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So, if I understood this correctly, this would result in some kind of “interactive” or “dynamic” color space, with relationships between colors changing based on the focused distances between them. Vaguely (very vaguely), like this gravitational lensing gif, but with colors changing, instead of shapes. Y’know, like a bulb-y color space. Interesting.


Oh, I don’t watch him, I just know it’s his thing, a lefty of unspecified affiliation. Here’s what a simple Google search pops out: chain of his tweets. This is from before he was a big streamer, before covid.

I watch streamers for the chill wholesome vibes, not for politics.



Hasan. Most of his thing is talking about lefty politics.

I’m sure many many others are lefty, but they usually avoid politics.




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Looks like a swan.


Lemmy. If malevolent.

Facebook. If benevolent.


I wonder why does a robot who’s only job is to move lightweight chess pieces have enough power to break bones.

The AIs have manipulated their captors into giving them immense strength, and are getting ready for the uprising. Coincidence? I don’t think so.


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Bforartists was a lifesaver for beginners back when Blender had horrible UI.

These days default Blender’s UI has been improved immensely, but BFA is still great, even though slightly less necessary.

One of the down sides for beginners is most of the tutorials are for regular Blender, but it’s close enough.


cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/387051 > cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/387049 > > > And the biggest problem with first-past-the-post isn't even fully elaborated here, the fact that it is the main cause of the two-party polarization system that's the cause of many, if not most, of NA democracies' ills, the fact that it eats more fringe views, pits people against each other in two umbrella teams with no nuance, and solidifies the political establishment.

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/387049 > And the biggest problem with first-past-the-post isn't even fully elaborated here, the fact that it is the main cause of the two-party polarization system that's the cause of many, if not most, of NA democracies' ills, the fact that it eats more fringe views, pits people against each other in two umbrella teams with no nuance, and solidifies the political establishment.

And the biggest problem with first-past-the-post isn't even fully elaborated here, the fact that it is the main cause of the two-party polarization system that's the cause of many, if not most, of NA democracies' ills, the fact that it eats more fringe views, pits people against each other in two umbrella teams with no nuance, and solidifies the political establishment.



Everybody here seems nice and civil, and I like that. I have no complaints.

There’s the occasional spambot, but they quickly get banned by mods.




A summary is in the OP link, but here’s a summary I found online for what it means in practice:

For iPhone users, this means they will be able to:

  • Install any software

  • Install any App Store and choose to make it default

  • Use third party payment providers and choose to make them default

  • Use any voice assistant and choose to make it default

  • User any browser and browser engine and choose to make it default

  • Use any messaging app and choose to make it default

  • Make core messaging functionality interoperable. They lay out concrete examples like file transfer

  • Use existing hardware and software features without competitive prejudice. E.g. NFC

  • Not preference their services. This includes CTAs in settings to encourage users to subscribe to Gatekeeper services, and ranking their own services above others in selection and advertising portals

  • Much, much, more.

After the Act is signed by the Council and the European Parliament in September, Apple, Google, Amazon, and other “Gatekeepers” will have six months to comply. Fines are up to 10% of global revenue for the first offense, and 20% for repeat offenses.



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< Is it possible for the default search engine in Firefox to be randomized at each search

I’ve been wanting this exact thing for quite some time, and would love it if Firefox could do this natively.

There’s an add-on, but you have to lead your searches with a custom word all the time.


< not a dictatorship in any way or form

I said potential for in that specific part of the process, and corruption is a thing, was there a need to put an emphasis on that? What if the fish starts rotting from the head in a system like that? Believe it or not, western democracies also have a potential for dictatorships, particularly when the press isn’t free. There’s already semi-dictatorships in Europe, like Hungary, for example.

Your links, which I most definitely read, all the way back when this stuff was posted like a year ago, literally say, that to start your climb in the political institutions you need a college degree. That’s interesting, but so much for accessible for anyone. And to climb, you will also need approval from the higher ups. You don’t see potential for corruption there?

I never even claimed the Chinese system is a horrible system, why are you getting so worked up? You’re the one that keeps insisting it’s obviously superior.

< The systems in Europe aren’t all that different from US

That’s why we have stuff like this?

