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fearout

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Professional industrial and jewelry designer (here's my Bēhance portfolio), hard-sci-fi enjoyer, cat lover and procrastinator. Started a few communities on kbin: Urban Details, Industrial Design and Jewelry Design, feel free to join if you find those interesting.
You can tip me if you like or use something I made.

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Of course they do, better than ever actually. Google OpenType ligatures, for example. You can even use those on the web using CSS.

Some fonts have hundreds of different ligatures.

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I don’t understand how Chinese room is a valuable argument. To me, while the person inside the room doesn’t understand Chinese, the system room-person-instructions does. You don’t argue that you don’t understand your language because none of your individual neurons understand it.

I don’t claim that chatGPT “understands” the language, I just don’t think that this argument applies in general.

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Are there any good iOS Tor browsers? All that I’ve seen are either shit or require some insane subscription.

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Both are broken as far as I know. First one hasn’t updated for years, and recent reviews for the second one claim it crashes on startup.

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Same. I’ve only ever seen this error after some time of inactivity, and reloading the page always helps.

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Why do you feel like matrix has failed? I joined it recently and to me it looks like it’s kinda growing.

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Idk, that’s more of a “not yet finished” thing rather than “failed” imo

Tesla’s secret team to suppress thousands of driving range complaints (www.reuters.com)

About a decade ago, Tesla rigged the dashboard readouts in its electric cars to provide “rosy” projections of how far owners can drive before needing to recharge, a source told Reuters. The automaker last year became so inundated with driving-range complaints that it created a special team to cancel owners’ service...

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It's amazing what one person's actions can do to an entire brand. For the first several years after the Model S release I was sure that my next car is going to be a Tesla. Now, I'm 100% sure that I'll never buy one.

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Texas charges prisoners for water? What the fuck, how is this even remotely legal?

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Just wanted to comment that your cover image is great and on point :)

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No one is going to post news/articles here and then discuss them as they would in a regular post. It won’t get bumped up on the subscribed page if something interesting happens. Most of the comments here are going be about the megathread itself.

So this is effectively banning all the discussion concerning all of his companies. Which might be something you want to do, every community can decide for itself what kind of stuff they want to forbid after all. But I feel like it should be said directly, not via making a catch-all megathread.

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Get ready for subscription-based browsers requiring verified accounts, that share your personally identifiable public key with each website you visit.

I really hope EU or FTC step in. That looks like a dangerous development.

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I read the article and I still don’t really understand how exactly it’s supposed to work. I guess it can detect some deformation within the cable, but is this deformation guaranteed when a leak has occurred?

Does it give false positives or false negatives, and how often? Would different placement along the pipe matter? And is there some measurement besides “the cable has slightly deformed somewhere”? Like, is there a way to find the location of the leak, for example, or should the pipe be checked along the whole length of the cable between detectors?

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I think that expanding it to allow for custom blocking patterns will make it more appealing in general. Like being able to add your rich_person_of_choice to the list or the ability to block a company (Meta anyone?) might both be useful features.

Not sure if it fits your plans though or how hard it’s going to be to implement.

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I saw this article posted in another thread and it seems to explain a lot. Not sure how close it is to reality, but it looks like nostalgia is at least a partial reason for this change.

Yep. Fucking nostalgia.

Man Found Guilty of Child Porn, Because He Ran a Tor Exit Node (The Story of William Weber) - LowEndBox (lowendbox.com)

William Weber, a LowEndTalk member, was raided by Austrian police in 2012 for operating a Tor exit node that was allegedly used to distribute child pornography. While he was not arrested, many of his computers and devices were confiscated. He was later found guilty of supporting the distribution of child pornography through his...

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Btw, what’s the current judicial status of exit nodes around the world? Why was he charged, yet the isp wasn’t? Would the isp be charged if it ran a similar exit node, or is it strictly because it was a private entity?

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Haven’t heard about that one. In what capacity does it plan to join? Something Instagram-like, similar to pixelfed?

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I mean, they’ve been using the first one in the middle row for a while now for their media relations communications. Albeit from a different angle. They should probably go with that.

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Exactly! “I won’t allow for redeeming qualities on my platform!”

On Coining a New Term (kbin.social)

Edit: alright I'm sticking this up here because a number of people seem confused--this post isn't trying to convince you that "fediverse" is a bad term--rather it's a discussion of why I think "threadiverse" is a good umbrella term, for the forum-based part of the fediverse specifically. (lemmy+kbin)...

