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ajsadauskas AJ Sadauskas @aus.social

Australian urban planning, public transport, politics, retrocomputing, and tech nerd. Recovering journo. Cat parent. Part-time miserable grump.

Cities for people, not cars! Tech for people, not investors!

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It's time to call a spade a spade. ChatGPT isn't just hallucinating. It's a bullshit machine.

It's time to call a spade a spade. ChatGPT isn't just hallucinating. It's a bullshit machine.

From TFA (thanks @mxtiffanyleigh for sharing):

"Bullshit is 'any utterance produced where a speaker has indifference towards the truth of the utterance'. That explanation, in turn, is divided into two "species": hard bullshit, which occurs when there is an agenda to mislead, or soft bullshit, which is uttered without agenda.

"ChatGPT is at minimum a soft bullshitter or a bullshit machine, because if it is not an agent then it can neither hold any attitudes towards truth nor towards deceiving hearers about its (or, perhaps more properly, its users') agenda."

https://futurism.com/the-byte/researchers-ai-chatgpt-hallucinations-terminology

@technology #technology #chatGPT #LLM #LargeLanguageModels

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Daily discussion thread: 🐈‍⬛🤢⚽ Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • @just_kitten @Thornburywitch Many of the OG hipsters have moved west to Footscray and Yarraville.

    Or they decamped during the pandemic, and migrated to one of the towns around Castlemaine or Belgrave.

    There's also a steady cross-border migration to Newtown and Marrickville in Sydney.

  • Google Admits Its AI Overviews Search Feature Screwed Up
  • @makeasnek On a broader note, I think possibly the best approach for decentralised, open-sourced web search might be an evolution on the SearXNG model.

    At the top of the funnel, you have meta search engines that query and aggregate results from a number of smaller niche search engines.

    The metasearch engines are open source, anyone with a spare server or a web hosting account can spin one up.

    For some larger sites that are trustworthy, such as Wikipedia, the site's own search engine might be what's queried.

    For the Fediverse and other similar federated networks, the query is fed through a trusted node on the network.

    And then there's a host of smaller niche search engines, which only crawl and index pages on a small number of websites vetted and curated by a human.

    (Perhaps on a particular topic? Or a local library or university might curate a list of notable local websites?)

    (Alternatively, it might be that a crawler for a web index like Curlie.org only crawls websites chosen by its topic moderators.)

    In this manner, you could build a decent web search engine without needing the scale of Google or Microsoft.

  • Google Admits Its AI Overviews Search Feature Screwed Up
  • @makeasnek @schizoidman YaCy is still around.

    And https://searx.space/ is an open source metasearch search engine with many instances. (Try https://searx.be/ if you want to test it out.)

    SearX/SearXNG allows you to aggregate results from a number of different search engines. You choose which ones, and they're stored in your browser without setting up an account.

  • Federated Blogging Platforms
  • @sabreW4K3 Plume doesn't appear to be active, unfortunately 🥺

    There's a notice on the official Join Plume website saying the former developers don't have the time to maintain it anymore. Most of the former public instances now throw up errors of various kinds.

    WriteFreely ( @writefreely ) is alive and well. I was seriously toying with the idea of setting up a blog through its main instance, which is called Write.as Professional. The sticking point for me was that the official on-platform monetisation tool (Coil) appears to be dead, and doesn't support members-only posts (like Ghost).

    Ghost, when federation goes live, looks like it will be the best option for my blog.

    WordPress plus @pfefferle 's plugins is another great option, depending on what you want to use it for. (There's no shortage of WP plugins!)

    As for Lemmy, I could see a blogging-focussed front end being created for it, in the same way FediBB put a traditional message board front end on it, but one doesn't appear to exist at present.

  • Daily discussion thread: 🐻 Sunday, May 26, 2024
  • @tombruzzo @Gibsonisafluffybutt I'm in the process of switching over — I downloaded Firefox quite literally this morning.

    I'm also playing around with NextCloud as a possible substitute for a number of Google's other services.

    Unfortunately, it looks like Google jumped the shark at this point.

    The accountants and managerialists are well and truly in charge. The people who actually cared about building a great search engine, or a great open mobile operating system, have been cast aside.

    Panicked decision-making about LLMs and enshittification for profit seems to be the new norm.

  • Time for an ICQ for the Fediverse?
  • @fishos I'm honoured to still be considered part of the younger generations, given the first time I used ICQ was around 1997...

  • Time for an ICQ for the Fediverse?

