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Wikisteff

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Ph.D. in AI. Senior Policy Researcher, Horizons. Coder, numbers whiz, foresight expert. Sworn to use Evil powers only for Good.

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mercedesallen, to random
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"... the Southern Poverty Law Center has formally designated the anti-transgender pseudoscience organizations Genspect and the Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine as anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups..."

SPLC Designates Genspect, SEGM As Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups
https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/splc-designates-genspect-segm-as

Wikisteff,
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@mercedesallen Huzzah!!!

campuscodi, to random
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Security researcher Alexander Hagenah has released TotalRecall, a tool that extracts and displays data from the Recall feature in Windows 11.

https://github.com/xaitax/TotalRecall

Wikisteff,
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@campuscodi ThatEscalatedQuickly.gif

emptywheel, to random
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Wikisteff,
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@emptywheel Marcy, I love your reporting on the Steele dossier, and I know it's important, but I find it so opaque to understand what really happened in chronological order!
Is there a remotely credible actual timeline somewhere of who did what to whom?

nixCraft, to random
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This is funny. OpenAI, who scraped the entire internet to build its product, is now enforcing copyright via notices. They still don’t give credit for stealing content from everyone, yet now acting like holier-than-thou https://www.reddit.com/r/ChatGPT/comments/1cnvyzp/

Wikisteff,
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@nixCraft That's a bold move, Tom.
Let's see if it pays off for them.

Viss, to random
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https://www.cybersecuritydive.com/news/microsoft-security-debt-crashing-down/714685/

if anything is gonna be the straw that breaks the camels back and ACTUALLY makes for a 'this year is the year of linux on the desktop', its gonna be stuff like this

Wikisteff,
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@Viss I mean, Microsoft can be excused for this kind of security breach, no?

They're only a little mom-and-pop service provider, not a global corporation with a $2.97 trillion market cap or anything... they don't have the cash to have a serious go at their technical debt or anything.

taylorlorenz, to random
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“The real reason for the protests is being ignored in favor of stories about encampment crackdowns or overblown allegations of antisemitism.” https://newrepublic.com/article/181107/college-protests-israel-gaza-media-coverage-shameful

Wikisteff,
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@taylorlorenz That's it, Taylor.

GottaLaff, to california
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LA Times: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he has qualified for ’s presidential election ballot, giving his third-party candidacy a longshot chance at collecting 54 electoral votes this fall.

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff Like a one in a trillion chance, maybe.

MAYBE.

arstechnica, to random
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Tesla to lay off everyone working on Superchargers, new vehicles

Tesla is also getting rid of its public policy team, despite robotaxi ambitions.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/04/tesla-to-lay-off-everyone-working-on-superchargers-new-vehicles/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

Wikisteff,
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@arstechnica ...almost like the push for green vehicles wasn't about being the frontrunners in a new personal vehicle ecosystem but was instead about getting government grants and forestalling investment in public transportation infrastructure after all.

ottaross, to random
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I've got five check marks on my list of 11 chores I need to do this weekend. Three are nixed due to the rain and three require more enthusiasm then I can muster at this point.

One threatens to uncheck itself. I'll probably need to re-address it tomorrow.

Wikisteff,
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@ottaross I have one optional check mark, and zero mandatory ones, so you're doing better than I!

Wikisteff,
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@ottaross Task divergence is terrifying.

mcc, to random
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Exactly what affine transformation is the raw function

(x,y) = (x+y, x-y)

Equivalent to? Like if I wanted to express that transformation in terms of translations and rotations.

Wikisteff,
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@mcc That's a weird one. Do you mean (x', y') = (x - y, x + y), rotation by 45°, followed by a scale by sqrt(2)?

[x'] = [1 -1] [x]
[y'] [1 1] [y]

That is rotate by 90°, followed by a mirror about the line y = x, and a scale by sqrt(2), unless I got it wrong somehow.

mcc, to random
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I hate coordinate transformations! I hate coordinate transformations!! I hate coordinate transformations!!!

Wikisteff,
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@mcc So say we all.

