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So Ford has decided to treat EV manufacturing as the second coming of the Model T. It only took them (checks math, carries the one) 112 freakin' years to rediscover!

Can't wait for their marketing department to ruin their small car EV concept and turn it into, "Ladies and gentleman, introducing the 2025 electric Edsel, or eEdsel!"

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So Ford has decided to treat EV manufacturing as the second coming of the Model T. It only took them (checks math, carries the one) 112 freakin' years to rediscover!

Can't wait for their marketing department to ruin their small car EV concept and turn it into, "Ladies and gentleman, introducing the 2025 electric Edsel, or eEdsel!"

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Mar 4Liked by Doktor Zoom

One thing Ford did that I find really impressive is making its electric motor backwards-compatible for previous gas-powered Ford vehicles, in terms of the form factor, gearing etc.. Not sure how the battery installation works in that scenario, but it's still a brilliant idea.

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The future is taking a looooong time to get here. I remember learning about "electric cars" during elementary school...in the 70s. Tick tock, motherf*ckers...

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https://bsky.app/profile/nnedi.bsky.social/post/3kmtlizw2qj2l

Here's what it says, if you don't have* BlueSky:

"There is no ethical way to use the major AI image generators. All of them are trained on stolen images, and all of them are built for the purpose of deskilling, disempowering, and replacing real, human artists."

tldr: Dok, stop using AI for the post illustrations.

*(it also says this if you do have BlueSky)

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If you are yourself an artist, and you have your own data set of art you scanned, and you train a generator exclusively on your own art, then you can use it as a tool to speed up the process of creating your own art, by using an AI tool designed specifically to help a real digital artist, not one to replace it. That's about it, that's the only valid use case I can think of. Procedurally generated art can be a tool. It should not create an entire image wholesale - and it definitely should not be allowed to copyright it.

So far, multiple judgments in cases against AI art has ruled that it cannot be copyrighted, because only an image created or taken by a human being is copyrightable. One of them was using precedent in a case in which a monkey took a selfie. A monkey isn't human, therefore the photograph couldn't be copyrighted by the human artist that owned the camera. AI art isn't human, therefore an image can't be copyrighted by the human that inputted the AI prompt.

Of course, all it takes is a human interacting with the image after the AI generator does the bulk of the work to negate the copyright, but at that point, you're back to the "can an AI generator be used as a legitimate tool for a real artist?" question and a matter of whether it was ethical to use one trained on stolen artwork to begin with, not a matter of legal for the purposes of making money.

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This is a much better explanation than "but what about using Gaugin as a teaching tool" that I see elsewhere in this thread. Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough response.

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Mar 4ยทedited Mar 4

I want an EV convertible, dammit. I want to be able to zip up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and go 35 MPH for 3 hours (without wasting 18 miles per gallon at that speed in my MX-5 - premium, too ) and go to a picnic shelter and let it recharge for an hour at a plug while I recharge for an hour with a breath taking view of the mountains.

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Peaks of Otter!

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Mar 4Liked by Crip Dyke

Hubby watches the sunday shows, and while I am in the other room, I get to listen to them.

On meat of press, the "Do we miss Chuck Todd yet?" replacement was all "Biden is super old and there were 13% of people who protest voted in the primary so should he step down?"

and then they had on Nikki Haley and did not ask her, even once, if she should withdraw considering she had not won a primary. This was before the DC one went on. Barely asked her about Trump, against whom she is running, but instead asked her why Biden is so old

But it got me thinking...they ain't even hiding it anymore.

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Their dogwhistles and subtlety no longer work. The chaos plan has been exposed and the lying, cheating, and lying is now public knowledge. Their platform now consists of "christian" nationalist authoritarianism with the subjugation of women and the poor. The media is owned by the very people who stand to lose a lot if the citizens wise up and vote accordingly. They are desperate. They know losing in this election will oust all of them for least a generation.

But WE all know this ... the majority of the citizens don't.

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Going fishing in a little while, I'll post pictures if I get any keepers. (MmMmmmmm... fried catfish.)

