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What could possibly go wrong: Amazon software spying on Londoners

Matt Burgess reporting for Wired:

“Thousands of people catching trains in the United Kingdom likely had their faces scanned by Amazon software as part of widespread artificial intelligence trials, new documents reveal. The image recognition system was used to predict travelers’ age, gender, and potential emotions—with the suggestion that the data could be used in advertising systems in the future.”

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AI engineers at big tech are feeling the heat

Mastodon user William posted the link to the CNBC article about the AI gold rush and the “pressure to roll out AI tools at breakneck speed” that is now defining the engineers jobs.

Hayden Field reporting for CNBC:

They say that much of their work is assigned to appease investors rather than to solve problems for end users, and that they are often chasing OpenAI.

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The New Normal of Worse-than-Bad Search Results

“In February 2024, we published an article warning readers not to trust product recommendations from well-known newspapers and magazines ranking at the top of Google search results.”
and
“I’ll take you through the tactics big media publishers use to outrank independent sites online. I’ll also cover what Google has done since we published our exposé and what they’ve announced they’re going to do.
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It’s always raining

 

The clouds have conspired, a dastardly plot,
To shower us daily, without a spot,
They open their floodgates, pour down with glee,
As we scramble for shelter, our clothes dripping free.

Umbrellas and raincoats, our constant companions,
Protecting us from the watery avalanche,
But alas, they fail, the rain seeps through,
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Emily and the menacing message.

The night hung heavy around me as I sat in my dimly lit office, the only illumination emanating from the restless glow of my smartphone. Its screen flickered with a relentless stream of notifications, each one more invasive than the last. Taking a drag from my cigarette, I struggled to focus on the task at hand, but the ceaseless buzzing and beeping of the phone was pushing me to the edge of sanity.… Read More. “Emily and the menacing message.”

Serbian coffee. Greek coffee. Bosnian coffee. Turkish coffee.

Before Yugoslavia fell apart and the situation in the Balkans worsened, the coffee was called “Turkish coffee.”

On a side note, like in Italy, there is a way to order a cup in Serbia if you want to pretend you’re a local: “Oj majstore, daj dve Turske, molim te”. Or even better, “Dve Turske, molim te” if you order before being asked.

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Sharing bookmarks

Managing a reasonable number of bookmarks is OK with browser favorites. However, it can become overwhelming once you start using them for research, as a reference, or for creating a helpful knowledge base.

Mac users are lucky because DevonThink Pro is a possible solution. As a former Mac user, I regret not having this option anymore.… Read More. “Sharing bookmarks”