twovests

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but your posts are already so good! they raise the standard on what a good post is. renown across the postlands

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im rusty enough on my SQL to understand the joke but also learn from it

thank u for commenting

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Just smuggled in human intelligence in figuring out which prompts produce cool results.

People in ML have been (somewhat derisively) calling this "prompt engineering."

Very tangential, but I imagine this has implications for how people view "curation" as art. I wonder what people in Art have to say about that.

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so apparently commercial rights have actually been tied to nfts already? i don't know how this works, but, i know about this because seth green lost an nft and can't make his tv show now. so this is hilarious

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This is horrible, but I also hope these discussions gets us talking about all the other surveillance people perpetuate. Like, downloading apps which wardrive on your phone for wifi networks, giving apps ALL the data of your contacts, cameras on ordering kiosks (???), etc being pretty horrible AND widely accepted.

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Yeah, it's basically just transport encryption.

With basic SMS, anyone with $100 or so of equipment (like, police, or even a bored and resourceful child) can fake a tower and force-downgrade your encryption to read your messages. Your cell provider also sees your messages.

At least with iMessage or whatnot, you can rest assured that only Apple can open your messages. And, I assume it's not standard to open them (for analytics and marketing) unless there's a warrant.

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I think E2EE is available but only for 1-on-1 convos and only by Google's flavor of RCS and I think they store your keys like Apple does anyones

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god i would prefer literally anything else on this list. if portless buttonless phones become the norm i'm going to be come the joker

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I agree with you and I think it's great when coinbros feel threatened, but I also am pretty sure most of the cryptocoin hype people don't understand it either. I think most understanding goes as deep as "Here's the benefits of decentralization, cryptocurrencies will bring those benefits I swear for real, and you can get in on the ground floor with snakeoilcoin NFTs."

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Also proof of ownership only works as long as people recognise that proof of ownership as valid

Yeah, that's one of the main issues. You'll still need to rely on traditional legal systems.

In the most generous interpretation, NFTs can help with that? A little? "Here's a hash of the document, here's a hash of the document with my signature on it, and here's that same hash on the blockchain, which can be independently verified."

The second main issue is that you can do most of that without any cryptocurrency shit! The only benefit is that it becomes harder to fake and easier to verify.

But the third main issue is that that's not even how it's being used! NFTs aren't storing hashes of some piece of art, it's storing a URL to a centralized platform. This URL can change (and absolutely will when the platform goes down.)

So, in even the most generous interpretation of NFTs, they have little value. And that little value is completely undermined by how they're used in practice.

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That's why I started my post with "the most generous interpretation of NFTs".

The stupid apes aren't inherent to NFTs. The centralized platforms thing aren't inherent to NFTs.

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i say nft people instead of nft bros because, tragically, there's actually like two or three women who own NFTs. like, the person who created that stupid fucking ape is a friend of a friend, and that person is a woman.

i know this is tragic

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oh geeze i feel for you. i understand every WWDC is a nightmare because apple has a history of pulling the rug out from under you. and unlike my petty concerns, it could mean you have like 2 days to retool an entire app?