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Doesn’t know the lyrics. Just goes meow meow meow.

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From the org’s definition of bots, I’d say it’s implicit that bot activity excludes expected communication in an infrastructure, client-server or otherwise. A bot is historically understood as an unexpected, nosy guest poking around a system. A good one might be indexing a website for a search engine. A bad one might be scraping email addresses for spammers.

In any case, none of the examples you give can be reasonably categorized as bots and the full report gives no indication of doing so.

luciole,
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Yeah, their reporting suffers from not adequately defining what is being measured.

Anyone ever swap careers from Corporate to Non-Profit or some other Cause: If so, how?

I worked in the food industry for a while before returning back to school to get a degree in tech thinking it would be my path to a better life. While at first I thought where my career was taking me provided exactly that, I’m absolutely miserable working a corporate job in tech. I’ve seen several layoffs, AI is taking over,...

luciole,
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Do you like tech? If you actually do, you might bank on those existing skills and look for another workplace. IT is everywhere and there are places where it’s fun. You could ask yourself what’s a mission you would care about and start looking for workplaces that are connected and that give the right vibe. Personally I build web stuff for education and I’m a happy camper.

luciole,
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It’s telling that once again China is shown to coerce their citizens by threatening and punishing their loved ones. In Canada, there is a public inquiry right now about foreign interference in federal elections. China is a main subject, as they’ve coerced Chinese students into meddling with contestant nomination. The students’ family and legal student status were threatened.

luciole,
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Can you start by providing a little background and context for the study? Many people might expect that LLMs would treat a person’s name as a neutral data point, but that isn’t the case at all, according to your research?

Ideally when someone submits a query to a language model, what they would want to see, even if they add a person’s name to the query, is a response that is not sensitive to the name. But at the end of the day, these models just create the most likely next token– or the most likely next word–based on how they were trained.

LLMs are being sold by tech gurus as lesser general AIs and this post speaks at least as much about LLMs’ shortcomings as it does about our lack of understanding of what is actually being sold to us.

luciole,
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Does anyone actually use offline installers on a regular basis? I tried a few times and I had problems. Dunno if just bad luck. Never managed to install Pillars on eternity with it because it errored out every time. Another game’s offline installer (can’t remember which) would stall for hours then crash. I suspect a lot of users would be in for a surprise if they actually tried them.

luciole,
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Good to hear, I’ll check it out again and make sure I’m not having an issue on my end.

After the fall of Small Press Distribution, is it time for “Bandcamp for Small Presses?”

[Dear Friends, before I post this somewhere, probably Medium, in the hopes of getting as many eyeballs as possible to look at this, would you be so kind as to look this over and offer some constructive criticism before I post it? And is there some way that the folks on BookWyrm have the option to see this?]...

luciole,
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I absolutely love Bandcamp. When I want an album and it’s on Bandcamp, I buy it there. I’ve discovered amazing artists there as well. Unfortunately, I don’t know to what extent Bandcamp has a future. It’s been bought by Epic, then bought again by Songtradr, then half the employees were fired. Bandcamp is fighting a war against the streaming model, about culture as a commodity. It’s an uphill battle. I think this sort of model needs to be supported by some sort of coop or non profit or something. The goal needs to be to bring change, help out and break even, not to profit the stockholders.

luciole,
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Step 6 is baffling. They bomb the Hamas operative’s family house, but they don’t bother checking if their target is even there at the time of striking - let alone minimizing civilian deaths. Then once the residential building is destroyed they don’t even care to know if they actually killed their target. The alignment between the declared objective and the methods employed is awkward.

luciole,
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Comments ending with “/s” mean the author is being sarcastic. Clearly marking sarcasm is important because of Poe’s law, which stipulates that “without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, any parodic or sarcastic expression of extreme views can be mistaken by some readers for a sincere expression of those views”.

luciole, (edited )
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Also fuck sarcasm. Instead of trying hard to make other positions look dumb, just explain your own position. /rant

Canada Had Designs on Being a Hydro Superpower. Now Its Rivers and Lakes Are Drying Up. (www.wsj.com)

Canada bet heavily on hydro as a means of cleaning up its carbon footprint; it is the third-largest hydroelectricity producer in the world. But with the climate becoming markedly drier in recent years, Canada’s utilities are now investing hundreds of billions of dollars to diversify their grids, in some cases leaning on power...

luciole,
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To mushroom” seems to actually be a verb meaning “to increase rapidly”. I swear, in English every noun’s a verb.

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luciole,
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On présente souvent l’innovation et l’évaluation de la performance basée sur les résultats comme deux bonnes choses, mais d’expérience les deux mises ensemble peuvent se refermer sur l’employé comme un piège.

