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Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 14 July 2024
  • I don't really know if any chromium-based options are a real solution - there's so much code in there that a lot of times won't get caught (cf. brave etc for this very thing), and goog is actively working to push their own agenda and they have a lot more dev-hours than anyone else to churn shit out

    ladybird and servo seem like the most promising alternative paths right now, and ladybird less so because chuds -_-

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 14 July 2024
  • (happened to notice this while digging into something else)

    upwork's landing page has a whole big AI anchorblob. clicking from frontpage takes you to /nx/signup (and I'm not going to bother), but digging around a bit elsewhere finds "The Future Of Work With AI"

    so we're now at the stage where upwork reckons it's a good bet to specifically hype AI delivery from their myriad exploitatively arbitraged service providers

    (they're probably not wrong, I can see a significant chunk of companies falling over each other to "get into AI" at pay-a-remote-coder-peanut-shells prices)

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 14 July 2024
  • presumes that people know there's better possible

    soapbox.gif: you see a dynamic of this sort with a lot of people who have largely only ever interacted with "the internet" through vendor-mediated apps and shit. you can often pick up on it by people that speak in frames of "this app" - the app is their gateway to that engagement, and they have never known substantially otherwise. and it's a day-vs-night type difference in experiences in so many cases! there are some sites that I outright refuse to even open on mobile simply because the anti-nagblocker/etc capabilities that I have on RealComputer with RealOS (i.e.: not some artificially hobbled shit run by a monopolist fuckwad company) just completely block the annoying shit, whereas it is almost impossible to have that experience on mobile

    and for so many people, the latter type (of experience/internet) is all they ever know

  • LLM vendors are incredibly bad at responding to security issues
  • so there's 3 immediately-suggestive paths that come to mind from this

    the first is that gibbering prompts itself already means you've hit a boundary in the design of its execution space (or fucking around in the very edges of training data where its precision gets low), and that could mean you are beyond what the programmers thought of/handled. whether or not you can get reliable further behaviours in that mode/space will be extremely contingent on a lot of factors (model type, execution type, runtime, ...), but given how extremely rapidly and harshly oai (and friends) reacted to simple behavioural breaks I get the impression that they're more concerned with such cases than they might be letting on

    the second fairly obvious vector is where everyone is trying to shove LLMs into everything without good safety boundaries. oh that handy chatbot on your doctor/airline/insurance/.... site that's pitched as "it can use your identification details and look up $x"[0], that means that system has access to places where to look up private data. so if you could break a boundary via whatever method, who's to say it can't go further. it's not like telling the prompt "do $x and only $x" will work, as many examples have shown

    third path, and sort-of the one that ties the bow on the second a bit, is that most of these dipshits probably don't have proper isolation controls, just because it's hard and effortful. building actual multitenancy with strong inter-tenant separation is a lot of work. that's something that's just not done in bayfucker world unless it is specifically needed. so the more these things get shoved into various products and this segmentation work is not done thoroughly, the more likely that sort of shit becomes

    [0] - couple years back (pre-llm) I worked on exactly this problem with a client. it's fantastically annoying to design, not half because humans are such wonderfully unpredictable input sources

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 14 July 2024
  • yeah the orb debug shell is kinda neat! it leverages nixpkgs for its packages scope, and allows you to attach a not-impoverished shell to a container (which is immensely helpful because the tooling and systems in containerland suck so extremely fucking hard)

    hoping for a sensible response from the developer

  • Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 30 June 2024

    Need to make a primal scream without gathering footnotes first? Have a sneer percolating in your system but not enough time/energy to make a whole post about it? Go forth and be mid: Welcome to the Stubsack, your first port of call for learning fresh facts of Awful you'll near-instantly regret.

    Any awful.systems sub may be subsneered in this subthread, techtakes or no.

    If your sneer seems higher quality than you thought, feel free to cut’n’paste it into its own post — there’s no quota for posting and the bar really isn’t that high.

