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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 12:51:10 +0000

Had to agree to the new terms in order to get to the delete-account button, which is probably illegal I guess.

Hey ho.

Mon, 22 Apr 2024 12:49:55 +0000

Discord wants to void your right to sue them, but you can opt out.

polygon.com/2024/4/20/24134970

Or you can just delete your account which is what I did.

"We have received a (dare we say, terrifying) request to permanently delete your account. Your account has
+been deactivated and will be permanently deleted after 14 days.

Just in case you change your mind (or were a bit too curious with pushing buttons), or did not request to
+permanently delete your account, please login to Discord to cancel this request."

Fuck 'em.

Mon, 22 Apr 2024 10:52:57 +0000

ukpol rwanda


Tonight the MPs will debate and vote upon a law to send refugees to Rwanda. Not people who they claim aren't refugees. Just actual refugees.

They sold it as "for processing there" initially, but in fact it's just send them there never to return.

At a cost of over a million pounds per refugee.

Since the courts found that Rwanda might not be safe, the law they will debate declares that it is in fact safe. Even if a civil war breaks out tomorrow, even if a volcano turns the whole country into a lava-floor, it'll still be legally safe according to our MPs.

They seem to think that the Parliament is some kind of supreme body able to define and enforce the nature of truth, rather than being just one of many institutions of state which are set up to compete with checks and balances in order to prevent tyranny.

I can't think of a more obvious demonstration that the house has lots it's wits entirely and has become crazed with power.

They think they can legislate truth, and should have no legal restraints upon them.

You'd hope an election soon will remove them, but the opposition, Labour, are fine with it, so long as it doesn't include our military collaborators. They have an amendment saying it's fine to send everyone I guess, except not those who collaborated with our military.

What a broken country. We need to disband Westminster, really, it's become corrupt beyond redemption.

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 12:32:18 +0000

I hear Facebook are adding Ai chat bots to all their social networks now.

Want to waste time on the computer but your friends are too busy to talk to you? Don't worry! Zuck's got you covered. Now you can talk directly to their advertising training models and they can gather profile data about you without even having to bother your friends at all!

Social networks were already about cutting you off from your friends to promote celebrity and advertising content into your face instead, and now they don't even need the celebrities. They can just fake up what they would say.

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 11:03:26 +0000

re: #ukpol #sicknote


👩‍⚕️: This patient is too sick to work, working may worsen their condition, they should be off sick.

😡: No.

👩‍⚕️: What?

😡: No. You're lying. The patient is just a bit sad. They're perfectly fine to work.

👩‍⚕️: But, all my medical expertise and training...

😡: No. You're a woke liar. Hey, Craptia.

🕴️: Yes?

😡: Is this person well enough to work?

🕴️: Ahem.

😡: Oh, sorry, of course. Here's thousands of pounds given to you so that you will deny claims. Are they fit for work.

🕴️: [Counting money, barely looks up], Oh, sure, they'll be fine. Couple of Apsrin. Call me in the morning if their head doesn't reattach.

👩‍⚕️: I don't think this is....

😡: Shut up you, fuck off to Australia. We don't need no woke medical staff here. Have a pay cut. After Brexit there's no drugs left to prescribe anyway.

👩‍⚕️: [Packs bags, goes to a country that appreciates medical expertise]

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 10:22:27 +0000

re: #ukpol #sicknote


😡: There are too many people off sick. What can we do?

👿: We could give the NHS doctors the pay-restoration they've asked for so that they don't all quit?

😡: But how would that make our corporate sponsors more wealthy?

👿: Ah, good point. Perhaps we can give billions of pounds to Crapita and ask them to assess the sick?

😡: Brilliant! But they have no expertise on the issue and no prior knowledge of any of the patents.

👿: No problem, we'll just tell them to find half those assessed are lying malingerers, you don't need expertise to do that.

😡: Brilliant, call the press, I'll do an announcement.

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 10:14:14 +0000

#ukpol #sicknote


And now let's find out what's going on with with Normal Island's Nasty Party, how are they doing?

These young depressed sick malingerers are too woke, the woke doctors are signing them off sick too easily, we''ll set up corporate death panels to make the decisions instead, get these skivers back to work 😡 🤛

Alrighty then, gonna suck even more to be sick on Normal Island in the future.

Join us again next time when the Nasty Party will be taking a wrecking ball to the country while scapegoating some other distressed minority in a desperate attempt to drum up some votes from their reactionary base.

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:37:20 +0000

Lighting still looks awful though. Lots still to do.

A whole pipeline exists now though. Importing, puppetting, editing, rendering.

I can actually record a segment.

Maybe when the lighting is fixed.

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 19:33:56 +0000

Well, it turns out that the 360 panorama renderer I wrote still wasn't right.

