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Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 21 July 2024
  • Saw this in passing earlier and I just laughed

    Until indicated otherwise I’m going to presume it was some bizbro PM/PO/whatever pushing it because they really think it should be there “to be able to compete” (because of some laughably idiotic misunderstanding of their own value proposition and pitch)

    Tangent: while I mostly run my own servers and services I did a recent assay on who’s reasonable for service shit. Proton kept popping up massively recommended while some occasional critical mentions from folks in anarchist circles, etc - made me a bit 🤨 and want to dig in more, but also just their product offerings aren’t great. Others I poked into are fastmail and tuta - both seem a fair bit better. Might be worth a look

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 21 July 2024
  • I’m severely backlogged on catching up to things but my (total and complete) guess would be something like: all the recent headlines about funding and commitments are almost certainly imprecise in localisation and duration - everyone that “got money” didn’t necessarily get “money” but instead commitments to funding, and “everyone” is a much smaller set of entities that don’t encompass a really wide gallery of entities

    So for all the previously-extant promptfondlers/ model dilettantes/etc out there, the writing may indeed have been (and may still be) on the wall ito runway (“startup operating capital remaining available and viable to avoid death”)

    Based on the kind of headlines seen (and presuming the above supposition for the sake of argument), and the kind of utterly milquetoast garbage all the interceding months have produced, I don’t think it’s likely that much of the promised money will make it through to this layer/lot either. But that’s entirely a guess at this stage (and I can think of some fairly hefty counter-argument examples that may contribute to countering, not least because of how many people/orgs wouldn’t want to be losing face to fucking this up)

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 21 July 2024
  • Typing from phone, please excuse lack of citations. Academic output in various parts of ML research have increasingly come from China and Chinese researchers over the past decade. There’s multiple inputs to this - funding, how strong a specific school/research centre is, etc, but it’s been ramping up. Pretty sure part of this is one of the fuel sources in keeping the pro-hegemonist US argument popular and going lately (also part of where the “we should before they do” comes from I guess)

    I’ve seen some mentions of recent legislation direction about LLM usage but I’m not fully up to scratch on what it is, haven’t had the time to read up

  • VoughtCoin
  • even while it suffers the same curse as the Laundry series

    didn't even know s4 had started airing when I wrote this, and have caught up on some of that in between. oh wow does it have the Laundry curse, bloody hell.

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 21 July 2024
  • Others: unslanted solar panels at ground level in shade under other solar panels, 90-degree water steps (plural), magical mystery staircases and escalator tubes, picture glass that reflects anything it wants to instead of what may actually be in the reflected light path, a whole Background Full Of Ill-Defined Background People because I guess the training set imagery was input at lower pixel density(??), and on stage left we have a group in conversation walking and talking also right on the edge of nowhere in front of them

    And that’s all I picked up in about 30-40s of looking

    Imagine being the kind of person who thinks this shit is good

  • AI Go bots not so superhuman after all
  • I should also note that this place was xen on gentoo on refurb p3s. it involved adventures with gluster and nfsv3 and almost-all-the-docs-were-still-russian nginx imap/pop proxies and... fun times

    (I did learn a fair deal there. foremost among what I learned was how willing someone would be to pay me dogshit money if they could get away with it)

  • AI Go bots not so superhuman after all
  • circa '06 my then-boss wanted me to "implement sawzall for mailserver logs"

    (I was extremely green at the time and I've since wondered whether that was one of my first gartner quadrant moments)

  • VoughtCoin
  • it's not quite the usual type (which is part of why I like it). it's from the same people who made Supernatural, if you've ever watched that

    should also say that it's tarantino-tier violent and "beyond" (I wouldn't use the word excessive for it because I think the show's stuff fits what it does extremely well, but others may (use the word))

    one of the things I enjoy most about it is how fucking well it hits the nail smack in the middle of its head, even while it suffers the same curse as the Laundry series

  • Venture capitalists are now charging founders for meetings: $2500 for 30 minutes on a Zoom
  • about whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich

    "44000 aggregate work-hours destroyed in eagleeast areas this morning following a dramatic workplace incident that developed after a worker sent a slack message to team members that they were getting a 'bun sandwich'. tensions escalated as community groups got involved"

  • VoughtCoin
  • it's also deeply depressing how many chuds and pepe-afficionado it's-just-a-frog-bro haha-only-serious people (often gamers, not exclusively) have taken to posting homelander memes

    I mean, extreme credit to the showrunners for how well they manage the portrayals (and that this even ends up happening), but god damn

  • AI Go bots not so superhuman after all
  • did you know that humanity has been staring at numbers and doing math for millennia, and yet we still pay mathematicians? fucking outrageous, right? and yet these wry fuckers still end up finding whole new things! things in areas we've known about for centuries! the nerve of them! didn't they know we have computers to look into this now?!

