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  1. Comment on Looking for free or cheap places to learn some SQL and XML in ~tech

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    https://sqlbolt.com/ is a nice free way of learning simple SQL

    https://sqlbolt.com/ is a nice free way of learning simple SQL

    1 vote
  2. Comment on New Brexit checks will cause food shortages in UK, importers warn in ~food

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    Feels a bit weird that this is in ~food, even if it is technically correct. Should this be moved to ~news or ~misc, or is tagging it with politics mean that it's fine here?

    Feels a bit weird that this is in ~food, even if it is technically correct. Should this be moved to ~news or ~misc, or is tagging it with politics mean that it's fine here?

  3. Comment on Where will people commune in a godless America? in ~humanities

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    I think it is overly dismissive of theologians and critical scholars of the Bible to say that religious people are unwilling to examine their beliefs in depth. I do understand that the academic...

    I think it is overly dismissive of theologians and critical scholars of the Bible to say that religious people are unwilling to examine their beliefs in depth. I do understand that the academic version of religion is quite different to how it is actually practiced, but still think it's worth mentioning.
    Also, I do think it is possible to be a Christian without believing in much of the Bible being literal, one can believe that Jesus' miracles were just teachings like his parables, and that religion is just a way of transmitting morality and culture through non-literal stories.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Where will people commune in a godless America? in ~humanities

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    I'd be interested to know how you justify belief in scripture and a specific religion over another from a rational point of view. I have found arguments for an Aristotelian prime mover or even a...

    I'd be interested to know how you justify belief in scripture and a specific religion over another from a rational point of view. I have found arguments for an Aristotelian prime mover or even a pandeist kind of thing plausible, but never heard convincing reasons why one specific religion with specific doctrines determined by humans should be followed, short of religious experience literally telling you what to follow. For instance, looking at Christianity, one can see an evolution of beliefs throughout the bible, which one would not expect if God was guiding the writing of scripture.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on New Brexit checks will cause food shortages in UK, importers warn in ~food

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    Labour have said that they are going to attempt to build closer relations with the EU, basically creating a roadmap to eventually rejoin the EU. Thing is, the EU are not going to let the UK back...

    Labour have said that they are going to attempt to build closer relations with the EU, basically creating a roadmap to eventually rejoin the EU. Thing is, the EU are not going to let the UK back in on the same terms, because the UK is currently a lot less powerful than it was 5 decades ago, and also because they want to discourage right-wing populists from making it look like a risk-free move for them to do their own exit, and making those kinds of concessions would be immensely politically damaging for UK politicians to make so soon after Brexit.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Favorite hobby / subculture YouTube channels? in ~hobbies

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    just so everybody knows, bald and bankrupt is/was a sex tourist and has credible accusations of lots of dodgy stuff against him

    just so everybody knows, bald and bankrupt is/was a sex tourist and has credible accusations of lots of dodgy stuff against him

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Favorite hobby / subculture YouTube channels? in ~hobbies

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    jan Misali does mostly linguistics, but also some misc nerd stuff like rythym games or base-12 counting ACollierAstro does good videos about astrophysics, but can be broader Dan McClellan does...

    jan Misali does mostly linguistics, but also some misc nerd stuff like rythym games or base-12 counting
    ACollierAstro does good videos about astrophysics, but can be broader
    Dan McClellan does interesting stuff about Academic biblical study, fun to watch him debunk biblical literalists and those who claim historicity where it doesn't exist (also does data over dogma podcast)
    Alex O'connor does philosophy videos, often related to atheism but not always (also has a podcast)
    Another Roof,numberphile,mathologer all do good in-depth maths content
    Jenny Draper does interesting videos about british (mostly london) history

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Research paper compares LLM responses based on politeness of requests and finds quality difference in ~tech

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    IMO, this is the most interesting part from the paper, not the rest which has been talked about quite a lot already in LLM spaces

    models trained in a specific
    language are susceptible to the politeness of that
    language. This phenomenon suggests that cultural
    background should be considered during the devel-
    opment and corpus collection of LLMs.

    IMO, this is the most interesting part from the paper, not the rest which has been talked about quite a lot already in LLM spaces

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Research paper compares LLM responses based on politeness of requests and finds quality difference in ~tech

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    So, yeah, roughly correct for GPT-4, though the paper described quite high variance between models, so can't necessarily extrapolate very far also from the conclusion:

    GPT-4’s scores are variable but relatively stable. The highest score is achieved at level 4, and the lowest one is at level 3. Although the score at level 1 is not extremely low, the heatmap indicates that it is significantly lower than those at more polite levels.

    So, yeah, roughly correct for GPT-4, though the paper described quite high variance between models, so can't necessarily extrapolate very far

    also from the conclusion:

    However, highly respectful prompts do not always lead to better results. In most conditions, moderate politeness is better, but the standard of moderation varies by languages and LLMs

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Research paper compares LLM responses based on politeness of requests and finds quality difference in ~tech

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    The models’ ROUGE-L and BERTScore scores
    consistently maintain stability, irrespective of the
    politeness level of the prompts, which infers that
    the models can correctly summarize the article con-
    tent in the summarization tasks. However, the
    models manifest substantial variation in length cor-
    related to the politeness level. A progressive reduc-
    tion in the generation length is evident as the po-
    liteness level descends from high to lower scales.
    Conversely, a surge is noted in the length of the
    outputs of GPT-3.5 and Llama2-70B under the ex-
    ceedingly impolite prompts.

  11. Comment on White House urges use of type safe and memory safe programming languages and hardware in ~tech

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    I'm suprised Ada wasn't mentioned. It is still under active development, and my understanding is that it was basically the first "safe" systems language with SPARC.

    I'm suprised Ada wasn't mentioned. It is still under active development, and my understanding is that it was basically the first "safe" systems language with SPARC.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Study finds emojis are differently interpreted depending on gender, culture, and age of viewer in ~tech

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    The unicode faq for emoji answers some of the questions in this thread, saying that using the plural "emojis" is acceptable (yay linguistic descriptivism!) and that "The meaning of each emoji can...

    The unicode faq for emoji answers some of the questions in this thread, saying that using the plural "emojis" is acceptable (yay linguistic descriptivism!) and that "The meaning of each emoji can vary depending on language, culture, or context, and may change or be repurposed over time." also stuff about flags, which is very interesting (geopolitics!)

    6 votes
  13. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

  14. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

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    Jonathan McDowell says that it is most likely a nuclear-powered electronic warfare satellite, rather than nukes used for creating EMPs

    Jonathan McDowell says that it is most likely a nuclear-powered electronic warfare satellite, rather than nukes used for creating EMPs

    1 vote
  15. 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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    This is meant to be testing for Big 5 attributes (NOT MBTI - which is more dodgy) , which are well studied in the field of psychology and generally agreed to be rigorous and useful. The only...

    This is meant to be testing for Big 5 attributes (NOT MBTI - which is more dodgy) , which are well studied in the field of psychology and generally agreed to be rigorous and useful. The only question is how they chose the specific questions in their test, and if they are valid.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on (2024 Doomsday Clock Statement) It is still ninety seconds to midnight in ~news

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    Yes, but they are not at war with nuclear powers. While there is a small possibility they could detonate a nuke, and that would set a bad precedent (and be awful for the victims), I don't see it...

    Yes, but they are not at war with nuclear powers. While there is a small possibility they could detonate a nuke, and that would set a bad precedent (and be awful for the victims), I don't see it escalating past perhaps convential support being sent to the victim state

    4 votes