    > The post Xitter web has spawned soo many “esoteric” right wing freaks, but there’s no appropriate sneer-space for them. I’m talking redscare-ish, reality challenged “culture critics” who write about everything but understand nothing. I’m talking about reply-guys who make the same 6 tweets about the same 3 subjects. They’re inescapable at this point, yet I don’t see them mocked (as much as they should be) > Like, there was one dude a while back who insisted that women couldn’t be surgeons because they didn’t believe in the moon or in stars? I think each and every one of these guys is uniquely fucked up and if I can’t escape them, I would love to sneer at them.

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    apparently it was Opposite Day at coindesk

    www.coindesk.com Mass Adoption Would Ruin Crypto. Keep It a Niche

    There is an unavoidable tension between the aims of decentralization and onboarding everyday users.

    Mass Adoption Would Ruin Crypto. Keep It a Niche

    there is some strong copium in the article, combined with a total description of having a massive gambling addiction without, y’know, actually realising it’s an addiction

    remarkable stuff

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    hot off the presses: automatic wrong information without even going to the wrong-information deliveries store

    theconversation.com AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans

    People participate in online communities to share experiences and sympathy. AI chatbots that join the conversation can only pretend to offer either.

    AI chatbots are intruding into online communities where people are trying to connect with other humans

    there are some remarkable instances of bad behaviour in there already, but imagine being the sort of product team that thinks users being gaslit by a chatbot that they couldn’t even consent to choose to use is totes something to deliver without any modification or remark

    7

    the loons are at it again

    this time in open letter format! that'll sure do it!

    there are "risks", which they are definite about - the risks are not hypothetical, the risks are real! it's totes even had some acknowledgement in other places! totes real defs for sure this time guize

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    Stubsack: weekly thread for sneers not worth an entire post, week ending Sunday 2 June 2024

    Have a sneer percolating in your system but not enough time/energy to make a whole post about it? Go forth and be mid!

    Any awful.systems sub may be subsneered in this subthread, techtakes or no.

    If your sneer seems higher quality than you thought, feel free to cut’n’paste it into its own post, there’s no quota for posting and the bar really isn’t that high

    > The post Xitter web has spawned soo many “esoteric” right wing freaks, but there’s no appropriate sneer-space for them. I’m talking redscare-ish, reality challenged “culture critics” who write about everything but understand nothing. I’m talking about reply-guys who make the same 6 tweets about the same 3 subjects. They’re inescapable at this point, yet I don’t see them mocked (as much as they should be) > Like, there was one dude a while back who insisted that women couldn’t be surgeons because they didn’t believe in the moon or in stars? I think each and every one of these guys is uniquely fucked up and if I can’t escape them, I would love to sneer at them.

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    a blind man stumbles into the activitypub

    since I haven't touched AP before (and figure other possible contributors may not have either), going to use this post as wayfarer bathroom graffiti

    feel free to contribute your own learning and investigation as well

    0

    In which folks once again don’t learn the same lesson as the last few times

    It’s been a long couple of years with people going hard on building all their communications on the gamer chat company, disregarding all warnings and concerns because of shiny creature comforts

    Soon: “we trusted you! We moved from slack to you! 😭”

    Guess it’s only a handful of months before the tortured handwringing starts?

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    Quelle surprise

    fortune.com Is AI the new crypto? DeepMind cofounder says ‘hype’ and ‘grifting’ threaten the emerging sector

    The surge in venture funding and public excitement has DeepMind cofounder Demis Hassabis thinking about crypto parallels.

    Is AI the new crypto? DeepMind cofounder says ‘hype’ and ‘grifting’ threaten the emerging sector

    Unfortunately I can’t snip from mobile easily now, but maybe someone else can archive it and comment with archive link?

    3

    History of (extremely predictable) failures catching up to you? Quick, write a book!

    thebaffler.com The Miseducation of Kara Swisher | Edward Ongweso Jr.

    Kara Swisher made a career of dumbing down tech reporting and criticism. She’s a little sorry!

