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  1. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    Yeah, on that I hope everyone is in agreement. I don't think there is a strong case for this having a significant impact on the labour pool. There are just so many complicating factors. Eg,...

    It's absolutely not the prime reason to protect bodily autonomy

    Yeah, on that I hope everyone is in agreement.

    I don't think there is a strong case for this having a significant impact on the labour pool. There are just so many complicating factors. Eg, recessions tend to force people to accept jobs they otherwise wouldn't, the labour shortage is (as far as I understand) unevenly distributed (both geographically and by kinds of labour) etc etc. Drawing any causal link would be very hard.

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  2. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    I will be highly surprised if abortions bans were to have a significant impact on the labor shortage. There were roughly 3.6M births in US in 2020 and roughly 0.9M abortions as the high estimate...

    I will be highly surprised if abortions bans were to have a significant impact on the labor shortage. There were roughly 3.6M births in US in 2020 and roughly 0.9M abortions as the high estimate (according to my very shallow googling). It is not sure the number of actual abortions will decrease despite it being illegal. Worldwide the abortion rate is estimated to apx. 25%, with higher numbers in places where it is illegal. So, for arguments sake let's say 50% happened in states where abortions become illegal. And let's further say there's asay 50% drop in actual abortions. That leaves ~250K additional births. While that's a sizeable bump in birth rates there isn't a direct translation to 250K mother's leaving the labour pool. USA has no guaranteed maternity leave and a large pool of new mothers return to work quite quickly out of necessity as is... (I'll refrain from a longer rant on this subject)

    All that said, possible induced labour shortage is probably one of the poorest arguments for abortion rights. Reproductive rights similar to a bunch of other rights shouldn't be judged from an economic perspective. Bodily autonomy should be protected because it is the morally right thing, not because it is good for the bottom line.

    If someone was serious about reducing abortions,then just make fathers wholly financially responsible for their offspring. Finance it eg by taxing all fathers and have it payed out to mother's until the kid becomes an adult. I believe that would likely have a much bigger impact on reducing abortions rates.

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  3. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I read this blog: https://blog.danslimmon.com/2019/07/15/do-nothing-scripting-the-key-to-gradual-automation/ about do-nothing-scripts to gradually automate repetetive tasks and I find the approach...

    I read this blog:
    https://blog.danslimmon.com/2019/07/15/do-nothing-scripting-the-key-to-gradual-automation/

    about do-nothing-scripts to gradually automate repetetive tasks and I find the approach makes a lot of sense. It provides good documentation and can mix both manual and cleanly automated steps. Ansible et al. might be a better approach longterm if tou have a larger team working on many different things, but to me it seems overkill for a side project (unless you are already comfortable with it or just want to learn it).

    As for deploying code, most continous integration systems have a bunch of plugins for this kind of thing. It is kind of dependnet on your infrastructure. I'm sure e.g. github actions could be used to trigger a deploy.

    useradd --system <account name> seems to be the way to go when adding the service accounts. Creating these could go into your do-nothing-script :)

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  4. Comment on The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life in ~tech

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    I think there are models that do remember things, e.g AI that process video or audio one frame at a time etc. Similarly for text the model "remembers" the previous tokens. The input vector to the...

    I think there are models that do remember things, e.g AI that process video or audio one frame at a time etc. Similarly for text the model "remembers" the previous tokens. The input vector to the net is usually not the entire text blob, it is some subsequence of tokens at a time. Now I might actually be arguing against my original point, but I think there is a distinction between actual passage of time vs the separation of "tokenisation" of inputs.

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  5. Comment on The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life in ~tech

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    Not sure where the right place to start is, but a place would be with e.g. GTP-3 and just feed it an empty prompt for each "silent" time step. Then train it a bit based on some actual chat data...

    Not sure where the right place to start is, but a place would be with e.g. GTP-3 and just feed it an empty prompt for each "silent" time step. Then train it a bit based on some actual chat data with the silence interspersed between actual messages. Maybe it will learn to be silent for a bit awaiting a response from someone else... There are probably better ways.

