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Programming, tech, gaming & other geeky topics from Sherri Wheeler.

Occasional business, handiwork, electronics, parenting and fitness content.

๐Ÿ˜ PHP/JS developer with miles to go before I sleep();

All posts are my own - never AI generated.

Ally & anti-racist. Bigoted or harassing replies get blocked & reported.

Available for part-time contract work.



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syntaxseed, to random
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mortenbock, to random
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Hot take: If you change jobs every 3 years, you've never learned from dealing with your own legacy applications, and you will keep making the same mistakes.

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@mortenbock But you'll get to work on other people's legacy apps & learning from others' mistakes is almost as good.

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@kevin @mortenbock And you'll see a wider variety of messes... not just the ones you tend to make. ๐Ÿ˜

I matured rapidly as a developer while muttering over other dev's spaghetti. LOL

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@afilina @mortenbock @kevin Yes... I switched jobs on average every 2 years because tech jobs don't pay well in my city & it was the easiest way to get a raise!

michael, to random
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I once again come to the conclusion that I hate gardening.

The fact that the previous owners of this house have planted not one, not two, but three big hedges doesnโ€™t help.

And the fact that I have bad hay fever and an even worse back is the cherry on top โ€ฆ

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@michael When we bought our house there were a dozen+ gardens of various types. I had no clue how enormous the upkeep would be. I've since realized that the retired couple who owned the house had 2 green thumbs & nearly endless time to work in the gardens.

I've slowly over the years replaced several with grass or perennials, decorative stone or mulch.

Have to be honest with myself that my green thumb is more like a green pinky fingernail. ๐Ÿ˜†

syntaxseed, to geopolitics
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The new Canada-USA bridge is ALMOST connected! 11m to go!

Pretty cool. ๐Ÿคฉ


#geography #bridge #Canada #USA #YQG

syntaxseed, to TodayILearned
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My son's grade 6 teacher is leaning full tilt into the "embarrass you in front of the class for benign requests/mistakes" method of authoritarian .

I'm caught between wanting to call her out on it, vs, not wanting to make things worse for him since she seems like the retaliatory type. And there's only 1 month left in the school year.


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@heiglandreas There will be a next year but a different teacher thank goodness!

KathyReid, to microsoft
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Why does want to implement ? It's not about images. It's about modelling what workers do on Windows, and then replacing them.

The most expensive part of a computer is the fallible feelings-filled unpredictable meat sack that operates it.

Google has YouTube, Google Photos, Maps, and a bucket load of search data, Google Analytics, advertising, as well as it's data (e.g. transcriptions). And a bunch of data from Android services. From this data they can model speech, model videos and model advertising systems, and how humans respond to them.

But they can't model what people do on computers.

Amazon has Prime data, and a bucket load of compute. But no operating system data. They can build models based around e-commerce and advertising systems.

But they can't model what people do on computers.

Meta has waves hands enough analytics to model human behaviour in the Metaverse.

But they can't model what people do on computers.

Microsoft has GitHub.
Microsoft has LinkedIn.
Microsoft has SharePoint.
Microsoft has Teams.
Microsoft has Dynamics.
Microsoft has O365.
Microsoft has Windows telemetry data.

Microsoft can model what people do on (Windows) computers. Like fill out spreadsheets.Write emails. Synthesize web pages of research. Interact with colleagues on Teams. Create and edit documents.

Microsoft wants data so they can model what people do with operating systems.

Then replace them.

Imagine a CoPilot that doesn't just write buggy code. Imagine one that also does spreadsheets. That creates documents on SharePoint. That communicates with colleages on Teams. That has a customer pipeline on Dynamics.

That's what Recall is about - 360 degree surveillance of the worker, to model their functions, make them fungible, replicable - and replaceable.

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@KathyReid ๐Ÿ’ฏ The real privacy problem won't even be the snapshots that are stored locally (even though that's really bad). It will be in the "anonymized" data it sends home. It will even be able of offload some of that processing onto users' machines before it's sent.

Find the patterns in this user's behavior, then send that to MS.

syntaxseed, to random
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I take comfort that soon my jovial attempts to ask real people things will no longer be met with "why didn't you just Google it?"

Asking each other directly is going to soon be the more easy & accurate path.

Also, big sheesh to those who think talking among peers is an annoyance people should try to avoid.

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@ocramius Hence why I try to ask people who I know have some expertise in the area & not randos online. ๐Ÿคฃ

I've literally had family say this to me. Eeesh sorry I wanted to chat with you about something you know about. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

syntaxseed, to OpenAI
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#OpenAI doing the thing they are building tools to facilitate everyone to do (imitate the likeness & creative output of real people)... is exactly the signal we should all be recognising it to be.

๐ŸšฉCopyright & licenses don't matter. Creators don't matter. You don't matter.

We've all been told that our ability to grind out work-value is what we exist for... but even that poor measure of our worth is fair game to those big enough to steal it.


#Chatgpt #LLM #AI

bigzaphod, to random
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I'm beginning to think this OpenAI company I've heard so much about isn't entirely on the up-and-up.

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@bigzaphod They've got the Artificial part. But the Open and the Intelligence parts are unclear.... ๐Ÿ™ƒ

syntaxseed, to DnD
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Couldn't resist a session on Victoria Day (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) with The Victorious 4 (our party name)!

We tracked a group through the forest & defeated a hill giant, 2 veteran knights & a wayward mayor who we captured to bring back to town to face justice. A job well done. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽฒ

syntaxseed, to diy
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๐Ÿ†• New Post!

DIY Obstacle Course 'Banana' Holds.


syntaxseed, to wordpress
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#WordPress really didn't do anyone any favours by making EVERYTHING a post and stuffing everything into the Posts table.

I don't know how they talked themselves into the idea that Media uploads are 'posts' but this is really bad architecture.

(Coming from someone trying to do some fancy migrating of media.)


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Like guys... there isn't a limit on the number of SQL tables you can have. It's not DB golf where fewer tables = better. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Exporting a month's worth of media uploads shouldn't be this complicated and shouldn't need a plugin.

The importer should allow me to import just the DB/Meta data if I don't check the 'download & import files' box (importing huge files from a password protected staging site) and allow me to just ftp the actual files up.

Utter nonsense.

So much of #WordPress is actively hostile to the idea of having multiple environments.

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@feld I mean.... if you're approaching 4 billion tables... you got other problems than non-normalized WordPress data. ๐Ÿคฃ

syntaxseed, to VideoGames
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Watched this great video about the feeling of "the sublime" (awe mixed with fear) in . Here they discuss it in & . Makes me realize that this is that je-ne-sais-quoi that I really look for in . ๐Ÿคฉ


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@pierstoval A lot of ppl in the comments mentioned Outer Wilds!

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It's also something I had hoped would have a lot of, but it doesn't at all (for me). ๐Ÿ˜“

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@pierstoval Oooh! I forgot which game Outer Wilds was. I just couldn't get into it when I realized it's a timeloop without saving. I just can't stand games like that. ๐Ÿ˜“

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@pierstoval And I was past the Steam refund timeframe. So it sits in my library, mocking me. LOL

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@pierstoval Hmm... maybe I'll give it another try now that I'm prepared to expect it!

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