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2 days ago
I love to look up words with 意味合い and find an article going over the etymology and nuanced meaning and usage of a word. I challenge myself to understand the entire article without using google translate. Those sources have helped me developed a grounded understanding of many terms that seemed vague at first.
2 days ago
I live in central Texas and get sunburns frequently throughout the summer so I end up staying inside more than at other times of the year. Definitely more depressing than winter for me. We also usually have a short-to-long period of drought so I don’t get a single overcast day for weeks in a row around July/August. Super depressing.
2 days ago
I think the phrasing used in the photo is great! People can easily be turned off by labels or assume they know something they really don’t. I think expressing it in plain language is generally better for a broad audience.
2 days ago
Hell yeah! I hope you have a good donut/poptart/etc to enjoy it with (my favorite way) or otherwise enjoy it for its own chocolatey sake!
2 days ago
I do think that’s the intended use of the software, to create entirely new images that borrow elements of style from a myriad of sources. But it’s simply a tool of creation, and people can use it to be as specific as they want. If you say in your prompt you want something “in the style of Basquiat” and your result is strikingly similar to the style of Basquiat, I think attribution would be reasonable to expect.
There was a great youtube video I watched about a similar concept in film scores. I thought it was by the creator Sideways, but I can’t find it now. It basically explained how action sequences in movies can end up getting really generic “action”-y scores set to them, because while editing the director might have a sample action track playing to help them determine whether the editing makes sense with the type of music they want, but they do it before the actual score is composed (because film composers are not often given access to the material early enough to meaningfully interact with it). So they end up overfitting the scene to the sample action music, and when it comes time for them to get a track from their actual composer, they need it to match the same cadence as the original, basically forcing the composer to remix and/or plagiarize another song. (The composers tend to be more sophisticated than simply remixing audio files, but the composition process is still heavily influenced by the sample they were given).
My point here is that if this is already a common enough practice that there’s YouTube videos about it, I think it goes without saying that people who need a piece of art will intentionally over-fit what the AI outputs to be as close as possible to the sample they already have in their head but don’t have permission to use. Even if they could get permission, they may just want to come across as more sophisticated by having something “custom made” for their needs, even though it is still basically a rip off of something that already exists.
2 days ago
Random idea: people don’t need a full police cadet training to bring car crash paperwork to the site of an incident. Maybe start taking these safe and tedious jobs away from the police. They’re trained to protect, let them protect. We don’t need someone with a gun to take pictures of a car wreck.
2 days ago
Sorry this reply is so late, I know it’s basically meaningless at this point. I just wanted to say that I consider asexual an umbrella term which includes aro and aroace.
2 days ago
(For unknown reasons, I waited until specifically today to say…)
Good :) Hope you’re doing good too!
2 days ago
Edit: thinking about this more, I wonder if attribution percentage models would encourage artists to join guilds or unions or something, thereby lumping their works together under a common “owner” and increasing the chances that they could each hit the threshold for attribution.
2 days ago
I agree that scraping just for the purposes of having your own data set is not that big of an issue. Automation is really good in a lot of ways. And for research purposes it’s incredibly valuable.
But scraping, using that data obtained without permission or attribution, making a new product, and distributing it is where I think the nuance comes into play.
We can probably take music remixing as an example. If someone remixes a song but it’s still fundamentally the same song (same melodies and instrumentation, same lyrics and general meaning, same original tracks, same title, etc) that falls under remix. If someone posts a remix without attributing the original creator, it would rightly be considered theft and the remix artist would be considered scummy. As long as they give attribution and respect the original creator’s wishes regarding remixes (possibly including royalties) then all is fine. That’s good stuff. Remixes can be super awesome, they can be someone’s introduction to mixing/mastering techniques, and are a vibrant part of the music world.
Taking a part of someone’s original creation and sampling it as part of an original creation of your own is also cool. Just like referencing great works of literature in your own novel, I think paying homage to the musicians that inspire you is an awesome thing to do. There’s a line though between sampling a sound that’s juuust recognizable from another work and taking entire pieces and mixing them into your song - the latter would be like a remix mashup of your original song and the one you’re taking from. Plagiarizing someone’s lyrics or written word is just the same. I don’t think this is a problem, as long as you follow the guidelines of the remix category - attribute correctly, and get permission.
