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I second this recommendation. Honestly, I hate the proliferation of streaming services... but this one's consistently fun. It's the College Humor folks. Fun stuff.

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At this point, I'm intensely curious how strong support for this atrocity is among regular Israelis. The horror of Hamas' terrorist attack was astonishing, but at this point Netanyahu's response makes it pale in comparison.

I know Biden said there was hope for a truce coming Monday, and I really, really want to believe it's true, but right now Netanyahu's government seems hell-bent on outright genocide.

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And it's probably going to be worse next year.

And the year after that.

And the year after that.

There is no "new normal" or return to the old normal without making a real effort to finally combat climate change. Things can - and will - just keep getting worse.

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Alternate headline: "Ghana passes scientifically inaccurate and likely outright murderous anti-homosexuality bill, with the help of sick American evangelicals."

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They said a provision in Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 16 ruling that bans Trump, his company, and co-defendants from obtaining loans from New York banks for three years would make it impossible for him to obtain a bond covering the full judgment.

So you're not a fucking billionaire, you demented shitweasel. Got it.

Can you believe the nerve? "Judge, I know part of the reason I'm in hot water is because I lied through my fucking teeth to banks to get them to give me loans, but now that I can't get loans anymore, I'm outta money, and that's totes unfair, so can I pretty please get loans again?"

How about no, and fuck all the way off?

kescusay ,
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Biden isn't funding Israel. Congress is. Biden is trying to walk a tightrope of maintaining relations with an increasingly extremist ally (to prevent them from going even more extremist) and using diplomacy to defuse the situation in Gaza. He's doing the best he possibly could in a horrible situation with no "good guys."

Should he lose in November to Trump, Trump will immediately abandon Ukraine and try to help Israel completely level Gaza. So your choices are a guy trying hard in an impossible situation, and a guy who will definitely make that impossible situation much, much worse for everyone in every conceivable way.

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More accurately: 100K+ Michigan voters, comprising 13.3% of Democratic Primary voters, chose 'uncommitted.' Biden won handily with 81.1%.

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fervent Zionist

There it is.

kescusay ,
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Those 100K protest votes aren't going to be switching to Trump in the general election. Trump would be far, far worse for Gaza than Biden.

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The predictable use of "Zionist" as an epithet for "someone who supports Israeli expansionism and aggression," when all it really means is "someone who supports Israel's right to exist."

If you support Israel's right to exist as a country, then you are also a Zionist - even if you disagree with the current Israeli government (as I do).

As for the money from Biden to Israel, that includes more than three decades, during which Israel's government has changed drastically. It is also a non sequitur in a discussion of military aid, which I thought we were having. And I stand by my assertion there: The military aid (not private donations) is determined by Congress. They hold the purse strings.

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Holy shit... Citing TRT World?

Biden is saying no such thing, and neither am I. I'm saying that the current country, Israel, has a right to exist. Nothing more, nothing less. I'm also saying, in case you missed it, that their current government is horrible and has engaged in atrocities.

Biden's job - and it's a difficult one - is threading the needle on maintaining good ties with an ally while using diplomacy to try to end the violence in Gaza.

What is your goal, Linkerbaan? Four more years of President Trump wholeheartedly supporting the absolute destruction of Gaza and Palestine? Because that's what you get if you are successful in going after Biden for not being anti-Israel. You get Trump and Netanyahu happily working together to wipe Palestine off the face of the Earth, as well as leaving Ukraine out to dry.

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So they'll in effect be handing the election to Trump, who won't even try for a diplomatic resolution, but instead will fully support Netanyahu in razing Gaza to the ground.

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Bullshit like that is why I can't take you seriously. Biden is not razing Gaza, he's trying to end the violence there while maintaining ties to a long-term ally that has (hopefully temporarily) gone astray with a right-wing government.

And pretending that the options are anything but Biden or Trump will get you Trump. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. There is a 100% chance Trump becomes president again if Biden loses, because we have first-past-the-post elections and exactly two viable candidates. Sucks, but that's reality. The sooner you face that fact, the better.

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There was a mass shooting recently, and conservatives pretended it was committed by a trans person. It wasn't.

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  • kescusay ,
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    That was First National Taphouse or something like that, right?

    Don’t learn to code: Nvidia’s founder Jensen Huang advises a different career path (vulcanpost.com)

    Don’t learn to code: Nvidia’s founder Jensen Huang advises a different career path::Don't learn to code advises Jensen Huang of Nvidia. Thanks to AI everybody will soon become a capable programmer simply using human language.

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    Well. That's stupid.

    Large language models are amazingly useful coding tools. They help developers write code more quickly.

    They are nowhere near being able to actually replace developers. They can't know when their code doesn't make sense (which is frequently). They can't know where to integrate new code into an existing application. They can't debug themselves.

    Try to replace developers with an MBA using a large language model AI, and once the MBA fails, you'll be hiring developers again - if your business still exists.

