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Water Cooler / DetectGPT
« on: January 28, 2023, 02:42:52 PM »

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Water Cooler / Re: Tell HN: Whole Yandex Git repository leaked
« on: January 26, 2023, 07:09:37 PM »
>can learn

Not sure, probably more value for the likes of Mojeek as there's a frame of reference on how they tackled problems.

Apparently they do a lot more than search so maybe has a broader interest.


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Water Cooler / Re: Tell HN: Whole Yandex Git repository leaked
« on: January 26, 2023, 03:30:44 PM »
Haven't looked into it much but thought this post was interesting https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=34526717

>3rd party

A site with none of that is a rare breed

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>bird kills

https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms2380
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Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually.

>economy

One proposed not far from me intends to pay £5K/MW of installed capacity towards community. I worked it out to be around £400/y per household in the catchment area. Still only works out to 5p/kWh, domestic rate at the moment here with all the government top slicing is closer to 50p.

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This might encourage more people to pass their driving test.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Market Wraps Up Worst Year Since 2008
« on: December 31, 2022, 06:03:38 PM »
After selling my old place 18 months after moving into a new one, I dipped into a share ISA. Took a wee bit of a hit since April but sticking with it, though a chunk of the proceeds are upgrading/insulating the house. Pay rose with inflation but not energy price inflation...

>renewables

That Ripple energy I invested into (as a co-op)... their live project is now paying 27p/kWh. I'm in for 4400kWh/y in their next project. I use about 2200kWh for the house, expected price next year is meant to be 60p kWh so effectively free at these rates. Lifespan of 25/y but at these nutty prices I'll make my money back in 2/3 years... more importantly will be shielded from future spikes.

Also invested into Greencoat UK Wind PLC, currently at 5% divi yield, decent market cap but funded by some debt with rising interest rates.

I noticed some news recently about the EU being taken to court on their cap. The 'energy price cap' raised in UK parliament threatened this kind of scheme but has been reserved for larger non-community/co-operative wind farms. The limit being something around 20p kWh. It's a bit surreal that the green/cheap providers are being clobbered because of fossil fuel market rates (and at least in the UK, the consumer gets clobbered) 

Bar a fossil fuel price crash or nuclear fusion, pretty confident a 25 year investment in something that ends up costing 4-5p kWh will outdo what it costing 60p kWh day by day just now.


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Traffic / Re: AI helper specialized in SEO-optimized content creation
« on: December 29, 2022, 10:04:08 PM »
Impressive for sure.

I'd seen a few posts talking about how detectable it was and surprisingly it is fairly detectable in its use of English. I bet this will be short lived though, with some iterations and a bit of hand editing, still a win with the latter.

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Traffic / Re: AI helper specialized in SEO-optimized content creation
« on: December 29, 2022, 08:43:30 PM »
No doubt a ton of these services will spring up. domain pretty new, socials new (and linked to wrongly on footer).

Have you had a go?

Wondering whether it's crafted questions, openai api and a basic template...

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>Isn’t this just winter?

Twae pairs o aw hin winter.

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>good influencer-type blog drivel

Been meaning to look more into chatgpt, but agree it's just very convincingly boilerplate generic stuff from what I've seen. raises the bar for the real human in a Turing test, and probably can fool search bots enough. Makes me think of G and pagerank, at some point they may find a chunk of their training data is a product of their own output.

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Water Cooler / Re: You all have any goals for 2023?
« on: December 09, 2022, 01:51:34 PM »
>If you're using Laravel or Symfony

I haven't. That's probably what I'm missing out on.

>Have you built any WP plugins before?

Never. Most I've done with WP is scale out installations on threadbare resources for PBNs. Looked at a few but never written any.

I guess my prior experience is mostly my own code and not much of anyone else's.

>really interesting domain/kw data

Send me a PM in the New Year?

Have had it sitting around a while, I make some beer money off it but know some data is a pain to get at nowadays.

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Water Cooler / Re: You all have any goals for 2023?
« on: December 06, 2022, 05:22:37 PM »
>PHP 8

Someone had asked me recently about which PHP version I used for some custom new few hundred line script and I couldn't think why it would've mattered as long as it was a version within the past 10 years or so. Was some curl, JSON and some logic. I guess when you intermix with 3rd party stuff then PHP8 becomes a bigger thing.

Barely touched PHP for 5 years other than vanilla hand-written stuff.

>2023

Making sure my daughter does OK in her 1st into 2nd year in high school. If not, maybe I can move - but probably not necessary. There's a better school nearby but I dunno, sometimes it's better to mix the rough and smooth as it goes.

Trim some costs out my life. I run a few dedicated servers for the past few years that have a ton of keyword and domain data, bit of a side project but Moore's type laws say I can store that data at 1/3rd of the price. BTW, anyone into domain or keyword data? Have 670M registered or previously registered domain names. About the same number of records of keywords with data for autosuggests, keyword volumes, cpc etc. Maybe we could do a th3core thing.

At home continuing to upgrade the house.

Making sure to keep regularly in touch with my widowed mum who lost her husband at the start of the year. 2 brothers nearby but I'm the one in walking distance. Maybe take more holidays to Spain with her and the family since she loves the sun (vs Scotland's effort at weather) and I definitely don't mind the hot weather and all-inclusive beer. Most hotels have wi-fi nowadays for working away.

No firm plans. Upgrading my home has been a thing, new windows last year, new doors this year + floor and roof insulation in the post. Still a bit chilly downstairs until floor is done. Long term thing.

Grateful atm because of all the cost of living nonsense that I'm doing OK. Trying to donate here and there where I think it's worthwhile. Local youth rugby club, food bank, local flora community efforts that kind of thing. Things seem pretty grim in the UK ATM, but at least the value of GBP thinks the future is better :)


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Traffic / Re: Google brings continuous scroll to desktop search results
« on: December 06, 2022, 04:47:43 PM »
Of all the things Google could do, the best thing IMO is getting rid of those extra links that are injected when you hit the back button.

Click back > hit 2nd result, end up hitting some other link because of some injected links. Crazy annoying but their CTR metrics won't agree.

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