@jarfil@beehaw.org cover
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

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.

This profile is from a federated server and may be incomplete. Browse more on the original instance.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

"Move fast and break things"... and by "things", they mean people.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

You have to look at the bigger picture: Musk's "I know how to build a colony on Mars better than anyone!"

That requires:

  • SpaceX: cheap reusable rockets (done)
  • StarLink: planet-wide communication network (almost done)
  • SpaceX: mass human space transport (in progress)
  • Boring: tunnels for the colony (in progress)
  • Tesla: non-fossil fuel cars, like electric (done)
  • Hyperloop: transport in a low density atmosphere (proof of concept, good enough)
  • Neuralink: robot capable of up to brain surgery (in progress)
  • Square Roots: indoor farming (done, by Elon's brother)
  • [Name pending]: indentured labour volunteers willing to work for the privilege (tons of applicants already)

There are some other details missing, and maybe there are other projects I'm not aware off, but the general plan is pretty clear.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Trains wouldn't work on Mars (surface), too dusty.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Yeah, average people are human... resources. (jk, but not really)

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Wow, that's some wall of text. Between the language used (royal "we"?), the severity of the accusations, the mention of a smear campaign against "the authors"... why is that thing on Medium, instead of on police reports?

The livelihoods of too many people depend on Second Life

Maybe they shouldn't, they're the original NFT peddlers before NFTs went blockchain.

The whole thing reads like a hissy fit between some internal factions. I'm also kind of surprised SL is still a thing, I thought it went free/self-hosted with alternative clients and grids many years ago.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

The whole article smells a lot... but other than the toxic environment, it also claims other problems:

  • Removing age controls
  • Grooming
  • IRL human trafficking

If true, those are punishable pretty much everywhere.

The part about removing ban lines from an invite-only explicit area, would also be quite suspicious.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Heh, I've read it all... I used to go onto SL like 15 years ago 😬

is there actually any child abuse content being thrown at people?

Unclear. The proof they give are drawings, and the possibility of adding IRL photos as avatar textures.

Is there any way to see this stuff without being into it?

Apparently yes. It claims the areas are not age restricted, and while some content might appear only when a whitelisted user is present, the content, and any avatar interactions, would be visible to anyone in the same place at the same time.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

As some sources have titled it: "AI fixes fusion!" /s

On a more serious note, I find it interesting that a 25ms control loop is enough, and that:

the tearing prediction model could forecast the instability 300 ms before the disruption

Good model.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

In the MOONs sunsetting, some moderators got a 1 hour advance warning before the public announcement... and some sold before it was made.

For the IPO, it would depend on the kind of user: if some mods decided to short Reddit, then stage a sub locking protest like during the APIcalypse, they would have both information and means not available to other public investors.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Stock options: "if you make the thing work, you'll be able to cash in on the stock price increase"

Pre-sale: "pay us now, find about later"

One incentivizes cooperation, the other can be a way to get support from large investors to grow a new business... or a scam to cash out from a 19 year old unprofitable one.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

As long as the link between data and user is severed, they are compliant with GDPR. [...] As long as it's not personally identifiable, it's OK.

Wrong.

In the US, data protection refers to "personally identifiable" data, so severing the link is enough. Under the GDPR, all "personal" data is protected, doesn't matter if it has a link or not to identify the person.

The test under the GDPR, will be whether a comment has any personal data in it. If it's a generic "LMAO", then leaving it anonymous might be enough; if it is a "look at me [photo attached]" or an "AITA [personal story]", then the person can ask for it to be removed, not just anonymized.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

IIRC, one of the LLMs (was it OpenAI?) that crawled Reddit, had to manually remove subs like r/counting because they were messing with the training.

jarfil , (edited )
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

places an undue burden onto the user to determine and explain why data might be personal

The other way around: all data originating from a person, is by default "personal data", and the burden of explaining which one is not, lies with whoever is keeping it.

you can't look at any messages in any rooms you've been kicked out of

If they're keeping them, then you can request a GDPR export of ALL your data. Doesn't matter whether some interface or application allows you access to the data or not, or even if you've been banned from the whole platform; as long as they keep the data, they have an obligation to honor your rights of:

  • Access
  • Correction/Modification
  • Removal

Even during obligatory data retention periods, when they can't remove the data and only make it inaccessible, you still have the right to get a copy of your own personal data.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

I've had to deal with this on the data collection end, and it's a PITA to build in the mechanisms to fully follow the law. If you're an EU resident, and especially if the server is in the EU or has to follow EU agreements, then they'd risk some quite high penalties if they didn't follow it.

