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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Game (& reviews) industry's silent scandal on: Today at 11:43:31 AM
As an insider for some games, I can tell you that the entire feminist crap is just that - crap.

I've worked on games with far, far worse themes than most people would imagine. Slavery. Torture. Really, really sick stuff.

But the underlying themes have nothing to do with any of the nonsense some people complain about. I get to see the entire theme and story -- everything.

But... meh... whatever.

The SJWs need to STFU.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: Today at 11:07:05 AM
I listen to this and watch it regularly.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib0PBZavpuQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib0PBZavpuQ</a>

Lyrics are from Saul Williams.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: Today at 11:05:40 AM
A long solo by Zakk Wylde:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S018IwrFd_4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S018IwrFd_4</a>

Guitar solos are total circle jerks for guitarists (the real work horses - gotta let them shine a bit, eh?), but they're damn cool! Cool  Thmbsup

Zakk is damn good too!  Thmbsup

He works in a truckload there. You can hear a lot. Jimi and Randy included.

And that's a damn fine beard!  Thmbsup

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: Today at 10:47:39 AM
HA! More danger! But only to the police state. Wink

Activist apps! Cool

I saw this a while back, but didn't want to post it because it would most likely get sent to the Basement. However, there's a new interview out with the app creator that justifies it being sent upstairs here. But... again... in its own thread might be a bit too much. So, thanks 40! You've given me the opportunity to actually get this out into the daylight! tongue

Sidekik - An app to get you a lawyer on your mobile phone immediately if you are confronted by costumed thugs with guns that think they're better than you.

Here's an interview with the creator:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVoMx_4Nl0A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVoMx_4Nl0A</a>

http://sidekik.co/

It's currently being crowd funded.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: Today at 09:56:38 AM
Hehehe - Just saw this. Like danger? This idea is very dangerous for statists:

http://www.bitnation.co

Now, as far as how much faith I have in that right now... well... we'll see (not a lot). But the idea itself is a nova bomb on the state.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: Today at 09:03:20 AM
Look how many "good" ideas turned out to be "not very" once we uncovered the hidden agendas behind them and suddenly realized just how ugly and batshit crazy their chief proponents really are. (ref: The Patriot Act, FISA, Libertarianism, etc.)

You remind me of this:


smiley

My feeling is that one good thing about publicly discussing "dangerous" ideas is it gets them out in the open where you can often see the clear difference between "bad dangerous" and "good dangerous."

It all depends on who you ask. Case in point above. Wink (But just to be clear, I'm anti-state.)

Very, very few ideas are universally dangerous.

But even then, a lot of people consider universally dangerous ideas "good", like the state. tongue Cool

Risk always needs to be assessed against the potential benefit(s) to be gained. Almost everything worth having comes at a price. The question is how much risk and how high a price you're willing to pay to attempt to gain something. That's where common sense, economic reality, and ethics come in. And those are much harder criteria to apply in a rational manner.

Most days I wonder if rationality matters in the least.

I have never seen a decent critique of Immanuel Kant. They all run off to "damed if you do, damned if you don't" situations. Yeah? So? You're damned. Big deal. But Kant has probably the single best theory out there. Here's a very quick summary:

http://people.wku.edu/jan.garrett/ethics/kant.htm

Yet if we were to act ethically rationally, we would all be Kantian in our actions. This isn't the case. Rationality is rare.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: web automation on: Today at 08:43:44 AM
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

I've done a lot of web automation in the past using Visual Studio. I don't know if that's an option for you. There are a few tricks that you need to know to get things smooth, but it does work.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: Today at 03:51:41 AM
If you figure out something interesting and non-trivial to use The Brain for, be sure to let me know?

It's useful for pretty much any set of complex, related information.

Richard Grove uses it extensively at Tragedy and Hope. Here's a cued up bit with it onscreen. You'll likely want to pause:

http://youtu.be/pwwYuW2tzUo?t=3m50s

I've seen him use much more complex mappings. I just grabbed that at random.

Richard is really big on the Trivium method of education, and uses the tool in that.

From the link above:

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The HISTORY BLUEPRINT is a tool for auto-didactic learning, allowing anyone to begin developing a comprehensive understanding of where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going as Humanity.

So, it's excellent for history. You can map events, organisations, people, places, ideas, URLs, or pretty much anything you can imagine. You can then get that feel for the relationships there in a more visual and interactive way.

But the same goes for tracking news topics or other kinds of events, e.g. a political campaign, sporting events, etc.

Also, for academic purposes, it's ideal for doing research as you can pin down those connections and relations nice and visually.

It would also work very well for personal research and discovery. You can continually add nodes, so it would work very well for planning.

I suppose that you could use it to design arguments/syllogisms as well.

But, I'm not sure any of that is non-trivial.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SIGIL, free ePub editor on: Today at 01:21:31 AM

That's too bad. Sigil was really good.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: September 01, 2014, 08:05:43 PM
Wow. That's a lot of tools in there.