Now I just cheat and let GPT-4 sort it out, if it's not too nightmarish.

eff, to random
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Generative AI outputs should be subject to FOIA and agencies need a plan to “document and archive its use so that agencies can continue to comply properly with their FOIA responsibilities,” EFF’s Beryl Lipton told FedScoop. https://fedscoop.com/generative-ai-could-raise-questions-for-federal-records-laws/

Wikisteff,
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@eff You realize that if generative AI outputs are subject to FOIA, it means that a huge database of employee-generated productions has to be warehoused, secured, maintained, and made available on demand, right?

That this large and valuable database will be subject to attack and investigation by both domestic and foreign actors?

Weird that we don't do this for government spreadsheets, for instance...

Wikisteff, to random
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AI is so small in energy use compared to crypto.

Training GPT-3 used 1.3 GWh, BLOOM 0.4 MWh. The massive GPT-4 used between 29 and 62 GWh. Using the higher number for GPT-4, we could estimate training Google's frontier model Gemini Ultra at 150 GWh.

In 2023, crypto used 120,000 GWh of energy.

Wikisteff,
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@danhulton @joby As is "more useful than crypto". :)

For me, the figure of merit should be tonnes of CO2 equivalents from life-cycle use per million dollars of GDP produced. AI could displace more emissive industries in the future world economy, resulting in net gains for the environment.

Wikisteff,
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@danhulton @joby My friend, I've cited the data, I linked the results. In energy terms, generative AI is roughly as emissive per unit GDP produced as machinery manufacturing is; worse than electronics manufacturing and better than transportation, fossil fuel energy production, forestry, agriculture, or printing.

Wikisteff,
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@danhulton @joby Many programmers find large language models highly useful in contrast to looking up error messages in Stack Exchange. Demand for LLMs remains high, and most firm use cases are to assist in writing documents and emails, not scamming people online.

There are absolutely bad uses of GPT out there, and the lack of any regulation or enforcement in this space does not help.

GottaLaff, to legal
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1/…🧵

Via Klasfeld:

Expected first:

The judge may issue his Sandoval rulings, determining what prior bad acts prosecutors can confront Trump with if he testifies.

A key question: "What's fair game?"

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff This is yet another case of "there is so much crime here that I completely forgot all about this crime until now."

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff Damn, yo'.

Gotta give the prosecution props for directness.

mattkenworthy, to Astronomy
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Allow me to introduce Alex Mustill’s latest paper, where he focuses on “The formation of transiting circumplanetary 🔭🪐 debris discs from the disruption of satellite systems during planet-planet scattering” which features one of the coolest diagrams I’ve seen. /1 https://arxiv.org/abs/2404.12239

Wikisteff,
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@mattkenworthy I love me those schematic plots, Matthew! :) :) :)

GottaLaff, to Ukraine
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👏🏻

Via Olivia Beavers:

: aid pass 311-112

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff SLAVA UKRAINI!

GottaLaff, to random
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Grrr. My thread got messed up again. I absolutely hate using my phone for live posting

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff So say we all.

GottaLaff, to legal
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Not sure how much I can post. Now my iPhone is slow. Via McBrien:

…waiting for the Sandoval hearing to begin, despite the tragedy that unfolded earlier this afternoon just outside the courtroom.

As Merchan said earlier, "We've come too far in this trial to jeopardize it now."

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff GOOD DAY

GottaLaff, to random
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🤢Oh geez. Sorry for TMI, but Meiselas is reporting this:

Meiselas: What I’m hearing from credible sources is that Donald is actually farting in the courtroom… I’m hearing it from actual credible people that as he’s kind of falling asleep, he’s actually passing gas and that his lawyers are really struggling with the smell.

Wikisteff,
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@GottaLaff These have to be in the next installment of "The Reading of the Memes".

trochee, to random
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This article is one enormous [citation needed]

> “I’m more optimistic because we have been using the tool a lot, and some of the insights we’re starting to get from a scientific standpoint are things that none of our scientists were aware of,” he added.

Moderna CEO says AI will help scientists understand ‘most diseases’ in 3 to 5 years | Semafor
https://www.semafor.com/article/04/18/2024/moderna-ceo-says-ai-will-help-understand-most-diseases-in-3-to-5-years

Wikisteff,
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@trochee @timnitGebru Is there a [lies detected] flair on Wikipedia yet?

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