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 21 July 2024
  • imagine one day buying some shitpost novelty stickers from that one site you heard a friend mention sometime, and then getting them and laughing about it and forgetting it

    all too rapidly the years pass: young trees shoot up, older trees start boughing their way past electrical lines, the oldest all already in their position of maximum comfort. whole generations of memes have been born and died. you no longer even get to make fun of your weird aunt for still sending the dancing baby gif (these days it’s all about the autotune clips of a decade ago..)

    and then one day you get reminded that the shitpost novelty sticker web store exists by receiving an email from them

    what the fuck.

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 30 June 2024

    Need to make a primal scream without gathering footnotes first? Have a sneer percolating in your system but not enough time/energy to make a whole post about it? Go forth and be mid: Welcome to the Stubsack, your first port of call for learning fresh facts of Awful you'll near-instantly regret.

    Any awful.systems sub may be subsneered in this subthread, techtakes or no.

    If your sneer seems higher quality than you thought, feel free to cut’n’paste it into its own post — there’s no quota for posting and the bar really isn’t that high.

    > The post Xitter web has spawned soo many “esoteric” right wing freaks, but there’s no appropriate sneer-space for them. I’m talking redscare-ish, reality challenged “culture critics” who write about everything but understand nothing. I’m talking about reply-guys who make the same 6 tweets about the same 3 subjects. They’re inescapable at this point, yet I don’t see them mocked (as much as they should be) > Like, there was one dude a while back who insisted that women couldn’t be surgeons because they didn’t believe in the moon or in stars? I think each and every one of these guys is uniquely fucked up and if I can’t escape them, I would love to sneer at them.

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    apparently it was Opposite Day at coindesk

    www.coindesk.com Mass Adoption Would Ruin Crypto. Keep It a Niche

    There is an unavoidable tension between the aims of decentralization and onboarding everyday users.

    Mass Adoption Would Ruin Crypto. Keep It a Niche

    there is some strong copium in the article, combined with a total description of having a massive gambling addiction without, y’know, actually realising it’s an addiction

    remarkable stuff

    8

    hot off the presses: automatic wrong information without even going to the wrong-information deliveries store

    theconversation.com AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans

    People participate in online communities to share experiences and sympathy. AI chatbots that join the conversation can only pretend to offer either.

    AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans

    there are some remarkable instances of bad behaviour in there already, but imagine being the sort of product team that thinks users being gaslit by a chatbot that they couldn’t even consent to choose to use is totes something to deliver without any modification or remark

    7

    the loons are at it again

    this time in open letter format! that'll sure do it!

    there are "risks", which they are definite about - the risks are not hypothetical, the risks are real! it's totes even had some acknowledgement in other places! totes real defs for sure this time guize

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    Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 2 June 2024

    Have a sneer percolating in your system but not enough time/energy to make a whole post about it? Go forth and be mid!

    Any awful.systems sub may be subsneered in this subthread, techtakes or no.

    If your sneer seems higher quality than you thought, feel free to cut’n’paste it into its own post, there’s no quota for posting and the bar really isn’t that high

    > The post Xitter web has spawned soo many “esoteric” right wing freaks, but there’s no appropriate sneer-space for them. I’m talking redscare-ish, reality challenged “culture critics” who write about everything but understand nothing. I’m talking about reply-guys who make the same 6 tweets about the same 3 subjects. They’re inescapable at this point, yet I don’t see them mocked (as much as they should be) > Like, there was one dude a while back who insisted that women couldn’t be surgeons because they didn’t believe in the moon or in stars? I think each and every one of these guys is uniquely fucked up and if I can’t escape them, I would love to sneer at them.

