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drahardja

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Software since 1998. Ex-Apple. I smushed AppKit and UIKit together and never looked back.

Black lives matter. Trans lives matter. LGBT+ rights are human rights. Healthcare, security, a decent income, and housing with dignity are human rights. Abortion is healthcare. Science is our best hope as a species. Kindness and empathy are the noblest of human traits.

I block assholes and bigots.

He/him.

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drahardja, to iPhone
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Is there a way to remote-control (or at least remote-view) someone else’s iPhone? I would like to help my not-tech-savvy dad manage his phone.

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@trentstevens Oh cool!

drahardja,
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@kalleboo I wonder which iOS version started to have this

drahardja, to ai
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The root of the problem here is, of course, pretending that the output of generative #AI is actually meaningful, when in fact it’s a guided extrapolation of the training set. You can’t blanket prompt-engineer your way out of a biased training set, because you’ll simply flip the teeter-totter the other way, as we see here.

It’s pretty clear that Google’s canned prompt includes something like “depict people of different races”, which of course backfires when the output erases the history of white supremacy, or when a scene actually calls for homogeneity instead of diversity.

GenAI is biased because the material it trains on is biased. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t better to let the model speak for itself, and use it as a tool to educate users about systemic bias, something that users have to work against to bend the model to their will. At least that would be honest.

“Google apologizes for ‘missing the mark’ after Gemini generated racially diverse Nazis”

https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/21/24079371/google-ai-gemini-generative-inaccurate-historical

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I figured out why the internet is free

drahardja,
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@BlackenedGreen @jalefkowit Nice

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am half bald, lost most of my eyebrows, have no eyelashes left, am about 40 lbs overweight and paler than death but i did it, AM DONE WITH AND I GOT TO RING THAT FUCKING BELL!!!

next up: radiation and a year of immunotherapy. but for now am greatful. it could have been worse after landing in the emergency room TWICE, once for , the other for a blood clot that also had me a week in the hospital.

i rang that bell with my sons, and i got to say with my whole chest, .

drahardja,
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@blogdiva Congratulations and FUCK CANCER!

drahardja, to random
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Project 2025 is the playbook of Fascism, isn’t it? This is how the Heritage Foundation wants Fascism to get implemented in the US. https://mastodon.social/

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@DeanBaker13 I have a feeling the media wants Fascism because it’ll sell more views.

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“Really the only other dinosaurs howling into the wind about the latest fax machine going extinct due to the internet are [commercial real estate] bagholders, who are of course upset they (god forbid) have to reinvest or change strategies, and continue to clutch pearls hoping the world would revert to a previous state. They of course don’t believe Earth can change (something it’s literally defined by). We’re a free capitalist society and so everyone has to go through the ringer of disruption, but ultimately we come out the other side better for the vast majority. They’ll evolve, but for some reason this group are extremely sore losers here.”

“Remote work won, don't let anyone gaslight you to believe otherwise”

https://www.hottakes.space/p/remote-work-won-dont-let-anyone-gaslight

drahardja, to random
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“The best data to date shows that the reasons and justifications for RTO mandates are largely misguided. Such mandates do not generally lead to higher productivity, better performance or improved corporate values in the short term.

It also shows that the reasons and justifications for WFH are largely real and serious. Remote work does improve schedule flexibility and work-life balance, and it saves employees a lot of time and money.

In other words: Forcing employees to work in an office doesn’t benefit companies, but does harm the lives of employees — at least in the short term.

More to the point: Most companies cannot show actual monetary benefits from RTO mandates. But most employees can show actual and significant monetary costs from RTO mandates.

In essence, these kinds of mandates represent a transfer of wealth from employees that their employers don’t even benefit from.”