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  6. Comment on The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life in ~tech

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    One aspect these input-response systems seem to lack to a large degree is temporal awareness. I.e. the AI largely has no awareness of the passage of time. It can't really be impatient since its...

    One aspect these input-response systems seem to lack to a large degree is temporal awareness. I.e. the AI largely has no awareness of the passage of time. It can't really be impatient since its internal state is only changing when it receives some input. It would be nice to see some experiments where the model is driven more by the actual passage of time and only use text input as a secondary source of information. Then the AI could plausibly prompt the user with questions or new insights as they "comes to mind" so to speak.

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    One nice experiment one could do with such a temporal agent would be to start from a known state, feed it silence and then ask it at different times what it is thinking about. I'd imagine it would be cool to see how it's mind wanders!

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  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'll need to try again in that case. I did modify Valheim to ensure only one player was needed to sleep by modifying the DLL with dnspy. That was based in unity and could be decompiled quite easily.

    I'll need to try again in that case. I did modify Valheim to ensure only one player was needed to sleep by modifying the DLL with dnspy. That was based in unity and could be decompiled quite easily.

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  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Started playing VRising recently and managed to start a server name on Linux by using wine. Sadly no native server available yet, but the first issue on the issue tracker is Linux support for the...

    Started playing VRising recently and managed to start a server name on Linux by using wine. Sadly no native server available yet, but the first issue on the issue tracker is Linux support for the dedicated server. Actually tried decompiling the server executable with dnspy to see if I could manage to create a native build, but it didn't work out of the box. It might just be that dnspy is for .net projects and this might be based on c++... not sure.

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  9. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Just as an FYI; this is a recurring thread that contains the question as an example in each post. The question is there to illustrate the format to use for posting questions.

    Just as an FYI; this is a recurring thread that contains the question as an example in each post. The question is there to illustrate the format to use for posting questions.

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  10. Comment on Swedish government narrowly survives no-confidence vote – vote targeted Justice Minister Morgan Johansson over his record on violent crime in ~news

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    In My view the opposition was being irresponsible with bringing about this vote of no confidence at this time. We have an election in a few months anyway and an application to NATO going on. Even...

    In My view the opposition was being irresponsible with bringing about this vote of no confidence at this time. We have an election in a few months anyway and an application to NATO going on. Even if Morgan Johansson was/is horrible (I have no opinion on that), couldn't the opposition just have said that they'd raise a vote of no confidence after the election if he remained? Less fuzz and likely as effective at creating a media buzz for the parties involved. Meh.

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  11. Comment on Subnormality #231 - Zahir in ~life

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    A while back I found some research paper on the subject of generating a sense of closeness with someone else. It essentially came down to taking turns asking and answering questions from a list of...

    A while back I found some research paper on the subject of generating a sense of closeness with someone else. It essentially came down to taking turns asking and answering questions from a list of increasingly personal nature. I can't find the paper now but a quick googling came up with this pdf. I've not yet tried it out but I find it fascinating that there is some actual research in this area. I think this is at least a nice way to get to know someone, but perhaps it becomes less good the more widespread it becomes.

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  12. Comment on Imagen, a text-to-image diffusion model with an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding in ~tech

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    I hope it is a few years away, but I imagine the photorealistic nets will be weaponized for propaganda. You could likely generate photos of celebrities waving the flag of Isis if you trained the...

    I hope it is a few years away, but I imagine the photorealistic nets will be weaponized for propaganda. You could likely generate photos of celebrities waving the flag of Isis if you trained the network some more with their likenesses. The next step of being able to generate realistic video is also likely a few years away... While I imagine all this could be used for fun and entertainment, I am pessimistic.

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  13. Comment on The regex [,-.] in ~comp

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    My main objection to this is that an octopus is not between a mouse and a dolphin in genetic terms. We definitely need to restructure unicode so that it accurately reflects the phylogenetic tree...

