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Deepfakes (something you should know)
Posted:Dec 18, 2018 7:57 pm
Last Updated:Dec 18, 2018 8:09 pm
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Deepfakes: the next generation of counterfeits

Remember the internet back in the days of dial up and the early days of cable modems where everyone was having a great time and you couldn't wait for the 9 to 5 to end so you could go home and get a recharge of more great times on the internet ? Notice lately how sour people have become because of what they read on the internet , then turn around and dwell on it ? Well like the wave of fake news causing chaos on the internet, it is still going on to turn us all against each other. One thing that I must highlight is, as noted, a fuzzy frame. I must suggest that before we draw judgement on topics ( targeting political disruption is still front and center of this), review the video source and watch for any flaw what so ever before passing judgement. They are still out there trying to causing us all to be divided. Their goal is to make us sour, turn us against one another and detour us from the reality of 'good'. You cannot trust a video these days...

Below I have posted an article form Digital Trends which I am not author too but am making those of you that do not know, aware of what is going on out there on the internet. Thank you for reading...

Making up facts, bending the truth – this has been happening since the internet began. Whether it’s manipulated images, alleged news, or made up information, the world wide web is full of it, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between reality and fiction. Now counterfeits have reached a new level: deepfakes.

Deepfakes first appeared in December 2017 on Reddit. One user had managed to put the faces of several celebrities into porn movies in such a way that made it look shockingly real. For a short while, creating celebrity porn became the thing to do, but soon fake videos like these were banned on Reddit as well as other platforms such as Twitter and Discord. It didn’t stop them from spreading elsewhere though. But the question is: What makes deepfakes so special?

Contents
Deepfakes – what are they?
The history of deepfakes: from Reddit into the world
Consequences on society
Deepfakes – what are they?

Usually these fakes require a lot of work and expertise. They aren’t necessarily always created for shady reasons – it’s not uncommon for Hollywood movies to exchange faces, for example. Experts in the areas of cutting technology and CGI are normally hired for these tasks. Deepfakes, however, are created by the computer itself without any adjustments being made by hand.

The word “deepfakes” is a portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake.” Deep learning is one form of machine learning. Algorithms are required for exchanging faces or objects with deepfakes. For deep learning to work, the algorithms are fed with a very, very large amount of image or video data. The more material you have of a person, the better the result should be.

Tip
Videos are particularly useful material. You have quick access to thousands of individual frames of the person looking in different directions. Videos also show faces in more natural positions than normal photos, which often only show a smiley face from the front.

Around 300 images with the chosen person’s face (at best from all possible perspectives) should be enough to get a decent result. The deepfakes code contains a neural network, a so-called autoencoder: the network is trained to compress data in order to decompress it again. During decompression, the autoencoder tries to achieve a result that is as close as possible to the original. To achieve this, the networks learns to distinguish between important and unimportant data during the compression process.

By feeding the algorithm with images of dogs, the artificial neural network learns to focus only on the dog and ignore anything in the background (noise). The autoencoder can then create its own dog from the data. This is also how face swaps work with deepfakes: the neural network learns what the person’s face looks like and can then create it independently – even if the face and mouth are moving at the same time, for example.

To effectively swap faces, two heads need to be recognized: the face that appears in the original material and the one that you want to exchange it with. So, one input (the encoder) and two outputs (the decoders) are used. The encoder analyzes all the material while the two decoders each generate a different output: face A or face B.

In the end, it works in such a way that the algorithm doesn’t insert face A into the video, but face B instead, even though it doesn’t belong there at all. This is the difference between other fakes where the face is cut out of an image, retouched, or adjusted, and inserted into another image. Regarding deepfakes, however, the image material isn’t copied into another image: totally new material is created. This is the only way to match the facial expressions of the original face.

This explains why some errors occur with deepfakes: the neural networks reach their limit when it comes to unusual facial movements. If there isn’t enough material from the relevant perspective, the frame will appear blurry. The algorithm tries to generate an image from the little source material it has, but will unfortunately leave it lacking in detail.

The history of deepfakes: from Reddit into the world
Deepfakes first originated on Reddit. The website is known for also housing curious topics in its sub forums, which are known as subreddits. A Redditor with the name “deepfakes” created a subreddit in December 2017 and published pornographic videos featuring celebrities. To do this, the anonymous user had built the aforementioned algorithm, which is based on other technologies such as the open source libraries, Keras and Google’s TensorFlow.

Within a very short time, the subreddit had over 15,000 followers. Reddit quickly put a stop to the forum and, like other companies (including the pornographic video platform, Pornhub), banned the distribution of fake porn. But that wasn’t enough to stop deepfakes, since the code used is open source and is available to everyone. On GitHub, you can find several repositories where developers work on the algorithms. This is how a deepfakes app, called FakeApp, was created.

