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alyaza

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internet gryphon. admin of Beehaw, mostly publicly interacting with people. nonbinary. they/she

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Against Disruption: On the Bulletpointization of Books (lithub.com)

I’m not saying that all self-help is bad. There’s always been an audience for short and snappy self-improvement books (there’s a reason why there are only 7 Habits, not 70), and that’s just fine. But I do worry about a larger phenomenon that I’ll call the bulletpointification of books and media....

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i wonder if the best way to think about self-help as a genre is as a sort of placebo genre, where the act of engaging with the genre is a more useful act toward whatever you want to do than actually reading any particular book.

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i think it's been gliding on the entropy of its original value for a long time at this point (it was founded in 2009)—certainly i can't remember a time where it was useful, but then i only first encountered it in like 2016.

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It’s been a shitfest for a while - it seems tailor-made for blowhards to speak authoritatively without having any real authority on an issue.

i'm sure plenty of people have made this joke before, but AI answers should have no problem fitting in with a culture of this sort!

I created an app where you can share your thoughts fully anonymously and vote for the weekly "Thought of Humanity" (www.toh-social.app)

Welcome to Thoughts of Humanity, where your thoughts take centre stage! Express yourself anonymously (for full anonymity, login as guest), connect with a diverse community, and celebrate inspiring thoughts every week on our website....

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removing this because it's indistinguishable from spam; we're not opposed to self-promotion here but it's simply not a good first impression to post what is essentially an advertisement

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Google "Search Liaison" Danny Sullivan confirmed the feature removal in an X post, saying the feature "was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn't depend on a page loading. These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it."

okay but... has it? this seems like an unfounded premise, intuitively speaking

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would you believe me if i told you this is Bloober's first attempt at combat

Microsoft stole my Chrome tabs, and it wants yours, too (www.theverge.com)

Last week, I turned on my PC, installed a Windows update, and rebooted to find Microsoft Edge automatically open with the Chrome tabs I was working on before the update. I don’t use Microsoft Edge regularly, and I have Google Chrome set as my default browser. Bleary-eyed at 9AM, it took me a moment to realize that Microsoft...

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the discourse between you two in this thread is not productive; please chill out a bit and stop antagonizing each other.

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i've already rendered my verdict here—which was i banned the other person for a bit and not you (even though you both said things which run afoul of our rules) because you're a member of our instance and we can afford to be more patient and understanding with you accordingly. but to be clear: if you respond in this manner even to very light moderator feedback then for moderation purposes you'll be held to outsider standards going forward. which is to say, you're not going to get anywhere near the benefit of the doubt or the lenience when you break rules.

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One thing though: Criticism of admins should never be considered a rule breaking event provided it is not derogative or endangering, and if my reply to you is considered a reason for admin action then I need to reconsider my participation in beehaw as well.

just to be clear the issue here is/was not you critiquing me--i don't care about that particularly, comes with the job--it's the tone which seemed like it implied being held to any moderation standard was problematic. because they tend to cause a scene about how they're being censored we're not super interested in having people in that category on here, and so whenever someone responds in that way it's a red flag

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i think it's very clear now that the lack of unionization in the gaming industry will need to change, or every year or two or whatever arbitrary interval we'll see an astronomical number of people losing their jobs all at once in this way.

Unreliable Pedestrian Detection and Driver Alerting in Intelligent Vehicles (www.researchgate.net)

Vehicles with advanced driving assist systems that automatically steer, accelerate and brake are popular, but associated with increased driver distraction. This distraction coupled with unreliable autonomous system performance leads to vehicles that may be at higher risk for striking pedestrians. To this end, this study tested...

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While we really dug the game (you can check out our review for more on that), there's one odd detail that stuck out we can't help but give its own article: one of the game's minor NPCs will be voiced by a text-to-speech program at launch, seemingly because someone — probably Ubisoft — forgot to record and add a human being's voice for the role.

what a... weird thing to have happen. i'm not sure what the utility of it would be for one minor NPC but this being an accident honestly strains charitability, i think

SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios Introduce Groundbreaking AI Voice Agreement at CES (www.sagaftra.org)

this agreement is causing a great deal of distaste in VA spaces this week, perhaps best exemplified by this tweet which asserts that the deal was not sent to membership. as far as i can tell through the grapevine a lot of VAs concur that this was foist upon them suddenly and they were given no chance to vote on it or similar,...

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There’s… no details at all other than “it’s happening”?

well, this is a press release strictly speaking (and unions tend to delay public release of specific details of such deals anyways--although, if the allegations are correct i have no idea why they'd do this in this case).

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honestly, the thing that gets me here is--who even focuses on Netflix Gaming in the first place? i never hear about stuff dropping in their ecosystem, and so it really feels like an afterthought service to begin with that they've bolted onto their main business

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what would you say is the stuff of note in their selection currently?

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