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  1. Comment on Scarlett Johansson says she is 'shocked, angered' over new ChatGPT voice in ~tech

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    My comment is explaining why it’s a stupid argument.

    My comment is explaining why it’s a stupid argument.

  2. Comment on Scarlett Johansson says she is 'shocked, angered' over new ChatGPT voice in ~tech

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    At the end the human characters do start talking to each other to share their experiences of losing their AI friends. So that’s not the worst thing. And it’s sort of implied that the experience...

    At the end the human characters do start talking to each other to share their experiences of losing their AI friends. So that’s not the worst thing. And it’s sort of implied that the experience expands Joaquin Phoenix’s capacity to relate to people once he gets over it. Samantha sort of functions as a post divorce “rebound girlfriend” that way.

    Plus they basically created a super intelligent, spiritually evolved being that attaints enlightenment at the end.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Scarlett Johansson says she is 'shocked, angered' over new ChatGPT voice in ~tech

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    Her isn’t really dystopian though. It’s a bit melancholy but it’s more a reflection on social isolation and our relationships to technology than the specific technology being showcased. You could...

    Her isn’t really dystopian though. It’s a bit melancholy but it’s more a reflection on social isolation and our relationships to technology than the specific technology being showcased. You could have written a similar story a generation prior about falling in love with a Blogger.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Scarlett Johansson says she is 'shocked, angered' over new ChatGPT voice in ~tech

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    The entire purpose of copyright laws is to use artificial means to create a market for artists. It’s not there to enable tech billionaires to get richer. There’s no social interest in enabling...

    The entire purpose of copyright laws is to use artificial means to create a market for artists. It’s not there to enable tech billionaires to get richer. There’s no social interest in enabling that, regardless of whatever overwrought analogies they want to make. If it’s not enabling a livelihood for artists by maintaining a functioning market for their work it doesn’t matter.

  5. Comment on Scarlett Johansson says she is 'shocked, angered' over new ChatGPT voice in ~tech

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    No they very clearly were trying to reference her performance in Her. Altman’s tweet announcing it even hung a lampshade on it, as did the coverage in the press about the release.

    No they very clearly were trying to reference her performance in Her. Altman’s tweet announcing it even hung a lampshade on it, as did the coverage in the press about the release.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on University suspends students for AI homework tool it gave them $10,000 prize to make in ~tech

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    Article is paywalled. Is there a mirror?

    Article is paywalled. Is there a mirror?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, hardline ally of Supreme Leader, killed in helicopter crash in ~news

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    “President of Iran” is a largely ceremonial position, so it’s hard to conclude what it actually means unless you’re well read on the internal politics of the country. Unfortunately, that’s not...

    “President of Iran” is a largely ceremonial position, so it’s hard to conclude what it actually means unless you’re well read on the internal politics of the country. Unfortunately, that’s not very well reported on unless you work in the intelligence community because it’s not exactly a thriving hub for journalism.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Donald Trump - Joe Biden US Presidential debates to take place on June 27th and September 10th in ~misc

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    Undecided voters don’t like that kind of sass from Democrats. Biden’s whole deal is that he’s a nice guy who has been through shit but keeps on trucking. If he starts being a meanie then who does...

    Undecided voters don’t like that kind of sass from Democrats. Biden’s whole deal is that he’s a nice guy who has been through shit but keeps on trucking. If he starts being a meanie then who does he attract? People who like assholes are already in the tank for Donald Trump.

    15 votes
  9. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    Why is it a “danger” for a word usage to change? Word usage changes, that’s part of how language works. People are perfectly capable from differentiating apple when used to refer to a technology...

    Why is it a “danger” for a word usage to change? Word usage changes, that’s part of how language works. People are perfectly capable from differentiating apple when used to refer to a technology company, or a fruit, or the Beatles’ production company. They become homophones.

    Heck, the meaning of the word changed when referring to the fruit itself. “Apple” used to be a generic term for any starchy fruit that grows on a tree, it was basically branding that made the apple we know now synonymous with the generic term.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    He was talking about Sun Microsystems, the (now defunct) tech company.

    He was talking about Sun Microsystems, the (now defunct) tech company.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Solar storm knocks out farmers' tractor GPS systems during peak planting season in ~tech

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    I think it’s more like the lines you planted your crops in might not be perfectly straight, so when you’re harvesting the equipment won’t follow the planting lines.

    I think it’s more like the lines you planted your crops in might not be perfectly straight, so when you’re harvesting the equipment won’t follow the planting lines.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on My not so nice thoughts on Battlestar Galactica in ~tv

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    Yeah but I’m not really sure how much of the “big budget” stuff is him specifically. Like I’ve heard that basically anything with Hans Zimmer’s name on it now is more like Hans Zimmer’s team of...

    Yeah but I’m not really sure how much of the “big budget” stuff is him specifically. Like I’ve heard that basically anything with Hans Zimmer’s name on it now is more like Hans Zimmer’s team of juniors to develop broad themes he’s workshopping with them.

