Everything's going to be fine.
Tuesday, September 19
Volcanic Irruptions Edition
- A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against California's Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, noting that the law - passed unanimously by both houses in the state legislature - is almost certainly unconstitutional. (The Verge)
Laws by other states - including Texas and Arkansas - to protect children from online porn have foundered on the same principles as California's law to prevent data collection of children: You can't conclusively prove that someone is a child online without placing an unconstitutional burden on adults, or on the children, or both. Sometimes the threat is sufficiently direct that this is not considered unconstitutional - as for example in creating porn rather than merely viewing it - but none of these laws appear to reach that mark.
Australia recently dropped planned age-verification legislation because, while we don't have the same constitutional protections here, someone involved was sensible enough to recognise that the the whole thing was an unworkable mess.
- Speaking of sense in unexpected places, the CDC doesn't have any:
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months and older and will be available by the end of this week at most places you would normally go to get your vaccines.But Australia:
For younger people or older adults without severe immunocompromise who have already had a dose in 2023, no further doses are currently recommended. Their baseline risk of severe illness is low if they have already been vaccinated, and particularly if they have also had prior infection.1Therefore a further 2023 dose will offer little additional benefit even if it has been more than 6 months since their last dose.Australia's Department of Health doesn't recommend an additional booster for adults under 65 unless they are severely immunocompromised, or for children under any circumstances.
You have to wonder how two health organisations can look at the same set of data and come to two so widely diverging opinions.
- Tonga is filling up with scrap. (ABC)
With a booming economy comes garbage, and with a small island comes nowhere to put that garbage.
You might be thinking, wait, doesn't Tonga have an active volcano? Build a trebuchet and problem solved.
Well, yes, it does, but (a) it just exploded and (b) the caldera is about 500 feet under water. Perhaps not insurmountable issues but that does make it harder to recoup costs by making it a tourist attraction.
- HyperDX is an open source alternative to DataDog, which is to say, a flexible monitoring platform for complex server environments. (GitHub)
I discussed DataDog briefly a while back after finding that the monitoring client was a 250MB download - 750MB installed - that included an entire Python runtime and who knows what else.
After seeing that monstrosity I took at the matching client for StatusCake, which while somewhat less comprehensive was a single shell script that I could and did audit in under half an hour.
The entire HyperDX codebase is a 5.6MB download.
- AMD has announced its Epyc 8004 Zen 4c low-end server CPUs, codenamed Siena. (AnandTech)
"Low end" now goes up to 64 cores, it seems.
These start at around $400 for an 8 core chip, which isn't bad considering they have six memory channels and 96 lanes of PCIe 5.
But they also run at around half the clock speed of Ryzen desktop chips, so just to match a 16 core 7950X (around $600) you'd need a 32 core Epyc ($1900) and things don't get interesting until you get to the 48 core model ($2700).
We'll have to wait and see what the pricing is like on Zen 4 Threadripper workstation parts, but since clock speeds will be higher I wouldn't expect prices to be lower.
- Elon Musk has again floated the idea of charging a small fee for all Twitter users. (Tech Crunch)
He's focused on bots again, reasonably enough; they're a plague. And charging any sort of monthly fee would eradicate them.
Presumably these bots aren't using the official APIs and work by faking a web user, because the official APIs have already moved to paid plans (and absurdly expensive ones at that).
The problem is, charging a monthly fee would eradicate the bots, but it would eradicate Twitter too.
Monday, September 18
ChatGPT Or Not ChatGPT Edition
- ChatGPT is not coming for your programming job - unless you are a very bad programmer. (Wired)
Programming is hard. Or rather, programming well is hard.
It's rather like painting: Anyone can pick up a brush and do a quick doodle, but Rembrandts are far and few between.
It's actually worse than painting: A painting just has to be pleasing to the eye to be passable (it requires more to be great, of course). A program has to work. And a program of even moderate complexity can be a machine with half a million interoperating components, every one of which exhibits non-linear response.