Reddit is licensing its content to Google to help train its AI models (www.engadget.com)

Google has struck a deal with Reddit that will allow the search engine maker to train its AI models on Reddit’s vast catalog of user-generated content, the two companies announced. Under the arrangement, Google will get access to Reddit’s Data API, which will help the company “better understand” content from the site....

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

From the TOS/EULA, the content belongs to each user, they just license it to Reddit to use as it pleases.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

The difference is: Reddit doesn't own the content, they can't stop anyone else from selling it, or giving it for free; only the users could (the actual owners).

There are Reddit content dumps out there, which Reddit can't stop anyone from using... so not sure what they are selling, but if it's just that, then they're scamming people.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Ownership comes with both rights and responsibilities.

Platforms want as many of the rights as possible, without the responsibilities... which is why they have a contract (TOS) where they explicitly renounce to ownership, leaving it for the user, and only license the rights.

If platforms took full ownership, like in a "work for hire" agreement, they would be responsible for any illegal content a user could upload, since it wouldn't be the user's content anymore. Obviously they don't want that.

A side effect of wanting as much content as possible without owning it, is that... well, they don't own it. 😎

Fediverse where there's no owner/seller/buyer of your data or anything else you contributed.

Incorrect. You get ownership of anything that's yours, then upload stuff under whatever TOS your instance has... what's that? it has no TOS? Then they're in for a rough awakening some day. 🤷

Whether there are sellers/buyers... is something we'll learn in time. For now, user generated content on the Fediverse gets shared with little regard or protection of anyone's rights, so anyone can make a compilation, bundle it up, slap a price tag on it, and try to sell it.

jlou , to technology

Apple Is Trying to Kill the Open Internet!

https://youtu.be/up-zUEFNMww

@technology

jarfil , (edited )
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

"Kill the Open Internet" by... allowing people to choose a non-Safari browser to run PWAs...?

What?


The whining about getting cut off from push notifications, looks like a particularly funny one in light of this: (25 Jan 2024)

Privacy Concerns about Apple Push Notifications

TL;DR: data-hungry apps use push notifications as a trigger to send app analytics and device information to their remote servers, even if the apps aren't running at all on your iPhone. Such apps include TikTok, Facebook, FB Messenger, Instagram, Threads, X, and many more.

https://twitter.com/mysk_co/status/1750502700112916504

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

It's even more evil: they're shifting their recruitment firm/team's job, to the candidates themselves, requiring them to pay to prove their worth at a third party (college).

No wonder it "saves [them] time and money".

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

you can build a to do list app in a handful of minutes if you know your way around

No you can't. You're mistaking a "hastily thrown together prototype", for an "actual app" with all its requirements, tests, multiple target support, hundreds of tiny features, QA for all that, then deployment, and ongoing support.

Depending on where on the scale between "prototype" and "final product" you look at, it's going to be anywhere from less than an hour, to a full team working for years.

Now, arguably, showing whether you know the difference, can be the real test.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

They should offer people to buy 10 shares for every collected avatar NFT... 😈

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

moiré superlattice

IIRC, they've been shown to change material responses to both photons and phonons. Makes me wonder whether in this case they're seeing actual "fractional quanta" (kind of a contradiction in itself), or "just" an interaction with the moiré pattern (still interesting).

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Snaps are not confined, they're root-level system add-ons.

Flatpacks are slightly confined, they still get access to user data.

