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  1. i dont think we have a lot to fear when it comes to AI. the 'stop button problem' in the video i posted above is goal post shifting nonsense. a key point is that we will not understand the workings of the AI "minds" we create. but human misuse of AI in the near term is far more scary to me than independently 'malicious' AI, especially as enlisted by the military-industrial complex. i believe we will have non-sentient machines that people will start treating as alive loooooong before it is close to being true, and that in itself is a pandoras box. our susceptibility to self-sabotaging social engineering is the most immediate vulnerability. in any case, we will advance in tandem with the machines. it is already the case. there are few of us left on the planet that dont already define their use, from axes to microwave ovens as integral to the human experience. we are already cybernetic extensions of the base organism. these objects arent mere accessories, but deeply woven in. it would be hard to argue, for example, that the invention of the printing press did not permanently alter human consciousness, certainly memetically, if not (to draw a long bow) perhaps biologically, through epigenetic inheritance. while it is always fun to imagine how quickly we might regress after an apocalyptic event, functionally, as units of a newly roided up social organism, after the printing press we were no longer the same ape. a smart phone is just Babbage's difference engine with more cogs, in a smaller enclosure. the difference engine doesnt think, it is a process of human thought in permanent form in much the same way that writing is, to quote The Dark Crystal, "words that stay". so it goes that no matter how alienating "AI" may become, it is ultimately an expression of human intelligence. interacting with it will make us smarter than we were before, just like reading this post :P
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    Odd food combos - how about yours?

    gahblechhh! https://media.giphy.com/media/xWZPwTAh2wJfG/giphy.gif do you mean ground beef (mince) as in steak tartare or the most expensive styrofoam backed clump of bovine lips and arseholes at woolies?
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    Odd food combos - how about yours?

    ive never bought a jar of peanut butter in my life. i dont eat it unless you count the stuff you pulverise yourself from only peanuts. even then, that stuff is evil. its too easy to eat a days worth of kjs in 5 min. i would rather gorge myself on a 1L tub of ice cream. i will feel just as bad but enjoy it a lot more. yes! 100%
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    Odd food combos - how about yours?

    is that something you can buy, or do you dip them into liquid chocolate like a fondue bowl? :) btw, the connoisseur brand mango+w.chocolate single serve icecream is unbelievable
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    Odd food combos - how about yours?

    i love me some weird food combinations. i am always experimenting. problem is, i tend to forget them. i should write them down. might make some bacon chocolate soon. nothing wrong with that! we get hung up on associations sometimes. the flavour profile of cocoa is bitter and umami, and not sweet, after all. chocolate in a chili dish works, as does chili in chocolate. vegemite + honey and vegemite + peanut butter make sense to me. salt plus sweetness can bring out more sweetness. salt plus fat/oil cuts down greasiness — its why you need some in a salad dressing. i like vegemite with cold potato slices on a sandwich, which isnt super weird but freaks some people out.
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    how crap is this government ?

    heres the thing, i agree with him that it is, on balance, meh. but probably for very different reasons. first of all, i think the middling graveness of this issue is vastly disproportionate to what is deserving of the centre stage of public discourse and the PM's attention. where are we with indigenous affairs, in particular those that effect infants every day? now theres an ongoing tragedy effecting a whole racial group, with attendant mortality rates writ large. after the triumph of securing gay marriage rights i think we can look further afield for worthy causes than a small faith-afflicted minority of the LGBTQI minority, ie. a disparate gaggle of predominantly fairly well educated and well-nourished middle-class white people under some degree of psychological duress. second of all, institutionalised cults of all kinds tend to warp young minds of all kinds and cause lifelong psychological damage. its what they do best! there are even notable examples in our midst on this forum. so yeah, lets go ahead and focus on a tiny subset of the damage they wreak. lets waste precious time, money and effort talking about convincing some leopards to change their spots. lets all join hands and pray the praying the gay away away. where is the petition to revoke the tax exempt status of churches and religious schools? i will get behind that. where is the petition to outlaw circumcision (currently part of a national debate in Iceland)? these are things that are actually materially enforceable and capable of directly eroding the capacity of religious institutions to do harm. legislation/regulation to "prevent" ‘gay conversion’ being practised in formal or therapeutic settings — as a topic worthy of the highest levels of public debate? *sigh* i will leave you with this, from the first paragraph of the very change.org petition that fomented this unwelcome diversion into irrelevancy. "An investigation in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald revealed gay conversion therapy has not disappeared in Australia, but has simply gone more underground. " hmm. simply gone more underground. hmm. hmm...
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    AussieBroadband - Not for the People!

