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Nikki Haley says she will vote for Donald Trump following their disputes during Republican primary
  • To quote 21 Savage on his song "Running":

    "Pussy. Pussy! Pussy!"

    What a complete and total coward. She did do one good though -- she showed that a sizable number of Republicans aren't happy with Trump, and could be up for grabs in November or just might not vote at all.

  • Dockworkers Push Union Resolution to Block Shipment of Israeli Military Cargo
  • The Dems are a right to far right party by any normal countries standard.

    Except on social issues, but who cares about those? And they used to be left of European parties when it came to immigration, but they've recently moved closer to the xenophobic European position. Oh and they're very clearly left of Labour now too.

    By the way, would you like to clarify what you mean by "normal countries"? I'm assuming here that you meant European, since that's generally what people mean, but it's pretty fucked up to say that normal = European, don't you think?

  • Google promised a better search experience — now it’s telling us to put glue on our pizza
  • I remember in my orgo chemistry lab we were once running an experiment to add a single nitrate group to Toluene as part of a larger synthesis, and someone pointed out that if we left the reaction going too long, things could go boom.

  • Israel Threatens 'Severe Consequences' for Nations Who Recognize Palestine
  • Can they just shut the fuck up already and end their war? They're just firing wildly and killing Palestinian civilians, hostage Israeli civilians, and even themselves! Occasionally they're getting a member of Hamas.

    Just fucking throw in the towel and take the L. Part of me this at this point that Netanyahu is partially prolonging the war because he wants Democrats to be divided and Trump to win so he has an even friendlier US.

    Why do the good die young, and the evil live forever?

  • Unless you've got a better plan in the next 6 months, grab a fucking bucket
  • Because "easily win the election with no issues if they just listen to progressives" is not a known statement. We don't know how it'll work. If we knew that'd be the case, I'd be all for it. But right now on the West Coast, progressives are losing to Republicans in city district attorney races.

    Does that mean progressives are guaranteed to lose nationally? Not at all. But it isn't a given either way, and we shouldn't pretend it is.

  • OpenAI Just Gave Away the Entire Game
  • It should end up self regulating once AI is using AI material. That's the downfall of the companies not bothering to put very clear identification of AI produced material. It'll spiral into a hilarious mess.

  • OpenAI Just Gave Away the Entire Game
  • I think what it comes down to is intention. Are you intending to mimic someone else's likeness without that person's permission? That's wrong. But if you just like someone's voice and want to use them, and they happen to have a similar likeness, that's fine.

    Where OpenAI gloriously fucked up is asking Johansson first. If they hadn't, they would have plausible deniability that they just liked the voice actor's voice. If it reminds them of Johansson, that's even fine. What's wrong is that they specifically wanted her likeness, even after she turned them down.

  • Self-Driving Tesla Nearly Hits Oncoming Train, Raises New Concern On Car's Safety
  • Unfortunately, companies also have to make their products safe for idiots. If the system is in beta or must be supervised, there should be inherently safe design that prevents situations like this from happening even if an idiot is at the wheel.

  • Self-Driving Tesla Nearly Hits Oncoming Train, Raises New Concern On Car's Safety
  • Oh the engineers probably perfectly understood what was going on. But they don't have the ability to correct Musk when he's spewing bullshit.

    Ethically speaking though they're supposed to refuse signing off on the work and whistleblow the issues, so they aren't free of guilt.

    Right now at my work we have a gap in our safety analysis with a contractor's product, and we've had to fight the VP to explain how we can't just say "it's their problem so we won't deal with it" if its part of our product. One of my colleagues had to go up a head to inform the head of safety that we were having issues. It's still an ongoing fight, but I cannot in good conscience allow the product to be finalized when we know there's a safety issue that needs to be addressed.

    Don't get me wrong, it isn't an easy thing to do, and I'm really grateful that my coworker is very steadfast on this. But engineers aren't supposed to approve of any work they know is unsafe.

  • Self-Driving Tesla Nearly Hits Oncoming Train, Raises New Concern On Car's Safety
  • They don’t mean anything in the real world.

    Uh. They mean everything in the real world? You get sued for false advertising and fraud. Fox News got sued heavily for knowingly lying about voting machines. There's a reason that companies have PR departments. Words matter a lot in the real world.

    Are the drivers stupid? Sure. They believed the FSD claim after all. But that doesn't mean Tesla is off the hook. Deceiving stupid people is still deceit.

  • Self-Driving Tesla Nearly Hits Oncoming Train, Raises New Concern On Car's Safety
  • No, newborns rapidly take in new information and learn. "AI" is just a sophisticated text probability model. It doesn't know anything. It isn't learning how things work. It just regurgitates.

    It's like the difference between a student who understands the concepts versus memorizes the test answers.

  • Self-Driving Tesla Nearly Hits Oncoming Train, Raises New Concern On Car's Safety
  • You’re not supposed to blindly trust any of those. Why would FSD be an exception?

    Because that's how Elon (and by extension Tesla) market it. Full self driving. If they're saying I can blindly trust their product, then I expect it to be safe to blindly trust it.

