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#1051 2018-12-30 04:11:42

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Incontinence FTW?

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#1052 2018-12-30 10:55:40

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johnraff wrote:

^Well, people have never been obliged to use real profile pics of themselves.

But the Brave New World we're entering is indeed a very frightening place.

Well, there were cases where facebook blocked accounts and asked extorted people for ID or driving licence to confirm identity. Not to mention their real-name policy.

It's amazing how this technology works, but also frightening how it can be used.
Like the first comment said:

I think the scary part is that AI will be able to create unimaginable hordes of seemingly real profiles on social media, perpetuating any belief or reshaping any public opinion as its creators see fit.

Behind bots are real people, with many fake profiles, that make posts which create an impression of a favourable public opinion. That's how they turn the tide of public opinion. They also attack any undesired opinion(s), and if they can't they use less subtle methods, putting words in your mouth or somehow making you look bad.

The democrats (kleptocrats) used them first when they were in power. So when the progressive party (also kleptomaniacs) won the elections, the bots offered their services to them. The ruling party was like: "Sure, use our computers in the party's offices. Here's a table where you fill in you comments, time, websites, names of the profiles you replied to. Don't expect social security or health care, you'll get cash and a sandwich for lunch (as with your previous employer)."
The democrats now etiquette most their critics online as bots with the derogative term "sandwichers".

My sister-in-law joined the progressive party because, you know, it's impossible to get the job in this country otherwise.
When she joined the party, they asked her to create a facebook account and give the password to the ruling party's office. So she did.

What did they used that faceboook profile for, spying other people or as a bot, I can only guess. The prime minister (then, now switched to president via democratic elections) used to go to political tv shows where he showed contents his political opponents posted on social networks, all printed on papers. Not only the political opponents, ordinary people too. He intimidated/discredited anyone who criticized him or progressive party. Our big brother has eyes everywhere.

Years passed, sister-in-law hasn't got the job, obedient people are more desirable, not the one that finished college that lasts for 5 years with good marks.
When she later realized there will be no job, she changed her passwords. But, I'm thinking, there is always a possibility that the bots may have copied her data/photos somewhere and can use her photos and data for something.

Such bots exist everywhere, big companies use them, politicians, governments, anyone that can pay enough to influence the public opinion online. Not limited to social networks, they make comments everywhere, news sites, scientific sites... Always sharp, prepared and always attacking.
When Big oil doesn't like climate change polpularity rise, they hire bots. When 50.000 people protest, let's hire bots to say there is no more than 5.000.
Now it just got easier for them with AI. And the criminals of course.
But the people behind the bots will be replaced fully by AI one day. No need to  waste all those sanwiches for their lunch, AI can be more energy, money and time efficient.

Welcome to the brave new world.

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#1053 2019-01-06 10:33:19

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S7.L wrote:
Sector11 wrote:

You're welcome S7.L
I bend, fold, and mutilate conkys for fun.  big_smile

"Conky Butcher"!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuhN1fUCMBM

you don't see the "real" Conky so often, esp. in context with the Linux conky.
Here's a little quiz:
There's a sort of Conky version for Android, and it's called Moss. Why?

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#1054 2019-01-06 11:10:18

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^^ Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd tv show?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487831/

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#1055 2019-01-07 00:43:05

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S7.L wrote:

^^ Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd tv show?

that's my guess too.
he has a first name?
anyhow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWWB_WFtqRg

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#1056 2019-01-07 10:19:41

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johnraff wrote:

^Well, people have never been obliged to use real profile pics of themselves.

But the Brave New World we're entering is indeed a very frightening place.

Related to this, I found the following video quite scary - someone trained a neural network to make a text to speech bot, using audio clips from a youtuber. The results aren't perfect but it is recognisably the same voice, and given more time/resources they could use a lot more audio clips to improve it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSZ0nq--ihg

If someone does this with the voice of a famous person, like an actor or a politician, it could really make people aware of the dangers we might be facing in the near future.

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#1057 2019-01-08 18:38:50

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"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth by hitting back."
Piet Hein

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#1058 2019-01-10 05:27:26

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^ i always thougth the public domain is clearly defined (like, after so-and-so many years, things become public domain), but today I learned it's a "Negative Space":

Wikipedia wrote:

  that is, it consists of works that are no longer in copyright term or were never protected by copyright law.

