me: i wonder what would happen if i trained the neural net gpt-2 on christmas carols?
@sng There really is no way to know what will sell and what won't.
Savaged By Systemd is my best selling book.
This whole business is insane.
By habit I still use tor for all medical searches. Once you know the insurance companies buy that data, even no longer living in their reach, well... There's always the future to think about.
This is a great search experience. I queue a search and walk away. A few hours later I queue four page loads that look viable, and wander off. The next day I read those pages and queue another search if needed.
By not moving at the speed of visceral response, I take in the information differently and make different choices in selection and use of it.
https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/ uses StyleGAN to procedurally generate human faces from source photographs. It generates a new face every time you reload the page.
It's a little unsettling to look at relatively high-res photographs of people who never existed.
stage 3 disillusionment: what we're doing is actively harmful. we're destroying privacy, personal relationships, and possibly democracy itself in the name of automating away people's jobs so a billionaire can have a bigger yacht.
where I'm at now: Today I will fix the next bug on my JIRA queue, an activity which is futile, but not more futile than all other human endeavor
Opportunity rover on Mars has sent it's last image. Sometime afterward it sent a final message:
"It is dark and my battery is low."
After the planetwide sandstorm of 2018, Opportunity was covered in dust and the windy season didn't clear it off. Now it is winter and Opportunity, unable to move to keep warm, will freeze.
twit thread from a former google engineer who worked on the youtube recommendation system: https://twitter.com/gchaslot/status/1094359564559044610
the recommendation engine is designed to maximise watch time and nothing else
its model is weighted towards the preferences of users who spend the most time on the site
the reason youtube recommendations are turning people into conspiracy theorists, flat earthers and nazis is because conspiracy theorists, flat earthers and nazis spend all their time watching youtube
tech, gumroad, sv culture, startup culture
This article about Gumroad really sheds some light on how messed up the startup / investor culture is in SV:
On the Oakland schools thing
I'm still wondering if the kids are going to get suspended for walking out.
Lucky bastard entering the graybeard phase of my career. Open-source believer, old-internet misser. Rationalish mincap.
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