    And if the fine print says I can't blindly trust it, they need to be sued or put under legal pressure to change the term, because it's incredibly misleading.

  • www.nytimes.com In China, Ruled by Men, Women Quietly Find a Powerful Voice

    Women in Shanghai gather in bars, salons and bookstores to reclaim their identities as the country’s leader calls for China to adopt a “childbearing culture.”

    In China, Ruled by Men, Women Quietly Find a Powerful Voice
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    www.nytimes.com Man Sets Himself on Fire Near Courthouse Where Trump Is on Trial

    Onlookers screamed as fire engulfed the young man, who had thrown pamphlets in the air before he set himself aflame. A police officer tried to extinguish the flames before the man was taken away in an ambulance.

    Man Sets Himself on Fire Near Courthouse Where Trump Is on Trial

    Not much info at time of posting what prompted the man to do so

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    www.nbcnews.com Arizona anti-abortion activists aren’t letting up after Supreme Court victory

    The activists said they will continue protesting at clinics for the next two weeks and work to penalize self-managed abortions.

    Arizona anti-abortion activists aren’t letting up after Supreme Court victory

    This article is absolutely infuriating. I'd like to say I'm surprised to see people with such vitriol, but this isn't a surprise.

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    Russia and China Veto U.S.-Led Cease-Fire Resolution at U.N.
    www.nytimes.com Middle East Crisis: Russia and China Veto U.S.-Led Cease-Fire Resolution at U.N.

    The United States had vetoed three previous resolutions demanding a stop to fighting in Gaza. The measure it proposed on Friday called for an “immediate and sustained cease-fire.”

    Middle East Crisis: Russia and China Veto U.S.-Led Cease-Fire Resolution at U.N.

    Edit: It looks like the argument here is that the US is not calling for an instant ceasefire, but instead saying that one is very important to have. China and Russia say it should be immediate. The US also tied it to hostage talks.

    Another resolution is in the works to call for an immediate ceasefire, but the US is expected to veto it because they believe it could endanger hostage talks.

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    www.nytimes.com They Worked Together as Peace Activists. Oct. 7 Changed Everything.

    Tamar Shamir and Mohamed Abu Jafar tried for years to bring Jews and Palestinians together. Now they wonder if they ever understood each other.

    They Worked Together as Peace Activists. Oct. 7 Changed Everything.

    This is an excellent article. It follows an Israeli peace activist and a Palestinian peace activist who work together with a group that believes communication between Israelis and Palestinians is paramount to having a peaceful resolution.

    What it does really well is highlight how the two of them talk past each other and don't realize it -- one of them makes an innocuous comment, and the other thinks it's something bad but doesn't speak up necessarily.

    The article also provides really good perspective on how misinformation and fog of war are affecting the conflict. It highlights situations where Israelis are lied to and shown selective news, and where Palestinians are lied to and shown selective news.

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    www.politico.com Cornel West sets his sights on a key battleground state

    The independent candidate is well positioned to capitalize on Biden's weaknesses in a certain swing state.

    Cornel West sets his sights on a key battleground state
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    Mike Johnson’s America: Revisit landmark SCOTUS decisions and use government to ‘restrain evil’
    www.cnn.com Mike Johnson’s America: Revisit landmark SCOTUS decisions and use government to ‘restrain evil’ | CNN

    Mike Johnson, the new Speaker of the House, voiced support for revisiting Supreme Court decisions that struck down restrictions on the use of contraception, barred bans on gay sex and legalized same sex marriages, according to a CNN review of his prior public statements.

    Mike Johnson’s America: Revisit landmark SCOTUS decisions and use government to ‘restrain evil’ | CNN

    The article has a fantastic line about how Johnson's views are so out of step, even the majority of the conservative justices on the supreme court don't champion them. He agrees with Thomas, and Thomas is exceptionally unique in just how insanely conservative he is.

    As a fun bonus, the article also has quotes of him praising Trump, if you ever wanted to see the moral bankruptcy of evangelicals laid completely bare to see.

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    GOP senators’ late night effort to approve military nominations fails to overcome Tuberville and Lee hold
    www.cnn.com GOP senators’ late night effort to approve military nominations fails to overcome Tuberville and Lee hold | CNN Politics

    Republican Senators Tommy Tuberville and Mike Lee maintained the Alabama Republican’s hold on military nominations despite a group of Republican senators who attempted to push through nominations when they returned to the Senate floor in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

    GOP senators’ late night effort to approve military nominations fails to overcome Tuberville and Lee hold | CNN Politics

    He still refuses to budge, even after Republicans were eviscerated on election day for abortion. They're going to keep getting hit for it until they can rein in true believers like Tuberville.

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    www.theguardian.com Gaza needs a humanitarian pause. Then we need a vision of where we go from here | Bernie Sanders

    One thing is clear: there cannot be a return to the status quo that existed in Gaza before the war

    Gaza needs a humanitarian pause. Then we need a vision of where we go from here | Bernie Sanders

    This is a fantastic opinion piece by Sanders that lays it out the situation before the Hamas attack, the current situation, and what should be done. He lays out several requirements for peace that aid to Israel should be contingent on. He also notes that Hamas is hurting the Palestinians, which is a detail very few mention.

