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  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Good point about artificial stupidity. ChatGPT could almost be invented for troll farms. Doesn't have to be paid, never gets tired....
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Children's books - particularly in combination with AI art. It appears that at least some people are doing brisk business. The children I have encountered are quite discerning, and know the difference between a decent book and a crap one....
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Asking it about quaternions, the nature of the Frenkel line or similar technical subjects will cause it to emit some very confidently worded bullshit. Anyone who tries using ChatGPT to cheat in a physics exam is going to be in...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The "at least" should not be taken to mean I approve in any way, just that I have something even worse....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Forklift drivers are useful at least. Entertainment is where it gets really nasty. I can think of half a dozen game genres that would be livened up by sentient NPCs. Can't think of any that wouldn't traumatise them...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Is pausing and restarting an agi for a few ms during hardware failover an offense? It's expected and no subjective time elapses. How about for a few minutes for scheduled maintenance? A few days for a transfer to a new...
  • Commented on WTF
    I'm not familiar enough with the work of Marx to know whether he considered quality or not, but this sounds like exactly the same curse of metrics and perverse incentives that that also plagues capitalistic organisations....
  • Commented on WTF
    I have no idea, but I can ask him what he thinks the practical problems would be next time we speak. From previous conversations my uneducated guess would be that he'll tell me the furnaces don't really like being heated...
  • Commented on WTF
    On the matter of whether or not a float glass furnace would be practical with old tech. Friend of mine in the business told me that the idea had been around for decades before Pilkington made it work. The hard...
  • Commented on WTF
    In my experience any technical case can be overridden by a sufficiently senior person being taken for an expensive meal by a salesperson. The most impressive case of this I have witnessed was a "5 9s" uptime requirement being abandoned...
  • Commented on WTF
    Yes, but if you could look closely enough you'd see that they didn't quite touch the ground. They paint the feet with cavorite?...
  • Commented on WTF
    I have a friend in the float glass business. What he tells me about the maintenance requirements for furnaces containing relatively well behaved hot liquids does not fill me with confidence when it comes to radioactive molten salt....
  • Commented on WTF
    I know a camp site on Dartmoor that has chickens, and they all had feet....
  • Commented on WTF
    By rights "Paws Mobile" should refer to a Captain Cavemanesque camper van or similarly absurd vehicle....
  • Commented on WTF
    It's been years since I studied this stuff but I believe the interaction cross section for neutrinos scales with energy^4. I did have a lunatic idea for a story about assassinating people from half way across the planet by aiming...
  • Commented on WTF
    No radiation is generally better than some radiation, and potassium-40 is radioactive. Given that it makes up about 0.012% of any given potassium sample and it has a half life of around 1.25e9 years it is so far down the...
  • Commented on WTF
    I find those things thoroughly unpleasant, but if there is an open packet nearby I will eventually eat all of them....
  • Commented on WTF
    If you had hung around here long enough you would know all the talking points about hydrogen as fuel or lifting gas, and cheap helium is out as fusion is 50 years away....
  • Commented on WTF
    I should have remembered that modern capitalism is impossible to satirise....
  • Commented on WTF
    If we don't want people working from home, and we don't want them driving to work then the obvious solution is to bring the work to to them. I propose the development of itinerant office buildings and factories that roam...
  • Commented on WTF
    That site seems to have all the WTF holidays. I quite like the look of the Lebanese refugee camp and North Korea tours myself....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Someone will come up with a browser plugin that parses the text, fixes up units and only occasionally mangles innocent text in passing....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    While I accept that the only way to completely negate the risk of an activity is not to do it I'll go out on a limb and claim that German motorways are a special case....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The geek obsession with trolley problems is very silly. I suppose it gives AI enthusiasts something to do on Reddit. Meanwhile avoiding such situations by traveling at a sensible speed and stopping at the first sign of trouble never seems...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Sampling bias. You don't see the ones who aren't speeding because they aren't overtaking you....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    A friend of mine had his car break down about there. Apparently maneuvering it to a place of relative safety after the gearbox underwent spontaneous disassembly was an exciting experience....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Time for someone to reinvent the web of trust stuff people used to believe in back in the 90s :)...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I think most of the people who get involved with language wars fail to grasp a fundamental aspect of what a programming language is. It's a human-computer interface layer designed to enable people to express solutions to problems that they...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I set some physicists up with Octave - a free MATLAB clone. They seemed happier with that than python/numpy....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Unbranded magic beans are responsible for over 80% of all recorded giant attacks....
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