    138

    a blind man stumbles into the activitypub

    since I haven't touched AP before (and figure other possible contributors may not have either), going to use this post as wayfarer bathroom graffiti

    feel free to contribute your own learning and investigation as well

    0

    In which folks once again don’t learn the same lesson as the last few times

    It’s been a long couple of years with people going hard on building all their communications on the gamer chat company, disregarding all warnings and concerns because of shiny creature comforts

    Soon: “we trusted you! We moved from slack to you! 😭”

    Guess it’s only a handful of months before the tortured handwringing starts?

    2

    Quelle surprise

    fortune.com Is AI the new crypto? DeepMind cofounder says ‘hype’ and ‘grifting’ threaten the emerging sector

    The surge in venture funding and public excitement has DeepMind cofounder Demis Hassabis thinking about crypto parallels.

    Is AI the new crypto? DeepMind cofounder says ‘hype’ and ‘grifting’ threaten the emerging sector

    Unfortunately I can’t snip from mobile easily now, but maybe someone else can archive it and comment with archive link?

    3

    History of (extremely predictable) failures catching up to you? Quick, write a book!

    thebaffler.com The Miseducation of Kara Swisher | Edward Ongweso Jr.

    Kara Swisher made a career of dumbing down tech reporting and criticism. She’s a little sorry!

    The Miseducation of Kara Swisher | Edward Ongweso Jr.

    Too tired to sneer at the book myself right now but the article doesn’t pull punches either

    Figured it’s worth posting since the book author has featured here more than once recently and has definitely been an enabler to The Shit

    25

    retrochat

    github.com GitHub - 9001/r0c: retr0chat telnet server

    retr0chat telnet server. Contribute to 9001/r0c development by creating an account on GitHub.

    GitHub - 9001/r0c: retr0chat telnet server

    found via someone running a server at revision

    retro fun. quite slick, too!

    3

    A tale of well-designed systems

    Not entirely the usual fare, but i figured some here would appreciate it

    I often rag on the js/node/npm ecosystem for being utter garbage, and this post is a quite a full demonstration of many of the shortcomings and outright total design failures present in that space

    13

    Revision 2024

    Invite up at https://2024.revision-party.net/blog/04-invitation/

    ~2 weekends away (who cares about the week)

    Prepare for watching mathematical black magic!

    2

    economics reporter learns "surprising facts" from no data

    www.maximumtruth.org Top AIs still fail IQ tests

    Maybe we have some time before AIs conquer the world

    Top AIs still fail IQ tests

    starting out[0] with "I was surprised by the following results" and it just goes further down almost-but-not-quite Getting It Avenue

    close, but certainly no cigar

    choice quotes:

    > > Why is it impressive that a model trained on internet text full of random facts happens to have a lot of random facts memorized? … why does that in any way indicate intelligence or creativity?

    > That’s a good point.

    you don't fucking say

    > I have a website (TrackingAI.org) that already administers a political survey to AIs every day. So I could easily give the AIs a real intelligence test, and track that over time, too.

    really, how?

    > As I started manually giving AIs IQ tests

    oh.

    > Then it proceeds to mis-identify every single one of the 6 answer options, leading it to pick the wrong answer. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to its misidentifications

    if this fuckwit had even the slightest fucking understanding of how these things work, it would be glaringly obvious

    there's plenty more, so remember to practice stretching before you start your eyerolls

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    bless this jank @awful.systems froztbyte @awful.systems

    a “days since” counter

    One for the sidebar, in the spirit of incident-day-free counters[0], tracking how many days since the last time there was a dipshitted thing from the tescrealtors

    Could do it with flap-counter or nixie-clock numbers for a bit of feel?

    [0] - is this an insensitive idea? I know the counters tend to form part of safety culture and their reset indicates harm, but those clowns are exactly dangerous, so..

    7

    is everyone ready for the next wave of facile promptfawning on social media? google is

    blog.google Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model

    Gemini is our most capable and general model, built to be multimodal and optimized for three different sizes: Ultra, Pro and Nano.

    Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model

    [open scene]

    > background: a brightly lit airy Social Gathering space with multicoloured furniture (meeting rooms are so 2010). people have been arriving in clumps of 2~5 for over 30 minutes, and the presentation can start soon

    sundar: I want to thank you all for coming. this one should be quick today.

