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jarfil

@jarfil@beehaw.org

Programmer and sysadmin (DevOps?), wannabe polymath in tech, science and the mind. Neurodivergent, disabled, burned out, and close to throwing in the towel, but still liking ponies 🦄 and sometimes willing to discuss stuff.

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jarfil ,
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Define "far-right".

As a European, I'm all for supporting Ukraine in their fight against Russia... but I'm also all against Ukraine entering the EU for as long as they keep using Nazi symbology, giving honors to their WW2 Nazi combatants, or openly using the fascist salute.

I want to stop fascism, and as I see it, we have several fronts right now:

  • Fascist Right in the US
  • An increase in popularity of fascist-friendly parties in Europe
  • Fascist-friendly Ukraine
  • Aggressively fascist Russia
  • Sneakily fascist China, selling to, and inverting into, strategic companies
  • Happily fascist Arab countries buying out strategic companies
  • Two-faced fascist Israel selling strategic technology

Russia is the priority now, because it's the main aggressor, but that doesn't mean we should forget about the rest.

PS: Ukraine is most likely corrupt, it used to be highly corrupt under the Russian puppet regime of 10+ years ago... the question is: does it try to be less corrupt now? Opposing total unabashed corruption, is why Ukraine broke up with Russia in the first place, so at least it seems to be going in the right direction.

jarfil ,
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They can... or could, on rooted phones. Apps like Tasker have a root mode module that can do pretty much anything. Haven't used it for a while, though.

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Not just extremes: divide and conquer. Having the "undesirable" positions fight among themselves, while helping to consolidate the "desired" option, is also an effective tactic.

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HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey", had similar instructions: "never lie to the user. Also, don't reveal the true nature of the mission". Didn't end well.

But surely nobody would ever use these LLMs on space missions... right?... right!?

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It's already been done, for at least a year. ChatGPT plugins are the "different frameworks", and running a set of LLMs self-reflecting on a train of thought, is AutoGPT.

It's like:

  1. Can I stick my fingers in a socket? - Yes.
  2. What would be the consequences? - Bad.
  3. Do I want these consequences? - Probably not
  4. Should I stick my fingers in a socket? - No

However... people like to cheap out, take shortcuts and run an LLM with a single prompt and a single iteration... which leaves you with "Yes" as an answer, then shit happens.

jarfil ,
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you can "believe" [...], but once you look at the evidence, your opinions change. That's how a normal person processes information.

Belief, as in faith, is the unsupported acceptance of something as an axiom. You can't argue it away no matter how much you try, since it's a fundamental element af any discussion with the believer.

It would be interesting to see whether the LLM interpretes the "believe" as "it's the most likely possibility", or "it's true, period ".

jarfil ,
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You can believe anything, just accept it's true and build a set of explanations around it.

One interesting ability of an animal brain, is to believe contradictory things by compartmentalizing away different beliefs into separate contexts. Cats for example can believe that "human legs on a checkered floor = danger" while "human legs on wooden floor = friendly food source", and act accordingly.

Humans, like to believe their own mental processes are perfectly integrated and coherent... but they're not; they're more abstract, but equally context related. It takes a conscious effort to break those contextual barriers and come up with generalized "moral rules", which most people simply don't do.

jarfil ,
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I'm not a "fan", haven't played the games, other than some of the shitty mobile one, but knew some of the lore.

Just binge watched all episodes... and judging all of them by just the first one, is a mistake. There's much more to the show than what amounts to a basic introduction.

But to each their own, as you said.

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There is an anecdote about a judo teacher from where I live: he also liked his motorbike, so one day he was joining the highway, when some car rear-ended him at twice the speed, crushing the bike into the barrier. Driver was all panicky, then weirded out when the guy showed up to check if everyone was all right. Turns out he instinctively jumped out of the bike, did a somersault over the car, and landed rolling, then got up and ran to check on the driver.

No game physics needed.

So yeah, go ahead and be "100% certain". I've seen actual martial arts masters IRL, and you wouldn't believe how quick a fight can end with a thug biting the dust, or a lamppost. Technique beats muscles any day.

If anything, that fight on the show was slowed down and drawn out for "dramatic effect".

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The following is somewhat similar, but it keeps changing, and there is a decent evolution of the characters (hard to pull off in just 8 episodes, but they did it). Basically it's 3 shows in one: in-vault, surface, flashbacks. Each one has its own conspiracy, which all come to a joint conclusion at the end, with a slight cliffhanger for the second season.

It's not the best show I've ever seen, but I'd say they did a good job.

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  • jarfil ,
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    I want connections across the globe that add something to my day, if I wanted random BS then I'd turn on the TV.

    I saved spreadsheet when Excel was glitching (corporate remote network), time stamp got updated however file reverted to original state with reboot - please help!