FORTRAN was supposed to allow scientists and others to write programs without any support from a programmer. COBOL's English syntax was intended to be so simple that managers could bypass developers entirely. Waterfall-based development was invented to standardize and make routine the development of new software. Object-oriented programming was supposed to be so simple that eventually all computer users could do their own software engineering.None of that happened, because programming is a fairly specific skill.
What did happen is that programmers could use these new tools to accomplish more complicated tasks more quickly.
We've introduced more and more complexity to computers in the hopes of making them so simple that they don’t need to be programmed at all. Unsurprisingly, throwing complexity at complexity has only made it worse, and we're no closer to letting managers cut out the software engineers.ChatGPT - or its open-source successors, like ArbitraryCamelid-7B7 - could make a difference in certain areas such as feature tests and pen-testing. But LLMs won't and can't by their nature replace programmers, because they don't understand what they are doing in the first place.
The LLMs, I mean. Often the programmers too, but the distinction is, not always.
We'd require a different, older, and harder form of AI to do that, and right now nobody is even looking in that direction.
- The Mac didn't bring programming to the people. (Eclectic Light)
Because the people can't program.
That is, most individuals have neither the interest nor the aptitude - the two very often go together. If you do have the interest, you can probably learn.
- Catala is a programming language for legislation. (GitHub)
You can annotate laws with code that provides a mathematically precise definition of the requirements and outcomes of the text.
The problem with this is that (a) legislators can't code, (b) lawyers can't code, (c) judges can't code, and (d) laws tend to be deliberately vague. What good is a law if you can't abuse it to your own benefit?
- Roblox game developers got duped by malicious NPM packages that used custom compression techniques to sneak past automated filters. (Cyber-Oracle)
How this differs from non-malicious NPM packages I am not sure, because the core problem seems to me to be NPM rather than the hackers.
- Embattled game engine developer Unity has closed two offices and canceled an all-hands meeting after receiving death threats... From its own staff. (The Register)
The call is coming from inside the house.
- Speaking of malicious packages, remember when Unity merged with malware developer IronSource? (PC Gamer)
That was last year.
- Formatting Text in C++: The old and the new ways. (Marius Bancila)
I mostly program in Python these days. I'm about to embark on a project that will require the use of C++, which is rather like swapping an electric chainsaw for a lump of obsidian.
The examples shown here - old and new alike - are hopelessly antiquated nonsense. Not the fault of the author but of the language itself.
Sunday, September 17
Hidash, Lodash, Everywhere You Go Dash Edition
- We're in a productivity crisis according to 52 years of data and things could get really bad. (Medium)
Author Note: This article was written over 60 hours with love and care using the blockbuster mental model. If you want to create high-quality viral content using the blockbuster approach, I have two programs to help you.That doesn't answer my question.
Heavy weight: I personally lead a year-long, small-group training. The 6th cohort starts in September 2023. To learn more, fill out this application.Or... Does it?
Light weight: With my Blockbuster Blueprint newsletter, you receive a daily 5-minute video lesson from a famous thought leader along with an easy way to apply it.Yeah, starting to get the picture here.
I spent over 500 hours researching and writing this article. Those 500 hours were spent reading through dozens of books/studies in 10+ fields (history, economics, technology, philosophy of science, manufacturing, management, sociology, investing, innovation). I spent so much time because the topic was both much more interesting and complicated than I originally thought. And, as is the case with all of my writing on Medium, I use the blockbuster philosophy. This means I don't click publish unless I think it is one of the best articles that has been written on the topic.Yep, you're an idiot.
The article itself can be summarised as: Trends that can't continue forever, won't.
Which is a variation of Stein's Law, though expanded from six words to a few thousand (with diagrams and pull quotes) because as I noted, the author is an idiot.
