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Water Cooler / Re: Sucralose... the microplastic of sweeteners
« on: July 21, 2024, 10:02:06 PM »
I suspect everyone who does not obsessively read labels consumes sucralose in some quantity.

Water Cooler / Sucralose... the microplastic of sweeteners
« on: July 21, 2024, 06:07:58 PM »

"The compound is so stable that it escapes wastewater treatment processing and is in drinking water and aquatic environments."

Water Cooler / A car review worth reading just for fun
« on: July 21, 2024, 05:48:01 PM »
I drove a Cybertruck around SF because I am a smart, cool alpha male

Thatís why SFGATE asked me, someone who knows precious little about how cars actually work, to test-drive a Cybertruck. I fit the customer profile for one to a T. I am tall. I am white. I am loud. I donít really have many friends where I live. Most important, I desperately want people to think Iím cool.

>> PHPStorm

As I was winding down coding, it seemed like PHPStorm was pulling away from other IDEs, but I never switched. That sounds pretty amazing though.

>>  done in 15 seconds.

My few experiments resulted in perfectly functional, readable code in seconds.

I wonder what the apprenticeship/junior developer/junior editor path looks like these days. Does the senior editor/developer just tell the junior editor/developer to feed it into some LLM and see what comes out?

Water Cooler / Re: Segway makes more affordable robot lawn mower
« on: July 21, 2024, 04:33:33 AM »
>>more expensive than a mowing service.


>>  seeds of it's own destruction.

Maybe. On the other hand, Google is not really for you. Forget organizing the world's knowledge. I think it's better to think of Google as the world's largest ad-driven scraper site. A lot follows from that:

 - you feed sales to large brands with the ability to spend a lot on ads

 - you don't feed sales to small sites and index them just because - their willingness to pay for ads becomes a signal of "quality" in this case because people won't generate 200,000 AI content farms and then buy ads for them

 - you focus your appeal on users who are also shoppers. All other users are a waste of your resources

 - you keep news and fun content just barely clean enough to keep those shoppers who coming back when they want a list of all the movies Kevin Costner has been in.

The last one is becoming harder, since ChatGPT or Claude will give you that list currently with a lot less chaff

I've found that taking anything I write and dropping it into Claude with the prompt:

"Edit this for grammar, flow and clarity:"

Yields really good results. Then as a last step after one or two iterations with the above, "Check this for grammar and spelling."

Other than that, I'm still not really doing anything with these tools.

Are you using them to jumpstart coding? Anyone paying for pro versions to get the latest models?

Incidentally, these systems draw multiple megawatts to run, not counting the massive energy to train them and yet in most respects they do not equal the human brain which runs on 120 watts when it's working full out.

Water Cooler / Re: Not a Terminator unless...
« on: July 17, 2024, 03:34:39 PM »
Things stop being fun at anything over 30 hours per week once you're being paid to do it.

Water Cooler / Re: Not a Terminator unless...
« on: July 16, 2024, 09:30:18 PM »
At the high end, painting is a skilled job. The good ones are really good and can do it all (lacquer, paint). I see this replacing all the apprentices or random unskilled painters so that one skilled painter and his machine will equal a crew.

That being the case, how then does the apprentice become a master painter?

Web Development / Re: For your collection of Useful Tools
« on: July 15, 2024, 04:37:09 PM »
As near as I can tell, that site is just sizing an iframe to match the size of the device and letting your browser render it normally in desktop mode wrapped in an image of a phone.

You can see, if you compare it to the mobile emulator in your browser, that it's the desktop experience (e.g. arrow cursor) not the emulated mobile experience (touch cursor).

So I *think* they are stretching the definition of "emulator".

You will probably get a better result, albeit without the graphic image of the phone, using the browser's built-in emulators. If nothing else, you will get a larger and more modern selection of devices (in Chrome if you edit the list, you can add devices all the way back to the iPhone 5).

Interesting marketing though. The first choice of example sites to render is the sales page for their agency!

i.e. - it always comes down to that doesn't it? Free with ads or free with data sales is the expected model and people hate the idea of anything other than free.

Half the stuff I use is free, because the flip side is....

Every individual free service I use feels worth $10/month, but the aggregate $200/mo seems outlandish for what I would be getting. And thus, browsers in the thrall of ad networks.

How much revenue would a browser builder need from paid subscriptions to equal the revenue they get from ad networks, directly or indirectly?

>> private secretary

I joke that my 95-year-old dad has two girlfriends: Alexa and Siri (or "Series" as he calls her).

Bit by bit my brother has been transitioning him to Apple, but until recently Alexa ran his thermostat, garage door, appointments, weather reports and so on.

He gets a kick out of being able to say: "Alexa, add an appointment at 10am on July 27 to see the dentist." This, by the way, was the use case that got my brother to change him to Apple Homekit - it integrates better with the calendar on the iPhone (or so I'm told... I'm way behind my 95yo father in my tech adoption as it turns out).

It's made me think of the massive change over the course of his life.

I was helping a friend put on a roof yesterday and nobody wanted to use a corded drill even though the batteries on the lithium drill running the seamer were overheating.

I realized that my grandfather used cordless tools and I use cordless tools, but my father's generation was the only one that had used corded tools for most of their working lives. It struck me that corded tools had only lasted 1-2 generations depending on how you count it. Even when I was a kid, my grandfather, who had grown up in the trades but become an engineer, built furniture and a dog kennel and other things with the tools he was familiar with - hand saw, hand drill, hand sander. He had a few power tools, but mostly hadn't bothered.

And now my dad says, "Alexa, close the garage door," and it happens.

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