"Praxistauglich ist das nicht, wenn Mitarbeitende bei jedem Dokument entscheiden müssen, ob es nun in die Cloud kommt oder nicht." https://www.inside-it.ch/meinung-bund-kauft-mit-m365-die-katze-im-sack-20230216
“Re-export ban ‘beginning of end’ for Swiss defence firms” https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/re-export-ban--beginning-of-end--for-swiss-defence-firms/48294436
The really remarkable thing isn't just that #Microsoft has decided that the future of #search isn't links to relevant materials, but instead lengthy, florid paragraphs written by a #chatbot who happens to be a habitual liar - even more remarkable is that #Google agrees.
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on pluralistic.net, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:
Sure #AI can write a poem or park a car but there are mathematical problems that current computers will never solve.
“Even if a computer’s speed could reach the physical limit, computational hurdles remain due to the limits of algorithms.”
I wanted to write something like, "oh you don't say" but this is *actually* a brutal read
Lacking in all the (vast) discussion of ChatGPT, Bing, et al: transparency about the degree of ad hoc human intervention in creating answers to frequently asked questions. How much is being hard-coded, in other words?
I suspect it’s much more than we know. https://www.theverge.com/2023/2/16/23602335/microsoft-bing-ai-testing-learnings-response
“What’s noteworthy isn’t that large language models generate false information, but how good they are at turning off people’s critical reasoning abilities.”
The possibilities are endless.
Unlike #VSCode, “#Emacs is Free Software and not owned by anyone. I say that not as a true believing ideologue but as someone who’s been around long enough to know how #Microsoft operates and to not trust them or their intentions. I worry that Microsoft will eventually revert to type and pull the rug out from under VS Code users.”
I fully agree. I’d even say it’s absolutely certain that Microsoft will at some point lock people in. For example, why is code plain text and can be edited with any text editor? Microsoft will certainly change this at some point: if you want to use the cool new AI features, you’ll have to store your code in a proprietary format in the Microsoft cloud. Maybe you’ll be able to export it, but only one file at a time, and through a Web interface that crashes after three files.
And if you'd like to dig into the social and political implications of BBS culture, you might click on...
📚 An essay based on excerpts from my book, "The Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media," published in ISSUES in Science and Technology
🥳 And a thrilling roundtable on the theme of "Imagining a Better Internet" with @tamigraph, Finn Brunton, @apdamegriff, Kat Brewster, Frances Corry
Happy BBS DAY 2023! It's been 45 years since the creation of CBBS Chicago.
📻 Northern Public Radio published a nice piece about the legendary system https://www.northernpublicradio.org/education/2021-02-15/this-week-in-illinois-history-worlds-first-bbs-goes-live-feb-16-1978
🕸 Redditors are posting videos of themselves BBSing from all sorts of weird devices https://www.reddit.com/r/retrobattlestations/
📠 To light up a few boards yourself, check the Telnet BBS Guide https://www.telnetbbsguide.com/
MEDSCAPE article on NICE and Evusheld, with comment from me and others.
Owing to government & process delays, this committee was pushed back & back while COVID continued to mutate. By the time the committee met, almost a full year after the MHRA gave marketing authorisation for Evusheld it was no longer proven to work against the most recent variants
Does anybody has a setup for storing image credits in a way that can be automatically processed, e.g., by a #Pandoc filter?
The idea is: when I use an image in a lecture, the required image credits are looked up automatically and added to the slides or lecture notes in a way that is appropriate for the output format (as a footnote, a link, listed on an extra page, etc.).
The hardest part seems to be to decide where to store the information, because there are so many standards (see, e.g., https://cweiske.de/tagebuch/exif-url.htm or https://iptc.org/standards/photo-metadata/quick-guide-to-iptc-photo-metadata-and-google-images/).
Bourse doctorale Henri Rieben 2023-2024 https://www.infoclio.ch/de/bourse-doctorale-henri-rieben-2023-2024?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #infocliojob
Are you studying #History or #ClassicalStudies? Do you want to share tools, methods, tips&tricks with fellow researchers? Fantastic! Join the #DHNB2023 online workshop "Exploring Digital Tools and Platforms for Individual Research of History and Antiquity" on March 9, 2023, 9 to 12 CET. Info and registration on the workshop website https://vlandau.notion.site/vlandau/Workshop-Exploring-Digital-Tools-and-Platforms-for-Individual-Research-of-History-and-Antiquity-2cc4fdf1d3ba420493fd39fcb0fb3bef
Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.7.4 With Fix for Safari Favorite Icons https://www.macrumors.com/2023/02/15/apple-releases-macos-big-sur-11-7-4/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon
Do platforms like Uber, Upwork, Google, and Amazon represent a fundamental transformation of capitalism – or merely a digital form of neoliberalism?
In a recent publication in @BigDataSoc, I use regulation theory to answer this question. 🧵 1/
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