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The day that Chevron was struck down, a bunch of people here on Lemmy told me it was a good idea to leave these things up to the courts from now on.

And now here we are.





Lots of poor people used Redbox.

At least poor people still have the public library.

For now.


Those self-tying sneakers don’t appear to have any laces to self-tie…



I told the guy I buy a certain thing that should be legal in this state from that trusting Signal is a bad idea and he should use some coded language if we were going use it. I do anyway, but I doubt that matters.


That is clearly a meaning of “not stranded” I was previously unfamiliar with.


Rabies are eradicated there as far as you know. And you certainly don’t know if it has any other communicable diseases unless you are some sort of expert on hedgehogs.


I’m guessing rabies can be anywhere. And while I’ve never heard of anyone getting rabies from a hedgehog, I wouldn’t want to be the first.


That face says “put me the fuck down, I have quills and teeth.”


HP seems to think 4 GB is an acceptable amount of RAM to put in a modern notebook (although they don’t charge even close to what Apple charges).

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Micro-edge-Microsoft-14-dq0040nr-Snowflake/dp/B0947BJ67M

Edit: Thinking about it, this is worse. Apple isn’t targeting low-income people. This is HP selling the poor a computer that doesn’t work properly.


But how am I going to prevent someone from hacking my Google Glass if I click the wrong link in a Google Group now?!


It did not. That never happened. No one has ever gone beyond Warp 10. It’s infinite speed. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.



“If you’re trying to reach senior decision makers, if you want to reach the most influential people in the world,” Musk told Read, “the X platform is by far the best.”

I think he greatly overestimates how influential Nazis are.


Ask and ye shall receive-

(You guys gotta tell me when it isn’t a News thread.)


Even many fans don’t get this reference now, sadly. The DVD set it was on is long out-of-print and Tjardus Greidanus won’t grant them the rights to re-release it. He also sends takedowns to anyone who uploads The Final Sacrifice to YouTube.

It really sucks when one of the best episodes of a TV show can’t bee seen.



I’m just renewing a domain I don’t want used for something else at this point. I’m not even paying for hosting.


My favorite forum is still chugging along!

https://forums.mst3k.com/

If you’re a fan, you’re most welcome.

If you’re not a fan, you’re still welcome, but you probably won’t get a lot of our references.

If you’re a dickweed- well, you probably won’t last any longer than Tom Servo did as an Observer.



I have a really old one sitting in the closet. Am I going to have to get rid of it if this passes?


Rosconsole is best Russian console! Play exciting Russian video games!

• Is Drink Borscht Contest

• Vote for Putin

• Call of Russian Duty: Freed Maximum Security Prisoner Ops

• Tetris

• Federation of International Bandy Jam

• Soviet Food Line Simulator


The speed of light in a vacuum unaffected by external forces such as gravity should be the same no matter what direction it is in. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t be. That’s like saying a kilometer is longer if you go East than if you go West.

However, it’s actually far more complicated than that, and much of it beyond my understanding.

https://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SpeedOfLight/speed_of_light.html

That said, direction should not matter.


There are currently five science investigation teams participating in the VIM. The science teams for these investigations are currently collecting and evaluating data on the strength and orientation of the Sun’s magnetic field; the composition, direction and energy spectra of the solar wind particles and interstellar cosmic rays; the strength of radio emissions that are thought to be originating at the heliopause, beyond which is interstellar space; and the distribution of hydrogen within the outer heliosphere.

There are 4 operating instruments on-board the Voyager 1 spacecraft. These instruments directly support the five science investigations teams. The Planetary Radio Astronomy Investigation (PRA) is no longer working on the Voyager 1 spacecraft and the Ultraviolet Spectrometer Subsystem (UVS) is no longer working on Voyager 1 or Voyager 2.

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/science/


What they did was close to wizardry.

With no way to fix the chip, the team instead split the code up so it could be stored elsewhere. Initially they focused on reacquiring the engineering data, sending an update to Voyager 1 on 18 April 2024.

