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Reddit refugee...wasting my time at kbin.social now.

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In 1980, when a ship collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida, killing thirty-five people, a top state engineer said the Key Bridge could not withstand a similar crash. “I’m talking about the main supports, a direct hit — it would knock it down,” the official reportedly told the Baltimore Sun.

Seems ignoring the warning signs for the bridge is a long standing tradition amongst Maryland politicians.

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A friend of mine has Long Covid. Prior to catching it in 2020 she was in great physical shape and an avid hiker of the Scottish Munros. Now she has issues finding an activity that doesn't leave her winded, or extremely fatigued.

Long Covid is real, not something made up because a person was all ready in poor health prior to catching the virus.

Reddit revenue rises 20% ahead of IPO, but it isn’t profitable yet ( www.businesstimes.com.sg )

REDDIT posted a more than 20 per cent rise in revenue in 2023 versus the year before, sources familiar with the situation said, as it prepares for one of the United States’ most anticipated potential initial public offerings (IPOs).

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IPOs are typically a cash grab. Stock is offered for purchase at a price, and usually there’s a bump in price. The first investors will sell for a profit at peak price, and then it will drop to whatever value the market decides. And that could be higher or lower than the initial price per share.

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I bet it has traction control which is great in wet conditions, and light snow. Get over 5" of snow and traction control is worthless if you start to get stuck.

So apparently after a quick search, I found that the truck does indeed have traction control, and it's buried somewhere in a submenu of it's touch screen controls. So I bet more than likely stuff like this is happening because the controls are not easily found and readily available to turn off when you need it.

Hell on my Jetta it's on the panel by the emergency brake. Easy to find and turn off.

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Yes but they must fill their containers at a drinking water source…

Maybe it’s a language thing I’m not understanding.

I assume the article means that only 56% of the population have access to modernized drinking water sources (i.e. properly treated fresh water). More than likely SEED (Veolia) has been only concerned with profit, therefore neglecting to extend infrastructure outside urban areas.

Wisconsin Supreme Court orders new legislative maps in redistricting case brought by Democrats ( apnews.com )

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Republican-drawn legislative maps on Friday and ordered that new district boundary lines be drawn as Democrats had urged in a redistricting case they hope will weaken GOP majorities....

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About time. Would love to see Robin Vos lose his majority seat in the upcoming year. Might not happen, yet now that possibility is much closer.

I'm starting to see some serious downsides to being able to see who downvotes you. ( kbin.social )

A few days ago I downvoted someone's comment, and the next day I happened to notice every single comment I've ever made had at least one downvote. All from the person I dared to downvote the ONE time. I straight up asked why they did it, and they seem to think I'm an "obvious" troll account that "apparently just exist to...

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They went through all the trouble to downvote every post. You lived in that user's head rent free all that time. Wear that shit like a badge of honor. They're internet points; they're not important.

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And after Huffman reportedly warned employees to "be mindful of wearing Reddit gear in public," due to potential backlash in June, maybe a new look was necessary.

Oh fuck off already. That was all Huffman.

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Sony didn't have both versions readily available in the Playstation Store. While I did eventually purchase the DLC (which is the deluxe version, not a typical DLC), I'll be damned that Sony didn't make it easy to find the OG version in the store.

And I put that on Sony, not the game publisher. Regardless, BG3 has been a breath of fresh air to gaming this year. About time a studio put out a full game without divvying it up into expansions and DLCs.

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I wish you would comment. Contributors in the sub aren't following the rules very well. I contributed pretty often, however I've slacked off since the beginning of October. The Israel/Palestine conflict has really taken over my feed (as well as some Trek and Star Wars memes). Yet with the Middle East news it's been difficult posting for some reason. My activity has been diminished severely.

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My wife and I have just recently started to use Discogs, so we were unaware of the new fees and some of the problems associated with ordering. My wife has bought several LPs from the site, and hasn't had an issue, while I've only ordered one LP (also with no issue).

We have the luxury of having a few record stores in town with fairly large vinyl selections. The electronic record store I frequent also uses Discogs, however I haven't talked to the owner to see how these fees have impacted his experience as a seller. I'll have to remember to talk to him about it next time I'm visiting his store.

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It is not difficult to make copies of vinyl records. All you need is an audio output from a receiver, a computer, and recording software (such as GarageBand or Logic Pro).

You'd be surprised how easy and relatively cheap it is to rip vinyl to MP3.

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I haven't experienced this. Typically, a new LP pressing costs about twice as much as a CD. There are some that are more expensive (I currently have an LP worth about $160 in my collection to my surprise), yet they are rarer pressings. I've bought most of my vinyl new (mint condition), and by and large those records usually cost $20-$30.

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That’s why I usually record to AIFF or WAV since it’s lossless

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I haven't worked with FLAC since the hardware I own utilizes AIFF & WAV raw recording file formats. Exporting I typically use MP3 with a sample rate of 128Kbps/44.1KHz. I haven't tried FLAC yet. I might try to do that next opportunity to see if the file sizes are comparable (there's a size limit when I upload DJ mixes to Mixcloud).

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The learning model is artificial, vs a human that is sentient. If a human learns from a piece of work, that’s fine if they emulate styles in their own work. However, sample that work, and the original artist is due compensation. This was a huge deal in the late 80s with electronic music sampling earlier musical works, and there are several cases of copyright that back original owners’ claim of royalties due to them.

The lawsuits allege that the models used copyrighted work to learn. If that is so, writers are due compensation for their copyrighted work.

