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Crypto rewards are inherently destructive of peer driven projects.

This incidentally is why blue checkmark VC dipshits like crypto: peer directed communities can be quite resistant to the ways the rich and powerful control the world. You can’t just acquire Linux or Wikipedia etc. but with crypto you can incentivise wasting volunteer time at scale and undermine the viability of cooperative, non-commercial ways of making things.

From: @web3isgreat

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Interesting how this article gently avoids mentioning the denominator (it works out at about 1/1000 under investigation, and 1/3000/year dismissed).

This turns out to be about the same order of magnitude as "adults first convicted of an indictable offence each year", ergo people working for the Home Office are approximately just as likely to do crimes as any random section of the population without prior criminal records. Guess there wasn't space to include that.

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Before trusting an AI to tell you about stuff you don’t know, ask it to tell you about things you’re an expert in.

The system interface the film used is natural language queries against a large database trained on reading published information, which all sounds familiar, but I'm not sure what they'd have thought on being told that it would take us 65 years to get there and even then the machine sometimes makes things up.

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This evening's film: Desk Set (1957), a late Hepburn/Tracy comedy set against the looming spectre of computers coming & taking our jobs.

(Taking *her* job, anyway. He is the computer guy. You can guess how it goes.)

There were I think 52 in 2017-19 - the Brexit purges by the Conservatives - but the five Parliaments before that each only had 5-10 people suspended or resign the whip.

Have we got higher standards or shadier MPs? (Or possibly both)

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back on the coalface today and backfilling the various people who've changed parties over the past term.

There are a lot more than I thought - I make it 38 distinct MPs who either resigned the whip or had it taken away? (One of those was for only a couple of hours - the party suspended him before he could announce his resignation)

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“So that’s where you look for aliens. In the course of an eclipse totality track. When everybody else is looking awestruck at the sky, you need to be looking round for anybody who looks weird or overdressed, or who isn’t coming out of their RV or their moored yacht with the heavily smoked glass.”

Where to look for #alien tourists – from Iain (M) Banks’s 2009 novel TRANSITION


#Scottish #literature #IainMBanks #IainBanks #sciencefiction #totality #Eclipse #Eclipse2024

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Solar eclipse alt-text:


@LucasWerkmeister the WhatsApp one can get a bit confused if you are out of signal for a while I think, but sounds a good plan. I've also had success with Glympse if you want to use a standalone service, though I've not used it for a few years

More on LLMs and peer reviews:

(Back to work tomorrow, & to revising the paper. I feel it's going to be a race to keep up.)

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@Tom_Drummond came across this today which definitely echoed your comments - "I went through the reports line by line, word by word: there was nothing there" -

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“You Are All On The Hobbyists Maintainers’ Turf Now”

I’ve been saying for a while that commercial software today is fundamentally about extracting value from OSS (I leave out the “F” intentionally). Most code in the software people interact with, even on closed platforms, is open

@wesselvalk yes, there's definitely a lot of purely human papers out there that will be using these "normally"! (This one would score amazingly high, for one thing...)

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