Si on innove franchement, on prend des risques. Nombre d’expérimentations ne déboucheront sur rien et une évaluation trop bêtement basée résultat classera ces essais dans la catégorie des échecs, aux dépens de l’employé. À terme, l’employé apprend essentiellement à rester dans ses ornières pour sa propre sécurité. L’organisation ne peut pas compter sur l’innovation si elle met le fardeau du risque sur le dos de ses forces vives.

luciole,
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JJ: So when you go in at a state legislative level, what do you concretely ask for? What is that language in the bills that you put forward?

GG: It’s actually pretty much consistent. There’s really only one active sentence, and it says that, “Hey, Mr. Manufacturer, if you want to do business in our state, you must provide all the same materials for purposes of repair that you’ve already created for your own repair services.” That’s pretty much it.

I feel like this is not enough. The counter would be to make the product not repairable at all and offer no repair services whatsoever, which is sometimes the case already.

luciole,
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Apple sells an high end experience, not repairability. They don’t care about generating e-waste. AirPods for example are notoriously unrepairable. It’s just a matter of profitability. They’ve put in place a parts pairing technology to maintain a stranglehold on parts availability so as to circumvent legislation on repair. The obsolescence is planned. From the article:

JJ: So what does that malicious compliance look like? It’s a rhetorical support for the right to repair, but when it actually pans out, it doesn’t look like what you’re actually calling for.

GG: Yeah, the best example right now is what we call “parts pairing.” That’s been a problem all along, and we thought we had it nailed down in our template legislation, which we wrote back in 2015, that you can’t require specifically that you buy a part only from the manufacturer, and only new. And Apple got around it. They just said, “Well, we’re going to make sure that if you order a part from us, it’ll only work if you give us the serial number of your phone, and we preload that serial number into the part that we ship you, and that’ll work, but nothing else will.”

luciole,
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Non traditional input devices are fascinating, so thanks for posting your research. In your precise situation though, my advice would be to put down the baby.

luciole, (edited )
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Nooo not the hivemind jokes again :(

The real joke is these comments lamenting unpopularity get to be the most upvoted.

luciole,
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My significant other for the last decades struggles with various mental disorders. What you describe reminds me of us. She never really managed to get proper therapy so far as well. We’ve learned some things the hard way, but we’re happy and solid now.

For me at least what hit the hardest was not being trusted or being repeatedly accused of betrayal. This stuff seeps into my slightest cracks and blows up my own insecurities about inadequacy. It’s a good thing you recognize these episodes. Could you just pull out of the situation when you feel one coming, request alone time? Defuse it, then come back to your loved one. That’s what she does. I know to respect the alone time, no matter when it is needed. It’s important for your partner to be aware of your struggles, but expecting them to accurately dismiss what you express on account of issues is not sustainable long term in my opinion. It’s too hard to apply and too likely to backfire.

You’re popular, amazing people have already crossed your path, there’s no reason for it not to happen again. So prepare for making the next one the best one.

Rock Star Blasts MAGA, Calls Trump 'Greatest Swindler in History' (www.newsweek.com)

Casey’s expletive-laden rant continued, “You’re being duped by a bunch of grifters and billionaires who don’t give a shit about you or your family. They care about their fucking tax breaks and the money they can put in their pocket. If you consider yourself a patriot and you’re spouting off that election-denying shit,...

luciole,
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Old people need to grow the fuck up and accept that they are old.

Good sir. Since you are a man well into your forties, we’d like to bring to your attention the shocking silliness of your username. It is entirely unfit for a venerable gentleman such as you to engage in booger humour, no matter how undeniably comical.

Furthermore, we would like to seize this opportunity to remind the elders present that video games are entirely too childish for citizens of our decorum. Animes are right out as well. We urge you to engage instead in respectable hobbies such as afternoon TV, yelling at clouds and filing your taxes.

luciole,
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3/14 is a weird way to write March 14th, but April 31st is just not happening.

Beehaw, what are your thoughts on Thomas Berry's 10 principles?

this is a sort of novel follow up to a question i asked previously, which was your opinion on right of nature laws, which recognize natural entities as having “personhood” or legal rights comparable to humans. Berry was a theologian who wrote extensively on the rights of nature and ecology generally. one of his lasting works...

luciole,
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Not gonna lie, I’m excited to see it as a way of defending ecosystems but from a conceptual perspective it feels… strange to me. Maybe because I struggle with the idyllic idea of ecosystems as inherently harmonious and kind. Or the awkwardness of thinking about the “legal responsibility” of other invasive species. Mostly I feel stuff moving inside my mind to make space for this idea. Very thought provoking and a useful device to restrain ourselves as a species, which may be necessary for our survival.

Also somehow I think my cat is already well informed about his rights.

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