    Every few years, something comes along that makes bean counters who are desperate to cut costs, and scammers who are desperate for a few bucks, declare that programming is over. Code will self-write! No-code editors will replace developers! LLMs can do it all!

    No. No, they can't. They're just another tool in the developer toolbox.

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    I really don't see it.

    Think about a modern application. Think about the file structure, how the individual sources interrelate, how non-code assets are stored, how applications are deployed, and all the other bits and pieces that go into an application. An AI can't know any of that without being trained - by a human - on the specifics of that application's needs.

    I use Copilot for my job. It's very nice, and makes my job easier. And if my boss fired me and the rest of the team and tried to do it himself, the application would be down in a day, then irrevocably destroyed in a week. Then he'd be fired, we'd be rehired, and we - unlike my now-former boss - would know things like how to revert the changes he made when he broke everything while trying to make Copilot create a whole new feature for the application.

    AI code generation is pretty cool, but without the capacity to know what code actually should be generated, it's useless.

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    I don't think most people grok just how hard implementing that kind of joined-up thinking and metacognition is.

    You're right, developers aren't special, except in those ways all humans are, but we're a very long way indeed from being able to simulate them in AI - especially in large language models. Humans automatically engage in joined-up thinking, second-order logic, and so on, without having to consciously try. Those are all things a large language model literally can't do.

    It doesn't know anything. It can't conceptualize a "summary story," or understand parts that it might get wrong in such a story. It's glorified autocomplete.

    And that can be extraordinarily useful, but only if we're honest with ourselves about what it is and is not capable of.

    Companies that decide to replace their developers with one guy using ChatGPT or Gemini or something will fail, and that's going to be true for the foreseeable future.

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    Try for a second to think beyond what they're able to do now and think about the future.

    I am. In the future, they will need to be able to perform tasks using joined-up thinking, second-order logic, and metacognition if they're going to replace people like me with AI. And that is a very hard goal to achieve. Maybe not P = NP hard, but by no means trivial.

    Also, educate yourself on Autogen and CrewAI, you actually haven't addressed anything I said because you're too busy pontificating.

    I have. My company looked at Autogen. We concluded it wasn't worth it. The solution to AI agents not being able to actually understand what they're doing isn't to amplify the problem by creating teams of them.

    Every few years, something new comes along driven by incredible hype, and people declare programming to be dead. They insist a robot will be able to do my job. I have yet to see a technology that will plausibly do that in ten years, let alone now. And all the hype is built on a foundation of ignorance over how complicated a modern, enterprise-ready application is, and how necessary being able to think about its many moving parts is.

    You know who doesn't suffer from that ignorance? Microsoft, the creators of Autogen. And they're currently hiring developers, not laying them off and replacing them with Autogen.

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    When I first heard about it, I genuinely thought it had to be a fake story. And now I wish it was.

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    Man, I would be so happy to find out everything since then was just a gnarly fever dream.

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    The thing is, it's not. You can watch the entire video, without edits. It's as racist and banal as it sounds.

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    Here's the video, straight from Fox itself: https://www.foxnews.com/video/6347175332112

    (Ugh, I feel dirty sharing a Fox link, but I don't want asshats coming out of the woodwork declaring it's taken out of context or some bullshit.)

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    Yep. I watched their demo clips, and the "good" ones are full of errors, have lots of thematically incoherent content, and - this is the biggie - can't be fixed.

    Say you're a 3D animator and build an animation with thousands of different assets and individual, alterable elements. Your editor comes to you and says, "This furry guy over here is looking in the wrong direction, he should be looking at the kangaroo king over there, but it looks like he's just glaring at his own hand."

    So you just fix it. You go in, tweak the furry guy's animation, and now he's looking in the right direction.

    Now say you made that animation with Sora. You have no manipulatable assets, just a set of generated frames that made the furry guy look in the wrong direction.

    So you fire up Sora and try to fine-tune its instructions, and it generates a completely new animation that shares none of the elements of the previous one, and has all sorts of new, similarly unfixable errors.

    If I use an AI assistant while coding, I can correct its coding errors. But you can't just "correct" frames of video it has created. If you try, you're looking at painstakingly hand-painting every frame where there's an error. You'll spend more time trying to fix an AI-generated animation that's 90% good and 10% wrong than you will just doing the animation with 3D assets from scratch.

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    This seems like a fundamental misunderstanding of how generative AI works. To accomplish what you're describing you'd need:

    • An instance of generative AI running for each asset.
    • An enclosing instance of generative AI running for each scene.
    • A means for each AI instance to discard its own model and recreate exactly the same asset, tweaked in precisely the manner requested, but immediately being able to reincorporate the model for subsequent generation.
    • A coordinating AI instance to keep it all working together, performing actions such as mediating asset collisions.

    The whole system would need to be able to rewind to specific trouble spots, correct them, and still generate everything that comes after unchanged. We're talking orders of magnitude more complexity and difficulty.