There's one mind mapping tool that I've seen used that looks pretty good:

http://www.thebrain.com

It's cross platform, and would make a good addition there.

I found out about it here:

https://www.tragedyandhope.com/the-brain/

Richard uses it in a lot of his videos.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 01, 2014, 10:03:05 AM
^The degree of "tameness" (is that an actual word?)

It actually is. smiley


Not for everybody. But since I'm most comfortable, and at my mind seems to function at its best whenever I'm outside my 'comfort' zone, I think FODI has a role in the world of ideas.

Heck yeah!

I probably should have qualified myself above. **I** didn't find too many things "dangerous". But quite a few of the topics would certainly piss off a lot of people. e.g. The topics addressing free speech are extremely dangerous to a lot of people. As an example of that, the UN is currently trying to coax Japan into creating "hate speech" laws. Speech is inherently dangerous because some people are just... uh... Let me just *not* devolve into a blithering rant. Wink Grin

I would like to see things like FODI gain greater publicity with a broader range of dangerous ideas. It's good to shock people that have gotten comfortable.

And it's ok to reject ideas too. Without becoming violent. People forget that sometimes.

I'm dying to blurt out some things... sigh... nope. Sometimes it pays to be quiet. smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beyond The Basement on: September 01, 2014, 09:38:01 AM
Think the Basement can get a little over the top at times?

Over the top? I think we mostly keep it bottled up downstairs. Wink

For the festival, browsing through some, they all seem fairly tame.

 

But it would be nice to seem some more dangerous ideas pop up. The question remains though, who is it dangerous for?

Nice find. smiley
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 31, 2014, 11:37:23 AM


14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 31, 2014, 09:09:00 AM
Pessimistic? More like 'lacking in hubris' I think.  tongue

Hahaha! That's a good one!  Thmbsup
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 31, 2014, 08:06:52 AM
There's nothing especially new about it per se, except that it has been reported on by the BBC - infamous for promulgating their religio-political bias and for pushing pseudo-science (e.g., Rotherham, 28Gate, etc.). I suspect they produced the programme by mistake - it probably missed going through their usual internal censorship gate.

Hahah! Grin

Yep. Probably.

My favourite BBC gaffe is them reporting WTC 7 collapsing well before it did with WTC 7 still standing in the background.

But, Russia and China have "state run media" and we over here in freedom-land have "public television". Let's all repeat that now...
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 31, 2014, 08:02:19 AM
There are many critics of Malthus out there, and he's been pretty much laid to rest.

Not really.  smiley

And then there are those that still adhere to Malthus. Wink

There are new methods of agriculture that are 10x to 100x more productive per acre than modern conventional agriculture. And they are unencumbered by patents. smiley

Most human population predictions that I've seen predict a peak of 9 to 10 billion this century. Here's one resource:

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

And a quick snippet:

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The annual growth rate is currently declining and is projected to continue to decline in the coming years. Currently, it is estimated that it will become less than 1% by 2020 and less than 0.5% by 2050.

GRAPH OMITTED

This means that world population will continue to grow in the 21st century, but at a slower rate compared to the recent past. World population has doubled (100% increase) in 40 years from 1959 (3 billion) to 1999 (6 billion). It is now estimated that it will take a further 43 years to increase by another 50%, to become 9 billion by 2042.

The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will nearly stabilize at just above 10 billion persons after 2062.

Not very geometric.

Systems tend towards some kind of equilibrium. For AIs, robots, and human (un)employment, we'll likely see the same kind of thing.

Systems also tend towards extinction - extinction being the ultimate state of equilibrium. Cool

The eternal pessimist! smiley

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Youtube stepping up video size again? on: August 31, 2014, 07:51:00 AM
I assume you mean 1280x720?

I ask this because...well...as long as it is 16:9 (1.78:1)...you can view in 720p at well...any resolution that is 16:9...Right now, I have a small youtube window open...on my phone...running at 1080p...yes it is full screen...but seeing as that screen is tiny...it is...well...tiny?

720p = 720 horizontal scan lines (Not a depiction of actual size as such)

Yes. I meant what I said literally. It is playing at 480p resolution (bandwidth) in a 720p sized frame. Yeah. Go figger. I was like "WTF?!?" too.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: August 31, 2014, 07:44:23 AM
It covers from his beginning up until the mid-80's, after he beat his addictions.

What's even more surprising is AC since then. Along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Brian Welch of Korn, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, and Dan Spitz of Anthrax, and Blackie Lawless of WASP, they have all converted to Christianity. THAT bit in a documentary I would like to see.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Searching for 'Love' on YouTube on: August 30, 2014, 09:18:49 PM
+1 for using "-" to limit searches. And yes... the lists can get long sometimes.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 09:09:32 PM
Malthus also thought that food production was arithmetic. He didn't see the tractor or combine coming. He also ignored the possibility that population growth could be affected by other factors. There are many critics of Malthus out there, and he's been pretty much laid to rest.

Systems tend towards some kind of equilibrium. For AIs, robots, and human (un)employment, we'll likely see the same kind of thing.

