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I think that whether or not a person would be comforted by bassy sounds would depend on their upbringing, specifically if and how they were socialized to enjoy music.

IMO because bassy sounds are more likely to come from large or powerful processes in nature, like explosions, falling rocks, thunder (caused by lightning which is dangerous if outdoors or in a weak structure), and very large predators, I imagine that people not socialized under the Western music tradition (or any other which uses long bassy sounds) might find bassy sounds to be distressing.

I'm not a musicologist, but they would probably be the person or author of the book to consult.

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Do you think a warrant canary would help? Basically post something ASAP that says "I haven't been served any IP subpoenas as of today." Then, update the statement every so often unless you get served.

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Textbooks compile information about a subject into one cohesive whole for study. They're super useful, even though they are too expensive typically. Library Genesis is great for obtaining textbooks you can't afford to purchase.

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I'm not OP, and frankly I don't really disagree with the characterization of ChatGPT as "fancy autocomplete". But...

I'm still in the process of reading this cover-to-cover, but Chapter 12.2 of Deep Learning: Foundations and Concepts by Bishop and Bishop explains how natural language transformers work, and then has a short section about LLMs. All of this is in the context of a detailed explanation of the fundamentals of deep learning. The book cites the original papers from which it is derived, most of which are on ArXiv. There's a nice copy on Library Genesis. It requires some multi-variable probability and statistics, and an assload of linear algebra, reviews of which are included.

So obviously when the CEO explains their product they're going to say anything to make the public accept it. Therefore, their word should not be trusted. However, I think that when AI researchers talk simply about their work, they're trying to shield people from the mathematical details. Fact of the matter is that behind even a basic AI is a shitload of complicated math.

At least from personal experience, people tend to get really aggressive when I try to explain math concepts to them. So they're probably assuming based on their experience that you would be better served by some clumsy heuristic explanation.

IMO it is super important for tech-inclined people interested in making the world a better place to learn the fundamentals and limitations of machine learning (what we typically call "AI") and bring their benefits to the common people. Clearly, these technologies are a boon for the wealthy and powerful, and like always, have been used to fuck over everyone else.

IMO, as it is, AI as a technology has inherent patterns that induce centralization of power, particularly with respect to the requirement of massive datasets, particularly for LLMs, and the requirement to understand mathematical fundamentals that only the wealthy can afford to go to school long enough to learn. However, I still think that we can leverage AI technologies for the common good, particularly by developing open-source alternatives, encouraging the use of open and ethically sourced datasets, and distributing the computing load so that people who can't afford a fancy TPU can still use AI somehow.

I wrote all this because I think that people dismiss AI because it is "needlessly" complex and therefore bullshit. In my view, it is necessarily complex because of the transformative potential it has. If and only if you can spare the time, then I encourage you to learn about machine learning, particularly deep learning and LLMs.

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you really just need some matrix multiplication and calculating derivatives-- non-math-major college math type stuff.

Well sure you don't need a math degree for that, but most people really need to put some time into those topics. I.e., that kind of math is complex enough to constitute a barrier to entry into the field, particularly people with no free time to self-study or money for school.

Said differently: matrix math and basic calculus is hard, just not for you and I.

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I want to help but I'm making zero money. Zero times any percentage is zero.

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More like American engineers at least. I graduated with a bachelor's in engineering last year and this has been my experience looking for work.

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I actually applied to several non-defense government jobs last year, but I haven't heard back yet. Apparently it takes forever (more than private industry) to hire people, but even then I'm not exactly an attractive hire.

I just started my graduate degree so I'm probably not going down that route. I'd be open to a summer internship in public works, but I literally cannot count on them to get back to me in six months.

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Thank you for sharing this. I just finished watching it.

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I went into console commands and forced my charisma to 0.

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I saw that, but the description says:

Shisen-Sho is a Japanese tile-based game which uses Mahjong tiles.

I'm not a Mahjong player, but are Shisen-Sho and Mahjong the same game?

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I went with FreeShisen for now, since it is simple and she liked it. Thank you everyone for your recommendations so far.

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When someone says Mahjong they often mean Shisen-Sho without even realising there is a difference.

I ended up installing FreeShisen for her. You're probably right because she's looking for a single-player game where you match tiles. She got into """Mahjong""" because it was previously installed on her laptop under that name, i.e. she's not looking for the "true" or otherwise more obscure game.

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I mean with a surname like Wilde he was destined to be a wild one.

