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  1. Comment on Service jobs now require bizarre personality test from AI company - 404 Media investigation of Reddit post trend in ~life

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    Hard disagree. There's no evidence that black-box decisions from AI would be any less biased than a person's. The decision making process needs to be auditable.

    Hard disagree. There's no evidence that black-box decisions from AI would be any less biased than a person's. The decision making process needs to be auditable.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Notifications are ads in ~tech

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    Huge reason to switch to FOSS where possible. Apps that aren't trying to sell you anything are way better about notifications.

    Huge reason to switch to FOSS where possible. Apps that aren't trying to sell you anything are way better about notifications.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Popular AI chatbots found to give error-ridden legal answers in ~tech

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    Absurd. This is how you know we're in an AI bubble. Folks are being sold this snake oil and actually believe it. Maybe one day we'll have AI lawyers, but that's probably decades off.

    Generative artificial intelligence has raised hopes that the powerful technology can help provide legal services to people who can’t afford a lawyer.

    Absurd. This is how you know we're in an AI bubble. Folks are being sold this snake oil and actually believe it. Maybe one day we'll have AI lawyers, but that's probably decades off.

    38 votes
  4. Comment on Learning and studying things without taking notes in ~talk

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    In school, I never took notes. Now, I only take notes about very specific or procedural things that I know I won't remember in detail. (E.g. modifications to a cooking recipe.) I find it easier to...

    In school, I never took notes. Now, I only take notes about very specific or procedural things that I know I won't remember in detail. (E.g. modifications to a cooking recipe.)

    I find it easier to mentally engage with content when I'm not taking notes. I retain knowledge by connecting it to things I already know about, a process that note-taking doesn't inherently enable.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on [Molly White] – Migrating from Substack to self-hosted Ghost: the details in ~tech

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    In the section about migrating payments, I could palpably feel her fear. One could save a lot of time and headache by starting with this setup. That said, $103 per month is pretty steep for...

    In the section about migrating payments, I could palpably feel her fear.

    One could save a lot of time and headache by starting with this setup. That said, $103 per month is pretty steep for someone just starting out.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Piracy is surging again because streaming execs ignored the lessons of the past in ~tech

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    Most emulators are open source. It's not at all like relying on Amazon or Disney.

    Most emulators are open source. It's not at all like relying on Amazon or Disney.

    27 votes
  7. Comment on I need an alternative to the traditional typewriter in ~creative

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    Dictate. Make a recording, transform it into text, then edit.

    Dictate. Make a recording, transform it into text, then edit.

  8. Comment on It’s OK to call it Artificial Intelligence in ~tech

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    The author concedes that "AI" is misleading... and then basically says people need to just get over it. If you know these systems are not intelligent, then why defend calling them intelligent?

    The author concedes that "AI" is misleading... and then basically says people need to just get over it.

    If you know these systems are not intelligent, then why defend calling them intelligent?

    6 votes
  9. Comment on An Intuition for Lisp Syntax in ~comp

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    As someone familiar with Lisp and has read this article multiple times over the years, I'd agree with your take. Using JavaScript to reinvent JSONified lisp-like execution is bizarre and I don't...

    As someone familiar with Lisp and has read this article multiple times over the years, I'd agree with your take. Using JavaScript to reinvent JSONified lisp-like execution is bizarre and I don't know why anyone would do this in production.

    I think it's just a thought experiment.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on An Intuition for Lisp Syntax in ~comp

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    Lisp syntax is awesome. It's a mindset shift, and most folks don't want to make that jump. Once you get used to it though, Lisp is just as readable as any other kind of code.

    Lisp syntax is awesome. It's a mindset shift, and most folks don't want to make that jump. Once you get used to it though, Lisp is just as readable as any other kind of code.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Welcome to the ad-free internet in ~tech

  12. Comment on Welcome to the ad-free internet in ~tech

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    That's.. just false. It's entirely possible to turn a profit using freemium acquisition motion without ads.

    That's.. just false. It's entirely possible to turn a profit using freemium acquisition motion without ads.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on File structure difference between NAS and cloud storage in ~comp

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    How about this? Check what date you first uploaded everything to OneDrive. Find all files on your NAS that were created or modified on or after that date. Copy those files to OneDrive. Sync all...

    How about this?