Android 10+ apps are confined, they have to ask for particular directory access... and users can still mess up and give them access to all their data. 🤷

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Profile is the right word, also response curve. If you can find one, try to look for a waterfall graph of "frequency, intensity, decay" to get a better idea of what to expect.

Studio headphones, or ones that you can most easily adjust the response with some EQ, have the flattest response curve and the shortest decay.

There is also transient response like with any electric circuit, but I haven't seen anyone do a full analysis for headphones.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Ambergris, or spermaceti, once believed to be whale semen, whence it got its name... other than for candles, perfumes, or as industrial lubricant... was also used as food glazing.

Food for thought. 🐳💦🍰

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Somehow the user has been banned from Reddit, but their comment is still at the top of the thread — we wonder how many other comments this user has published across different subreddits.

...and that's the kind of content Reddit wants to sell to train AIs 🤣

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

the new technology can target specific areas like the radar dome or cockpit

If you can't make the whole plane with angled surfaces, at least add a cover to the rounded parts. Makes sense.

Still an interesting move to cover the radar dome with radar absorbing plasma, effectively blinding the plane itself...

Called the "closed electron beam plasma stealth device," it can be activated quickly

...but if it can also be de-activated quickly, then it could make sense.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Just a heads up: cats get a confidence boost from how stuff smells.

Even when neutered at an early age, they have a highly sensitive nose, plus a vomeronasal organ, they keep rubbing their smell and saliva onto everything, and are highly territorial regarding anything smelling "not right".

If you plan on having more than one cat, also plan on sticking to a strict cleaning policy to reduce odors and keep the ones left as uniform as possible, before the cats "fix" it for you.

Personally, I'd be wary of a carpeted floor, any carpet-like surfaces, or letting cats get into high places that can turn into waterfalls or allow them to piss on the ceiling... and I seriously wish that was hyperbole.

(Source: lived with dozens of cats, the remaining 5, both males and females, can still get into a pissing and puking contest when some chunk of floor, furniture, clothes, or whatever, "smells wrong")

jarfil , (edited )
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Surprisingly, somewhat related in a circuitous way...

Vomero is a neighborhood in Naples, on top of a hill and directed to upper-middle and higher class. The etymology mix is interesting: its name comes from a villa on there, which has a relation to agriculture, which uses plowshares, aka "vōmer" in Latin... which also was an informal word for penis (then again, what wasn't in Latin)... but it stuck to the nasal bone with a shape similar to a plow.

"Vomerò" is also the first person singular of the future indicative for the Italian vomere, or "I will vomit" (...not to be confused with the Latin "vomitorium", although that one's etymology also comes from vomit)... and arguably, a plowshare is the part that "vomits" earth while plowing.

So you weren't all that far away: if you vomit, chances are your vomeronasal organ, named after the bone shaped like the tool that vomits while plowing, will get a whiff of whatever goes through.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

I only lived in Naples for a short time many decades ago, but there was the occasional joke of going to vomit after partying at the pubs/clubs/discos up there. It didn't feel like they took the relationship too seriously; after all, the words are accented differently, and one is a noun while the other is a verb conjugation.

jarfil , (edited )
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

They forgot to put a sacrificial anode:

https://youtu.be/qFXWjv65JWg?t=213

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Only small services with fewer than 50 employees and annual turnover of under €10 million (around $10.8 million) are exempt.

Soon: large platforms firing everyone but 49 employees, and outsourcing all their operations to hundreds of companies with fewer than 49 employees each... all owned by the same shareholders.

jarfil , (edited )
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

The Amish have a society like that already, you can check out how it works.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Rather the opposite: simplifying this down to an issue of just an AI introducing some BS, flattens out the problem that grifter journals don't follow a proper peer review process.

introducing bias or false information in highly specialized fields

Reviewers are not perfect, and may miss things

It's called a "peer review" process for a reason. If there are not enough peers in a highly specialized field to conduct a proper review, then the article should stay on arxiv or some other preprint server until enough peers can be found.

