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by Zamfir
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts
Replies: 73
Views: 13095

Re: quarkcosh1's miscellaneous science posts

Ok in an attempt to make this more physically meaningful I think I will try to connect the j invariant to the feynman path integral but I can't find a way to do it without making the numbers too large. Anyone have any ideas? The crucial step, for your style of approach, is to define the "space...
by Zamfir
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 8233

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

In case anyone is wondering, the referred article is real, and it's brilliant. If you ever relied on internet reviews to make a decision, read it.
https://www.fastcompany.com/3065928/sle ... tress-wars
by Zamfir
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Or He might need Congressional approval at some point to issue sanctions like that but I'm not sure.


Trump is capital-H He now? like Jesus, Helium and He-Man?
by Zamfir
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Obviously we couldn't just sent them an invoice, Of course you can. Or more typically, you could seize Mexican assets abroad, and Mexico will not be able to stop this. For example, the US has decided that Iran should pay 2.7 billion dollar in damages to the families of US soldiers who were killed i...
by Zamfir
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 9543

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Let's see it post a profit more than once or twice though. Meanwhile, it's lost $6bn so far, so it has a lot of profit left to make to break even overall. If they can keep up at least the current production and sales volume, while making a regular gross margin on it, then 6 billion is a quite reaso...
by Zamfir
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 3494

Re: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

yeah, i don't find it perfectly clear what they do. I based my impression on this: All light stimuli LVk are updated synchronously on the basis of the following recurrent neural network dynamics [14,17,18], which was derived from the Hopfield–Tank–Amari model [21]. LVk(t+Δt)=1−σ1000,−0.5(∑ WVk,Ul⋅σ3...
by Zamfir
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 3494

Re: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

As the number of cities increased, the time taken to reach the food increased linearly. Therefor, P = NP. The amoeba is not that smart, though. It only finds a feasible route in about 90% of the problems, and it doesn't find optimal routes at all. It just finds routes that are, on average, a tad sh...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 20644

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The rarity goes both ways, no? Mass shootings are rare, but apparently so are bad outcomes from having armed teachers. Even rarer, as far as I can tell. It's basically just people who bring a gun to work, take some trainings once in while that they might even enjoy, and eventually they retire withou...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 20644

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Feeling is an odd metric. Wouldn't anti anxiety pills be a better response then? No, why? It's not some mental health problem to worry about mass shootings, or to feel bad that you would be powerless if one occured near you. Yes, they are rare, but no one's worries are affected by statistics. Stati...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 20644

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Are these trainings really about the kids? I get the impression they (and some part of gun carrying in general) are more a panacea to reduce anxiety. Of the gun carriyng teachers, or school leaders, or parents. People who read the news about school shootings and now picture them happening at their o...
by Zamfir
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 174
Views: 63522

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

If I was going to explain the point of capitalism, I would say "putting resources where they will make the most new resources, and presuming the market is smarter than any specific people". I think this some elides the private ownership of capital - surely a key aspect of capitalism, even...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Statistically, it's indifference, though the populist/xenophobic fanning of hatreds marries the evils of indifference and malice quite well. Yeah, bad treatment of asylum seekers is rarely pure "indifference". It might be at the individual level, but the organisation behind the individual...
by Zamfir
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Building a chair out of glue
Replies: 6
Views: 2517

Re: Building a chair out of glue

I have used the non-glue version of wood glue for some things. It is called EVA, ethyl vinyl acetate. It's nice stuff for its applications, but not as a structural replacement for wood. It's pricy per kilo and its flexible (can stretch a few hundred percent). Neither of which are good for furniture,...
by Zamfir
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 13933

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

When Scar dies at the end, the rain starts falling immediately. I think we can safely take the drought (and the fire, and the sunless sky, etc) as metaphors for the misery caused by Scar's misrule. That ties to old traditions where the king is held responsible for the harvest (and presidents for the...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 13933

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

I was going to write that many stories reward a worthy protagonist with power and privilege, including protagonists who start out common. But that doesn't actually seem true for Disney animation movies, on a quick glance. I can't really think of another example, beyond aladin. Mulan comes close, but...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628777

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

Or we make all Lego bricks from something digestible, thus solving the root cause of the problem.
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 13933

