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Here’s my latest posts to the free fediverse, some rambling, some ranting, mostly just commenting on stuff I’ve read lately. Some of it gets syndicated to Twitter but mostly not. The best of it reaches my monthly digest email.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:58:36 +0000

My own personal wish-list for is:

* An that's smooth and works in human shapes and insane alien shapes

* A 360-Sterovision renderer.

And my wishlist for is
* Allow trackers to be tracked by Godot
* Improve Gama-brightness? I dunno why it's so dark.
* Don't require me to reboot in order to start properly in whatever crash conditions cause that every week or so.

I think there's a very good chance those things will all be fixed before I'm anything like finished with my parts of my app.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:54:34 +0000

The main thing that's different and much worse is the 360-degree panoramic stereoscopic render.

Unity had a plug-in, and then a version upgrade made it so you didn't even need a plug-in and it was faster and better.

I had to write the Godot version and as a result it definitely isn't really right in ways that warp the shapes because I don't understand the maths.

It's also very slow.

I made some code to enable me to do it on dozens of Amazon machines, but doing that means a jump in the particle positions as you switch between render-slots. And then it was buggy and didn't even work for reasons I don't understand so I just let it render for a week on my one GPU since I was otherwise busy anyway.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:49:04 +0000

The way the scene is lit and changes in the reflections in the materials in the walls are part just accident and part just more time spent on it.

The old walls look more plastic, and their layers less defined. That's partly because I didn't spend much time worrying about normal-maps in the first-draft import of the asset, and partly because I needed to turn up the number of lights and the post-render bloom up in order to get the scene bright enough to render in Godot.

I think the glow from beyond the floorboards in the new version looks great but I didn't do it on purpose and I'm not really sure where it comes from.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:42:20 +0000

The motion of the arms is a bit improved I think, but that's from parenting the IK-targets to the wrists.

When you do motion-tracking, you get the position and rotation of each and and foot and belt.

So if your character is doing a chicken-dance wobbling the elbows, there's no tracker on that.

Looks the same.

But, if the elbow-target is moving along with the rotation of the hand, then you can do the chicken-dance by rotating the wrists to rotate the elbows.

On the other hand, that makes the targets fly around like crazy if you're trying to fine-tune adjust them in the post-record edit.

How do you even tell if that that is more important in the way they move than the fact my IK system is worse than Unity's. By a lot?

I expect Godot's new one will replace mine when it's done so I can't be arsed to make mine any better.

I think they move about around the same quality, but the lip-sync and emotional display improve just because I go from sketch into draft for the rewrite, regardless of engine.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:34:08 +0000

There is a *big* difference between how the scene renders in the headset in the running app on on linux vs on Windows.

I can't compare to SteamVR on Linux because that's apparently gotten worse rather than better and no longer even runs. Well done Valve.

It's a lot darker and more moody in the Monado headset, so I turn up the brightness to see anything at all while I edit.

Then it burns out the cameras in render or in Windows.

I dunno why that is. Need to add some kinda user gamma-control.

It looks in the headset like it looks in the render on Windows, but on Monado it looks darker and I can barely see.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 21:29:55 +0000

There's comparisons to be made between the old Unity rendering and the new Godot rendering.

Much of the difference is just that I improved the things a little as I moved from from the old engine to the new one.

Like when you copy your friend's homework and fix his mistakes so you score better.

Much of it is accidental, from me not really having that much of a clue what I'm doing.

The alien faces have better emotional expression now because it's the rewrite-version, not because it's the Godot version.

But the particle-effects are more quantized because of the engine. It can do better I'm sure but I just used someone else's plug-in in Unity. Here I felt I had to build it myself more instead of just giving someone a fiver.

Godot needs an asset market, or I need to know where that is.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 20:03:33 +0000

The actually, first: It says at the end of that film "Watch in VR at starshipsd . com"

And haven't really tried that with the Quest3 before.