The program enables even those with little computer knowledge to perform face swaps. To create deepfakes via app, you only need a powerful graphic card from Nvidia. The program uses the graphics processor (GPU) for the calculations. Apart from FakeApp, deepfakes can also be created with a computer’s CPU, but this usually takes much longer.

In the meantime, the network community has found further uses (other than pornography) for face swaps based on machine learning. As you know from the internet, this technology is used to a very large extent to create funny nonsense. It is often used to put actors in films in which they have never appeared. In a short clip from the film adaptation “Lord of the Rings,” for example, users replaced every actor with Nicholas Cage, and Sharon Stone was replaced by Steve Buscemi in her notorious scene from “Basic Instinct.”

Consequences on society
Jokes like those mentioned above are harmless, but the new possibilities of video manipulation pose several challenges to society. Firstly, there is the question of legality. The women appearing in these porn videos have never given their consent. Apart from the fact that this is more than questionable from a moral point of view, these videos could also wreck the person’s reputation.

End of the article....

Please don't be mislead by what you see or read on the internet. There is a generation out there that is prone to spreading foul. It can be a good place once those with disgusting humor and motives are put into their place

Thank you and have a good evening

~weee~
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All I want for Christmas
Posted:Dec 16, 2018 9:58 am
Last Updated:Dec 18, 2018 9:48 am
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I hope your Sunday is going well. I have been a little quiet lately for the past few days. Things in my life happen at the wrong time. Isn't life actually about timing for your fate ? My downfall is my health. Sure I survived the worst part of colon cancer, what people do not hear about on topic is side effects afterwards. In my case it goes in waves (the side effects). IBS and crohns type symptoms go hand in hand ♫ when it's over ♫ as Loverboy sings it. Waves which include pain swelling and bloating. I am ot talking bloating like a puffer fish, but rather when the colon tries to swell and double in size from irritation. Other issues come into play as internal body parts have pressure against them altering their function. Things like pressure against the diaphram decreasing lung capacity and so forth. I won't go into detail but will get back to timing. This time of the season around here is not only the holiday and time of giving but also a rash of birthdays. Yesterday was my wife's birthday. Downfall is that I am going through one of those internal 'bad spells'. You guessed it, as The Guess Who sings it ♫ No sugar tonight..♫ was my destiny. I made do in that aspect with 'other' means for applying a little satisfaction to her evening. My pleasure was not in the cards but her satisfaction on that day is an occasion which I can't ignore.
Meanwhile, as I rest I have been perving sites during the healing heal once again once again from this bad spell. Not perving those sites like what you are thinking, there are other forms of enjoyment to ease the mind like thejigsawpuzzles,com plus other sites. I do like jigsaw puzzles of cars, setting the puzzle settings on the site to classic 200 to 300 pieces. They set the mind at ease, for me anyway. On another site which I frequent, Mashable, I found an interesting story that I will pass on. What an awesome Christmas gift this would make.

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What is it you ask ? One of every womans dreams ? Diamonds !!

Here is the story behind it by another author :

All I want for Christmas is the new, largest diamond ever found in North America


I don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need — and it's that gigantic 552-carat diamond recently uncovered by Canadian miners.

Because this isn't just your run-of-the-mill huge ass yellow diamond. The gemstone is actually the largest to ever be found in North American history, according to a press release by Dominion Diamond Mines

Coming in at 33.74mm by 54.56mm, this stocking stuffer blew the previous record out of the water, which was a 187.7 carat diamond found in the same mine back in 2015.

"A diamond of this size is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America," Dominion wrote in its statement.

Unearthed in October by Diavik Diamond Mine, the company describes how the "abrasion markings on the stone’s surface attest to the difficult journey it underwent during recovery, and the fact that it remains intact is remarkable."

Unfortunately for those of us hoping to see this history-making diamond under our Christmas trees, it's apparently not being sold in its whole, rough form. After being studied for its unique geological properties, it will be cut into a number of smaller pieces instead.

It's too early to determine the exact monetary value of the 552-carat whopper. But when the last record-breaking 187-carat diamond was cut down into two smaller pieces, they sold for a total of $1.3 million.

So Santa better be raking in some serious dough if he wants to make good on our Christmas list this year.

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Pocket change for santa right ?? Personally I just might be a couple hundered thousand dollars short of the estimated value as for purchasing it... hahaha

Nothing wrong once again with dreaming.. right ?

Personally I wish for other things for Christmas which from the first part of this post may be a clue.....

♫ All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
My two front teeth
See my two front teeth
Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth
Then I could wish you, "Merry Christmas" ♫


So today, no matter where your journey leads, may it be with pleasure !!
Catch you around the block !! (thank you for reading)

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♫ fa-la-la-la ♫
Posted:Dec 13, 2018 10:54 am
Last Updated:Dec 14, 2018 7:04 am
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Just passing a little time by.
I have a music broadcast on auto-pilot (not on cam)
Was scammin on things around the net
Ran across these pichas that made me giggle....
Ok the last image is a little overboard ( TMI ) so I will stop !!







