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  1. Comment on Self-serve dashboards don't work in ~comp

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    I hate it but it’s not its fault, it’s just not the right tool for us but company demands that we use it. So we’re stuck with all the negatives and can’t enjoy none of the positives Some teams...

    I hate it but it’s not its fault, it’s just not the right tool for us but company demands that we use it. So we’re stuck with all the negatives and can’t enjoy none of the positives

    Some teams that we have to work with demand very specific logics in their metrics, so we end up having to depend on derived tables more often than not. So almost every time we have to create a new dashboard, we can’t use previously created views.

    I already tried to explain to business that Looker Studio (previously called Data Studio) exists and that it’s a more versatile tool, and would suit these teams a lot better and would allow us to create dashboards faster. But for whatever reason they insist on looker.

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  2. Comment on Self-serve dashboards don't work in ~comp

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    The problem at my company was exactly that, everyone ran their own queries so several teams delivered different metrics for things that should at least align. Sometimes the same team delivered...

    The problem at my company was exactly that, everyone ran their own queries so several teams delivered different metrics for things that should at least align. Sometimes the same team delivered different results for the same question.

    My Data Analytics team had the job of blocking reports from other teams, standardize every metric and funnel everything through us. If there’s a new metric, it has to come from our Looker dashboards (this damn platform is going to be the end of me)

    This created a lot of stress (and still does), many people didn’t like this move. They were used to just grab a query, adapt it, and report it. Yes, it allows for more autonomy and quicker deliveries, but at the cost of accuracy and coherence.

    I relate to what the article is saying, but I also know the other side of the coin. I don’t really know what’s the sweet spot between both sides

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  3. Comment on What gaming genre could use a renaming? in ~games

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    RPG itself is confusing if you pick it apart. A lot of people associate RPG with having stats and skill trees. Your character has stats? Done and discussion closed: it's a RPG. The post AC Origins...

    RPG itself is confusing if you pick it apart.

    A lot of people associate RPG with having stats and skill trees. Your character has stats? Done and discussion closed: it's a RPG.

    The post AC Origins games come to mind. They introduced skill trees, and because of that people started calling them RPGs. But then, if that's the requirement, then why isn't Far Cry considered a RPG? Maybe some people might call it that but I don't remember the last time I heard someone calling it an RPG.

    Then if we look at the name itself "Role Playing Game", it becomes even more confusing. Technically, aren't you playing a role in almost every game? In Mario, you're playing the role of a plumber on a quest to save a princess. In FIFA, you're playing the role of a soccer player or manager. Does that make these games RPGs?

    The term has become so broad and diluted that it's lost a lot of its original meaning. Traditional RPGs were about immersing yourself in a character, making meaningful choices that affect the story and world, and often involved complex systems for character development and combat.

    Now, it seems like any game with a hint of character progression or dialogue choices gets labeled as an RPG or "RPG elements". This has led to a lot of genre-blending, which isn't necessarily bad, but there aren’t hard lines that allows us to clearly categorize the games

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  4. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    I wonder if the devs themselves thought that? Considering how Microsoft has been rushing everything AI related to market, wouldn't be surprised if the same was said about Recall and its concurrent...

    I wonder if the devs themselves thought that? Considering how Microsoft has been rushing everything AI related to market, wouldn't be surprised if the same was said about Recall and its concurrent features

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  5. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    Consider that neither the AI nor you would be stuck in a time or place. As you get older you adopt new ways of thinking, of being, of writing, etc, you would start to dislike that style of...

    Consider that neither the AI nor you would be stuck in a time or place. As you get older you adopt new ways of thinking, of being, of writing, etc, you would start to dislike that style of writing, and either prompt the AI to do it differently or write it yourself, over the years. Your style of writing in an alternative timeline with AI's would still evolve anyway, but differently.

    The only horror I see here is how, if this AI is a cloud one, a company will get to know you over the years (not that it's unprecedented, Google has voice clips of me from back in 2010)

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  6. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I follow. Even if someone is born now and grows up into having a new device powered by even more advanced AI models, I find it hard to believe that person will never ever write anything.

    I'm not sure I follow. Even if someone is born now and grows up into having a new device powered by even more advanced AI models, I find it hard to believe that person will never ever write anything.