The most natural way to do it doesn't work. Pressing play on the video in the in-VR browser just shows the whole equirectangular projection on a flat screen, even in full-screen mode.

Built-in quest-browser youtube player don't have any way to actually view in VR it seems.

Works okay in the youtube app if you search for my username, as a user. If you miss the initial @ or don't search for users specifically it gives loads of things that aren't me instead.

So I wonder if there's an embeded-player of some sort I can install. Maybe this can work [ github.com/videojs/videojs-vr ] ?

Wish Peertube had a 360 player. Would be good to get off the Google dependency.

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 19:42:11 +0000

A celebratory drink upon the completion of Episode Twelve of my cartoon.

🍾

Just the one mind. Then onto making the next one. The whole crew and flying saucer need to be imported next, and improved as I do it.

starshipsd.com/@starship/statu

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:57:04 +0000

#ukpol #labour #manifesto #election


Labour has changed, so they no longer want change, they want stability.

Stability will be achieved by:

* Tough spending rules to avoid inflation.
* No tax rises on working people
* Cutting NHS waiting times
* Border security cops
* New National Energy Company
* Half a new teacher for each school.

Starmer says "Stability" really a lot.

He wants to create economic growth, as number 1 priority. How?

* Reform employment law, more employment rights and higher wages

* Reform investment systems, national wealth fund to invest in steel and jobs.

* Reform planning rules, so we can build more.

* Being Pro Business

* Tax oil & gas to pay for new British Energy company.

* Chase tax-avoiders to pay doctors & nurses

---

What we have here is basically a promise to be like the Conservatives only less chaotic and broken and a bit more caring.

No radical ambition, no blue-sky suggestions, no desire to reform the country other than replacing the people at the top with less corrupt people.

Primarily, they want growth by fiddling with regulations to encourage the private sector.

They will not do extra taxes on people, they will not do big spending, they want stability not change. They've already changed.

Which is exactly what the last 3 prime tory prime ministers said they wanted too.

It isn't that a national wealth fund investing in a national energy company is a bad idea, it's just that it's unambitious and on such a tiny scale it can't really affect anything.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:16:00 +0000

Oh, he put the age at 35. That's low. I managed another decade and a half.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:12:40 +0000

When I read that thing Douglas Adams said about how when you get old the new technology seems against the natural order of things, I thought that only applied to normal people. Technophobes and that.

Not me. I'll find the new tech exciting for ever.

Then I turn 50 and, hey, look what kind of monstrosities they start inventing.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 22:53:41 +0000

There's a thing called Capability Security done by Spitely Gobblins.

Haven't really spent enough time to say I understand it. Doesn't sound like it's really finished yet.

Making it explicit in the software when you give someone a bit of data that you also send the permissions on what can be done with it.

spritely.institute/static/pape

Or there's a thing called Veilid. They store data on a public network in encrypted form. Making it so you can in fact show it only to your friends like Facebook first promised, not even to Facebook Inc or the Mega-Mind.

They are also not quite finished as a software library without much in the way of apps.

veilid.com/

Something like these things are gonna be needed because sooner or later angered public bullying won't work, and it can't work on those doing it in secret.

The corporate/government/advertising matrix multiplier engine will eat everything you have published and make inferences for those systems about you from it. Many of them even true. Some true that you don't even realized about yourself. Lots of it wrong and biased.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 22:33:16 +0000

Same with this "Maven" thing today.

They want to make some kinda AI-edited personal-magazine. A narrow-focus news show, personalized for you by terra-flops of statistical correlations.

People do seem to like algorithmic feeds. Nobody can read everything, so some kinda summary or selector is inevitable.

But to do it, you gotta read everything.

That mega-mind is gonna be babbling to bosses and dates about every public word on the web whatever your privacy settings say.

These folks have "deleted" the data for now at least.

But that T&C's switcheroo is even easier if we never signed any T&Cs and they have implied consent because google made the precedent back in the 90s when they indexed the whole web.

social.wedistribute.org/object

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 22:28:44 +0000

Been thinking for a while about Facebook's AI Terms and Conditions switcheroo.