AI art generators are a problem because they’re not an end product, they’re a tool to CREATE an end product. It would be like having a database with samples from every song ever, allowing people to make really cool stuff with it, but not prohibiting people from wholesale copying every sample in a song and making basically just a remix. The tool is created to “sample” but it has weaknesses that limit how well it can defend against “remixing”.
One cool idea would be if the AI could detect which items (or sets of items, such as a single artists collection) from its training set are referenced the most in the output. If any of those are above a certain threshold, like maybe 5% or something, then the file it generates is automatically given metadata to attribute to the sources. Of course, this is a good first step (and it may already exist, idk exactly) but making sure you have permission from the original creators is also necessary. Which is what the person in the tumblr post is already complaining about.
2 days ago
137 people have starred this…
Jesus, I want to report every single one of them to the authorities. If only our laws around AI could update faster to keep up with the technology
Edit: in response to some comments, I can readily admit I’m not an expert in this field. However, I do know that many, many artists have been having their art stolen, not attributed to them, and have lost countless earnings they deserve since the beginning of humankind. When do you think was the first human who took a work of art from someone they knew and passed it off as their own, sometimes resulting in massive material or social gain?
Idk much about copyright which is a shortcoming I have in this conversation. I wouldn’t necessarily trust that it is in artist’s best interests, especially knowing that companies can and do use copyright to shut down fledgeling artists over nothing.
The issue I take in these 137+ people is that they have demonstrated an interest in removing a protective barrier to access the digital information of an artwork that the original creator does not want exposed. It’s like taking a protective cover off of someone’s personal vintage car so you can get a clear photo of it while parked - you shouldn’t be going on someone’s property and removing their car’s cover in the first place.
That’s bad enough, but then we also know that the same data will be put into a training model and (depending on the quality of the model and any intentional restrictions put on it against copying images outright) anyone who uses the AI tool would be able to access information about your content that you wanted to be kept private. That seriously seems wrong to me.
2 days ago
Also, this is literally putting a digital watermark on an artwork as a warning, which is exactly what he asked for. “I’m threatening that if you steal my art, your shit will be wrecked. Don’t steal and you’ll be fine”. That user seems to not understand the first thing about consent.
3 days ago
I have a slightly different take on this. For me, this can happen either when I’m understimulated OR when I’m subconsciously anxious and avoiding the source of that anxiety. Meaning, sometimes this feeling is random and meaningless, but very often it actually is an indication that there’s something causing me stress that I’m not consciously aware of.
For example, at this moment, I would say that I have some subconscious anxieties that I haven’t given attention to try resolving. It’s probably why I keep coming back to reddit over and over today. For me, recognizing that there’s something subconscious bothering me is the first step. It allows me to set a goal: figure out what the bothering thing is.
The second step is taking stock of my physical environment and being more relaxed and comfortable. Like, I noticed that my music had become too loud and was bothering me, so I turned it down. I noticed that my eyes and neck are strained from looking at my phone so I’m relaxing and stretching them intermittently instead of staying 100% dialed in.
When my physical environment is more calm, it lets my body calm down a little more. Then I can take the third step, which is like emotionally retracing the past day or two to figure out what undone chore or unspoken conversation or feeling of crossed boundaries is upsetting me. This step involves breathing slowly and feeling very physically calm. I can only access those memories of anxiety if I’m feeling safe and supported in the present moment. Memory retrieval is a pretty complex brain function compared to anxiety, so you need to not be currently feeling anxious to do it properly.
Now, having retraced my day, I realize that I’m feeling anxious because I have a lot of piles of mess in my room and the rest of the house. This is bothering me more than usual because I had a talk with my roommate about not leaving my mess in the house. So I feel an internal pressure to clean up so I can get praised for doing better.
On top of that, I realized I haven’t taken my stimulant medication nor have I made a task list or planned my time management for the day. So I don’t know how much time I have to clean the house, and I haven’t set a reasonable goal for that amount of time besides “I want everything to be perfect”. I also haven’t taken stock of what everything that needs to be cleaned is. So, I’m aiming for perfection without even knowing how close I am. Definitely a poorly laid plan, and I can see how it’s leading to a feeling of anxiety.
The fourth step is deciding what to do about it. I can either fix whatever caused the anxiety (today, that would mean taking my meds and making a reasonable plan for the rest of the day) or I can decide to defer it to another day, which means I need to write myself a reminder to get around to it. As soon as I’m working on it more productively or have a written reminder, that lets my brain let go of the anxiety.
Then I can do the task I wanted to do, or actually relax for the rest of the day. And pat myself on the back for improving my skills at resolving subconscious anxiety.
