He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist/socialist/leftist.

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This is why I wish FPGAs were cheaper and more widely used in consumer hardware. Got a new codec? Just load up a hardware decoder for it!


So kind of like GPLv3 where you get a free license to the patent as long as you obey the license terms and carry out your responsibilities to open source that it outlines?


In general fakes getting better, tech evolves but counter-measures to spot fakes also evolve which is a natural process.

Deepfakes often use a type of AI called a Generational Adversarial Network (GAN). Oversimplified: When you want to make a deepfake, you create two sets of AIs, one set to create deepfakes and one to detect them. They are pitted against each other and only the best at either are used to derive new versions of each type. This means both the generation and detection methods get better as the system runtime increases and the deepfake becomes more convincing, though usually the AIs are only tuned to that one specific instance, so of you set out to create a deepfake that merges hypothetical people Jack and Jill, they can only make deepfakes of Jack and Jill, and not Romeo and Juliet. For Romeo and Juliet, you would have to start the process all over again.

Keep on mind that all the creating new versions of the AIs stuff is automated, so you can churn out convincing deepfakes of tons of people with very little human intervention. This is part of the concern with deepfakes: any script kiddie can make them, and quite efficiently if they have a high end GPU or a neural network chip from eBay. I think the fiasco with putting nonconsenting parties into porn videos is a prime example of this. This technology is not limited to parties with big budgets, though they are a major point of concern, too.

The use of GANs also raises concerns about how exactly you develop a detector for deepfakes if you’re external to the process of creating them.


AV1 is that new open source patent-free codec, right?


This is a Qt module. KDE has nothing to do with it and there is pretty much no way they would ever use it.

I like to think that they wouldn’t dare. The vast majority of KDE’s users care a lot about open source and privacy. The instant KDE starts doing this, someone will fork their codebase and cut out the ads module. If they go proprietary, their community developers will move on to forks, like what happened with MySql and OpenOffice.

Absolutely nothing’s stopping Linux distros from putting ads in their OS now. There are already software for that. So it’s unlikely the major ones will do it even if they could. And those who do will be shunned by the Linux community, as they should be.


Are there any mdoern peer 2 peer games? Like connecting serial cables to two 486 PCs so you can fight each other in your favourite shooter, but modern?



I like the ascetics of electronics, particularly PCBs and microprocessors. I think they look really cool. So it’s just a public domain image of a circuit board. An SSD if anyone’s curious.



Indeed, copyleft is not enough to guarantee that corporations won’t make money with your code. Without modifying the code, an evil company could increase its profit just by using your software.

Correct, but depending on the specific license, they would still have to distribute the source (read: not JUST credit you, THEY have to independently provide a way of getting access to the source code), and if they make any improvements, which they’ll probably want to do, they have to share that back with you. This results in the product itself continuously improving for everyone, profit or not.

If there wasn’t a license term against it, companies will be greatly incentivized to keep any improvements they made closed and therefore their product will be better than the original open source product, which will give their now proprietary product an edge in the market, which has historically shown to be enough to snuff out the original open source efforts.


Or, some of the largest and most successful FLOSS projects in the world still use mailing lists, and they’re doing fine. Really, anything but a centralized, completely proprietary messaging platform.


And of course it’s Rick Astley lol


Related, an article about the psychology of liminal spaces and liminality: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/general/understanding-how-liminal-space-is-different-from-other-places/

A lot of people describe liminal spaces as nostslgic, even as “I swear I’ve seen this before” even if the location is completely foreign to them (or even fictional, like a computer rendering). But most people also say that looking at them feels eerie or gives them unease. It probably falls under the umbrella of what you’re asking and could offer some insight.



When you type the file extension wrong but Linux automatically recognizes the file content so you’re too lazy to fix it.


There is actually an ongoing debate among the Lemmy.ml admins on how antivaxx should be handled. Nutomic probably didn’t remove this, but another admin did. Or, as others have pointed out, it was removed for spam and trolling.


As a Westerner, most likely WAY more than I’m personally comfortable with. Even simply existing in a Western country means that a lot of people, often from less wealthy places, are making my life possible. Even simple things like walking around in the city. Well, that concrete I’m stepping on probably didn’t originate locally.


Apple to cry foul when people call bullshit on their unverifiable privacy claims and prefer open, auditable, reproducible software instead.



See, this wouldn’t be a problem if they used GPL. The issue is that MPL stipulates that the modified files must be open source, while the GPL says that any derivative work must be open source.












What's the best desktop environment for laptop/tablet hybrids?

I’ve been using KDE Plasma on my Levovo Thinkpad Yoga, and while it’s my favorite DE on my desktop where I have a physical mouse and no touchscreen, it’s not great for a laptop plus tablet “convertible” PC. Plasma doesn’t seem to “get” touchscreen input. There’s no automatic on-screen keyboard that …