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zachnfine

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verge, to random
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk could leave if $56 billion pay package not approved, shareholders warned https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/6/24173064/tesla-board-chair-warn-elon-musk-leave-pay-shareholders

zachnfine,
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@verge @lisamelton I wonder if he’s got a $56 billion severance agreement.

mcc, to random
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Remember: They're not AI PCs, they're Surveillance PCs https://mastodon.social/@arstechnica/112475611939997391

zachnfine,
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@mcc It’s the worst! They keep stuffing bloat and attention-grabbing garbage and ads into the UI — and making it more difficult to find all the settings to switch it all off.

arstechnica, to random
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Microsoft’s new “Recall” feature will record everything you do on your PC

Recall uses Copilot+ PC features "to take images of your active screen every few seconds."

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/microsofts-new-recall-feature-will-record-everything-you-do-on-your-pc/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

zachnfine,
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@arstechnica Exactly what the non-windows-specific rewind.ai does. But at least in rewind’s case the processing is private and local to one’s machine. I don’t subscribe, but it’s easy to think of reasons it could be useful as a kind of augmented memory.

stroughtonsmith, to random
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How long before we start trying to cram an LLM into a space probe to act as a potential interactive digital ambassador containing the wealth of human knowledge? A time capsule that could encapsulate and preserve our culture, languages, history for thousands of years, fired into the cosmos. It is almost certainly going to happen

zachnfine,
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@stroughtonsmith If we’d sent up an Eliza probe in the 70s the aliens would probably now be psychologically ready for first contact.

stooovie, to random
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More joys of

Out of 367 clips in this timeline (that we have to transfer from Premiere to using SendtoX), 40 files randomly do not relink. Checksums match, no weirdness in file paths.

And that's where you just stop. Nothing you can do 🤷

zachnfine,
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@stooovie I remember when I worked on a project in Premiere Pro it would make tons of little audio cache files that it actually used for playback, for files that it otherwise would have trouble with, and I'd hear nothing in my timeline until it had finished doing that in the background. I'd think when sending a timeline to another application the data would link to the original files rather than the weird intermediate cache files, but maybe?

Likely not applicable, but it popped to mind.

zachnfine,
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@stooovie Ah well nevermind then. I'd look to see if the offline clips have any other difference (sampling rate, start tc, reel/name) but I'm sure you've already done that.

zachnfine,
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@stooovie Ah well. Any notable difference between the clips that are offline and the ones that are not? Maybe even stored in a folder that has some character in its name that's not alphanumeric?

I'm just brainstorming -- have no actual knowledge of the use of SendToX. I wonder if you can export an AAF, bring it into Davinci Resolve, and then send from that to FCPX (via sendtox or some aaf transfer or whatever method is available) in order to try and not have to go overcutting audio manually?

zachnfine,
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@stooovie I think I had a workflow for something in which I had to go from Media Composer to Resolve and only then to Logic Pro in order to make audio actually work at the destination, but it's been a while. I remember finding it funny that this interchange format didn't interchange exactly the same way in different apps.

zachnfine,
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@stooovie Aw, was excited for a moment that you'd found a solution. Ah well.

TheBreadmonkey, to random
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Who decided it was aubergine for penis

zachnfine,
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@Alice @TheBreadmonkey Ooh, I sought out and watched a bunch of that show (had a acquaintance who ran a Japanese video rental store) and it was wild. "Nasubi" wrote a book about his experience, apparently the show cut out a lot of the more depressing parts of his experience, long periods in which he'd just be catatonic on the floor, etc. The whole thing was very extreme. I didn't know there was a documentary and now will need to watch it.

ai6yr, to EPCOT
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What does it mean when most of the plants featured at Epcot's "The Land" are in my backyard? (most being grown in hydroponics) 🤔

(I don't think I can get a floating water ride back there, though).

zachnfine,
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@ai6yr Whoa, did you actually farm the tilapia (prior residents of the bucket)? Do the fish produce enough waste for all the plants you’ve highlighted or is aquaponics a subset of the garden?

