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  1. Comment on UK requesting comments for updating ebike power laws in ~transport

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    I really think the police should be encouraged to investigate e-bikes which have been illegally modified to go faster than the speed limit. It shouldn't be particularly hard – use a radar speed...

    I really think the police should be encouraged to investigate e-bikes which have been illegally modified to go faster than the speed limit. It shouldn't be particularly hard – use a radar speed detector to measure their speed and stop and question them if they are going faster than the legal limit.

    Note: I am very supportive of cycling and I think e-bikes are great but I also don't think we want to turn them into glorified motorcycles because they will then become a threat to analogue cyclists (as delivery drivers are already kind of becoming).

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  2. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    I believe the answer is not public – Musk has previously stated US$100mn and more recently US$50mn. Elon Musk has a very niche and contrarian opinion when it come to legal disputes which usually...

    I’m wondering how much Musk donated to OpenAI

    I believe the answer is not public – Musk has previously stated US$100mn and more recently US$50mn.

    whether they could settle this by paying him back?

    Elon Musk has a very niche and contrarian opinion when it come to legal disputes which usually works out as "I have more money than you so I will keep fighting and do things which don't make financial sense for me because I find them fun until I crush you" so I kind of (based on past data) think this isn't super likely.

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  3. Comment on What's the matter with men? They’re floundering at school and in the workplace. Some conservatives blame a crisis of masculinity, but the problems—and their solutions—are far more complex. in ~life.men

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    Labour force participation is a different statistic to employment. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics defined an unemployed person as someone who is "jobless, looking for a job, and [is] available...

    Labour force participation is a different statistic to employment. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics defined an unemployed person as someone who is "jobless, looking for a job, and [is] available for work" (source). This notably excludes people who are not looking for a job, for example because they are chronically unwell or retired.

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  4. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    I think the "LLMs are AGI" take is nonsense, and that Microsoft paper doesn't consider the fact that a lot of the data they are evaluating the model on is actually in the training dataset! There...

    I think the "LLMs are AGI" take is nonsense, and that Microsoft paper doesn't consider the fact that a lot of the data they are evaluating the model on is actually in the training dataset!

    There are some great papers out there explaining the problems with LLMs, for example "On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?". There's also a Twitter thread from one of the authors of that paper on the Microsoft one.

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  5. Comment on What's the matter with men? They’re floundering at school and in the workplace. Some conservatives blame a crisis of masculinity, but the problems—and their solutions—are far more complex. in ~life.men

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    Exactly, this is why it is important to also look at the number of economically inactive people ("unemployment" usually refers only to people who are actually in the labour market, i.e. are...

    Unemployment goes down when people give up on trying to find a job.

    Exactly, this is why it is important to also look at the number of economically inactive people ("unemployment" usually refers only to people who are actually in the labour market, i.e. are looking for work).

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    I mean the corporation has $400mn in annual revenue or something and I think they'd find it tough to top that in donations.

    I mean the corporation has $400mn in annual revenue or something and I think they'd find it tough to top that in donations.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    Oh he's totally doing it because he's jealous and they're a competitor to his new LLM (marketed essentially on the basis that it will spit out very right wing views).

    Oh he's totally doing it because he's jealous and they're a competitor to his new LLM (marketed essentially on the basis that it will spit out very right wing views).

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    True, although I think Mozilla is spending too much money on political advocacy (which is kind of better done by EFF) and not enough money on making Firefox a faster/better/less buggy browser.

    True, although I think Mozilla is spending too much money on political advocacy (which is kind of better done by EFF) and not enough money on making Firefox a faster/better/less buggy browser.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Sam Altman for breaching firm’s founding mission in ~tech

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    I think it's a mix of envy (that OpenAI gets a lot of media attention, is potentially seen as 'more innovative' than him) and anger (that the money he initially contributed has kind of wound up in...

    I think it's a mix of envy (that OpenAI gets a lot of media attention, is potentially seen as 'more innovative' than him) and anger (that the money he initially contributed has kind of wound up in an essentially for-profit company which wasn't the original intention). I'm just grabbing some popcorn because I think this will be fun to watch.

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  10. Comment on Can European carmakers stop China’s electric behemoth BYD? in ~transport

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    I think the really ironic thing is that the EU has excoriated developing countries for imposing tarrifs on the EU and now that the roles are reversed they have abandoned their principles and are...

    I think the really ironic thing is that the EU has excoriated developing countries for imposing tarrifs on the EU and now that the roles are reversed they have abandoned their principles and are advocating doing this themselves.

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  11. Comment on Etsy sellers are turning free fanfiction into printed and bound physical books [against the wishes of the authors], and listing them for sale for more than $100 per book in ~books

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    You don't really engage with the case of the fanfiction authors, and instead kind of assert that fan fiction is copyright theft. Most legal advocates for fanfic (e.g. OTW) argue that fan fiction...

    You don't really engage with the case of the fanfiction authors, and instead kind of assert that fan fiction is copyright theft. Most legal advocates for fanfic (e.g. OTW) argue that fan fiction is fair use because it is transformative use. I also think it's really hard to argue that fan fic is 'theft' because it quite often actually contributes to the popularity of authors which helps them to sell more books, and people who write fan fic and people who read fan fic have generally read the original work (because it doesn't make sense otherwise) so don't deprive authors of revenue.

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  12. Comment on Reddit is letting power users in on its IPO in ~tech

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    First "you get to buy a share in the IPO" is not "we are paying you" – it's the other way around: they are literally offering Reddit users the 'opportunity' to buy shares from them (i.e. the money...

    First "you get to buy a share in the IPO" is not "we are paying you" – it's the other way around: they are literally offering Reddit users the 'opportunity' to buy shares from them (i.e. the money transfer is the other way around).

    They might not be able to pay people actual salaries, but they could certainly pay some moderators something which is better than paying nobody anything. For example they could pay the moderators of large subreddits (really tough job which generates massive value for Reddit) a decent-ish wage. Note that

    • Reddit made sales of US$804 million in 2023.
    • Wikipedia runs a website which is comparable to Reddit (it might even be more complex than Reddit) and had total expenses of $170 million. Of course, Wikipedia doesn't run ads and ad tech requires a lot of development work.
    3 votes