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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Has anyone asked ChatGPT "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

(I bet lots have :)

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

An African or European Swallow?

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I tried it and it recognised the quote and discussed the kings reply.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

"Siri, open the front door ...", ... "Hal, open the pod-bay door."

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Relevant ad for a Norwegian supermarket chain from a few years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwPtcqcqz00

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

The late publishing of today's ASifW leads me to suspect ChatGPT was used to get it out in time.

Any comment on that, Mr Dabbs?

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No need to bother Alistair for an answer, surely. Just paste your question over into ChatGPT itself... :-)

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I had paid work to finish first.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

White horse! Reminds me of the joke that starts: "You're the bus driver.... and then you proceed to barrage them with remembering how many people got on the bus and off the bus at each stop, each time making the numbers of passengers change wildly. When they've finally gotten the answer to how many people are still left on the bus... You ask them the name of the bus driver? , how should I know is usually the answer!

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As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with seven wives,

Each wife had seven sacks,

Each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Regarding proof reading. I always make sure I do it.

Running a car club and sending out details on an event with the wrong date / time / venue is rather embarrassing. Mind you someone pointed out a couple of weeks ago a typo on the website which had been there for at least 3 years and hadn’t been noticed.

A simple check is to read a document out loud, it for can’t get to the end of a sentence without running out of breath then the sentence is too long. Mind you that is in English some languages take verbosity to an art form. Especially subtitles where he person on screen speaks for about 20 seconds and the text that pops up is “yes”….

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"Regarding proof reading. I always make sure I do it."

Not this post though, clearly.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Right now, I’d settle for ChatBot 1995 SE. Currently dealing with 1000s of Infrastructure Verification Tests that have weird statements in the one line description, repetitive weirdness in the proposed test actions, and goodness knows what was being cut/paste into the expected result.

I have to say, I am tempting with asking:

1. How do you verify a Windows OS registry key value/data pair is set to the correct value if you don’t read the low level design before determining the validate data set?

2. If I install a Windows Server WSUS role to all of our Windows 2019 servers, would this successfully confirm3 that all Windows servers are corrected connected to the relevant patching solution.

3. Can I successfully verify that the server has been registered within the on-site DNS server by validating the DNS Search Suffix entry for the Backup vNIC.

Apparently, this has been checked by an extra pair of eyes before I saw them. We, obviously, contract this work out and they don’t want to actually have their own specialists verify their own work.

Looking forward to ChatAi with MSOffice when it gets released.

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Some of those take obscuration to a whole new level. The third one is a masterpiece of well something……

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It's been done already, with results of equal quality...

"It looks like you're writing a letter..."

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

I figure its only purpose is to eliminate labor costs.

-So far, so good!

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Agree wholeheartedly that ChatGPT is not an AI. I suspect it is a giant hoax and it is really driven by 10,000 monkeys who are hyped up on red bulls and are just randomly hitting keys, corresponding text is then fed through an autocorrect algorithm…

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No, Meta just laid-off most of the monkeys...

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

It told me that it was not an AI. If it was, that's what it would say!

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

I don’t need ChatGPT I’ve already got text that I add to long winded e-mail that people ask me to forward, and I’ve been using it long before 2000 years in the Gregorian calendar or 4697 years in the Chinese calendar, it serves the same functionality as using ChatGPT to reformat text in said e-mails to get similar results but makes it clear what’s happening without turning them into gobbledygook!!’ But it’s obviously ChatGPT need more “Unconscious Bias training", "Diversity training", "Personal Pronoun training", "Cultural Competency training", "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment training", and of course "Creating an Inclusive Workspace training." "Cover-my-ass", Obvious crap, Green-washing "Cover-my-ass" Crap or WOKE-crowd pleasing "Cover-my-ass" crapulous training, it obviously need more time to mature and develop into something better and more effective in the 21 century, to be able to fool university lecturers and professors, who have to put up with students that no no better than to use it for their thesis, lol I just add the text below:

This post was bought to Yo with the assistants of ‘Google Verbosity’®️ with rambling, tedious loquacity to the end point of creatively, pointlessly or annoyingly using more words than necessary to express thoughts that are guaranteed to result in dullness, obscurity and lack of incisiveness or precision in any post!!!' OK I'll stop now.... it’s beer o’clock time and I’m off down the pub to flood my few remaining brain cells with copious quantities of shots and beer!!’ Cheers 🍻

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" It says the same thing more than once using alternative words. After the first sentence, subsequent sentences essentially repeat what was already said. They go over the same statement multiple times, phrased slightly differently."

Sounds like every recipe web site on the Internet where you need to scroll through several screens full of ad-laden text wastage before getting even a glimmer of, oh, a list of ingredients.