It does a final image-warp to map from the perspective projection it renders into an equirectangular projection for playback, and the function was doing the opposite of the intended job.

I only thought it was working because it also had an eye-switching bug which fixed the eyes-rendering-wrong bug in the earlier code so really seemed to make things look better.

Only really became apparent as I got to rendering things other than test graphics.

That's fixed now, by reversing the mapping function.

Is it right now? Yes? Maybe. I dunno. I don't really understand the maths let alone why I had to reverse it.

Like the Doctor says, you can just , give it a try.

github.com/revpriest/godotPano

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 18:26:50 +0000

Feels odd that it's a law made by people born before 2009 which only applies to people born 2009.

As though it's people making rules for other people, by which they will never be bound.

But I suppose that's just normal really. Lawmakers are always making rules that don't apply to the lawmakers.

And also technically not even true coz the law binds the sellers not the zoomers.

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:16:29 +0000

What I like about the new rules saying zoomers and below are banned from cigarettes is how many people are justifying it by saying they wanna stop kids starting young.

"I was 12 when I started..." they'll say "so we just want to ensure they never start"

Hummm.

Buying cigarettes was already illegal when you were 12.

The law makes no difference at all to anybody under 18. They are already banned from buying fags.

The idea of different laws for different generations is fun though. Maybe we should pass some laws that are exempt only for boomers.

Assisted suicide legal for anyone younger than a boomer, but the boomers still have to suffer slow painful death?

Wed, 17 Apr 2024 13:00:22 +0000

Looking forward to being invited to all the young folk's raging parties coz I'm the only one who can hook them up with cigarettes.

Hope they also hook me up with dope and pills.

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 13:16:07 +0000

When was putting suggested videos in the side-bar they were easy enough to just ignore.

Now it's moved them to be twice the size and under the video in a way that you can't scroll away I have blocked the element and no longer see suggested videos at all.

It's much nicer now. I should have blocked it was just a sidebar too.

Thanks Element Blocker! Screw you youtube designers!

Tue, 16 Apr 2024 10:04:47 +0000

Iran / Israel / Gaza


The radio is asking people what they think Israel should do, what Netanyahu should instruct his government to do.

Here's my suggestion: Take all the money you're thinking of spending on bombs and death and pain and instead give it to Iranian secular dissidents to fund their internal campaign to overthrow the Iranian regime and support it's Iranian victims.

Worried that the regime won't allow that kind of money transfer? Fair enough, that is what Bitcoin is for.

Do it secretly if you want, or tell the world that's what you're doing.

Bombs will just make the internal dissidents rally behind their leadership whereas funding the opposition well enough could cause the regime to fall.

I am not optimistic that this is what will happen though. They'll do the escalation which causes more escalation etc.

Sun, 14 Apr 2024 11:20:40 +0000

Gary Stephenson finally addressing the question everyone asks him: How to get rich.

youtube.com/watch?v=a-ohZ74hde

Get rich by being born to rich parents. Trading won't work for you. It's either have rich parents or dismantle the social order. They're the only choices.

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:53:39 +0000

re: nudity eye contact camera


Not really entirely sure which of the filters and file-copies that the file went through during image-processing and file-copying were spying back on me.

It definitely keeps asking me to back-up on the cloud, even though I keep saying no.

Today's upgrade it was like, "just some files? Maybe backup just some files? It doesn't have to be everything. Just a few."

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:43:29 +0000

tasteful nudity, eye contact, camera, satire


Don't think I've ever posted a nude before.

This one is weird eh? Does it feel like I'm looking back? What a strange reflection from the eye.

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 11:48:23 +0000

ukpol


Starmer matches Conservative pledges on defense spending you say?

Crikey. Sure is good to see what good opposition looks like. I remember in the days when Labour would vote against Tory policy.

"That's not good opposition" these people would say.

Confusing though. Looks a lot like furious agreement.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 18:50:20 +0000

The obvious bias on this poll, if it even gets statistically significant votes at all, is that people with so many followers that it's annoying to get replies don't follow me and so won't see it to vote No as much as you'd otherwise expect.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 18:44:23 +0000

If I reply to your boost should I at-mention you?

:boosts_welcome:

No, that's between you and the boostee
Yes, please @ me
Obviously, the software should do that by default
I even want notifications for replies to quotes to quotes to quotes to quotes

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Bookmarks

A list of the last few things I’ve enjoyed reading/watching or sometimes bookmarked to read later. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed here or follow the little robot on the fediverse that toots them out as I bookmark them.

How NATO & Russia are Preparing to Fight Total War - YouTube

How might things go if Ukraine falls? Not well. The world could be heading for another global war.