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We're spread pretty uniformly throughout the Lemmyverse. There are active anarchist communities (all /c/anarchism on their respective instances) on lemmy.dbzer0.com, slrpnk.net, lemmy.ml, and hexbear.net.

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Red pill.

I'd apply myself in high school, force myself to be sociable as a child, graduate with my bachelor's degree 4-6 years earlier with a better GPA, and get work experience and savings well before the COVID-19 pandemic. (I would try to stop it, but if someone told me that they had exact knowledge of the future, I wouldn't believe them, and frankly I would be worried if people believed me without further evidence.)

I don't need or want $10 million.

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Can we rename Neptune to "Smaller Uranus"? I couldn't tell the difference if they weren't shown together.

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You really should not have done that. Everyone who ever died has pooped.

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I have wildly more patience for Lemmy's glitches than I do for Reddit's. Lemmy's devs are working on a shoestring budget with just a few people trying to prop up a whole social network. The project is still pretty early in its life cycle.

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I don't! I want people who are concerned about the misuse of AI, particularly by corporations and world governments, to learn how to use AI to fight back against our oppressors or at least make AI-powered technologies that are helpful for common people, and to archive how it works, particularly how it fails.

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Okay but how do we quantitatively and unambiguously devise a metric for quality? More importantly, how do we come up with a satisfactory approximation to that metric? I'm open to ideas.

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I absolutely think we can approximate it, and MAU furnishes a flawed example of such an approximation.

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I like this, but I think that upvotes correspond to things people enjoy, which may or may not be of high quality. I.e., shitposting subs would probably be rated "high quality" when, like... it's literally the point to post shitty content.

Also, as stated, that means we have to sum over the entire time history of the community. We would probably want to limit the time history of what is summed over, subject to a maximum for subs with high post counts (like the shitposting subs.

IMO it's a great suggestion, but I think it needs to be part of a weighted combination of factors.

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"I saw the face bussy of god and was purified" - stephan 2023

Marketing Company Claims That It Actually Is Listening to Your Phone and Smart Speakers to Target Ads (www.404media.co)

A marketing team within media giant Cox Media Group (CMG) claims it has the capability to listen to ambient conversations of consumers through embedded microphones in smartphones, smart TVs, and other devices to gather data and use it to target ads, according to a review of CMG marketing materials by 404 Media and details from a...

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I've never met a person in my life that was convinced by an ad to buy something.

I believe that you're being truthful, but I respectfully challenge the idea that you don't know some person who was convinced by an ad to buy something. Even if all your friends truthfully insist that their decisions are not swayed by ads, there is probably some product they chose at least partially because an advertisement reached them and left a positive impression about the product.

Ads do clearly work on people who are suggestible enough to be susceptible to them. Some of your contacts are probably these people whether they admit to it or not. If ads didn't work, they wouldn't be made. Ads aren't made inherently to be annoying or make our lives worse; they're driven by profit. Kill the profit and the motive dies. IMO that's all the more reason to get rid of them.

Anecdotally, my parents and grandmother watch TV with commercials, and they give me a bug-eyed look when I explain to them that I don't get advertisements and that I don't want to see them. Most people I know just want to get content crammed down their content-holes and will deal with ads to avoid the momentary inconvenience of change. So I feel like we're fighting an uphill battle.

will the fediverse stop existing??

im very worried about this!!! i read news about meta with the fediverse and people say meta will destroy and make the fediverse stop existing and force everyone to go to facebook?? is this true?? they will embrace extend and extinguish?? and kill the fediverse??? but this is my only social media!! im not against meta but i dont...

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Short answer: No.

Long answer: Threads, like Mastodon and the social media website formerly known as Twitter, are microblogging sites. While Mastodon users do show up here once in a while, I don't get their posts unless they actively post in a Lemmy community.

So if your instance decides not to defederate from Threads, and you choose not to block Threads using Lemmy's upcoming individual instance blocks, you might see their users occasionally comment on stuff. If I recall correctly, it's pretty difficult for Mastodon users to post on Lemmy for technical reasons that will also apply to Threads.

I do think that quality of life in the wider Fediverse could dip once Threads users are allowed to participate and Threads content is allowed to spread. However, I think that the impact on Lemmy will be small. If it isn't, we have defederation and soon individual instance blocking to help us filter out the crap.