    The Miseducation of Kara Swisher | Edward Ongweso Jr.

    Too tired to sneer at the book myself right now but the article doesn’t pull punches either

    Figured it’s worth posting since the book author has featured here more than once recently and has definitely been an enabler to The Shit

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    retrochat

    github.com GitHub - 9001/r0c: retr0chat telnet server

    retr0chat telnet server. Contribute to 9001/r0c development by creating an account on GitHub.

    GitHub - 9001/r0c: retr0chat telnet server

    found via someone running a server at revision

    retro fun. quite slick, too!

    3

    A tale of well-designed systems

    Not entirely the usual fare, but i figured some here would appreciate it

    I often rag on the js/node/npm ecosystem for being utter garbage, and this post is a quite a full demonstration of many of the shortcomings and outright total design failures present in that space

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    Revision 2024

    Invite up at https://2024.revision-party.net/blog/04-invitation/

    ~2 weekends away (who cares about the week)

    Prepare for watching mathematical black magic!

    2

    economics reporter learns "surprising facts" from no data

    www.maximumtruth.org Top AIs still fail IQ tests

    Maybe we have some time before AIs conquer the world

    Top AIs still fail IQ tests

    starting out[0] with "I was surprised by the following results" and it just goes further down almost-but-not-quite Getting It Avenue

    close, but certainly no cigar

    choice quotes:

    > > Why is it impressive that a model trained on internet text full of random facts happens to have a lot of random facts memorized? … why does that in any way indicate intelligence or creativity?

    > That’s a good point.

    you don't fucking say

    > I have a website (TrackingAI.org) that already administers a political survey to AIs every day. So I could easily give the AIs a real intelligence test, and track that over time, too.

    really, how?

    > As I started manually giving AIs IQ tests

    oh.

    > Then it proceeds to mis-identify every single one of the 6 answer options, leading it to pick the wrong answer. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to its misidentifications

    if this fuckwit had even the slightest fucking understanding of how these things work, it would be glaringly obvious

    there's plenty more, so remember to practice stretching before you start your eyerolls

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    bless this jank @awful.systems froztbyte @awful.systems

    [shitpost?] [idea] a “days since” counter

    One for the sidebar, in the spirit of incident-day-free counters[0], tracking how many days since the last time there was a dipshitted thing from the tescrealtors

    Could do it with flap-counter or nixie-clock numbers for a bit of feel?

    [0] - is this an insensitive idea? I know the counters tend to form part of safety culture and their reset indicates harm, but those clowns are exactly dangerous, so..

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    is everyone ready for the next wave of facile promptfawning on social media? google is

    blog.google Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model

    Gemini is our most capable and general model, built to be multimodal and optimized for three different sizes: Ultra, Pro and Nano.

    Introducing Gemini: our largest and most capable AI model

    [open scene]

    > background: a brightly lit airy Social Gathering space with multicoloured furniture (meeting rooms are so 2010). people have been arriving in clumps of 2~5 for over 30 minutes, and the presentation can start soon

    sundar: I want to thank you all for coming. this one should be quick today.

    * sundar briefly sweeps his eyes across the room before continuing *

    sundar: guys! GUYS! we made the prompt VIDEO CAPABLE! it can follow A STREAMING SEQUENCE OF IMAGES!! you can immediately start testing this from your corporate account (whispers if you're in the right orgs). for the public scoff, we'll start with Ask Us pricing in a few months, and we'll force it on the usual product avenues. the office and mail suites stand ready to roll out the integration updates before anyone can ask. you know how the riffraff gets....

    * some motion and noise in the back *

    sundar: ... sorry melanie, what's that? speak up melanie I can't hear your question. you know how much that mask muffles your voice...