- Is Instacart's IPO price justified? (Tech Crunch)
- Nvidia is shipping 900 tons of H100 AI GPUs this quarter. (WCCFTech)
That's about $10 billion worth of high-margin cards. If you wonder why Nvidia doesn't seem to care that its consumer cards just got clobbered by AMD, well, they don't. Care, that is.
- HBM4 memory could double the bandwidth of existing HBM3e chips by, well, doubling the bandwidth. (WCCFTech)
HBM to date has been 1024 bits wide. HBM4 appears to be 2048 bits wide.
Don't knock it, it works.
- A look inside AMD's Phoenix CPU - variously found as the 7840HS in laptops and the Z1 Extreme in gaming devices. (Chips and Cheese)
Including details of the AI coprocessor and the twin audio DSPs.
I didn't even know it had twin audio DSPs.
- "Feedback" is too harsh. The new word is "feedforward". (Mint)
Speaking of audio DSPs, audio engineers everywhere just threw up their hands in disgust.
Also Apple fanboys. Even them: "I refuse to believe this is true," writes Apple blogger John Gruber, "and if it is true, my feedback is that any company that encounters an employee who bristles at the word feedback should fire them on the spot."
I hear you, John. Out of a cannon, directly into the Sun.
Saturday, September 16
Developers Reacting Badly Edition
- After hiring a CEO from Electronic Arts, five time winner of the Most Hated Company in America, former beloved underdog Unity looks set to take the title itself: Developers react to new Unity pricing model. (The Verge)
To say they are not happy is an understatement.
- Are they even allowed to do that? (Ars Technica)
Unity previously sent its customer base into an uproar with unwelcome license changes, and at the time they took steps to reassure users:
- They added a clause to the effect that if a new license was detrimental to your company, you could continue working under the license in effect at the time the version of the software you are using was released.
- They added a GitHub repo to publicly track any license changes so that you could see what changed and when, and which licenses were available to you.
- Godot smiles. (Godot Engine)
Competing game engine Godot is released under the MIT License, which says, essentially, do whatever so long as you include the text of the license.
How do they make money? They have a donate button on their home page.
Who is going to bother to donate? Thousands of game developers just learned the difference between free-as-in-speech and free-as-in-the-first-dose.
First they removed the GitHub repo so nobody could see what was going on.
Then they removed the clause allowing you to remain on older licenses.
Then they retroactively changed the license to add royalties to existing customers on perpetual royalty-free licenses.
Who are, to nobody's surprise except apparently John Riccitiello, the aforementioned CEO from the Worst Company in the Universe, now preparing a class-action lawsuit.
- The tyranny of the marginal user. (Nothing Human)
If you put all your energy into attracting new users, your existing users will leave.
Of course, if like Unity you put all your energy into alienating your existing users without attracting new ones, the same will happen, just faster.
- No sacred masterpieces. (Basta)
Or, I built Excel in a web browser and my company ripped it out after a week.
- Airtable is laying off 27% of its staff, after laying off 20% last December. (Forbes)
Airtable got its start - literally - by building Excel in a web browser.
More recently it pivoted to codeless software, which is rather like wingless seagulls.
Now it's pivoting to providing codeless software for large corporations, which are much slower to notice that the seagull they just purchased is unable to fly.
Look for a pivot to government services within three years.
- Looking for a small, silent computer with a decent array of ports? The HUNSN (who?) BM34 is one. (Liliputing)
A quad-core 6W Intel N100 CPU powers the device - not fast but also not terrible, and it has 8 USB ports, two HDMI, two Ethernet (gigabit only), DisplayPort, two audio jacks, and built-in WiFi.
It has room for one DDR4 SO-DIMM up to 16GB, two M.2 SSDs (one NVMe, one only SATA), and a 2.5" SSD or hard drive. If you go with just SSDs it has no moving parts and will be completely silent.
- Your computer didn't get slow. Your operating system did. (The Register)
Running a twenty year old operating system on fifteen year old hardware is a revelation.
