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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: 7007

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: 7007

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: 1742
Views: 250254

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: 1742
Views: 250254

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: 3638

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: 4641
Views: 341229

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: 4641
Views: 341229

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: 7497

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: 14462
Views: 2108197

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: 4641
Views: 341229

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: 3947

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: 3947

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: 3947

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: 5173

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: 4641
Views: 341229

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...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 341229

Re: Trump presidency

You don't think people just dismissing the entire idea that white people might have unique and interesting cultural experiences of their own out-of-hand might, at the very least, kinda play into and feed those biases?
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 341229

Re: Trump presidency

Zohar wrote:let's move on and talk about more interesting people.

Gee, I wonder how this notion that white people are being discounted in the cross-cultural discussion out of hand got any traction...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 26030

Re: Breaking Up the United States

I don't think it would be unheard of for certain sections of the country to go full Fundamentalist Christian Theocracy, for instance. No, that wouldn't happen. Barring an actual successful insurrection by a religious organization, any government with its own bureacracy and power structures already ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 7007

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

Because people get mad when I urinate in public.
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Postmodern Retro
Replies: 12
Views: 3255

Re: Postmodern Retro

doogly wrote:i'm reading it like a retrofuturism maybe?

That was my initial assumption upon seeing the title, until I read the word salad OP.

"Cosmic Grunt" would also be a good name for a band, or perhaps a thirty-minute freeform jazz odyssey.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14462
Views: 2108197

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

I love how every time advertising agencies try to be all "hip" and use random new-fangled Internet thing X , they always make the exact same mistakes over and over. Frankly, they're lucky that making their ad rely on a user-editable source of information only resulted in viewers getting an...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 26030

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Well there's something I never thought I'd read on this forum.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 341229

Re: Trump presidency

Is there really anyone who thought: yes, that Trump guy is exactly the type to resist the lure of bombing? Surely you jest, but yes. This has been the first major departure with Trump's "America First" message, and the majority of the Trump supporters I have talked to are shocked that he ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 90
Views: 17007

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But computers can do that; it's simple to write a program that defines its own goals. I can write a program that defines a goal as a random number; I can then have this program try to do a lot of different things to try and reach this random number. I can even have this program remember which metho...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 90
Views: 17007

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't know how you can get much more vague than that, though? Like, we agree that a brain is a thing in a human skull that lets us think, right? We don't need to have a full understanding of the brain to say that. Similarly, I don't think we need a full understanding of the brain to recognize tha...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 90
Views: 17007

AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Isn't that effectively what the brain is ? -- an extremely complex, extremely interdependent tool that regulates internal functions while performing pattern-matching operations? That's part of what the brain is, certainly. Maybe it's all of what the brain is. Problem is, we don't have a full enough...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3650
Views: 441666

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is "thinking" really any different? I posit that it is just a more involved version of the same thing. The more different things you apply pattern matching to, and the more different algorithms you try out (and winnow), the more what you're doing looks like thinking. I see no boundary. Th...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3650
Views: 441666

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What about neural nets that can produce music, or dynamically synthesize voices well enough to fool the human ear? Well, first off, we don't really have those. Algorithmic music comes in two flavors, too-abstract and too-formulaic, and neither would be mistaken for the genuine article (or at least ...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134456

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

CorruptUser wrote:A half a billion pounds for a design? I know Britain was dumb enough to spend half a million for the godawful 2012 Olympics logo that looks like Lisa Simpson going down on her headless brother, but wow, what's in the water over there?

And that's not even getting started on Britart...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3650
Views: 441666

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The reason people keep saying "AI IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!" is because each time we reach that corner, we move the goal-post to the next corner. Only we've never actually reached that goalpost. We've created systems that can automate a lot of the boring grind, and that's great - but we'...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3650
Views: 441666

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'll believe that when I see it, and not before. Nobody has ever yet (to my knowledge) created a system that did more than automate the grunt work of science and engineering, and I've yet to see any compelling reason to believe that that will change any time soon. People have insisted that the chang...
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3650
Views: 441666

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Liri wrote:It's going to be a difficult road until/if traditional jobs become obsolete and unnecessary. [sing-song]This is why we need a robust safety net/welfare state.[/sing-song]

[sing-song]This is why we need a Butlerian jihad...[/sing-song]
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 16484

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

commodorejohn alleges that he was unemployed for 14 months and then further penalized by the ACA's individual mandate. However, the ACA was supposed to have given him a tax-credit to assist him in paying for insurance. Unfortunately I don't recall all the details as this was ~2-3 years ago (fortuna...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 16484

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The graciousness of my relatives was the only reason I wasn't out of house and home.
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 16484

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

As for the ACA fines, there either has to be a driving force to get healthy people to get insurance, or we move to single-payer. As someone who spent a total of about 14 months unemployed a few years back, scraping by on unemployment checks and goodwill from relatives while looking for work, then g...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 16484

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You have to admire Paul Ryan here. It's quite an achievement to spend seven years talking about doing something without ever coming up for a plan to do it, scramble at the last minute to get something together, manage to craft a bill that alienates half of the Republican party by slashing too much o...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 2952

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

I dunno, but according to Kepler, the relative volumes of the five Platonic food groups are such that they can fit inside one another.
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14462
Views: 2108197

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

Couldn't we just finally accept that no 2D rectangle will ever map to a spherical surface without bizarre distortions and, y'know, use a globe instead? I mean, what, we're supposed to be impressed that you switched from one wrong map to another wrong map?
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14462
Views: 2108197

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

Just think of the achievements you could unlock!
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14462
Views: 2108197

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

I didn't know there was such a thing, but now all I can picture is the inevitable awkward moment where you invite someone over and their phone auto-discovers it.

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