People all joined Facebook because they didn't want a public blog, especially one their boss might read. They wanted one only their friends could read.

And now Facebook are gonna just feed the whole lot into their mega-mind and let every advertiser and recruiter and boss you ever work for ask it about you.

There's no way to stop them coz they'll do it even if you object, even if it's illegal, even if they expect to get a giga-fine. I don't expect they really honour delete requests. Things sometimes pop back into existence eh?

which.co.uk/news/article/faceb

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 17:30:40 +0000

#UKPol #Green #manifesto #election


Couldn't watch the launch, stupid jobs.

The gist seem to be tax the rich to invest in the country.

Hurray. Finally.

* Wealth taxes

The rich will finally have to sell some assets to pay their taxes. Anyone with ore than 10 million quid.

Wealth taxes are hard to implement, but you will never fix inequality with just an income tax and you can't fix asset-price inflation and so house-prices without fixing inequality.

They wanna raise a full 50 billion a year extra and then spend it on investment:

* Insulate homes

Insulate Britain would get their way! Hurray! Cheaper energy bills for everyone.

* Build homes.

Everyone's promising this. The green-party number is similar to the Conservatives number but the Greens will do it without lowering building standards to make it cheaper. They'll probably build good insulated ones one assumes.

* CEO/lowest-wage ratio set to 10:1

Currently CEOs earn about 200 times the average wage of their workers. They are worth, they think, ten classrooms full of other workers.

Maybe it'll encourage the CEO to actually give pay-rises?

* Scrap tuition fees & Ofsted

Education should be free.

* Personal Social Care free like the NHS.

No more Granny selling her house to be put into a home I guess?

* 15 quid minimum wage

Pay the workers what it costs to live damnit.

* More Rights to Roam

We will walk these green and pleasant lands even if the farmers don't like it.

* Stop All new Fossil Fuels

This is in fact needed, because "net zero" is bullshit, but not for the reasons Farage or Galloway say, but because carbon-capture is basically impossible. The "net" part is bullshit, it's gotta be actually zero

* Phase out nuclear energy

As is traditional, all parties must have at least one terrible policy which would lead to terrible results. The Green one is phasing out the only non-carbon energy source which is reliable and works all night and day every day.

* Wind power to 70% of all power.

Good, but the wind don't always blow, where are the nukes to back it up eh?

* Decriminalize possession of all drugs.

The drug war was always a counter-productive fraud, it's expensive, ineffective, encourages a police state, and doesn't even really stop anyone taking things. It's stupid, axe it.

Ought to make supply legal and licensed really too but they ain't promising that.

* Support Ukraine and Palestine against the aggressive countries attacking them.

War is bad.

* "No use first" on nukes.

Oh, surprising, they aren't promising to scrap trident.

* Brexit - Rejoin "when the conditions are right"

Well, not making as big a thing of it as the Libs, but it's there.

The Greens are clearly the sanest of the parties with the most progressive policies that would actually help people and help prevent climate change.

So of course the media tell everyone that they're crazy and the political system fixes it so they can't possibly win.

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 11:45:50 +0000

re: UKPol conservative manifesto


Detente, deescalation and peace-making is what's needed internationally. I can see a argument we need to spend on armed forces in case that doesn't work, but if so that's on well paid professional solders and weapons we can actually use not on boondoggle nukes that are only any use if we're killing everyone.

Immigrants are needed and wanted as our population bulge retires. They talk about reducing tax-burden while piling demand on demand for the working to support the pensioners, and banning other workers from coming in to help create the wealth.

The plan to build more carbon power-stations and export electricity is full on nuts. Transporting power is hard. What you gonna do, ship batteries to and from china? It's barely even worth trying to lay power-lines to France let alone the world.

I am not necessarily against building a fleet of small modular nuclear reactors. That will be expensive power, but backups are expensive and at least they can actually be exported.

