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News / Roblox Grid Setup in Blender
« Last post by kat on February 16, 2024, 04:35:27 PM »

"Roblox Grid Setup in Blender" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/roblox-grid-blender/ taking a look at replicating Roblox Studio editor grid in Blender to make the content creation process more frictionless.
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Blog / Re: SCAM WARNING - eBusiness Number Registry (European Business Registry)
« Last post by kat on February 16, 2024, 09:15:55 AM »
News / Cycles, Transparency & Blender 4.x+
« Last post by kat on February 14, 2024, 01:24:58 PM »

"Cycles, Transparency & Blender 4.x+" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/cycles-transparency/ updated overview of transparent materials using Cycles renderer in Blender 4.(x)+
Blog / HOUSE OF LORDS - Large language models and generative AI
« Last post by kat on February 03, 2024, 02:57:25 PM »
Not yet read so placed here for continence on the topic of GAI (Generative AI/General AI).

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (published Feb 2024)
The world faces an inflection point on AI. Large language models (LLMs) will introduce epoch‑defining changes comparable to the invention of the internet. A multi‑billion pound race is underway to dominate this market. The victors will wield unprecedented power to shape commercial practices and access to information across the world. Our inquiry examined trends over the next three years and identified priority actions to ensure this new technology benefits people, our economy and society.

News / Paint Minecraft Stone Texture in Blender
« Last post by kat on February 01, 2024, 04:55:14 PM »

"Paint Minecraft Stone Texture in Blender" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/paint-minecraft-stone/ taking a look at painting a 16x16 pixel Minecraft style stone texture using Texture Paint.
News / Eevee, Transparency & Blender 4.x+
« Last post by kat on February 01, 2024, 04:52:33 PM »

"Eevee, Transparency & Blender 4.x+" https://www.katsbits.com/codex/eevee-transparency/ updated run through of transparent material in Blender 4.x+. Not much has functionally changed except some UI/menu option reorganisation that can trip the User up.
Blog / Scorched Earth Policies to Stop AI Art
« Last post by kat on February 01, 2024, 11:05:27 AM »
As a consequences of the scorched earth approach artists and creators have taken towards AI generated content, many are advocating platforms and services implement a zero-tolerance policy to the medium. At face value while this might seem an effective immediate solution to stop the proliferation of AI generated art, long term this type of thinking, of outright bans or prohibitions, won't work because AI auteurs will find ways around them; tools and protocols will be updated to recognise obfuscation technology faster than such 'watermarking' efforts can be programmed and utilised. That or they'll just ignoring any restrictions.

What artists, forums, communities, do to address the threat they perceive AI art poses depends on the relationships creative communities want to foster with regards to Generative AI and its use. For example, as outright bans won't work, for the aforementioned reasons, so perhaps a better direction to take is to require those using AI declare their content as having been made with AI, in part or whole. This could be an obligatory policy that is 'zero-tolerant' insomuch as an individual being banned for breaking such 'disclosure' rules rather than simply for using and/or producing AI content. This punishes behaviour not products (use of AI itself).

Perhaps more pertinent to artistic communities, is education, not outright "AI art bad, human art good", rather, AI artists need to understand the direct and indirect costs AI has on their ability to monetise and/or protect their work, especially in regards to Copyright law, which currently does not protect AI content in of itself - this means any work an AI artists publishes online can, and likely will, be misappropriated and used by someone else, or AI, and there will be nothing the OP can fall back on to remedy that situation. Raising awareness of this reality may cause some to pause or at least properly consider their options with regards to using GenAI.

Following on from the educative point above, AI artists might be encouraged to fully utilise the iterative power of AI as a production tool quickly able to provide a framework around which artists can create digital collages, paint-overs, or simply a means through which artists can improve technique and skills - it should be noted that this use of AI is far more likely to fall under the auspices of Copyright because it becomes a tool within the individuals workflow, a 'filter' of sorts that assists the user towards a realised goal.

Going scorched earth with AI isn't really a battle that can be won by direct, offensive action, it cannot be stopped with ban and prohibitions, especially as its creators can implement changes faster than rules, regulations and other remedial actions can be put into place. Instead it needs to be won by highlighting its (current) systemic limitations, financial especially.
Blog / Re: SCAM WARNING - eBusiness Number Registry (European Business Registry)
« Last post by kat on January 30, 2024, 01:23:10 PM »
Blog / Re: SCAM WARNING - Bitcoin Sextortion & Blackmail Scams
« Last post by kat on January 25, 2024, 10:00:16 AM »
A "kind" and "merciful" and "forgiving" "God who sees everything" that blackmails and sexploits for bitcoin mark of the beast;

Subject: Response for you're doing.

Message: Hello ****,

I want to inform you about a very bad situation for you. However, you can benefit from it, if you will act wisely.

Have you heard of Pegasus?
This is a spyware program that installs on computers and smartphones and allows hackers to monitor the activity of device owners.
It provides access to your webcam, messengers, emails, call records, etc. It works well on Android, iOS, and Windows.
I guess, you already figured out where I'm getting at.

It's been a few months since I installed it on all your devices because you were not quite choosy about what links to click on the internet.
During this period, I've learned about all aspects of your private life, but one is of special significance to me.
I've recorded many videos of you **** to highly controversial **** videos.
Given that the "questionable" genre is almost always the same, I can conclude that you have sick ****.

I doubt you'd want your friends, family and co-workers to know about it. However, I can do it in a few clicks.
Every number in your contact book will suddenly receive these videos - on WhatsApp, on Telegram, on Skype, on email - everywhere.
It is going to be a tsunami that will sweep away everything in its path, and first of all, your former life.
Don't think of yourself as an innocent victim. No one knows where your **** might lead in the future, so consider this a kind of deserved punishment to stop you.

Better late than never.
I'm some kind of God who sees everything.
However, don't panic. As we know, God is merciful and forgiving, and so do I.
But my mercy is not free.

Transfer $1320 USD to my bitcoin wallet: [bitcoin address]

Once I receive confirmation of the transaction, I will permanently delete all videos compromising you, uninstall Pegasus from all of your devices, and disappear from your life. You can be sure - my benefit is only money.
Otherwise, I wouldn't be writing to you, but destroy your life without a word in a second.

I'll be notified when you open my email, and from that moment you have exactly 48 hours to send the money.
If cryptocurrencies are unchartered waters for you, don't worry, it's very simple.
Just google "crypto exchange" and then it will be no harder than buying some useless stuff on Amazon.

I strongly warn you against the following:
) Do not reply to this email. I sent it from a temp email so I am untraceable.
) Do not contact the police. I have access to all your devices, and as soon as I find out you ran to the cops, videos will be published.
) Don't try to reset or destroy your devices.

As I mentioned above: I'm monitoring all your activity, so you either agree to my terms or the videos are published.

Also, don't forget that cryptocurrencies are anonymous, so it's impossible to identify me using the provided address.
Good luck, my perverted friend. I hope this is the last time we hear from each other.

And some friendly advice: from now on, don't be so careless about your online security.