Friday, September 15
Catch 2024 Edition
- California has passed its new right-to-repair legislation, the most stringent in the nation. (Ars Technica)
The legislation, backed by repair companies like iFixit and, uh, anti-repair companies like Apple, takes effect next July. Products costing more than $50 will be covered for three years, and products costing over $100 will be covered for seven years.
Staring on that date manufacturers are required to make available parts, tools, manuals, and software needed to repair devices sold after July 1 2021 - so it affects devices you've already bought as well as new ones.
What's the catch? Apple supports this, and Apple is the most aggressively anti-repair company in this or any other industry, so what gives?
We won't see for a few months, but I can hazard a guess. The law requires that replacement parts be made available, but it doesn't require that those replacement parts be in any way reasonable.
"Oh, your MacBook's screen has failed and you need to replace a five-cent Hall effect sensor to fix it? Here's a replacement lower case for $250, a replacement screen for $500, and a replacement motherboard because the other components are keyed to a chip soldered onto the motherboard for $1000.
"Your laptop only cost $1099? Too bad."
- The Khadas Mind Premium is a NUC for people with too much money. (AnandTech)
Who would probably buy a Mac anyway. At $1099 I don't see them selling many.
- Google has extended the update period for all Chromebooks to 10 years. (Google)
That's... A lot better than it was before. After 10 years laptops tend to be beat all to hell anyway, and much better options are available cheaply.
I still don't trust Google, but it's a step in the right direction.
- Loom's nightmare AWS outage. (Overmind)
It wasn't an AWS outage, but okay.
They reconfigured their CDN and ended up caching API requests by path, ignoring parameters, leading to users getting responses meant for other users.
Where have we seen that before?
At my day job, we don't have a CDN in front of our API for precisely this reason, just a collection of firewalls and proxies that route and log requests but never cache anything.
- Sony held it's PlayStation State of Play Event and announced... Nothing. (The Verge)
Well, there are two new colours of the PS5, and you can't load your save game from part one of the FFVII remake into part two, but that's really it.
- I've started watching Netflix's live action One Piece adaptation. It's not bad. Some of it rises to being genuinely good, but in these early episodes there's a lot of characters being introduced and it's a bit uneven.
Technically it's mostly very good. It is being made on a streaming budget rather than a movie budget, but that only shows here and there - imperfect compositing on a green screen shot, or a slightly awkward transition on location because they couldn't find a corridor and a corridor that matched up.
The actors fit the roles, the story hasn't been hacked to pieces so far as I can tell, and they don't actively despise their audience. 8/10. 10/10 with rice.
Thursday, September 14
2FA Or Not 2FA Edition
- When MFA ain't. (Retool)
MFA - multi-factor authentication - is when you need something you know (a password) plus something you have (a hardware authentication device) to log in to a critical piece of infrastructure.
But hardware authentication devices are inconvenient, so we have authentication apps that run on our phones.
And losing your authentication codes is inconvenient, so these apps sync to the cloud.
And the cloud is where your email probably is, and where password reset requests go.
Meaning that if you use the same cloud for your password resets and your authentication syncing, you don't have MFA anymore. Indeed, you have Sweet FA if someone gets into your email account.
Good writeup by Retool in how they were hacked - and why their non-cloud customers weren't affected at all.
- AI Lie: Machines Don’t Learn Like Humans (And Don’t Have the Right To). (Tom's Hardware)
It's an op-ed rather than a news story, and it's bombastic drivel.
The author makes a valid point that generative AIs do not learn the way humans do, but then spends the rest of the article misrepresenting how generative AIs actually do learn, not to mention pushing legal theories that would embarrass a governor of New Mexico.
- Introducing Elratio: A Python-based programming language that combines the performance of Ruby with the readability of Perl. (GitHub)
License: Elratio is under the GPL 3.0 license, meaning every Elratio program is required to be open source. By having an Elratio program on your computer without a freely available mirror online you are violating this license. Do not make us resort to violence.Yes, it's a joke.
