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Aneristic Illusions / Re: How to hack an election
« on: April 01, 2016, 01:19:32 pm »
If this isn't used extensively in the developed world, then the governments are dumber than I thought. It's a double edged sword, tho. Social media is how we almost won the scottish indyref. Geriatric old fucks who still consume traditional propaganda and are therefore immune to the internet is how we lost it. Westminster spent an absolute fortune on a print and teevee blitzkrieg.

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Aneristic Illusions / How to hack an election
« on: April 01, 2016, 11:48:37 am »
http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/

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As for Sepúlveda, his insight was to understand that voters trusted what they thought were spontaneous expressions of real people on social media more than they did experts on television and in newspapers. He knew that accounts could be faked and social media trends fabricated, all relatively cheaply. He wrote a software program, now called Social Media Predator, to manage and direct a virtual army of fake Twitter accounts. The software let him quickly change names, profile pictures, and biographies to fit any need. Eventually, he discovered, he could manipulate the public debate as easily as moving pieces on a chessboard—or, as he puts it, “When I realized that people believe what the Internet says more than reality, I discovered that I had the power to make people believe almost anything.”

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: April 01, 2016, 10:29:54 am »
Of course, the alternative bottom-up approach might get there first. According to this article that showed up on my radar today, we may have a rudimentary genomics middleware already. Need to dig a little deeper, I'm dying to see what the script looks like.

"It is literally a programming language for bacteria,” said Christopher Voigt, an MIT professor of biological engineering."

I have a sneaky suspicion it's literally nothing like a programming language and more like a shopping list but a step in the right direction regardless.

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I'm beginning to think I've completely underestimated Trump or whoever is behind him. I figured he was just another bog standard nazi fuckhead but he's managing to surgically appeal to every fuckhead position on every divisive issue facing the semi-sentient majority of the US electorate. Dumb white fuckers love him cos he says he hates the blacks, dumb black fuckers love him cos (in the same sentence) he says he hates the whites. His fans have such tunnel vision, they only hear the small percentage of his words that align with the opinions the media gave them.

Meanwhile the intelligent minority are scratching their heads and wondering what the fuck. They are meaningless in an election. It's the idiots who decide who shills for corporate for the next term.

He's not stupid - he's the perfect democracy exploit!  :eek:

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: March 30, 2016, 09:57:19 pm »
P3nt, angry transhumanist.

Not so much angry as impatient. Cybernetics is taking forever and I've pretty much trashed my ride. I realize it's my own fault for not noticing years ago that there's ways to have fun that don't carry the risk of paraplegia but that's spilled milk under the bridge now. How far out is this tech? 10 years? 20? The answer is how long I have to keep the rotting primate ticking over. It's so close I can taste it.

Lee Majors promised me this shit back in the 70's, FFS. It's been along wait!

On an unrelated note, word on the street is Moore's Law is slowing down. The Intel clock is now going tick tock tock and we're waiting on architectural and/or substrate breakthroughs for advances beyond 5 nanometers which, itself, will be later than advertised. On the plus side - there's some pretty nifty alternatives, waiting in the wings and it could be there's a jump in the order of tens of thousands, right around the corner, rather than the usual double. Have to wait and see how the science pans out.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: March 30, 2016, 06:09:50 pm »
HEY P3NT:

http://qz.com/649154/the-first-cyborg-olympics-is-coming-to-switzerland-in-october/

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Researchers at ETH Zurich, a Swiss technical university, plan to host a “cyborg Olympics” in Zurich this October

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Contestants, who will be called “pilots” instead of “athletes”—as there will be a technology team behind each participant in each event—will compete in a number of events aimed to mimic real-life events, using robotic devices controlled by their minds, or remote controls. Those with leg prosthetics will have to climb stairs and walk on stepping-stones; those with arm prosthetics will have to slice loaves of bread and open jars.

Firstly, IT BEGINS.

Secondly, the perfect event to monitor progress and development of a huge range of shit. With any luck you'll get a couple of breakthroughs out of this just by having a number of like-minded people together for a length of time.

I need cybernetics and I need it fucking now! Fucking tennis elbow has reduced my left arm to a couple of kilos of dead weight that I'm still required to carry around and feed and shit. My hips click, eyesight is fast approaching the stage where I don't know if it's day or night and I've so many permaknots in my back that I probably wouldn't even feel some bastard shoving a knife in there. You'd literally have to sit me down and explain to me I was dead.

I'll start with the limbs and then replace the full skeleton as soon as it's an option. Biology is nothing but shoddy, over complicated, bug-ridden garbage. Darwin can go fuck himself :argh!:

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Condolences, man. We're getting to that age where any conversation with someone we haven't seen for six months begins with a role call of friends who've died since we last saw each other. I used to overhear the old guys doing this in the street and it struck me as depressing. Now I look in the mirror and one of those old guys is staring back at me and it's twice as depressing.

Show me the god that decided the best place for me was a rapidly decaying monkey and I'll happily stab him in the face, til he's praying to himself for mercy.  :argh!:

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So you've gone from building the future to staring at ancient history. What a trip!

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All I see is an endless ocean of dumb. It's scarier than any conspiracy. At least with a conspiracy shit is happening for a reason. It might not be one you agree with but at least it makes sense.

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Be still my throbbing heart! And her vital statistics?

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Maybe it was the name. Not totally convinced attaching a gender prefix is helpful in this instance. "assplaining" might have worked better

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Steal my heart?
« on: March 26, 2016, 07:34:58 am »
"(Al Qaeda's two racks down)"

 :lulz:

That was awesome.

Exactly this!

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There's always an awkwardness dealing with someone's grief for me. Maybe for a lot of people. Having been a griever on occasion, I'm not sure anything anyone said would have helped but it didn't stop them trying. I don't remember anyone saying anything that made me feel worse, I mean I've hit bottom, right? Nowhere left to go from there. At least I knew those people cared, even if I didn't care if they did, right then.

You're right, tho. The constant "How you holding up?" shit gets old fast. Especially when I realize that I'd just managed to think about something else for the first time in days and now I'm right back there, with a side order of guilt cos I forgot for a second but then the triggers aren't limited to just people asking how I am. In the grand scheme of things they're a drop in the ocean.

Anyone who takes the hump cos you're -something out of character- with them at a time like this, doesn't really deserve much in the way of consideration IMO.

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That last guy who left? That fucking guy :horrormirth:

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