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  1. Comment on Enhancing Photorealism Enhancement in ~comp

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    IMO they're "cheating" a bit by first using a training set that obviously has color problems (partly due to cloudy weather but I bet it also uses bad color profiles). The grayness looks...

    IMO they're "cheating" a bit by first using a training set that obviously has color problems (partly due to cloudy weather but I bet it also uses bad color profiles). The grayness looks "realistic" in the sense of "they wouldn't make anything that gray on purpose, it's gotta be real". The more colorful examples they show don't look quite as convincing, mostly like someone turned up the dials for saturation.

    The most impressive part remains the grass, I've long thought that the "painted cardboard" look of videogame grass should be replaced by something more clever and an "AI shader" like this could be an interesting solution.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Enhancing Photorealism Enhancement in ~comp

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    It's funny how the result kinda looks closer to the "gray era" of videogame graphics, ca. 2008. In fact, it makes GTA V look like GTA IV. It replaces sunny California with cloudy Germany because...

    It's funny how the result kinda looks closer to the "gray era" of videogame graphics, ca. 2008. In fact, it makes GTA V look like GTA IV. It replaces sunny California with cloudy Germany because of the training data. It's doing wonders for vegetation, though. This could be something.

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  3. Comment on Computer Graphics Special (1986 High Quality 60FPS Laserdisc CG Demo Reel) in ~arts

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    Not sure if I should have posted this in ~comp or ~arts but it seems to focus slightly more on the aesthetics and general wonder of 80s era 3D animation than the raw tech. What I find fascinating...

    Not sure if I should have posted this in ~comp or ~arts but it seems to focus slightly more on the aesthetics and general wonder of 80s era 3D animation than the raw tech.

    What I find fascinating is how high quality the video video is! Usually you only see this stuff on cam footage of a screen playing a VHS tape. This is near perfect quality, probably close to how it was stored for production.

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  4. Comment on Playdate Update - 6/8/2021 in ~games

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    I find the whole thing quite cool but it feels like I'm finding it cool for the wrong reasons. It's like a genuine "lifestyle" gadget. People say this about lots of actually useful products to...

    I find the whole thing quite cool but it feels like I'm finding it cool for the wrong reasons. It's like a genuine "lifestyle" gadget. People say this about lots of actually useful products to make fun of hipsters but here I genuinely feel like it's style over substance.

    That damn crank... it's a story. It's an elevator pitch. It's a gag to go viral and people telling each other how they got "that handheld console with a crank". And I don't think there's anything else to it, that's literally its purpose. With main features like this, usually, you can actually imagine scenarios in which you might enjoy using them.

    For example, I'm using the Switch both docked and undocked and love that the joycons are detachable and I got the potential of all that out of the very first trailer they showed. The crank... it's essentially an input-wheel. It needs to be used with a whole hand and makes the other buttons unusable until you stick it back in. I imagine it's awkward to hold the rest of the console with your left hand while using the d-pad as well. I'm trying to imagine actual gameplay and all I can think of are flappy bird style one-button games where the crank controls the speed a bit. The few trailers they showed seemed to mostly feature games of that type.

    Oof, so this got a bit long. Basically, I feel targeted with this thing and simultaneously like I'd be scammed out of $179 to be part of a club that revolves around crank-jokes. I like games that actually put gameplay first, and this device almost seems like a mockery of this. It's like a game console for people who are so over game design.

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  5. Comment on Plans for an artificial island to house 35,000 people and protect the port of Copenhagen from rising sea levels have been approved by Danish MPs in ~design

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    So we're not even pretending that these kinds of things can be completed in reasonable time frames, lol? It honestly feels like China could dig that thing up in 5 years.

    If construction goes ahead as planned, the majority of the foundations for the island off Denmark's capital should be in place by 2035, with an aim to fully complete the project by 2070.

    So we're not even pretending that these kinds of things can be completed in reasonable time frames, lol?

