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  1. Comment on Google’s greenhouse gas emissions jump 48% in five years in ~enviro

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    I agree with your general message that things are overhyped, but it is worth pointing out that IntelliJ's built-in autocomplete does use machine learning, which can also be resource intensive....

    That is majorly overhyped too. Copilot is far less useful than IntelliJ's built in (non-LLM) autocomplete and I've never known ChatGPT to be helpful with anything beyond generating well-tread things that you'd know if you read framework docs.

    I agree with your general message that things are overhyped, but it is worth pointing out that IntelliJ's built-in autocomplete does use machine learning, which can also be resource intensive.

    Also, if ChatGPT can read the framework docs for me, then that can be incredibly useful. As a developer, there are so many languages, frameworks and tools that I need to work with, but I am only well versed in some of them. LLM's, specially those combined with search, can save a lot of time, just by giving some good pointers to start with.

  2. Comment on YouTube is testing "Premium Jump Ahead" (built-in sponsorblock) in ~tech

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    I have no idea how they are doing these days, but PeerTube seems to work? There are many forces that prevent them from being a serious competitor, but server costs is not one of them.

    I have no idea how they are doing these days, but PeerTube seems to work? There are many forces that prevent them from being a serious competitor, but server costs is not one of them.

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  3. Comment on YouTube is testing "Premium Jump Ahead" (built-in sponsorblock) in ~tech

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    I guess I had different definitions of the words marketing and advertising then. Fair enough. To me, the difference between getting forced or tricked into consuming information versus the option...

    I guess I had different definitions of the words marketing and advertising then. Fair enough. To me, the difference between getting forced or tricked into consuming information versus the option to seek it out if I want to is the thing that matters.

    I also don't think anyone can "steal" your attention. Some advertisers might try very, very hard to get that attention, but aside from physical coercion, attention is ultimately only yours to give. Nobody is Clockwork Oranging you into seeing their ads. Although there are definitely execs who would like to be able to.

    Really? If a pickpocket takes my wallet, it is called stealing. It does not matter that I can avoid that, just by grabbing my wallet tightly in my hand, whenever I walk into a crowd.

    Similarly, that I can avoid watching a part of a television commercial by turning off the TV, walking away, etc. does not make the act of taking my attention against my will "voluntary" and "by choice".

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  4. Comment on YouTube is testing "Premium Jump Ahead" (built-in sponsorblock) in ~tech

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    I agree with all of that. I was just trying to limit the subject to the conversation at hand. Actually they don't, but I get your point. However, marketing is not a synonym for advertising....

    If you think you having to see some ads is the worst thing capitalism has wrought, you need to pay more attention.

    I agree with all of that. I was just trying to limit the subject to the conversation at hand.

    Curious as to how your employers are telling people about this service so they know to use it? Is it... marketing?

    Actually they don't, but I get your point. However, marketing is not a synonym for advertising. Marketing can be as simple as just making available information about a product/service, in whatever form, on whatever level. Advertising is about stealing attention to force that information into someone's throat. I don't think anyone has a problem with the former. I personally can't think of a positive aspect of the latter.

    My agency turned down clients with products we didn't agree with. Including and not limited to both oil and tobacco companies. Companies you've heard of, with budgets to make your eyes water. But we were people, and liked being able to sleep at night.

    I have nothing but respect for that. You acted with a conscience. That is indeed something I claimed was not happening at all.

    Just because the worst of an industry is evil doesn't mean the whole industry is evil.

    I may be a bit extreme, but I consider a billboard for a legitimate product (that I might even want to buy) already a small evil. Someone decided to steal my time and attention to force-feed me information I did not ask for. In the overwhelming number of cases, for selfish reasons.

    I would also point to public information campaigns as examples of marketing for (fairly pure) good. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved by campaigns for anti-smoking, sexual health (the AIDS campaigns in the 80s particularly) and so on.

    I don't have statistics, but my guess is that the number of lives saved by anti-smoking campaigns gets dwarfed by the number of lives ruined by the campaigns for cigarette brands. Yes, in the end, advertising is a tool and tools can be used for both good and bad. But any other tool that has a similar track record in good and bad uses runs a serious risk of getting banned or monopolized by the state.

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  5. Comment on YouTube is testing "Premium Jump Ahead" (built-in sponsorblock) in ~tech

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    The statement is strange because it is missing some parts: ... without any consideration for their users, the planet, or anything else. They don't care whether the product becomes worse, they...

    This is such a strange statement. Profit is literally the only thing that motivates almost all industries. I mean, why do you get up and go to work every day? It's money. You want money, you do job. Same same.

    The statement is strange because it is missing some parts:

    no other industry focuses exclusively on profit so openly

    ... without any consideration for their users, the planet, or anything else. They don't care whether the product becomes worse, they don't care that other parties might suffer from the changes, they don't care about anything but that profit.

    I mean, why do you get up and go to work every day? It's money. You want money, you do job. Same same.

    No, it is not. I go to work because I can provide (a part of) a service that other people genuinely need or want. It is a double win. They get what they want, I get money. Everybody happy.

