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VirtualOdour @sh.itjust.works
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Roko puts self on ice floe, saving us the trouble
  • The Tcity serie are all about that too, Mark Adlard wrote about the potential path things were on with everyone living in a fully automated society within dense housing blocks. It was inspired by the emerging post industrialisation in the north of England which was at its peak in the late seventies (before thatcher and the Tories gutted it) there are some fantastic descriptions of the cultural implications exploring things like boredom and their attempts to alleviate it.

    The failed utopianism of the north, and various other projects like the London tower block communities, just before the wave broke inspired a lot of English sci-fi, it was an era when the future must have seemed so open and undecided. The early signs of collapse starting to show but it sill being so uncertain if and how the chips will fall.

    Harry Harrison though American lived in the UK and was closely involved in that same sci-fi scene, his series the stainless steel rat draws from.a lot of that same energy but from just after the wave broke and the capitalistic realism washed away all the beautiful castles built on the sand. 'We must live as stainless steel rats in the wainscott of their society'

    I can't even remember what the thread is about, so I doubt this is related, but they're great series worth finding if anyone loves old sci-fi.

  • Tesla Cybertruck gets vandalized by climate activists
  • Yep and the message it sends to 99% of the population that isn't deep in Elon derangement syndrome is that green movements are just more leftwing circlejerking idiots that are completely unserious about the causes they profess to fight for.

    Yes I would love america to have better trains and better public transport but short of a magic wand that's not going to happen this decade, if we want to improve things then we need to live in the world we're in. Cybertruck is great for converting rich idiots who'd otherwise be ICE obsessives, they'll all be getting solar roofs too so they can brag and preaching to their budies about being secure in disasters and price spikes. Though let's be honest these protesters will likely have the opposite effect to their aims and increase Elons popularity amoung the right.

    It's sad to me these people who profess to care so much about climate change or whatever always and only do aggressive, destructive and easy acts - they never put the work in to come up with creative, constructive and genuinely positive acts which help people or projects working to improve things.

  • Biden won't drop out unless polls say 'there's no way you can win'
  • The left has been shitting over its best interests this whole election cycle so I guess you could argue they'd already fucked.up as much as they had the power to so are now unable to do anything but petulantly whine

  • Anon freezes time
  • That's OK, they'll know not to mess with me.

    Especially after the news cycles through hundreds of otherwise inexplicably brutal events like 'oil company boardroom welded shut full of heaters', 'bee killing pestocide.producer found locked in a room full of wasps', 'putin awakes in room full people he's been oppressing', 'guy who invented mobile game adverts could only leave his house after clicking on a very small button that's actual hit box is slightly off the graphic'

  • [CrimethInc] Trump campaign aims to use today's shooting as a sort of Reichstag fire to incite his supporters to step up street violence
  • Seriously people are getting crazy with paranoid, it's funny though because they're like 'I'm gong to be murdered if this happes' so you suggest they go out and campaign for Biden or a senate democrat or something and they're like 'no, I don't really feel like doing anything like that..'

  • Is it feasible to turn manufacturing most simple products into open source? Is this the future?
  • Absolutely, I think general people being able to participate with testing and design ideas would be a huge boost for those that design stuff, it's so difficult having to work out what to try and determining what works, also building information about the product, researching methods and comparing them, etc. I think it could be a really interesting system where there's useful work to be done at every level.

  • ‘I was handed to a complete stranger’: the survivors fighting to end child marriage in 37 US states — and the people who want to keep it legal
  • I don't live in the USA either but I'm here on lemmy where most news is American and all the social media is the same. Korea as one of.my examples has had a strimg of absolutely horrendous rape and abuse scandals which would rival epstine but they're pretty much unknown in western media and discourse. Australian politics likewise is a total dumpster fire that barely registers beside American and European news, some people vaguely know about the guy that got firebombed for reporting on corruption because he was a YouTuber but there's endless insanity going on which barely gets a mention in ozzy news let alone international news, and even if it did no one would read it or talk about it like we do with American news.

