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@FaceDeer@kbin.social

Basically a deer with a human face. Despite probably being some sort of magical nature spirit, his interests are primarily in technology and politics and science fiction.

Spent many years on Reddit and is now exploring new vistas in social media.

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Can vouch for those, I got a set and they work great.

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Nah, a future president would give the weapons to Russia and the SCOTUS would rule "it's totally different this time somehow."

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From the article:

The U.S. Army years ago determined that these DPICMs—produced in large quantities between the 1970s and 1990s—are unreliable and unsafe, as any particular submunition has up to a 14-percent chance of being a dud.

The Army around 2017 declared a requirement for a new cluster shell with a one-percent dud rate. “Rounds now in the U.S. stockpile do not meet the Office of the Secretary of Defense's goal,” wrote Peter Burke, then the service’s top ammunition manager.

Their shit is worth nothing. It's not even being manufactured any more.

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That's not exactly bound Trump in the past.

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It's a stockpile that explicitly doesn't meet US military standards. It needs to be disposed of anyway.

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I'm an opponent of the death penalty in general, but I've always felt that if a state is going to execute someone anyway and I can't stop that then at least they should be using inert gas asphyxiation. Because only a drooling moron could possibly mess that up and cause the process to be painful somehow.

Alabama once again manages to impress.

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Negative examples are just as useful to train on as positive ones.

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It's the "peer-reviewed" part that should be raising eyebrows, not the AI-generated part. How the gibberish images were generated is secondary to the fact that the peer reviewers just waved the obvious nonsense through without even the most cursory inspection.

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For reasons I no longer remember, about 14 years ago I stumbled across The Endless Forest. I poked around on the web page a bit, decided it was interesting but not interesting enough to actually install, and moved on. A short while later I saw something on Reddit that I felt like posting a comment on, and so I created an account and this was the first username that popped to mind.

Quite some time later I got into modding a game called Minetest, and a very common element in its API is the "facedir" of a node - short for facing direction. I had a lot of people assume I'd drawn my name from that, but it was sheer coincidence.

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I've lost track, is AI a good thing today or a bad thing?

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Trump will put way more innocent lives at risk, so you are doing exactly what you're saying tou would never do by putting your vote for Biden on the table.

That's what's funny.

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You go from zero to Hitler at the drop of a hat.

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Wouldn't that also cost those cab and uber drivers jobs?

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I think that's too convenient and loaded an explanation. I suspect a better one can be found in social identity theory, with positions like these being social markers that they use to establish firm boundaries around their in-group. Every group tends to develop social markers, things you're expected to believe or otherwise exhibit to show that you're "on their side." There may be some particular reason why any given marker first shows up, but once it gets adopted it becomes essentially self-perpetuating.

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Social markers are usually not a conscious thing. Once it becomes part of the "this is the way a proper person behaves" ruleset it gets internalized.

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The Eugenics War ran from 1992 to 1996, so I think we're probably okay.

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It's currently 2024, so we're still okay. :)

Russian autopsy shows Navalny locked self in Siberian gulag, poisoned self (www.thebeaverton.com)

“MOSCOW – Officials from the Kremlin, under the close supervision of Russian President Vladimir Putin, have concluded an autopsy of Alexei Navalny, concluding that the recently-deceased opposition leader spontaneously sentenced himself to 30 years in a remote Siberian gulag before then ingesting his own poison that he...

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This is the second Onion headline in two days that I only realized was an Onion headline after I clicked the link.

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They're rolling it out gradually, as is customary for routine updates.

I'm not sure why this is worthy of a headline, frankly. This is how Microsoft typically does these things. I guess it's the "...with AI involved somehow!" Bit in the title that makes it interesting? I expect that's going to get old fairly quickly.

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Took me way too long to realize that headline was from The Onion.

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I do think it's the wrong thing to do. Do you think biased headlines are a good thing?

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I don't know why this is even an argument. You asked me "Where’s the lie? And where’s the mandate to have no ideological leanings?" And I was answering that there wasn't either of those things in my comment. That's what "just point it out" meant in this context.

Bias is a continuum. A less-biased headline would be, for example, "Musk and Assange nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize." That provides the facts without throwing in the otherwise-irrelevent "...just like a bunch of other awful people!" Shot at the end.

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Thanks, and you as well. I'm gratified that we ended up embodying the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize in the end, despite their ironically divisive nominations. :)

Generative AI’s environmental costs are soaring — and mostly secret (www.nature.com)

one assessment suggests that ChatGPT, the chatbot created by OpenAI in San Francisco, California, is already consuming the energy of 33,000 homes. It’s estimated that a search driven by generative AI uses four to five times the energy of a conventional web search. Within years, large AI systems are likely to need as much...

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That's not the comment I was referring to. Here's a direct link, where you said:

I think it’s reasonable for a mob to destroy one of the many self-driving cars that have been pissing off San Francisco residents for a very long time now when it tries to drive into them during a big celebration where cars weren’t even supposed to be. Who got hurt here? Waymo? Fuck Waymo.

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The car didn't drive into them. It stopped.

But re-arguing a week-old thread in a different unrelated thread is likely even less welcome. Anyone who's really interested can go read it.

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