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Cake day: July 18th, 2023


  • Employers lost their minds when they saw their office employees comfortable and happy. They realized that WFH gave them just a little bit of control over their day, and that meant the employers haf just a little bit less.

    Then they tried to strong-arm them back into the office, and a lot of people quit. Those who did not were less than enthused to be there, and many people were completely burnt out from the pandemic. Employers returned to offices having lost their most productive people, and having angered a significant number of those who stayed. Many disgruntled workers talked about cutting back their work activities, since they rexognized that their efforts didn’t eben earn them the trust to work without their boss standing over their shoulder, let alone more tangible bemefits.

    Around the same time, reports of a completely separate phenomenon - one where employees gradually disengage from their jobs as they search for a new one - came out. These were based on corporate research that showed you could predict who would tender a resignation days or even weeks before they did so. This phenomenon was given a name by the report’s authors.

    Once that name got misapplied to the former consequences-of-employer-actions, bosses got talking, and people who are Very Serious Business People Who Are Very Serious Abpit Business went into action to do what Business People do best: talk confidently about bullshit and things they know nothing about.

    The result has been a “-gate” like meme of reproducing and evolving names for things that people with too much time and money believe are keeping them from owning peoples souls.

    Because “you need to name a problem to solve a problem”.

  • It may be better than an arbitrary cutoff, but I will die on the hill that it’s still the wrong way to look at a taxonomic system for non-fusors. Using system dynamics to classify parts of a system is all well and good when you’re, well, disecting systems, but this was about defining individual bodies.

    Using extrinsic contexts rather than intrinsic ones is how you define dolphins as fish.

    Spherical due to being in hydrostatic equilibrium is all we need. But that raised tooany questions about the accuracy of system models for system modellers.

  • It’s something that should be publicised not because OpenAI has promised privacy, but because a lot of people seem to assume it where it has not been offered, and they need to be reminded that they’re kind of out to lunch on the issue.

    Like, people in companies keep using these things to write reports with privileged information. People need to be informed as gently but alsonas firmly as possible that they’re sending this stuff over the internet to an organization that considers everything it can see to be its own.