Daniel Dennett (1942-2024) - Daily Nous

Daniel Dennett, professor emeritus of philosophy at Tufts University, well-known for his work in philosophy of mind and a wide range of other philosophical areas, has died.  🙁

They're Looting The Internet

Ed tells us where the internet is at: "Yet the state of the internet is now far simpler: the cost of using free platforms is a constant war with the incentives and intentions of the platforms themselves. We negotiate with Instagram or Facebook to see content from the people we chose to follow, because these platforms are no longer built to show us things that we want to see. We no longer "search" Google, but barter with a seedy search box to try and coax out a result that isn't either a search engine-optimized half-answer or an attempt to trick us into clicking an ad. Twitter, in its prime, succeeded by connecting real people to real things at a time when the internet actively manufactures our experience and interactions with others. "

Iran plotting unprovoked attack on country that bombed its embassy

Normal Island News: "A spokesperson for Blackrock said: “Worldwide economic collapse would present us with lots of unique and interesting business opportunities”. Anyone who doesn’t want Blackrock to have unique and interesting business opportunities is clearly an extremist."

Attention in transformers, visually explained | Chapter 6, Deep Learning - YouTube

More from 3 blue one brown about the GPT3 style systems. In this chapter, what is an attention-block and how is it constructed from matrix multiplication.

The Ultimate Bitcoin Use Cases with Alex Gladstein - YouTube

Human Right Federation worker explains how Bitcoin is doing things all over the world that the Dollar and other compute activities just can't do.

xkcd: Machine

XKCD's "cartoon" is a web-toy in which a fantastical credible machine delivers ping pong balls from source to sink. Help build it!

Sholto Douglas & Trenton Bricken - How to Build & Understand GPT-7's Mind - YouTube

Long podcast with some researchers working to understand the AI models.

But what is a GPT? Visual intro to Transformers | Deep learning, chapter 5 - YouTube

3Blue1Brown teaches us about Generative Pre-Trained Transformers.

‘It’ll be bedlam’: how Trump is creating conditions for a post-election eruption | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Guardian on Trump's potential violence and fascist language. "“Regardless of whether Donald Trump wins or loses, there’s going to be violence,” said Michael Fanone, a retired police officer who was seriously injured by pro-Trump rioters at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. “If Donald Trump loses, he’s not going to concede and he’s going to inspire people to commit acts of violence, just like he did in the weeks and months leading up to January 6, 2021."

Israel Assault On Rafah Means "Annihilation": w/. Unicef's James Elder, Live From Gaza - YouTube

Unicef worker in Rafar in Gaza describes the plight of the people there to Owen Jones.

We were lied into the Gaza genocide. Al Jazeera has shown us how

Our media can't be trusted on anything, least of all a war: " Its continuing refusal to report on the mounting evidence of Israel’s perpetration of crimes against its own civilians and soldiers on 7 October suggests it has been intentionally whitewashing Israel’s slaughter in Gaza."

What If Gravity is NOT A Fundamental Force? | Entropic Gravity - YouTube

The fundamental laws of nature are derivable from theorems in combinatorial maths. Maybe gravity is just holographic entropy?

Ex-City Trader Exposes Capitalism: Gary Stevenson Explains Why We're Trapped In This Mess - YouTube

Gary Stephenson's book tour continues, here he talks to Owen Jones about the inequality for nearly an hour.

Occam's Razor - Existential Comics

Existential Comics on Occams Razor. Ha. "Every theory could have one but not more totally extraneous unnecessary objects thrown in"

Scotland's Hate Speech Act and Abuse of Process - Craig Murray

Seems stupid but apparently it'll be illegal next month to say something like "Wow, what a stupid law, all the Scotch people are very stupid buggers" but Craig seems to think it's the case:  "So a person in Tahiti who publishes a tweet which is opened by and offends somebody in Scotland because it offends a protected characteristic, had committed a crime in Scotland, even though they never left their home in Tahiti and may never have been anywhere near Scotland.I know this sounds completely crazy, but I do assure you it is absolutely true. "

The end of landlords: the surprisingly simple solution to the UK housing crisis | Homes | The Guardian

Guy with a book out this week reckons there's no housing shortage really, just an excess of landlordism which is easily defeated and simple measures could collapse the cost of housing again just by better tennents rights and fewer perks so the landlords all sell up.

Orangutan Freedom - Existential Comics

Slack and freedom and cages from Existential Comics

The heinous crimes of the West with Craig Murray, TSBC (LIVE) - YouTube

Craig Murray talking to a podcaster for a couple of hours about Julian Assange, imperialism, crappy media and his life fighting those things.

Israel’s ‘Flour Massacre’ – When A Crime Becomes A ‘Tragedy’ – Media Lens

Media Lens detailing how reports of massacres end up in the passive voice and the biases in the terrible British media, worst in the world.

A tentacle themed attire for the gig