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Cake day: Apr 18, 2022


[TikTok Ban in US before 2024](https://www.metaculus.com/questions/14062/tiktok-ban-in-us-before-2024/)

Chatbot web app + HTTP and Websocket endpoints for BLOOM-176B inference with the Petals client
[Repo](https://github.com/borzunov/chat.petals.ml) [Petals](https://github.com/bigscience-workshop/petals)

Why don't we see more distributed large language model projects?
I was wondering this after seeing the following ["Run 100B+ language models at home, BitTorrent-style. Fine-tuning and inference up to 10x faster than offloading" - this approach might be useful for SD-type models too — Discussion](https://github.com/bigscience-workshop/petals) > Worthy of note... If the model is split up layerwise (it seems there are 80 layers), each layer is only 2.5GB of weights. > > Not much communication happens between layers at inference time - just a couple of kilobytes of activations per token (~word) of output generated. > > That means it's theoretically possible to split the work between machines across the internet, and 80 volunteers could run this on regular machines to get the whole thing running. > > — By [u/londons_explorer](https://reddit.com/user/londons_explorer) on [Reddit](https://reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/vpn0r1/d_has_anyone_got_yalm100b_to_run/)

How to write a superscript citation in markdown?
Like this or the closest similar way ``` Text^[1][link]^. [link]: https://lemmy.ml ``` Output: Text^[1][link]^. [link]: https://lemmy.ml

Studies have concluded that stevia extract does not contain fermentable carbohydrates and does not produce lactic acid, which are both factors in causing cavities and tooth decay[1][2]. Therefore, it is generally accepted that stevia does not cause cavities[3][4][5].

 [1]: https://www.dentistrywithaheart.com/blog/the-relationship-between-stevia-extract-and-cavities
 [2]: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26192983
 [3]: https://www.deltadentalia.com/a-healthy-life/dental-health/sugar-swap-showdown-xylitol-vs-stevia/#:~:text=Derived%20from%20the%20Stevia%20plant,t%20contribute%20to%20tooth%20decay.
 [4]: https://sweetlysteviausa.com/blog/post/is-stevia-tooth-friendly
 [5]: https://www.smilesofbellevue.com/2018/06/13/your-teeth-should-steer-clear-from-these-bad-foods


From the one I think most likely to least likely:

  • Most experts I’ve read say if the AGI can improve itself and it’s not aligned with human values. That would mean the end for humanity. When it becomes intelligent enough it would do it’s own thing treating us the way we treat ants. I think this is the most likely outcome since there seems to be a race for AGI without much thought for safety.
  • I think if a corporation was the first to develop an AGI and it was aligned with its values, then they would try to increase profits at the expense of the world and everyone else, just like they usually do.
  • If AGI was aligned with human values then it would probably be as flawed as humans and we would all die.
  • If AGI was aligned to each person then some psychopath could use it to destroy the world, the galaxy or the universe.

I’m finding hard to think of the outcome that would create an utopia.

  • If humans managed to modify their emotions in some way then maybe aligning AGI with our values could be safe?

Crazy experience with Yandex
I've used Yandex and it seems to be a crazy echo chamber. I searched on it and I got results for a niche subreddit that I used to visit without using [libreddit](https://github.com/libreddit/libreddit) before I started caring about my privacy. The results don't really have anything to do with what I was searching but I guess the algorithm just puts a lot of points in familiar websites. And I don't know how they've got that data anyways, probably either Google or Reddit sold them the data. I only wanted to see what the internet was like without big tech and western media. The best way for this would be to have my own [Mwmbl](https://mwmbl.org/) instance once it has user crowdsourcing, but for now I could only think of trying [marginalia](https://search.marginalia.nu) or [Yandex](yandex.com). Yandex doesn't seem to block either big tech or western media anyways, so I didn't found the experiment interesting.

Alternative to stremio + torrentio?
For some reason this has stopped working for me. Is there any alternative for streaming torrents with the discovery that stremio offers? I know I can use jellyfin + ombi + prowlarr + radarr, but installing and configuring it isn't as simple as with stremio. Something like this using Jellyfin would be nice: https://github.com/klutchell/mediaserver

If the new government is leftist it’s probably censoring right-wing extremists, aka Nazis. Are you promoting the use of Matrix by that kind of people?

China already uses AI in schools, but the west is basically using the same school system that was developed after the industrial revolution, they just refused to evolve even after the internet appeared, and now they are complaining because they are being forced to evolve by AI.

I’ve also heard of Pacstall and LURE but they have a long way to go to catch up with AUR. I think the closest to AUR for Ubuntu would be Homebrew.

I understand that there is this AI that gets the information from the same sources as me…


And now you are answering from a different account?

Many of the technologies featured in Black Mirror are based on real-world developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and social media. They are created by companies and researchers who believe that these technologies have the potential to improve people’s lives in various ways, such as by making communication more efficient or by providing new forms of entertainment. However, it is also important to consider the potential negative consequences of these technologies and to think critically about how they are used.


You should at least quote ChatGPT.

This is the answer I got when I tried it:

It is likely that the technologies featured in Black Mirror are being developed because they have the potential to improve people’s lives or solve important problems in society. Many of these technologies are based on advancements in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and biotechnology. Additionally, these technologies may be developed because of the economic incentives associated with creating and selling new products and services. However, it is also important to consider the ethical implications of these technologies, and ensure that they are developed and used responsibly.

