No, we're not mercenaries. We just carry weapons and kill things for the joy of the experience.
Started by Junkenstein, July 09, 2020, 06:38:37 PM
Quote from: Nibor the Priest on January 05, 2023, 06:28:35 PMQuote from: Cain on January 05, 2023, 06:13:21 PMIt then took a month to get my energy levels back to approaching normal. I am fairly certain it was Covid, despite the test coming back negative.There are definitely false negatives. I know several people who've recently had a horribly bad cold that totally wasn't covid because an LFT was negative.My partner and I both got it back in March or April 2020, shortly after it officially came to the UK. There weren't any vaccines or self tests. Masks were in short supply, and it wasn't yet clear if it was a good idea to buy them or to leave them so there'd be enough left for the nurses. I got sent to a hospital and made to wait in a chalk square outside, then someone in head-to-toe PPE asked me some questions and watched my breathing, without any physical contact. It's weird to remember it being taken that seriously. They said I'd probably had it and we should both isolate for a week. I don't remember much from that week except being absolutely fucking knackered. I'm also pretty sure it made me less mentally sharp for months. No fun.We're both up to three or four jabs now, I've lost count.
Quote from: Cain on January 05, 2023, 06:13:21 PMIt then took a month to get my energy levels back to approaching normal. I am fairly certain it was Covid, despite the test coming back negative.
Quote from: Scribbly on January 05, 2023, 07:27:46 PMDecember 2019 I was hospitalised with a mystery respiratory illness which did not respond to the usual treatment. Blood oxygen was frighteningly low. I could not taste, smell or *hear* which is a symptom I haven't heard discussed much but was easily the most distressing for me other than... y'know... not being able to breathe. I spent the better part of two weeks in and out of consciousness and was pretty sure I was on my way out.I was eventually discharged and was still very ill until January. My hearing didn't return fully until March. I suffered bouts of sudden exhaustion, fatigue and nausea until June and I still sometimes get exhausted though generally when I've exerted significantly. It has made it difficult to get back to stuff like regular exercise and I'm hoping that as I do I'll discover a lot of it is down to 2-3 years of minimal activity rather than anything permanent.There were no tests so I'll never know for sure. But I'd been in and out of London a lot around that time and I suspect that Covid was with us during that flu season and people just didn't know what to look for.
Quote from: altered on January 05, 2023, 01:04:10 AMI mean, most of Tumblr sucks, absolutely. But it's still going to be an easier entry to the fediverse than Mastodon, since you know exactly what you're getting, exactly how to get it, and you aren't going to be effectively banned for breaking bizarre rules that nowhere else online has that are buried in a rules document that's functionally closer to a ToS in size and impenetrability than a list of rules.
Quote from: altered on January 08, 2023, 05:22:10 AMYou can't stick your manager in front of OpenAI's Codex and have him produce anything much more complicated than Hello, World. Coders aren't out of a job. The AI Art Thing this ain't.
Quote from: Cain on January 06, 2023, 02:55:49 PMA true Scientologist would simply be able to redirect matter to avoid catching Covid.Report them to the nearest OSA official.
Quote from: altered on January 08, 2023, 04:19:43 PMI've been painstakingly describing step-by-step how to parse a particular CSV, transform it into a tree, and do some extra work to make an SVG out of the tree. (This is a project I need to have someone do for me anyway, sooner rather than later. Figured it made a good starting point for testing Codex since I have a very detailed writeup.)It can't do it.ETA: I can get it to make surprisingly complex output that looks right when I can read it at all, sometimes. I managed it once with Python, and once (with more difficulty reading anything) with JS. But I can't make it do so consistently (more common is 80% looking good and 20% extremely wrong -- again, out of what I can read), and the output isn't functional.
Quote from: altered on January 09, 2023, 12:03:21 AMFunny enough, I think academia is going to be the first place to get well and TRULY fucked by AI for the combination of 4 important aspects:1: Academic papers are usually kind of samey (with good reason), which makes writing them very automatable.2: Feeding source material and new research in and getting a paper out is something most academics who are worth a damn think they would enjoy doing, because it'd reduce the time spent on writing papers and lower the barrier to entry for getting helpers on board.3: The bleeding edge of AI is largely coming out of academia, so will likely have a lot of access to academic source material.4: AI models that have high contextual awareness are the norm now, which means you just have to turn the temperature down real low and have it focus on turning data into words with zero creativity.We already have shit like computer aided chemical synthesis design and automated theorem provers out there literally churning out almost wholly computer generated papers, and have had them for years now. Academia is already primed for this sort of thing and people would hardly notice at first, even in the "hard sciences". It might even have good side effects. Then again, it'll probably concentrate institutional power even more with good politicians who can't do science worth a fuck.