Because the code for Fediverse sites is free and open source, I think that the Fediverse will exist for the foreseeable future. However, Meta could make it worse. If their past behavior is any indication, i.e. basically all of it, then that's probably what they're going to do eventually. At the end of the day, if Threads is too irritating, someone will start an instance of something that is defederated from them.

Personally, I'm not exactly thrilled by the prospect of Meta (or any corporation) joining the Fediverse (or any other aspect of public life), but I think we'll be okay. I am concerned for people in marginalized groups who will have to deal with the toxic community that Threads has allowed to fester. However, there was a big stink about this a couple months ago where some big instances pre-emptively defederated from Threads. Now might be a good time to make an account on one of those instances.

Regardless of what happens, you will not be literally forced to go to Facebook or Threads. In the absolute worst case scenario, i.e. Meta takes over the Fediverse, you join or host an instance that doesn't federate with anyone.

I'm an anxious person myself so I know this is hard to internalize: you'll be okay. We'll get through this.

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I have. Currently too busy coping with life falling apart to watch YouTube courses 🙃.

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Everyone gets a comment, but no one gets to poop. It’s just how we do it here.

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Technically it should be “Have you attended, or are you attending, a college/university?”.

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That would work for strong readers, but all the slashes might confuse weaker readers. Actually, if I wrote the questionnaire, I would write out “college or university” instead of “college/university”.

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Not yet, but I will when I get a job. I want to give back to the community, but I can’t afford it right now.

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I mean “ruined” is a bit strong, right? I’m no fan of Jimmy Wales but Wikipedia is still pretty good IMO for non-political stuff. It’s my first choice to look up math stuff so on that basis alone it gets my vote.

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    Sponsorblock supports Invidious. Go into the Sponsorblock settings under Misc and enable it. You might have to add an instance’s URL (on the same settings page).

    In your Invidious local settings, there should be a “Feed Menu” setting. This allows you to choose which tabs appear on your local homepage. (If you have an account, then these settings are for your account and should persistent anywhere you log in.) You should be able to choose “Popular” or “Trending” as one or more of your tabs.

    For FreeTube, you can copy the link from your browser (from YouTube or any Invidious instances at least) and paste it into FreeTube’s search bar, and it will go directly to the desired video. If you use Firefox, Privacy Redirect has a setting (under Advanced Settings --> Invidious) to redirect all YouTube requests to FreeTube. You would have to turn the plugin off to search, then turn it on when you want to use it.

    FreeTube currently has two sections “Most Popular” and “Trending” that fetch content from creators I haven’t subscribed to.

    Hope this helps.

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    A few years ago I had a package that did an extra trip down and up the East Coast. Thankfully it wasn’t time-sensitive.

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    I use FreeTube as my “TV”. A++ app. Hope they get bookmarked playlists working soon.

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    This is probably just a use of different words to not sound repetitive.

    Then the BBC could have said something like “More than 500 people were slain in Gaza.” They should have used a word that implies that the more than 500 people were actively put to death somehow, like killed or slain.

    Keep in mind that the BBC are journalists; they literally do this for a living. Even if it was an innocent mistake, which I 1000% do not believe it is, it would still be an egregious fuck-up. But we know it’s not a fuck-up…

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    That’s the link to the official FreeTube Flatpak. More generally, the linked site, Flathub, is the largest source of Flatpak applications. If you click through the .io site, you’ll land on the Flathub page if you look for the Flatpak.

    I actually switched from the .deb to the Flatpak just this afternoon so I can do updates with my package manager. The .deb version “phones home” (you have to enable it I think) every time it starts up to check for updates, but Discover (my package manager) fetches updates for Flatpak apps along with everything else. It’s basically been the same experience as the .deb so far.

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    Briefly: My comment was basically a remark that the way FreeTube works is independent of how it is installed.

    A very vaguely similar idea for Windows would be to compare the installed edition (usually distributed as an .exe) versus the portable edition (zip or 7z, i.e. an archive). For FreeTube there’s probably no difference, but in general, Windows programs break when made portable, so “portable editions” need to be tested separately.

    Probably not important for a Windows user, but it’s something a Linux user might want to know. 😀

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    Go with Invidious. inv.tux.pizza works for me when I’m on a browser. (I swear I’m not affiliated with them 😅.) On my desktop and laptop, I use FreeTube because it allows me to track my watch history and subscriptions locally, and it has Sponsorblock and DeArrow optionally integrated. Plus, it’s just nice to separate YouTube, which I often watch like TV, from active browsing tasks. On mobile I typically just use Invidious in Firefox.

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