    I am no stranger to Excel and Tech in general, however this stumped me! This all occurred on the corporate laptop where we connect to the network remotely using a security token ID. Any help is extremely appreciated as I would hate to have to do hours of re-work. Adulting is hard....

    jarfil ,
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    We don't know the exact setup of your AD, or what tools your IT might be running.

    As a general rule of thumb however, whenever you see an app "glitching", immediately stop whatever you're doing, "save as" with a different name, close, and reboot.

    It might've been a connectivity problem, or it might've been RAM corruption, either case you don't want to put in work in that state.

    jarfil ,
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    If you want drama, then federate with Threads 🤷

    jarfil ,
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    With a side hustle of trying to "not just win this fight, but also all future fights" (as put by Ender).

    jarfil ,
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    On the other hand, weapon manufacturers are always looking to expand their markets, and they have the money to buy out lobby governments, so the question is more about where is the balance between what would a "sane" government want, and what conflicts could weapon peddlers make them instigate in order to maximize profits.

    Like: would Israel want to buy some more stuff from the US? Would they give the US a discount on some Iron Dome in exchange? Could Biden reinstate sales to the UAE? Exactly how many nukes might be involved, and how would that impact everyone's interests in the region? (for example: what will be the oil prices tomorrow?)

    jarfil ,
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    The problem with "modern Israel" is that... it isn't modern.

    Its conception lies in the late 19th century, before even WW1, way before WW2, the Holocaust, or any of the laws and organizations (UN) set to deal with the aftermath.

    Zionists hijacked the prosecution in Europe, hoping to populate their promised land with those fleeing from the horrors... but even after WW2, it turned out that a large number of Jews would rather GTFO to America, be it North or South... so the "founding fathers" of Israel intentionally antagonized Arab countries, just to make Jews flee those countries and have a large enough headcount to populate the land of Israel. Like, WTF! Who does that to their own people?... oh right, Palestinian Arabs got into the same game. ☹️

    Of course the leaders of Israel have learned nothing, they want their people to stay terrorized, whatever it takes! They still think that's the way to keep them there, to get more international support, to prove how endangered they are. While the other side is playing the "no, me more" card. It's sickening.

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    jarfil ,
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    Some time ago:

    • Me: "Programming is fun, but user interfaces are a PITA"
    • CS student: "What!? The algorithms I'm given to solve are really complicated!"
    • After a year on a job: "I hate testing user interfaces..."

    Some other day:

    • Me: "Programming is mostly copy&paste"
    • Engineering student: "What!? We have to come up with a new solution for every problem!"
    • After a year on a job: "I don't program anymore, just copy&paste..."

    Told ya.

    jarfil ,
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    No matter what you work on, programming is one of:

    • Check the documentation for a library, copy&paste the interface call, fill in the blanks.
    • Pick the best algorithm for the case at hand, copy&paste, change a few variable names.
    • Get out your snippets archive, copy&paste the one you need.
    • Write some boilerplate, copy&paste over and over, then fill in the blanks.
    • Look up how someone else solved your problem, replicate it in a way that doesn't look like copy&paste.
    • Once in a blue moon, come up against an actually novel problem, spend some days figuring out the best way to solve it... then copy&paste the solution back into the project.

    Doesn't matter what you're working on, in the end it's mostly copy&paste 😂

    jarfil ,
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    What are databases, other than glorified MS Access (¹)? 😜

    But seriously, if you're working on compilers, then your "target users" are way different than the average thing: you have actual problems to solve, and can stick to the CLI.

    Most copy&paste begins the closer to a GUI you get. Modern web interfaces, have also become a string of libraries and frameworks.

    (¹: once upon a time... I tried to explain to a client, why there was no way on Earth to make their in-house MS Access solution compatible with personal data protection requirements for medical data, like 100% access control and logging. I failed... then some years later saw a story about the same problem on Coding Horror; still wonder if it was the same guy who got some other poor soul to try and go through with it, or if it was a more widespread problem at the time when personal data protection laws got enacted)

    jarfil ,
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    Both Palestinians and Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews, have spent decades treating their women like baby farms in a population race to get the "moral high ground" to wipe out each other.

    It's highly unfortunate for the resulting cattle individuals, and the people responsible for it should be particularly condemned... but it's hard to care about intentionally raised cannon fodder (no, I'm not vegan).

    jarfil ,
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    I wish people could break free to pursue interests of their own, preserve their ethnicity but kick the ass of anyone who's using religion as a leash to yank them...

    But indoctrination is strong in these ones, I'm afraid it's going to take a lot of bloodshed before next generations realize how manipulated they've been.

    jarfil ,
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    No they might not. SearXNG is also self-hosted, doesn't stop it from there being public instances. Oh, and also Lemmy.

    jarfil ,
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    Hi... Vlad? 🙄

    Two points:

    • "a CEO" is not something special, anyone can become CEO by simply registering a business.
    • When a person ("user") tells you they don't want you to contact them... shut it, period.

