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SRE at Google. Queer. Poly. Trans. Engineer. waterprinciple on twitter. Ace. Member of AWU-CWA. #ActuallyAutistic #UnionStrong

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I hate "callout" posts. I've hated them since before the LJ days and I still hate them

They are so rarely used in an ethical or even vaguely appropriate way, sufficiently so as to make me dubious of them even when they are shared with the best of intentions and it is absolutely something that needs to be called out

It reads as an attempt to turn people against someone by presenting a situation without context, and—even if that is absolutely the right thing to do—it is abused far, far too often

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Tonight's #QuarantineBar: Dryland's Cactus spirit, Añejo.

Dryland wanted to make a mezcal but couldn't source agave to their standards (which included that it be locally grown), so they used prickly pear cactus instead with a mezcal-like process.

This particular variant is then aged in a rum barrel. It's very nice.

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One small thing in : I love the very confused looking chickens (cochins?)

"What am I doing here? What is going on? what? Why?"

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Reading the #CSRB report on the 2023 Microsoft Exchange intrusion and… wow. I don't think I've ever seen a government report at this level that is so sharply worded.

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/2024-04/CSRB_Review_of_the_Summer_2023_MEO_Intrusion_Final_508c.pdf

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So much this.

There are also a lot of formal social rules that you may just not know in a new space. So you wander into a new space and you don't know the rules yet—formal or informal.

That's okay! It's also okay if you don't know them yet! But you can't show up in someone else's space and assume that rules you don't know don't matter and expect anything other than to be shown the door.

Generally if you apologize and step back? All good.
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I don't talk about my issues with particular corners of the autistic community much because I recognize the power dynamics involved in a lot of these conversations: they aren't things I want to talk about in front of mixed audiences.

But it needs to be underscored how having informal rules, unspoken rules, or even assumed rules is not "anti-autistic." Even autistic communities—every community—will have these.

Followups will be different, but it doesn't mean the rules aren't important.

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Two episodes into #Fallout and they have very much caught the feel of the early video games.

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Ah yes, the "trans debate." About whether we have the right to exist in society. That debate. Nicely and neatly framed so that you don't have to say the quiet part out loud.

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There was a lot of hand-wringing over the EKG feature in watches, but it was incredibly powerful to be able to notice something was wrong, take an EKG, and send it to my doctor immediately to review what was happening.

No one is getting heart surgery done based on an at-home EKG, but I can walk into a cardiologist office and say "here are my recordings from before, during, and after the event. What do?"

That sort of access needs to be much more widespread.
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I have POTS that got worse after COVID and am on a potassium sparing diuretic that lowers blood pressure (not taking it for blood pressure, however). I'm also on a stimulant.

Question: What the hell is my blood pressure doing?

Well, I have a cuff. I can take readings twice a day and track it over time.

At-home monitoring tools and the ability to monitor these things in a variety of circumstances is incredibly valuable, but are largely gated by things like money and your job.

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You know every time I see one of these and it just seems TOO over the top… it turns out to be based on something that she actually did and said.

Even setting aside the problems in her work itself, this woman has become a parody of her own work.
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Asking the generative AIs for specific poetical forms and rhyme schemes is interesting, in part because they seem to have so much trouble breaking from a few fairly standard rhyme schemes.

Like ask for trochaic octameter with an ABCBBB rhyme scheme or somesuch and even where what they get is interesting, it often doesn't meet the basal criteria of the assignment.

This is the sort of thing that gives me high confidence in it not being able to replace software engineers, incidentally.

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Sometimes people go nuts over these things ability to generate poetry, but ask it for something specific and it often starts to break down at the seams and struggles to break out of common forms.

Ask it for your mathematical proof in the form of a poem and it generates one and everyone goes wild over it, but ask for even a fairly basic (if unusual) rhyme scheme and not only does it not do it, it generates an incorrect answer that it says is correct.

That's a concern for real work.

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Ask for a haiku in the form of basho about something and you'll often (IME) get a result without a cut or a seasonal reference but one that strictly adheres to syllable counts (which is not how it is supposed to work).

It's following a common template for casual English writers, but it doesn't actually follow the structures that are required for that to work.

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If you are going to come into my mentions to argue with me maybe don't start from a premise that I'm 20 and just speaking off the cuff. kthx.

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I view this as, at its core, an existential threat to the fediverse as the fediverse.

Because depending on how you respond to this says to someone who is not in technology whether they are better off on a fediverse-based solution or whether they are better off on something like threads.
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Every time a server closes, how many people decide that the fediverse isn't for them?

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Snerk. "In the style of the Golden Dawn, can you generate a pathworking between the first and second egyptian gates of the underworld as described in the Papyrus of Ani?"

The AI tried really, really hard. It really did. But honey. No.

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@draNgNon That's one reason I asked it on a lark. It's esoteric but there's actually a reasonable probability that it would have all of the pieces in its corpus that it would need to do that activity.

There were a few glimmers that such was even in its corpus, but its end product was… not good.

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What they are talking about here is basically using it to draw inferences and patterns from a corpus that a journalist then checks. It's basically a way to look for patterns in large, nebulous amounts of data. It's also the way I think it will work for lawyers.

Especially when talking about parametric models (that can cite their sources) this has a lot of potential, but it isn't remotely like what people think of when they think about "generative AI models" today.
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"I think it's great that people are realizing if their social media app isn't talking to the fedi they needn't bother making it."

This is a bad take and you should feel bad for making it.

Snark aside: there's nothing magical about the "fediverse" and there's a lot to improve. Some of the ways that the fediverse has traditionally improved involved people going off and doing their own thing and finding ways to make it fit later.

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To "talk to the fedi" as most people think of it today involves talking to mastodon.

So what you get is something along the lines of:

  • Implementing an outdated version of HTTP signatures
  • Implementing several things I've been told are "bugs" by members of SWICG.
  • Being unable to implement a large part of the spec in order to interoperate.
  • Holding your breath that nothing breaks on basically every release.

But wait, there's more.

AP itself is controlled by W3 and, uh.

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If your solution to a problem is "everyone works for free until we obtain the glorious utopian vision" then you don't have a solution, you have a second problem.

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…this is incredibly on brand, really.
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