...and apparently it seems to be regulated differently in different countries?

anyhow, good to hear anything positive is happening in the US of A these days...

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#1059 2019-01-10 06:47:00

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"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth by hitting back."
Piet Hein

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#1060 2019-02-10 14:01:33

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https://www.n2yo.com/
see what satellites are in the skies and space directly above you
everything to do with watching satellites even some military satellites


The telephone is an antiquity - you never know who is calling, there is no image, it is an outmoded product which constantly disrupts work (Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)) ps: my wife knows how much I dislike being disrupted at Work - Ralf Hutter hit the nail on the head there

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#1061 2019-02-17 18:55:30

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https://hundredrabbits.itch.io/

Some cool programs with minimalist design.

Captura-de-pantalla_2019-02-17_15-46-57.th.png

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#1062 2019-02-21 12:44:04

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This person has some VERY interesting ideas to do with sound and images
Check out the forensic imaging tools and the interactive demonstrations of web technologies

This is a must for anyone interested in digital images


The telephone is an antiquity - you never know who is calling, there is no image, it is an outmoded product which constantly disrupts work (Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)) ps: my wife knows how much I dislike being disrupted at Work - Ralf Hutter hit the nail on the head there

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#1063 2019-02-21 21:07:48

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Thanks. The colour to b/w converter is great.

/Martin

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"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth by hitting back."
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#1064 2019-02-22 17:17:19

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THX1138 wrote:

This person has some VERY interesting ideas to do with sound and images

I liked the ditherlicious thingy.
input your favorite desktop background, fiddle with the controls, save as b/w.
then open in gimp and change b/w to some other colours in image => mode => indexed.
one possible result - i like.
unfortunately it insisted on shaving a few pixels off.

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#1065 2019-02-22 20:33:05

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ohnonot wrote:
THX1138 wrote:

This person has some VERY interesting ideas to do with sound and images

I liked the ditherlicious thingy.
input your favorite desktop background, fiddle with the controls, save as b/w.
then open in gimp and change b/w to some other colours in image => mode => indexed.
one possible result - i like.
unfortunately it insisted on shaving a few pixels off.

I missed that bit I will have a look into that
but yeah - its such a depthy and interesting site isnt it?


Heres another site

15 jokes only programmers will get

Last edited by THX1138 (2019-02-22 20:37:48)


The telephone is an antiquity - you never know who is calling, there is no image, it is an outmoded product which constantly disrupts work (Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)) ps: my wife knows how much I dislike being disrupted at Work - Ralf Hutter hit the nail on the head there

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#1066 2019-02-22 20:39:36

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Re: Cool Random Internet Stuff

^ enjoyed those, even though I'm not a programmer.


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#1067 2019-02-23 07:34:26

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These 30 are not bad either.

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#1068 2019-02-23 09:31:36

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nore wrote:

These 30 are not bad either.

oh my, 10 minutes well spent.
my highlights:
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Code is Art
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1*7Cr9heedHTMbfFpmdQu19Q.png
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1*oFXzAM5EAnbNS2HdY1JAXw.png
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# Russian roulette for hackers:
[[ "$(($RANDOM%6))" == 0 ]] && rm -rf / || echo '*click*'

=====================
1*-PtHOUTzCfZtVDeKpPsSYQ.jpeg

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#1069 2019-02-23 17:08:19

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nore wrote:

These 30 are not bad either.

Some of them are hilarious

Last edited by THX1138 (2019-02-23 17:08:37)


The telephone is an antiquity - you never know who is calling, there is no image, it is an outmoded product which constantly disrupts work (Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)) ps: my wife knows how much I dislike being disrupted at Work - Ralf Hutter hit the nail on the head there

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#1070 2019-03-10 10:54:00

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I don't know if it is cool or not, but Microsoft put its Calculator's source code on github. MIT-licence.

I know such kind of software is probably not so difficult to write, and has no spurious super secret components (or has it?), but I wish I have time to browse this with understanding ...


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#1071 2019-03-10 14:34:00

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It'd be cool if it was the real calculator, rather than the "Modern Appfail"
I had to pull calc.exe from win 7 & rename it to calc1.exe and update menu shortcuts to get something less annoying in 10.


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