    * sundar briefly sweeps his eyes across the room before continuing *

    sundar: guys! GUYS! we made the prompt VIDEO CAPABLE! it can follow A STREAMING SEQUENCE OF IMAGES!! you can immediately start testing this from your corporate account (whispers if you're in the right orgs). for the public scoff, we'll start with Ask Us pricing in a few months, and we'll force it on the usual product avenues. the office and mail suites stand ready to roll out the integration updates before anyone can ask. you know how the riffraff gets....

    * some motion and noise in the back *

    sundar: ... sorry melanie, what's that? speak up melanie I can't hear your question. you know how much that mask muffles your voice...

    * a game of broken telephone for moving a handheld microphone to the back of the room ensues *

    melanie: hi sundar, congratulations to the team for their achievement. I wanted to ask: how does gemini pro solve the issues other models have faced? what new innovations have been accomplished? how is it dealing with the usual issues of correctness, energy consumption, cultural contexts? how is it trained on areas where no datasets exist? were any results sourced from cooperation with the AI ethics and responsibility workgroups that have found so many holes in our previous models?

    sundar: * smiles brightly, stares directly into middle of crowd. moves hand to the electronic shutter control, and starts pressing the increase button multiple times until shutter is entirely opaque *

    [sundar walks off into the fake sunset, breaks open the boardroom whiskey]

    [inside the private exec room]

    sundar: FUCK! that was too close. didn't we fire those types already in the last layoffs...? someone get me HR, we need to do something

    [end scene]

    5

    better tools thread

    this is in part because it's for (yet another) post I'm working on, but I figured I'd pop some things here and see if others have contributions too. the post will be completed (and include examples, usecases, etc), but, yeah.

    I've always taken a fairly strong interest in the tooling I use, for QoL and dtrt reasons usually (but also sometimes tool capability). conversely, I also have things I absolutely loathe using

    1. wireguard. a far better vpn software and protocol than most others (and I have slung tunnels with many a vpn protocol). been using this a few years already, even before the ios app beta came around. good shit, take a look if you haven't before
    2. smallstep cli. it's one of two pieces of Go software I actually like. smallstep is trying to build its own ecosystem of CA tools and solutions (and that's usable in its own right, albeit by default focused to containershit), but the cli is great for what you typically want with certificate handling. compare step certificate inspect file and step certificate inspect --insecure https://totallyreal.froztbyte.net/ to the bullshit you need with openssl. check it out
    3. restic. the other of the two Go-softwares I like. I posted about it here previously
    4. rust cli things! oh damn there's so many, I'm going to put them on their own list below
    5. zsh, extremely lazily configured, with my own little module and scoping system and no oh-my-zsh. fish has been a thing I've seen people be happy about but I'm just an extremely lazy computerer so zsh it stays. zsh's complexity is extremely nonzero and it definitely has sharp edges, but it does work well. sunk cost, I guess. bonus round: race your zsh, check your times: % hyperfine -m 50 'zsh -i -c echo' Benchmark 1: zsh -i -c echo Time (mean ± σ): 69.1 ms ± 2.8 ms [User: 35.1 ms, System: 28.6 ms] Range (min … max): 67.0 ms … 86.2 ms 50 runs
    6. magic-wormhole. this is a really, really neat little bit of software for just fucking sending files to someone. wormhole send filename one side, wormhole receive the-code-it-gives the other side, bam! it uses SPAKE2 (disclaimer: I did help review that post, it's still good) for session-tied keying, and it's just generally good software
    7. [macos specifically] alfred. I gotta say, I barely use this to its full potential, and even so it is a great bit of assistive stuff. more capable than spotlight, has a variety of extensibility, and generally snappy as hell.
    8. [macos specifically] choosy. I use this to control link-routing and link-opening on my workstation to a fairly wide degree (because a lot of other software irks me, and does the wrong thing by default). this will be a fuller post on its own, too
    9. [macos specifically] little snitch. application-level per-connection highly granular-capable firewalling. with profiles. their site does a decent explanation of it. the first few days of setup tends to be Quite Involved with how many rules you need to add (and you'll probably be surprised at just how many things try to make various kinds of metrics etc connections), but well worth it. one of the ways to make modern software less intolerable. (honorary extra mention: obdev makes a number of handy pieces of mac software, check their site out)
    10. [macos specifically] soundsource. highly capable per-application per-sink audio control software. with the ability to pop in VSTs and AUs at multiple points. extremely helpful for a lot of things (such as perma-muting discord, which never shuts up, even in system dnd mode)

    rust tools:

