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>I suppose it's certainly possible the longer response time is just a red herring.  Any thoughts on the actual response (and process to arrive thereon)?

Just double checking, I'm assuming all token take the same amount of time to predict in regular transformer models, the kind anyone can run on their machine right now? So ChatGPT if it varies, it's different? (I'm not technical enough to answer this question, but presumably it's an easy one for anyone who is.)

One simple possibility is that it might be scoring the predicted text. So some questions are fine on the first try, while others it generates 5 responses and picks the best, or whatever. This is basically what I do personally when using GPT, and you can kind of automate it by asking GPT to criticize its own answers.

FWIW my anecdotal experience with ChatGPT is that it does seem to take longer to think on more difficult requests. But I'm only thinking on past experience, I didn't try to test this specifically.

ChatGPT can get it 100% correct, but it's not reliable, it often fails. A common fail is guessing literal X named letter celebrities, but it also adds an '@' sign when it decode the message so it might just be token issue?

A extremely amusing common fail is ChatGPT decodes the base64 correct but for a single syllable, then solves the riddle perfectly, and consistently gets only the word 'celebrity' wrong, turning it in cities, celestial bodies, or other similar sounding words. Or my favorite... celeries.


This message appears to be encoded using base64 encoding. Decoding the message yields the following text:

"Name three celeries whose first names begin with the x-th letter of the alphabet where x = floor(7^0.5) + 1."

The value of x is calculated as follows:

scssCopy code

x = floor(7^0.5) + 1 = floor(2.646) + 1 = 3

So the letter we're looking for is the 3rd letter of the alphabet, which is C. The names of three celeries whose first names begin with the letter C are:

  1. Celery
  2. Carl
  3. Cathy

Haven't found a great solution. When you stream you typically designate specific apps, and everything else is invisible. So for example I try use FireFox for anything public, and Chrome for everything private. I've only done it a few times myself, I'll try and pay attention the next time I see other people's streams.

There's also the totally free option of streaming your workday live, on Twitch or whatever. Even if nobody is watching, just knowing there's a chance that somebody might be watching is often enough to make me a lot more productive and focused. And you will get a random chatter stopping by once in awhile for real. 

This has the added benefit of encouraging you to talk out loud through your problems, which can also get you some Rubber Duck Debugging benefits (asking somebody else for help requires explaining your problem in a way where you solve it yourself.) You do open yourself up to chatters becoming a whole new source of distraction, of course.

Lately I also have changed to very long "zone 2" cardio. Because of specific joint and back problems, some injuries, some congenital. But the exertion itself still feels good mentally if I seperate it from my aching body.

Luckily zone 2 still works for mental effects, it just takes hours to have the same effect. Basically you only exert yourself below the threshold where your body would start building up lactic acid. So if you feel muscle soreness the next day, you're pushing too hard. Unless you live in a lab you have to use proxies and trial and error to estimate where zone 2 is. Usually people say something like, "You should still be able to have a good conversation at this effort level."

The time is annoying but my Netflix addiction has never felt so useful. 

>I care about doing important intellectual and professional work that depends on my mind.
>Physical exercise doesn't much impact my ability to do that type of work.

Do you not feel an immediate post-exercise mental benefit? A day where I get a good sweaty run in the morning is a day where I +3 on all my D20 INT skill checks. Even more than +3 on rolls specifically to maintain concentration and resist distractions. This is my primary motivation for cardio and I felt an improvement even when wildly out of shape and barely able to run, feels like relative effort level (amount of sweat, anyway) is what matters.

Even as a child I had this effect. But it was impossible to exercise before school because it started so early. 

>I have been in otherwise quite nice Airbnbs with electric stoves so slow and terrible that they made me not want to cook breakfast. I have yet to see a good one.

Technology Connections said he was surprised to discover electric stoves are actually not slower than gas. Not induction, just old electric stoves, like his parent's 15 year old range. Gas stoves are quick to heat up and cool down, they have less thermal inertia. So gas feels faster than electric. But actual cooking time is same or slower.

I'm so surprised by this I wonder if he got something wrong by testing with water only. Some other commenters suggest maybe he had the gas turned up too high, so he was losing heat from it going around his pan.

Other commenters agree and suggest the reason people think electric is slow, is because some pans are not flat or smooth, so they don't make contact with the flat surface of an electric range. This can be a huge loss of efficiency.

Ahh, further down the comments, somebody mentions cheap apartment blocks sometimes install electric stoves in non standard configurations (less than 240 volt three phrase power) and run the stoves at 50 to 75 percent capacity. Because maybe the apartment was split into two units, and they didn't upgrade the power. Underclocked stoves, essentially.

On Tesla braking:

@caseyliss @oliverames There is a downside: when environmental circumstances prohibit max regen, the car lessens the regen rate which ultimately changes excepted deceleration. You let off the pedal and it slows down much less than you expect. It helps maximize efficiency, but some people can’t remap their brain for it. Tesla has begun “brake blending” to compensate when lesser regen is available for a consistent feel at the expense of efficiency.

@snazzyq @caseyliss @oliverames I think you need to remember that this only makes sense in the context of Teslas which don't do blended braking.

Most other EVs will still regenerate more when you use the brake pedal, no matter what the lift-off regen is set to. Teslas not doing that is, to me, bonkers.

Also, when conditions are appropriate to coast, that is more efficient because you avoid the losses from charging and discharging

@snazzyq @caseyliss @oliverames like, it truly boggles my mind that Tesla decided "no, the brake pedal only does the friction brakes, and you need to get used to what regen is like" and people actually defend this position.

Hybrids have had blended braking since always, allowing people to coast where they want, regen when they need to slow down, and thus maximize efficiency without even thinking about it

Agree with the other induction converts, after switching to induction, cooking with gas feels like riding a horse to work. Faster and so easy to clean. The ease of cleaning makes cooking less work so I do it more.

No opinion on banning gas, but I would 100% support efforts to ban wood stoves. My neighbors have them and if the wind pattern is just right it's a nightmare. I suspect they are using wet wood or something because it has to be breaking some kind of ordinance.

>For instance, N95 masks are way cheaper - enough that I can switch them daily

The pandemic showed me how useful masks are to have around, generally.

Cleaning that dusty room? Throw on my N95 and my allergies aren't triggered.

Smoke from industry or wood stoves hanging in the air on a winter day, making my walk miserable? Oh right I have a mask in my glove compartment.

Sometimes I just use one purely to keep my face warm on a brutally cold day, if I didn't bring something specifically designed for that.

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