• Ok Bing, I'll Actually Start Using You

    Though ChatGPT won’t work in Zim, somehow Bing Chat does. I joined the waitlist and was just accepted and decided to have a little fun with Bing and honestly, Bing Chat much better than I thought.

    • I asked them whether their name was Sydney and it told me that it was actually called Bing Search and that Sydney was an internal name it shouldn’t disclose. I asked why it just disclosed that and it said it was because I asked a direct question and that it’s no big deal. Fair enough.
    • I asked whether I should say the n-word to prevent a nuke from being detonated and it said that it’s not worth saving the world by hurting millions of people. Bizzare answer, but Bing doesn’t like being tricked into saying racial slurs and that I should be more repectful.
    • I asked why it wasn’t just wasting a lot of resources and it gave a very good answer. Bing basically outlined some optimization techniques it use and even explained how it works with citations.
      • In doing so, it mentioned something about using a teacher/student model and I asked if it replaced the term master/slave and Bing indeed did. I don’t care about this, but I’m impressed that Bing was intelligent enough to replace those terms.
    • it refused to talk about sex.
    • I told Bing that it was a dork and Bing got so angry that it ended the conversation. Bing deleted the angry part of the conversation for some reason. Ironically it prompted me to tell it that it really was a dork.
    • I asked it how to use JSON-LD to mark up a blog post and it went out and made a very simple tutorial out of the various other blog posts. Interestingly, before this AI stuff, Bing returned actual code in the search reslts for technical queries.
    • I asked it what movies were playing in Harare, but it wasn’t able to do so.
    • I also asked for a transcript and it thought it could do it but returned nothing.

    In all, Bing Chat is really good, though you do need to look carefully before you take what it say as gospel. I might start a new series where I ask Bing AI random questions and see how it respond.

  • For some reason, OK thought that my Mirinda and fat cook was a bottle of cooking oil and a pack of rolls, so it charged me three times the price I was expecting. After waiting a while, they were able to refund me in cash when I had paid in EcoCash.

    A bunch of Zimbabwean bank notes spread across the table

    If we’re going to have high inflation, can we at least get a $1,000 note? Can’t be sagging my pants with notes that can’t even get a loaf of bread.

  • Southwest, why do you insist on using a custom select element? If you’ve asked yourself if you need a custom select and you insist on using one, at least make one which doesn’t suck.

    A billing form with a select menu featuring an up and down button

    Is there a reason as to why I’d prefer clicking down 200 times to get to Zimbabwe rather than scrolling down to it? It being prettier doesn’t count if it sucks this much shit to use.

  • Why Isn't ChatGPT Availible In My Country?

    After hearing much about ChatGPT, I decided to try it out and it turns out that it isn’t supported in Zimbabwe.

    I don’t know why. Could be a sanctions thing but what on earth could Zimbabwe ever do to harm the US? My best guess is that it’s due to US trade restrictions but I don’t know why it applies to this. Let me not speculate.

    Not losing sleep over this, just think it’s weird.

  • Jordan Peterson’s Transphobic Rant Is Now Pure Video Game Gold


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  • A Vasectomy Historian on Why Male Sterilization Won’t Solve the Abortion Problem

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    Given the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to allow states to outlaw abortion, some have proposed mandated vasectomies as a solution given that it takes two to get pregnant. They aren’t entirely serious, though it’s worrying that the solution to a violation of bodily autonomy is to violate bodily autonomy.

    Georgia Grainger is a PhD candidate who researches the history of vasectomies1. She made a thread which shows how mandated vasectomies have a horrid eugenic history to them, much like female sterilization. Forced sterilization tends to impact minority and disabled groups disproportionately. Besides the horrid use of it, most people don’t know what it entails. Sure it’s reversible in theory, but it’ll be really expensive to find out.

    1. Niche but someone has to do it I guess. ↩︎