    It honestly feels like China could dig that thing up in 5 years.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Horizon: Zero Dawn. Damn, this is a great game! It's a shame they had to compete with Breath of the Wild back in 2017, otherwise this would have gotten so many more GotYs. Zero Dawn is a perfect...

    Horizon: Zero Dawn. Damn, this is a great game! It's a shame they had to compete with Breath of the Wild back in 2017, otherwise this would have gotten so many more GotYs. Zero Dawn is a perfect open world game but it doesn't reinvent much about the basic formula, so its appeal is mostly setting (the most videogame-y setting I've come across in years but it works!). I also like how detailed the robot dinosaur armor and weak points are, how you can shoot off specific parts and whatnot.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    I'm not denying emotion (my view is: if you do, you're kidding yourself) but I don't think I'm exaggerating. When I saw those livestreams of people chanting "hang Mike Pence" after literally...

    I'm not denying emotion (my view is: if you do, you're kidding yourself) but I don't think I'm exaggerating. When I saw those livestreams of people chanting "hang Mike Pence" after literally having stormed the capitol, I had chills run down my spine. And all of this can be tracked back to Qanon, with the "anon" part being obvious 4chan culture, which itself is a game in testing the limits of free speech. Congrats, the limits were found. Now what?

    To be fair, though, I'm using "free and open" sarcastically to refer to the kind of "we accept anything that's technically legal" approach to internet culture which absolutely was the prevailing ideal in the internet communities I grew up in and which ruined most of them (including reddit). Obviously things like Wikipedia, free software movements, open discussion forums with a minimum standard of civility (either culturally or, if larger, enforced through moderation) are a good thing and will continue to be a good thing.

    I'm mostly criticizing that 1s-or-0s approach to free speech which the internet arrogantly pushed while it was just a bunch of nerds who could do little damage. It is now abused by literal fascists (as you pointed out, not just teenagers anymore but I'm continually surprised how well that stereotype still holds). You can have a beautiful ideal but once it collides with reality, it collides with politics, you have to consider the ugly exceptions doing more damage than the ideal does good. It's like: Somebody ruined the party. Accept it. Take counter measures.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    Fair enough. I think a lot of the concerns about overreaching censorship could be handled by limiting it to large, mainstream platforms of 10+ million users. There comes a responsibility with size.

    Fair enough. I think a lot of the concerns about overreaching censorship could be handled by limiting it to large, mainstream platforms of 10+ million users. There comes a responsibility with size.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    God, I hope this will be the new direction, lol. Make all those idiots focus on that instead, it's entertaining and harmless. Unless they find a way to blame minorities for it. And who am I...

    Ron Watkins, the guy suspected of posting as Q on 8kun, has announced his new project: AlienLeaks. To describe the project, he says "Think wikileaks, but aliens instead of clinton emails."

    God, I hope this will be the new direction, lol. Make all those idiots focus on that instead, it's entertaining and harmless. Unless they find a way to blame minorities for it. And who am I kidding, they will.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    We tried a free and open web. It didn't work. All the zany teenagers on 4chan got what they wanted. Now the grown ups have to pick up the pieces and clean up their mess. That includes strict...

    We tried a free and open web. It didn't work. All the zany teenagers on 4chan got what they wanted. Now the grown ups have to pick up the pieces and clean up their mess. That includes strict moderation and censorship. If platforms realized this early enough, they could have done it themselves but now it seems to come through government intervention (moving at a typical glacial pace so it's late -- but also unstoppable). Look at them scrambling.

    I'm not saying any of this is healthy, I'm not denying the danger of things swapping into one direction too quickly. It's painful to hear myself call for censorship. But what else can we do? Those fuckers nearly overthrew the US government. I don't give a flying fuck about "internet culture" and "free information" idealism anymore, the party is over. There's a line between anything-goes culture and Chinese-style suppression. We have to find it and enforce it, at least for major, mainstream platforms.