    so i read through that thread TL;DR - ISP rep, Phill Brett has reviewed your call recording and is confident that "Aussie delivered what was committed to on the call" — which may mean you were not technically/legally misled, if not also 'ethically' misled. - you have openly acknowledged that your recollection of the exchange may be inaccurate and have committed to "making a song-and-dance about apologizing" should you be in the wrong, because "It's only the right thing to do". - Phill Brett is willing to provide you with the call recording, but has "never received the request to have the recording provided" - your last word on this, for over a week now, is: "[Phil] offers no explanation as to why he didn't receive the request. Mail server issues? Not my fault." - really? O_o whether or not you were 'ethically' misled comes down to the exact words spoken. eg. customer: "Is there a free modem promotion in August" (customer is remiss in thinking this equates to expressly asking for a commitment or assurance and perhaps for assuming that one can necessarily be given) sales rep: "No" (sales rep, although perhaps speaking truthfully at the time, is remiss for not anticipating that the customer might believe they are seeking a commitment or assurance, hence this answer is carelessly ambiguous) so, what exactly was said? ...awaiting your due diligence MS...
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    im curious what the voltage output is. the input voltage ranges for each laptop differ from 17.6-21V lowest min/highest max. so i wonder if each connector drops the EnerGBar's voltage different amounts or it is just within all ranges, eg. 19V.
  9. whats wrong with Java? ive always thought of the JVM as an insecure resource hog (like a less obnoxious flash), so ive always kinda hated it, but not for any good reason.
  10. well thats one of the great benefits of C++ in my view. its closer to the metal than most languages on the rise today. you get a basic foundation in C as a bonus. C++ is almost C if you leave out the fancy libraries, get a good handle on pointers, and worry a lot more about memory management and low level I/O. it will be a long time yet until the world stops relying on libraries written in C. arduino sketches are basically C with some things made a bit easier for you and an IDE that is ready to go.
  11. i was hella confused by OO (in C++) at first. years later, after picking up C++ again and having no problem with it i took a look back at the text book i had been relying on the first time around, and *sheesh* it was no wonder. there is so much quality learning material out there now in general. but i have always felt that some approaches to introducing OO are really bizarre. its hard to appreciate the point of it until you are doing enough things procedurally. before that, it just seems like a whole lot of bloated overhead to solve a problem you dont need solved. but then again my knowledge of OO is mostly confined to C++ whose OO abilities many proper programmers shit on. OO seems like something you maybe wouldnt cover in a first year?
  12. gah! fricken basic i havent touched basic since the C64. i know vb.net probably bears little resemblance to it, but i cant help feeling basic is the cobol of the eighties. ie. already dying, but bound to hang around like a bad stink for a few more decades.
  13. some could handle it for sure, but it all depends on the desired 'learning outcomes', right? designing and implementing a course — that seems like a big ask for (unpaid?) practicum. do they do electives in Yr 7, or might the class include students definitely not destined for coding? probably the language matters less than cultivating analytical problem solving skills — top-down, bottom-up, flow charts etc. so maybe even something visual (eg. Pure Data), just so long as you can continual provide them with that feeling of reward that comes from creating something that solves something. i only know a few languages, and not really well. have a soft spot for Python though because it can be very powerful in a handful of lines, its made to be very clean and readable, low on finicky syntactical bullshit, has lots of string manipulation tools and includes OO.
  14. well, i guess every baby is a potential Oedipus :)
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    What's on your mind?

