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Linus Tech Tips (LTT) release investigation results on former accusations (x.com)

There were a series of accusations about our company last August from a former employee. Immediately following these accusations, LMG hired Roper Greyell - a large Vancouver-based law firm specializing in labor and employment law, to conduct a third-party investigation. Their website describes them as “one of the largest...

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They paid someone with incentive not to find anything, to investigate what LTT decided to share. Yeah, no, I’m not resubscribing. But I guess consultants recommended more trainings so at least there’s some competition for the least surprising outcome.

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I think you’re forgetting initial responses from LMG to this whole fiasco. They didn’t appear to be acting in good faith then and now I’m setting a bar for trust higher than I would otherwise.

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The outcome of the investigation is a statement by a third party which can’t present proof so ultimately this is still about trust.

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They’re probably doing this to catch up with Apple though :)

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We’re using it for streaming services, anything with loyalty plans, insurance, catering plan, routers and other common utility non-personal stuff.

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Who do you trust with your passwords?

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I would understand self hosting but those are for-profit entities as well. They might be subject to less regulatory oversight because they’re smaller. They might not have as many resources to keep my data safe. They have benefits for sure but trust is not this easy to judge.

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I don’t trust them in general but I’m certain Google doesn’t use my passwords for advertising.

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So far big guys didn’t leak passwords but 1password and LastPass did.

misk ,
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It’s funny seeing this every couple of years. People get up in arms about something with Windows, some switch to Linux because they outgrew Windows and the time was right. By now I think you guys could be primary source of Linux users.

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It’s worth noting that it was quite cheap and therefore a very good budget option to MacGyver music streaming into older cars.

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We’re one step closer to Cheesoid.

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No, Cheesoid! It’s cheese with glue :(

misk ,
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I doubt that anyone saying that LLM are calculating next word solely based on previous sequence. It’s still statistics, regardless of complexity.

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Most people don’t know what Bayesian statistics are so you could say most people don’t really get how machine learning works in general anyway. It’s not misleading though as it perfectly sets expectations on what you’re getting as output. It’s much more healthy to general understanding of AI than anthropomorphizing very inflexible and limited models achieved thanks to technology that is seemingly in a plateau.

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ELIZA from 1966 was enough to convince people that computer program they were talking to was human. People are now being sold on getting answers to their questions via natural language prompts and those answers are pretty much plausibly sounding sentences that happen to be right sometimes due to probability calculations.

Bayesian statistics is very different from what’s being taught up until high school (at least here) and is foundational to earlier machine learning applications like spam filters. It’s hard to imagine understanding what LLMs do without basics.

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Not using reddit pretty much guarantees it.

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It’s not even the right solution to the problem. I have my car registration among other government issued IDs in a government issued app. With how much power AI uses this is blockchain-level waste of resources.

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Labor is relatively cheap despite how much IT is raking in at the moment. Most developers in Poland are registered as sole proprietors which contributes to one of highest rates of self-employment in Europe (source). Tax system favors those over regular work contracts leading to regressive burden (source) and to the point we could be classified as tax haven. Also means those developers are not covered under normal labor protection.

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You could convince Elon to do this by telling him it would be terrible for internet preservation.

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AI is math, statistics specifically.

misk ,
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That’s because ChatGPT and the likes use machine learning to calculate odds of word combinations that make up a plausible sentence in a given context. There are scientific studies that postulate we’ll never have enough data to train those models properly, not to mention exponential energy consumption required. But this is not the only application of this technology.

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Doesn’t appear that the rule is enforced consistently and in my experience is used mostly to remove Twitter related news, even those that aren’t really business (like primary domain change, which broke some extensions). At the same time posts about pricing changes of streaming services are OK.

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