    That doesn’t really take away from his own input since that is it’s own sort of creativity, but I think it ends up being a bit less distinctive and not bear as much of a “signature style” as a result.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on My not so nice thoughts on Battlestar Galactica in ~tv

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    As was the new God of War series.

    As was the new God of War series.

  14. Comment on My not so nice thoughts on Battlestar Galactica in ~tv

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    What you’re describing is really just episodic television. These episodes were released weekly, with the expectation that the viewers would have a lot of speculative water cooler discussion about...

    It's a shame because the lore and overarching plot is interesting, but when every episode has so much pointless conflict in them that always gets resolved 10 minutes later, it starts to really drag.

    What you’re describing is really just episodic television. These episodes were released weekly, with the expectation that the viewers would have a lot of speculative water cooler discussion about them. If you binge it in one go it’s going to drag because so much of the writing is meant to catch you up and introduce things slowly so people can keep up.

    The special effects stuff is just like, it’s a mid 2000s show on a barely profitable sci-fi channel series man. I don’t know what you want from it.

    34 votes
  15. Comment on Nathan Berman has helped rescue Manhattan’s financial district from a “doom loop” by carving attractive living spaces from hulking buildings that once housed fields of cubicles in ~design

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    The cheap residential apartments in New York aren’t much better than what you’re describing. Loud plumbing and creaky radiators are normal. Unmaintained, dingy bathrooms and cramped, unnavigable...

    Speaks volumes. I’m sure there’s better methods than what I experienced and I’m not against repurposing buildings, though from what I’ve seen I wouldn’t want to live there unless I really had no other options.

    The cheap residential apartments in New York aren’t much better than what you’re describing. Loud plumbing and creaky radiators are normal. Unmaintained, dingy bathrooms and cramped, unnavigable spaces as well.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Jack Dorsey quits Bluesky board and urges users to stay on Elon Musk's X in ~tech

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    Yeah the app is okay it’s the internet that’s bad. I wouldn’t even mind clicking through to a site if modern website design wasn’t a user-hostile mess even with adblockers on. If you don’t like...

    Yeah the app is okay it’s the internet that’s bad. I wouldn’t even mind clicking through to a site if modern website design wasn’t a user-hostile mess even with adblockers on.

    If you don’t like Feedly and are in the Apple ecosystem though @DefinitelyNotAFae I would recommend NetNewsWire.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Jack Dorsey quits Bluesky board and urges users to stay on Elon Musk's X in ~tech

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    They could though! They own the pipe they could put a whole authentication system on top of it to enable feeds to charge subscriptions for access.

    They could though! They own the pipe they could put a whole authentication system on top of it to enable feeds to charge subscriptions for access.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Jack Dorsey quits Bluesky board and urges users to stay on Elon Musk's X in ~tech

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    The Apple News app is basically an RSS reader. It’s pretty intuitive and if Apple would have just allowed it to arbitrarily pull in any formatted feed it would have been amazing.

    The Apple News app is basically an RSS reader. It’s pretty intuitive and if Apple would have just allowed it to arbitrarily pull in any formatted feed it would have been amazing.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Jack Dorsey quits Bluesky board and urges users to stay on Elon Musk's X in ~tech

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    Even if you were still on Twitter it wouldn’t be much better. The site is a cesspool of spammers and pornbots now. Everything has a bunch of outrage bait under it, above it, all around it. That...

    Even if you were still on Twitter it wouldn’t be much better. The site is a cesspool of spammers and pornbots now. Everything has a bunch of outrage bait under it, above it, all around it.

    That callout culture BS seems to have infiltrated parts of BlueSky as well, but since it doesn’t have the same kind of algorithm it doesn’t push itself on you. I only see it because I follow Jamelle Bouie and he’s often dunking on the various types of shitheads who follow him around.

    14 votes
  20. Comment on Kendrick Lamar - Meet the Grahams (2024) in ~music

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    I think winning the public largely comes about due to Drake’s well documented weirdness with Millie Bobbie Brown. That happened when Stranger Things was very hot in the press and particularly...

    I think winning the public largely comes about due to Drake’s well documented weirdness with Millie Bobbie Brown. That happened when Stranger Things was very hot in the press and particularly among people who aren’t really tuned into the hip hop scene. But I remember Jezebel ran a story around then that was like “Hey, isn’t it kind of weird that Drake seems to be trying to sidle up to this barely-teenaged girl?”

    Not a lot came of it then but since then we’ve had Bill Cosby taken down by Hannibal, the Kevin Spacey revelation, the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing, and recently this documentary about Nickelodeon. And then Sean Combs just got busted. People are way more primed to take this seriously now, so when Kendrick brings up the accusation again and says it’s for real and that Drake is a sick man it’s happening in a context where we now all now know that this sort of stuff goes beyond just being “a little weird and kinda creepy.”

    7 votes