You can't fix the problem of the rich owning all the housing stock and bidding up it's price just by taxing the buying houses less. That helps landlords buy up all the housing stock.

It's a good thing they are not going to win because even their rosy optimistic view of the future here is a hellscape of inequality, pollution, and oppression.

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 11:31:17 +0000

UKPol conservative manifesto


Defense! They want you to feel threatened everyone! Only the Conservatives can protect you:

* From the country's "enemies" like China (who make most of our stuff).

* From "Immigrants" (who provide half of our services as the population-bulge retires).

* From Eco-zelotory and the expense of maintaining the planet (by building lots of dirty carbon-burning electricity stations to burn so much oil we'll have enough to sell to our neighbours, even though it's not really economical to export energy more than a few hundred miles and a decentralized green electricity network is cheaper and cleaner)

* From tax: Tax Cuts by cutting back on welfare other than pensions. Halving national insurance contributions, especially for self-employed. (Even though welfare is already cut to the bone, the working-poor are so poor they don't pay tax)

* From education and kids: Fewer university degrees, more training apprenticeships. Forced labour for national service. (Even though forced national service weakens an army)

* From homes: Build 300,000 houses a year (10% fewer than the Libs promise, but by abolishing building safety laws!).

No more stamp-duty. Help-to-buy schemes. (even though these things subsidize house-buying thus driving up house prices. They are good for landlords I guess?)

* From children: Free Childcare (so you can get to work on poverty wages instead of looking after your kids)

* More teachers! More cops! (Especially more cops)

* Sex means sex.

He says we need certainty, rather than the uncertainty Starmer would give us, but he doesn't seem all that confident of it.

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 20:53:09 +0000

I was listening to today's Mindscape Podcast and thinking, hey, this guy seems unusually wise to the ways of big data and the compromises of big tech, and why people make those choices and what they mean.

Which isn't that big a surprise given that writing a book about that is why he's on the podcast.

I figure someone with that kind of data-nous probably quit twitter ages ago and was on Fedi instead. And yep. There he is.

Nice interview @kjhealy

Good exploration of this compromise between using the system and getting used by it. I avoid the trackers enough that I can't really use Google, they just give me traffic-light identification games all the time instead of a search-box.

preposterousuniverse.com/podca

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:40:44 +0000

UKPol Lib Dem Manifesto


If someone gave me loads and loads of money to run an election campaign I'm not sure I'd have any better ideas than Ed Davey seems to have had.

Not gonna win, might as well just go to theme-parks and water-sporting and play tennis.

Quite like it. Makes him seem more care-free and normal than standing in a factory or wherever.

The actual manifesto isn't terrible.

They wanna deal with asylum not by shipping people abroad, but in the sensible way of just funding the processing of asylum seekers.

On climate: Citizens assemblies like Just Stop Oil are asking for, ten years to insulate the housing stock, investment in renewables.

Unlike the big two, they actually say they wanna make the NHS more national and less private. NHS dentistry again.

Build 400,000 houses a year, more busses, more electric trains, maintenance grants for students.

And of course Proportional Representation.

But on the other hand, last time they had a sniff of power they became conservative bootlickers, fucked the students, privatized chunks of the NHS, and helped push forward the Brexit referendum.

Suppose they're mostly different people to that now? But how much can you trust 'em?

If the Greens didn't exist I'd likely end up on Lib-Dem.

Sun, 09 Jun 2024 19:18:32 +0000

Doctor Who - Rogue


I don't really know what "Bridgerton" is other than period-drama.

Great episode though. Scandal and drama and dashing alien bounty-hunters and interracial homosexual kisses. Scandalous. I like how if the anti-woke complain about it they have to admit to having the same prudish morals as the Victorian aristocracy.

The aliens wanna "Cosplay the world to death", 😆

More musical numbers and dance scenes, RTD really does want Doctor Who to be Glee and I'm here for it.

