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by Chen
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 213131

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Well here's the abstract from the paper: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.155301 Frankly I don't understand a word of it and none of the articles I found have any explanation of whether this is a "trick" or not. Note the abstract does continually mention negati...
by Chen
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 588
Views: 94155

Re: Hearthstone

Lyra's cool. I went on a crafting spree last week to build Miracle Rogue, only to find myself losing 100% of my games against damn pirates. Deck is fun (I do love Rogue), just not good! Un'goro miracle rogue is considered Tier 1 by Tempostorm though it does have a poor pirate warrior matchup. I thi...
by Chen
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107278

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also important: Theresa May has said she won't do any debates . The impact this will have is very up in the air. Hopefully the broadcasters will run debates anyway (with either no tory podium or with an empty one) but I'm worried they'll just decide not to run any at all. Uh did she give any reason...
by Chen
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888923

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

freezeblade wrote:If the activation all at once acted like a DDoS attack, overloading their servers, could that count as "harm" or "damage"?


To Google at that point presumably. Probably not to individuals though.
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888923

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

According to your quote it seems like it might fall under "exceeds authorized access" and the object of the fraud was the use of the computer, so maybe? They should make a The Good Fight (seeing as we don't have The Good Wife anymore) episode about this. Colloquially it definitely exceeds...
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888923

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I really don't understand why Burger King isn't facing criminal charges over this. This is a very clear cut case of hacking. They willfully exploited security vulnerabilities in Android devices to take over control of them, without consent of the owners, and all that purely for their own financial ...
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177663

Re: Board games anyone?

Its true I had forgotten about the funding cards since we got to use them like twice. Having Rivals as a relationship makes those cards exceptionally powerful too (along with any cards that you stick equipment on).
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 16785

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I meant more legally. Suppose a girl wants to go to the boys only school or vice versa. I presume they're not allowed, but how does this get around discrimination law? I suppose if the schools are private they may have less regulation? But even private businesses aren't allowed to discriminate based...
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177663

Re: Board games anyone?

It's really tough to play regular Pandemic after you've played Legacy. We're not even done our Legacy game yet (hard to get everyone together). We're just starting October I think. We've only played 10 games so far with a nice 9-1 record, though even with what we can consider some broken combos of p...
by Chen
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12541

Re: Logon

The douches got what was coming to them. I fail to see how this is "fun". Did you go "YEAH MURDER THOSE FUCKERS!"? eta: nice thread rename btw After they shot him, yeah I was good with some murderin'. Who goes around stealing hubcaps/rims and is INSTANTLY willing to murder anoth...
by Chen
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 16785

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Separate but equal is a contradiction in terms. If you are arguing people should be kept separate, you are arguing that they are different in some way and thus not equal. If you believe everyone is equal, then there is no good argument for separating people based on arbitrary characteristics like r...
by Chen
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 16785

Re: Breaking Up the United States

If segregation were actually separate but equal, you could make an argument for it. Wow, you actually wrote down those words. Well the statement is a correct one. The "if" part probably won't ever be true though. Separate but equal was deemed unconstitutional mainly because the equal part...
by Chen
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 9
Views: 2332

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

Most political discussion is predicated on two fallacies. The first is that people actually think through their positions and choose the one they think is correct, or just, or what have you. THIS IS SIMPLY NEVER TRUE. A lot of people have deluded themselves into thinking they have, but their ration...
by Chen
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 357977

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I had trouble seeing how this data would be used. Presumably it would be aggregate data that they'd sell to various advertisers. But I'm not sure how the advertisers would use this data to target you with more relevant ads. Right now Google uses tracking cookies to look at various sites/searches and...
by Chen
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12541

Re: Logan

The first scene with the guys trying to steal his rims was "fun". I mean it was also brutal, but I wasn't really horrified, shocked or disturbed by that one. The douches got what was coming to them. The ones with Laura were more shocking more because of the kid being juxtaposed with the ho...
by Chen
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 9702

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Did you see my earlier video about how bad computers are at picking out things off a shelf ? Humans are insanely good at looking at a thing, identifying its name, and purchasing a replacement. Well... trained humans anyway. I couldn't do it, but I bet you a plumber can pick out the right stuff... o...
by Chen
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3417
Views: 208153

Re: Trump presidency

Can they? The Republican party strategy has been to make sure people don't have enough information to vote in their best interest. I'd think its more the political "only talk about what you're going to give them rather than what gets taken away". No one campaigns on raising taxes to pay f...
by Chen
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

At least it makes multiple auto-saves... though the game could stand to auto-save more often. Unrelated, is there an architect on every planet? Ran into a second one on Eos. I thought the first one was really awesome but a bit saddened if the same fight is going to keep showing up everwhere. Someti...
by Chen
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 9702

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Because until you can actually concretely define your expectations for AI, AI is never going to meet your expectations. If you can't tell me what you think something must do to qualify as 'AI' (strong or otherwise), then of course nothing will reach the bar you've set -- you don't even know what th...
by Chen
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 107278

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

elasto wrote:Plus, maybe it would mean UK citizens not having to fork out £70+ for a passport renewal...(!)