zachnfine,
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@ai6yr I’m in the middle of resetting my hydroponic towers (it’s late I know). On the hottest days of summer I end up dropping bottles of frozen water into their tanks to try and keep them from boiling my plants. I wonder if that would work with fish — it would be interesting to see if they would choose to hover close to the bottles to regulate their own temperature. I did look into aquarium chillers but haven’t gone that route.

zachnfine,
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@ai6yr I wrap my tanks in Mylar to reflect the sun away. It’s not enough when the air itself is over 100°F but it helps.

zachnfine,
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@ai6yr I also like that the Mylar feels properly NASA-ish. Making my own Silent Running garden over here.

zachnfine, to random
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I remember people rejoicing at stackoverflow recently banning LLM-generated answers and sample code from the platform with the thought that this was a welcome hardline anti-AI stance.

I can’t say I told you so, but my thought at the time was that this wasn’t an anti-AI stance at all but was them ensuring their site’s text content would serve as high-quality human generated material to be incorporated into a dataset to train a language model. Training on LLM output can have disastrous results.

carnage4life, to random
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I recently asked a friend with an EV if range anxiety is still an issue. His response is that solvency anxiety is a bigger issue. He raised Fisker and Lucid as two examples of companies that might expire before your car does.

Tesla now gives similar vibes.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2024/04/tesla-to-lay-off-everyone-working-on-superchargers-new-vehicles/

zachnfine,
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@carnage4life I remember before I bought my model 3 (in 2018) wondering about this same issue. I scoured the net and found posts by people who'd analyzed communications between the car and the mothership and were convincing that it was all not too complicated and both mapping and car network functions could likely be hacked into place with some python scripts on a rented server. Seemed reasonable enough.

There are enough of the cars out there that there'll be 3rd party repairs and parts.

ai6yr, to random
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Realized I am not geeky enough to own a light saber or a Star Wars shirt. 🤔

zachnfine,
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@tomjennings @ai6yr I figured it was doing some futuristic reverse ray-tracing analysis of the image. One can see the matte lines in the vfx of the enhance sequence as it reveal parts of the room that weren’t captured in the photo (but were somehow derived by the enhancement machine in the logic of the film). It’s an even greater leap than the later imitators in film and tv that just say “enhance” and clear up a blurry photo.

atomicpoet, to random
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Thing is, “Ashkenazi” doesn’t even mean “European Jew”. It just refers to a specific tradition of practicing Judaism.

Besides Ashkenazim, other Jews have lived in Europe. Guys like Benjamin Disraeli, Baruch Spinoza, and Peter Sellers aren’t even Ashkenazi. They’re Sephardi.

Not that this matters to anti-Semites, though.

zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet @blaise I didn’t even know there was possibly any antagonism until I was older. As a kid at the orthodox Jewish day school in Seattle my religious school was half Sephardi and every other day the prayer service for everyone would switch between Sephardic and Ashkenazi prayer book and tunes. Many of the most respected rabbis and members of the community were Sephardic. And many of the people I know up there have married into their spouse’s tradition.

zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet @blaise This experience may not be remotely typical — though I reckon it’s pretty typical for at least one large community in the US.

pixel, to random
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Not that I have any thing to make with them right now but I bought 4 Z80s. Been wanting to learn electronics so maybe owning these will be a catalyst!

zachnfine,
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atomicpoet, to random
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Simon is a 4-bit computer game. Perhaps, it’s the most well-known of the 4-bit games. It used a TMS1000 CPU.

It was created by Ralph Baer, the same man who made the Magnavox Odyssey—which is the first video game console ever made.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_(game)

zachnfine,
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zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet Oh wow, museum? This was a device we had hooked up to the tv when I was a kid. I got my parents to bring it over last time they visited, was planning to invite some friends for a video gaming night (if it still functions).

zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet I love that the user has to keep score on their own! One detail of gameplay that I remember is that some of the games allowed you to have some control of the ball after you'd hit it, so you could control its speed and a bit of its position as the other person tried to hit it. That's why there are so many pots.

zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet oh for sure, it is safe from the bin.

zachnfine,
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@atomicpoet My Dad actually does pretty much have a computing museum at his house. hand-woven core memory, acoustic coupler modems, the teletype I used to use to write reports from kindergarten onward (was always fun to feed the tape back in and get a second copy when writing plays)

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