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  1. scratchdj

    [NSFW] Less commercial or conventional hotties

    Another slipping in under the ‘less commercial’ rule, is Kathryn Goldsmith. Apart from Catherine Huntley(😍), she’s the only thing that allows me to tolerate the absurd amount of hours my wife spends with QVC on.
  2. It seems that AI is controlling and contributing to our lives more and more. Some applications of artificial intelligence are blatantly obvious, like when you’re desperately looking on your bank’s website for a phone number and all you get is their automated chat-bot thing. Others work for us all every day without us even knowing or thinking about it, filtering out spam email or learning our online browsing habits. With the age of driverless cars much closer than we could have imagined ten years ago, the race to improve AI has ramped up, both in terms of desire to excel and its ability to carry out tasks previously deemed impossible. I’ve spent my entire adult life (20 years and counting) as a software developer, and I’ve seen what can be done with lines of code change massively in my time. Artificial Intelligence is something I make use of more and more in my job, although I’m certainly a consumer of other people’s brilliance rather than a trailblazer pushing the field further forward. So, it’s something that fascinates me, and I’m interested in where it’ll go and whether the general needs of the World’s population will benefit from its advances or whether its application will be concentrated on how it can make the most money for those that can most afford to invest in it. Despite the vast array of examples of AI, every now and then, I’ll learn of something that makes me stop and think. Not only in terms of “how have they done that?” but also in terms of “this could get odd...” Here’s one such example that inspired this thread: www.thispersondoesnotexist.com It’s an experiment by developer Philip Wang, who has built an Nvidia GPU-based system that creates human faces. As lifelike as the faces are, they’re all totally generated and so the people at the top of this post are completely fake. Look closely at some, and you might spot some clues that may suggest you’re not looking at a real person, but generally, they’re pretty bloody good. In fact, maybe a bit too good. A new face is generated every 2 seconds and the system uses self-critique to allow to get a better and better at creating believable faces. So if AI can now magically create people out of thin air, does this bother you? How does AI help, affect or concern you?
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    Everybody loves Anna Kendrick

    I met her following my turn on Dave Gorman’s Genius and she was beyond lovely. Everyone in the room wanted to say hello and spend some time with her.
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    Regional Dialect Quiz

    It suggested Ipswich. I live a few miles down the river and work about 15 mins away from the town centre. That’s pretty bloody impressive.
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    Is David Platt massively underrated as a footballer?

    Have I imagined it, or did David Platt once score an overhead kick that was disallowed as the final whistle went before it crossed the line?
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    The UKFF Retro Gaming Thread

    I spotted Wrestlfest in their video, I’d definitely be there if I lived up north.
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    WHAT PLAY YOU!? Version 2.0

    Has anyone given Tetris 99 a go yet? I shouldn’t be surprised they’ve thought of a way to lend Tetris to the battle royale formula, as it’s a game that seemingly reinvents itself, but can’t say I saw it coming. Whilst I like Tetris, I’m shit at it. Having 98 other people all being better than me isn’t all that fun yet, but maybe I’ll finally get better at it. If you have a Switch Online account, it’s free to play and worth a go.
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    Wrong Screenshots

    I Give it a Year (2013)
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    Paul Hardcastle's Domestic Football 18/nuh nuh nuh 19

    I genuinely worry for Ipswich in League One. Whilst the Championship is an incredibly hard league to get out of, I don’t think League One is going to be easy for them. The heart and sole of the club has vanished under Evans. He doesn’t invest in the team and doesn’t have a connection with the fans. They’ve got quite a big stadium and many of the lads I play football with have season tickets. Their gate is well down, and I’m told it’s a horrible atmosphere inside Portman Road these days. Considering League One contains 6 ex-Premier League clubs, I could see Ipswich kicking around there for quite some time.
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    The Random/Weird/Quirky Photo Thread

    I was rewatching the end of EC3 vs Dean Ambrose from RAW and I noticed the guy in green react with disgust at EC3’s back acne. A picture doesn’t quite capture his reaction though.
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    The Perfect Sitcom Episode

    Huge Partridge fan here and could pick any episode from KMKY or I’m Alan Partridge, but I’m going for the Clovis episode of Veep which was the most superb send-up of a big modern tech company (in this case, Google). It nailed everything and highlighted all that I hate about modern “right-on” tech firms that believe they’re so incredibly awesome. The realtime word-bubble reacting to Meyer’s address to the Clovis staff at the end was just brilliant. Special mention also to the toilet that uploads turds into the cloud. It’s always hard to find clips of Veep on YouTube, but you get the idea.
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    All Elite Wrestling trademarks filed

    I’ve never seen a Jimmy Havock match before, but now I have, I conclude he’s a bit poo.
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    Minor news items that don't deserve a thread

    That ring looks like a Christmas cake that hasn’t set yet.
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    Which was better - WWECW or ECW

    When WWE first got hold of ECW, did they run ‘proper’ old-school ECW house shows for a bit, or did they jump straight to arena shows filmed before their usual TV?
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    Athletico Mince

    Despite being a huge Vic & Bob fan, I’ve never heard of this. I gave this week’s episode a go and laughed most about Sir Michael Hideandseek.