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J12t

@J12t@social.coop

Technologist, founder, organizer.

Let's put people back in control of their technology. The Fediverse is a good start. Also wondering aloud where we are taking this planet.

Check out my home page for more info and links.

He/him. tfr

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I really got the new espresso machine for espresso. That doesn't mean I can't try making cappuccino. Turns out the "textured" (as they call it) milk can get a structure where it can actually form a half-inch hill. Somewhat amazed at the physics (chemistry?) here.

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We are back at a #Covid spike and I'm late to notice.

https://covid19.sccgov.org/dashboard-wastewater

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Does the Bible have any numerical values for at which temperature hell starts?

That’s over 125F.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/pakistan-temperatures-cross-52-c-heatwave-2024-05-27/

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@ShadSterling I didn't like The Ministry for the Future very much, except for the opening scene of the deadly heatwave in India. IMHO it could happen like that any year now.

My favorite map: https://www.windy.com/-Menu/menu?wetbulbtemp

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Pondering how the #threadiverse group thinks of having consistent reply trees across instances for the purpose of forum software. One proposal is to have a “group” actor re-announce everything that has been sent to it. It appears to me this approach would work just as well in a microblogging context where we have, today, the inconsistent reply tree problem across instances as well. The actor that made the root post would act as the re-announcer.

https://community.nodebb.org/category/31/threadiverse-working-group

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@jamesmarshall well, the ActivityPub world really depends on always-on servers, so giving them one more task doesn’t seem to be to onerous…

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@mousey Well, the choices seem to be 1) bear the load 2) the replies don't get distributed evenly (today's situation) or 3) something more complicated that I haven't seen a design for :-)

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@trwnh imho these finer points are really hard for casual users to understand. And nobody wants to think hard when chatting casually. Avoid if possible I would recommend…

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@lufthans one of the first things non-technical users of the Fediverse complain about, after they managed to sign up, is that they can’t see all the replies and all the likes. At least anecdotally, that’s my experience.

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What is the likelihood that one of the jurors in “that” trial is currently being offered a million dollars?

Actually, probably far less, because people are poor, and also cheap. But the “investor” could certainly go much higher than a million and still get a nice ROI.

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In Signal, I can send a "Note to Self".

I can also block that contact.

Do I dare?

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Even at this early stage, though, Anthropic's research provides an exciting framework for making an LLM's "black box" results that much more interpretable and, potentially, controllable.

http://windowscopilot.news/2024/05/28/heres-whats-really-going-on-inside-an-llms-neural-network/

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@mpesce one sort of wonders whether there are certain transformations that one could perform on the observed state vectors that transform it into for humans, normalized form, (similar to a coordinate system transformation in linear algebra) so various human concepts correspond to (0, 0, .., 1, 0, 0, …) vectors.
Insert lots of “…” quotes because I don’t think state vector etc are quite the right terms, trying to make a weak analogy here.

J12t, to hydroponics
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These snap peas are … big! At least twice the volume of what you get in the store,

https://project-springtime.org

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Pondering fake news and AI hallucinations.

Practically, there isn't really any difference, is there? Fake news might be more credible at this point, but I'm sure AIs will improve ... 😛

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If "AI answers" are the future of web search -- at least that's the common wisdom these days -- then it appears search ads will turn into paid mentions as part of the AI answers.

Overt and covert strategies are possible. Like mentioning the product or vendor overtly, or not mentioning them at all, but claiming that some feature X is absolutely required (but only the paid vendor provides it).

In other words, web search will be entirely corrupted, and nobody will be able to tell how.

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I just realized that arguably I started working on the social web in ~1999, not ~2005.

At Aviatis, I created this feature where our users -- who were engineers -- could share semantic objects of certain engineering diagrams shown in a browser with each other with deep context for purposes of collaboration around those objects. That's about as social as a use case as I can think of...

That was Java applets rather than HTML, but I don't think the users cared (except for the load times ...)

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"Well shit, we just need to blog more".

The Verge on why they redesigned their site in 2022. And that was before the Twitter takeover!

https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/13/23349876/the-verge-website-redesign-new-newsfeed-blogs-logo

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Back in civilization! Todays hike to the top of Mt Umunhum, from the lower parking lot. About 15-16 miles, depending which map you believe, and about 2400 vertical feet. Took me 6.5h including lunch. Happy with myself but sure glad to be sitting on the couch again. Here’s the view from the start of the trail.

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Today’s objective.

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What would it take for to become that political organizing app instead of Twitter or Threads? Isn’t it a much more logical place?

Anybody trying to make it so? Any reasons that speak against?

https://restofworld.org/2024/instagram-threads-app-taiwan-protests/

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@george unfortunately. Probably. True.

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@_elena so what can we do here?

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@kaffiene then I’m baffled and if you were willing to explain, perhaps I can be unbaffled.

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@xyhhx the context of this post was that Threads is apparently used quite a bit for organizing in Taiwan. It’s not obvious to me that mastodon or other fediverse apps are any worse than Threads for that purpose, and may even be better?

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Is ghost on here? Is there a way to beg them not to do this? Random bloggers aren't generally prepared to moderate comments on their own pages. There is no way on earth they're prepared to moderate their subscribers across the whole social web. It's a catastrophically bad idea.

https://activitypub.ghost.org/day2/

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@jenniferplusplus I remember it differently. I remember: the best things were always the comments.

But it’s of course up to you who you let comment on your site. Perhaps nobody? Only people who you follow? Lots of choices …

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This may well turn out to be an extremely important article for adoption of the beyond its current niches.

https://digiday.com/media/why-publishers-are-preparing-to-federate-their-sites/

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@liaizon As adoption of the Fediverse hopefully grows from the current niche of a couple of million or so technology enthusiasts into the next phase, the language will and must change. It will change again if/when the Fediverse makes it across the chasm into the mainstream.
So IMHO it's all good.

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