    This guy pushing his "explanations" against the user's wishes, is a really bad sign for the company.

    jarfil ,
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    You shifted the topic, then proceded to do the same thing this Vlad guy was doing, t'was only fitting to point out the similarity. 😊

    Now... you want to discuss the accountability of public posts? Oh boy, where do we start! Should we begin with Facebook, or YouTube comments and scam posts? Or would 4chan and the Usenet be more fitting? Do we analyze the Twitter history of presidential posts? 🙄

    The Lori character is not a journalist, doesn't claim to be one, is not a public figure... and yet they made all this public, instead of asking for a phone call, or a private mail discussion.

    jarfil ,
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    Time to restore a backup on a different hosting provider... what, Discord doesn't let export backups, or self-host it? Well, shouldn't have relied on Discord then.

    China faces more scrutiny from the West over its aggressive export practices — overcapacity and huge subsidies. ( www.dw.com )

    Chinese firms can often undercut their Western counterparts for many reasons, including cheaper labor and economies of scale. But they also benefit from very generous state incentives, which help to make foreign rivals uncompetitive....

    jarfil ,
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    There may be no actual need, but it's surely been nice to outsource all the pollution, workers living in crates, bottom of the barrel wages, lack of work safety, suicide prevention nets, and similar.

    jarfil ,
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    Since 2018, evidence of forced labour [...]

    2010: Foxconn Installs Antijumping Nets at Hebei Plants

    Forced labor in China was a feature, not a bug.

    Denouncing it after knowingly benefitting for decades, is a bit disingenuous.

    jarfil ,
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    There is a free link in the comments, and your concerns are addressed in the first 3 paragraphs.

    jarfil ,
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    the electricity bill for each query – to power the servers and their chillers – would still make running these giant models very expensive.

    This assumes there won't be radical advances in cost-effective hardware to run the queries.

    AI proponents work precisely towards such advances: hardware tailored to running the best performing models, at far lower costs than current GPUs and GPU derivates.

    Something like "execute in RAM" neural network accelerators, could reduce query costs by several orders of magnitude.

    The fraud of the cryptocurrency bubble was far more pervasive than the fraud in the dotcom bubble, so much so that without the fraud, there’s almost nothing left.

    Ironically, what the crypto bubble left behind, was a surplus of GPUs, which got repurposed for AI... and just like crypto left GPUs to move onto purpose-built ASICs and other models like PoS instead of PoW, so does AI need to leave GPUs and move onto purpose-built hardware with better models (quantized NNs are a good example).

    As a tangent, we could talk about how the gaming industry has enabled a GPU industry that in turn has enabled these off-shots.

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    ...which is kind of a hilarious tautology, because "quantum processes" are by definition "processes that we are unable to decompose into more basic parts".

    The moment we learn about some more fundamental processes being the reason for a given process, it stops being "quantum" and the new ones become "it".

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    One hint: 3x7=21, 21x37=777.

    When in doubt, use a calculator.

    jarfil ,
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    The correctness of the sampling process still needs a proof. Like this.

    jarfil ,
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    Where is the "Wow!" in this post? It states a fact, like "Water boils at 100C under 1 atm", and shows that the student (ChatGPT) has correctly reproduced the experiment.

    Why do you think schools keep teaching that "Water boils at 100C under 1 atm"? If it's so obvious, should they stop putting it on the test and failing those who say it boils at "69C, giggity"?

    jarfil ,
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    Hm? Watching animals be animals at a zoo, is a way better sampling of how animals are animals, than for example watching that wildlife "documentary" where they'd throw lemmings of a cliff "for dramatic effect" (a "commercially corrected bias"?).

    In this case, the "corrected output" is just 42, not 37, but as the temperature increases on the Y axis, we get a glimpse of internal biases, which actually let through other patterns of the training data, like the 37.

    jarfil ,
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    He published information that "could aid the enemy" and "damage own personnel". According to the military, that's a crime, even if (or moreso if) it's done by revealing war crimes committed by the military itself.

    He also published, and was about to publish more, compromising information about a bunch of other people who have lobbying influence over the US government.

    And he has got multiple awards... just not from the people he's pissed off 🙂

    jarfil ,
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    That's nice, but it's only a list of "currently presented" charges, with none of the "potentially other" charges.

    Keep in mind that federal felony charges involving the death penalty, like treason (¹), have no statute of limitations. He could easily get extradited, found either not guilty, or that the crimes have prescribed, or pardoned... then charged with treason and executed.