    Time for an ICQ for the Fediverse?

    Looks like ICQ is finally shutting down, just as interest in retro internet tools is growing.

    https://www.theverge.com/2024/5/25/24164579/icq-shut-down-june

    @fediverse #ICQ #Fediverse

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    A vital step forward for Parramatta as Sydney's second CBD.

    A vital step forward for Parramatta as Sydney's second CBD.

    The old Riverside Theatre is frankly starting to show its age.

    Having a modern venue for theatre, concerts, and live music in Western Sydney is an important investment for the arts.

    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/theatre/broadway-comes-to-parramatta-new-188-million-theatre-for-western-sydney-20240522-p5jfoh.html

    @sydney #Parramatta #Art #concerts #theatre #nsw #nswpol #sydney

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    Want to be an AFL media personality? It's easy — just follow the four-step Kane Cornes plan.

    Want to be an AFL media personality? It's easy — just follow the four-step Kane Cornes plan.

    1. Look up which teams that lost on the weekend.

    2. For each of the teams, come up with a reason why either:

    a) It's the players' fault. They're too lazy. Don't train hard enough. Don't put in enough effort! b) It's the players' fault. They're not skilled enough! c) It's the coach's fault. Bad tactics. Bad strategy. He's allowing those players to be lazy! d) It's the recruiter's fault. They picked/traded for the wrong players!

    1. Get your producers to find a passage of play, interview, or press conference you can say backs up your claim.

    2. Go on TV or radio and say what you think confidently, as if you're really pissed off about it.

    Yeah, the older Richmond players didn't show enough effort. You really don't care — you used to play for Port Adelaide after all.

    But you pretend you do on TV and the radio, because it makes great content.

    That's really all it takes, folks!

    \#AFL #footy @afl #Nine #KaneCornes #Adelaide #Melbourne #SouthAustralia #Victoria

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    Daily discussion thread: 🍔 Monday, May 20, 2024
  • @StudChud @Pilk He may now have softer, more supple and youthful skin, but he'll always be awful on the inside.

  • Keeping pet cats indoors would save millions of native animals and billions of dollars. So what's stopping us?
  • @trk @TassieTosser Knox City Council in outer-eastern Melbourne did exactly this: https://www.knox.vic.gov.au/whats-happening/news/keeping-your-cats-safe-and-secured .

    The council did it because some of its suburbs (The Basin, Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully, parts of Boronia, Lysterfield) border national parks and the Dandenong Ranges.

    Younger cats can adapt to living indoors.

    But the challenge was with older cats, who are used to roaming around.

    The happy medium would be to phase it in over five to 10 years, where any new cats registered or adopted after a particular date have to stay indoors, but older cats can continue to roam.

  • Daily discussion thread: 🌭 Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • @Pilk @melbourne_wanderer Wifey had COVID about a month ago. It was really bad for a week, including intense migraines, but then cleared up.

    About a week after most of her symptoms cleared, she began regaining her sense of taste.

    A couple of weeks after that, we were in a queue outdoors and she complained: "Ugh I can't stand the smell of cigarettes. Wait — I can smell the smokers! This is amazing! I CAN SMELL THE SMOKERS!"

    Your mileage may vary, but for her it was mostly back within a month.

  • Daily discussion thread: 🌭 Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • @Seagoon_ Maybe Paul Jennings?

    Some supernatural event happens to a kid, that causes the grown ups around them to be covered in snot is the most Paul Jennings plot he's never written.

    You could even call it something like Unblocked...

  • Mother and daughter abducted from shopping centre carpark, forced to buy laptops
  • @Duenan @Taleya "A mother says a man armed with a knife told her to 'just stop crying' as he forced her to drive and buy laptops in Melbourne's south-east while her six-month-old daughter sat in the back seat.

    ...

    "Police say the victim was getting out of her car at the Stud Park Shopping Centre [in Rowville] last Friday night when she was confronted by a man who threatened her with a knife and forced her back into the driver's seat of her Suzuki S Cross."

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-17/woman-child-abducted-melbourne-shopping-centre-laptops-police/103859562

    There was a thread on here about someone considering moving to Rowville?

    Yeah, here's a good example of why that's a bad idea...

  • Daily discussion thread: 🥧 Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • @Seagoon_ I just stopped by the shops quickly, and while I was there, picked up a freshly-made cinnamon donut.

    Nom Nom Nom.

  • Daily discussion thread: 🥧 Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • @melbourne_wanderer @Seagoon_ That's awful 😞

    Hope you have a full and speedy recovery.

