[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago

A human made the graph

[-] [email protected] 14 points 2 weeks ago

So like, it's really easy to armchair and just say that they should ignore the haters and so on, but having been on the opposite end of a small Internet hate mob, even if you only have like a dozen people telling you that you're a crook, or a piece of shit, or your stupid or dishonest, or whatever, it doesn't really matter how accurate any of that is, it really does start to get to you, no matter who you are.

The only healthy option is to log out at that point.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

You give me hope.

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GT4 is better than GT3 imo, but if you have to spend money on it, it might not be worth.

I'm mostly into RPGs, and it doesn't seem like you are from this list. If you are, then FF10 and 12 are available. So are KH1 and 2, and also Wild Arms 3, Personas 3 and 4, Disgaea, Shadow Hearts, Okage, Okami, Star Ocean, Dragon Quest, Devil May Cry, God of War, and so on.

Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2 are silly and fun side scrolling beat 'em ups. Tony Hawk needs no introduction. Silent Hill 2 and 3 if you're into horror. Resident Evil 4 if you're into action horror.

Shadow of the Colossus is great if you're into a quiet, contemplative adventure game.

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"Early in the Reticulum -- thousands of years ago -- it became almost useless because it was cluttered with faulty, obsolete, or downright misleading information," Sammann said.

"Crap, you once called it," I reminded him.

"Yes -- a technical term. So crap filtering became important. Businesses were built around it. Some of those businesses came up with a clever plan to make more money: they poisoned the well. They began to put crap on the Reticulum deliberately, forcing people to use their products to filter that crap back out. They created syndevs whose sole purpose was to spew crap into the Reticulum. But it had to be good crap."

"What is good crap?" Arsibalt asked in a politely incredulous tone.

"Well, bad crap would be an unformatted document consisting of random letters. Good crap would be a beautifully typeset, well-written document that contained a hundred correct, verifiable sentences and one that was subtly false. It's a lot harder to generate good crap. At first they had to hire humans to churn it out. They mostly did it by taking legitimate documents and inserting errors -- swapping one name for another, say. But it didn't really take off until the military got interested."

"As a tactic for planting misinformation in the enemy's reticules, you mean," Osa said. "This I know about. You are referring to the Artificial Inanity programs of the mid-First Millenium A.R."

"Exactly!" Sammann said. "Artificial Inanity systems of enormous sophistication and power were built for exactly the purpose Fraa Osa has mentioned. In no time at all, the praxis leaked to the commercial sector and spread to the Rampant Orphan Botnet Ecologies. Never mind. The point is that there was sort of a Dark Age on the Reticulum that lasted until my Ita forerunners were able to bring matters in hand."

"So, are Artificial Inanity systems still active in the Rampant Orphan Botnet Ecologies?" asked Arsibalt, utterly fascinated.

"The ROBE evolved into something totally different early in the Second Millennium," Sammann said dismissively.

"What did it evolve into?" Jesry asked.

"No one is sure," Sammann said. "We only get hints when it finds ways to physically instantiate itself, which, fortunately, does not happen that often. But we digress. The functionality of Artificial Inanity still exists. You might say that those Ita who brought the Ret out of the Dark Age could only defeat it by co-opting it. So, to make a long story short, for every legitimate document floating around on the Reticulum, there are hundreds or thousands of bogus version -- bogons, as we call them."

Excerpt from Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Welcome to the brave new bogon world.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 1 month ago

I'm not going to weigh in on the specifics of Flatpak vs AppImage, because I don't know enough about the particulars.

However, I think the "user choice" argument is often deployed in situations where it probably shouldn't be.

For instance, in this case, it's not the user's choice at all, but a developer's choice, as a normal user would not be packaging their own software. They would be merely downloading one of a number of options of precompiled packages. And this is the thrust of the argument. If we take the GitHub rant at face value, some developers seem to be distributing software using AppImage, to the exclusion of other options. And then listing ways in which this is problematic.

I, for one, would be rather annoyed if my only option were either AppImage or Flatpak, as I typically prefer use software packaged for my package manager. That is user choice, give me the option to package it myself; hopefully it's already been done for me.

There are some good things to be said about trust and verification, and I'm generally receptive to those arguments way more than "user choice."

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Hallucination has been widely recognized to be a significant drawback for large language models (LLMs). There have been many works that attempt to reduce the extent of hallucination. These efforts have mostly been empirical so far, which cannot answer the fundamental question whether it can be completely eliminated. In this paper, we formalize the problem and show that it is impossible to eliminate hallucination in LLMs. Specifically, we define a formal world where hallucina- tion is defined as inconsistencies between a computable LLM and a computable ground truth function. By employing results from learning theory, we show that LLMs cannot learn all of the computable functions and will therefore always hal- lucinate. Since the formal world is a part of the real world which is much more complicated, hallucinations are also inevitable for real world LLMs. Furthermore, for real world LLMs constrained by provable time complexity, we describe the hallucination-prone tasks and empirically validate our claims. Finally, using the formal world framework, we discuss the possible mechanisms and efficacies of existing hallucination mitigators as well as the practical implications on the safe deployment of LLMs.

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[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

You make whomever is advertising via Google pay both Google and the website.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 months ago

Be careful, the small partitions might be UEFI partitions (/boot and /boot/efi) and are required for booting your computer.

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You might know the game under the name Star Control 2. It's a wonderful game that involves wandering around deep space, meeting aliens, and navigating a sprawling galaxy while trying to save the people of Earth, who are being kept under a planetary shield.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 2 months ago

It seemed obvious to me as well, but studies like this are important, so that I have something to point to other than vibes.

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Subverting Betteridge's law of headlines. Yes.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 2 months ago

If I'm understanding this correctly, it's not even copying. It's apparently just a wrapper for the built-in runas command that's been there since Windows 2000.

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“We’re listening and we hear you,” Phil Spencer wrote on X earlier this week. “We’ve been planning a business update event for next week, where we look forward to sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox. Stay tuned.”

If I understand corporate speech correctly, this means that XBox is essentially doomed. This is far more damning than anything that he is responding to could possibly have been saying.

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