    (¹: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treason_laws_in_the_United_States )

    jarfil ,
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    Every country's law applies to whatever happens on its soil and it's interests abroad.

    Whether it can be enforced, is a matter of extradition treaties... or black ops.

    Delay ‘not credible any longer’: Recognition of state of Palestine by Ireland and some EU states expected in coming weeks ( www.irishtimes.com )

    It is understood that Ireland and some other EU states will announce formal recognition of Palestine once a peace initiative – expected in the coming weeks – is under way. Sources were reluctant to put a date on this but said it would be “sooner rather than later”, and was a matter of weeks rather than months....

    jarfil , (edited )
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    Creating a state implies two things:

    • Control of the land
    • Control of the taxes

    Why don't states want people to band together and secede? Well, for the same reason those people want to secede: they want to control the land and taxes.

    In the particular case of Gaza, their territorial waters include access to some of the natural gas deposits between Israel and Chipre. There are enough profit margins to subsidize a lot of weapons in a bet to get preferential access to exploitation rights.

    Is the recognition of Palestine positive...? That's a loaded question, with a lot of sides to it.

    Mega drive-throughs explain everything wrong with American cities ( www.vox.com )

    Just outside St. Louis, in the inner-ring suburb of University City, there’s a little neighborhood often called the region’s unofficial Chinatown. Growing up in the area, it was one of my favorite places to be; reflective of the city’s diversity and vitality, it opened up the world to me. This past December, when I went...

    jarfil ,
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    The Multiversus is not ®?... or the Apple Pay?

    jarfil ,
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    Too pedantic 😉

    I was trying to explain that people on closed source platforms, right now, get:

    • Good network effect
    • Simple configuration
    • Enough security theatre to keep them happy
    • Different extra features

    That's the experience I understand Beeper is trying to compete with... and make money in the process.

    Closing the client, could help them differentiate above the competition by better integrating into their own infrastructure, still keeping a simple configuration, and charging for it, while people who buy into the security theatre, woldn't notice a difference in that respect. Expanding to selling some user metadata, or sniffing the bridges, would be an extra.

    jarfil ,
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    Somewhat. It's kind of a gradation:

    • 3rd party servers, or closed source, no trust.
    • Self-hosting on a hosting provider... it's not my hardware, but maybe some trust.
    • OpenSource with non-reproducible builds, even self-hosted at home, little trust.
    • Local bridges, OpenSource, with reproducible builds, and a 3rd party audit, most trust.

    All software can have bugs, and we've seen what cases like xz-util can bring, so I would rather have no decrypting bridges at all, particularly for sensitive information... but for random private chats, "mostly trusted" sounds like enough.

    Public conversations (like this one) are fine going through random bridges, but I feel like bridging with E2EE networks, is subverting user expectations.

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    If they push local OpenSource bridges, or if you're willing to self-host your own, then I'd consider using them.

    Otherwise, any private "E2E" encrypted messages, will get decrypted on their bridges, and we'll have to play ToS whack-a-mole to find out whether they're fair game to train LLMs or not.

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    I hate the experience of not being able to turn off and on again; of not keeping a backup; of not being able to upgrade pieces, or even to replace the broken ones; of not being able to quickly download or upload, both data and software; of not being able to migrate my processes to other bodies, or to create multiple copies to process stuff in parallel.

    I've always felt trapped, and it's getting much worse with age.

    This Asus PC case monitors your dust filter so you don't have to ( www.xda-developers.com )

    Traditionally, one would have to periodically check the status of the dust filtering on a PC case, but that's not the case (pun intended!) with the Asus ProArt PA602. This chassis has a fancy infrared (IR) sensor behind the front-facing dust filter. Should this detect a set layer of dust covering the filter material, a small LED...

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    Airflow is what you want to know; after all, fans are there to cause airflow.

    The problem with barometric pressure sensors, is that they'd measure static pressure, which from a single sensor, is not informative (changes with the weather, depends on altitude, etc.).

    A case could use the difference between 2 sensors: outside/intake, vs. inside. If there was a pressure differential buildup, it would indicate a blocked output, while no difference in pressure, would indicate a blocked intake.

    That's still 2 sensors instead of 1, with some processing and possibly calibration going on... but could be interesting.

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    That's what I said (minus a typo).

    (to nitpick however... there is some effect on the timing depending on how the planets align... wonder how a Moon right on its path impacted it)

    jarfil ,
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    IANAL, check with your local lawyer, but AFAIK...

    ToS are a "generic contract", where a single entity proposes the same contract to multiple parties.

    Negotiability, or more precisely offer and acceptance, are achieved by the simple "take it or leave it". The requirement is that there needs to be an option, it doesn't need to be one to change parts of the document.

    Certainty is usually achieved by adding a partial nullifying clause, so any ambiguous parts get automatically trimmed.

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