LessWrong developer, rationalist since the Overcoming Bias days. Jargon connoisseur. Currently working on auto-applying tags to LW posts with a language model.


I don't think this was about pricing, but about keeping occasional bits of literal spam out of the site search. The fact that we use the same search for both users looking for content, and authors adding stuff to Sequences, is a historical accident which makes for a few unfortunate edge cases.

Adam D'Angelo retweeted a tweet implying that hidden information still exists and will come out in the future:

Have known Adam D’Angelo for many years and although I have not spoken to him in a while, the idea that he went crazy or is being vindictive over some feature overlap or any of the other rumors seems just wrong. It’s best to withhold judgement until more information comes out.

Was Sam Altman acting consistently with the OpenAI charter prior to the board firing him?

Short answer: No, and trying this does significant damage to people's health.

The prototypical bulimic goes through a cycle where they severely undereat overall, then occasionally experience (what feels from the inside like) a willpower failure which causes them to "binge", eating an enormous amount in a short time. They're then in a state where, if they let digestion run its course, they'd be sick from the excess; so they make themselves vomit, to prevent that.

I believe the "binge" state is actually hypoglycemia (aka low blood sugar), because (as a T1 diabetic), I've experienced it. Most people who talk about blood sugar in relation to appetite have never experienced blood sugar low enough to be actually dangerous; it's very distinctive, and it includes an overpowering compulsion to eat. It also can't be resolved faster than 15 minutes, because eating doesn't raise blood sugar, digesting raises blood sugar; that can lead to consuming thousands of calories of carbs at once (which would be fine if spaced out a little, but is harmful if concentrated into such a narrow time window).

The other important thing about hypoglycemia is that being hypoglycemic is proof that someone's fat cells aren't providing enough energy withdrawals to survive. The binge-eating behavior is a biological safeguard that prevents people from starving themself so much that they literally die.

It's an AWS firewall rule with bad defaults. We'll fix it soon, but in the mean time, you can scrape if you change your user agent to something other than wget/curl/etc. Please use your name/project in the user-agent so we can identify you in logs if we need to, and rate-limit yourself conservatively.

It seems likely that all relevant groups are cowards, and none are willing to move forward without a more favorable political context. But there's another possibility not considered here: perhaps someone has already done a gene-drive mosquito release in secret, but we don't know about it because it didn't work. This might happen if local mosquito populations mix too slowly compared to how long it takes a gene-driven population to crash; or if the initially group all died out before they could mate; or something in the biology of the driven-drive machinery didn't function as expected.

If that were the situation, then the world would have a different problem than the one we think it has: inability to share information about what the obstacle was and debug the solution.

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