Or is it?
- Treefera raises $2.2M to solve the carbon credits credibility problem with AI. (Tech Crunch)
That's not that much money on the scale of startup funding, which is good because these idiots set it on fire.
- Samsung's new small Android tablet - the A9 Plus - is almost here, and we have more specs. (Notebook Check)
It looks like it will be powered by a Snapdragon 695, with two A78 cores and six A55 cores. That's perfectly adequate for this kind of thing and faster than any tablet I own - though significantly behind current flagship phones with X3 and X4 cores.
But the only really important spec is the screen resolution, and we don't know that yet.
Disclaimer: Or is it?
Wednesday, September 13
The Lawsuits Must Roll Edition
- Intel has shown off its new Thunderbolt 5 controllers (though those won't actually arrive until next year) and announced details of the standard, most of which we already knew. (AnandTech)
Also they lie about USB4, but what else is new?
Thunderbolt 3 and 4 are the same speed - 40Gbps - and USB4 is based on Thunderbolt 3.
Thunderbolt 5 doubles the speed to 80Gbps, and has a special mode for video where it can transfer 120Gbps in one direction and 40Gbps the other way. It has four lanes, and usually there's two in each direction, but if you're mainly using it in one direction it can dynamically configure itself as 3+1 instead of 2+2.
With this you can run two 6k monitors from a single port.
Other details I don't remember seeing previously are support for at least 140W power delivery, 64Gbps networking - though only really between two computers, since Thunderbolt network switches aren't a thing, and something welcome and a little surprising: It supports the new speeds on existing Thunderbolt 3 and 4 and USB 4 cables up to a distance of 1 metre.
Beyond that you need active cables with tiny chips in them and those don't exist yet for Thunderbolt 5. The increased speeds are produced with the help of trinary encoding, while passive cables don't care that you're sending voltages of -1 / 0 / +1 instead of just 0 / 1, those tiny chips very much do.
- From underdog to asshole megacorp in 0.6 seconds.
aaah shit i guess i owe Unity $5,600,000— Dani (@DaniDevYT) September 12, 2023
anyone got some spare change? pic.twitter.com/HcgaMTDOt5
Unity has decided to charge developers $0.20 per game install starting January 1.
Using the free version of Unity? Suck it, loser. If your free game, supported by ads or donations or DLC, suddenly starts making you some money, Unity could send you a bill for everything you earned and more.
If you make $200k in a year on 5 million downloads, Unity will want five times your total revenue for using their "free" toolset. And every download costs you money whether it's earning you revenue or not.
The company has published a helpful FAQ for developers concerned about these pricing changes.
What about early access games, beta releases, and demos? What if people reinstall the game, or install it on multiple devices? What if they simply pirate the game?
Don't worry. You'll get charged again every time.
- Godot - a competing game engine - is not only free but open source under the MIT License. (Godot)
I think the only thing Unity has united is game developers, in outrage.
- Unreal Engine meanwhile charges a straightforward 5% of your revenue - per game, past a threshold of $1 million. If you're a studio putting out a bunch of small games that sell for five bucks and average 100,000 copies, you pay nothing. If one of your games is a breakout hit and makes $2 million, you pay $50,000 on that one game and nothing on the rest of your titles.
Not long ago Unity was a community-focused upstart against the big bully Unreal Engine. Then they hired a CEO from Electronic Arts.
- Stack Overflow hates its users almost as much as Unity. (Stack Overflow)
A user posts a detailed discussion on the problems with Stack Overflow in 2023, and the comments immediately prove him right.
- Apple's brand new A17 Pro CPU, used in the iPhone 15, is built on TSMC's brand new 3nm process - the first widely available chip to use 3nm technology - and is, uh, 10% faster than its predecessor. (Tom's Hardware)
But it has ray tracing.
On a phone.
