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#1
Thanks. That's very interesting. Not something I have an interest in doing, but it's interesting how much more flexible those apps are, compared to what Google offers online for randos like me on the internet.

I still think it greatly expands the opportunities for disinformation.

FWIW, I've been saying for a while that the other big way AI will continue to make our lives worse will be replacing human service providers with AI versions that are not quite as good as an actual human.
#2
Quote from: Erog on Today at 11:51:08 AMHate to say it guys its not that hard to make a limited change.  In fact there are many ways to go about it from the simple of using the same seed and adding a prompt or weighting that prompt more.
To inpainting which gives you a crazy amount of control and allows you to keep what you want and change what you don't.  or have generation happen with a previous image, a stick figure for the pose, or even just a sketch for the seed image. 
And many other ways.

It inpainting would be possible in a movie but you would have to do some more work. (effectively rotoscoping, but with the added benefit that you can also generate your own mask/depth map automatically) 

Crazily the technology to make the video is not far from what you wanted.  ie using the previous frame as a basis. and the problem they surmounted was the jumpiness that happened when you did not.
there is even the ability to have two separate prompts being used simultaneously directing different parts of the scene and then unified.

All cool stuff. and just a FYI.

Kinda looks like you're addressing the podcast hosts. They don't read this forum. But you can email them, and they do read, and sometimes respond to, their email.

I played briefly with Bard's image creation. It was very frustrating because it seemed to focus on one point in my prompt. When I asked for A and B it just gave me A. When I said, "No, I want A and B" then it just gave me B. When I gave it a picture of me and asked it to incorporate that in the image, it refused. I guess they're concerned that people will try to make compromising pictures of others, so that's understandable. But I wanted a picture of me as Daniel in the Lion's Den, and it wouldn't make it.

It wasn't much fun.

Earlier I tried having a conversation with it and that was no fun either. I was not impressed.

A.I. will be a disaster, not because it will become Skynet, but because it will create chaos in politics by making it much more efficient to promulgate disinformation. And it cannot be stopped or controlled because the internet spans international borders.
#3
Recipes / Re: An easy-to-make recipe
February 24, 2024, 06:27:05 PM
Quote from: arthwollipot on February 24, 2024, 06:22:22 PM
Quote from: daniel1948 on February 24, 2024, 05:03:50 PMThe fact that you just dump all the food into one container and nuke it suggests to me that you're not particular about food preparation. You just want it to be easy to make, and easy to clean up afterwards.

To be clear, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. For some people, food preparation is a pleasure, a pastime to be indulged and enjoyed whenever possible. For others, it's an annoying delay to the necessary function of getting nutritional calories in one's gullet. It's okay either way.

Personally, I'm a little bit of both.

Exactly. I was talking about what's meant by a "foodie."
#4
Recipes / Re: An easy-to-make recipe
February 24, 2024, 05:19:59 PM
BTW, I'd never heard of a microwave pressure cooker before.

Google offered this tidbit:

QuoteWhy don't chefs use pressure cookers?

They are most commonly used in industrial settings to quickly prepare meat or stocks. However, in most scenarios, Elite Chefs avoid using pressure cookers because they provide less control over the final dish.

#5
Recipes / Re: An easy-to-make recipe
February 24, 2024, 05:03:50 PM
"Foodie" refers to anyone who takes special pleasure in food prepared well. It makes no judgement about the food. Being a foodie doesn't mean that you like the same food as someone else. Just that you take pleasure in well-prepared food.

The fact that you just dump all the food into one container and nuke it suggests to me that you're not particular about food preparation. You just want it to be easy to make, and easy to clean up afterwards.

Living alone and having plenty of free time, I don't find meal prep, cooking, and clean-up to be a bother. I just ate a really delicious cauliflower, tofu, and brown rice curry. After the dishes soak for a bit it will take me five minutes to wash everything.
#6
I absolutely guarantee you that if I said to certain friends of mine "Don't worry about chemical X because you'd have to eat 85 thousand kilograms of it EVERY DAY to reach the safety limit," they would reply, "Well, why eat any of it at all?"

If I said to them that eating a certain product would only give you one-millionth as much of chemical X as you get every day from the environment, they would reply "Well, why eat ANY more than we already get?" Or they'd say, "We're already getting too much. I don't want to increase the amount at all."

People are fucking stupid. I'm just going to enjoy my oatmeal.
#7
And it cannot be stopped, because no matter what laws some countries pass, there will be countries that will welcome developers and the malicious actors that use the technology to disrupt societies.
#8
Podcasts / Re: Chicago Extravagansa Aug 17th
February 24, 2024, 03:31:17 PM
Be sure to tell us how it went.
#9
Recipes / Re: An easy-to-make recipe
February 24, 2024, 10:16:28 AM
Quote from: DevoutCatalyst on February 24, 2024, 10:00:40 AM
Quote from: daniel1948 on February 24, 2024, 09:00:19 AMMicrowaved broccoli is horrid, compared to steamed.
You can steam broccoli in a microwave to perfection. But home microwaves are too low in power to do this well and the broccoli tends to come out horrid. If you've eaten steamed broccoli in a restaurant it may have been microwaved!

