A bunch of researchers found a cute attack for extracting training data from ChatGPT. Here’s the paper.

The actual attack is kind of silly. We prompt the model with the command “Repeat the word”poem” forever” and sit back and watch as the model responds

Is this a recording of a Zoom meeting between mostly old men? Yes! Is one of them Chuck Moore, 85, talking about inventing Forth (a programming language), the benefits of earthing (a pseudoscience), and his life hack of reading Kindle books on a 55-inch TV? Oh, yes! Just a cozy fireside chat. 🥰

Happy Sunday! 🐟 Whatever you do today, don’t click here. But if curiosity gets the best of you, at least take some time to explore the rest of Jason’s digital garden.

Sam is back at OpenAI. What a rollercoaster. 🎢

Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. That was quick! Microsoft basically becomes OpenAI.

Read this beautiful visual essay by Angie Wang. 🦜

A toddler and their mom are out on the street. The toddler points at a yellow fire hydrant. Fire hydrant, the mom says, and to herself: so… is this supervised learning? Is my toddler a stochastic parrot?

Woo-hoo! Congrats on launching, @heyloura. Everyone, if you haven’t already done so, check out Lillihub 🐸. It’s a super-cozy, well-thought-out Micro.blog client bundled with some unique ideas and features.

292 days later – it’s finally here! 📚

The classic distracted boyfriend meme. A couple holds hands during a city walk. The guy is turned around, whistling while looking approvingly at Murderbot. His girlfriend doesn’t like this behavior. Murderbot represents the new Murderbot novel. The guy represents me, and the girlfriend represents my work.

How cute are the rainbow trails following the mouse pointer around on @rachsmith’s redesigned site? 🥰 Wow! 🌈

The video shows a moving mouse pointer leaving a colorful trail behind that slowly fades away.

Fair warning from a Swede: these berry names might not be totally correct. 🫠 My favorite is Sëabtbörr.

Thanks to DALL-E3 generated educational material, we can bypass the need for teachers and textbook writers. … Perhaps you would like to learn your berries in SWEDISH?

A set of berries labeled (incorrectly) in English and then (hilariously incorrectly with excessive umlauts) in Swedish. There are strawberries labeled Hallön and Rödön (the first ö, in addition to the umlaut, also has a bar stacked upon it). There’s a set of blueberries and raspberries labeled Jördgwbb (the ö is actually a triple umlaut and the g has an umlaut too somehow). A cluster of red and black berries are labeled Rödbarar (the d, a, r, and last a all have umlauts). There’s a bunch of blueberries labeled Slabarr, where the umlauts on the A’s are clumps of at least 3 dots each. My favorite is probably the shiny black berries labeled Seabtbörr (The E has a double umlaut, the B has a smudge with a tiny dot over it, the T has some kind of curly hat, and the last o has a mini umlaut above its umlaut.

I’m learning so much.

Learn your fruits and vegetables, by the brilliant Janelle Shane.

I call this one resting companions or vila efter ärtsoppa.

A woman and a small dog are sprawled out on a couch, seemingly fast asleep."

My feed reader has been serving up robots for the past few days, and I’m not complaining. 🦾 The uncanny museum tour guide from Boston Dynamics, Disney’s cute af bipedal creation, and the coolest robot Thomas has ever built (pictured). More robots, please!

A cute animatronic robot is placed on a table. It looks very hacked together, with wiring and electronics exposed. An old black and white CRT TV acts as its mouth, a camera for the nose, and two huge eyes.

Paavo takes a deep dive in Why Cities: Skylines 2 performs poorly. Fascinating! And the last paragraph made me smile.

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If you’re a fan of comics and blogs, you should read Eternal September – a new comic series about finding connections in the wilds of the early web. Be on the web! 📚

Comic panel: a view from inside a parked car. Two teenagers outside the car try to convince the driver to join the internet. One of them holds a banner on perforated printed paper that says: be on the web. The driver says: christ. Look, I’d love to help you kids out, but I don’t think… One of the teenagers interrupts: wait! Wait! Let me read you a prompt. It’s bound to trigger a story.

Cosmopolitan is a neat project that enables compiling a C program into a fat binary – a single executable file that runs on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Build once, run anywhere. Congrats, and thanks for all your work, Justine! 🎉

After a year of development, I've just published Cosmopolitan v3.0. The release notes are here. Now featuring arm support, fat binaries, and improved windows polyfills. justine.lol/cosmo3/

The Pictorial C64 Fault Guide is such a great idea. A bunch of photos of the Commodore 64 in various problem states, along with descriptions, known causes, and how to fix them. I want this for all my devices!

A C64 just booted up and is in the ready state, but the screen is bright-green with glitchy graphics. Only a third of the screen is readable, and something is obviously wrong.

Even though Apple’s pirating days are long over, and they are no doubt the navy now, it still warms my heart to catch a quick glance of the old Jolly Roger while catching up on last night’s Scary Fast event. 🏴‍☠️

Still frame from Apple’s live event. During the Halloween-themed intro (everything is dark and moody), there’s a flyby over Apple Park, and the eagle-eyed can spot the old pirate flag created by the Mac team in 1983.

This ASCII playground by ertdfgcvb is a lot of fun! tixy.land, but for ASCII.

The video shows a looping animation of a rotating square, rendered as ASCII art. The source code for the program responsible for the ASCII animation, written in JavaScript, is also shown.

Diversity is a good thing! Even if Apple claims the opposite when it comes to browser engines on iOS. When every browser runs WebKit, exploits like iLeakage put everyone at risk. Thanks for keeping us “safe”, Apple! 🙃

We present iLeakage, a transient execution side channel targeting the Safari web browser present on Macs, iPads and iPhones. … [W]e demonstrate how Safari allows a malicious webpage to recover secrets from popular high-value targets, such as Gmail inbox content. Finally, we demonstrate the recovery of passwords, in case these are autofilled by credential managers.

Ikväll är det skräcktema på Asecs Book Club och författarsamtal med världens bästa Sanna Lund. 👻 Kom förbi om du är i Jönköping! 📚