    And in the meantime, artists creating 3D assets the regular way would suddenly look a lot less expensive and a lot less difficult.

    If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Right now, generative AI is everyone's really attractive hammer. But I don't see it working here in 36 months. Or 48. Or even 60.

    The first 90% is easy. The last 10% is really fucking hard.

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    Got it. Deleted it.

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    Just out of curiosity, I poked my head in and saw they'd sent the same message directly to my Reddit account. "Oh, that's... gross," I thought. Then I looked around at the subs I used to frequent, and realized I felt like I was getting cancer from them.

    It's amazing how much I don't miss Reddit.

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    Never having played Borderlands... is the game actually this unapologetically stupid? I chuckled at a few bits in the trailer, but I felt bad for doing it.

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    No worries, seems to be gaining traction and still makes me go WTF, so I'll allow it.

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    I have a trans kid. I worry every single day about cases like this.

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    Same as their past: Get-rich-quick schemes, outright scams, massive wastes of electricity, criminal funding tools, investment instruments that aren't backed by actual companies making anything (and are therefore 100% speculation)... and sometimes some interesting technology.

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    Who claimed that only applies to crypto? Don't attribute to me things I never said.

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    I'm hearing something like "puerrrapleuh buerrragluerrr alarrrum." Do I have that about right?

    kescusay ,
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    Well, I'm a software developer who knows way more about science fiction and fantasy than I really should, and if you get me drunk I'll probably tell you all about how Sauron is an ainur and therefore didn't actually die when the One Ring was destroyed - since the ainur can't die - but he did lose all his power and henceforth existed perpetually as a powerless and intangible shadow...

    And when you wake up, I might still be talking.

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    Oh, he is. The Maiar are "lesser Ainur" in Tolkien's cosmology. They're "of the same order as the Valar but of less degree." "Ainur" is kind of an umbrella term, the way "angel" is in Christianity.

    Melkor, now known as Morgoth after being cast out, was once a Valar, but his cruelty and evil make him the foe of all of Arda. Mairon, a Maiar of Aulë, actually started down his own path of evil as a lieutenant of Morgoth, becoming Sauron.

    Sleepy yet?

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    Lol! Yeah, I can imagine. But for me, I didn't need the boredom of jail to read the Silmarillion.

    Passenger sees Boeing 757-200 “wing coming apart” mid-air — United flight from San Francisco to Boston makes emergency landing in Denver (www.cbsnews.com)

    Passenger sees Boeing 757-200 “wing coming apart” mid-air — United flight from San Francisco to Boston makes emergency landing in Denver::A United Airlines flight to Boston was diverted to Denver because of an issue with the plane's wing.

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    Or the original Shatner episode.

    "There's something... on the wing!"

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    Early on, the Russian asset released some genuine information in order to establish some bona fides. But since then, he's used his platform to create nothing but instability and strife. Never forget, the "pizzagate" bullshit came directly from WikiLeaks.

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    WikiLeaks published them out of order, lacking context, and with clear intent to have them used as the basis for some kind of conspiracy theory. And they started publishing them literally 30 minutes after Trump's Access Hollywood "grab 'em by the pussy" tape came out: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2016/dec/18/john-podesta/its-true-wikileaks-dumped-podesta-emails-hour-afte/

    WikiLeaks made "pizzagate" happen, and is clearly a Russian asset.

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    Copilot isn't actually bad for developers, it's just that you need to be careful with it and recognize its limitations.

    Writing a bunch of REST endpoints for an API and need to implement all the typical http verbs, and you already have all the matching methods for reading, updating, and deleting values in a complex SQL database for each endpoint to call? Copilot can turn a ten minute chore into a ten second one. Very handy.

    Writing those complex SQL methods in the first place? Yeah... Copilot will probably make a ton of mistakes and its work will need to be triple-checked. You'll save time just doing it yourself if you know how. (And if you don't, you have no business calling yourself a developer.)

    Copilot is best for easy boilerplate and repetitive code. Problems arise as soon as you ask it to get "creative."

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    Yeah, I figured that out eventually, but also figure the same probably applies to the other Copilot. Same underlying technology.

    Wish Microsoft would use different names for different implementations.

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    It's more like you get some kind of weird construction multitool that promises to be a level, a drill, a hammer, and a dozen other things, and it turns out to be a really good, innovative, and helpful level... and a really bad everything else.

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    Well of course they're drifting back to him. Sure, he's a criminal, a con artist, an incredible liar, a puppet of Vladimir Putin, and a direct threat to the stability and viability of the United States of America... but he'll cut their taxes a little bit more! And in the end, isn't that what's really important?

    Besides, with all the extra savings, they'll be able to afford better bunkers and security systems as the outside world descends into Purge-like chaos.

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    Yeah, but that kind of nullifies his campaign argument that he doesn't need anyone's financial help, doesn't it.

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