* Posts by ethindp

9 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jul 2023

AI to replace 2.4 million jobs in the US by 2030, many fewer than other forms of automation


Yeah, I highly doubt this. AI has been in research and development for decades and it still can't display any actual form of intelligent reasoning. It's just a fancy statistics prediction algorithm. That's it.

The world seems so loopy. But at least someone's written a memory-safe sudo in Rust


Re: Well

Yes, Ada won't save you from your own stupidity. But Rust doesn't either. Literally all Rust did was reinvent a bit of Ada and call it something different.


If you want memory safe and secure software, use ada. Simple as that. Rust only offers memory safety; Ada and Spark offer that and, if you want, correctness and provability. Absolutely no contest. (And before anyone complains about the lack of libraries: that's because not many people use it; if more people used it, it'd get more libraries...)

More UK cops' names and photos exposed in supplier breach


Nothing to hide? Really? Do you tell your friends all your credit card numbers, identity information, passwords, etc? Yeah, I didn't think so. So much for nothing to hide....

Lost voices, ignored words: Apple's speech recognition needs urgent reform


This is pretty much the problem with apps and companies everywhere. Accessibility is always an afterthought. Rarely have I seen a company think of it and incorporate it during the design process, and then continue developing it as the product(s) evolve. And whenever we try to pass laws to get these companies to give a damn, the companies manage to get the laws stalled. I'd be all for just ramming laws through to improve this without giving companies any time to lobby or stall anything.

Accessibility (needs) to be, like, something that is over-emphasized in UI design courses, books, etc. Dedicate like half the course/book to it. It isn't something that you can just implement afterwards (trust me, I've tried it, and I'm blind, and it's far harder than you think, and it never feels entirely complete because, at the end of the day, it's usually just a huge number of hacks); it needs to be thought about and deeply incorporated with the rest of the apps design and functionality before development even begins.

GNOME 45 beta: Less buggy, more colorful, and still not your grandma's desktop


I can't use Gnome because the accessibility is shit. Orca can't read the desktop, the overview panel is retarded, the supposedly "new" text editor crashed whenever I tried to use it, the terminal had this weird output duplication problem.... I have no incentive to go back to Gnome. Wayland has little accessibility to speak of because the developers are still concerned about security (among other problems). KDE works, sort of. But I just go with XFCE now. It has only one accessibility problem that I know of, but eh, what else can I do when accessibility is currently ruled by Gnome and Gnome seemingly doesn't give a shit about it unless they're forced to take notice? I mean, half the time they just ignore us disabled people anyway, thinking they know best, so.... Yeah, I'm definitely not going to use this release.

OpenAI pulls AI text detector due to it being a bit crap


Re: AI classifier is no longer available due to its low rate of accuracy

Accuracy might not matter now, but I'll be laughing when businesses who are jumping on the AI train realize that everyone the AI "hires" is highly unqualified and unable to perform the duties assigned to them, or they're unable to get the AI to do what they want, so have to hire people who will tell the AI what to do because... The AI isn't actually intelligent, as much as OpenAI would like you to believe that it is. Or, even worse: a business does something monumentally stupid like putting an AI in charge of finances and suddenly the corporation is investigated for fraud because the AI "decided" to do something unlawful.

One problem with America's chip ambitions: Not quite enough staff


I'm pretty sure that's the case, yes. You wouldn't believe the number of "entry-level" jobs I've found that require 5-10 years of experience. A job that requires that much experience is not an entry-level position at all. I can only see two possibilities for that: either HR is writing the JDs and requirements, and has absolutely no idea what they're talking about, and they aren't actually communicating with the employer for that position; or the employer is incredibly incompetent and magically expects a fresh college graduate to just "somehow" acquire a decade of experience. (I've also seen jobs that require 2-4 years, but that's still bad -- how is a college graduate supposed to get that?) It's even worse though because there are many jobs that I've seen that indicate that experience in college doesn't count as experience. The vast majority of internships are either unpaid, require you to be actively seeking a degree, or both, and I, for one, would like to be getting paid for my work and would like to avoid trying to get a job every 3-6 months, particularly since I already have a degree.


Maybe if the employers were the ones writing the job descriptions and posting them instead of HR, these foundries might have a lot of applicants. But instead every corporation is pretending like we're in a recession when we aren't, and HR is writing job descriptions without actually understanding any of the technical terminology. Well, and many companies want gods for employees and are throwing out unrealistic job reqs. I have absolutely zero sympathy for these companies. Maybe if they wanted realistic things they might actually get somewhere.