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Suggestions for Canvas and future events!
  • Extra editing features:

    • Colour picker (from canvas)
    • Show symbols/numbers on palette when using that template display style (e.g. label colour 23 so you don't have to count)
  • Kurt Russell Had To Drag James Spader Out Of His Trailer For Stargate
  • When it works, it's Arby's. When it doesn't, it's hour-old Arby's.

    This is too American for me - Arby's sells food? Is fresh Arby's great or merely ok? I assume hour-old is bad.

  • [2024] Thank you for participating!!
  • Congratulations on an excellent event, and I look forward to next year's. The codebase should be more settled then and hopefully you'll manage to get a decent amount of sleep, unlike this time.

    Also, happy birthday!

  • AI Go bots not so superhuman after all
  • You're arguing against a point I'm not making.

    I play Go, and have since I learnt about the game when it was discussed in my Computer Science degree course (then computers were considered 50+ years away from beating humans).

    Overall, AlphaGo has been a good thing for human players, with it validating a lot of what we thought was right, but also that some tactics we'd thought not worth playing do work out. Having a superhuman, free advisor has made improving much easier.

    The negatives include that there's less individual style amongst those that play like AIs, and also that it's easier to cheat at the game.

    As in chess, humans have been outclassed by computers in Go for years now, but that doesn't stop us playing and enjoying it.

  • New Technical Difficulties is coming!
  • I've been rationing these out, thinking there wouldn't be any more. I'm glad to see Tom doing more quiz stuff again (yes I know about Lateral).

  • AI Go bots not so superhuman after all
  • Humans can't beat AI at Go, aside from these exploits that we needed AI to tell us about first.

    Lee Sedol managed to win one game against AlphaGo in 2016 (and AlphaGo Zero was beating AlphaGo 100-0 a year later). That was basically the last time humans got on the scoreboard.

  • A Word About Private Attribution in Firefox
  • designing something that Mozilla and Meta are simultaneously happy with is a good indicator we’ve hit the mark.

    I think that's true. I trust Mozilla, based on their statements and their actions, and I distrust Facebook for those same reasons. Compromise is the only path forward, despite those who argue we should reject anything that's not perfect.

  • ‘Frog saunas’ could save species from deadly fungal disease, study finds
  • No ☹ When they said they chose that species because "they favoured the bricks as a habitat", I thought the frogs might just get in on their own and feel better, but that researcher then goes on to talk about bringing frogs into captivity.

  • Audiences Want More Independent Cinemas, According to Art House Convergence Study
  • People say they want that, but do those independent cinemas get enough people through the doors to stay open?

  • Erica picked up a rock by chance 10 years ago. It might hold the oldest form of complex life on Earth
  • In a parallel universe there's an Erica Barlow that decided she was too busy with her thesis and that sample remained just a pet rock.

  • Lemmys unite! We're buildig a huge "FUCKSPEZ"
  • I was quite happy not doing this this time - I've moved on.

  • Bill Gates-backed startup makes ‘butter’ out of water and carbon dioxide
  • “The big challenge is to drive down the price so that products like Savor’s become affordable to the masses—either the same cost as animal fats or less. Savor has a good chance of success here, because the key steps of their fat-production process already work in other industries,” Gates said.

    Sounds like it's not currently price competitive but it might be in the future. I expect economies of scale would be helpful too.

  • Bill Gates-backed startup makes ‘butter’ out of water and carbon dioxide
  • If it's chemically identical, what does it matter if it's come from dairy, this process, or a Star Trek replicator?

  • Alec Baldwin's manslaughter trial over Rust shooting has been dismissed
  • A bunch of people got away with the Panama Papers stuff because of chain of custody shenanigans.

  • The Canvas has started, feel free to add your country flag!
  • This year's Canvas is open to all the fediverse, so it could be from a Mastodon/Misskey/whatever server.

  • Microsoft is reportedly banning Palestinians in the U.S. for life for calling relatives in Gaza
  • Voting on Lemmy isn't private (and is probably for sale on closed platforms) so just upvoting an opinion might be enough to get you on some lists.

  • Arecibo message next time?
  • I've just started on this, I should figure out how to do templates.