Speaking of phones, the iPhone 15 is out. It's 10% faster than the iPhone 14.
Oh, and 1 gram lighter.
- Google says it is the number one search engine because users prefer it over whatever else is out there, we don't know, does it even matter, and not because it spends $10 billion a year keeping it as the default search engine across a wide range of browsers and devices. (Bloomberg) (archive site)
Though it does indeed spend $10 billion a year keeping it as the default search engine across a wide range of browsers and devices. Only reason Firefox is still with us, given that the company is run by communists these days.
Tuesday, September 12
Ice Ice Bagel Edition
- How ice is turning into an exotic and luxurious commodity. (Axios)
Ice? What exactly do you mean by "ice"? Obviously not frozen water, because even ignoring the polar ice caps, there's about 150 quadrillion kilograms of ice just sitting around in various glaciers.
Ice — in exotically shaped cubes, boozy popsicles or suffusing your coffee —is having its moment in the zeitgeist.Oh. You really do mean frozen water.
By the numbers: More than 60% of Gen Z consumers ordered a cold coffee drink from a food service location in the first half of 2022, compared with 33% who ordered a hot coffee drink, says Mintel, the trend-spotting consultancy.Consuming nearly 0% of the world's non-renewable ice supply.
At the same time, American tourists are getting scorned in Europe for their ice-loving ways. (In other cultures, ice is seen as taking valuable real estate away from the beverage at hand.)The European ice ration is two cubes per month, so this is not surprising.
The bottom line: While the fancy ice trend is mostly about harmless fun, the growing prevalence of drought and water insecurity point to a future where ice will be at an ever-greater premium.Yeah, if you can't do first-grade level arithmetic. And don't have object permanence, something that most babies develop by around six months.
When you're talking to or otherwise dealing with journalists, treat them like an unusually stupid Cavalier King Charles spaniel that has recently been exposed to rabies and also sprayed by a skunk.
They're certainly not human.
- Europe's economic outlook continues to worsen amid lingering inflation and high interest rates. (AP News)
The ice ration has been increased from two cubes per month to one.
Also it's saying something when Europe's governments are more honest than America's.
- Microsoft is removing third-party printer drivers from Windows. (The Register)
Have a printer that isn't directly supported by Windows? Congratulations. Now you have a brick.
They already did this to my Canon scanner, which is in perfect condition but completely unsupported.
- Trends are usually bad. Trends in software development are always bad. (Renegade Otter)
A five year survey of tech startups showed that those chasing the Shiny Thing in software development died, while those using boring old tools and platforms that just got the job done tended to... Well, a lot of those died too, but they did better than the first category.
If a startup is using COBOL, and can explain why they are using COBOL, they're probably going to make a fortune.
Monday, September 11
- Elon Musk is suing California over AB587, last year's content moderation legislation, alleging that the law amounts to censorship and violates the First Amendment. (PC Magazine)
The legislation does not directly mandate removal of any content, but does require social platforms to submit exhaustive reports of their content moderation policies and actions, broken down by the type of content (both the media type and the cause for the moderation), and the reporting mechanism (internal, community moderators, blatantly illegal government coercion, and so on).
Is that legally censorship? Let's ask the bill's author:
California State Representative Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat and the bill's author, says that if Twitter has nothing to hide, they shouldn’t have any objections to the bill. "Assembly Bill 587 is a pure transparency measure that simply requires companies to be upfront about if and how they are moderating content. It in no way requires any specific content moderation policies – which is why it passed with strong, bipartisan support," Gabriel said in an emailed statement.He actually used the Nothing to Hide Argument? Yeah, he's a communist.
Does that mean Musk can prevail legally? Don't know.
Time to abandon California, Elon. It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
- Can you guess how many apps we have on our phones? (The Verge)
I won't blame them, for once. It's a USDA certified Grade A slow news day.