  • Daily discussion thread: 🥧 Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • @Seagoon_ @StudChud UGH! Of course that's when they'd come!

    And then instead of one long relaxing shower, you end up with two half showers 😔

    Seriously, it's the kind of thing that would make me a grump all day.

    I hope it was at least someone or something important at the door.

    (If it's just some salesman who's promising to cut your power bills, in the circumstances you're completely justified in chasing him off with a cricket bat.)

  • I'm thinking seriously about getting Google out of my life, and trying NextCloud.
  • @geillescas @jajabor @asklemmy That, and also making files/emails/calendar events synced across your computer and your phone.

  • I'm thinking seriously about getting Google out of my life, and trying NextCloud.
  • @denshirenji @asklemmy On photos, does NextCloud Photos or Memories play nice with Digikam or any other desktop photo gallery applications? And what about Immich?

  • I'm thinking seriously about getting Google out of my life, and trying NextCloud.

    I'm thinking seriously about getting Google out of my life, and trying NextCloud.

    Looking to get a personal account through a managed provider.

    Does anyone have any experience with it?

    How does it compare to ownCloud?

    Any hosts I should look at or avoid?

    Any apps I should get for it, or avoid?

    Any issues I should be aware of before I switch?

    @asklemmy #NextCloud #OpenSource #Linux #Cloud

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    Daily discussion thread: 🐈‍⬛ Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • @Seagoon_ @TinyBreak Totally.

    Honestly, I feel icky just thinking about KFC food, it's just so greasy.

    Unless you have a specific craving for the greasiest thing imaginable because you're pregnant/emotionally eating/have cramps/have a hangover/are really drunk/are six-years-old, I don't know why anyone would want it?

  • Daily discussion thread: 👾 Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • @tombruzzo Out of curiosity, roughly how large is this organisation? Is it closer to 10 staff, 50 staff, or 1000?

    Also, you mentioned something I found interesting.

    You said the business wants everything done now, but also everyone needs to give their input and approval.

    Is that an issue just with the website? Or is it across the board in your business?

  • Daily discussion thread: 👾 Tuesday, May 14, 2024
  • @StudChud @Seagoon_ Nawww

    Sweet little Mickey is soooo cute 😻

  • A huge congratulations to @philipthalis on his well-deserved award.

    A huge congratulations to @philipthalis on his well-deserved award.

    Philip is undeniably both one of Australia's most respected architects and a tireless advocate for good urban design.

    More importantly, he's not afraid to speak up publicly against bad state government planning decisions, as he did with Barangaroo, even when there's a personal cost.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/architect-philip-thalis-paid-the-price-for-being-outspoken-now-he-s-won-the-profession-s-gold-medal-20240510-p5jcjb.html

    @urbanism #Planning #UrbanPlanning #Cities #Urbanism #Buildings #Architecture #Transport #Architect #Walking #Walkability

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    So despite climate change, Australia's federal government has just committed an extra $3.25 billion into building a toll road and a 20-lane freeway widening.

    So despite climate change, Australia's federal government has just committed an extra $3.25 billion into building a toll road and a 20-lane freeway widening.

    For those who wonder why Aussies think toll roads are a scam (https://aus.social/@[email protected]/112405373613706682), here's a great example of why.

    "Pouring an extra $3.25 billion worth of federal funds into Melbourne’s North East Link is a good use of taxpayer money, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has insisted, despite the project’s cost doubling just a few months ago.

    ...

    "The North East Link – which includes 6½ kilometres of tunnels – will stretch from Bulleen to Greensborough. It will widen the Eastern Freeway by up to 20 lanes.

    "Allan revealed in December that the 10-kilometre toll road had more than doubled in cost since it was first announced.

    "The toll road was initially budgeted at $10 billion and reassessed in 2019 at $15 billion. But the government revealed last year that the updated cost estimate was $26 billion."

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/federal-funding-to-boost-victorian-road-link-by-3-25-billion-20240509-p5ii7b.html

    @fuck\_cars #Urbanism #Auspol #Vicpol #roads #UrbanPlanning #transport #cities #Melbourne #Naarm #Victoria #Australia

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    Hornsby is the fifth best place to live in Australia, apparently.

    Hornsby is the fifth best place to live in Australia, apparently.

    At least, according to a study SGS Economics and Planning:

    "Sydney's Northern beaches ranks as the highest in the nation for wellbeing, with only one Queensland city making it to the top 10, the annual index revealed today.