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

As another tack, I found this: https://safari-ecology.blogspot.com/2012/01/nitrogen-in-savanna-biome.html?m=1 Nitrogen is the typical limiting factor in the savanna ecology, so the circle of life is in practice mostly about nitrogen cycling The article gives several examples of species with a key ro...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628777

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

It's simple to do. Everyone eats the Lego brick. Then the control group gets the antidote, while the test group gets a placebo.
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 13933

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

The Circle of Life as portrayed in the movie is like the divine right of heaven; it's the lie that kings tell the people to let them stay in power. Yeah, it's something like that, though I am not sure if the divine right of kings is the proper analogy. That's a very intra-elite concept. It claims p...
by Zamfir
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Are you reading that as "total loss over the next 80 years"? I don't have time to check into it right now, but the way I read that is that the annual US GDP will be hundreds of billions dollars smaller in the year 2100 than it would be otherwise. Hundreds of billions per year is less than...
by Zamfir
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 13933

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

There's an interesting divide in how people view (large) predators, and how they view other parasites. It's like day and night - the first are the glorious emblem of power, while "parasite" is the lowest of the low. Predators might be feared for their danger, but they are not despised for ...
by Zamfir
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

when we've found the funding

several million of the nation's wealthiest people and their businesses


Now that was fast
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Have you ever encountered a dog while alone on the street? Did you stomp its skull just to hear the crunch? Why not?

The crunch is much less satisfying then you might think. And they are a pain to catch and hold during the stomping. No of course not that would be horrible.
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628777

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

For professional researchers, the process is surely important. Its where they work, and careers and prestige are made ithe churn of new knowledge, with overturning existing knowledge as top achievement. But for everyone else, I am less sure. it's the body of settled knowledge that matters most,and t...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386917

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

I've never seen one a Fiat Money myself, perhaps it's a rebadge of these?
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

I am honestly not understanding, sorry. I read your post as a surprisingly absolute statement, that's why I asked for confirmation. Your position is still quite strong, right? Even if it not quite "everyone everywhere" Stronger than, for example, "most police officers in the US are ba...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

i mean what you're saying is irrelevant nonsense though. people who say "all cops are bastards" are generally not the same people who try to draw distinctions between good cops and bad cops: we do not think that good cops exist. it's just not true whatsoever that "good cops" hav...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386917

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

Context
Coyne wrote:That's called fiat and it works really efficiently. But it annoys a lot of people.
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 242837

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

And then, what? He's going to renegotiate with the EU? And the EU will say, sure, let's throw away the work of the last few years, and try again...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 242837

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

Would they even be rebels? As in, can Labour afford to push for a party-line No vote, as opposed to allowing some MPs to vote in favour? I hear a lot of criticism from labour, but not much of an alternative. They seem just as splintered as the Tories, just a tad less visible because theyre not in po...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 242837

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

We'll see how it all ends, but I have developed a grudging respect for May. She gets sniped at from all sides, lots of people are dodging responsibility, but every few months she calls their bluff and wins. And this proposal seems like a reasonable compromise between the various opinions within the ...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 242837

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

Shadenfrood

Out of curiosity, does that resemble how you would say Schadenfreude?
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386917

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

It's the age-old case of bureaucrats and techies deciding what's best for the people, while avoiding the messy step of asking them. They actually gathered a lot of data on what people wanted and used that when setting the weights of different factors. The problem is that after the AI produced a sch...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386917

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

AI is a somewhat misleading term here. I don't mean anything philosophical about intelligence or whatever. Just that "ai", at the moment, is mostly used for large scale machine-lesrning algorithms. Algorithms that take a dataset, identify patterns in that dataset, and use those patterns to...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 847784

Re: Trump presidency

Teknikally, all of us are reproductive organs for our hair.
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39383

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Then again, voters are always and everywhere disillusioned with politics, politicians and the capital city. And there's always a voter block for burn-it-down. I mean, Trump is basically Berlusconi, despite Italy's very different election systems. Which they change once in a while, after years of Ber...
by Zamfir
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39383

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

In addition to Ranbot's point, one must again be reminded that complex, nuanced multi-dimensional politics is flattened into a simple line by the system. The problem here is that political decision-making itself cannot be as complex as the many different views of the public. At some stage, all that...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 50103

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

House did projects for CNN in one of those later seasons, when the writers were desperately wringing a bit more from the concept.

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