    Edit: found an existing one:

  • Thames Water fails to complete 108 upgrades to ageing sewage works
  • Effectively they took that money and gave it to the execs and shareholders. No way should they be allowed to take more money to pay for these upgrades - why should they be trusted to do the right thing this time around?

  • AAAAAAA.... This is so hard!!!
  • It should have, but I was thinking about the contents instead: loopback is ::1 so it's not that, so maybe it's just something with 4 of a-f (technically correct)

  • SolarPunk Cities: Our Last Hope? [18:34 Youtube vid]

    Piped mirror:

    This channel is about architecture, and this video (from Nov 2023\*) is about Solar Punk and covers some of the history and real-life attempts.

    I was amused that shortly after talking about Solar Punk's rejection of consumerism she did the sponsor section, but that's Youtube for you.

    \* it's been posted elsewhere on Lemmy but not here that I can see


    xkcd #2942: Fluid Speech

    cross-posted from:

    > xkcd \#2942: Fluid Speech > > > > for \#2942 > > Alt text: > > Thank you to linguist Gretchen McCulloch for teaching me about phonetic assimilation, and for teaching me that if you stand around in public reading texts from a linguist and murmuring example phrases to yourself, people will eventually ask if you're okay.


    xkcd #2942: Fluid Speech

    xkcd \#2942: Fluid Speech for \#2942

    Alt text: > Thank you to linguist Gretchen McCulloch for teaching me about phonetic assimilation, and for teaching me that if you stand around in public reading texts from a linguist and murmuring example phrases to yourself, people will eventually ask if you're okay.


    xkcd #2937: Room Code

    Alt text:

    > Sorry to make you memorize this random string of digits. If it helps, it can also double as a mnemonic for remembering your young relatives' birthdays, if they happened to have been born on February 5th, 2018.


    Accents and pranks - an interview with Peter Jurasik & Wortham Krimmer

    While curious about the Centauri accent, I found this 2001 interview with Peter Jurasik (Londo Mollari) and Wortham Krimmer (Cartagia).

    > The quick story about the accent, if I can tell you how I patchworked it together, is I was doing a play downtown, a Tennessee Williams play, and I worked really hard on a Memphis accent. I felt like I had really nailed it. But one L.A. critic nailed me and said, "That’s a terrible Memphis accent. That doesn’t sound like a Southern accent." I was really hurt. About that time was when "The Gathering," the pilot, showed up. I called Joe and said, "What do you want me to sound like?" He said, "Let him sound like whatever you want," so I purposely took a couple of different things. There’s a character who plays the parole officer in A Clockwork Orange, the guy who’s always saying, "And night-time is the best time, um, yes?" I took my Czechoslovakian grandmother. I had spent three consecutive summers in Ireland. I didn’t always take sounds; I took rhythms. Londo had a kind of musical thing.

    The whole thing's worth a read, they seemed to be having fun.

    Photography Deebster

    The Frigatebird and the Diamond Ring

    This is "The Frigatebird and the Diamond Ring" by Liron Gertsman, shot on a Canon EOS R5.


    Article: How a Photographer Captured His Spectacular Dream Eclipse Photo (lots more pictures here)


    Chechnya bans music that is too fast or too slow Chechnya bans dance music that is either too fast or too slow

    Ruling means music in Russian republic must ‘conform to Chechen mentality and sense of rhythm’

    Chechnya bans dance music that is either too fast or too slow
    • Chechnya officials have banned music deemed too fast or slow, restricting compositions to a tempo of 80-116 BPM.
    • Minister of Culture Musa Dadayev announced the decision at a meeting, as reported by TASS.
    • The ban affects all musical, vocal, and choreographic compositions in the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

    Chechnya is a republic of Russia since losing the Second Chechen War but this means that the Russian national anthem, at just 76 BPM, is also banned.


    The Internet Archive Just Backed Up an Entire Caribbean Island

    Original URL:


    This year's (belated) April Fool's XKCD is written in

    This year's (belated, as is tradition) April Fool's XKCD is written in the physics engine.

    It's like The Incredible Machine, but each person can contribute a cell towards the larger machine.


    Abandoned industrial building 2/8

    cross-posted from:

    > Abandoned industrial building 2/8


    Taskmaster Series 17 starts on the 28th (or 29th online)

    > Brand new #Taskmaster starts 28th March on Channel 4 and 29th March outside the UK on YouTube.

