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The wonders of AI, a Google and Reddit Story

Posted at 15:31 - 4th, June 2024 by Alex Alex
Google recently paid Reddit 60mil to have their AI (LLM) go through the entire Reddit site so that it could learn and become more useful.
Open AI did this with X after Elon bought Twitter and he sued them for going through without permission.

On a slight tangent, this is the probably the first and only way that Reddit will make money since going public.

Anyway, knowing Reddit, you can imagine how smart this "AI" is now. A perfect example is someone asked google how to get the cheese to stick to pizza. It answered with, use glue.

Why did it give that answer? Because some dude 10 years ago joked about that's how he got his cheeze to stick to his cold pizza.

Fucking brilliant

Alex - God, if they're using the autogenerated close captions from youtube for the videos, we're ...

Windows Recall

Posted at 4:08 - 30th, May 2024 by Alex Alex
Have you guys heard about this new feature Microsoft will be putting into future windows os?

Windows Recall takes screenshots of your screen every 30 seconds and stores them locally. They're searchable through some kind of "AI" function with copilot.

Recall allows you to search across time to find the content you need. Just describe how you remember it, and Recall retrieves the moment you saw it. Recall takes snapshots of your screen and stores them in a timeline. Snapshots are taken every five seconds while content on the screen is different from the previous snapshot. Snapshots are locally stored and locally analyzed on your PC. Recall's analysis allows you to search for content, including both images and text, using natural language.

When Recall opens the snapshot a user selected, it enables screenray, which runs on top of the saved snapshot. Screenray analyzes what's in the snapshot and allows users to interact with individual elements in the snapshot. For instance, users can copy text from the snapshot or send pictures from the snapshot to an app that supports jpeg files.

This sounds like a horrible idea. You can turn it off apparently, but with Microsoft's current track record on updates turning on things that were turned off, or people not even knowing this is turned on to begin with, or even worse not knowing this is even a thing.

This has huge privacy issues, imagine borrowing a friend's laptop to do some banking, or log into your work network. Just horrible.

Alex - Speaking of training ai, did you hear what google did with reddit? Might be worth a post o...

Apple, the world's best unnovator

Posted at 14:08 - 29th, May 2024 by Alex Alex
I wonder if we're reaching a breaking point with apple yet. I've been complaining for years about their repair stance and their soldering literally everything to the mobo.

Enter this guy who I think nails it perfectly but doesn't go deep enough.

It gets so much worse too and I'll never buy another mac because of this. Basically, mac's ssd is now soldered to the mobo and ssd's have a finite life span. Someone did a test and took 2 exact copy macbooks and unsoldered a component - I think it was a wifi antenna or the ssd - and swapped them from one machine to the other. They booted but both machines had the exact same graphical issues afterwards. Thinking it was a soldering issue, maybe he nicked something he shouldn't of so he switched the components back and the issues disappeared.

I've known for ages that apple was preparing to "security" check components through serial numbers and whatnot but this is ridiculous.

Alright, not the end of the world, simply do like I did with my imac and just get an external usb ssd and boot off of that. But hold on, it gets worse!

So this brings us to the ram now, 8 gigs is standard on all machines, even pro models. Most people won't think to upgrade before buying. The os will use up most of that on boot so the system will start reading and writing to the ssd as virtual memory and this puts wear and tear on the ssd shortening its lifespan.

I found another guy recently who killed his internal soldered storage, just wrote and deleted and repeated until the thing wouldn't work properly, you know what ssd's do. He found that even if you boot off an external drive, the system looks to the internal drive for for virtual memory. So even on my imac, the internal hdd is used even if I'm booting from my external ssd.

If your internal SSD is fried and you hit that ram limit, your mac will not work even if you boot on an external device.

People talk about how apple is a super green company, but really they are not. No one is talking about this at all. It's shocking to me. This basically means that

  1. we'll have an insane amount of e waste from apple products

  2. you should never buy a used mac because you don't know how long it'll last

When I had swapped out my optical drive for a second ssd in my macbook pro, I also was able to change where the os looks for the user accounts - the original storage instead of the user folder it created in the new os install on the secondary drive. There must be a way to change the virtual memory location too. It is Unix after all.

Alex - Got all of this from

Make a StarWars speeder bike using a jetski flyboard attachment and duct tape

Posted at 22:12 - 20th, May 2024 by Alex Alex
I'm surprised it took someone so long to convert this:

Into this:

By the way, I've used one of these flyboards, a lot of fun, especially doing the dolphin. But you're core is beat up after using it. I was so sore from trying to keep the thing steady to try and go as high as possible, and then when you fall, it's like falling from the second or third floor into the water, but doing a belly flop on your side.

Star Wars - The Acolyte

Posted at 12:22 - 21st, March 2024 by andrew andrew
Tags: star wars, matrix
Alex - (media inside)

Alien: Romulus Movie trailer

Posted at 0:00 - 21st, March 2024 by Alex Alex
Tags: Alien, movie, trailer, alien romulus, alien isolation, alien theory, lore
Alex - There was talk of them rebooting things, not sure if this would be that or if something el...

Things to do on the WiiU in 2024

Posted at 0:23 - 20th, February 2024 by Alex Alex
Tags: Modern Vintage Gamer, Nintendo, emulation, wiiu, switch, homebrew, softmodding
js - I think that was part of the problem. Nintendo really didn't do a great job marketing the...

Found in St. Kitts

Posted at 19:59 - 19th, February 2024 by Alex Alex
Tags: google maps, st kitts, roof messages, hidden messages
1 Comment
Alex - For some reason the embedded map doesn't want to work. Here's a link:

dumb anime Ya Boy Kongming!

Posted at 1:59 - 18th, February 2024 by andrew andrew
Tags: anime, weeb, japan
1 Comment
Alex - So 80's

Scavengers Reign

Posted at 1:53 - 11th, February 2024 by Alex Alex
Tags: cinemax, anime, episodic, great visuals, space, mushrooms, acid, trips
Alex - Just finished it. What a show. They should really expand the universe, so m...

The boy and the Heron

Posted at 22:39 - 11th, November 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: Hayao Miyazaki, ghibli, the boy and the heron, anime
andrew - i definitely recommend going here someday:

FPGA Nintendo 64 gaming

Posted at 14:37 - 11th, November 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: nintendo 64, FPGA, emulation, MISTer, Analogue 3D, Nintendo
1 Comment
andrew - very cool, there's an equivalent FPGA-based NES and SNES cart already - only a matter of t...

What games do you have for your nintendo Switch?

Posted at 16:50 - 6th, November 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: Nintendo switch, mario, ogre battles, metroid, mario, secret of mana, deadcells, pikmin, games
Alex - Went on a bit of a buying spree. got the following: Rabbids?...