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

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This did get me thinking from a computer security perspective: I guess in theory you could do stuff like using unicode special characters in place of the alphabet, putting invisible unicode control characters between each letter, or making a custom font that makes non-letter characters look like letters, but at that point why are you not just spending your effort actually writing your own paper? And it’s also likely that Turnitin would be able to detect that and if not check the paper, at least alert the professor that something is up.

Cheating on an academic work is such a sleazy thing to do that if you feel the need to do it, you shouldn’t be in academia.



Interesting how the UK screams human rights violation on the extremely harsh drug laws in Asian countries, when they were the actual cause of those laws being so harsh with their opium campaign that ruined entire societies.

They also never actually relinquished their claim on Hong Kong, as seen in 2020.



“That one time”

Understatement of the millennium. They fucked up entire generations of people and their effects still ring out today.


Don’t plagerize? All it’s doing is looking for parts of your paper that word for word matches other works.


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?


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

Deepfakes typically 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, 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.

However, this 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?


Hell yeah! I have a 80 GB folder of pictures, PDFs and diagrams, sorted by topic!


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.



Eventually, everyone will get sick of the US’s shit and realize just what the US is. Even longtime US allies are starting to see this.


Don’t have autism (as far as I know), but I absolutely do this! I love researching random stuff and posting the most interesting literature I find, and I almost always research one thing at a time for days.


In theory they could have used some public domain datasets or even parts of Wikimedia Commons.


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.





“My Dirty L🗑undry”


Any package that need access to hardware or the kernel would need to directly use operating system APIs. For example, a package that accesses LM_SENSORS on Linux wouldn’t work on Windows because the API would be completely different.








Are non circadian rhythm disrupting light bulbs a thing?

Another one of my random ideas that I’m curious if it’s actually available. I tried searching for this but couldn’t find much information. Basically, the same concept of reducing blue light as those glasses and the “night mode” for screens to help you sleep. I imagine it’s not that hard to do that w…