Some coding AI will be asked to write code that deletes the AI platform itself (exploiting a bug only the AI knows about), it does so, and it actually works.
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It may actually be that simple.
Learning and then using that information to make things is fine - even if you learn it by violating copyright law, as it's not easy to prove that you read books and articles and watched films against the terms and conditions (I'll refer to improperly sourced material again below).
It's when you start disseminating that learned content verbatim to others against the original terms and conditions where you'll be in the wrong. If you quote your sources in newly produced original material, even those accessed against terms and conditions, you're probably in the clear though.
Let's go to the level where the LLM sits: you produce content based on the things learned as described above, but for an employer, who then takes that and makes money. They may even give you new material to study in order to perform your new material creation duties. That's still fine, isn't it? Even if the material was sourced against the author's terms and conditions (and even if the obtainer is caught and sentenced).
Now, being the money maker that he is, your boss replaces you with a much more efficient tool: the LLM.
By my reasoning, as long as the LLM doesn't reproduce the original material verbatim, everybody is fine (except the now-starving content creators that have been obsoleted).
The LLM owner may be much easier to prosecute for improperly sourcing training material against terms and conditions than the general population though - until we all get pocket LLMs and proceed to apply the copier machine principle at high speed.
As the Renault Twingo ad says: "We live in modern times". Things will get very interesting soon.
Re: This is called technical debt
That someone isn't forced to do this maintenance work. They choose to do it. And it's not affecting the general product in any negative way. It's not debt. It's legacy, which is a related but different paradigm.
When all willing maintainers go away, then of course it's a good candidate for removal if it breaks or gets in the way. Even without maintainers though, if nothing breaks or gets in the way, it's perfectly fine to have it zombie along.
Back up a little there:
Participating banks distribute the e-rupee (e₹-R), in the same denominations available as notes and coins
What do you mean by "denominations" when it comes to digital currency? Does that mean that if I go to a shop they may not have enough change to give me because they don't have the requisite digital coins? The idea of "change" itself would arise from my lack of exact digital coinage as well.
Is that all it takes?
I should start a website like that for a short period, but you know, hide my tracks much better. Redeem vouchers with his own account? A newbie mistake.
Disclaimer: your honour, I made this comment hypothetically. If I were to actually go into cybercrime, I wouldn't brag to anybody, much less a public forum on the Internet, surely.
I'm guessing that their "senior" Laravel "developer" didn't bother himself with junior-level stuff such as "syntax" and "preventing SQL injections", and "concerned themselves with the bigger picture"
I'm channelling some anecdotes I got from a friend who is conducting hiring interviews and so far has rejected all the "senior" developers that came his way, with one of them saying more or less what I said in the first paragraph.
Story of the creds-leaking Exchange Autodiscover flaw – the one Microsoft wouldn't fix even after 5 years
Arm pulls the sheets off its latest Armv9 architecture with added AI support, Realms software isolation
Well... The core is still RISC, and it's all about modules added to it. The instruction sets of each module may also be relatively reduced in size. Maybe we need a new term: Modular Instruction Set Computer - MISC.
Intel keeps adding instructions to the main instruction set (but pretends to be modular by giving each addition a new label), because backwards compatibility. ARM is just pick and mix - make it as reduced or as complex as you fell like. I think RISC-V adopts this philosophy too.
One could think of this as having a lot more coprocessors than just a math one.
No phish for the likes of you, thank you very much! Google finds email villains are picky about demographics, country
Linux maintainer says long-term support for 5.10 will stay at two years unless biz world steps up and actually uses it
The part that's new to me is "talking to some companies". Sounds like the complainant, or even Broadcom itself, isn't in the loop about LTS.
There should be a policy prominently displayed (like an asterisk and a footnote) that says "we can go to 6 if enough people sign up", as this exchange seems to indicate the policy isn't clearly indicated.
Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break
Breakage as a feature
I'm not a Samsung fan, but I got a Samsung phone now after Google kept making the call volume go really low after a while on their phones and their suggestion was to clean the ear grid - done it, no effect.. Dudes, what?
Samsung also flipped a flag in an update and made my Dream View stop working (just another Samsung thing to do), but while annoying, I can live with it.
Just a murder
One of the customers of the tiny ISP I was working for had been murdered. My phone appeared in the call logs, so I was cordially invited to the police station to ask me about my whereabouts. They asked if I had had a call with the victim, but I totally forgot I did, and I said no. That prompted them to call me in again (somehow they didn't know about the call the first time, so I got to walk home across town only to be asked to walk back), and be accused of lying. Then it dawned on me that about half a year before I received one call from the victim about his Internet access. We never met in person. And when I mentioned that to the cop he appeared surprised that it was so long ago.
I'm guessing they were experts in murder investigation if it took me two trips to the station for them to find out those crucial details.
Apple appears to be charging Brits £309 to replace AirPods Max batteries, while Americans need only stump up $79
Amazon's ad-hoc Ring, Echo mesh network can mooch off your neighbors' Wi-Fi if needed – and it's opt-out
Imagined in a court of law
"It wasn't rape your honour. She didn't say yes, but she didn't opt out prior to the event in question, so it wasn't an explicit no either"
Headline: Dude walks away after justifying non-consensual sex act using consumer marketing law. Mass opt-out from women across the country. Congress considering law to make opting out harder.
Breaking news: Dude from previous story found dead, apparently because he didn't opt out of being murdered. Apparently his balls were cut off and he bled to death. Blunt pair of scissors found nearby. Testicles still missing. Here's a picture of them. If you see them, call the police immediately.
Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks
Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped
Drop all that
Authy user here, because of the convenience of SMS, with the knowledge that the private keys are mine. It survives across resets, and I can satisfy my ADHD by having it on multiple devices easily.