    He's also one of the first people I've seen try to take a stab at what a lasting solution needs to be -- two states, Netanyahu ousted, Hamas destroyed, foundations of Palestinian civil government created.

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    www.nytimes.com Blasting Bullhorns and Water Cannons, Chinese Ships Wall Off the Sea

    The world’s most brazen maritime militarization is gaining muscle in waters through which one-third of global ocean trade passes.

    Blasting Bullhorns and Water Cannons, Chinese Ships Wall Off the Sea

    The article provided a good overview of the situation and firsthand accounts, plus marked up maps. The maps make it clear just how ridiculous their claims are. It's like a modern "manifest destiny" philosophy.

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    www.newsweek.com Democrat triumphs in Republican stronghold in warning sign to Trump

    The Democrat victory reduces the Republican majority in the New Hampshire House to just one seat.

    Democrat triumphs in Republican stronghold in warning sign to Trump

    Democrats won 56-44 in a NH district which Trump barely won in 2020. Encouraging news!

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    McCarthy faces a threat to oust him as speaker. Here's how that could work
    www.cnn.com McCarthy faces a threat to oust him as speaker. Here's how that could work | CNN Politics

    The impending showdown on Capitol Hill over government funding represents a significant leadership test for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The road ahead is rocky as the speaker faces tough vote math, major challenges and the potential threat of a conservative revolt against his speakership.

    McCarthy faces a threat to oust him as speaker. Here's how that could work | CNN Politics

    Turns out constantly capitulating to the far right doesn't earn you any loyalty from them -- who'd have guessed? /s

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    finance.yahoo.com A.I.’s un-learning problem: Researchers say it’s virtually impossible to make an A.I. model ‘forget’ the things it learns from private user data

    As it turns out, it’s impossible to remove a user’s data from a trained A.I. model. Deleting the model entirely is also difficult—and there’s little regulation to enforce either option.

    A.I.’s un-learning problem: Researchers say it’s virtually impossible to make an A.I. model ‘forget’ the things it learns from private user data

    I'm rather curious to see how the EU's privacy laws are going to handle this.

    (Original article is from Fortune, but Yahoo Finance doesn't have a paywall)

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    The Clean Energy Future is Roiling both Friends and Foes
    www.nytimes.com The Clean Energy Future Is Roiling Both Friends and Foes

    Resistance to wind and solar projects from environmentalists is among an array of impediments to widespread conversion to renewables.

    The Clean Energy Future Is Roiling Both Friends and Foes

    I hate NIMBY environmentalist hypocrites

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    Joe Blackburn addresses concerns from SotG, talks about new maps and new armor

    Highlights -- an Eververse armor next season is going to be moved to ritual armor, a dedicated team is going to bring free PvP map packs.

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    Don't overstate 1.5 degrees C threat, new IPCC head says
    www.dw.com Don't overstate 1.5 degrees C threat, new IPCC head says – DW – 07/30/2023

    Jim Skea, the new head of the UN's IPCC climate panel, said it was not helpful to imply that temperature increases of 1.5 degrees Celsius posed an existential threat to humanity.

    Don't overstate 1.5 degrees C threat, new IPCC head says – DW – 07/30/2023

    In short, we aren't on track to an apocalyptic extinction, and the new head is concerned that rhetoric that we are is making people apathetic and paralyzes them from making beneficial actions.

    He makes it clear too that this doesn't mean things are perfectly fine. The world is becoming and will be more dangerous with respect to climate. We're going to still have serious problems to deal with. The problems just aren't insurmountable and extinction level.

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    Bellwether? Ohio voters back abortion rights amendment in a test case for other states

    Ohio is having a vote in November to decide on if abortion will be legal or not. Similar ballot measures and referendums have shown huge support for abortion in even conservative states.

    There is a measure yet to be voted on in August for if the November vote has to reach 60% and meet other conditions instead of being simple majority.

    Polling suggests a landslide victory for legalizing abortion and intense disapproval of changing the requirements.

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    Hot take: LLM technology is being purposefully framed as AI to avoid accountability

    Which of the following sounds more reasonable?

    • I shouldn't have to pay for the content that I use to tune my LLM model and algorithm.

    • We shouldn't have to pay for the content we use to train and teach an AI.

    By calling it AI, the corporations are able to advocate for a position that's blatantly pro corporate and anti writer/artist, and trick people into supporting it under the guise of a technological development.

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    www.businessinsider.com Twitter accuses Meta of hiring former staff in cease-and-desist letter

    Elon Musk fired thousands of Twitter employees shortly after he purchased the company and said their talents will "be of great use elsewhere."

    There's just something fucking hilarious about laying off employees, mocking them, and being sued for improperly firing them -- and then whining that your competitor hired them and that they have access to Twitter information still.

    I believe this fits well under the "fuck around and find out" doctrine.

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