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  • Looking at the replies on that open ai thread, and how many of people are just going on rooting for ai companies just taking other people’s work without their consent, is alarming, also probably signals that this community might not be for me.

    Thank you for everything, and sadly I think I might leave beehaw altogether.

    (cue snarky replies, like bye don’t care, etc)





  • We all could see that Unity’s layoff was coming, that pricing backlash not only drove away many developers, also probably was driven by troubling financial within the organization.

    Twitch is sort of unexpected, but when I see the number of impromptu rules they rolled out and rolled back last year, whether from restricting multi-streaming, to limiting showing brands logo on stream, to restricting / unrestricting female streamers from showing too much skin, etc. I assume that means that even with all those intrusive ads, Twitch is still losing money.

    I guess from now on, when a tech company starts to arbitrarily change their T&C / rules to either protect their revenue / market share, and maybe rolling back from backlashes, then it’s a sign that there’s trouble brewing (if you work at those companies, beware)




  • I’ve seen quality drops of Duolingo, ever since their … IPO, sadly.

    Anyway, here’s some ways you can milk the rest of the Duolingo before completely abandoning it.

    • Use the web version, and type in all the answers if it’s possible. Selecting words are good for introducing new words (and reminder in case you forgot), but by typing it on your own, it’s faster to commit into memory.
    • Use classroom mode to get unlimited hearts, create your own classroom and invite yourself in. I assume that Duolnigo will probably eventually stop this loophole
    • Use search engine to search for the sentences you’re unsure of. No, don’t use machine translation, but search on the internet, and see if the sentence ever being used by the sites (news, academic, or personal homepage) using the target language.

    I sadly still don’t know what other comparable free alternatives to Duolingo. Anki is great, but it’s largely flashcard for words, not sentences (unless you want to create your own deck). The others require subscription fee.

    Other methods? Search for pdf of language grammar files, there are a lot out there. Some are godawful to read, especially those ‘Comprehensive Grammar Guide’ books. Some are amazing, e.g. Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese.












  • sub_o@beehaw.orgtoMusic@beehaw.orgGetting Back Into Music
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    7 months ago

    I was looking for a Sitar, it was really expensive.

    Anyway, if you’re looking into beginner music theory, musictheory.net is a good place to start.

    The moment I understand how to do all the diatonic seventh chords of a key, how to construct scales & chords, and how it ties to modes, it makes a lot of thing easier to process. E.g. knowing what notes / chords to play when you’re in certain key.

    It’s even easier when applied to guitar, since I can learn D minor 7 in one shape, and I can use the same shape for all other minor 7 chords (in the same inversion).

    I have a hard time finding free piano sheet music, so I mostly use MusicNotes, which is not free, and the viewer is really not good. For guitar, maybe spend some money on Guitar Pro, and go to ultimate-guitar.com to find tabs to download.

    To delve more about piano chords, I use Chordie App, but if you’re just venturing out, I don’t think you should get it yet.






  • No, there’s a mac version of retroarch. OpenEmu is a bit better in term of user interface.

    And RetroArch has a history of harassing emulator devs, e.g. Stenzek who made Duckstation, were harassed by them until Stenzek went hiatus. IIRC, they might have harassed Near (developer of Snes9x), Near eventually killed themself.

    I try to minimize the use of RetroArch