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jonny

@jonny@neuromatch.social

Digital infrastructure 4 a cooperative internet. social/technological systems & systems neuro with some light dynamical systems & crush on topology on the side.

writin bout the surveillance state n makin some p2p

science/work-oriented alt of @jonny

information is political, science is labor

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jonny, to random
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Naive but sincere question: if browsers are so hard to write, how come we have to write a whole browser instead of like there being a javascript engine, a css engine, an html engine, an http client, a windowing/tab system, and so on.

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This comes from a place of next to zero understanding of the architecture of browsers, so that is why you might be rolling your eyes if you know the answer and it is obvious. Plz do not ban me for this post

jonny,
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@hirvox
That is fair, but im also like we do lots of perf-sensitive systems in pieces. They are tightly coupled but have well-defined interfaces, right?

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@jalcine
@jenniferplusplus
That makes a lot of sense, especially all the crust that is unspecified or done by convention, and also is what makes me curious - like why dont browsers work more like Linux distros, principled sets of pieces that make those quirks more like local interactions between package-like things rather than a huge monolithic stack. Not discounting the "its the labor hours, silly" reality of that, and presumably you would need some kind of top-level orchestration and sandboxing system to make it not a total nightmare (again like an OS). So like many things, is the problem the stubborn inertia of history and corporate capture?

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@neia
Hmm i was sort of assuming clear interfaces/pluggability would be sort of a requirement of modularizing the browser, curious what that looks like

sashin, to random Japanese
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Is there an alternative for Google maps on android that also shows public transport info?

jonny,
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@sashin
Someone really needs to get on systematically siphoning off data from google maps like this

neuralreckoning, to random
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So I'm convinced that bureaucratic solutions to our problems are not really solutions, they're just creating bigger problems down the line. But, how do I convince people of that when they've thought of such a bureaucratic solution and I don't have an alternative better solution? As an example, the CREDIT system of writing detailed tables of who did what in a paper. This adds more work and stress into our lives, and puts more power in the hands of the data owners and surveillance companies (RELX etc), but how else do we stop all the biases that this system is trying to address? I feel like there's a comprehensive world view that gives a better way, but that's such a hard sell when people - understandably - feel like small tweaks to the current system are more likely to work. I'd like to say that if a solution will make things worse, start by not doing it. But that's all to easy to see as an argument for keeping things as they are, which is not acceptable. I'm interested in how other people fighting for change who don't believe in bureaucratic solutions approach this issue.

jonny,
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@neuralreckoning
I have always thought that contribution statements are an obvious thing to have in a paper. If what youre trying to do is have a human be able to evaluate who did what theyre more precise, expressive, and less difficult to write because the instructions are "say what you did" instead of "learn this complex taxonomy, figure out how to implement it in a docx file, etc." They're less useful if youre trying to make research intelligence products, but thats a good problem to have imo

jalcine, to random
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Wow, this is a hell of a peacing out letter. https://www.manyver.se/blog/2024-04-05

jonny,
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@jalcine
Happy for them

danderson, to random
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Okay now to figure out how to accomplish higher level goals with this API made entirely of high explosives and raw yeet. But that's for tomorrow.

jonny,
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@danderson thats the spirit

susanleemburg, to random
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I like how spring is basically just all of nature going "hell yeah, let's party 🥳"

Photo of a tree stem with a small cluster of while apple flowers sprouting from it.

jonny,
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@susanleemburg i want a body plan where i can just choose to flower when it gets brighter.

jni, to random
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I love the “reveal” at 2:25. 😍
https://fosstodon.org/@napari/112256746427753857

jonny,
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@jni hahaah that rocks. is brian on fedi? cheers to this

napari, to random
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Check out this fantastic video by Brian Northan showcasing his new “napari-segment-everything” plugin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipa3jWnL00s

We love it because it highlights the power of napari’s dimension-agnostic approach to data vis! 😍

See also the discussion that led to this plugin on the image.sc forum, a truly fantastic resource for image analysis help:

https://forum.image.sc/t/creating-label-images-with-the-segment-anything-model-guide/93224/16

jonny,
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@napari not sure if brian is on fedi, but anyway in case brian sees this nice work :)

DanS, to HashtagGames
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S’mores + eggs. Smeggs.

jonny,
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@DanS do not

neuralreckoning, to random
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So what would happen if someone just started fake signing documents they didn't actually want to sign? Presumably this wouldn't actually work in letting them later claim they didn't sign it? I'm thinking about someone slightly illegibly scribbling "signed under duress". Illegible enough not to be obvious but legible enough to be obvious on a close look.

Just asking a question btw, not suggesting that I or anyone else should do this, obviously.

jonny,
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@neuralreckoning
Im sure ppl try and pull that all the time and theres some fast track through court that amounts to "cmon," but that doesnt mean you shouldnt try it. Fucking with them is the least you could do to the courts, theyre asking for it.

jonny, to random
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@neia
If you like this you should check out the octopus punching paper

jonny,
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I cant stop watching that first one. Like the way she rises up slowly and the other raises a tentacle to block, like cut it out Helen but KABLAMMO

jonny,
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I love how careful the authors of the paper are to quantify and not assume whats going on here, like is it social, or clearing the habitat, or what. but you know thats an octopus blasting everyone else with shells.

jonny,
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And yno why choose? What functions does throwing serve for humans? A shitload. Throwing stuff at other people one day, throwing sticks in a pile the next. Let the octopuses throw.

jonny,
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@Taweret real life octaman moment

jonny, to random
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Reading this: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.chemmater.4c00643
The paper that @404mediaco talks about here: https://www.404media.co/google-says-it-discovered-millions-of-new-materials-with-ai-human-researchers/

And its amazing how the one true function of "AI" across domains is to generate a bunch of plausible garbage that falls apart on closer inspection. "Sure they generated a bunch of chemical formulae... that are just regular compounds written weirdly, could only exist at 0K, or use elements that do not appear in usable quantities in the universe."

Youd think there would be some wins in there even by accident, but it turns out the thousand monkeys at a typewriter approach also needs a corresponding million monkeys to sift through the trash.

lina, to random
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my mom sent me this and, while the contents are great, i'm mostly posting it so somebody can screenshot it and we can get mastodon in the platform post nesting

jonny,
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@lina
This is something worth booting up the masto<->caldav bridge over

lina, to ai
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jonny,
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@lina
The width-one progressive indentation and that last assignment are incredible

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