    1. Check what date you first uploaded everything to OneDrive.
    2. Find all files on your NAS that were created or modified on or after that date.
    3. Copy those files to OneDrive.
    4. Sync all files from OneDrive to your NAS.
    2 votes
  14. Comment on What are your predictions for 2024? in ~talk

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    Aside from a media server (which will include books and audio books), I'm interested in using Mealie (recipe manager), home assistant, Language Tool, Vaultwarden, photoprism, and maybe Monica...

    Aside from a media server (which will include books and audio books), I'm interested in using Mealie (recipe manager), home assistant, Language Tool, Vaultwarden, photoprism, and maybe Monica (personal crm). I'd love to be able replace Mint with a self hosted option too. I'll probably use syncthing to sync (and then back up) Zotero, Anki, Obsidian and such so that I don't need to worry about losing data on their servers. If I'm ambitious, I'll set up my own receive-only email server.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What are your predictions for 2024? in ~talk

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    Agree. I'm getting into self-hosting in 2024 for this reason.

    Agree. I'm getting into self-hosting in 2024 for this reason.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on Minneapolis has a YIMBY message for America: Build more houses and get rid of suburban-style zoning and inflation will disappear in ~finance

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    I wish the article explained more about how Minneapolis was able to overcome the politics of NIMBYism. Sounds like there is some political opposition, so how exactly is that being handled? Can...

    I wish the article explained more about how Minneapolis was able to overcome the politics of NIMBYism. Sounds like there is some political opposition, so how exactly is that being handled? Can other cities use that same playbook?

    11 votes
  17. Comment on swapping my motherboard and processor resulted in losing my Win 10 Pro license? in ~comp

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    That's terrible. Hopefully you're able to call them and transfer the license. Have you considered switching to Linux? If you're having problems with Windows, now might be a good time to switch.

    That's terrible. Hopefully you're able to call them and transfer the license.

    Have you considered switching to Linux? If you're having problems with Windows, now might be a good time to switch.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Looking at getting a new phone - help with my odd requirements? in ~tech

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    Pixel 5a also has a headphone jack.

    Pixel 5a also has a headphone jack.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on YouTube’s anti-adblock and uBlock Origin in ~tech

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    I'd agree that no one is entitled to YouTube videos. Arguing that YouTube owes us videos is simply absurd. YouTube exists to make money. It has just as much right to block ad blockers as consumers...

    I'd agree that no one is entitled to YouTube videos. Arguing that YouTube owes us videos is simply absurd. YouTube exists to make money. It has just as much right to block ad blockers as consumers have the right to use them in the first place.

    Can we still be mad that Youtube is doubling down on ad blocking? Like you, I'm split on this. On one hand, we would be naive to think that free video hosting for everyone would last forever. On the other hand, YouTube is abusing its market dominant position to squeeze both creators and consumers in a seemingly desperate play to extract more profits. In fact, this was YouTube's strategy all along: operate at a loss or at razor thin margins until they're the biggest player, then aggressively monetize.

    Frankly, I don't think consumers should tolerate this kind of business practice. And this is the only point where I truly disagree with you. Subscribing to YouTube premium is equivalent to endorsing Youtube's anti-consumer business strategy. Paying them now means letting them get away with it. I couldn't argue that paying YouTube is better for anyone except for Google shareholders.

    I'd prefer to see folks not use YouTube at all. In my view, using YouTube with an ad blocker still results in a better outcome for everyone than paying for the subscription. I don't think we're entitled to YouTube videos, but I think we have the responsibility as consumers to only pay for services that we think should continue to exist.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on YouTube’s anti-adblock and uBlock Origin in ~tech

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    It might be important to draw a distinction between common goods/services that simply exist vs goods/services provided by a for-profit company. If everyone uses a gasoline car, the CO2 emissions...

    I don't know how to really solve these problems.

    It might be important to draw a distinction between common goods/services that simply exist vs goods/services provided by a for-profit company.

    If everyone uses a gasoline car, the CO2 emissions will cause the global temperature to rise, causing drought and famine. Classic tragedy of the commons situation-- we have a moral obligation to stop this.

    If everyone uses an adblocker on YouTube, then YouTube will either need to find a way to make money or shut down. These consequences seem fine? As long as there is money to be made, a competitor will step in and offer what people want to pay for.

    Companies aren't people. They don't have an inherent right to exist. We don't have a moral obligation to subsidize companies with unsustainable business practices-- and in some cases it might be better for everyone to let them fail.

    3 votes