^^^ wheel still spins and the hamster definately isn't dead


How's the dating going ? ( errrr I meant pervin ? )

♫ Long legs and burgundy lips ♫
Girls Girls Girls ~ Mötley Crùe

~weee~
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Kinda like
Posted:Dec 12, 2018 9:56 am
Last Updated:Dec 13, 2018 11:36 am
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♫ Grabbing for me with her eyes, now I'm falling from her skies ♫
No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature ~ by The Guess Who
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Does it really work ?
Posted:Dec 10, 2018 1:33 pm
Last Updated:Dec 13, 2018 11:29 am
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I mean where's the holiday spirit, does the line "What's up" actually work ?
Inquiring minds wanna know
The majority of first contact messages that I recieve on here from locals is "What's up" so it must work ? I feel it is shallow and has no appeal, personally
Especially for a first contact.....



♫ In the mornin' you go gunnin' for the man who stole your water ♫
Do It Again ~ by Steely Dan

~Weee~
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Rating Sex 1 - 10
Posted:Dec 7, 2018 6:50 am
Last Updated:Dec 9, 2018 9:44 am
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Okayyyyy, it's Friday so...



Let's hope you get it !

(ratings are accepted)

♫ Some people, they treat me kind, some drive me away. Some people, they blow your mind... ♫
Don't Say No ~ By Billy Squire

~Weeeeeee~
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Pour Some Sugar On Me
Posted:Dec 2, 2018 10:26 am
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2018 11:18 am
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A little tribute to the top 10 times I have had sex in my lifetime, last night replaced one of those top 10.... An erotic 3 hours !!! mmm mmm



















♫ You gotta squeeze a little, squeeze a little, tease a little more ♫
Pour Some Sugar On Me ~ by Def Leppard



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Feel Good Friday
Posted:Nov 30, 2018 7:47 am
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2018 11:20 am
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Finally it's Friday !!
I ended my thursday on a good note, well most of it. Christmas shopping !
Since I don't have kids, my Christmas shopping does still take a while. It gives me satisfaction in a way of no other though... I buy gifts for needy children and donate them to a childrens hospital. It was a late, late night by the time I was completed but one well spent per self satisfaction, which is an emotional boost that I gain for the holiday season. A feeling that I have done good.
The downside to being out shopping among others is.... with my colon healing and issues, i am sensetive to smells. Yes smell does effect your insides beyond your nose and lungs. One instance was encountering a financial investor affiliate. Out of respect I was at my best but I find it tough in this instance. Why you ask ? Natural body odor. This person has (I have ran across this before in other people but not often) a natural body odor that is near ammonia level or worse. It makes my eyes water. And no it was not their breath, natural body odor it was. I rushed the conversation along. Now I ask you. In this instance was I respectful for not saying anything or do you think I should have said something. I realize that even if you joke anout it that some people will be offended. I think I did the right thing actually by remaining silent about the issue but dang.... almost couldn't bear to be within 4 feet of them.
Anyway, have a great Friday and may it all be the best into the evening













♫ I thought our little wild time had just begun ♫
Rikki Don't Lose That Number ~ by Steely Dan

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Thursday Doesn't Rhyme With Handjob (gifs)
Posted:Nov 29, 2018 10:16 am
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2018 11:20 am
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Thursday doesn't rhyme with hand job, It won't matter anyway cuz I can't count that high sooooo I will throw in a few blow jobs along with them too.....



















^^ simply a little something to hold you over until Friday !

♫ Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you ♫
Spooky ~ by Atlantic Rhythm Section

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Site Gitch ?
Posted:Nov 28, 2018 6:29 am
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2018 11:22 am
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Has anyone else noticed a site glitch as far as banned users that you have blocked ? I checked my blocked user list this morning, there should only be 2 people blocked, it listed over 40 users blocked.

I haven't touched a thing. People listed on there which I never knew existed on this site. A few that I do know and was wondering why they haven't been chiming in lately. Well that explains why plus makes me look like hell for them being banned. I have no reason to ban these people and I hope they realize it.

Just in case, I did change my email and password for the site after noticig the issue. I have had issues with gmail account hacks before, which is why I have my youtube account set to private. I will head on over there too see if that account was hit again also. Sad deal because I used to do music broadcasts ( internet radio dj ) and have over a thousand music playlists on there. That account is set to private now which is actually a loss for music lovers around the world searching music on youtube, the way I had them all grouped and laid out in all genres (oh well, people are thinking about now ).

I will go over there and check if that account was hit too, if not it was only this site. As I was typing this, I see a ton more of my site settings were changed here also.

Hmmmmm ?? Anyone else get hit by a site glitch here in the past 24 hours ??

<<< mind blown

Have a happy humpday to readers that prefer to read and not chime in



~weee~
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