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Reddit: 'We Are in the Early Stages of Monetizing Our User Base' (www.404media.co)

Reddit said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that its users’ posts are “a valuable source of conversation data and knowledge” that has been and will continue to be an important mechanism for training AI and large language models. The filing also states that the company believes “we are in the early...

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Reddit has long had an issue with confidently providing false statements as fact. Sometimes I would come along a question that I was well educated on, and the top voted responses were all very clearly wrong, but sounded correct to someone who didn’t know better. This made me question all the other posts that I had believed without knowing enough to tell otherwise.

Llms also have the same issue of confidently telling lies that sound true. Training on Reddit will only make this worse.

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That’s a really good article, and it does a good job of highlighting the issues with modern day search results.

I’ve been guilty to use “best x” pages before, but if the website with the “best of page” doesn’t have specific reviews linked I usually look up individual product reviews for the good sounding items on other websites.

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Where I am they’re pretty reliable, and have better coverage than Verizon. My company provides a Verizon hotspot for work on the road, but I had to add hotspot to my at&t plan because Verizon leaves me without service too often.

I’m not affected by this outage where I’m at, but my wife at home lost service and had to restart her phone to get it back.

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Actually now that I think about it, they’re probably talking about it being unreliable in larger cities. I know I get much slower internet speed whenever I go to any larger cities due to network congestion.

But outside of major population areas they’ve been really good in my experience.

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Imagine training an AI exclusively off of 4chan posts.

Tbf Tay bot and other chat bots that learned by interacting with users sorta already did this, just indirectly over time.

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Protests generally don’t change policy, although politicians may use them as justification for something they already want to push through.

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Been really enjoying it so far.

My early game experience is that driller is both the strongest class, and the most efficient at farming resources for permanent upgrades.

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Mining resources gives you XP, and lets you buy upgrades between missions. I just run around ignoring bugs and mine all the resources, throwing upgrades into sludge pump and other weapons that will kill stuff following me.

In-between stages I’m usually able to buy 4-6 upgrades, and by the end I’m dealing way more damage than I can as any other classes. Only downside is that I often end stages early by accident because I can trigger the elite pretty fast, and he dies from trying to follow me through my sludge.

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The dopamine from updates is real. After using an arch based distro for awhile, I switched to one with weekly updates instead. I was surprised by how disappointing it was to check for updates and not have any available.

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I’d be happy to be a tester, but trying the link you provided gives me the following message:

App not available A testing version of this app hasn’t been published yet or isn’t available for this account.

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I’m in the US.

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Looking at maps, it’s real, but most of the towns on the map aren’t really towns. Paris is completely empty, just a park. Poland is very small, Banana has the airport and one restaurant, London is the only real community of any size. (edit: part of what I was counting as London is actually Tabwakea, London is very limited by land space and the population overflows into the larger land north of it. However this area is Tabwakea and not London.)

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I tried Manjaro for awhile and had some major system breaks. Manjaro is/was often pitched as newbie-friendly arch, so having it break made me think arch was going to be even worse.

Been running endeavour for a few years now though, and haven’t had any real issues. Much smoother than my Manjaro experience.

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There was a FedEx driver who dumped $40,000 worth of packages into a ravine.

npr.org/…/fedex-delivery-dumped-ravine-alabama?hl…

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Different taco bells have different pricing, most taco bells have a $6 app only box that’s one of the best value meals you can get in fast food, but some individual taco bells raise the price on it.

For example, of the 4 closest taco bells to me 3 have the $6 box, but one charges $12 for it. That expensive taco bell has everything marked up at least 30-75%. It’s not the worst in the country though, there’s a taco bell in NYC that charges $25 for the $6 box.

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Almost all of the taco bells near me still have the $6 box, and when I’ve traveled the majority on the road still have it too. I’m guessing all the ones near you have a shared owner who’s raised the price.

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$6.50 for a pizza here, pretty great deal.

Are there any genuine benefits to AI?

I can see some minor benefits - I use it for the odd bit of mundane writing and some of the image creation stuff is interesting, and I knew that a lot of people use it for coding etc - but mostly it seems to be about making more cash for corporations and stuffing the internet with bots and fake content. Am I missing something...

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There are lots of things that are very hard to program, but people can do very easily. For example, play Go or recognize that an animal is a bird.

Machine learning/ai makes it competitively simple to make computers do some of these things, but at the cost of efficiency and speed at runtime. This is true if computers vs people as well, a human brain is much slower, less efficient, and less accurate than a calculator.

Machine learning/AI is exciting because it enables computers to quickly be trained to do tasks that were impossible or would have required years of dedicated effort. The tech world is excited about it because whole new enterprises and areas of tech may spring up, big markets that were previously out of reach.

Downsides:

  • AI uses a lot more electricity. Especially for things that computers can already do, using AI is very inefficient.
  • Limited control. You train an ai model to do a task, but you don’t have direct control over how it thinks. If chatgpt gives a wrong answer, they can’t just trace the program and figure out why. It takes serious effort to figure out how chatgpt answers simple questions, so figuring out how it gets complex answers or why an answer is wrong is nearly impossible at this point. This also applies to unwanted behaviors,if you had a really good history chatbot who happened to turn out racist, you can’t just turn that off. You end up having to retrain the model, or secretly add “make sure your answer isn’t racist” to every submitted prompt.
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I remember being so confused when mine showed up. I never heard anything back about being chosen as a Chromebook beta tester, so the box was a complete unknown when it arrived. And then I started opening it and found this, and was extremely confused.

Side note, but they later sent me a second one for some reason. Only significant difference between the two was that the second one came with a sticker sheet for decorating it.

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Except Spotify is one of the only hopes against Audible. Audible gives terrible deals to authors, if you sell your audiobook exclusively through audible they take a 60% cut of the sale, and if you sell through multiple audiobook stores they take 75%.

And that’s just the official numbers, according to this source they actually pay out even less than that. The average author’s cut for an exclusive title is only 21%, and for a non-audible exclusive is only 13%.

Large established authors get significantly better deals, but all the smaller authors desperately need audiobook rivals like spotify to be a viable alternative to Audible’s monopoly death grip on the industry. So it’s not as simple as “boycott spotify”, spotify or someone else badly needs to succeed in getting a meaningful slice of the market.

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There is a mod for paper/bukkit servers called geyser that lets bedrock players play on a Java Minecraft server. Not the solution you’re looking for, but worth knowing about.

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