The interesting part will be in how the system gets disrupted, similar to how tractors and combines disrupted agriculture.

Anyone that gives any serious thought to a solution to this problem, will ultimately come up with something that would be considered Utopian. There really isn't a way around that. Anything that would get around that wouldn't really be a solution, would it?

And if a Utopian solution really is the only viable solution, then we have a ton of work ahead of us before we could even begin to seriously entertain the thought of actually solving the problem.

I certainly hope there's no Utopian solution. They never work and often make everything much, much worse.

But, the current system we have now isn't going to work. It will collapse. Preventing a collapse is probably out of the question at this point though. The rot and corruption at the top preclude any kind of cure. e.g. Government spending that requires taxation at or above current levels will collapse as debts come due. Merely servicing debts now is onerous, as Argentina keeps proving time and time again with the same solutions to the same problems that didn't work before, aren't working now, and won't work tomorrow.

I'm betting that black markets will become more and more popular. ("Black market" is such a horrible term. It's only a market that excludes government intervention.)
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 10:52:56 AM
We will eventually have to rethink this idea that everyone needs to "earn a living" to obtain the money needed to acquire the basic necessities of life,

That's never going to go away. Unless the world goes full commie. Which has never worked out. Unless anyone considers mass murder as a wonderful outcome. "Useless eaters" and all that.


We will eventually have to rethink this idea that everyone needs to "earn a living" to obtain the money needed to acquire the basic necessities of life, or face the violent consequences, as more people end up jobless, homeless, and penniless, with too much time on their hands to think of nothing but destructive revolution, terrorism, etc. as the only viable solution to their problems. We will either have to rethink it or prepare to put most of the world's population in prisons. And if we are not careful with this, how we decide to proceed, it could lead to our downfall as a species, causing our own extinction, leaving behind an army of bots that serve nobody and no real purpose, like pets waiting for their masters that will never return home.

Given the general disregard for consequences that we see in "modern science" now, it could get pretty grim.

I do wonder how bloody it will get. Given the control structures in place now, my guess is people will be drowning in blood.

Then again, who knows? I've not really thought about this too much. It's an interesting question.

22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / /r/ShittyProgramming on: August 30, 2014, 09:12:02 AM
http://www.reddit.com/r/ShittyProgramming

I think a few people here will get a few laughs. smiley

e.g. http://www.reddit.com/r/s...ev14v/18_arguments_later/

Quote
Formatted for C with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. void part3( __global struct triangle *triangles,__global uint *tri_num, __global float4 *c_pos, __global float4 *c_rot, __global uint* depth_buffer, __read_only image2d_t id_buffer,
  2.       __read_only image3d_t array, __write_only image2d_t screen, __global uint *nums, __global uint *sizes, __global struct obj_g_descriptor* gobj, __global uint * gnum,
  3.       __global uint *lnum, __global struct light *lights, __global uint* light_depth_buffer, __global uint * to_clear, __global uint* fragment_id_buffer, __global float4* cutdown_tris)
I'd like to thank firstly myself for being an amazing programmer, and secondly OpenCL for being literally hitler


More good stuff there as well. smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Get ready to be unemployed - "Humans Need Not Apply" - CGP Grey on: August 30, 2014, 03:07:52 AM
I suppose this is no surprise to anyone, but CGP Grey has another short film that some may find entertaining:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU</a>

Kiss your job good-bye?

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hack Your VCR! on: August 29, 2014, 10:15:42 PM
I just got back from the hospital. Over 200 stitches & I'm now typing with 1 finger.

DO NOT FORGET THE MARSHMALLOWS!
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 29, 2014, 08:12:16 PM
A surprising programme from BBC Radio 4: Everything We Know Is Wrong (click on link to download/hear the programme)
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Written notes:
Every day the newspapers carry stories of new scientific findings. There are 15 million scientists worldwide all trying to get their research published. But a disturbing fact appears if you look closely: as time goes by, many scientific findings seem to become less true than we thought. It's called the "decline effect" - and some findings even dwindle away to zero.

A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called "Why most published research findings are false" argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited.

Again and again, researchers are finding the same things, whether it's with observational studies, or even the "gold standard" Randomised Controlled Studies, whether it's medicine or economics. Nobody bothers to try to replicate most studies, and when they do try, the majority of findings don't stack up. The awkward truth is that, taken as a whole, the scientific literature is full of falsehoods.

Jolyon Jenkins reports on the factors that lie behind this. How researchers who are obliged for career reasons to produce studies that have "impact"; of small teams who produce headline-grabbing studies that are too statistically underpowered to produce meaningful results; of the way that scientists are under pressure to spin their findings and pretend that things they discovered by chance are what they were looking for in the first place. It's not exactly fraud, but it's not completely honest either. And he reports on new initiatives to go through the literature systematically trying to reproduce published findings, and of the bitter and personalised battles that can occur as a result.

Producer/Presenter: Jolyon Jenkins.



Interesting. I suppose that it sort of explains why medical advice changes every few years. Yesterday X was great, and today X is bad.
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