    From this teaser (Youtube short):

    Contestants: Joanne McNally, John Robins, Nick Mohammed, Sophie Willan, and Steve Pemberton.

    I'm hoping they have musical tasks to allow Nick Mohammed to shine. I still can't hear the Jurassic Park theme without singing along with his words.

    7 Isolated for six months, scientists in Antarctica began to develop their own accent

    Isolated for six months one winter, a group of scientists changed how they spoke.

    Isolated for six months, scientists in Antarctica began to develop their own accent

    > they were taking part in an unusual experiment, which involved tracking their own voices over time. This was done by making 10-minute recordings every few weeks. They would sit in front of a microphone and repeat the same 29 words as they appeared on a computer screen. Food. Coffee. Hid. Airflow.

    > One of those changes was the "ou" sound in words such as "flow" and "sew" that shifted towards the front of the vocal tract.

    I'm not actually sure what sound change they're describing there. Can anyone explain with examples or IPA?

    edit: Cheers for the answers (turns out I misunderstood which part is the vocal tract)


    Half of British Television Always Starts Like This [YouTube]



    Is there any good news about climate change? Yes. [8:53 video, YT link in post] Simon Clark — Is there any good news about climate change?

    Yes there is a lot of bad news around the climate crisis. But let's talk about the victories, and why there is no argument for despair.

    Simon Clark — Is there any good news about climate change?


    I posted a comment with the message "Don’t let doomscrolling lead you into despair and apathy over climate" and got a fair few downvotes, so I thought this was worth sharing.

    YouTube version:


    xkcd #2896: Crossword Constructors

    Alt text:

    > Also, we would really appreciate it if you could prominently refer to it as an 'eHit'.

    Movies and TV Shows Deebster

    Top Gun: Maverick Director Addresses That Grim Fan Theory

    Director Joseph Kosinski says:

    > "The original version of the script we actually followed Maverick in his freefall back to Earth, which would have I guess debunked that theory," Kosinski told Happy Sad Confused's Josh Horowitz. "It was a pretty spectacular sequence imagining what it's like to reenter from space in your spacesuit."

    > "I love it. Film is meant to be interpreted. I love that there's multiple ways to read it. It's, you know, hopefully it's a piece of art meant to be interpreted, and I love people reading those things into it. It's like The Big Lebowski Theory that Johnny's not really there so, no, I welcome that," he said."

    Home Automation Deebster Haier hits Home Assistant plugin dev with takedown notice

    Appliances giant Haier reportedly issued a takedown notice to a software developer for creating Home Assistant integration plugins for the company's home appliances and releasing them on GitHub.

    Haier hits Home Assistant plugin dev with takedown notice

    cross-posted from:

    > I'm not really big on "let's make a movement", but this independent dev has been hit with a cease-and-desist from making a FOSS Home Assistant addon for their Haier air conditioners. > > Haier claims that they are losing out on millions of dollars due to this plugin which... lets you control their air conditions from home assistant. They haven't bothered to explain how that's possibly worth millions of dollars - they're just claiming it. > > So of course they hit the Streisand button and are demanding that he takes it down. He of course is complying... in a couple of days. Maybe you see where this is going. > > It would be an absolute shame if any of you just happened to create a fork, or clone the code, or mirror it in your own instance. An absolute shame. > > Just so everyone here knows which repositories NOT to clone or fork, here are the two links: > > - > - > > and please, don't repost this anywhere, or share it in other communities, or anything like that. It's a shame that so many people already know and are making clones. I'm just letting you know so you don't do anything like telling others who may make their own copies. > > (sidenote: Haier owns GE Appliance, so for our American folks it may affect you folks too)


    Taskmaster Champion of Champions 3 is on tonight! Taskmaster Champion of Champions 3 broadcast date, contestants and past winners

    The hit comedy show is back for a on-off special featuring some very familiar faces.

    Taskmaster Champion of Champions 3 broadcast date, contestants and past winners

    Spoilers for previous seasons, I guess:


    • Dara Ó Briain
    • Morgana Robinson
    • Sarah Kendall
    • Kiell Smith-Bynoe (standing in for Mae Martin)
    • Sophie Duker