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I make art that’s totally mine because I did it through AI. imgur.com/a/Rhgi0OC

Nightshade software to protect your art

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He looks so normal, I wonder how much that cost.

Microsoft’s VASA-1 can deepfake a person with one photo and one audio track ( arstechnica.com )

On Tuesday, Microsoft Research Asia unveiled VASA-1, an AI model that can create a synchronized animated video of a person talking or singing from a single photo and an existing audio track. In the future, it could power virtual avatars that render locally and don't require video feeds—or allow anyone with similar tools to...

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It's terrifying and super cool at the same time. I think all of the execs at these big tech companies need to rewatch the Terminator.

Here's Gizmodo's take: https://gizmodo.com/weird-teeth-fake-microsoft-vasa-1-ai-free-video-creator-1851420514

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Noice. I hope meta doesn't finagle their way out of it.

Pesticides pose a significant risk in 20% of fruits and vegetables, Consumer Reports finds ( www.cbsnews.com )

An examination of 59 common fruits and vegetables found pesticides posed significant risks in 20% of them, from bell peppers, blueberries and green beans to potatoes and strawberries, according to findings published Thursday by the nonprofit consumer advocacy group....

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Here in Seattle, we all predicted this when they moved corporate away from Seattle and to Chicago. The writing was on the wall.

A Spy Site Is Scraping Discord and Selling Users’ Messages ( www.404media.co )

An online service is scraping Discord servers en masse, archiving and tracking users’ messages and activity across servers including what voice channels they join, and then selling access to that data for as little as $5. Called Spy Pet, the service’s creator says it scrapes more than ten thousand Discord servers, and...

The invisible seafaring industry that keeps the internet afloat ( www.theverge.com )

But Hirai also began to think about the work he knew lay ahead. The Ocean Link was one of a small number of ships that maintain the subsea cables that carry 99 percent of the world’s data. Positioned in strategic locations around the planet, these ships stand ready to sail out and fix faults the moment they are detected, and...

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I knew about the cables, I didn't know how extensive they are.

The Supreme Court effectively abolishes the right to mass protest in three US states ( www.vox.com )

The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will not hear Mckesson v. Doe. The decision not to hear Mckesson leaves in place a lower court decision that effectively eliminated the right to organize a mass protest in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas....

US drug shortages reach record high with 323 meds now in short supply ( arstechnica.com )

Erin Fox, associate chief pharmacy officer of University of Utah Health, told CBS MoneyWatch, that most of the drugs in short supply are generic, older products, and around half are injectable drugs that require more stringent manufacturing processes....

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This sounds more like market manipulation to me, because pharma has shown that they're capable of anything to make money. I hope they're getting looked at.

But, as Ars has reported before, the root cause of shortages of low-cost, off-patent generic drugs is well established. These drugs have razor-thin to non-existent profit margins, driven by middle managers who have, in recent years, pushed down wholesale prices to rock-bottom levels.

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Dude, I don't even know what to say. Our healthcare is broken and the people who can fix it are getting paid not to. I'm so angry for you.

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How have I never seen this one? What a cool painting.

“Ban Chinese electric vehicles now,” demands US senator ( arstechnica.com )

Brown's letter to the president is the most recent to sound alarms about the threat of heavily subsidized Chinese EVs moving into established markets. BYD, which recently debuted a sub-$10,000 EV called the Seagull, is reportedly looking for a factory in Mexico. That would allow it to build cars for the US market that aren't...

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I realize that this is also a backhanded way for Bannon to go against Biden's voters. He is the hugest POS and still belongs in jail.

New Boeing whistleblower alleges serious structural flaws on 787 and 777 jets ( www.seattletimes.com )

A Boeing quality engineer went public Tuesday with damaging allegations that the jet-maker took manufacturing shortcuts to increase production rates that leave potentially serious structural flaws on its 787 and 777 widebody planes....

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ruckblack isn't the problem unless he flies a private jet.

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Those are just the first two, I posted an article a week or two that had shown that 80% of climate issues are corporations, big and small, and private jets. There was a boom of private jets around the pandemic. Maybe so they could still travel and hide it? I'm not positive, I don't know when the dates of private jet use boomed.

https://theweek.com/news/environment/960974/how-much-pollution-do-private-planes-cause

https://www.greenmatters.com/p/environmental-impact-private-jet

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It's the privately funding thing, I'm sure Australia has men's clubs like the Eagles, Masonic, etc. My guess is that if they offered tickets to purchase, there would be the discrimination? You can't sell something and not offer it to everyone. OTOH, that doesn't make sense because we have timed tickets and members only tickets here in the US, do they have something like that in Australia?