It takes 22.5 hours for a radio signal to travel the 24 billion kilometres (15 billion miles) out to Voyager 1, and the same back, meaning the spacecraft’s operations team didn’t receive a message back until 20 April.

But when it arrived, they had usable data from Voyager 1 for the first time in five months.

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/space-missions/how-fixed-voyager-1






And she was so excited about it yesterday too. ![](https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/ae002d68-992b-46f0-aaf2-9eaf56760211.png) Her name is Ghost and she's old and stupid and hates everyone but she's cute, so we keep her around.
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Slander/libel nothing. It’s going to end up killing someone.


This is definitely different from using Dall-E to make funny images. I’m on a thread in another forum that is (mostly) dedicated to AI images of Godzilla in silly situations and doing silly things. No one is going to take any advice from that thread apart from “making Godzilla do silly things is amusing and worth a try.”



I was wondering what was going on. The Internet Archive is an incredibly important asset beyond archiving websites because it has things like the Prelinger Collection, which is the largest archive of industrial, educational and other ephemeral films, which would be only accessible via commercial sites like YouTube otherwise.

And that’s really the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the audio, video and texts available.

I hope this gets resolved soon.


Do you need AI or do you just need to use the term AI? Because it seems like the latter is usually enough.


You know that scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where Donald and Daffy Duck are both playing the same song on individual pianos while trying to kill each other? Yeah.





If I could afford a lawyer, I wouldn’t be concerned about having to buy a new notebook for her.


Oh fucking great. My daughter’s online school requires her to run “Windows 8 or greater,” but we got her a used laptop that can run 10 to make sure it can keep up with security updates. I don’t even know if it is powerful enough to run 11 because I didn’t even consider the possibility when I bought it. Now we’re going to have to buy a new one in a couple of years?

Fuck you Pierson and Microsoft.


I hate that I have to keep saying this- No one seems to be talking about the fact that by giving their AI a human-like voice with simulated emotions, it inherently makes it seem more trustworthy and will get more people to believe its hallucinations are true. And then there will be the people convinced it’s really alive. This is fucking dangerous.