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mmmmm ... the best fired catfish I ever ate was outside of Little Rock. Mmmmmm ....

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Well, yeah yum. There was a catfish-only restaurant in my sad little suburb of KCMO: that was the only catfish I ever liked.

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Proof that not all the idiots are located in the USA:

Indian train drivers in crash that killed 14 were watching cricket

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240304-indian-train-drivers-in-crash-that-killed-14-were-watching-cricket

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I've managed to get started on this week's university assignment despite battling a headache that is bordering on migraine territory. I've got until Thursday to write 2000 words on the strengths and weaknesses of imperial careers as a tool for understanding the imperial experience. We'll just have to see if the ~400 words I've written this morning will hold up once I can look over it without feeling like my brain is trying to escape from my skull.

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Marshall Fields enters the room. Lady Curzon.

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This unit's studies have spanned imperial heroes/celebrities such as Mary Seacole, David Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley, and Alice Seeley Harris, as well as the experiences of the First Peoples of Australia, the enslaved people of the Caribbean, and Chinese and Japanese prostitutes in Southeast Asia.

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Somehow the only one whose story made it over here was the rich American woman. Gee, wonder why?

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I'm amazed Henry Morton Stanley isn't more widely known in America as he moved from Wales to the USA and started his journalism career over there. He was also hugely racist, you'd think the GOP would be all over trying to celebrate his legacy.

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He just gets the "Dr. Livingston, I presume?" quote. Nothing else. Newspaper reporters are in ill repute for the GQP at the moment.

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I'm so sorry you're dealing with that, Nicola. However, I have, and I know I'm one of MANY, absolute confidence you can swing this assignment with insight and style. You're a wonderful writer.

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The 'imperial experience' from the point of view of the rulers? Or do you have other options (the imperial subjects, the overall imperial structure, the experience in context/ historical relation to other political structures, etc)? If you are able to choose the slant that interests you most, it tends to help alleviate the pain (headache or otherwise).

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It's up to us how we interpret that particular bit of phrasing, although we are studying social history, so there's not a lot of kings and governments in the course and we are encouraged to read against the grain in order to learn about the experiences of people whose experiences are usually not recorded.

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That sounds very good and probably will be for you once you get into it (starting it up is the hardest part sometimes, IMO); so good luck, and I wish for you all the enjoyment you can make of it!

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This will cause dismay and consternation in the only men with women crowd

Fundamental physics rule violated as same-charge particles attract

https://newatlas.com/physics/physics-same-charge-attract/

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They saw that whale video and decided they could, too also.

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Good.

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One tomato pushed outta the seed tray, what took it so long and where are its friends?

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The sprouts will come out tomato.

Bet your bottom dollar that tomato, there'll be sprouts!

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Tomato! Tomato! You'll love them tomatoes!

Tomatoes just a day a-way!

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Good morning all! Hereโ€™s a pic of my morning meditation buddy: https://substack.com/@ipso/note/c-50884372?r=2kpaef&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=notes-share-action

Maybe I just invented something? Sleepy lizard meditation, where they just snooze on your lap. Sounds more productive than the baby goat yoga I saw online.

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Not a lounge lizard, a lap lizard lounging.

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Sleepy Lizards is the name of my next lounge grunge quintet

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Maybe I should stop while I'm ahead.

#Worldle #773 1/6 (100%)

๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŽ‰

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๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜Ÿ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ โ€“ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ [๐˜—๐˜‹๐˜] ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜น ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ [๐˜—๐˜‹๐˜] ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜Ÿ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ $500 ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด โ€“ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ.

๐—˜๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ

Workers allege discrimination, missing payments

https://www.theregister.com/2024/02/29/x_tesla_employee_lawsuits/

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Awww, couldnโ€™t happen to a nicer Fascist.

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Whoops! That business supergenius has to have relied on some terrible Twitter employees leftover from the previous owners. What bad luck.

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Good morning!

#Worldle #773 1/6 (100%)

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