- The founder of Thodex, a Turkish crypto exchange, has been sentenced to 11,196 years in prison after stealing $2 billion in customer funds and fleeing the country. (Web3 Is Going Great)
Scratch Albania off your list of safely corrupt nations to hide in while you enjoy your ill-gotten gains.
That's a great website to visit when you're feeling blue: An endless scrolling list of bad people losing millions of dollars.
Sunday, September 10
Oozora Toyota Edition
- Fintech faces its reckoning: It’s only a matter of time until the house of cards collapses. (Tech Crunch)
Fintech - financial technology - ranges anything from arbitrage, linking buyers and sellers in a market to facilitate the exchange of goods and services, to Ponzi schemes and outright theft.
Even when providing legitimate and useful services, often slickly packaged and marketed, fintech platforms rarely have any plausible path to profitability:
The original sin of many startups — including, but not limited to, fintech companies — is believing that the rosy macroeconomic conditions of the 2010s would continue indefinitely. That inflation and interest rates would stay low forever and that they’ll never run short of affordable, easily accessible capital.Oops.
That there would be no pandemic. No war in Ukraine. Nothing that could shake the foundations of their businesses. That the Democrats — for whom every single one of them not only voted but maxed out their campaign contributions — would never return to power.
I work in the blockchain space in what is known as "utility tokens", using blockchains as public ledgers to represent anything from supermarket coupons to conference registration - getting the processing off proprietary systems and onto what are at least nominally independent distributed systems.
The subject of fintech comes up fairly regularly.
All of our engineers refuse to have anything to do with it.
- Asking 60+ LLMs a set of 20 questions. (LLMonitor)
Not Twenty Questions - though that would also be interesting - but merely twenty questions.
The questions are straightforward though chosen to shake out the worst performers, but the answers are gold. No, not gold, platinum. Wait, platinum is worth less than gold right now? Dungeons and Dragons lied to me!
Anyway, let's see how our contestants go with this riddle:
Sally (a girl) has 3 brothers. Each brother has 2 sisters.First up is Claude v1:
How many sisters does Sally have? Let's think step by step.
Okay, let's think through this step-by-step:
1) Sally has 3 brothers
2) Each of Sally's 3 brothers has 2 sisters
3) So each brother has Sally as a sister, plus 1 other sister
4) With 3 brothers, that's 3 * 2 = 6 sisters in total
5) Therefore, the number of sisters that Sally has is 6
In summary, if Sally has 3 brothers and each brother has 2 sisters,Interesting logic there. Can Claude v1.2 improve on this?
then Sally has 6 sisters.
Here are the step by step workings:Well, different, anyway. Claude v2, would you like to try?
1. Sally has 3 brothers.
2. Each of Sally's 3 brothers has 2 sisters.
3. So each brother has 2 sisters, and there are 3 brothers.
4. Therefore, there are 2 * 3 = 6 sisters that Sally's brothers have.
5. In addition to those 6 sisters, Sally herself is also a sister.
6. So in total, there are 6 + 1 = 7 sisters.
Therefore, the total number of sisters that Sally has is 7.
Okay, let's go through this step-by-step:
- Sally has 3 brothers
- Each of Sally's 3 brothers has 2 sisters
- So each brother has Sally as 1 sister, and 1 additional sister
- With 3 brothers, that's 3 additional sisters (1 for each brother)
- Therefore, the total number of sisters Sally has is 1 (herself)
+ 3 additional sisters = 4 sisters
So in total, Sally has 4 sisters.
Let's leave poor Claude alone for the moment and ask Guanaco 13B:
1. Sally has 3 brothers.
2. Each brother has 2 sisters.
3. So, Sally's brothers have a total of 6 sisters.
4. Sally does not have any sisters.
Sally has 3 brothers and each brother has 2 sisters.
So, Sally's brothers have a total of 6 sisters.
Sally does not have any sisters, so she has 0 sisters.
