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If you order lattes or macchiatos, you probably like a little sugar (or a similar substitute sweetener) in your coffee. When you order one on the Dunkin' Donuts app it asks you what sweetener you want. Somewhat oddly, the default is none. You are likely quite inclined to change this so you don't get just bitter bean juice you could get far cheaper elsewhere. However, this would be a mistake if you have added one of the sweetened flavor shots. If you turn your drink into a mocha latte and still a...

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I recently came into possession of a used Bunn coffeemaker, which is very nice, but its operation was very hard to figure out without a manual, such that I thought it was broken initially. It would just dispense coffee cold without properly heating it up.

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On June 5, 2023, a number of amendments to the Illinois Notary Public Act went into effect. Among these changes are the requirement of a 3-hour course to obtain or renew a notary commission, the permanent establishment of both remote and electronic notarization, and the new requirement that most notaries keep a journal of every notarization they do. Somewhat confusingly, the act was actually passed in 2021, but many provisions required the Secretary of State to issue guidance as to how they shou...

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Cloning drives seems simple, but can be tricky. Dual booting can be a headache. Converting your MBR drive to GPT after doing both of those things is a nightmare.

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As an estate planning attorney, I know that one of the most important things to do as you get older is to give someone you trust power of attorney. Even simple financial tasks can become rather complicated with age (and the limited mobility that comes with it). Typically our elderly clients will name one their kids as their agent to let the child help manage their finances for them. We draft these as broad as possible, so as to not tie the hands of someone trying to help, and they include author...

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I recently saw a fascinating preprint of a paper testing GPT-3.5, currently the best public large language model, against the bar exam, the two-day test required to become a lawyer in the United States. As someone who has passed the bar exam and who is very interesting in programming, this intrigued me. I knew language processing had come a long way, but the bar exam requires months of study after years of law school to pass. Surely many seeing the rapid progress of GPT envision AI reaching th...

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