tax form.
  • Some states already have more strict requirements and people in those states have been getting the form 1099-K at lower amounts for many years. (Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Illinois)
  • A business might elect to send a 1099-K at amounts lower than the IRS requirement. Here we are just saying that they are not federally mandated to do so under the $20k (for 2023) or $5k (for 2024) threshold.
  • Businesses should not count sending money to a friend (e.g. using Paypal’s ‘friends and family’ or similar Venmo payments). However, it’s difficult to say for sure that companies will compute everything properly.

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