Monday, February 01
Time Travelling AI Edition
- The Amazon Telescreen is now available in a choice of colours. (The Verge)
Those colours being grey.
Oh, and it shares your video with 2000 police and fire departments. Did we forget to mention that part?
- For any X, build your own X. (GitHub)
Disclaimer: Does not actually contain instructions to build your own X, though it does contain instructions to build your own X window manager.
- Why does my PC consistently find all its memory only when I reboot twice? Why am I complaining that it seems insufficiently arbitrary?
- Lint-picking the MIT license. (KE Mitchell)
A very close examination of a very short license. There's nothing really wrong with the license, but if you're planning to use it on a project it wouldn't hurt to read this.
- The NoxPlayer Android emulator update server was delivering malware for months. (ZDNet)
Apparently in a targeted attack, which is why it wasn't spotted sooner.
- Crystal 0.36 is out. (Crystal Lang)
The plan was that the next release after 0.35 would be 1.0, but there were a lot of minor updates to be committed and tested so they've decided on one more point release first.
Slightly scary is that they changed the associativity of the exponentiation operator - to be fair, they got it wrong and it needed to be fixed - but this only matters if you're chaining exponentiations and you're probably not. If you are, use Julia.
- Statler. His name is Statler.
AI Text Adventure Video of the Day
As usual with modern AI, this is simultaneously impressive and, well, not impressive at all. AI Dungeon is a GPT-powered text adventure in the classic style, by which I mean it doesn't always make a lot of sense.
But when it does - for example when Amelia tells it she uses time travel to go back one minute and the AI is able to play along - it earned a surprised Pikachu face from me at least. I wasn't expecting that one to work.
Disclaimer: To be fair, I don't expect anything to work.
Posted by: normal at Tuesday, February 02 2021 02:30 AM (LADmw)
The OS probably has a fall back 'safer mode' version of the boot loading. It probably uses that on the second reboot. Find out where the boot load scripts/configurations are stored, and compare them. Make a third by copying the first, then switch options in the third to the second one at a time until you find the issue.
I have no idea what this stuff would be called, or where, 'autoexec.bat' comes to mind, so you know how out of date I am.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Tuesday, February 02 2021 02:48 AM (6y7dz)
Posted by: normal at Tuesday, February 02 2021 03:29 AM (LADmw)
Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, February 02 2021 05:05 AM (eqaFC)
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