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  7. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    If you feed it your own texts, it can adopt similar writing styles. There are two ways of doing this, training your own model or having a competent model that can replicate it, as long it has that...

    If you only ever use AI to write emails, you won't have your own style, you'll have the AI's.

    If you feed it your own texts, it can adopt similar writing styles. There are two ways of doing this, training your own model or having a competent model that can replicate it, as long it has that context.

    Something that potentially is going to happen with the OS level AI's, is that they're going to grab those texts and do it for you

    The thing here is that most people that use chatGPT or alternatives, do not bother to give it examples of their own writing style, so they just ask it for an output and copy paste

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  8. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    For me at least, it will be very useful. Two barriers that I have at the moment is just convenience (I don't want to swap windows/apps every time) and privacy (some topics I do not feel...

    For me at least, it will be very useful. Two barriers that I have at the moment is just convenience (I don't want to swap windows/apps every time) and privacy (some topics I do not feel confortable sharing with any cloud AI). But I can see this being "your mileage may vary" kind of thing.

    About the second point, it depends on how things go from here. For example Apple will use a partitioned system of several models, each for a specific task; in other words, a system that does not call the most powerful models for every little thing, but calls smaller models designed for different tasks that can be run on device. This is not a surprising development, there are several LLM models available online that are being built for specific tasks.

    On the other hand, I can also see several OEM's just wrapping chatGPT API into the OS and call it a day. Our hope there is that we keep seeing improvements in performance that we've seen in the last years. There are some powerful general LLM models that, although not as good as GPT 4 or Claude Opus, can be run locally with decent GPU's. One or two years ago people didn't think this was possible

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  9. Comment on Microsoft admits that maybe surveiling everything you do on your computer isn’t a brilliant idea in ~tech

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    Some immediate thoughts, sorry if this isn’t structured right or feels unfocused I think it’s a question of time until AI at OS level becomes a common thing. Apple and Microsoft are heading that...

    Some immediate thoughts, sorry if this isn’t structured right or feels unfocused

    I think it’s a question of time until AI at OS level becomes a common thing. Apple and Microsoft are heading that way, Google is undoubtedly going to follow.

    The AI they’re going to implement will be one that feeds on context. They will be incredibly useful, we’ll be able to ask it specific questions and not need to provide it context, they will know what we mean, how we usually write, what we usually prefer, etc. In other words, they will know us.

    Apple gave some good examples of how I imagined this was going to work. Ask it to write emails, it will know our writing style and replicates it. Ask it to schedule something, it will know what else we have scheduled and plan accordingly. It will know what notifications we care about. It will know what emails are more important. Etc etc

    In short, a good implementation will be useful. Not a toy, not a gimmick, but actually useful. A lot of people will jump at the chance of having these features.

    And thus, this is why this will be one of the major swings at privacy. This will be an uppercut that will disorient and put privacy rights on the rope.

    I personally “trust” Apple, but I wouldn’t die on that hill if someone challenged me on that. But I absolutely do not trust Microsoft or Google. And I feel I’m not the only one, because in essence, what Microsoft proposed with their AI isn’t much different from what Apple proposed. On paper both should be equally scrutinized, but Apple has a better track record with privacy issues than Microsoft, and for most people it’s easier to recognize that taking screenshots is invasive; it’s a concept easier to grasp and understand, in contrast with the “weird digital magic” that happens in the background that also spies on you, which feels more alien and therefore easier to hand wave.

    Privacy oriented alternatives will appear. I have no doubt open source linux distros and android custom roms with AI will appear. But until then, most companies will want to give AI capabilities to everyone, even those without the necessary hardware. Most of them will use cloud based solutions. People will adopt, and willingly give even more info about themselves.

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  10. Comment on Apple Intelligence in ~tech

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    I'm actually pretty excited, I was hoping for on-device AI and they delivered. I may get the next iphone just because of this. Side note, I know it was obvious for many people, but I did say that...

    I'm actually pretty excited, I was hoping for on-device AI and they delivered. I may get the next iphone just because of this.

    Side note, I know it was obvious for many people, but I did say that devices like Rabbit and Humane Pin were 1 software update away from becoming obsolete. And well, here it is

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  11. Comment on Elon Musk threatens to ban iPhones and MacBooks at his companies after Apple announces OpenAI partnership in ~tech

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    Important context: these devices will have a hybrid system, some commands are run locally, some on the cloud. If Siri needs to call up the cloud, it will ask the user if he wants to do it, every...

