Kissaki , in Software with politic opinion is are security threat avatar

A block on Twitter doesn't say anything unless you know why they were blocked and know the person. Blocking can be more than warranted and justified. Be it spam, toxicity, harassment, or similar things. "I saw a screenshot of someone being blocked on Twitter" is not a good foundation for an argument.

They talk about malware in npm packages. One example isn't enough to make a general claim that all software with political opinions or voices becomes malware.

When a platform follows sanctions, and the law, I don't think you can claim them to be political and activism decisions. If you want to make that argument and want to do so in an absolutist fashion (not assess and reduce risks but evade them entirely), then you can only self-host and I guess on your own servers? No platforms, no services?

Nowadays, there are many teams who buy popular apps and browser extensions to inject malware.

… which has nothing to do with political views and especially not political views of the original authors and sellers.

As you can see, the "opinion" or "political view" of a company is not only a way to hype on sanctions and curry favor with investors, the government, and consumers, but it is also a clear signal about potential threats. It signals that your sensitive data may be hijacked, sold, or wiped anytime if the political compass spins tomorrow and recognizes you as an enemy.

No. None of what was written before showed me any of that.

Some of the red flags I actively use to reject software:

Direct political opinions in a product's blog, like "we support X" or "we are against X"

"We are free software and we support free software" -> REJECTED! (?)

Hundun , in Software with politic opinion is are security threat

All software is political, riddled with biases and potential security risks. Most of the time we ignore the policy of the software, because we either agree with that policy, or are conditioned not to clock it as a "policy", because "this is just Common Sense(TM)".

I suspect, if the author would have been more honest with themselves, they'd write something along the lines of "turns out, software is a platform for political action, and it scares me" - an opinion that is very valid, valuable and thought-provoking.

nathan , in Software with politic opinion is are security threat

Is are

bravesilvernest , in Software with politic opinion is are security threat avatar

" are..."?

Kissaki , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity avatar

Poor people whose first Name is Al

ClemaX , avatar

AI Gore

Kissaki , avatar

Some people don't like gore

pearsaltchocolatebar , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity

AI is great, if used properly. It's a tool, not a solution, and needs a ton of refinement.

My company has spent tens of millions of dollars and a year plus refining our AI platform, to the extent that we're directly responsible for a leading cloud platform's current and future offerings. We're even at the point of them offering their services for free because we're putting in so much work.

Properly using generative AI is possible, but most companies don't want to pay for it.

deadbeef79000 , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity

I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords.

eskuero , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity avatar

I fed the article to ollama running gemma:2b and first point of summarization is:

**Key Points:**
* The user is highly motivated and intelligent, but feels undervalued by the industry.


onlinepersona , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity

TIL about garrotes. We are such a fucking evil species, goddamn.

The blogpost was hilarious though. I'm just sitting here sipping my drink while I watch this AI thing play out. May the AI overlords come within my lifetime.

Anti Commercial-AI license

thingsiplay , in I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again — Ludicity avatar


cupcakezealot , in Malicious VSCode extensions with millions of installs discovered avatar

darcula dead and loving it

Paragone , in Why is predictive text so hard to disable?

It's simple:

Beat the population into learned-helplessness,

& then all the AI molestingware that the device can run, can be running in it.


It's just a conditioning-step, is all.

The profit is in having the population not have any privacy left, & living only within the neuromarketing-platforms that the mainstream operating-systems are becoming.

It's just a step in the suckerpunching humankind, is all.

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Pekka , in Malicious VSCode extensions with millions of installs discovered avatar

That headline is quite misleading ... the malicious extension only had a few hundred installs, not millions. They just copied an existing extension that does have 7 millions installs. They did went quite far by registering a URL. Of course it is bad that stuff like this manages to get on the store, but as long as you check what you are installing, you should be fine.

OmnipotentEntity , avatar

Not quite. Their "malicious" extension only got a few hundred installs. Using the data gathered by that extension and via other means they were able to locate other actually malicious extensions. Those total in the millions of installations.

Through this process, they have found the following:

1,283 with known malicious code (229 million installs).
8,161 communicating with hardcoded IP addresses.
1,452 running unknown executables.
2,304 that are using another publisher's Github repo, indicating they are a copycat.
Pekka , avatar

Ah it makes more sense that way, I didn't read the title as if they were talking about all the extensions that they found summed together.
This does make it really clear that you should always check extensions when installing them, and not just install extensions with a low install base from an unknown author.

jmcs , in AI layoffs
magic_lobster_party ,
frog ,

When AI can sit in a large chair and make money off the backs of others all day

Arguably this is the only thing AI can do. Would AI even exist if not for the huge datasets derived from other people's hard work? All the money AI will generate is based exclusively off the backs of others.

hemko ,

I was about to say no AI could replace Elon Musk, but then I remembered Tay

neo ,

Oh yeah? And what if the AI hallucinates stuff like self driving cars within a year or I don't know, wants us to colonise another planet before we are even able to preserve Earth...

or maybe it suddenly wants to pay a random amount of money for another entirely unrelated company.

I mean, sure it could "run" multiple companies, but the decisions would probably be completely random, like renaming Disney to xXx or something similarly insane.

Nah, I think that makes it pretty clear, that we absolutely cannot afford to replace CEOs with AI!

jmcs ,

Don't be ridiculous. You can add a prompt to the AI to force it to listen to the lawyers.

frog ,

There's also the risk that the AI might decide that the best way of testing the company's new product is to unleash it on the general public without any safety testing or thought of the consequences. That would be an absolute disaster.

Rentlar , in Is there a federated/non-profit alternative to Stack Overflow?

Related note: If there was an alternative to Yahoo's Chiebukuro (Bag of wisdom, a Japanese general q&a forum) in the Fediverse, I'd betcha it would catch on.

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