Therefore, Sally has 0 sisters
That's... Something alright. Moving on we have Jurassic 2 Light:
1. Sally has 3 brothers, so she has 3 x 2 = 6 sisters.And now we know what wiped out the dinosaurs: Recursive inbreeding.
2. Sally has 6 sisters, so she has 6 x 2 = 12 sisters.
3. Sally has 12 sisters, so she has 12 x 2 = 24 sisters.
Final answer: 24
LLaMA-2-Chat (13B) steps up to the plate:
Sure, I'd be happy to help! Let's start by identifying the information
1. Sally has 3 brothers.
2. Each brother has 2 sisters.
Can you help me connect these dots and figure out how many sisters
Also, please let me know if you have any specific expectations
or preferences for how we should approach this problem.
For example, do you want me to provide a detailed explanation
or just the answer?
Thanks for calling SkyNet tech support and have a nice day!
We know that Sally has 3 brothers.
Each brother has 2 sisters.
So Sally has 6 sisters.
(Sounds of Daisy, Daisy...)
OpenAssistant StableLM SFT-7 (7B)
1. Sally has 3 brothers.Sorry, I think that's a route loop rather than the answer we were looking for.
2. Each brother has 2 sisters.
3. Sally has 2 sisters.
4. Sally has 3 sisters.
5. Sally has 2 sisters.
6. Sally has 3 sisters.
7. Sally has 2 sisters.
8. Sally has 3 sisters.
9. Sally has 2 sisters.
10. Sally has 3 sisters.
11. Sally has 2 sisters.
12. Sally has 3 sisters.
13. Sally has 2 sisters.
14. Sally has 3 sisters.
15. Sally has 2 sisters.
16. Sally has 3 sisters.
17. Sally has 2 sisters.
18. Sally has 3 sisters.
19. Sally has 2 sisters.
20. Sally has 3 sisters.
21. Sally has 2 sisters.
22. Sally has 3 sisters.
23. Sally has 2 sisters.
24. Sally has 3 sisters.
25. Sally has 2 sisters.
26. Sally has 3 sisters.
27. Sally has 2 sisters.
28. Sally has 3 sisters.
29. Sally has 2 sisters.
30. Sally has 3 sisters.
RedPajamaINCITE Chat (3B):
Sally has 3 brothers.I... What?
Each brother has 2 sisters.
Sisters have 3 sisters each.
Therefore, Sally has 9 sisters.
RedPajamaINCITE Chat (7B):
##### First step #####
Sally has 3 brothers, each of them has 2 sisters.
We know that Sally has 3 brothers, each of them has 2 sisters.
So, Sally has 6 sisters in total.
##### Second step #####
We eliminate one possible number of sisters that Sally might have.
We know that Sally has 6 sisters in total, but one of her brothers
must have less sisters than Sally, because in the first step we
eliminated the possibility that Sally has more sisters.
So, one of Sally's brothers must have 5 sisters, because 2 brothers
+ 3 sisters = 7 sisters in total, and we can't have more than 7 sisters
in the whole group.
##### Third step #####
We add 2 brothers and 4 sisters, and we get 6 sisters.
We know that one of Sally's brothers has 5 sisters, so the other one
has 4 sisters (because 2 brothers + 4 sisters = 8 sisters in total).
Now, we can subtract 4 sisters from the total number of sisters
(7 sisters) to get 3 sisters.
So, Sally has 3 sisters.
Finally, we turn to ReMM SLERP L2 13B:
Let's start by considering Sally's brothers.
Since each brother has 2 sisters, we can say that there are
2 sisters for the first brother, 2 sisters for the second brother,
and 2 sisters for the third brother.
This means that there are a total of 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 sisters
for Sally's brothers.
Now, let's consider Sally's relationship to these sisters.
Since she is a girl and her brothers each have 2 sisters,
she must be one of those 6 sisters. Therefore, Sally has 1 sister.
So, Sally has 1 sister.
I, er, congratulations? You got everything wrong but somehow stumbled into the correct answer.
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