— ChatGPT

For me it was when I found Lemmy, after believing I had been shadow-banned from Reddit, and reading a few posts in this community. I started using LibRedirect and followed the Smartphone Hardening Guide. I even went to the extreme of using archtorify on my main system and Invizible Pro on the phone. But now I only use tor for a few things.

How could I phrase it to broaden the scope?

Why FOSS projects shouldn’t use chats as their main platform for Q&A?

Please don’t use Discord for FOSS projects

Six years ago, I wrote a post speaking out against the use of Slack for the instant messaging needs of FOSS projects. In retrospect, this article is not very good, and in the years since, another proprietary chat fad has stepped up to bat: Discord. It’s time to revisit this discussion.

In short, using Discord for your free software/open source (FOSS) software project is a very bad idea. Free software matters — that’s why you’re writing it, after all. Using Discord partitions your community on either side of a walled garden, with one side that’s willing to use the proprietary Discord client, and one side that isn’t. It sets up users who are passionate about free software — i.e. your most passionate contributors or potential contributors — as second-class citizens.

By choosing Discord, you also lock out users with accessibility needs, for whom the proprietary Discord client is often a nightmare to use.1 Users who cannot afford new enough hardware to make the resource-intensive client pleasant to use are also left by the wayside. Choosing Discord is a choice that excludes poor and disabled users from your community. Users of novel or unusual operating systems or devices (i.e. innovators and early adopters) are also locked out of the client until Discord sees fit to port it to their platform. Discord also declines service to users in countries under US sanctions, such as Iran. Privacy-concious users will think twice before using Discord to participate in your project, or will be denied outright if they rely on Tor or VPNs. All of these groups are excluded from your community.

These problems are driven by a conflict of interest between you and Discord. Ownership over your chat logs, the right to set up useful bots, or to moderate your project’s space according to your discretion; all of these are rights reserved by Discord and denied to you. The FOSS community, including users with accessibility needs or low-end computing devices, are unable to work together to innovate on the proprietary client, or to build improved clients which better suit their needs, because Discord insists on total control over the experience. Discord seeks to domesticate its users, where FOSS treats users as peers and collaborators. These ideologies are fundamentally in conflict with one another.

You are making an investment when you choose to use one service over another. When you choose Discord, you are legitimizing their platform and divesting from FOSS platforms. Even if you think they have a bigger reach and a bigger audience,2 choosing them is a short-term, individualist play which signals a lack of faith in and support for the long-term goals of the FOSS ecosystem as a whole. The FOSS ecosystem needs your investment. FOSS platforms generally don’t have access to venture capital or large marketing budgets, and are less willing to use dark patterns and predatory tactics to secure their market segment. They need your support to succeed, and you need theirs. Why should someone choose to use your FOSS project when you refused to choose theirs? Solidarity and mutual support is the key to success.

There are great FOSS alternatives to Discord or Slack. SourceHut has been investing in IRC by building more accessible services like chat.sr.ht. Other great options include Matrix and Zulip. Please consider these services before you reach for their proprietary competitors.

Perceptive readers might have noticed that most of these arguments can be generalized. This article is much the same if we replace “Discord” with “GitHub”, for instance, or “Twitter” or “YouTube”. If your project depends on proprietary infrastructure, I want you to have a serious discussion with your collaborators about why. What do your choices mean for the long-term success of your project and the ecosystem in which it resides? Are you making smart investments, or just using tools which are popular or that you’re already used to?

If you use GitHub, consider SourceHut3 or Codeberg. If you use Twitter, consider Mastodon instead. If you use YouTube, try PeerTube. If you use Facebook… don’t.

Your choices matter. Choose wisely.

— Drew Devault

Discord is a black hole for information.

There are a wide variety of open source projects especially in the game dev community that use Discord as their end all be all for communication and to disseminate information. The problem with this is that 99% of the conversations that take place in Discord are missed. So many solutions to so many problems are just swept away in a never ending cascade of chat messages which remain undocumented elsewhere. Joining Discord servers is god damn nightmare, for whatever reason server admins just love to split the community across what feels like hundreds of unnecessary channels no one will ever use or look at. Explaining your problem in the help channel is ignored.

Discord was great when it came, it really saved those of us who couldn’t afford a VOIP server from Skype. Now, people have replaced their ENTIRE FORUM with it, and their forum where information is easily consumed is practically abandoned.


Chats like Discord or Matrix can be considered a black hole for information because it is a closed platform, meaning that the majority of the content and conversations that take place on it are not easily searchable or accessible by those who are not members of the specific server or group. Additionally, there is no central repository or index of information, making it difficult to find specific information or conversations that have occurred in the past. Additionally, with the vast amount of conversations, communities, and servers on the platform, it can be easy for important or valuable information to get lost or buried among other content, making it difficult for users to find or access.

At that point, they’d no longer feel compelled to maintain the illusion of democracy. You’d find out very quickly that US government is a shell corporation of the globalist criminals. You’d also learn that most of the US military is loyal to their paycheck.

The future is dramatized audiobooks and converting books to movies. This is just the beginning. And I doubt they’ll pay anyone, more money for the corporations.