    "The Australian Capital Territory came in second due to its low gender wage gaps, climate change risks and the division of wealth."

    The study assessed 518 local council areas on seven indicators:

    \* economy \* income and wealth \* employment, knowledge and skills \* housing \* health \* equality, community and work-life balance \* environment

    The top 10 local government areas are:

    1. Northern Beaches (Greater Sydney)

    2. Australian Capital Territory

    3. North Sydney (Greater Sydney)

    4. Ku-ring-gai (Greater Sydney)

    5. Hornsby (Greater Sydney)

    6. Lane Cove (Greater Sydney)

    7. Mosman (Greater Sydney)

    8. Sutherland (Greater Sydney)

    9. Sydney (Greater Sydney)

    10. Brisbane (Greater Brisbane)

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-08/sgs-cities-regions-wellbeing-index-wage-gaps-environment-health/103815302

    \#sydney @sydney #livability #nsw #planning #UrbanPlanning

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    The toll road scam: A government-made monopoly you pay for.

    The toll road scam: A government-made monopoly you pay for.

    Here's a funny-because-it's-true take on Transurban and the poor tax it imposes, from Punter's Politics:

    https://youtu.be/FlKBakPAtiw?si=G39\_0GcJzSB0SSA8

    \#cars #roads #fuckcars @fuck\_cars #tolls #tollroads #memes #funny #urbanism #UrbanPlanning #auspol #vicpol #nswpol

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    Sydney Trains @aussie.zone AJ Sadauskas @aus.social

    Looks like Sydney Trains is going to drop the jargon from its PA announcements.

    Looks like Sydney Trains is going to drop the jargon from its PA announcements.

    From the SMH:

    "Commuters will soon be told to “get off” the train, rather than “alight”, after Sydney Trains resolved to overhaul its station announcements to favour colloquial language.

    "The phrase “this train terminates here” is also being retired, due to concerns the word “terminates” is difficult to understand."

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/this-phrase-terminates-here-sydney-train-announcement-overhaul-20240502-p5foby.html

    @sydneytrains #trains #sydney #nsw #transit #planning #train #UrbanPlanning

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    So the RTA's own modelling showed the Rozelle Interchange would be a traffic disaster—but generating more toll road trips for Transurban was more important.

    So the RTA's own modelling showed the Rozelle Interchange would be a traffic disaster—but generating more toll road trips for Transurban was more important.

    "The [NSW Roads and Traffic Authority] finalised the first business case for the WestConnex tunnel project in June 2013, with the help of road designers from around the world.

    "[Paul Forward, a former CEO of the RTA] said the initial concept did not include the Rozelle Interchange.

    ...

    "In 2014, an expert review group was formed to assess these plans.

    "Mr Forward said it was at this point that TfNSW bureaucrats began to question the connectivity provided by the design.

    "The RTA's former director of traffic Chris Ford told the inquiry that 15 alternative designs were modelled.

    "Mr Ford said the modelling found that another motorway leading to the Anzac Bridge would cause congestion.

    "'The issues that we see today were very clearly established in the modelling in 2014,' he said.

    "In November 2015, after Mr Forward and Mr Ford were dismissed, TfNSW updated the WestConnex business case to include the tunnel to the Anzac Bridge, despite the congestion concerns raised by the modelling.

    "In 2016, Transport for NSW updated the business case a second time ... creating a tunnel linking the Iron Cove Bridge to the Anzac Bridge."

    ...

    "In 2018, the NSW government sold its 51 per cent stake in the Sydney Motorway Corporation, the body responsible for operating WestConnex, to Transurban for $9 billion.

    "Mr Forward said the final design would generate a larger number of toll trips than previous options."

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-03/sydney-western-harbour-tunnel-warringah-freeway-traffic-disaster/103801818

    @fuck\_cars #roads #cars #urbanism #nswpol #sydney #WestConnex #UrbanPlanning #transport

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    "It's going to be a bloody disaster": Tell me again about how the second road tunnel under Sydney Harbour won't make congestion worse?

    "It's going to be a bloody disaster": Tell me again about how the second road tunnel under Sydney Harbour won't make congestion worse?

    "Civil engineer Les Wielinga, a former CEO at the now-defunct Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), made the fiery comments at a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the bungled Rozelle Interchange.

    "The Western Harbour Tunnel, which is under construction, will allow drivers travelling between the inner west and the North Shore to bypass the CBD.