“The hidden high cost of return-to-office mandates”

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3712843/the-hidden-high-cost-of-return-to-office-mandates.html

drahardja,
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@digitalstefan My guess: nobody installs a badge reader for “health and safety”. They’re taking attendance.

drahardja, to cars
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“"Right now, we're competing with Mercedes and Porsche. When [their planned $50k midsize car] comes out, we're going after Tesla Model Y and Model 3," [Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson] said, adding that he expects Lucid's total addressable market to increase 20 times.”

That speaks volumes about Lucid’s current addressable market, i.e. a very tiny niche.

Lucid make a huge error by releasing one expensive high-performance sedan after another, when the market clearly wants low-cost crossovers and SUVs (yeah, I hate them too, but that’s what people pay for). I don’t think a cheaper midsize car will do them wonders either. They need a cheap crossover/SUV.

“Rivian, Lucid's 2024 production targets disappoint as EV demand wanes”

https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/rivian-forecasts-annual-production-well-below-estimates-2024-02-21/

drahardja,
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@ukuku I have a good reason to believe that their management is deeply dysfunctional. They’ve made a lot of poor choices.

drahardja,
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@aardvark You know, I know a lot of people hold BYD up as proof that it is possible to create a very low-cost EV that sell in huge numbers, but I think that the US market will prove very hard for them to crack, and I’m not only talking about the 25% protectionism tariff.

I think the US isn’t ready for the level of cost-cutting that BYD is offering. I think maybe Kia Niro/Volvo XC30 represents just about the lowest that US buyers will tolerate in compromised amenities, economy materials, and low power. Carmakers don’t bring in any more basic cars like the ID.3 in the US because they know US buyers will find them inadequate.

I think a sub-$35k EV that becomes a volume seller in the US is a very hard thing to manufacture.

drahardja,
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@aardvark @c20d I’m less bullish about them than others, but I’d love to be proven wrong! There’s nothing inherently bad about BYD, but they need to massively step up to enter the US market, and they would likely be hobbled by the tariff unless they can manufacture in the Americas. Let’s see if they can do it.

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drahardja, to LEGO
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drahardja,
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thisismissem, (edited ) to Instagram
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Okay, does someone wanna explain to me what fresh hell this is from ?

Please check the replies before replying, looks like this may be related to airplay or something, not that I'd ever want that.

drahardja,
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@jefflembeck @thisismissem Nope. AirPlay does not need this.

drahardja,
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@morb @thisismissem Bluetooth has a separate permission. This is about accessing devices on your LAN.

drahardja,
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@thisismissem Even if there is a legitimate reason to let them access your LAN, there will likely also be illegitimate behavior taking place. I always say NO.

drahardja, (edited ) to Typography
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That’s a zero, not an O, holy shit

#typography #myEyes #itBurns

“Detroit's Hollywood-style sign coming to I-94: Rendering revealed”

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2024/02/21/detroits-hollywood-style-rendering-released-construction-in-march/72684486007/

drahardja, (edited ) to macos
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Protip: rsync -avzE is almost 10x faster than Finder for copying a large number of small of files in a directory over local network.

And it’s resumable.

Performance on my 2.5 Gbps network:

  • rsync: 230 Mbps sustained
  • Finder copy: 25 Mbps? Hard to tell because it fluctuates a lot.

Edit: Added the -E option to make sure to copy xattrs.

#macos #commandLine

drahardja,
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@sj @ctp Now I’m curious how we are all connected…

drahardja, to random
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Not only does it not save any batteries or resources, it’s actually worse to kill apps instead of letting the system suspend them, because you have to cold-launch the app again the next time you use it, wastefully running initialization code and reloading resources instead of resuming where you left off.

Killing your apps is literally worse for your battery life than just leaving them alone. https://allthingstech.social/@beardedtechguy/111960674538537088

drahardja,
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@aeberbach An incredibly fast app takes 100 ms to launch. A fast app takes 500 ms. Most apps take closer to 1000 ms. That is not insignificant.

PS: The fastest app I’ve ever seen launch (that actually does something) is the Merriam-Webster dictionary app.

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