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DevOps is bad because for some reason we've decided to invent new programming languages that you can't debug locally and so you have to keep pushing commits to the pipeline server. It's bullshit.

"Why do you write all your pipelines as shell scripts and then wrap them in yaml at the very end"?

Because then I can run them locally quickly and test individual components of them instead of "edit, commit, push, wait 10 minutes, read error message, repeat".

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Absolutely.

Bing Chat Assistant is better than Google, Bing search, or DDG today. If I search for "how do I do X in software Y" on a normal search, I get zillions of dead-link-filled MS pages, some interesting tangentially-related stackoverflow posts, and a bunch of old blogspam.

If I ask the robot, I often get "no, there's no supported way to do that officially" which is the clear clean answer I can't find elsewhere. Or sometimes it misunderstands the question and gives me a tangentially-related result, which is bad but is the same thing I get from Google via StackOverflow, except Bing is much more responsive to me saying "no, I didn't mean that way, I meant this" in which case I often get either the right answer or the "no" answer, which is still good and accurate! The problem is as you iterate, the conversation accumulates cruft and becomes more erratic and hallucinatory.

But right now, with the level of SEO that has ruined all major search engines (ironically partially caused by AI), Bing Chat is the best search on the market now imho. <homer>The cause of and solution to all of life's problems </homer>

So yeah, in terms of "things where AI has lived up to its potential"? It is winning the search war today. Everything else is something on the horizon in various distances (art, music, text generation, true general AI) but better search for information is here right now.

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Bing Chat provides its sources.

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I mean yeah. I'm not disagreeing with any of that (except the fact that AI caused it - search engines got destroyed by SEO before AI textgen started crapflooding).

But it is what it is. The SEO spammers won. They defeated Google and Microsoft and DDG's respective search algorithms. Traditional search got killed. The internet got worse instead of better.

In light of this miserable new reality, AI-based content synthesizers (particularly ones that can coherently point to the references for their synthesis) are the current solution to SEO spam. Maybe this is another temporary plateau that the SEO spammers will murder. And yes, it's tragic that this energy-pig of AI is the best solution to something that used to be doable with a simple trie.

But still: there is a real problem today for which an AI-based tech provides the current best solution. In this one specific case, the AI lives up to the hype. It swallows the hellscape of noise of the internet and gives you the signal.

4 months durability for an $800 phone!

My old $200 Motorola G9 Power phone lasted almost 4 years with only very minor scratches. Obviously in that period I have dropped it a few times getting out of the car, where the phone sometimes work itself out of my pant pocket while I drive, and then it slips out when I get out of the car. But no problem on my previous phones,...

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Glass backs are the dumbest idea in the history of stupid.

The only way things like that could be defensible if they were easy to replace (bring back Moto-Z style magnetic backs!), but since phones are all held together with glue now, that's not a thing.

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I wish they could come up with a more honest term for it than "vegan leather". Call it "upholstery vinyl" or something. Frustrating how there's no good standard quality grades for that stuff too. Like, the seats in my Prius don't wear the way my belt and my boots do, and they're all made of pleather vinyl.

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Okay but I still have to fold my own laundry.

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And I don't make my own paints either when doing art. I still agree with the basic original point:

It is disappointing that we're currently automating creativity far faster than manual labour. I'm angry that my art is getting automated away faster than my folding of laundry.

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Except there isn't much of a Google stealing their thunder. Bing isn't better. DDG isn't better.

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I have a simple opinion on paywall bypassers:

If it's possible to bypass the paywall, that means there's already a class of unauthenticated clients you're allowing to see it. I have no interest in complying with whatever infrastructure you use to implement this discrimination.

Implementing a true hard paywall is trivial software. The only reason bypassing is possible is because they're trying to have their cake and eat it too by allowing (eg) search engines to see it unauthenticated.

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The PM should make more than the people who run crown corporations. 80 of Canadians are wrong.

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I have a gwatch 4 and the hardware is fine. The flaw is Google's half-assed android fork WearOS, and then the layer of Samsung software that somehow makes it worse.

You could have infinite memory and processor in there and it wouldn't solve the jank.

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I dunno, these extreme tall phones are a pain to type on. Keyboard usability seems to be defined by the squareness of the phone.

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Thanks, municipalities, by trying to persevere the character of your neighbourhoods, you've managed to destroy the character of Canada.

People are upset about immigrants because of housing. Housing is a problem because cities made it de jure illegal.

No, electric vehicle sales aren’t dropping. Here’s what’s really going on ( www.cnn.com )

No, electric vehicle sales aren’t dropping. Here’s what’s really going on::Tesla has been slashing prices. Ford just cut the price of its Mustang Mach-E, too, plus it cut back production of its electric pickup. And General Motors is thinking about bringing back plug-in hybrids, arguably a step back from EVs.

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Yeah, this. For people with short commutes and in the market for a compact I strongly recommend the Prius Prime. Having a vehicle that can get to work and back without using gas at all, but also can go on long road trips without range anxiety? Perfect. And as an entry-level into the plug-in world, it's nice that I can charge it on regular 110 instead of having to think about an upgrade to an oven-port.

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So, do you have to have an account to drive a Tesla?

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Oh, physical tag. I thought this was going to be about cryptographic data signing.

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Like the old joke:

The "S" in IoT is for "Security".