    My main objection to this is that an octopus is not between a mouse and a dolphin in genetic terms. We definitely need to restructure unicode so that it accurately reflects the phylogenetic tree of all species that there are represented in the standard. 😉

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  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Super interesting and Feel diametrically opposed! Is the issue that "basic apps" are easy, but anything more complex is difficult? Is it that you need a bunch of boilerplate (that might be quick...

    Super interesting

    Agree on the development speed.

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    Android development is a terrible pain though.

    Feel diametrically opposed! Is the issue that "basic apps" are easy, but anything more complex is difficult? Is it that you need a bunch of boilerplate (that might be quick to copy-pasta) to get some basic functionality in place? @admicos mentioned bloated dev env, but a lot of that is a one time cost (unless you need to setup multiple envs continuously).

    Is there anything in particular that make it painful?

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  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I slapped together a POC android app in kotlin last night. I haven't done much android dev so was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to get something going. Now I've made a receipt scanner...

    I slapped together a POC android app in kotlin last night. I haven't done much android dev so was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to get something going. Now I've made a receipt scanner that extracts dates, sum and "organisation number" from the camera preview. It's about 200 LOC and all of it runs on the device with firebase ml kit doing the heavy lifting. Feels super snappy as well!

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  16. Comment on Why being anti-science is now part of many rural Americans’ identity in ~life

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    To me this way seems just generally superior no matter if the policy change affects duck hunter in rural areas, inner city youth or ethnic minorities in segregated areas or you know... human...

    This practice of utilizing local messengers with relationships to the local communities enabled the hunters to discuss the matters with the staff, ask questions, and bring up concerns in a non-intimidating manner, which led to "dampening criticism of the new management system".

    To me this way seems just generally superior no matter if the policy change affects duck hunter in rural areas, inner city youth or ethnic minorities in segregated areas or you know... human beings in general. Truly engaging with communities is probably the only way to get acceptance no matter the policy change (possibly discounting some edge cases).

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  17. Comment on France re-elects Emmanuel Macron with 58% of votes in ~news

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    For me as well! It feels important that France didn't go the nationalistic route. Admittedly, I have very little insight into the candidates actual programmes. Anyway, big collective sigh of...

    For me as well! It feels important that France didn't go the nationalistic route. Admittedly, I have very little insight into the candidates actual programmes. Anyway, big collective sigh of relief from most of Europe!

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  18. Comment on Tunic | Trailer in ~games

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    Trailer made me curious if the "runic" patterns, e.g above and below the title Tunic, could be decoded into a language. That would be a nice challenge. Was it coming to the Switch? Seems like a...

    Trailer made me curious if the "runic" patterns, e.g above and below the title Tunic, could be decoded into a language. That would be a nice challenge. Was it coming to the Switch? Seems like a nice game to play with my kids.

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  19. Comment on Trying to become a junior developer in Brazil is an uphill battle in ~comp

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    Just to be on the safe side. What was the actual assignment? Was it "write a program that inserts this file into a database table with these columns"? Cause sure this goes beyond that and displays...

    Just to be on the safe side. What was the actual assignment? Was it "write a program that inserts this file into a database table with these columns"? Cause sure this goes beyond that and displays additional skills etc etc, but that also makes it harder to review. If all they wanted was a single go file to check that you know the basics, then the rest of the app could just be noise to the reviewer. This can be a good thing to validate with the contact at the company, i.e. ask "do you want something small and simple or should I try to build something bigger in order to impress you?".

    It could also be the use of the global variable docInvalido which is something to avoid.

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  20. Comment on What examples of Goodhart's law have you encountered in your own life? in ~talk

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    Those are really good points! This is likely why so many places nowadays are asking me how likely I'd be to recommend them after nearly all interactions with either system or some support...

    Those are really good points! This is likely why so many places nowadays are asking me how likely I'd be to recommend them after nearly all interactions with either system or some support function. Minor inconvince each time it's asked, but in aggregate it feels like we are heading for cookie banner levels of NPS-like questions...

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