Journals that charge for "reviewing" BS, no matter if AI generated, or by a donkey with a brush tied to its tail, should be named and shamed.

We already have countless examples of this in science where a study with falsified data or poor methodology breeds a whole field of research which struggles to validate the original studies and eventually needs to be retracted.

...and no AI was needed. Goes to show how AI is the red herring here.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Once you can eat a hotdog, you can eat anything. Chicken nuggets and surimi are an even worse "meat shape", yet plenty of people eat them.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Zero per cent of app users are running ad blockers

Not to take away from his point, but... Pi-Hole.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

If too many people were blocking the ad servers, apps could tunnel the ads through a single connection to the app... but that would only work for ads served by the same platform as the app (like Meta ads in Meta apps, Google ads in Google apps, etc.),
with 3rd party ad networks not trusting random app developers' tracking and engagement data to send them a payout... so blocking the ad servers is likely to keep working for those, and for the larger platforms as long as they don't see much value in spending resources to counter it.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Closest thing to "push-button", are probably VPNs with a built-in ad blocker... which might as well be a pihole. Not sure what % of people use those.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

start-process -verb runas

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.management/start-process

Not the same as sudo, but mostly equivalent for single cmdlets or scripts.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Haven't tried it on Linux, but it says the -verb runas only works on Windows... might have to use actual sudo on Linux.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

No irony there; BSD devs want companies to copy their code and close it down... or they wouldn't be using the BSD license.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

free labor provided by the FOSS movement

Check out the contributors to Linux, how many of them work for free vs. how many work on behalf of companies.

There is this pervasive myth that FOSS gets developed by lone wolves working in their spare time, when in reality most of the projects that get any traction, have a financing model behind them.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

You can order a board from the likes of PCBWay... you can even ask them to populate it and solder the components for you... but just designing a board with the complexity of a laptop, will require a lot of expertise, a lot of work... and most likely require several iterations where you'll end up with a bunch of trash boards with some flaw in them, and you'll have to pay for it all.

It's still a tool you could use, but I'd recommend sticking to something like simple adapter boards at most.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

The "average person" wants a laptop that's: cheap, unbreakable, lightweight, thin, high resolution, small, fast, and with a ton of battery. Suffice to say they're contradictory requirements.

The most "standardized" laptops, as in easier to find spare parts for, are from brands popular with businesses, like Lenovo or Dell ones.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

"Sockets for the chips" are the least of the problems, most chips don't use sockets at all, they instead get soldered to a board through BGAs. Even multi-chip boards like CPUs, usually get soldered through BGAs. Then, what you need to think about is what kind of boards you want to connect and how.

If you wanted to make something low spec, you might look at the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, that only needs a sort of "breakout board", where you could place a bunch of M.2 connectors for daughter boards... but chances are you will be really hard pressed to make a whole laptop that's cheaper than a much higher spec brand one.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

Interesting the difference in approach to censorship between the "West" and China.

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

I guess a "patriotic story" could be made in any country about its respective fight for independence, and/or any war. Something like every character having a well built background, then sacrificing it for the greater good.

Maybe with the goal being to unmask the traitor, but the traitor being an NPC, then everyone learning of everyone else's sacrifices as the game progressed, empathizing and ending up crying?

Dunno, I guess there could be many ways to make a mostly scripted game a patriotic one, when nobody can say "I throw a box of lit dynamite sticks into the air and cry Leeeroooy!!", or "A book? I read aloud whatever it says. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh..."

jarfil ,
@jarfil@beehaw.org avatar

If it helps, the EU is planning on forcing all services to offer a no tracking and no data collection option... either free, or for a fee, at the service's discretion.

Can't wait for cookie popups to start coming with "accept all" and "pay to customize" options 😒

  • All
  • Subscribed
  • Moderated
  • Favorites
  • random
  • tech
  • updates
  • programming
  • marketreserach
  • testing
  • drbboard
  • til
  • wanderlust
  • bitcoincash
  • Sacramento
  • All magazines