chris

  • Classic Microsoft

    Two bits of news from Microsoft in the same week. 1. They’ll allow your employer to block you from taking screenshots in Edge for Business. https://www.pcworld.com/article/2336462/microsoft-edge-will-begin-blocking-screenshots-on-the-job.html 2. They’ll take screenshots of everything you do to power their AI in Windows 11.…

  • Why I Want to Delete My Stack Overflow Account, Even if They Won’t Let Me

    If you’ve never heard of it before, Stack Overflow is a website where people post software development questions and other people answer them. It follows all the fine traditions of the software development community; strangers freely helping strangers, the open sharing of code, and the occasional sarcastic response or “why would you even want to…

    Why I Want to Delete My Stack Overflow Account, Even if They Won’t Let Me
  • OpenAI Offers an Olive Branch to Artists Wary of Feeding AI Algorithms

    #OpenAIs suggestion that artists opt-out of having their art used in generate AI is like having to ask Dracula to take his fangs out of your neck. (It sucks)

    OpenAI Offers an Olive Branch to Artists Wary of Feeding AI Algorithms
  • Yes, it’s a rat rod. Yes, it’s a smoker.

    Fun times at the Forest Festival this weekend, despite a horrendous downpour just as we arrived! Here’s me by a giant smoker that’s also a 250HP rat rod, just about to buy an enormous quantity of smoked and pulled pork and brisket. I regret nothing about this.…

    Yes, it’s a rat rod. Yes, it’s a smoker.
  • Fashionista

    As God is my witness, I shall go to my grave never having worn shorts with a puffy winter coat. If I die on this hill, know that I will have picked a single season and dressed accordingly.

    Fashionista
  • Back in the PHP Habit

    After two and a bit years of working with NodeJS, I hopped back into some PHP today. It was quite a relief to able to just put together a script without an almost infinitely long toolchain, twenty different includes, and an argument about standards.

    Back in the PHP Habit
  • There’s a Reason that AI Can’t Reason

    As predicted: “Based on this analysis, the paper concludes that, despite its occasional flashes of analytical brilliance, GPT-4 at present is utterly incapable of reasoning.” https://arxiv.org/abs/2308.03762v2 There’s no reason, at present, to think that generative AI based on what amounts to an extremely large and fast predictive text machine has any understanding of what it…

    There’s a Reason that AI Can’t Reason
  • It Isn’t Going To Stop, Until They Stop

    It isn’t going to stop, until they stop. https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/google-sued-by-us-artists-over-ai-image-generator-2024-04-29 Another day, another legal challenge to the wholesale looting and pillaging of human-created art by our machine overlords. To be clear, I’ve got no problem with generative AI.…

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