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Messages - Prelate Diogenes Shandor

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Check it out. I found a search engine called SymbolHound that will actually takes punctuation into account in your searches. This could be very useful for searching technical topics where punctuation actually matters, or searching for quatations that include |337 speech.

Compare:

A search on Google

The same search on SymbolHound

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Or Kill Me / Re: ¿Por qué?
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:03:08 pm »
i believe the outcome of a bicycle-pedestrian collision is preferrable to a bicycle-automobile collision.

THANK YOU!

How is this not obvious to everyone else as well?

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This sounds like it will be a very useful tool until its inevitable corruption.

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Apple Talk / Re: PETA is a little late to the game.
« on: November 17, 2011, 05:55:14 am »
Peta is just a media whore which doesn't get enough attention, so they have to come up with some way to make people look at them.

If I was World Empress I would have every member of Peta flogged to death.

I'd prefer to have them fed to lions, for the irony.

Or maybe have them made into some kind of a meat product.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: Add your eccentric food habits/tips/quirks here!
« on: November 15, 2011, 10:54:17 pm »
Its the logical inverse of those cheese covered breadsticks with a side of marinara sauce that you can get at some restaurants.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: Add your eccentric food habits/tips/quirks here!
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:13:45 am »
My Aunt makes pizzas with no toppings, sauce, or cheese, just salt and pepper.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: November 12, 2011, 01:33:22 am »
Just finished reading Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. (I'd read parts of them before, but I'd never read them straight through from cover to cover)

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Discordian Recipes / Re: Add your eccentric food habits/tips/quirks here!
« on: November 04, 2011, 07:04:15 pm »




Does anybody else think that the graffiti on that sign looks like it says "noot welcome" (because of the way its split up) rather than "not welcome"?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:24:25 am »
Chess: MSPA Edition and about a dozen other MS Paint Fan Adventures.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:20:56 am »
A story following the life of a member of a boy band in the distant dystopian future. The protagonist is, as I said, a member of a boy band and is among the latest in one of a handful of lines of  genetic clones created by the RIAA specifically for the purpose of staffing boy bands. In fact, the lead singer of a different boy band is part of the same line and physically and genetically identical to him; this fact does not prevent fans of both bands from debating on which of them is hotter.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 13, 2011, 02:57:13 am »

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Mind Reading Machine
« on: October 06, 2011, 09:26:41 pm »
Isn't this super-old? The Japanese are working on one that'll let you see video of people's dreams, or something.

Ya.  they have demonstrated the ability to image, directly from the brain, with enough sensitivity that letters can be discerned from the output.  seeing dreams is a ways off, but it's impressive that they can get this from, iirc, EEGs....

the way this one images by mashing together screens from millions of youtubes to match their scans is interesting, but...... odd.

They can also use it to tell if you are a paedophile (maybe):
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/10/05/can-brain-scans-detect-pedophiles/
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A new study suggests that watching brain activity when subjects are shown images of naked children can identify which are pedophiles. But what does this really mean in practical terms?

Ohh.... that's kinda creepy.
I think they are overly optimistic...
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Realistically, we can’t judge people on their biological red flags—whether it’s brain scans or genetics—without entering a Minority Report-style future. That’s because being attracted to children isn’t a crime. Acting on it is.
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 it’s unlikely that you’ll be seeing regular scanning for pedophilic tendencies anytime soon.
people don't make decisions based on rationality when it comes to hotbuttons like this....
I think a large percentage of the population would see this headline, and then, even after reading the significant caveats, think "pedos have this brainscan :. this brainscan indicates a pedo.  let's organize the hunt immediately!"

also, not mentioned in the article, i am curious whether the "self described pedos" are in incarceration because they have admitted to committing pedophilia, or whether they are defining it as someone who simply feels a sexual attraction to children...

This kind of thing is why technologies like this shouldn't be allowed in the hands of soverign governing bodies. It leads to the potential for enforcable ThoughtCrime laws.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Mind Reading Machine
« on: October 06, 2011, 09:23:03 pm »
This must never be allowed to fall into the hands of the government!

Which government? There's about 200 of them, yeah?

ANY government!

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Not making up:

Westboro announces protest of Steve Jobs funeral--with an iPhone


If Westboro Baptist is protesting him then I retract the bad things I said about him. I hate them a lot more than I hate Apple.

I may even reconsider my position on Apple if their products are ever proven as effective at "teaching sin" as Westboro claims.

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