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GeePawHill

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GrandPaw, Geek, Software Development Coach, Writer, Ass Pain. Continuously startled by people and people-stuff. Pronouns: Don't care, will respect yours. https://geepawhill.org

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Aight my friends, a little help: Can you connect me to Martha Loerke, of Open Society Foundations?

She knows me, and I her, but from a long time ago.

i swear to god it's not a stalker thing. Back in the day we were friends. If you need her to vet it, and YOU SHOULD, she knew me as Mike Hill, not "GeePaw" Hill, at Oberlin, and in DC.

GeePawHill, to random
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Look, please, please, just actually read The Princess Bride, which is a stunning work of literature that dwarfs the admittedly excellent movie.

GeePawHill, to random
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Look, people, Jon Reid is the real deal. You can sweep him up just now. And you should.

Boost this, please.

https://iosdev.space/@qcoding/112248390321317263

GeePawHill, to random
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Okay, hard bedtime deadline midnight, and it's 12:22.

Parting shot.

Feel how you feel.

Just like, start there. Don't suppress how you feel, just feel it.

There are forces in this world that want you to not feel how you feel. And others that want to play how you feel.

You're okay. You're stronger than that. Once you learn to feel what you feel, you're like a superhero.

Pro-TIp: It'll be owwie. That's okay, the owwie is in the moment, it's not a forever thing.

Feel how you feel.

GeePawHill, to random
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Oh, and another thing. Every time you use the word "enshittification", Cory Doctorow gets props that make him cash.

That make him cash.

If that's what you want, g'ahead. I ain't hatin'.

If that's not what you want, well, remain my people, remain sullen, remain smart, remain resentful, remain thoughtful, remain annoying, remain funny, remain uncertain.

donni, to random
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Oops, I forgot to focus on anything since birth

GeePawHill,
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@donni Well, I mean, you were busy.

GeePawHill, to random
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The only possible responsible position is to stop telling people that LLMs are "AI".

If you are doing that, or if your org is doing that, please, please, stop it.

Marketing is one thing. I don't care for it, but it's at least somewhat of a gray line.

Telling people an LLM-based system is "artificial intelligence" is a) a fucking lie, and b) doing great harm to people who do not know better.

You oughta be ashamed of yourself.

GeePawHill,
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@simon So if your org had an Eliza chatbot -- it's easy to do in every programming language yet made there's an Eliza implementation -- and claimed they had an artificial intelligence to help their customers, you'd be good with that?

GeePawHill,
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@simon So, to be clear, your issue with shipping Eliza is that it would be "stupid". Is that like, stupid, I mean, is that like, a poor way to make profit?

GeePawHill,
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@simon We've narrowed the applications, yes?

Please note I've never spoken against the research, which is brilliant, or the possible utility, which is . . . well, possible . . . we'll see.

You are speaking here of narrow possible applications. I am speaking of extractive capitalism playing for quarterlies by telling people their LLMs are intelligent.

If you're gonna defend them, you should prolly unfollow me.

mcc, to random
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"My kink is older than your country"

GeePawHill,
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@mcc Nice. Makes me wonder: is there any kink that isn't older than any country?

GeePawHill,
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@mcc Heh. I spoze latex or vinyl are pretty recent. And as I was typing I saw a mile-high-club enthusiast respond. :)

GeePawHill,
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@mcc "as it were". :)

marick, to random
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Dammit. It’s obvious that I was too clever for my own good in the current implementation of https://nh.oddly-influenced.dev/, and that’s made it way too hard to change “clusters” to send both “pulses” and “actions”.

We in highly-iterative programming have mottos that warn against such mistakes, but do we have case studies? Like, for example, how Boeing looks to become a business school case study in screwing up the balance between short-term and long-term stock price?

GeePawHill,
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@donaldegray @marick @RonJeffries @grimalkina @jessitron @mipsytipsy on one hand, Brian, my geek-life is an open book. Otoh, compressed versions of how the old-school XP folks work is a big part of what led to "agile" being widely, and properly in my view, a subject for scorn and distaste.

GeePawHill, to random
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Announcement: The next cohort of "Leading Technical Change" is now open!

LTC is a small seminar for those who are seeking to foment and nurture change in their organizations.

6 attendees,
4 days,
2 hours each day,
1 topic:

Real Change in the Real World.

For more details, and to sign up, check the site today!

https://www.geepawhill.org/courses/leading-technical-change/

GeePawHill, to random
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CurryTree: Been a slump for me for a bit, and I'm feeling like, if I don't work on this today, the project will just die, so here we go.

The repo is here, if you want to follow along.

https://github.com/GeePawHill/currytree

GeePawHill, to random
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git works for me, I don't work for git.

When git won't do what I want to do, I just change the filesystem until I have the working folder I want. Then I commit it, then I push it.

GeePawHill,
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Sure, sure, git-boys can fix this up in just 19 simple steps involving switches you never heard of and a graph that'd stymie Feynman.

Just use your filesystem and some checkouts to change your working folder.

GeePawHill,
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I work for a living. I don't have time for memorizing this shit. I know how git checkout works, and I know how my filesystem works, and I know how to change my working folder to be what I want it to be.

mcc, (edited ) to random
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There's a trilogy by Alastair Reynolds with the slightly clunky name of "The Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies". The books are named Aurora Rising, Elysium Fire, & Machine Vendetta. Oddly, the Toronto public library has only the second two, not the first, in its ebook app.

I think I've managed to convince myself this is because there's an unrelated book from a decade later named "Aurora Rising". I think some person or program convinced themselves they were the same book, so they didn't need both.

GeePawHill,
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@mcc We prolly need to add a "Falsehoods Developers Believe About Books" to the epic falsehoods site.

Lizette603_23, to random
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Night night my Masties.

GeePawHill,
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@Lizette603_23 g'night, sleep tight!

StillIRise1963, to random
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My husband hurt his shoulder and he has a lot to say about it. Constantly. All the time. Describing sleep positions. Exact pain. Head position. woah. 😶

GeePawHill,
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@StillIRise1963 When I had my last covid booster, I also got the flu shot. The nurse asked me if I wanted them in different arms, cuz sometimes getting both in the same arm can cause a lot of pain.

I was, like, no, go ahead. I am a manly man, and I will handle any discomfort the way all manly men do: by bitching incessantly to my wife until she finally says "Jesus Christ will you please just fucking stop talking about this!?!?"

GeePawHill,
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@StillIRise1963 Social media as handy grounding location, a pattern I'm well familiar with. :)

GeePawHill, to random
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Sipping beer, converting a project to kotlin, binge-ing TV, playing Oxygen Not Included.

Standard Friday Party Night for me, I guess.

GeePawHill, to random
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Well, it's 5:30 on a Friday.

Let's have a beer and see if we can convert this gradle to a) not use buildSrc, and b) support kotlin files in addition to the java.

(As far as I can tell, buildSrc exists only to make grasping gradle build scripts harder.)

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SUMMONABEACH!!

It worked.

This pleases me.

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