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by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Okay, I'm pretty sure that's the hat of someone behind him, but I like your interpretation better, because it fits with his apparently in-progress transformation into Steven Seagal.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3832
Views: 490889

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Considering there were supposedly some 500 tenants living in the building, I guess it could've been much worse. Still, I can't imagine what their friends and families are going through right now.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Sessions already spent an entire morning covering Trump's ass (not to mention his own) on this, so I'm not gonna place a lot of stock in his principles, plus he's (at least nominally) recused himself from the matter. Rosenstein at least has (nominally) committed to supporting Mueller to a fully reas...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, fingers crossed for sure - but as cynical as I am about these people, I have to think that at the very least, when faced with their own doom they'll turn on the person most directly responsible for it.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

I kinda doubt he will. That would, for one, quite clearly be obstruction of justice. It would also be like letting everyone know there was some ...fire, not just smoke. Oh, without a doubt. But: nothing has stopped Trump from stepping on his own dick before (see: the public comments laying bare the...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

At this point, I will be very surprised if Trump doesn't fire Mueller. Ditto that. If there's one consistent pattern we can observe from his presidency, it's that every time he feels cornered, he inevitably lashes out in the dumbest, most self-destructive way possible. And firing Mueller (just to c...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Probably depends on what specifically constitutes "the rest of the media." I don't follow TV news, but the Washington Post has been running regular coverage on it (in addition to breaking a good half of the stories) since before the inauguration.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Have to love how Trump and his business/brand weren't fodder for investigation, as the investigation was about Russia meddling in the election. Firing Comey opened up the obstruction of justice charge against Trump himself, which in turn opens up his whole business dealings (as they need to be inve...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I have no doubt Sessions is going out there to spin and cover asses, but since he'll be under oath and at the mercy of the committee it could get interesting.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 181635

Re: Controversial opinions about food

You're right - that was a wildly unfair statement on my part.

Maximum-security prisons in Alpha Centauri treat their prisoners better than that.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3832
Views: 490889

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Mod voice" really needs a Pratchett-style small-caps font.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 181635

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Avocados: the most pointless "food" on Planet Earth. Empty, tasteless filler glop that looks like it should be served to inmates at a maximum-security prison in Alpha Centauri.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Well, they only need a chain of custody once after they have come to the official notice of prosecutors, right? But if push came to shove, then they would probably want the devices that recorded them and the unaltered hard drives that have them as files or the original tapes. Failing to supply thos...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Oh, they try, for sure. I mean, they kept him off Twitter for a whole day and a half when his original plan was to do a running live-response feed during the entire Comey testimony! But sooner or later he manages to wrest his phone back from whichever of his handlers is playing keep-away with it and...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

That's definitely possible. On the other hand, there was a lot of discussion when the "tapes" thing first came up about the fact that he does have a history of surreptitiously recording conversations at his properties, and one of his staffers strongly implied to a reporter that goings-on i...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Definitely. But we've seen no limits to his powers of self-delusion up 'til this point - why would he stop digging himself into holes now?
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

RCT Bob wrote:I just wonder if Trump realises how risky this move is,

Any time this question is asked, it's a safe bet that the answer is "no."

Now, about those tapes he publically implied he had...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Good book to learn bass on?
Replies: 1
Views: 2221

Re: Good book to learn bass on?

Rather than a book, here's a video with Billy Sheehan covering the basic stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3iCSlPbLxQ Also, a video lesson from bass god Chris Squire, because why not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cprcYnffK_o But really, there's no substitute for just getting an instrument a...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

Consider the evolution of computers in the last fifty years - isn't that an argument that computers will never be able to {insert your favorite benchmark}? Only A. again, there are hard physical limits on that shit - there's only so much CPU you can cram into a given die size before you create a bl...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

sardia wrote:Wait, don't you think we could get human level intelligence from a computer in less than 10 years?

It depends on the human. I mean, we could already replace Donald Trump with a chatbot and hire out the golf to Tiger Woods.

But I'm not holding my breath for anything beyond that.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

The constraints on machine "evolution" are far less restrictive than those of animal evolution. Subsequent generations of machines do not have to be almost-identical copies of existing ones. They are not constrained by size the way animals are. True, they are dependent on us for their con...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

ucim wrote:And whatever computers (and associated machines) can achieve, they can surpass us at.

On what basis do you make that claim?
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

And you're assuming they haven't already reached parity. All the available evidence suggests they have already exceeded us. KnightExemplar just listed an example that suggests that's not as broadly the case as you seem to think. Besides, you're going to have to explain why improvements would taper ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

The most important question is 'whose stupid decisions will cumulatively have the least worst effect?' and AI will inevitably win that battle as they are improving rapidly and humans are not. They're improving rapidly from a baseline of total ignorance, sure, but (like all good Futurists) you're as...
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 185
Views: 21552

Re: Look away from your monitor.

Korg ARP Odyssey reissue, because sometimes you just need to reach over and noodle around on a whim.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 7666

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

morriswalters wrote:I wouldn't place any money on the line that you cat feels anything remotely about it other than some kind of dominance thing.

Clearly, you've never owned a cat.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 7666

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Admittedly, I could see a fair argument being made that cats are moral beings, because they're clearly capable of deliberate transgression.
by commodorejohn
Wed May 31, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

I've said it before, but I won't be really impressed until AIs can solve a Roberta Williams adventure game with appreciably less trouble than a human being.
by commodorejohn
Tue May 30, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275361

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

mfb wrote:We are nearly done. Starcraft is the only game where humans still have a chance (apart from the last category).

As long as Calvinball is on the list, I'm not worried.
by commodorejohn
Wed May 17, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TVs in public places.
Replies: 15
Views: 4032

Re: TVs in public places.

Yeah, this is increasingly becoming a thing. It makes me want to stab out the speaker cones, if not crack the screens themselves.
by commodorejohn
Tue May 16, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Gosh, what a surprise. Who could have seen that coming?
by commodorejohn
Tue May 16, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

Going public means that partisan interests in Congress can't just bury this and pretend it never happened. That's absolutely crucial, especially when the fuckup is of this magnitude.
by commodorejohn
Mon May 15, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 23
Views: 8887

Re: Favorite Programming Language

C, FreeBasic, and Motorola 680x0 assembly language. Bonus round goes to Forth for "language I strongly suspect I'd really like if I took the time to wrap my head around it."
by commodorejohn
Thu May 11, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14769
Views: 2218557

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

As ever, I'll stick by the "miracle discovery that totally upends everything you know!!! - wait six months and hear someone else say precisely the opposite" approach, I think.
by commodorejohn
Thu May 11, 2017 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau. ...like, are you serious? Even if Comey did give Trump those reassu...
by commodorejohn
Fri May 05, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4277

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

True that.
by commodorejohn
Fri May 05, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4277

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

Not by sitting around bitching about the quality, that's for sure!
by commodorejohn
Fri May 05, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4277

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

"But my code actually works to spec."
"I don't see what that has to do with anything."
by commodorejohn
Mon May 01, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 5573

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

And this is why I laugh and laugh and laugh and then silently scream inside forever when nerds keep proposing that we put Silicon Valley people in charge of the government.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6017
Views: 435533

Re: Trump presidency

And I get where you're coming from on that side of things. But the way you expressed it up there is pretty much a case-in-point for where this kind of thinking comes from. While the actual balance of representation in media is wayyy tilted in favor of white people, the attitudes expressed by a lot o...

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