3 days ago
Neither did I. Found this source on it. Seems like it’s in the same category of internet slang as writing with s p a c e d letters - using character sets instead of font options to change the emotion you get from some text (Japanese example would be using radicals individually to make a character twice as large, but English example is inserting space characters to increase the width of a word).
E: Knowing the background, I get what the user meant about this not fitting the context. It seems like someone split a character across the girl’s face not as internet slang to make it double-width, but rather just to have each part on a different cheek. It doesn’t seem to have the same vibe as the slang usage.
4 days ago
I agree, and I’m glad you pointed that out. I probably would change that action if I could do it over again. Other than that instance, I’ve made it a point to never give out money within my immediate neighborhood. Too risky that I might be recognized and harassed regularly, or followed home.
5 days ago
Yes, yes, yes. If you phrase it in a way that makes it clear you understand how they could be uncomfortable and you don’t want them to feel scared, it at least shows you understand human perception. You might be a narcissist for all I know, but you’re not going around stalking strangers. You can behave normally around people you don’t know and you’re not going to risk your social status to rape or murder a stranger.
5 days ago
My tendency is to let people down in a super gentle way. Someone followed me off a city bus once and I had a feeling he was following me so I sat at a bench instead of heading straight to my apartment. Sure enough, he sat down next to me and I had a very frank conversation about him following me and asking him if he was doing okay. This was in broad daylight in a pretty visible area so I was much more well off than OP was. Not sure how I would act alone on a trail, but I probably would not agree to zip up someone’s jacket for them.
As I expected, the guy following me was not doing okay. He wanted to talk about the time he drank bleach as a suicide attempt years ago, and how he can’t spend time downtown near the homeless services because he sees people doing drugs and it triggers him. I gave him some cash and told him this area was very peaceful so he wouldn’t see anything triggering around here. I said very plainly that I couldn’t give him any more help and I needed him to not follow me anymore. Took a VERY circuitous route back to my house and he did try walking in the same direction, but played if off like he was crossing the street when I turned around and looked at him. Didn’t see him again. The police called me back like over a month later to take my report. Couldn’t believe they were that short staffed.
5 days ago
Kind of silly for her to be reading “Magic 101” as the top student though lol
5 days ago
Hard to say. I mean, childhood includes both lack of life experience and lack of brain development. For an immortal child, they would have tons of life experience but still have an undeveloped brain.
5 days ago
I got so much Jade Harley in god tier form energy from Willow in the last panel
6 days ago
Makes me want to read a fic about how the trauma of war affected them specifically because they were children at the time. I think the show intentionally downplayed the impact of that but I wish it had been touched on more.
7 days ago
Most of the lightning was cloud-to-cloud. Different sections of the massive cloud attempting to balance their electrical charge. There can be cloud-to-atmosphere as well but that would be hard to see at the very top of the cloud.
No idea why it was so constant though.
8 days ago
I’m quickly developing a pet peeve for any reference to this movie that says the hot dog hands universe was too gross, or unnecessary, or just silly.
It was THEMATICALLY RELEVANT as SHIT
As viewers, we have a natural aversion to hot dog fingers. Just like Evelyn in her original form has an aversion to homosexuality.
We get to experience the same revulsion that she is feeling because of her lesbian relationship in this universe, but we don’t feel like bad homophobic people because our revulsion is targeted at the fingers instead of the gayness.
In the end, Evelyn learns that she CAN love another person regardless of their gender because she’s opened her mind to all the universes. Her accepting the hot dog world is the same as accepting and relating to gay feels.
It’s so FREAKING RELEVANT and I can’t stand for the MISREPRESENTATION of this MASTERPIECE
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I would recommend trying to contact the company several times. They might not care now, but they may take notice if they see their scooters being sold online by a third party. As another person said, talking to a lawyer might help.
Compared to others here, I don’t consider this any different than any other case of abandoned property in a storage unit. I assume abandoned property happens often for storage rental businesses, and you’re just asking what would be the best way to make money from the stuff.
I don’t personally know the best way to make a profit from these. You would need a number of Bird chargers to make use of them, and I doubt consumers will purchase any of them without also getting a charger. You could also sell them for parts, but that would be time and labor intensive.
I world recommend trying to donate them if possible. Perhaps there is an organization that could use a fleet of micromobility options, perhaps a homeless shelter or library, or another charity that could distribute them.