  • Is it feasible to turn manufacturing most simple products into open source? Is this the future?
  • Absolutely it is and it's a growing movement, my 3d printer is old and cheap but it's already stopped me buying a whole class of products (i.e. small plastic fixings and cases) the newer technologies are incredibly cool especially some of the pick-and-place enabled multi toolhead models.

    Since I first started following the reprap project home fabrication has increased in quality massively, there are a lot of sites with endless things you can download that have continually improved over the years. CAD and slicers have improved hugely, they're going to continue to at an increasing rate not only as more people use them but coding tools are getting better too - my projects have benefitted hugely from ai streamlining the coding process I'm sure CAD software writers are benefitting too.

    We're not too far from ai gen CAD which will be a game changer, having chat gpt style ai help guide you through putting together open source projects will help users too - being able to say 'i need to upgrade the motor in my washing macjine' and ai can help select a range of options 'this motor and that controller or thia controller and that motor...' finding local companies that will fabricate the parts for you so they plug into the bits you fabricate at home, or local companies fabrication open source designs.

    Collaborative design projects are the key, I've been working with a few people trying to find methods that make it easy for large amounts of people doing small things to make meaningful progress on big projects. I think it'll become common for most people to be involved in at least some form of collaborative project once people are used to using open source designed items fabricated in the way generics are.

  • South Korean politician links rising male suicides to women
  • Korea has a huge problem with toxic masculinity and shame culture, it's started to come to a head as more Korean women grow up using tiktok and Twitter which gives them a more global perspective and makes them less likely to accept bullshit.

    The rule for women has been 'we don't care what happens to you as long as no one finds out about it, and if they do its your fault' which is tied strongly to their very competitive culture. One 'stain' on your record snd you're ruined. Tiktok is spreading a more western expectation in Korean women and some Korean men which angers the traditionalist element and results in headlines like this.

  • Stoke-on-Trent couple fined £1,200 after clearing up rubbish
  • We need good citizen protections, an extension of the laws used when providing aid that shield from liability, similar rules should exist to protect people who improve their local area.

    It's bad enough the council won't do anything about the problems but evil they punish others for trying.

  • ‘I was handed to a complete stranger’: the survivors fighting to end child marriage in 37 US states — and the people who want to keep it legal
  • I looked it up, the ACLU said it "unnecessarily intrudes on the fundamental rights of marriage without due cause" and fought prior attempts to legislate against it. Planned Parenthood were against it because they said it was a slippery slope that might affect abortion rights (I didn't see rational for this supplied but assume they have some)

    So it wasn't Hollywood as the other poster glibly asserted, actually movies like 'childbrides of the ozarks' were important in brining it to popular attention and helping initial pushes against it. Currently there are democrats pushing for legislation to ban in, supported in many case by the 'evil Hollywood elites' as seen from conspiracy theory world as they're big donors and fund raisers for democratic causes but also ACLU and PP so possibly yeah they were slightly involved in the ban being resisted but not in the way suggested.

    The ACLU have since chances their stance on child marriage, I imagine planned parenthood have too but I couldn't find that stated. Most current resistance is coming from religious focused Republicans.

  • Neil Gaiman Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Made by Two Women
  • Hmm seems that's leaving a lot of room for disparity, have you considered establishing a testing centre where people go to check their compatibility and permission to date is only given if both are intellectually and emotionally within a set margin of each other.

    And I really don't think we can allow people incapable of deciding their own romantic and sexual partners to make important choices that affect the nation. How can you say someone is too silly to decide who to spend time with but should be able to choose the longterm future of millions of people?

  • nypost.com Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    The Google device was able to deliver a detailed description of “The Nakba.”

    Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    Google is coming in for sharp criticism after video went viral of the Google Nest assistant refusing to answer basic questions about the Holocaust — but having no problem answer questions about the Nakba.

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    nypost.com Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    The Google device was able to deliver a detailed description of “The Nakba.”

    Google blasted for AI that refuses to say how many Jews were killed by the Nazis

    >Google is coming in for sharp criticism after video went viral of the Google Nest assistant refusing to answer basic questions about the Holocaust — but having no problem answer questions about the Nakba.

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