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[PSA voice] pirating disney+ shows isn't just cost-effective, it's the right thing to do!

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nobody:

me: DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WAY WE TEACH ALGEBRA BEFORE GEOMETRY MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE ALGEBRA WAS DEVELOPED AS A SET OF SOLUTION TECHNIQUES FOR GEOMETRY PROBLEMS BY ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE GEOMETRICIANS

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Have you considered the Use Case where the User is angry with you, doesn't like you, doesn't like your Product (tm), thinks your entire socio-economic class are measurably making everything worse and accelerating a global slide into fascism, genocide and extinction, and is only sullenly interacting with your Product (tm) at the cracking point of the harsh whip of capitalism because they will lose the ability to eat if they do not

because you might find that's quite a large class of users

i'm getting real wary of the terms "AMAB" and "AFAB"

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that eerie feeling when you make a request for comments on an idea and you're just waiting the requested comments to flow in

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Sufficiently poor magic is indistinguishable from technology

kinda hilarious how effectively the entire information technology industry is terrible not only at managing information but also at creating technology to manage information

Who decided to make the Internet uninteresting? It's all memes and fluff. Give me something boring to read.

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Tim Berners-Lee's stupid NFT suffering from character encoding problems is the most on-brand possible fuckup

decrypt.co/75044/an-error-in-t

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Melissa says bland rights.

People are allowed to be boring!

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if we build software that doesn't scale, that's okay because our communities are small, and it means the megas can't use it

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Most code on GitHub is crap because most code is crap, period. Most software is buggy, insecure, inaccessible, and unsuccessful at accomplishing its goals

That gets fed into Copilot which will output bad code and, if popular, will dominate GitHub repos, feeding back into Copilot

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That most of everything is crap usually isn’t a problem for machine learning. You use them to modify works (photography), or in non-critical contexts (phone auto-completes), or as checks (grammarly).

GitHub Copilot is unique in that it risks creating a bad code feedback loop

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GPT is cool and generates fun stuff but as a problem solving tool it's basically worthless. all these neural network models are total black boxes. you can't really give them instructions to alter their behavior because their behavior is governed by a highly complex sequence of inputs and outputs, you can only alter their behavior by adjusting the training inputs. that's why i think this stuff is a dead end as far as solving problems goes. it's just not commensurate at all with the processes humans use to produce text

AI-assisted code authorship flies in the face of engineering ethics

(not that software engineers have any fucking ethics to begin with)

i forgot what it felt like to use a real computer

it feels... unencumbering.

so i just got this thing called a "thinkpad" and it's kinda incredible

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