    * a game of broken telephone for moving a handheld microphone to the back of the room ensues *

    melanie: hi sundar, congratulations to the team for their achievement. I wanted to ask: how does gemini pro solve the issues other models have faced? what new innovations have been accomplished? how is it dealing with the usual issues of correctness, energy consumption, cultural contexts? how is it trained on areas where no datasets exist? were any results sourced from cooperation with the AI ethics and responsibility workgroups that have found so many holes in our previous models?

    sundar: * smiles brightly, stares directly into middle of crowd. moves hand to the electronic shutter control, and starts pressing the increase button multiple times until shutter is entirely opaque *

    [sundar walks off into the fake sunset, breaks open the boardroom whiskey]

    [inside the private exec room]

    sundar: FUCK! that was too close. didn't we fire those types already in the last layoffs...? someone get me HR, we need to do something

    [end scene]

    5

    better tools thread

    this is in part because it's for (yet another) post I'm working on, but I figured I'd pop some things here and see if others have contributions too. the post will be completed (and include examples, usecases, etc), but, yeah.

    I've always taken a fairly strong interest in the tooling I use, for QoL and dtrt reasons usually (but also sometimes tool capability). conversely, I also have things I absolutely loathe using

    1. wireguard. a far better vpn software and protocol than most others (and I have slung tunnels with many a vpn protocol). been using this a few years already, even before the ios app beta came around. good shit, take a look if you haven't before
    2. smallstep cli. it's one of two pieces of Go software I actually like. smallstep is trying to build its own ecosystem of CA tools and solutions (and that's usable in its own right, albeit by default focused to containershit), but the cli is great for what you typically want with certificate handling. compare step certificate inspect file and step certificate inspect --insecure https://totallyreal.froztbyte.net/ to the bullshit you need with openssl. check it out
    3. restic. the other of the two Go-softwares I like. I posted about it here previously
    4. rust cli things! oh damn there's so many, I'm going to put them on their own list below
    5. zsh, extremely lazily configured, with my own little module and scoping system and no oh-my-zsh. fish has been a thing I've seen people be happy about but I'm just an extremely lazy computerer so zsh it stays. zsh's complexity is extremely nonzero and it definitely has sharp edges, but it does work well. sunk cost, I guess. bonus round: race your zsh, check your times: % hyperfine -m 50 'zsh -i -c echo' Benchmark 1: zsh -i -c echo Time (mean ± σ): 69.1 ms ± 2.8 ms [User: 35.1 ms, System: 28.6 ms] Range (min … max): 67.0 ms … 86.2 ms 50 runs
    6. magic-wormhole. this is a really, really neat little bit of software for just fucking sending files to someone. wormhole send filename one side, wormhole receive the-code-it-gives the other side, bam! it uses SPAKE2 (disclaimer: I did help review that post, it's still good) for session-tied keying, and it's just generally good software
    7. [macos specifically] alfred. I gotta say, I barely use this to its full potential, and even so it is a great bit of assistive stuff. more capable than spotlight, has a variety of extensibility, and generally snappy as hell.
    8. [macos specifically] choosy. I use this to control link-routing and link-opening on my workstation to a fairly wide degree (because a lot of other software irks me, and does the wrong thing by default). this will be a fuller post on its own, too
    9. [macos specifically] little snitch. application-level per-connection highly granular-capable firewalling. with profiles. their site does a decent explanation of it. the first few days of setup tends to be Quite Involved with how many rules you need to add (and you'll probably be surprised at just how many things try to make various kinds of metrics etc connections), but well worth it. one of the ways to make modern software less intolerable. (honorary extra mention: obdev makes a number of handy pieces of mac software, check their site out)
    10. [macos specifically] soundsource. highly capable per-application per-sink audio control software. with the ability to pop in VSTs and AUs at multiple points. extremely helpful for a lot of things (such as perma-muting discord, which never shuts up, even in system dnd mode)

    rust tools:

    1. b3sum. file checksum thing, but using blake3. fast!. worth checking out. probably still niche, might catch on eventually
    2. hyperfine. does what it says on the tin. see example use above.
    3. dust. like du, but better, and way faster. oh dear god it is so much faster. I deal with a lot of pets, and this thing is one of the invaluables in dealing with those.
    4. ripgrep. the one on this list that people are most likely to know. grep, but better, and faster.
    5. fd. again, find but better and faster.
    6. tokei. sloccount but not shit. handy for if you quickly want to assess a codebase/repo.
    7. bottom. down the evolutionary chain from top and htop, has more feature modes and a number of neat interactive view functions/helpers

    honorary mentions (things I know of but don't use that much):

    1. mrh. not doing as much consulting as I used to, using it less. quickly checks all git(?) repos in a path for uncommitted changes
    2. fzf. still haven't really gotten to integrating it into my usage
    3. just. need to get to using it more.
    4. jql. I ... tend to avoid jq? my "this should be in a program. with safety rails." reflex often kicks in when I see jq things. haven't really explored this
    5. rtx. their tagline is "a better asdf". I like the idea of it because asdf is a miserable little pile of shell scripts and fuck that, but I still haven't really gotten to using it in anger myself. I have my own wrapper methods for keeping pyenv/nvm/etc out of my shell unless needed
    6. pomsky. previously rulex. regex creation tool and language. been using it a little bit. not enough to comment in detail yet
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    the adults did not like these uppity EAs toying around with the share price

    www.reuters.com Microsoft president says no chance of super-intelligent AI soon

    The president of tech giant Microsoft said there is no chance of super-intelligent artificial intelligence being created within the next 12 months, and cautioned that the technology could be decades away.

    Microsoft president says no chance of super-intelligent AI soon

    archive

    > "There's absolutely no probability that you're going to see this so-called AGI, where computers are more powerful than people, in the next 12 months. It's going to take years, if not many decades, but I still think the time to focus on safety is now," he said.

    just days after poor lil sammyboi and co went out and ran their mouths! the horror!

    > Sources told Reuters that the warning to OpenAI's board was one factor among a longer list of grievances that led to Altman's firing, as well as concerns over commercializing advances before assessing their risks. > > Asked if such a discovery contributed..., but it wasn't fundamentally about a concern like that.

    god I want to see the boardroom leaks so bad. STOP TEASING!

    > “What we really need are safety brakes. Just like you have a safety break in an elevator, a circuit breaker for electricity, an emergency brake for a bus – there ought to be safety breaks in AI systems that control critical infrastructure, so that they always remain under human control,” Smith added.

    this appears to be a vaguely good statement, but I'm gonna (cynically) guess that it's more steered by the fact that MS now repeatedly burned their fingers on human-interaction AI shit, and is reaaaaal reticent about the impending exposure

    wonder if they'll release a business policy update about usage suitability for *GPT and friends

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    openai keeps on winning: the new guy is Pretty Grate too

    archive (e: twitter [archive] too, archive for nitter seems a bit funky)

    it'd be nice if these dipshits, like, came off a factory line somewhere. then you could bin them right at the QC failure

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    Sammy's gotta go

    openai.com OpenAI announces leadership transition

    Chief technology officer Mira Murati appointed interim CEO to lead OpenAI; Sam Altman departs the company. Search process underway to identify permanent successor.

    OpenAI announces leadership transition

    > Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process [by the board]

    "god, he's really cost us... how much can we get back?"

    > which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board

    not only with the board, kids

    > hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities

    you and me both, brother

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    C64 Demo: E2IRA by Arise! 29 May 2022!

    oldbytes.space Everything C64 :verified: (@[email protected])

    C64 Demo: E2IRA by Arise! 29 May 2022! YouTube: https://youtu.be/q56-23D7omY Download: https://csdb.dk/release/?id=218343 #Commodore #Commodore64 #C64 #RetroComputing

    I don't really know enough about the C64 to say anything one way or the other, but this comment on youtube did okay:

    @eightbitguru 1 year ago 2021: We have definitely seen everything the C64 can do now. 2022: My beer. Hold it.

    and I'm posting this without even having seen the whole thing yet

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