    For the ad industry (and not only there) the motto is: I get money and fuck you, I don't care how much worse your life becomes as a result.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on For those involved / interested in Web3, what do you make of the near and long term future for it? in ~tech

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    One thing that keeps rubbing me the wrong way, although that battle is clearly lost, is the misappropriation of the word 'decentralized'. In the old days, decentralized meant that you could...

    One thing that keeps rubbing me the wrong way, although that battle is clearly lost, is the misappropriation of the word 'decentralized'. In the old days, decentralized meant that you could publish a website without asking permission from anyone. Just connect your computer to the internet, fire up a web server and bam! Now you have a voice and everybody can hear you.

    With web3 there is no such thing. Technically it might not be owned by a single entity, but for me as a regular user there is no difference. I can't connect my laptop to the internet and start publishing things on the chain. I can't start a new chain. I can't do anything. Unless I agree to ask a bunch of third parties to do that on my behalf, and those parties are definitely not neutral in the sense that my internet provider is.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on The internet used to be ✨fun✨ in ~tech

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    Sure there is. But there is a difference between exploring new books in the library and stumbling into a library for the very first time, slowy realising what kind of place it could be. The former...

    Sure there is. But there is a difference between exploring new books in the library and stumbling into a library for the very first time, slowy realising what kind of place it could be. The former you can repeat ad infinitum, the latter you can do only once.

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  8. Comment on The internet used to be ✨fun✨ in ~tech

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    No, definitely not. It was not about the sites, it was about going on an adventure in a space that was unexplored. You cannot do that anymore because you cannot unexplore something. It is the same...

    Objectively, were janky 90s websites with questionable functionality really better than what we have today?

    No, definitely not. It was not about the sites, it was about going on an adventure in a space that was unexplored. You cannot do that anymore because you cannot unexplore something. It is the same as a with popular tourist destinations. Once they were special, interesting and fun. Nowadays, they are not because both our frame of mind and the actual destination are changed by the influx and experience. There is no way to convert it back to that special, interesting and fun place.

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  9. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    For the part that works... Yes, it works. But that is only a small part. It's nowhere near finished. Ah, yes, I can see that would work. For myself, I guess I just want to automate the steps that...

    Is the output of interest?

    For the part that works... Yes, it works. But that is only a small part. It's nowhere near finished.

    I followed a different tack.

    Ah, yes, I can see that would work. For myself, I guess I just want to automate the steps that I am used to making myself. On one hand, I just want an app that tells me what to watch, on the other I want to be able to step in and follow the line of reasoning. I also find it interesting to discover how the process works in my head if I am searching without any help.

  10. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    Sort of. I currently use the LLM to peer through the IMDB reviews of the movies I watch for titles. Often when people discuss a movie, they compare them to other movies. Or follow other...

    Sort of. I currently use the LLM to peer through the IMDB reviews of the movies I watch for titles. Often when people discuss a movie, they compare them to other movies. Or follow other associative links. It's nice to extract those automatically. I'd like to add a step that tells me where I can view these other movies, for instance with a service like justwatch.com.

    Another thing I'd like to do is let the LLM judge whether a review is a 'good' review, so I could that those suggestions more seriously. But I figured I should then first teach the LLM what I consider a good review. That probably means I need to fine-tune it myself, and for that, I need to create data myself and score some of the reviews already in my system. I haven't thought of a convenient way to do that yet.

    If it all works, I would just open the program, and it would tell me to go see movie X on service/medium Y and I would have an enjoyable evening.

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  11. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    I just canceled my Github CoPilot subscription because while it has helped me well in the past with some tasks that were very repetitive, but not repetitive enough to use copy/paste, I started to...

    I just canceled my Github CoPilot subscription because while it has helped me well in the past with some tasks that were very repetitive, but not repetitive enough to use copy/paste, I started to find its autocompletion more and more annoying. No CoPilot, that is not what I want. Let me type that again.

    I canceled my ChatGPT subscription months ago because the novelty wore off, and I got tired of copy/pasting back and forth between my browser and the app I was actually using.

    What I keep is my Kagi premium subscription because I find it helpful for more open-ended questions that don't work well in a search engine and my JetBrains AI-subscription to ask simple programming questions right from my IDE where it responds with knowledge of the project I am working on.

    Also, I use Ollama + Mistral for my own project, where I keep track of the movies I watch to help me find other movies that I might find interesting. But that is not yet finished.

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  12. Comment on Discord to start showing ads for gamers to boost revenue in ~tech

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    According to Wikipedia Discord is eight years old already. At that point you are not a startup, but just a company with a shitty business model.

    Social-media startup Discord

    According to Wikipedia Discord is eight years old already. At that point you are not a startup, but just a company with a shitty business model.

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  13. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    I think you are right, but as one of those weird people who actually buys that stuff, I can report that most of my 'normal' friends like that I do that. Because slowly I am building up a very...

    I think you are right, but as one of those weird people who actually buys that stuff, I can report that most of my 'normal' friends like that I do that. Because slowly I am building up a very personal collection of movies that I like, or find interesting for some reason, and my friends are eager to accept whenever I invite them for a movie night, because: 'You always show really good movies'.

