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asekai development news
floss.social/@Valenoern/103616

current version of the game
codeberg.org/Valenoern/zenseka

[further links / info about the game inside thread]

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β€˜saucernexus sandcats io’ server will be down indefinitely / up unpredictably until i have a working laptop

which could be as long as august, sadly.

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@loke

It's what I expect distributed content-centric Internet-replacement systems like Scuttlebutt will inevitably evolve into. Ie: a big distributed RAM system, which will then need a programming language running on top of it which is suited to that environment.

We will need this kind of distributed user-controlled computing environment if we want to preserve any kind of political, economic and communications democracy in the future.

If we aren't thinking about this now, we will be trapped.

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@loke

ie we have a stark choice:

1) Do nothing, continue on the computing path we are on now, which is all cloud-centric, dominated by giant companies sensing and filtering all our data and computation. This is taking the world to an extremely dark place.

2) Try to build an alternate, decentralised Internet, in which users retain control of their own data and keep it physically close as much as possible. This gives humanity a slim chance of surviving the coming century.

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I have a weird problem with fanfiction where it’s like

if it’s more likely to be fair use / uncensorable to just dump a skeletal outline of ideas for my story in a mastodon thread (especially along with extra commentary about the source series) and people may even be more likely to see it and engage with it in that digestible format

why actually go write the fic.

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editing seems to work just fine on the without lag...

...although you have to install a special package called blender-2.7-es, or any other version of blender that exists will complain the graphics driver doesn't support the correct opengl.

you can't even compile blender unless you got the source for that specific package

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> publishers are artificially deciding [the cost to lend a book]

and these publishers are ostensibly doing this in order to preserve the ability to sell books on a market.

going back to Bad TF Article,

the idea if you want to get a reasonable unit price for your book you go to a market and it pays the market price determined by demand is now wrong

- often market prices are determined by price fixing

- sometimes a market price is $0. in this case you should use something other than a market

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I feel like the Internet Archive lawsuit shows us in a way that copyright is not a right or left issue where things can be blamed on 'The Communists'

What these publishers actually attacked was a system to lend the exact number of "books" a particular library had.

publishers are artificially deciding whether a book costs $15 (if you buy 1 book and lend physically + digitally)
or $30 (if you buy 1 book + 1 digital lending license)
or "even $1000 per book cannot buy you a digital lending copy"

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this TF writer:
silly copyright advocates, you can't just demand /money/ for something that required work to produce. that's completely ridiculous. you require a /market/ to go to in order to ever earn money on any product

me:
have you ever heard of the services that already exist to fund things by means other than a unit price and a market, such as say..... crowdfunding campaigns??

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This thread, including this toot and its surrounding 'background'

- discussions I saw where people /insisted/ shareware is a good idea

- that bizarre article above that accidentally claimed "almost all" forms of property were intangible

- by now, the Internet Archive digital lending lawsuit

came to my mind today when I saw an absolutely godawful torrentfreak article saying copyright is "Communism"

you tried. you really did. you failed but you at least started with a good question

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whenever i see somebody who thinks copyright existing is at all a useful tool toward creating a living wage, i'm like

do you ever stop and visualise how much money the people that would pay this possess

have you seen the way all the most successful web businesses,
which /do/ earn a lot from ads,
get millions of customers by charging nothing

what if that was just the amount of money customers had

what if 90% of people who want to access something actually couldn't afford to pay money for it

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i think, if we would just stop and really examine it

the single word "proprietary" could unravel into an entire fuckign dissertation

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i like to listen to reviews of disney movies

it's incredibly interesting to hear people apply real art criticism to works that were essentially first made to make money

but at the same time i often find modern animated movie content most enjoyable when the stories have been forcibly reclaimed in 'retelling' by a reviewing community that also offers me perspectives outside my own

i might not consider cars 'good' by itself but i love to listen to analyses of what the hell is going on with it

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It seems the publishers are still trying to sue over this limited system but it's unclear where that's going

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While not all that active for a while, QuestionCopyright also has a good entry about the National Emergency Library

questioncopyright.org/support-

(If you're wondering what happened with that, it seems publishers 'successfully' ended... one whole more planned month of it before it was going to close anyway. The books are even still available with artificial limits on checkout.)

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I love the BookLiberator.

Even if they decided to make basically a "camera scanner" app to replace most of its functionality, it served its purpose of being an absolutely fantastic metaphor for copyright discussions

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"
What does the have to do with reframing ?

Everything β€” but not because people might use it for illegal copying. [...] The reason the BookLiberator fits into our mission is precisely that [...] When people feel, in their daily lives, how much they are restricted by copyright, [...] All the pro-monopoly lobbyists in the world can’t prevail if people know the issues from their own personal experience.
"

questioncopyright.org/booklibe

There is the possibility that plugins (plus their culmination into 'modspheres') could just turn the game into a gigantic "" if/when people really get into doing runs of it

But, knowing that my own modsphere ideas are often either non-derivative works or clones that drop trademarks / features

I think the potential for asekai plugins to start getting people arguing about the merits of user freedom to make fan culture vs restrictions is more of a good thing

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(To be more precise on what they *are*, a modsphere is a bundle of plugins.

the only real difference between a modsphere and separate plugins is that separate plugins are usually used for things like mon strains that could easily be enabled alone,
while some things such as a world map are less likely to be a separate plugin than packaged into a modsphere you could then enable wholly or pick and choose plugins out of.)

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- what are "base modules"?

is intended to be modular,
such there's a bit of core code supporting various API features mons etc will be able to do,
& then all content, including "official" story & its associated "official mon list", is added as plugins β€” which could simply add data, or actually use existing functionality to program new features.

I basically use the term "base modules" to avoid saying "canon", so it feels more like fan creations are just as valid as 'base module' content

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> all content, including "official" story & its associated "official mon list", is added as plugins

The "base API" will also have a whole concept called "modspheres".

These basically allow you to build another entire game system on top of the base asekai engine.
Similar to an RPG rom patch, or when people extend the D&D rules to add some arbitrary extra thing they want to play

my idea is that you could play base asekai on one savefile and entirely another 'world' on another one

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