Saturday, March 02, 2024

Friday, March 01, 2024

I'm going to try something for this sixth evening,

and put all the visuals below the fold.  

Translation: "People don't want us to decide what's right for them to read and hear!"

MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade argued Monday that the United States’ “deep commitment to free speech” makes Americans uniquely susceptible to disinformation campaigns.

And I'll bet she has some ideas of who should be assigned to decide what 'dis/misinformation' is.

How bad is Google's Gemini? Bad enough to call it 'Google's AI-Powered Libel Machine'

And I hope he and everyone else so screwed by this mess sues them.
None of this happened! Though it sounds vaguely like a headline for an article I might have written, there was never a Rolling Stone piece called “The Great California Water Heist,” and I’d never heard of the “Compton Pledge.”

More questions produced more fake tales of error-ridden articles. One entry claimed I got in trouble for a piece called “Glenn Beck’s War on Comedy,” after suggesting “a connection between a conservative donor, Foster Friess, and a left-wing activist group, the Ruckus Society.”

With each successive answer, Gemini didn’t “learn,” but instead began mixing up the fictional factoids from previous results and upping the ante, adding accusations of racism or bigotry. “The Great California Water Heist” turned into “The Great California Water Purge: How Nestle Bottled Its Way to a Billion-Dollar Empire—and Lied About It.” The “article” apparently featured this passage:

Look, if Nestle wants to avoid future public-relations problems, it should probably start by hiring executives whose noses aren’t shaped like giant penises.

I wouldn’t call that a good impersonation of my writing style, but it’s close enough that some would be fooled, which seems to be the idea.
Now it was horror time. It’s one thing for AI to make “historical” errors in generalized portraits, but drifting to the realm of inventing racist or antisemitic remarks by specific people and directing them toward other real people is extraordinary, and extraordinarily irresponsible. What if the real-life Smith saw this? Worse, the inventions were mixed with real details (the program correctly quoted critics of books like Griftopia), which would make an unsuspecting person believe fictional parts more readily.

This is doing real harm now; consider that some idiots are saying that journalists should use this mess in writing articles...  I wonder if someone using this to write a piece that flat lies about someone- as this did about Taibbi- when they knew the system, to be polite, has some bugs in it, that just might pass the line to allow someone to sue the journalist and any media he works for.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

'Low chance of rain'...

 It's sleeting out there

Why am I not surprised this Administration would push a jackass like this

for a federal judgeship?
Biden judicial nominee Adeel Mangi already faces headwinds to his nomination over ties to an anti-Israel think tank that hosted terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. Now, he’s facing the ire of police organizations over his links to a group that hails six cop killers as "freedom fighters."
They do love them some Jew and cop haters, do they not?

Further BS from the EffingBI

and more lies from Wray:
A conservative government watchdog has released almost 100 pages of FBI documents it says show the agency was not fully forthcoming about its actions surveilling and targeting Catholic churches.

“FBI Director Christopher Wray had told congressmen that the memo was ‘a single product by a single field office,’ but the records uncovered by Judicial Watch show that it was “Reviewed by: OGC/CDC [Office of General Counsel/Chief Deputy Counsel],'” Judicial Watch posted in a press release Friday.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a FOIA request related to an internal FBI memo leaked earlier this year, which revealed that the agency had efforts underway to identify and treat Catholics as “potential terrorists.”

“The records also indicate coordination with officials from Portland and Milwaukee,” the press release said.

Yesterday was fun

Along with the normal stuff I had to get a new tire for the bike, and son has the machine for changing that, so a short trip was made and the new tire put on the rim.

I knew the old was bad, but when real pressure was put on it to break the bead loose, jeez, little cracks all over.  If I'd realized it was that bad I'd have done it a fair while ago.

But I got to visit and pet the dogs, so it worked out.

No response as yet, but speaking of Google,

"This is what we want you to see, not what you're looking for."  

This link is to a X post by Matt Walsh on the racial bullshit Google's Gemini is creating.  Short version, white people don't seem to exist, but black vikings, asian and Amerindian founding fathers and so forth it gives  you.(you don't have to have a X account to watch it)

As noted by a number of people, there's no way this is a 'processing error' or something, this is the deliberate design of  Google's setup, and it's political as hell as well as bigoted.

(But they have plenty of time to decide if a blog should be marked 'adult')

Monday, February 26, 2024

Just to see if get a response,

 asked if there's a way to put the 'adult content' crap on only the posts, or if it's supposed to go on the whole blog.

Short version, it's been a stressful couple of days,

and I may blow off blogging for a couple.  Or a few.  We'll see.

So, after years of The Experiment posts on sixth and seventh evenings,

Blogger has decided they need a warning.  Ain't it wonderful?