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Which makes me wonder why Meta chose this name. Especially since Threads isn’t really focused on actual threads.

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That’s an oddly poetic way to shit on Threads :)

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I agree with changing magazine to community, but mostly for the sake of consistency across the fediverse. Changing posts to microposts or something similar will add some clarity, so it might be a good idea as well.

But the rest seems fine to me as is tbh.

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No mention of kbin either

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I’m still waiting for some major news outlet to write a piece about Fediverse in general. It’s odd that it’s either glossed over in one sentence or not even mentioned at all.

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Yeah, not mentioning even a single instance when writing about Fediverse is pretty shit journalism. I was expecting something much worse after reading your preparation steps though :) At least factually it’s not really incorrect.

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I was curious how current LLMs might handle this with proper instructions, so I asked chatGPT this: “What can you tell me about this Reddit post? Would you write a news article about this? Analyze the trustworthiness of this information:” and pasted the text from the post. Here’s a part of its reply:

This Reddit post appears to be discussing updates in the context of […] Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. However, there are several factual inaccuracies which raises questions about the trustworthiness of the post:

  1. Hearthstone was first released in 2014, not 1994. This error may be a typo or a misunderstanding by the user.
  1. Glorbo does not appear to be a known character in either the Hearthstone or World of Warcraft universe […]
  1. Chen Stormstout is a known character from the Warcraft universe, but the claim about him being the end boss of a new version of Karazhan doesn't match with any known information […]
  1. Dragonflight is not known as a video game developer or associated term in the context of Hearthstone or World of Warcraft […]

Given these points, it seems this post might be either a joke, speculation, or misinformation. […] So I'd recommend taking this information with a grain of caution and verify it from reliable sources.

[…] I would caution against using the information in this post for a news article due to the factual inaccuracies and lack of verifiable sources. Good journalism relies on accuracy, fact-checking, and use of reliable sources. This Reddit post contains several claims that contradict established knowledge, and without further verification from reliable, official sources (like game developers or official news releases), it would not be advisable to use this information in a news article.

So it’s not even an issue with current models, just bad setup. An autoGPT with several fact-checking questions added in can easily filter this stuff.

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I mean, chatGPT with its knowledge cutoff and no internet connection figured it out. See my comment below, I asked it and posted its response.

The guys who run that news website just didn’t include any checks in their algorithm. It doesn’t seem like an LLM problem at this point. A properly set up AutoGPT with an ability to look stuff up online would have no problem sorting though and fact-checking posts to decide which ones to use for an article.

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Half of the deleted […] things are chatGPT mentioning its 2021 knowledge cutoff and suggesting double-checking that info. It was mentioned in this case as well.

If it were an autoGPT with internet access, I think these would prompt an automated online lookup to fact-check it.

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Did you intend to paste or attach something? Your comment doesn't show anything on kbin besides that one sentence.

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So I tried it on this BBC article (a current top story), and this /r/Hearthstone post. It did pretty well. I won't copy-paste the whole reply, but here are some excerpts:

The post you've shared describes a series of recent climate records related to temperature, ocean heat, and Antarctic sea ice, and their concerning implications. [...] The trustworthiness of this information depends on the credibility of the sources cited and the accuracy of the climate records mentioned. Given that these are attributed to credible individuals and institutions like the UN, they likely hold a high degree of trustworthiness. [...] A pattern of increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events is consistent with what scientists expect from climate change. [...] However, for a comprehensive analysis, it would be prudent to cross-check this information with authoritative climate research bodies, like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The post you've shared appears to be an announcement about an upcoming expansion for Hearthstone. [...] The new expansion, named "Legendary Titans and Keepers," seems to introduce some new gameplay elements, including the "Titan" keyword and "Forge" keyword. Assessing the trustworthiness of this information can be tricky without an official source. Ideally, the announcement should be verified on Blizzard Entertainment's official website or through their official social media channels. The details mentioned, such as the gameplay mechanics for the new Titan and Keeper cards, as well as the new Forge keyword, are specific and elaborate, which might lend some credibility to the post. [...] If this information came from an official announcement from Blizzard Entertainment or a reliable insider, it would be newsworthy content for audiences interested in Hearthstone or gaming in general.