Only a double-episode finale left. It's ending too soon! Who is Susan Twist? Who is Ruby Sunday's Mum? Who is The Doctor?

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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.

Is the Intelligence-Explosion Near? A Reality Check. - YouTube

Sabine thinks he's right about all the fooms, except for he hasn't accounted for a lack of power and a lack of data.She reckons won't have the power to run the chips to train a super intelligence. Phew.

Magpies who are 'victims of bullying' are more intelligent than their aggressors, researchers say - ABC News

Researchers suggest that in some flocks of Australian magpies, the jocks bully the nerds. So it goes. They further suggest:"Aggression is a predictor of your intelligence [...] Aggressive magpies are not picking up on social cues around them, whereas the less aggressive ones – the ones actually receiving aggression – were more intelligent [...] They need to find alternative ways to access food resources when the bullies are there, and they need to innovate, they need to be aware of social cues and avoid those that are going to pick on them."The presence of bullies produces nerds? Creatures only become nerds to escape bullies, and if we eliminated bullies we would have a population with no innovation?  Oh noes.

2024 Election Specials: 1.The economy - YouTube

Johnathan Pie's election rant #1. There's no money left.

RHLSTP

Bob Mortimer on Richard Herring's podcast, coz they're funny together. Bob is funny with anyone though really.

The Physics of Portals (Made With Love) - YouTube

Sabine describing the physics of portal. Which is to say made-up physics that isn't real. I have some water-pistols like her props, but nothing like that skin-suit.  👀

Pluralistic: Even if you think AI search could be good, it won’t be good (15 May 2024) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

Copy on AI 'search': "When you trust someone to summarize the truth for you, you become terribly vulnerable to their self-serving lies. In an ideal world, these intermediaries would be "fiduciaries," with a solemn (and legally binding) duty to put your interests ahead of their own...But Google is clear that its first duty is to its shareholders: not to publishers, not to searchers, not to "partners" or employees.....That's why, even if you're willing to believe that Google could make a great AI-based search, we can nevertheless be certain that they won't."

Israel’s Willing Executioners - The Chris Hedges Report

Chris Hedge's lament as Rafah is ordered to be evacuated: "Run, the Israelis demand, run for your lives. Run from Rafah the way you ran from Gaza City, the way you ran from Jabalia, the way you ran from Deir al-Balah, the way you ran from Beit Hanoun, the way you ran from Bani Suheila, the way you ran from Khan Yunis. Run or we will kill you. We will drop 2,000-pound bunker buster bombs on your tent encampments. We will spray you with bullets from our machine-gun-equipped drones. We will pound you with artillery and tank shells. We will shoot you down with snipers. We will decimate your tents, your refugee camps, your cities and towns, your homes, your schools, your hospitals and your water purification plants. We will rain death from the sky."

Lyn Alden: How Money & Banking Work (& why they're broken today) - YouTube

The 30 minute animated and illustrated abridged version of Lyn Alden's "Broken Money". I'm reading the book so slowly I'm barely half way through chapter two. Five minutes in here. Good summary of what's up with the money, though the suggested solution remains very unproven.

Why are your wages falling so fast? - YouTube

Gary does have a way of stating the problem simply, explaining how inequality has been breaking the country for decades as the rich capture all the wealth and the consequences of that.

Villains assemble: Tories forced to reveal links with election dark ops firms - Good Law Project

"To top it all off, the Tories have shared information about me with a rogues’ gallery of rightwing media companies, including the Sun, the Express, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Guido Fawkes. We’ve long suspected close links between the Tories and their client journalists in the gutter press: this appears to confirm it. As the Tories gather an election unit to smear, misinform and muckrake, Good Law Project will be working to stop political parties illegally gathering data and targeting voters, particularly in key marginal seats, with bespoke misinformation."

How do you accidentally run for President of Iceland? | by Anna Andersen | Apr, 2024 | UX Collective

Interesting story of how lots of people accidentally ran for president of Iceland due to bad user interface.

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!

A tentacle themed attire for the gig