Eh, renewing my passport here in Canada is $120 for a 5 year one or $160 for a 10 year one. £70 for your 10 year ones seems pretty good to me.
by Chen
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

Basically if you snipe out a whole encounter with NO ONE moving towards you to attack and no return fire, there's a pretty good chance of bugging out an event (if it's an event). I did it that way for one mining base and it didn't completely bug out. BUT the second wave appeared when I moved back to...
by Chen
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 7839

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

To everyone who suggested burying the waste somewhere: 20% of the worlds fresh water is in the Great Lakes basin*, 10% of the U.S. population depends on these lakes for fresh water*, and 84.87 million people live in a U.S. state of Canadian providence bordering the Great Lakes**. There are currentl...
by Chen
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12541

Re: Logan

right no i get if the intention is you're not supposed to understand it as an english speaker , i am not saying the captions should translate what they're saying in other languages. i am saying that if the movie has people speaking other languages and the movie does not subtitle it, the captions sh...
by Chen
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12541

Re: Logan

Yeah I've seen that happen a few times. Like there's a couple of episodes in Leverage where a character speaks Hebrew, she actually says some pretty intense profanity that wouldn't go over smoothly in English, and that doesn't get translated. I definitely get if the creators don't want their audien...
by Chen
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect

I decided to try to push on with the game for now. It's Mass Effect, after all, so I have to finish it once at least. @Chen, I got to most of the decisions you mentioned now that I returned to the Cita... err, Nexus for the first time. I think all of their executions were botched but at least they ...
by Chen
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 357977

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I never saw that original paper that mentioned we'd end up with MORE overall jobs due to automation. As such, this one seemed like a pretty obvious conclusion. Even if new jobs were somehow instantly created, you're not retraining the existing people fast enough if at all. There will always be loser...
by Chen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect

Actually very few of them are bisexual. The game just switches everyone from gay/straight to straight/gay, depending on what gender you start the game with. It's all quite complicated, really. Wait what? I thought specific people were gay/straight/bi and that was it Gil, Suvi: Gay Cora, Liam, Jaal,...
by Chen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect

Decision making is gone. I've finished the intro, the first explorable "open world" planet and explored three whole star systems and there hasn't been a single decision to make. I don't even mean major "life or death of a species" decisions like in previous ME games, I mean ever...
by Chen
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System
Replies: 14
Views: 3446

Re: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System

That's by design. The majority of the riding doesn't become the important thing - the riding is to ensure everyone has a local representative, but the objective is to ensure that as a whole they are proportionally represented. Do the people really have a local representative if the person they, in ...
by Chen
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 55814

Re: Mass Effect

I was going to buy this game regardless of the reviews and hype/lack thereof. So when I saw it was $4.99 for a month of Origin Access which gave me 10% off a $79.99 game along with a 10 hour free trial it only made sense to pick that up. After about 6 hours in the trial the game itself is a lot of f...
by Chen
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 5240

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

If a government agency is going to be involved trying to make sure people's software vulnerabilities are in line, you'd probably do it via regulation in the software design rather than having some agency picking through code trying to find said vulnerabilities. I suspect this will actually be the wa...
by Chen
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 357977

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/african-development-summit-univerrsity-southern-california-cancelled-african-delegates-denied-us-a7637696.html Univerrrrrsity? Someone (univ)erred. African business summit in US 'has no African delegates after they are all denied visas' There were re...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 2816

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

I'm not sure I see the distinction between a discount and a penalty; regardless of whether or not they stick with the 'old price', you're ultimately asking people who don't want to share genetic information to pay more for the same thing. We presumably the "discount" is given by the insur...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 2816

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

30% is the existing discount value, since this program is already in place with the ACA, though it restricts them from asking for the genetic stuff. The new bill allows the genetic stuff AND increases the discount to 50% if what I read elsewhere was correct. I'm torn on this whole thing much in the ...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 427429

Re: Therian Saga

SecondTalon wrote:There's some rule about correcting someone's grammar and making a grammatical error while you do it.

I wonder if there's a similar one in place for introducing yourself as a writer?


To be fair I think their first language is French not English.
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 2816

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

This Vox article seems to go into a bit more detail on it: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/13/14907250/hr1313-bill-genetic-information I'm not sure how the family part would work though. Take the situation Dauric mentioned with two siblings. If the sibling working for the company simpl...
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13989
Views: 1888923

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Baby steps people, baby steps. Also apparently there are at least women on the council, they were just in another room due to enforced gender segregation of unrelated men and women. So yeah that's probably one of the first things to tackle.
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3417
Views: 208153

Re: Trump presidency

It's only the front pages, so most detail is missing and there isn't anything interesting (conspiracy theories suggest that Trump leaked it as a distraction, which is fueled by the "Client Copy" stamp on the front page), but I think the big thing with respect to Trump's tax returns is tha...
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 16785

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Excluding DC, the biggest differences in states during the 2016 election were around 30% (~60% winner to ~30% loser) in maybe a half dozen states on each side. The rest were in pretty close to the single digits differences. That would make it ridiculously hard to split the country in any geographic ...
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3417
Views: 208153

Re: Trump presidency

Yes; I'm familiar with labor that requires very little skill or experience to accomplish. I am not, however, familiar with the term 'unskilled labor er '. How do you determine whether or not someone has no skills? Do you test them on everything you think qualifies as a skill? Well in the scope of i...

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