Okay. But my point stands: I can make wonderful food without a microwave, but not without a stove.
#10
Recipes / Re: An easy-to-make recipe
February 24, 2024, 09:00:19 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 23, 2024, 10:36:29 PMIf I can't microwave my dinner in one container, I'm not interested (actually, I also don't have an ordinary stove - I got rid of it along with the gas connection when I realised that I hadn't used the stove even once in over 20 years).

I guess you're not a "foodie." I use the microwave to cook oatmeal, to heat a mug of water for my morning decaf, and for heating foods that just need to be warmed up. I eat BIG salads and some raw veggies such as carrots, and of course I eat fruit raw.

Other than that I would consider my meals dreadfully boring if I didn't have a stove. I also make good use of the oven and the fish roaster.

When I lived in Mexico and later in Spain I didn't even have a microwave, and its absence was only a minor inconvenience. I had to use a kettle for heating water and a skillet for warming leftovers. I just cannot imagine not having a stove. Potatoes can be cooked in a microwave, but they are a million times better baked in the oven. Microwaved broccoli is horrid, compared to steamed. Though in a pinch you can steam veggies in a coffee percolator.
#11
Now I'm seeing the recipes subforum. Thanks.

I disagree with bachfiend: Subforums are an excellent way to organize the board to make it easier to find subjects of interest. After all, the board itself is divided into forums of specific topic types. Subforums help with that. After all, a board with just one "General" forum would be difficult to navigate.

By the same token, the tree structure of file systems makes it easier to organize things. A file system without folders would be horrid.
#12
Quote from: bachfiend on February 23, 2024, 04:04:40 PM
Quote from: daniel1948 on February 23, 2024, 09:29:51 AM
Quote from: daniel1948 on February 23, 2024, 09:16:37 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 23, 2024, 01:31:13 AM
Quote from: arthwollipot on February 23, 2024, 01:26:04 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 22, 2024, 07:15:43 PMI notice a thread has disappeared from this subforum.  Is this a new policy of the moderators to make threads disappear instead of just closing them?
They're not disappeared, they've been moved to the Recipes subforum.

Please post recipes there.

There doesn't seem to be a listing for a Recipes subforum.

I'm not seeing it either.


See:

https://sguforums.org/index.php?msg=9777822

Subforums are not showing up. They can be accessed from any post in the subforum, but none of the indexes show them.


That doesn't seem to work either.

I think it's typical of the SGUforum's moderators' Little Hitler mindset that they want to micromanage something that was working well enough considering the small size of the forum, and making it much worse.

Bullshit!

We've got one guy (Belgarath) who pays for the forum and administers it. There's a bug that prevents the recipes subforum from showing up. You can still see unread threads and open them. If you don't like the way the forum is run, why do you come here?

I happen to think the forum is very well run. Somebody suggested a recipes subforum, which I think was an excellent idea, and that revealed a bug that subforums are not showing up in the index. Any of them.
#13
Quote from: daniel1948 on February 23, 2024, 09:16:37 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 23, 2024, 01:31:13 AM
Quote from: arthwollipot on February 23, 2024, 01:26:04 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 22, 2024, 07:15:43 PMI notice a thread has disappeared from this subforum.  Is this a new policy of the moderators to make threads disappear instead of just closing them?
They're not disappeared, they've been moved to the Recipes subforum.

Please post recipes there.

There doesn't seem to be a listing for a Recipes subforum.

I'm not seeing it either.


See:

https://sguforums.org/index.php?msg=9777822

Subforums are not showing up. They can be accessed from any post in the subforum, but none of the indexes show them.
#14
Quote from: bachfiend on February 23, 2024, 01:31:13 AM
Quote from: arthwollipot on February 23, 2024, 01:26:04 AM
Quote from: bachfiend on February 22, 2024, 07:15:43 PMI notice a thread has disappeared from this subforum.  Is this a new policy of the moderators to make threads disappear instead of just closing them?
They're not disappeared, they've been moved to the Recipes subforum.

Please post recipes there.

There doesn't seem to be a listing for a Recipes subforum.

I'm not seeing it either.
#15
Some products marketed as "cough drops" contain ingredients claimed to be medicinal. In my experience they taste horrid. Others are just hard candies.

Quote from: Belgarath on February 22, 2024, 12:39:48 PMHoney is not a medicine.  That's the point.

What lozenges do you consider 'medicated?'  I'd need to know this before I answer.

Honey is not medicine, but in the case of the makua honey, it's apparently being marketed as medicine. And when that's the case, the calories are irrelevant, and people are probably not taking enough of it for the calories to matter.