Trump’s RNC takeover triggers strife and staff exits as purge partly backfires ( www.theguardian.com )

But the threats of termination and the rumored loyalty tests – which turned out to be accurate when staffers were asked in job interviews if they thought the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, though there has been no evidence of election fraud – may have been too aggressive....

Mark Zuckerberg owns over 1,200 acres of land. Here's a look at his properties across the US, from a Hawaiian doomsday bunker to Lake Tahoe estates. ( www.businessinsider.com )

Over the years, he's bought and sold homes all over the country. He's also reportedly built some — a Hawaiian doomsday ranch that has had many scratching their heads, for example....

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I didn't think anyone could own beach in hawaii, how is that possible?

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Welcome back. :) I find things as I post and this is a good fit for some things. Lemmies are pretty good people and just go with the flow or bonk on the head the shitty people.

$158,000 ALS drug pulled from market after failing in large clinical trial ( arstechnica.com )

Last month, the company announced the top-line results from that 48-week, randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving 664 patients: Relyvrio failed to meet any of the trial's goals. The drug did not improve patients' physical functions, which were scored on a standardized ALS-specific test, nor did it improve quality of life,...

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I get short trading, but this is way over my head. What are they saying?

Instead, the current trade driving demand is designed to capture the difference between DJT’s stock price and outstanding “warrants,” which will give the owners the right to new stock at a fixed price as long as regulators approve the new shares.

Partly because of that uncertainty, those warrants currently trade below $19, with a list of hedge funds as recent holders. Even after the high cost to borrow stock is accounted for, they are still able to profit from the $30 difference between existing stock and what the warrants are worth, assuming the warrants become registered as shares.

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During this period, the biggest investor-owned contributor to emissions was ExxonMobil of the United States, which was linked to 3.6 gigatonnes of CO2 over seven years, or 1.4% of the global total. Close behind were Shell, BP, Chevron and TotalEnergies, each of which was associated with at least 1% of global emissions.

In this long-term analysis, Chinese state coal production accounts for 14% of historic global C02, the biggest share by far in the database. This is more than double the proportion of the former Soviet Union, which is in second place, and more than three times higher than that of Saudi Aramco, which is in third.

Then comes the big US companies – Chevron (3%) and ExxonMobil (2.8%), followed by Russian’s Gazprom and the National Iranian Oil Company. After that are two investor-owned European firms: BP and Shell (each with more than 2%) and then Coal India.

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"I want to give you Letitia James a very fair warning that you are not to permanently steal Donald Trumps (sic) assets or his property," one message to James said. "Furthermore you are not to imprison Donald Trump."

He threatened to "go after you with deadly force" because he owned a "whole wall of deadly weapons."

"Mark my words I will kill you if you even dare to permanently steal Donald Trumps (sic) assets or his property," he allegedly wrote.

Google Podcasts is gone — and so is my faith in Google ( www.theverge.com )

The Podcasts app is just the latest product to go through a process I’ve come to call The Google Cycle. It always goes the same way: the company launches a new service with grandiose language about how this fits its mission of organizing and making accessible the world’s information, quickly updates it with a couple of neat...

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I've been using this app and have really liked it. Please tell me that I chose well and it doesn't have hidden problems: https://antennapod.org/

The Mystery Money Behind This Matt Gaetz-Marjorie Taylor Greene Lawsuit ( www.thedailybeast.com )

Last week, Politico reported, Judge Hernan D. Vera dismissed the conspiracy case against the nonprofits as “stunningly deficient”—Gaetz and Greene had invoked a civil rights statute known as the “Ku Klux Klan Act” against the defendants, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—but...

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They already have tbf. Which is actually fine if we had universal basic income, then AI away. We don't though, we don't even have universal healthcare.

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In 10 years it'll probably be good enough to take over completely. Right now, it can take photographer and artist jobs pretty easily for news and online magazines.

Also, this: Waymo and Uber Eats start human-less food deliveries in Phoenix

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Look at my profile for one reason and look at this video for another: Jon Stewart On The False Promises of AI | The Daily Show

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You’re rooting for a revolutionary new technology to fail rather than get better

As long as the oligarchs who run and own these AI systems are at the helm, yes I'm rooting for it to fail. Better is in the eyes of the beholder. Because come on, we all know better is going to be defined as better for the oligarchs, not you or me.

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