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Cake day: June 30th, 2023

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  • I think the supposed risk to electronic voting machines is that there would need to be thousands of them, are distributed, somewhat unattended, and operated by people that don’t know them.
    The possibility of an exploit or misconfiguration increases, and the ability to compromise someone supervising one of the polling station increases.
    If there is are centralised systems, fewer higher skilled people would be required to secure/monitor/run the system. It can also be airgapped.

    While some of these risks are also applicable to in-person and mail-in voting, these systems have been around for ages, are not proprietary, and anyone can figure out “how it works” and can make sure “how it happened” matches.
    As soon as you get into cryptographic vulnerabilities and security, 99.99% of people would be lost in the woods

    The rest of the questions, I feel, are more systematic things.






  • Starting with a pool of all users who use alternative DNS for any reason, users of pirate sites – especially sites broadcasting the matches in question – were isolated from the rest. Users of both VPNs and third-party DNS were further excluded from the group since DNS blocking is ineffective against VPNs.

    Proust found that the number of users likely to be affected by DNS blocking at Google, Cloudflare, and Cisco, amounts to 0.084% of the total population of French Internet users. Citing a recent survey, which found that only 2% of those who face blocks simply give up and don’t find other means of circumvention, he reached an interesting conclusion.

    “2% of 0.084% is 0.00168% of Internet users! In absolute terms, that would represent a small group of around 800 people across France!”

    I wonder how much the court case cost, and if those costs are in anyway likely to be recouped even if all 800 of those convert to a subscription.




  • The fact that all the video is from 1 angle is the biggest giveaway.
    If it was good inside the box, there would be loads of footage from there. That would be a very unique experience, because all of these things are forced perspective. It’s just the way a 3d scene being rendered onto 2d surface viewed in a 3d world works.

    The water is probably abstract enough that it’s not as noticeable, but I bet it looks weird AF (and not in a good way) when you are sitting in there




  • I had a huge rant about this, but ditched it.

    Steve is the actual politician, but will vote according to crowd sourced opinions on the topics.
    And that’s where AI Steve comes in. AI Steve helps generate policy ideas, and they are voted on by the approved community members. Parliamentary topics are also voted on by approved community members.
    So AI Steve is the lube, but it’s essentially direct democracy for the approved community members.

    So, very cool idea (the direct democracy).
    No idea if it would work on a wider/country scale.
    Of course it’s a Tory doing it.
    Pretty sure this could be done just with an online voting/polling platform and 1 or 2 people doing data entry/gathering.

    However, the “better than the past few PMs” is a dangerous rhetoric. Cause all it needs is also a “both sides the same, labour is Tory lite, etc”, and suddenly a bunch of voters will vote disruptively and we get Brexit 2.0 (whatever that might be).
    Voting disruptively is absolutely fine, but I’m fairly sure it’s the easiest method for foreign influences to meddle in elections


  • Yeh, immutable distros… You can install software, it’s just you have to declaratively define what software you want, then apply that as a patch.
    You don’t just apt install cowsay, you have to create a file that defines the installation of cowsay.
    This way, if you have to change how cowsay is installed, you tweak that patch file and reapply it.
    If you have to wipe & reinstall (or get a new computer or whatever) you just apply all your patches, and the system is the same again.



  • I was kinda hoping the UK was past exploiting the ill-informed, idiots and reckless. Especially after the wild wild success of Brexit.

    But no, apparently not.
    Exploit the AI hype that a lot of people probably don’t understand.
    Somehow argue that a computer is more human than a human.
    Put this absolute garbage of a solution on the ballet, and watch everyone go “well, politicians aren’t working, let’s try breaking the system” and vote for some untested hallucinating predictive text algorithm to lead a country, while employing twice as many staff to fix/feed/spin/manipulate/fake the results of the AI.





  • But it is a fixed ratio.
    If it was in pounds, metric tons, moles or atomic mass units… It doesn’t change the ratio, the actual number.

    Would it be acceptable to drop the unit all together?
    “Lethal dose is 0.000000012 : 1 (substance : bodyweight)” (I made up the number).
    I’m not sure if there is a better way of writing the ratio.

    Could a fraction be more applicable?
    “lethal dose is 1/600000 of bodyweight”

    I’m sure it’s written as ng/kg to show the base units are the same, and the rest is just “fiddling” scientific notation