Ideally, SIM swapping should be fixed.
Getting an SMS to show that I'm in possession of my phone is very convenient, and it seems easy to implement at the login provider end even when they have code monkeys (a totally different security issue altogether)
It also works on dumbphones, for those who don't want to be tracked by Zucky, Gates, et al.
It is universally understood by people who otherwise don't know their Google from their Facebook.
The processes and PSAs should be as simple as a 5 year old can understand ("don't talk to strangers who call you out of the blue claiming to be from your bank, phone company, utility, dentist, child who's had an accident, investor who has the latest scheme to make you money, etc.) and the professionals can stand behind of.
Sounds like Oracle hit a problem with timestamps set in the future already and needed a quick fix, but didn't want to waste precious disk space either.
This should be taken as one of the first signs that this problem is starting to rear its ugly head and can't be put off much longer for software and structures that have't been updated to use 64-bit time yet.
Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security
Kotlin 1.4 Intermediate Representation
First, XKCD: https://xkcd.com/927/
What I'm thinking in relation to the XKCD is that the 15th standard is not a competing one, but one that deploys to any one of the other 14 as needed. It may become _the_ standard later, after nobody cares about the other 14 anymore, just like barely anybody cares about Assembly language and CPU instructions when developing software these days.
Then the crazy happens: Somebody develops standard 16 (rather than patch 15), the maintainers of 15 make it deploy to 16 as well, and the ones of 16 deploy to 15... And the winner is declared in a tug of war, not dissimilar to Betamax vs VHS, DVD-R vs DVD+R and HD-DVD vs Blu-ray.
It's ever so lovely when you fix one tiny thing and everything breaks. And then you revert the tiny thing and everything is _still_ broken. After you investigate the borkage, you end up with this question: How did this work in the first place? That's when I declare whiskey o'clock.
Dual battery technology
Well, I was wondering why they're not making battery packs of smaller batteries, and charge them at regular speed but in parallel. 10 cells of normal batteries, charged at regular speed, but with a result of 10 times less total charging time?
I can imagine that 10 cells that heat up at regular speed produce 10 times the heat too, and give you the Galaxy Note 7 experience. Yeah, that could be a problem.
You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'
So that's why I didn't get that job...
I had a whiteboard interview once. I was relaxed throughout. I believe I answered all their questions, but I didn't sweat one bit. I guess I failed the most important part then. Everything they asked me I had done on the job in the past, with some even fresh in my memory from the job I was leaving.
That, and the fact that I really didn't want to be in the office at 9 sharp given that their answer to "how often you guys do long hours" pretty much amounted to "it's rare when we leave on time"
'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails
Image-rec startup for cops, Feds can probably identify you from 3 billion pics it's scraped from Facebook, YouTube etc
Eggheads have crunched the numbers and the results are in: It's not just your dignity you lose with e-scooters, life and limb are in peril, too
Re: Elbow, and not electric
Nope, I was about 9 months younger than when I wrote the comment. Age: 36. The surgeon said my healing is quite good compared to the average (hey, does anyone want to research my genome to see if I'm special?)
They say specialist surgeons (elbow in this case) have much better results than general surgeons because they know much better how to put the bones back together rather than randomly glueing them together and calling it a day.
Elbow, and not electric
Meh, I injured myself the old school way: kick scooter (i.e. I was the engine), hit a kerb with my front wheel, flew like Superman, did a screw through the air, landed on my left elbow (dislocation and terrible triad injury). Helmet wouldn't have helped me :)
Cause: good old speed (the m/s kind, not the kind mentioned in the article) and lack of judgement
I was seen by an elbow specialist and my healing is astounding after 9 months. Very little loss of range of movement.
How about a Magic Leap?
It's a heck of a lot of work, but just make the whole computer virtual. Put your Magic Leap on (hopefully you get a future version with better field of view), look at the table, ta da... fully working laptop or desktop computer.
And you get the same inability to touch type as with this invisible keyboard.
Don't roll your own security
"why passwords were not properly encrypted" - because nobody checked the code, and they rolled their own security module?
The security module developer might as well have been a contractor too, and then the motto of "it it ain't broke don't fix it" was applied. I mean, it was working, right? No need to look into it to see how it does it - no time for opening cans of worms.
This usually involves using a framework that provides pretty much all the scaffolding you need and lets you focus on your business logic. Don't roll your own framework either.
Choose your appeal and thus success
Camelia is a nice, pleasant name, and it can draw people in via the sexual-emotional route.
Raku can bury the language.
Technical merits? They don't matter that much. Would you rather tell people that you do Camelia or Raku? Sounds to me like I'd rather admin to writing Perl than Raku.
Penalising loyal customers - helps competition?
Regarding that super-complaint:
I'm not in any way an expert in economic competition, but doesn't this "penalty" help competition (when people switch frequently), while removing it can create a few big players because people are too comfy to switch or "haggle"?
(It's not really haggling. It's just asking "I can haz discount?" They already have a list of approved discounts on their wall for those who ask)
If they have discounts available they'll give them to you if you ask. If not, they won't
Sometimes haggling is immediate, other times it takes them 3 days to get back to you.
This time around I didn't need to haggle with Vodafone. They were happy to "upgrade" me from my old plan (30 quid/month) to a new 18 month contract at the same speed (the maximum available on VDSL), plus a new router (23 quid/month list price). There was Sky cheaper by one pound, but I didn't think it was worth it to switch just for that.
But in the past I got Virgin to give me a kicker of a deal by rejecting all their discounted offers that were undercut by regular providers. They came back with an offer I just couldn't turn down: more speed, less cost than everyone on the market at that point.