• kromem@lemmy.world
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    Yeah. In college my friends used to make fun of my confirming attendance to things in percentages.

    “You coming to the party later tonight?”

    “Yeah, I’m like 70% sure I’ll be there”

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      This is exactly how I use it and thus, yes, when I say 100% it has real meaning to those who know me.

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    “I’m 99% sure of this.”

    “It’s 50/50.”

    “I agree with about 25% of what you said.”

    “There’s not a 1% chance you’re right.”

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    Did you know that only 23% of social media users know how to sharpen a pencil?

    And that’s an absolute fact. I absolutely 110% pulled that fact out of my ass.

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      In the future,

      User: why does the pencil break every time I sharpen it?

      GPT models: Statistics, that pulled out of the ass, shows that only 23% of social media users know how to properly sharpen a pencil. This is mainly due to lack of training. Let me help you with the steps:

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        I hope Google has fixed that problem in the future

        Otherwise they’ll just pull the plug.

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      Given that every time my friend uses my can opener she has to ask me or figure out how to use it, I believe there are plenty of adults who don’t know how to sharpen a pencil.

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        First you have to show her how to sharpen a can opener, then show her how to light a pan on fire.

        You got this 👍

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          You think I sharpen my own can opener? I ain’t got time for that. I hire a bunch of microscopic guys with files to do it for me.

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    One call that I never will forget came at close to four A.M., waking me; he must have just gotten up in Los Angeles. His voice said, “Alex Haley?” I said, sleepily, “Yes? Oh, hey, Malcolm!” His voice said, “I trust you seventy percent” – and then he hung up.

    Afterword to The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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    Normalize this. Measure everything thing that is measurable, and make everything measurable that is not measurable. We need quantifiable communication. End linguistic quinary!

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    I do about 80% of the time, and I try to be genuine in my approximations, and I will adjust them as more information comes in.

    And if I promise you over 100%, it’s something that I’m really excited about and that if you bail there’s x% chance I’m going to not let you out of it, or find someone to fill in your roll.

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        Yeah, being too specific just raises more questions in people.

        If I say I am 92.6% sure, they look at me funny.

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          If you ask me at what time we should meet, there’s a 78.8174% chance I’ll say somethink like “8:51” or “12:27”, then i message you shortly before and say “sorry I might be 17 seconds late” (but I’ll make a point coming precisely at the time I said)

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    When I’m uncertain about something, I’ll often go with “I’m 76.5% sure that…” (Or some other number which reflects my confidence).