Profile overview for Wharleas.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

12 submissions to IdiotExchange

2 submissions to AskVoat

1 submissions to investing

1 submissions to news

This user has so far shared a total of 14 links, started a total of 2 discussions and submitted a total of 231 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 79 and downvoted 68 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 134 and downvoted 58 comments.

Submission ratings

5 highest rated submissions:

Net Neutrality repealed 3-2, submitted: 12/14/2017 9:36:09 PM, 40 points (+40|-0)

My son embarrassed me in front of my coworkers; how should I react to provocations?, submitted: 1/27/2019 2:31:15 PM, 7 points (+7|-0)

(US) Is there any way to stop junk paper mail?, submitted: 12/14/2017 10:45:48 PM, 6 points (+6|-0)

My sugar momma wants to pay my bills! Is it a scam?, submitted: 1/24/2019 7:16:48 PM, 5 points (+5|-0)

51 votes: Y/N question correct, explanation wrong, how to grade? Also question is 1 point and I can't do fractional points because of "technical reasons"., submitted: 1/24/2019 7:12:06 PM, 4 points (+4|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

Google Play Store Rejects App For Using the Word "BitTorrent" submitted by fluxusp to technology

Wharleas 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago

What really happened:

  • App mentions "bittorrent" in name, and it is a torrent client
  • Google's policy is that you can't mention other people's trademarks or brands in your app's title
  • "BitTorrent" is technically the name of BitTorrent Inc. (stupid, I know)
  • These guys have been getting away with it for a while but recently Google noticed and told them they're being removed because they mention "BitTorrent" which they consider a brand

It's a bit rich for Google to go after torrent clients when their store is rife with malware, spyware, ad infested crapware and outright viruses. But the article title is a bit sensationalist. Sounds just like a stupid rule in a stupid walled garden to me rather than an outright attack on torrents. If it is meant to target torrents, there is no real evidence for it here.

By the way, if anyone missed the memo, F-Droid is a repository for open source android apps, and a great alternative to Play Store. It doesn't have as many apps unfortunately, but it does have a lot of useful ones.

New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators. The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse submitted by Ex-Redditor to technology

Wharleas 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago

I wonder, what is more likely? That a no-name non-profit made a breakthrough in AI, but gave up the prestige by refusing to publish? Or that a no-name non-profit makes an exaggerated claim?

The example given is interesting: They seeded with

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen

In which the AI recognized a futuristic tone (???). It spat out:

I was in my car on my way to a new job in Seattle. I put the gas in, put the key in, and then I let it run. I just imagined what the day would be like. A hundred years from now. In 2045, I was a teacher in some school in a poor part of rural China. I started with Chinese history and history of science.

Now this is really lame because as everyone knows, Markov chains are great at short range generation but suck at long range generation because they have no memory. To have memory would probably require an actual ontology, ie. understanding what the text is rather than just patterns. With such algos, you're supposed to at least include a page of output. Giving only half a paragraph is just taking the piss. And if that's all they gave, it makes me think that probably it all falls apart on sentence 7, which is just pathetic. People write better text generators for a class assignment these days.

As for the "fiction itself", at least it somewhat maintains some sense of tone, which is nice. But in 6 sentences it's already nonsense. Is the narrator in Seattle, or China? How does he put the gas in when he's inside the car? Why do cars in 2045 still have keys (antique motor enthusiast MC maybe - wow pretty creative AI)? What does it mean to "start" with Chinese history and history of science? I echo these "researchers'" fear - if this thing got out we would hit a level of trash lit I didn't even think possible.

They also pretend like the AI would make fake news and fool people. Hahaha! It's so cute, it's like they don't realize a lot of human writers already lie. Like, do they think people just literally believe everything they read without considering the source and its track record?

3 lowest rated comments:

Takemi Tae (Persona 5), by soejima shigenori submitted by Aged to gaming

Wharleas 5 points -5 points (+0|-5) ago

Ugh, whore collars...

Pink Floyd - Comfortably numb submitted by Korky to music

Wharleas 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

I don't do drugs but I enjoy this song. Both because catharsis and musically it's pretty sweet.

Why do people break check? submitted by Warmoose76 to AskVoat

Wharleas 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

What's funny about this post is that you know you're just tailgating people to be a dick, so you're coming up with these lies to make yourself look sympathetic to us. "Too nice a driver", yeah right.

For instance you pretend to be concerned about safety, but you're the one who follows too closely such that you wouldn't be able to avoid a crash if the car in front had to suddenly stop.

You need to relax and accept that sometimes people won't go as fast as you want, and in most places this is legal. You have the option of lobbying for minimum speeds, or simply avoiding roads with no passing lanes. By the way, many people will respond to tailgating by slowing down even more until you back off, and usually in the event of an accident the rear car will be found at fault, since they made the decisions to follow too closely.