    No sane person has the time and energy to deeply dive into the whole catalogues of Netflix and friends if they just want something to watch that night. So everyone sticks to the mediocre stuff the algorithm recommends. In that world, a collector that can dig up something from even just a little under the surface can play a valuable role.

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  14. Comment on Folks in those $100k+ jobs, corporate types, office workers... What would you say you actually do? in ~life

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    This seems to imply that brain work is not 'actual' work, which I don't agree with. It is definitely work. It is just that you cannot see it in action from the outside. Some people don't even...

    While my brain is working throughout the day,

    I've always said the lowest paid people do the most actual work.

    This seems to imply that brain work is not 'actual' work, which I don't agree with. It is definitely work. It is just that you cannot see it in action from the outside. Some people don't even recognize it happening in their own head.

    Whether one type of work is harder than the other, or one should be paid more than the other, is worth a discussion, but both are 'actual' work, I think.

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  15. Comment on Are we watching the internet die? in ~tech

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    You think that they will not spider your blog and take your data regardless whatever robots.txt or other terms you put on there?

    You think that they will not spider your blog and take your data regardless whatever robots.txt or other terms you put on there?

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Learning new programming languages with limited time: Rust, golang, or otherwise? in ~comp

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    If a message "A better C" interests you, you should check out Zig. It aims to be a modern take on C that also plays very well with existing C libraries. I haven't used it myself. When I was...

    If a message "A better C" interests you, you should check out Zig. It aims to be a modern take on C that also plays very well with existing C libraries.

    I haven't used it myself. When I was checking it out it was still a immature and people warned me back then that it would be very hard to learn it of you don't already know C, which I don't. I plan to return to it someday though.

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  17. Comment on The DVD biz has circled the drain for years. In 2024, it goes down the tubes. in ~movies

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    The issue could not be with the disc itself, but with the DRM implementation on the player. The Blu ray protection scheme has an option to force a player to update. This is used when there are...

    The issue could not be with the disc itself, but with the DRM implementation on the player. The Blu ray protection scheme has an option to force a player to update. This is used when there are keys found or decrypted. When you insert a new disc it will contain an instruction to invalidate the leaked keys and take the next one from the list. (My memory is a bit hazy on the details, I took a deep dive in this a couple of years ago.)

    What could happen, and what I strongly suspect happened to me, is that this update mechanism can be buggy and then the old key gets invalided, but the new ones are not properly installed/downloaded (again, hazy) and then you can have discs that don't play well anymore.

    I had two players (to circumvent the idiot region encoding) and it happened on both of them:

    • I had a multi region disc that played fine in both players
    • I bought a new disc that also played fine
    • But once that new disc played in a player, the old disc would not play fine anymore

    The nasty thing is that it does not outright refuse to play, instead the image is distorted just enough to make it unwatchable.

    The Arch wiki has more information: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Blu-ray#How_it_works

    Anyway, after ruining my two players I bought a copy of MakeMKV and now I just rip every disc I get.

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  18. Comment on What is the "bible" of your hobby or activity? in ~hobbies

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    Angry is not the same as dogmatic and he moved more and more to the dogmatic. His advice can be useful. Back in around 2013 his presentations on Clean Architecture sparked something in my coder...

    Honestly, this makes me want to read it more. I'm not a programmer by trade but some of my best lessons learned in programming have come from more experienced angry software engineers

    Angry is not the same as dogmatic and he moved more and more to the dogmatic.

    His advice can be useful. Back in around 2013 his presentations on Clean Architecture sparked something in my coder brain and I have no problem to admit that I even adopted a form of that design in my current gig in a finance startup. Because it made sense.

    But it does take experience to see what is useful from his writings and what is not. I remember some examples he gave where he would literally create a new function for every operation that required more than one line of code. If tildes supported emoji I would put a facepalm Picard here.

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  19. 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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    Except that the algorithms and the "AI" that support this process just as biased as what hiring managers are doing right now. If this company wants to convince me that the result is data-driven...

    The execution may be imperfect, but I think the bright side of these évaluations is that more companies are trying to make data-driven decisions instead of making "gut decisions." Given the vast amount of research examining the biases in hiring, any impartiality is probably to be lauded, not decried.

    Except that the algorithms and the "AI" that support this process just as biased as what hiring managers are doing right now. If this company wants to convince me that the result is data-driven and impartial, it should back that up with a lot of solid scientific evidence. Otherwise, it's just snake-oil.

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  20. Comment on Better Living Through Algorithms by Naomi Kritzer in ~books

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    Ha, it got me fooled for a while. I did not look at the site and just started reading thinking it was a column, or an article. I hadn't realize it was fiction and even googled for the app. But now...

    Ha, it got me fooled for a while. I did not look at the site and just started reading thinking it was a column, or an article. I hadn't realize it was fiction and even googled for the app.

    But now I know and now I have a new site with some good stories. Nice treat. Thanks!

    6 votes