HarkMahlberg
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HarkMahlberg

@HarkMahlberg@kbin.social

Programmer and Airplane Enthusiast.

"You just don't know how AI works" earns you a block.

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The Apple filing criticized what it called an attempt by Epic to make Apple's "tools and technologies available to developers for free."

Wouldn't that be fucking great. Man, if only.

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To the corporate egomaniacs building them, who always need one more subordinate to push around, that's a feature not a bug.

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I know it sounds dangerously close to "alternative facts" but factuality always need to be given context to be meaningful. It's a "fact" to some people that immigrants are ruining America. Gab AI's chatbot prompt of full of such nonsense. But those are it's "facts." And it will spout them as fact to anyone who talks to it.

It's obviously not true, CoPilot will tell you it's not true, and not just because CoPilot is trying to be politically correct. But both Gab and Microsoft have incentives and politics and organizations that get baked into their products. Their AI models are no exceptions. For Gab, its to push partisan conservative narratives (and sometimes accelerationist politics). For Microsoft, it's to increase labor productivity (without increasing fair wages), and to please shareholders.

To treat what they spit out as "fact" without independent verification, without seeking out context, is as blind a faith as Biblical literalism.

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Gonna steal "goofling"

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I mean, I get that this is basically the last standing GOP policy, but to read those verses correctly, you have to remember that "to suffer" is another way to say "to put up with," and he's talking to his disciples, not the children. He's just saying "Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!"

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it costs nothing to keep your bigoted opinions to yourself

I used to not understand the concept of opportunity costs but now I'm beginning to believe that there is such a thing even when spouting disgusting, obnoxious, dogshit opinions. Like, some people in the world are losing out if they don't take an opportunity to slander and disparage someone else.

They're lower than dirt.

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I gotcha. :)

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If anyone's looking for a good VPN, I've had good success with Mullvad.

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A majority of my time is spent modelling the problem, gathering requirements, researching others’ solutions online (likely this step could be better AI-assisted?), not actually implementing a solution in code.

Perfectly said. The most difficult part of software engineering is all the things outside the code. Did I find all the stakeholders? Did they state all their requirements? Did I interpret those requirements properly? Do they like my UI mockup in paint? Can I convince them to take a "version 1" without some bells and whistles so that they can get it on time, and I can give them the bells and whistles in "version 2" later? Is my current design consistent with other products/tools in the organization? Do any requirements actually violate regulations (spoiler: the client is an asshole and violating regulations is the whole point)? Can I convince them to drop that requirement? How can I improve my organizations' SDLC so that the product is quicker and easier to deliver?

And the most pressing question of all: do the clients and stakeholders actually need me to write this product in the first place? Is there an existing solution that would be cheaper and quicker to just buy?

Even given all the things AI can do right now, I doubt it can handle even a fraction of all those tasks above. Let alone writing code that compiles...

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I've literally never seen one of these in southern New England. Even brand new 7-11's and Cumberland Farms' don't have ads on the pumps, nor any mounted TV's.

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There is still no way to permanently save chrome’s tab groups. It’s amazing. What do all those “engineers” at that company do all day? The most basically needed features have languished for YEARS.

https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/obipdm/google_is_already_working_on_one_of_the_most/

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@shoq The engineers are all long gone. The marketers have been running that asylum for nigh on a decade at this point.

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I mean... they didn't specify it had to be random (or even uniform)? But yeah, it's a good showcase of how GPT acquired the same biases as people, from people..

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Ace Combat is a war game masquerading as an anti-war game masquerading as a war game.

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But I don't love it any less.

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Not even remotely.

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I think you got the wrong takeaway from that story... The character of God rebukes the dead man for not accepting the practical help of other people. It's just framed as though God sent the rescuers to convince the "believes in miracles" crowd that no such things exist.

Consider a simple rewording: instead of "I sent you two boats and a helicopter" you read "Two boats and a helicopter came to save you." This solves your only hangup and doesn't even change the story. Your beef is with the aesthetic component, not the meaning of the story.

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Added toggle for 'Reduced Motion', removing the swirly background and gyrating card motion

Judging by other comments online people seem to love the aesthetic, but I IMMEDIATELY turned off the CRT, scanlines, and screen shaking settings. It was just too much for me. I'm so happy they're letting me take out the last thing that is fucking with my vision after a long play session.

Changed the first shop in every run to always include a normal Buffoon pack as one of the pack options

I think this is a good change too. Might still be a little RNG reliant, but this definitely helps when more often than not, I restart the run after taking a look at the first couple of shops.

Upcoming blinds/tags can now be seen in the shop immediately after defeating a boss blind/cashing out

Also a worthy change.

Changed Fibonacci - costs $8 instead of $7, because Fibonacci

lol

Changed Seance - Now uncommon and $6, was rare and $7

Awww, I'm disappointed that the Magic TCG reference is now a little less on the nose.

Overall there's a LOT of balance changes in here. I'm a little concerned that LocalThunk might have bitten off more than he could chew. Especially given that the blinds' base values have been reduced to make the game easier. Though, is it to make it "easier" or "less RNG heavy?" I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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Your other comments which are the same comment repeated to everyone. I also don't see any logic, just ragebait.

Blocked by OP, lol

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So they just have to make good enough games to avoid two complete flops in a row. Which is impossible

BG3 made a lot of committed repeat customers for Larian, I don't think it's impossible their next game will sell very well based on name recognition and good will alone. A guarantee? No. But a safe bet.

It’s the equivalent of the rich billionaires saying if you want a house just work hard and buy one. It’s not hard! Why are the poor people complaining?

If this is the source of your rage posting, that's a lot of misguided anger to point it toward Larian. Are we gonna complain about the one-man developer who quit his job to develop Balatro? Yes he was privileged enough to have savings to dig into, but neither him nor Larian are anywhere in the same ballpark as EA, Microsoft, Ubisoft, etc. They're just the wrong people to get mad at.

Roku has patented a way to show ads over anything you plug into your TV (arstechnica.com)

A patent application from the company spotted by Lowpass describes a system for displaying ads over any device connected over HDMI, a list that could include cable boxes, game consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players, PCs, or even other video streaming devices. Roku filed for the patent in August 2023 and it was published in November...

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Ever since reading about the challenge of deleting an image from your profile, a GUI for that. It should not only be an API call, not should you have to contact your instance admin to do it. It should be completely self-service from your profile page.

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It's not the boeh.org link, but here is a similar timeline of events: https://research.swtch.com/xz-timeline

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When I started to read breakdowns about the social engineering behind the xz backdoor I was like, "Waaaaitaminute, I've seen that sort of talk before." I found it notable to point out the similarity and maybe poke around at it.

People decided to use the thread (to my excessive chagrin) to talk shit about kbin and rehash the exact same pressures I was attempting to analyze.

It's a shame, because I noticed similar patterns was looking forward to some good discussion about it here. Alas...

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