    1. b3sum. file checksum thing, but using blake3. fast!. worth checking out. probably still niche, might catch on eventually
    2. hyperfine. does what it says on the tin. see example use above.
    3. dust. like du, but better, and way faster. oh dear god it is so much faster. I deal with a lot of pets, and this thing is one of the invaluables in dealing with those.
    4. ripgrep. the one on this list that people are most likely to know. grep, but better, and faster.
    5. fd. again, find but better and faster.
    6. tokei. sloccount but not shit. handy for if you quickly want to assess a codebase/repo.
    7. bottom. down the evolutionary chain from top and htop, has more feature modes and a number of neat interactive view functions/helpers

    honorary mentions (things I know of but don't use that much):

    1. mrh. not doing as much consulting as I used to, using it less. quickly checks all git(?) repos in a path for uncommitted changes
    2. fzf. still haven't really gotten to integrating it into my usage
    3. just. need to get to using it more.
    4. jql. I ... tend to avoid jq? my "this should be in a program. with safety rails." reflex often kicks in when I see jq things. haven't really explored this
    5. rtx. their tagline is "a better asdf". I like the idea of it because asdf is a miserable little pile of shell scripts and fuck that, but I still haven't really gotten to using it in anger myself. I have my own wrapper methods for keeping pyenv/nvm/etc out of my shell unless needed
    6. pomsky. previously rulex. regex creation tool and language. been using it a little bit. not enough to comment in detail yet
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    the adults did not like these uppity EAs toying around with the share price

    www.reuters.com Microsoft president says no chance of super-intelligent AI soon

    The president of tech giant Microsoft said there is no chance of super-intelligent artificial intelligence being created within the next 12 months, and cautioned that the technology could be decades away.

    Microsoft president says no chance of super-intelligent AI soon

    archive

    > "There's absolutely no probability that you're going to see this so-called AGI, where computers are more powerful than people, in the next 12 months. It's going to take years, if not many decades, but I still think the time to focus on safety is now," he said.

    just days after poor lil sammyboi and co went out and ran their mouths! the horror!

    > Sources told Reuters that the warning to OpenAI's board was one factor among a longer list of grievances that led to Altman's firing, as well as concerns over commercializing advances before assessing their risks. > > Asked if such a discovery contributed..., but it wasn't fundamentally about a concern like that.

    god I want to see the boardroom leaks so bad. STOP TEASING!

    > “What we really need are safety brakes. Just like you have a safety break in an elevator, a circuit breaker for electricity, an emergency brake for a bus – there ought to be safety breaks in AI systems that control critical infrastructure, so that they always remain under human control,” Smith added.

    this appears to be a vaguely good statement, but I'm gonna (cynically) guess that it's more steered by the fact that MS now repeatedly burned their fingers on human-interaction AI shit, and is reaaaaal reticent about the impending exposure

    wonder if they'll release a business policy update about usage suitability for *GPT and friends

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    openai keeps on winning: the new guy is Pretty Grate too

    archive (e: twitter [archive] too, archive for nitter seems a bit funky)

    it'd be nice if these dipshits, like, came off a factory line somewhere. then you could bin them right at the QC failure

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    Sammy's gotta go

    openai.com OpenAI announces leadership transition

    Chief technology officer Mira Murati appointed interim CEO to lead OpenAI; Sam Altman departs the company. Search process underway to identify permanent successor.

    OpenAI announces leadership transition

    > Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process [by the board]

    "god, he's really cost us... how much can we get back?"

    > which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board

    not only with the board, kids

    > hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities

    you and me both, brother

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    C64 Demo: E2IRA by Arise! 29 May 2022!

    oldbytes.space Everything C64 :verified: (@[email protected])

    C64 Demo: E2IRA by Arise! 29 May 2022! YouTube: https://youtu.be/q56-23D7omY Download: https://csdb.dk/release/?id=218343 #Commodore #Commodore64 #C64 #RetroComputing

    I don't really know enough about the C64 to say anything one way or the other, but this comment on youtube did okay:

    @eightbitguru 1 year ago 2021: We have definitely seen everything the C64 can do now. 2022: My beer. Hold it.

    and I'm posting this without even having seen the whole thing yet

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