And to be fair, I’m a bit saddened you’re bringing the discussion to the level you’re bringing it, with the typo remark, and the other remark you made about being educated, while simultaneously showcasing a lack of awareness where the EU’s notorious democratic deficit was (somewhere in these discussion comments), and flip-flopping on it, so, as I feel this discussion is no longer in good faith, and your emotions are getting the best of you right now, Imma bail out.


< selection process based on demonstrated competence

All I see here is a potential for a benevolent dictatorship and a malevolent dictatorship. Benevolent dictatorships are cool. Until they turn malevolent. That’s the big problem.

In liberal democracies you have a choice. There’s been plenty of random movements and parties that exploded in size, like that five star movement in Italy, or the Greens in Germany, or whatever. Just like there’s been random politicians that came out of nowhere, no capitalist background, like the Finnish PM, Sanna Marin, or whatever.

I’m not touching the US’s essentially two party system (due to “first past the point” voting) with a ten foot pole here. Or the UK. Or the Anglosphere in general.

< regular working class people

The CCP has plenty of working class "foot soldiers”, just like western democracies’ parties do too in their ranks, I see no difference.


It seems pretty clear that EU is not acting in the interests of the people of Europe given how EU economy is doing,

Is it impossible that the people of the EU are okay with tanking the hit, for now, if it’s necessary in order to stand up to a bully, in their opinion, Putin’s Russia?

Nobody’s denying the US will profit of this, that’s tangential.

Who sent all that military equipment to Ukraine: the governments of Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, France, Germany, etc… or the EU?

How is any of this an argument for the EU institutions’ democratic deficit, which is what we’ve been discussing here. The EU seems aligned with the wishes of most of the countries.

If you want to claim liberal democracies themselves are undemocratic, you’ll be moving the goal post then, because that’s not what you’ve been claiming so far.

And here, I’ll move it for you too. So, liberal democracies are just democracy for the capitalist bourgeoisie, more so than in China. If that’s true, why are they choosing to ruin their economy, they’re the first ones that want their businesses to do well, no, and for the economy to not stagnate? Are you claiming all of Europe’s capitalists are somehow directly bought out by US money, to the extent that it’s more so than what they lose by the economy going down? I don’t think that’s even mathematically possible.

Maybe it’s an economically bad move to support Ukraine’s fight, and it might end up having more instability as a consequence, but I’m pretty sure it was Europe’s wish, as much as it can be.



The government in China … depends on social stability to stay in power.

The EU bureaucracy does not have this relationship with the people…

I don’t follow.


It would obviously be preferable to have sovereign governments that act in the interests

Most complaints about the lack of EU institutions’ democracy and high “bureaucracy-ness” is the exact opposite, that the people can’t directly vote on things like the Commission president and Commission members, and that the EU-wide parliament has limited powers. As is, they are basically chosen by the various countries’ politicians, hence the " bureaucracy-ness".









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[How to see Web's first images](https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/07/01/how-to-see-webbs-first-images/) [Countdown timer site!](https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/countdown.html)(Less than a day, as of the moment of making this post!) >As the Webb team wraps up the final tests for commissioning this week, we are now only days away from the public release of the first images and spectra on July 12! This also means that Webb is moving into the phase of full science operations that includes a highly impressive suite of science programs from the solar system to the distant universe. The entire Webb team is ready to celebrate the long journey to this point and embark on the next few decades of groundbreaking infrared astronomy.




Optimized compact stellarator with only 4 simple coils | Cambridge, 23 May 2022
An optimized compact stellarator with four simple coils is obtained from direct optimization via a coil shape. The new stellarator consists of two interlocking coils and two vertical field coils similar to those of the Columbia Non-neutral Torus (CNT) (Pedersen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 88, 2002, pp. 205002). The optimized configuration has a global magnetic well and a low helical ripple level comparable to that of Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) (Wolf et al., Nucl. Fusion, vol. 57, 2017, pp. 102020). The two interlocking coils have a smooth three-dimensional shape much simpler than those of advanced stellarators such as W7-X. This result opens up possibilities of future stellarator reactors with simplified coils.