    "Entries and exits to the tunnel will lie at the Ernest Street interchange in Cammeray and near the Falcon Street interchange at North Sydney.

    "'It's going to be a bloody disaster,' Mr Wielinga told the upper house committee on Friday.

    "Paul Forward, another former CEO of the RTA, told the inquiry he was concerned about the project's design.

    "'You've now got three motorways coming out into this short area, and whilst I would recognise there are some exit points, some off-ramps, those motorways are now all going into the Lane Cove Tunnel,' he said.

    "'A large number of lanes are going into two lanes at the Lane Cove Tunnel. Sounds familiar?'"

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-03/sydney-western-harbour-tunnel-warringah-freeway-traffic-disaster/103801818

    @fuck\_cars #sydney #roads #planning #UrbanPlanning

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    Where to now for North?

    Where to now for North?

    Smashed by a fairly ordinary Hawthorn side, with some big injuries including Day, Lewis, Jiath, Wingard, and Breust.

    The big question: Is the issue North's list? Or has the game gone past Clarko as a coach?

    "Meanwhile, North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson concedes his side is still a long way off the pace after forecasting the match would be an indicator of where his rebuilding outfit sits in its development.

    "He was left in no doubt and North has now lost 26 of 27 games since success in Clarkson's first two outings at the helm early last year."

    https://www.afl.com.au/news/1113608

    \#AFL @afl

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    How to remove a freeway...

    How to remove a freeway...

    The decision to build freeways instead of rail in the post-war years, along with the low-rise single-zoned suburbs it promoted, has been an absolute planning disaster.

    But the mistake can be fixed, and freeways can be removed.

    City Beautiful's Dave Amos @citybeautiful has an interesting look at some of America's endangered freeways, and how communities can get them removed:

    https://youtu.be/XOpjDSUmPtU?si=F7SHc-uDLJkKd9Gu

    @fuck\_cars #freeways #urbanism #UrbanPlanning #cars

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    Hawthorn just being utterly outclassed by Gold Coast.

    Hawthorn just being utterly outclassed by Gold Coast.

    Not sure if the return of Will Day will make a difference or if they need to go back to the draft, but they desperately need another quality midfielder. #AFL @afl

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    Disgraceful conduct by Pandemonium Festival promoter Andrew McManus.

    Disgraceful conduct by Pandemonium Festival promoter Andrew McManus.

    He has apparently taken to Facebook to threaten ticketholders who have asked for a refund with violence.

    This as the wheels have almost completely fallen off his Pandemonium Festival: https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/what-s-going-on-punters-left-hanging-over-controversial-rock-festival-20240322-p5fehb.html

    \#music @melbourne #concerts #rock #business #capitalism #melbourne #festival #festivals #pandemonium #business #tickets #australia

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    How the mighty have fallen. Reigning premiers Collingwood less than one goal ahead of a bottom-four side, in Hawthorn, in the fourth quarter.

    How the mighty have fallen. Reigning premiers Collingwood less than one goal ahead of a bottom-four side, in Hawthorn, in the fourth quarter.

    \#AFL @afl

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    Alessia Cara is back in the studio!

    Alessia Cara is back in the studio!

    She just posted the following on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5Th4IMutTY/?igsh=MTc4MmM1YmI2Ng==

    Alessia's a very talented and frankly underrated young singer-songwriter. Hopefully we see a new album from her soon!

    \#AlessiaCara #Alessia #Music #PopMusic #Pop @popheads

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    Not again! BoM issues Flood warning for Qld and NSW.

    Not again! BoM issues Flood warning for Qld and NSW.

    "A major rain event will engulf most of eastern Australia during the next 48 hours, prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue flood watches from southern Queensland to the NSW South Coast.

    "Greater Sydney could be soaked by up to 200mm from late Thursday to early Saturday, potentially leading to major flooding along the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, while Brisbane and Canberra also face the prospect of heavy rain."

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-04/torrential-rain-triggers-flood-watch-for-sydney/103665240

    @sydney #sydney #NSW #Australia #ClimateChange #weather #floods

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    General rule of thumb: Low gross emissions are better than net zero or net negative emissions.

    General rule of thumb: Low gross emissions are better than net zero or net negative emissions.

    Especially when those low gross emissions are across scope one (on premises), two (off-site energy), and three (supply chain).

    Doubly so if those net zero/negative emissions are due to carbon offsets.

    \#ClimateChange #Climate #Environment @green #GlobalWarming #CarbonEsmissions #NetZero

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