    Important context:

    • these devices will have a hybrid system, some commands are run locally, some on the cloud. If Siri needs to call up the cloud, it will ask the user if he wants to do it, every time it happens;

    • chatGPT is the first supported service, but they said that they will support other services (I presume the concurrent services from Google, Antrhopic, Meta, etc)

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  12. Comment on Humble Choice - June 2024 in ~games

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    I'm a backer of Stray Gods, and I recommend it if you're up to sit back and enjoy a musical. A bit on the short side but it makes up for it with replay value (plus I don't blame them, making...

    I'm a backer of Stray Gods, and I recommend it if you're up to sit back and enjoy a musical. A bit on the short side but it makes up for it with replay value (plus I don't blame them, making dialogue trees is a challenge, never mind song trees). Listen to a few songs and if you like them, then you won't regret it playing it

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  13. Comment on E-ink tablets for note-taking in ~tech

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    I would love to have a device like this but I can’t in any way, shape or form justify the prices that these things cost. Especially considering I can buy an android tablet or ipad for the same...

    I would love to have a device like this but I can’t in any way, shape or form justify the prices that these things cost. Especially considering I can buy an android tablet or ipad for the same price, put a paper-like screen protector and enjoy the extra functionality.

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  14. Comment on Udio | AI music generator in ~music

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    I… Uhhh… wow My honest reaction I even asked it to sing a song about a city in Portugal, and I wrote my prompt in English, I didn’t expect it to actually deliver a portuguese song using Fado

    I… Uhhh… wow

    My honest reaction

    I even asked it to sing a song about a city in Portugal, and I wrote my prompt in English, I didn’t expect it to actually deliver a portuguese song using Fado

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  15. Comment on Google scrambles to manually remove weird AI answers in search in ~tech

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    Gemini AI is notably poor when compared to its competitors (Claude Opus and GPT 4o). Only thing going for it is that it has the biggest context window, but it lacks in reasoning. I use Perplexity...

    Gemini AI is notably poor when compared to its competitors (Claude Opus and GPT 4o). Only thing going for it is that it has the biggest context window, but it lacks in reasoning.

    I use Perplexity and use Opus and GPT 4o to process the search results, and they’re far more competent than what I’ve seen with Google’s AI. They’re not perfect mind you, but good enough that they changed how I do searches. For quick summaries or news update, they’re perfect, with no hallucinations.

    It doesn’t substitute proper deep dives, and for more serious things it’s better to tweak the search results (so you don’t get random unsubstantiated comments from Reddit for example), but it works well enough.

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  16. Comment on Google scrambles to manually remove weird AI answers in search in ~tech

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    Google seems to be facing the same problem that I experienced with Perplexity, although they were rarer. Can count with one hand kind of rarer. Basically the quality of the AI’s output is highly...

    Google seems to be facing the same problem that I experienced with Perplexity, although they were rarer. Can count with one hand kind of rarer.

    Basically the quality of the AI’s output is highly dependent on the quality of the search results, but then there’s an additional step where the AI itself has to understand what it’s reading and separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s the problem with Google’s AI.

    Even the best AI’s like claude Opus and GPT4 have some trouble understanding things like sarcasm and lies, but they would never suggest things like the ones that I’ll paste below. Google’s AI seems incapable of doing basic critical thinking before outputing it’s final result.

    Here’s some blunders that I’ve seen:

    • in a query “I’m feeling depressed”, it said that a reddit user suggested jumping off the golden gate bridge

    • in a query “is murder cool”, it said “Murder is an unlawful homicide with malice aforethought and is considered wrong or evil by its nature. However, some say that murder can be thrilling and titillating, and that the authenticity of murder and trauma can be appealing.”

    • suggested adding non-toxic glue to pizza sauce, based on an 11-year-old Reddit joke

    • advised that it's safe to leave dogs in hot cars

    • recommended staring at the sun for 5-30 minutes for health benefits, falsely attributing this to WebMD

    • proposed eating rocks daily, citing a satirical article from The Onion as if it were factual

    • if asked if X game/series has gay characters, it will often say yes, sometimes with characters that don’t exist. Its source probably being fan fictions from whatppad

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