For you MST3K fans, this proves that cats are superior to Nick. Even cats get into Castleton.
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Uber’s new shuttle service sounds a lot like a bus route
Those Silicon Valley geniuses have done it again! Next week- "it's like the subway, but with AI!"
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Saw this today while attending a U.S. Civil War reenactment.
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![](https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/480ca74e-4cdd-4e89-97cc-97e381b9ec89.png) ![](https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/356ed13c-9757-45d5-9956-12ddb70ee002.png) It was about the size of my index finger. My cousin tells me it's a red-eared slider. All I know is it's super cute.
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The job applicants shut out by AI: ‘The interviewer sounded like Siri’
>When Ty landed an introductory phone interview with a finance and banking company last month, they assumed it would be a quick chat with a recruiter. And when they got on the phone, Ty assumed the recruiter, who introduced herself as Jaime, was human. But things got robotic. > >“The voice sounded similar to Siri,” said Ty, who is 29 and lives in the DC metro area. “It was creepy.” > >Ty realized they weren’t speaking to a living, breathing person. Their interviewer was an AI system, and one with a rather rude habit. Jaime asked Ty all the right questions – what’s your management style? are you a good fit for this role? – but she wouldn’t let Ty fully answer them. > >“After cutting me off, the AI would respond, ‘Great! Sounds good! Perfect!’ and move on to the next question,” Ty said. “After the third or fourth question, the AI just stopped after a short pause and told me that the interview was completed and someone from the team would reach out later.” (Ty asked that their last name not be used because their current employer doesn’t know they’re looking for a job.) > >A survey from Resume Builder released last summer found that by 2024, four in 10 companies would use AI to “talk with” candidates in interviews. Of those companies, 15% said hiring decisions would be made with no input from a human at all.
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>The most obvious example is the TikTok Shop. The company is pushing its eCommerce so hard you hear about it more than any other topic on the app, both in ads and organic videos from creators hoping for a share of the profits. The app is even testing a new feature that uses AI to identify products in the background of regular content and turn every single video into an ad. > >Then there’s the videos themselves. In a bid to compete with YouTube, TikTok is reportedly preparing to allow users to post 30-minute videos and prompting creators to upload horizontal content instead of the app’s standard vertical format. TikTok is even encouraging people to upload photo slideshows instead of videos altogether. On top of that, TikTok just fumbled a relationship with Universal Music Group, which pulled its music catalog off the platform and silenced any video featuring Taylor Swift, the Weeknd, and every other Universal artist.
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> As I listened to PR people try to sell me on an AI-powered fake vagina, I thought back to Andreessen’s claims that AI will fix car crashes and pandemics and myriad other terrors. In particular, I thought about his claim that because of this, halting AI development was akin to murder. It reminded me of another wealthy self-described futurist with a plan to save the world. > >The Church of Scientology, founded by the science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and based upon a series of practices his disciples call “tech,” claims that their followers will “rid the planet of insanity, war and crime, and in its place create a civilization in which sanity and peace exist.” Scientology “tech” is so important for mankind’s future that threats against it justify their infamous “fair game” policy. A person declared fair game “may be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist.…” > >Sinners must be punished, after all.
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I've seen this movie and it doesn't end well.
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Looking forward to buying the robot I can send to the movie theater to watch the AI-generated movie for me and come back and tell me what happened.
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> An engineer hacked Apple’s infamous Magic Mouse to make it more user-friendly, ergonomic, and overall less annoying. Ivan Kuleshov is the said engineer, and he has also hacked the Apple Mac Mini in the past to be powered over Ethernet.
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Tokelau, a necklace of three isolated atolls strung out across the Pacific, is so remote that it was the last place on Earth to be connected to the telephone—only in 1997. Just three years later, the islands received a fax with an unlikely business proposal that would change everything. It was from an early internet entrepreneur from Amsterdam, named Joost Zuurbier. He wanted to manage Tokelau’s country-code top-level domain, or ccTLD—the short string of characters that is tacked onto the end of a URL. Up until that moment, Tokelau, formally a territory of New Zealand, didn’t even know it had been assigned a ccTLD. “We discovered the .tk,” remembered Aukusitino Vitale, who at the time was general manager of Teletok, Tokelau’s sole telecom operator. Zuurbier said “that he would pay Tokelau a certain amount of money and that Tokelau would allow the domain for his use,” remembers Vitale. It was all a bit of a surprise—but striking a deal with Zuurbier felt like a win-win for Tokelau, which lacked the resources to run its own domain. In the model pioneered by Zuurbier and his company, now named Freenom, users could register a free domain name for a year, in exchange for having advertisements hosted on their websites. If they wanted to get rid of ads, or to keep their website active in the long term, they could pay a fee. In the succeeding years, tiny Tokelau became an unlikely internet giant—but not in the way it may have hoped. Until recently, its .tk domain had more users than any other country’s: a staggering 25 million. But there has been and still is only one website actually from Tokelau that is registered with the domain: the page for Teletok. Nearly all the others that have used .tk have been spammers, phishers, and cybercriminals.
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> Only one item can be delivered at a time. It can’t weigh more than 5 pounds. It can’t be too big. It can’t be something breakable, since the drone drops it from 12 feet. The drones can’t fly when it is too hot or too windy or too rainy. > >You need to be home to put out the landing target and to make sure that a porch pirate doesn’t make off with your item or that it doesn’t roll into the street (which happened once to Lord and Silverman). But your car can’t be in the driveway. Letting the drone land in the backyard would avoid some of these problems, but not if there are trees. > >Amazon has also warned customers that drone delivery is unavailable during periods of high demand for drone delivery.
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> Over the last month, some Spanish-speaking New Yorkers got a recorded phone call from Mayor Eric Adams speaking their native language. “Hola, soy el alcalde Eric Adams,” the mayor says in a monotone but flawless accent, before launching into a pitch for jobs with the city government. The truth is Adams isn’t multilingual, but he is a pioneer in the AI politics race. > >In October, the mayor’s office said he’s been using AI to blast his constituents with millions of robocalls in languages he doesn’t speak, including Yiddish, Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Cantonese.
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