So it guessed correctly in both cases and suggested where to fact-check the info to be sure.

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I know, right? It’s so weird. In every single instance of some bullshit happening it’s easy to brush it off as incompetence or an attempt at profit maximization, but overall it feels a lot like some kind of targeted disassembly of whatever made the internet great and facilitated open discussions.

A.I. experts downplay ‘nightmare scenario of evil robot overlords’. Over 1,300 sign letter claiming it’s a ‘force for good, not a threat to humanity’ (fortune.com)

In an open letter published on Tuesday, more than 1,370 signatories—including business founders, CEOs and academics from various institutions including the University of Oxford—said they wanted to “counter ‘A.I. doom.’”...

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There’s a huuuge gap between evil robot overlords and chatGPT-like stuff tho. LLMs are not taking over the world anytime soon.

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Here's an inline Stellar siblings image so you don't have to click the link

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A mix between a spaceship in front of a moon, bow and arrow/arrowhead, and an upvote, as far as I know.

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I guess that works as a metaphor as well :)

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And here, ladies and gentlemen, is part of the reason hate crime exists. “Is it something I don’t yet know or understand? Quickly, get me my head-burying sand bucket!”

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Looks like it’s defederated from kbin. Its communities don’t show up in search.

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Yeah, makes sense. I wonder if there's going to be a mute/shadow federation function so that the instance doesn't show up in /all, but you can still subscribe to a community to see its posts on your subscribed page.

Not for this instance specifically, but as in some general functionality.

Please delete empty, opportunistic magazines created during the rexit (kbin.social)

There are a fair number of totally empty magazines created during rexit, with no threads, yet a fair number of subscribers (because the name matches a popular sub from Reddit). I clicked on one this morning, because I saw it in random magazines side bar section. No threads. Created a month ago by a user who hasn't posted a...

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I feel you. I made a couple of communities I’d like to help grow and develop, but they don't seem to attract much activity from other users since they're rather niche (1, 2, 3, in case anyone's interested). I hope they might increase in size organically over time, since I don't want to flood them with my own posts, but I'm not sure what timelines to expect or if it's ever going to happen.

By the way, have you tried posting to new communities?

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Thanks. Yeah, it seems like Urban Details should have the widest audience between the three. Finders crossed :)

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There’s been a lot of discussion, but I’m not sure if anything’s truly active yet.

For example, check out this latest post from this community, or this one that is more copy-to-Lemmy-focused.

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So it basically rasterizes it? I wonder how it affects file size

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It’s about this — JWST found unusually bright early galaxies that already existed at around 350 mln years after the Big Bang, which is extremely early for such structures to exist. It implies that they should have started forming at around ~100 mln years, which is wa-ay earlier than previously thought. So CCC+TL is a model that tries to fit observed data, but it’s not the only proposed solution (and it’s quite convoluted due to including Tired Light).

You can google more about that using terms like JWST + early galaxies, high redshift galaxies, population III stars (refers to metallicity and goes “backwards”, Sun is a population I star).

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Covarying coupling constants is an established name, so it’s used as is. But the paper only mentions lambda, as far as I remember. There might be something else used in the equations, I haven’t delved deep into those, but nothing else should really be required for this particular discussion.

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Sure! I’m not too well-versed in this topic, but here’s a gist of it:

First, it’s a very old idea, somewhere from 1920s I think. Proposed as a possible solution way before we found out about the expansion.

One of the main issues is it violates conservation of energy, since in this hypothesis the photons lose energy en route, but there’s still no viable mechanism to absorb or account for that energy. It also doesn’t explain cosmic background radiation, while other theories explain it quite well.

Then there’s blur. If the light loses energy on interactions and all that, the photons should scatter and blur the image. That doesn’t happen.

And then there’s this time-dilation effect. When you look at supernovae at different distances, their explosions “run” at different paces, with further ones exploding slower. In LCDM model that’s easily explained by the light being stretched because of the expansion, and that’s what causes slower “runtime”. With TL’s predictions that shouldn’t happen at all, yet it’s an observable effect.

And there are probably more discrepancies that I can’t remember off the top of my head.

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If you sort by newest almost every comment has been 1 star for a couple of months already. It’s just hard to break through millions of reviews throughout the years. Time-weighed rating system would be more accurate.

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