This isn’t litigation against the technology. It’s litigation around what a machine can freely use in its learning model. Had ChatGPT, Meta, etc., used works in the public domain this wouldn’t be an issue. Yet it looks as if they did not.

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And before someone mentions that the books may have been bought and then used in the model, it may not matter. The Birthday Song is a perfect example of copyright that caused several restaurant chains to use other tunes up until the copyright was overturned in 2016. Every time the AI uses the copied work in its’ output it may be subject to copyright.

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Here’s current guidance from US Congress regarding AI copyright infringement.

Page 3 includes guidance on fair use.

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/LSB/LSB10922

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Except the AI owner does. It's like sampling music for a remix or integrating that sample into a new work. Yes, you do not need to negotiate with Sarah Silverman if you are handed a book by a friend. However if you use material from that book in a work it needs to be cited. If you create an IP based off that work, Sarah Silverman deserves compensation because you used material from her work.

No different with AI. If the AI used intellectual property from an author in its learning algorithm, than if that intellectual property is used in the AI's output the original author is due compensation under certain circumstances.

Apple blames iOS 17 bugs and apps like Instagram for making iPhone 15s run hot ( www.theverge.com )

Apple has acknowledged user complaints that iPhone 15 and 15 Pro phones are overheating, reports Forbes, but said that contrary to speculation, it has nothing to do with the phone’s hardware design. Forbes noted an update to Instagram has already rolled out with version 302, released September 27th, to address some of the...

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I had a 6, and that bending thing was entirely blown out of proportion. I had no problems keeping it in my back pocket, yet YMMV.

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Glad you enjoyed it! I found it pretty fascinating!

[News] Republicans reject own funding bill, US government shutdown imminent ( www.reuters.com )

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Hardline Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday rejected a bill proposed by their leader to temporarily fund the government, making it all but certain that federal agencies will partially shut down beginning on Sunday....

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They rejected their own funding bill. That's leadership at its finest.

This will be great when the credit standing of the U.S. is downgraded yet again.

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It's about to sink McCarthy's career. He gave too much ground to the Freedom Caucus when he was elected to Speaker. Now he's absolutely accountable to a minority of House Republicans that decide their own policy behind closed doors. The GOP can't even lead a functioning government amongst their own party. They're a laughing stock made tragic by the millions affected by a government shutdown.

Linda Yaccarino was set up to fail ( www.theverge.com )

The buzz out of the Code Conference this week is, naturally, all about the disastrous performance of X / Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino, who closed out the two-day affair in spectacular fashion. Vox’s Peter Kafka, who has been going to the conference since it started in 2008, called it “the weirdest session I’ve ever seen.”...

Striking Hollywood actors vote to authorize new walkout against video game makers ( apnews.com )

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Striking actors have voted to expand their walkout to include the lucrative video game market, a step that could put new pressure on Hollywood studios to make a deal with the performers who provide voices and stunts for games.

US v. Google: all the news from the search antitrust showdown ( www.theverge.com )

After three years, a Washington, DC, judge will hear the Department of Justice’s potentially landmark antitrust case against Google. The department alleges Google struck anticompetitive deals with Apple and other companies for prime placement of its search engine, while Google contends its dominant market share is the result...

Oldest Unity game developer group breaks up over lack of trust in the company ( arstechnica.com )

The "first official Unity user group in the world" has announced that it is dissolving after 13 years because "the trust we used to have in the company has been completely eroded." The move comes as many developers are saying they will continue to stay away from the company's products even after last week's partial rollback of...

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Well this sounds profitable for Reddit.

/s

California bill to have human drivers ride in autonomous trucks is vetoed by governor ( apnews.com )

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill to require human drivers on board self-driving trucks, a measure that union leaders and truck drivers said would save hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state.

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Yes. Tractors already have a number of built-in visual and audible alarms when the onboard sensors detect things like veering, severe pitch, and traffic. Oh, that and it's a driver's job to watch and respond to road conditions.

Not to also mention that student driver teachers perform a job like this already.

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moves at a maximum speed of 3 miles per hour.

The resemblence to real police officers is uncanny.

The Internet Is About to Get Much Worse ( www.nytimes.com )

This is a classic case of tragedy of the commons, where a common resource is harmed by the profit interests of individuals. The traditional example of this is a public field that cattle can graze upon. Without any limits, individual cattle owners have an incentive to overgraze the land, destroying its value to everybody....

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You're equating sentience with non-sentience. a LLM is a non-sentient program, created by humans to learn language. You are a sentient person who is influenced by the painting techniques of Van Gogh and el Greco. While you don't need to credit them, they have influenced your work. That is entirely acceptable practice.

This is a huge difference in the realm of copyright.

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Also the works of the artists you mention are in public domain in most countries. They can be used by LLM without incident. Works of artists not in the public domain should be subject to copyright law for LLM.

Yelp names and shames businesses paying for 5-star reviews ( arstechnica.com )

Yelp has started publicly naming and shaming businesses that pay for reviews. The review site's new index documents businesses offering everything from a crisp $100 bill for leaving the best review to a $400 Home Depot gift card for a five-star review. It also lists every business whose reviews have ever been suspected of...

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Are there even 10 restaurants in Harper's Ferry?

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So is it any wonder that a business would hire fake reviewers to increase their Yelp score, when Yelp holds these businesses hostage with their outrageous policies for bad reviews? Those reviews can make or break a small business. I'm not exactly sympathetic with hiring fake reviewers, yet I'm not sympathetic AT ALL with Yelp's business model.

Yelp needs to change how it vets reviews, and have better handling of a business' response and deletion of irresponsible patron reviews.

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