    20 votes
  11. Comment on Solar power's decade of falling costs is thrown into reverse in ~enviro

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    One of the rare things I remain optimistic about: The current material shortages (in this case: fucking sand) seem to be caused by Corona delays as the economy is bouncing back much faster than...

    One of the rare things I remain optimistic about: The current material shortages (in this case: fucking sand) seem to be caused by Corona delays as the economy is bouncing back much faster than anticipated. For example, I read something about the chip shortage being caused by a lot of producers cancelling their orders in 2020 and now scrambling to get them back in, only to find themselves in a 6 months queue.

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  12. Comment on Twitter may be working on Twitter Blue, a subscription service that would cost $2.99 per month in ~tech

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    I see no future for the internet without an increase in subscriptions. The question isn't "if" but "how". Surely, nobody wants to manage like 2 dozen micro-fees. I rather see a system where you...

    I see no future for the internet without an increase in subscriptions. The question isn't "if" but "how". Surely, nobody wants to manage like 2 dozen micro-fees. I rather see a system where you can buy bundles of services for a flat price and the services are paid according to which you use (hopefully not per click, at that would return to the clickbait/ad war situation we're trying to escape).

    Say, I'm paying $20 a month to get access to the "premium" versions of Twitter, Spotify, Apple Arcade, Xbox Game Pass, Hulu, etc. I might not use all of them but I know I could at any time without feeling like "being the product" (I paid!). I think on a larger scale, it could work. Some giants like Netflix might hold out but for something like a premium Twitter, this could work.

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  13. Comment on China has landed its first rover on Mars — here’s what happens next in ~space

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    While I do agree that a lot of this seems to be political rivalry, this is an interesting point. SpaceX or even good old NASA gets me excited about space stuff, even without being that into space....

    But also, China itself is being very secretive about their program, so it's hard for the West to report on it, being used to SpaceX-style full-frontal access.

    While I do agree that a lot of this seems to be political rivalry, this is an interesting point. SpaceX or even good old NASA gets me excited about space stuff, even without being that into space. It makes you want to be a part of it and they're hinting at you already being a part of it by just following the news. This China story, in comparison, feels like a military report of a successful operation. Not that I say "feels", I have no idea how different it is in reality.

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  14. Comment on Just twelve people are behind most vaccine hoaxes on social media, research shows in ~tech

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    Wait, there's "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in spreading this shit?

    He said the crackdown has cost "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in donations to his organization.

    Wait, there's "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in spreading this shit?

    6 votes
  15. Comment on "Using an implant, a paralyzed individual managed to type out roughly ninety characters per minute simply by imagining that he was writing those characters out by hand." in ~science

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    Fascinating stuff, it's getting there. This and AR are things I can believe in as a next chapter for everyday computing. AI is cool but it still feels more like a tool to speed up secondary...

    Fascinating stuff, it's getting there.

    This and AR are things I can believe in as a next chapter for everyday computing. AI is cool but it still feels more like a tool to speed up secondary technologies, like these.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on China has landed its first rover on Mars — here’s what happens next in ~space

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    Weird how little buzz there is about this, it seems like a big deal?

    Weird how little buzz there is about this, it seems like a big deal?

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are splitting up after twenty-seven years in ~news

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    I guess the Foundation of their marriage wasn't as strong as they hoped!

    I guess the Foundation of their marriage wasn't as strong as they hoped!

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  18. Comment on Woman in Disaster Girl meme sells original photo as NFT for $500,000 in ~finance

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    Someone tell me how to feel about this.

    Someone tell me how to feel about this.

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  19. Comment on The grim secret of Nordic happiness – it's not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It's reasonable expectations in ~life

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    Interesting take, I always wondered how these happiness ratings relates to those photos of people avoiding each other at Finnish bus stops. Also: What a refreshing non-clickbaity title! It...

    Interesting take, I always wondered how these happiness ratings relates to those photos of people avoiding each other at Finnish bus stops.

    Also: What a refreshing non-clickbaity title! It summarizes the whole article well, reading it clarified details. As it should be!

    6 votes