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The secret trick here: nobody will make a new username and password - nor should they. They'll only log in if they have a convenient login with Google/FB/MS button. Which gives Google premium position in tracking.

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As a software developer: MS has been 100X better to work with under Nadella. He may not know what to do with the operating system side of things, but the .NET/Azure/android/linux etc side has never been healthier.

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Give me back my vertical side-docked taskbar or STFU.

No, I don't want to deal with Explorer Patcher.

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To be fair, Canada doesn't build much solar. Most of our modern green energy is wind.

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I realize that it's their land and their reserve and it's vital to keep their culture alive, but if it were me? There is no justification, not financial, not cultural, not religious, that would keep me living in a place like that.

They warned you: Someone allegedly used a politician's cloned voice to interfere with an election | It will most assuredly not be the last time this happens ( www.techspot.com )

They warned you: Someone allegedly used a politician's cloned voice to interfere with an election | It will most assuredly not be the last time this happens::undefined

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I keep saying: none of this will end until we get a clean, cryptographically secure, government-backed way to ID who is sending us something, and it becomes an expectation to use it all the time for anything important. Which is why I have conspiracy theories about the conspiracy theories about government ID.

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sounds dystopian.

So does the total death of objective fact.

An end to internet anonymity isn't great, but given the alternative I'll take it.

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"on them" where "them" are the municipal and provincial police forces.

Palworld Becomes the 7th Game Ever to Reach 1 Million Concurrent Players on Steam ( www.githyp.com )

"Palworld is now one of only seven games that have seen over 1 million concurrent players on Steam – the others include: PUBG (3.2 mil), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1.8 mil), Counter-Strike 2 (1.4 mil), Lost Ark (1.3 mil), Dota 2 (1.2 mil), and Cyberpunk 2077 (1 mil)."

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Wasn't there an official branded pokemon dotalike for a while? I mean, they tried the approach of "let's make a conventional PC genre game but with Pokemon" and it didn't stick.

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I'ma call him Totoraichu.

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On the one hand it's kind of disgusting, but it's also heartening: this is a studio that had done nothing but asset flips. Their artists didn't even know what a rig was. They were completely out of their depth.

And while the game is the most cynical thing I've ever seen, its creature designs are blatant mash-ups of Pokemon, and its media hype is absolutely bewildering and somewhat suspicious... but by all accounts it's decently good fun and looks decent visually too.

So, a studio with no idea what they were doing managed to poop out a moderately good game and smash it out of the park in terms of success.

That should be heartening. That should say "maybe I can do it too" to all the hopeful indie devs out there. That should be a massive endorsement of the tooling that the industry has developed, that a completely unqualified group of guys can make a fun and successful online multiplayer action game.

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Some men just want to watch the world burn

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C++, but a very ugly and oldschool dialect of it.

Pxtl ,
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C is simple in the same way that a circular saw with no safety features is simple. I like having fingers better.

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Yes, but DDG seems to have worse organic results in my experience. I mean the bar is low, but DDG falls under it.

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What do you do for water heating?

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I'm aware but I haven't heard people's experiences with them. I ask because I'm shopping for water heating right now and debating the expense of getting 240 run to the water heater for a heat pump.

Electric tankless sounds impossible (yes, I know they exist, I just mean they don't sound like something that should be able to), since the amount of BTUs required to run a gas tankless at peak is absolutely nuts -- tankless gas water-heaters run on 3/4" pipe instead of the normal 1/2" since they need to have so much burst heat. That doesn't sound possible for electric.

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Holy crap like 24000W of juice on tap. That is not screwing around. Awesome. A neat option but sounds like something for new builds not retrofitting an older home.

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Yeah I love his videos but I hadn't seen anything about the whole home issue of "omg this is way more power hosue-wide".

The idea of smart switching sounds neat - that would basically mean "you can't run your dryer and have hot water and charge your car at the same time", right? But, like, in an automated way not just "it throws the breaker".

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Lock screen widgets were a neat idea but the original implementation was ugly as hell.

Just let me put read-only widgets on the lock screen.

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Honestly, as somebody who really loved the early era of Android gaming, I'm really disappointed how ephemeral it all was between the Play Store delistings and the absolutely atrocious approach to backwards compatibility in the Android OS.

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I just wish Google would release some kind of 32-bit Android 4.4 sandboxed compatibility layer for old games. Android 4.4 was the standard Android version for a super long time for a zillion devices, and I'd bet 99% of the dead .APK games out there would run on that version.

Give me a tool with a crapload of slow, clumsy emulation wrappers covered in tedious config options and a launcher any time I want to run an app through this compatibility layer and let me play Amazing Alex again.

edit: it occurs to me I basically want an Android emulator for Android. Or like, a psuedo-emulator that's not really an emulator like WINE/Proton.

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I'm so annoyed that all my 32-bit Humble APKs don't run on my Pixel.

Also, would it kill them to rename their .zips to .apks before I download? I know the Humble .apks are basically abandonware but at least rename the files for Pete's sake!

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Ahh, you know, it's about the convenience of not having to juggle another device. I still have an old Galaxy Tab kicking around the house that plays all that stuff pretty well, but it's not the same as being able to pull it out of my pocket on the bus.

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Rescheduling an event in Google Calendar with your voice. You can still schedule a new event.

This feature is underutilized because I could never get it to work.

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