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Ah, it's not just me, then! I've only recently started looking a recipes on t'interwebs, and I thought I was just unlucky in finding so many sites that:

1. Tell you how easy, tasty, and nourishing the food is;

2. Give the names, ages, and other dietary preferences of all the members of the writer's family;

3. Explain in depth how those preferences are met by the forthcoming recipe (with a possible digression into how some friend of one of the children was rendered speechless by said recipe) ;

4. Give a general history of the recipe and some of the ingredients ;

5. Meander into how grandma/mother/aunt varied the recipe with something or other that hasn't been available for half a century;

6. Make recommendations for what drinks would go with the recipe;

7. Suggest what type of flatware would best hold the recipe;

8. Tell you how to cook the recipe ;

9. Finally give the ingredients (if you still care, or haven't starved to death in the meantime).

I'm sure there's a reason why it's done this way, but I really wish there was a tl:dr synopsis somewhere.

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Ah, now, I know the reason for this: it is an Accepted Internet Fact that people respond better to a story than to concise information. So everything, including kitchen recipes, end up being turned into Moby Fucking Dick.

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😁😁😁

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Feb 5, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

It’s why we come here - a cold, hard, view of the world within the first sentence of each post.

“Who are you, again?”

“There’s something I’d like to show you in my underpants. Come along, now, don’t be shy. Take a good look.”

Not your typical opening statement in a recipe blog, are they.

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However ....

Type "Moby Fucking Dick" into the intertubes and you will not be inconvenienced by a preponderance of plot!

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I had to read the fifth link on my returned search results (and watch many videos) for that term before I could be suitably triggered to post a comment online expressing my displeasure at how the internet is running society.

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🤣🤣🤣🙄

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Feb 6, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Ever opened a recipe _book_? Exactly the same BS. This is nothing new or web-specific.

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You may be right: I always skip the early chapters that explain what a carrot is.

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Feb 6, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

I'm the same as Dabbsy. I've just had a look at a couple, ready to prove you wrong, but found that there are indeed paeans to the humble lettuce to be found, though I'd never noticed them before because I go straight to the recipe from the index, for example. I don't know whether to thank you or curse you for this revelation! The question is, I suppose - does anyone actually read these bits (either online or in print), and, if so, why?

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Not just recipes, most sites clickbait news items work that way :(

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I was thinking the same just a few minutes ago. The relevant material was on the page I was looking at, but it took some finding. Do they get paid by the minute?

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In some ways we really have travelled a long bad road from the early promise of the internet.

Some areas, at least from where I sit are good, even on some platforms that do have a host of problems.

But when it comes to knowledge online, that seems to be just being hidden under piles of rubbish. Whether it be malignant misinformation, sheer stupidity, or overly monetised (even worse when it's a bloody YT or TT video), so many really useful things are so hard to find.

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Very true.

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Feb 4, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

On a serious note, I asked ChatGPT an engineering question about replacing a material we were having difficulty finding. It gave me four apparently sensible candidates. On closer investigation, none of the four checked out. They weren't even close.

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Feb 6, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

Oh, well, it's not as if people haven't been griping about automation for a couple centuries or so already. It's all, "oh mass manufacturing will never capture the care and quality you get from hand-made," or, "no potato-plucking machine will ever be as good at distinguishing a potato-shaped rock than an actual exploited farm-hand" !

Actually, this reminds me of an episode in which a fellow co-worker one time asked me to double-check some "StruCad" results calculation of a structure he was envisioning (StruCad being an early structural analysis software, highly reminiscent of a spreadsheet actually). "Busy-work" task, neither of us thought there was much to it since the calculation methodology was pretty much infallible by that time. So I grab a coffee & review the print-out, and the apparatus lay-out, and I notice that whereas the rope/chain members on the right-side of the machine were resolved as being subjected to tensile load, in response to the contemplated applied loading condition; the exact same rope/chain members to the left were resolved as being compressive! "Ah, the ole' push-on-a-rope dilemma," I chuckled. "Tim," sez me, "I think I found the fly in the ointment..."

(And that was the last time I ever got asked to check anybody's calculation results! Which suited me Just Fine, Thanks 😁)

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Feb 9, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

I was asked to check the (computer) calculations on an asymmetric lifting beam. It was an odd-shaped load and my initial response, albeit with no numbers, was unenthusiastic. The load was about 20 tonnes.....

"It looks a bit slender. Are those arms OK for the torque?"

"Our analysis package doesn't do torsion...."

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Feb 8, 2023Liked by Alistair Dabbs

That's totally off topic, but the 6 Nations tournament just started, and looking at Wales vs Ireland I asked myself a question.

Mr. Dabbs, I know you are from English and Scottish ancestry, but would you have any relationship with Alun Wyn Jones? There is some resemblance, and I'm not talking only about the ability to tackle ^^

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We both have bad hair these days, that's for sure.

As a Scottish Englishman living in France, every weekend of the Six Nations tends to be a "can't lose" situation. That said, I would have liked Italy to win that game last Sunday, just because.

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Of course the base problem that this latest chatbot (like prior and all the ones that are being rushed out) has - is that they're using the whole of t'interweb to train on. GIGO.

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I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that.

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