    that was my best guess, given credence by the paragraph that immediately followed: "A kind of common nonthermal plasma is the mercury-vapor gas within a fluorescent lamp, where the "electron gas" reaches a temperature of 20,000 kelvins while the rest of the gas, ions and neutral atoms, stays barely above room temperature, so the bulb can even be touched with hands while operating". point is, for me personally it was merely an educated guess that would require additional (potentially labyrinthine) reading to confirm, when it could easily be far more plain. i am not saying maths and science entries should ever sacrifice concision to cater to laypersons, but they are often unnecessarily abstruse at times when the two arent mutually exclusive.
  16. reductio ad absurdum. i disagree that we can necessarily see the presence of any and all 'thoughts and feelings', nor that they — however they are definited — are necessarily the final measure of the presence intrinsic human life. from my post here: "i have never bought into the arguments that claim to prove the foetus isnt a real human before a certain stage. i put these in the same category as 'insects dont feel pain' or 'certain animals dont have emotions' or similar areas in which science that is FAR from conclusive is often misused to add credence to what are, in truth, convenient assumptions. "look, its only a blob, it doesnt even look like a person yet, it cant possibly have feelings, nor a scrap of the intrinsic worth we ordinarily ascribe to slightly older humans". BULLSHIT! in other words, i am comfortable erring on the side of abortion at any stage after fertilisation being an act of murder. certainly, the notion of abortion as a form of retroactive contraception is utterly repugnant to me. however, i also believe that there are circumstances in which it is morally justified to kill a fledgling human life." when i say 'murder' i am not invoking the legal definition. that would be justifiable homicide.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    the illusion of a living breathing autonomous world is what i care about the most. there isnt nearly enough of this! the baseball park town (Diamond City) in Fallout 4 had some brief moments of glory that elevated the game to another level. but theres always a honeymoon period before all further interactions begin to chip away at the illusion. the rabbit warren of streets, full of spectacle and possibility at first, soon have their underlying smallness laid bare. those dark alleys, go nowhere really. the range of encounters you can have with characters descends into a tired set of categories and cliches. open world games tend to present you with a hundred different colours of icecream when theres only really a handful of flavours. this is unavoidable, of course. its a huge amount of work. but little things can count for so much when it comes to keeping the magic curtain hidden. for instance, theres times when you return to Diamond City to find that specific news of your mis/deeds has changed the incidental dialogue spouted by passers by. i find this sort of thing is a huge boost of mileage when my suspension of disbelief is running on empty. games are getting so much better at presenting a wealth of fine touches. the kiss of death, though, is hearing the same sound bites from the same people over and over again. laziness with canned dialogue is something that has always bothered me. more, more, more variation please! youve already got the actors in the booth, the resource requirements are small in terms of data and processing (playing compressed audio). theres maybe the odd animation requirement too, but even a random round robin of recycled gestures + lazy automatic lip syncing would go a looooong way. in terms of expansiveness this Cyberpunk game looks next level. those city streets, woah! sure, its a carefully curated piece of gameplay, but across 48 minutes... seems legit.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    what a sales pitch! holy fucking shit. and heres the reaction of every other developer/publisher:
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    What's on your mind?

    "cold plasma" huh? i dont know what that is. i wonder what that is...i think i will check out wiki: "A nonthermal plasma, cold plasma or non-equilibrium plasma is a plasma which is not in thermodynamic equilibrium, because the electron temperature is much hotter than the temperature of heavy species (ions and neutrals). As only electrons are thermalized, their Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution is very different than the ion velocity distribution.[1] When one of the velocities of a species does not follow a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, the plasma is said to be non-Maxwellian. " yeah...perfectly clear now...thanks wiki! perfect example of a special kind of frustration .
  20. change youre mind? something tells me it would be easier to invent a time machine to go back and have you aborted. no, i think the horse has bolted in that regard. but i do like to think that one day an anti-abortionist gene will be identified that could be screened for in the womb, and then a referendum passed requiring the humane disposal of all afflicted foetuses.
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    I quit Facebook

    hmm, but sometimes the same thing can be said of social media posts as some tattoos. "...it seemed like a good idea at the time"
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    I quit Facebook

    although i think of the likes of Alex Jones as a noxious fool, his recent deplatforming from Youtube etc is the wrong answer. to paraphrase Jimmy Dore, appearing on the JRE podcast recently, the best remedy for bad speech is more speech. alternatively, Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence. — Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 – 1941) American Supreme Court Justice so i have always been partial to a laissez-faire approach to the policing of public discussion. i would much prefer it if there was more conscious push back against the tendency towards censorship that is creeping into the mainstream. the power held by the companies with dominion over most of the communication channels we think of as public infrastructure is a dangerous thing. having said that, the last thing i would want is to actively seek out a niche that is a catch all for the "controversial opinions" of people so linguistically challenged they need a banner to unite under. or, to cite an even more concise quote: @NZT48, "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas"
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    how crap is this government ?

    remember that time when Braveheart was getting his guts slowly ripped out by the court's executioner? the english king had finally destroyed him. he had lost. but it wasnt quite over yet, was it? in the closing moments of the film, the king, so smug in victory but now ailing on his deathbed, learns the news ... that his daughter, the last hope for the continuance of his line, his glorious pure-blooded royal legacy...is carrying William Wallace's bastard scottish baby haha, well played Malcolm!
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    how crap is this government ?

    Anthony Albanese‏ on Twitter — @AlboMP : Liberals eliminate their most popular candidate @JulieBishopMP first #genius
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    how crap is this government ?

    imagining the expression on Lord Voldespud's stupid face right at the moment of realisation tickles me.
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