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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, Part VI: Welcome to Our PD Party
« on: Yesterday at 02:42:50 pm »
Hello, new guy! :wave:

I'll admit I still have yet to finish the damn thing as I am easily distracted

Eh, it didn't age very well; there's a lot of fluff.  If you want to skip, here's some of the better bits:

A Zen Story: pg. 12.
A Sermon on Ethics and Love: pg. 46.
The Sacred Chao: pg 56-57.


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Literate Chaotic / Dying disgracefully
« on: Yesterday at 05:06:36 am »
If you're about to die anyway, might as well rig a catapult with a dead-man's switch, and climb into the bucket.

Think of it as a timely, brief, and fully-automated funeral service.



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Literate Chaotic / False dilemma
« on: Yesterday at 04:34:08 am »
If you had a choice:

Would you rather be the stupidest person in a room full of smart people, often embarrassed, always afraid of making mistakes, struggling just to keep up, rarely fitting in
sometimes learning something

Or would you rather be the smartest person in a room full of stupid people, often annoyed, always contemptuous, struggling to make yourself understood, rarely able to make a connection
but still number one?

By the way, you don't get to know which kind of room you're in.
You have to guess.

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Apple Talk / Re: 2020 got RBG
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:48:57 am »
Bloody hell.

The presidential election is still 45 days away.

I assume the Thurmond "Rule" will be ignored.  The average number of days from nomination to final confirmation by the senate is 70 days, but the minimum was 19 days. ( https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44234.pdf )

Barring a republican revolt, Trump's pick will be confirmed before the election results come in.

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Bring and Brag / Re: #TheGame23 Mod 42.7
« on: September 18, 2020, 05:07:53 am »
Ok, Supreme Pope, I will never commit this horrible sin here again, a thousand apologies for such a horrible failure on my part.
But is your repentance genuine?

In your own words, what is this "horrible sin" you believe you have committed?

How would you do things differently next time?

Be polite.  He's the pope.

I get that this is bring-and-brag, and I'm supposed to be quietly appreciative?  But I get twitchy when people start suggesting things like "consciousness creates reality."

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Principia Discussion / Re: Hi
« on: September 17, 2020, 11:08:37 pm »
Hi
Alas, the promise of carnage is but seldom realized.  I fear this thread will fade into obscurity.

um...DRUGS?

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Bring and Brag / Re: #TheGame23 Mod 42.6
« on: September 17, 2020, 11:01:28 pm »
Ok, Supreme Pope, I will never commit this horrible sin here again, a thousand apologies for such a horrible failure on my part.
But is your repentance genuine?

In your own words, what is this "horrible sin" you believe you have committed?

How would you do things differently next time?

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Bring and Brag / Re: #TheGame23 Mod 42.5
« on: September 17, 2020, 04:11:36 pm »
Somewhat of the preceding post is, I think, worth comment.  However, presenting the text as a set of rendered jpegs makes selective quoting impossible without retyping, which, frankly, I can't be arsed to do.

Casting your words in stone, so to speak, gives the impression that you view yourself as a High Priest, whose words are not to be questioned.  I do not know if that is your intent, or if this is simply a technical oversight on your part.  I suspect the latter, but the effect is similar.


Fortunately, this forum provides a convenient shorthand for my intended response, which obviates the need for contextual quotation.
 :barstool:

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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, Part VI: Welcome to Our PD Party
« on: September 16, 2020, 03:34:24 am »
Yeah, my mistake.  That would be an almost entirely different genre.  Aside from one story arc probably inspired by Ed Gein, Psycho-pass doesn't go much into body-horror.  Parasyte or Gantz might qualify, but I didn't care for either of them.

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Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, Part VI: Welcome to Our PD Party
« on: September 15, 2020, 10:45:04 pm »
I was going to mention this earlier, but it slipped my mind.

I’d rather be watching bizarre Japanese cyberpunk movies
Yo, Altered:  Psycho-pass.

In a futuristic Japan, everyone's mental state is continuously monitored by the Sibyl System, via near-ubiquitous brain-scanning technology.  A clear, light-colored psycho-pass is a sign of a happy, well-adjusted individual; if the pass becomes dark and cloudy, the person is encouraged to undergo therapy.  If the scans show signs of latent criminality, the person is preemptively imprisoned.

Even the weapons issued to law-enforcement are tied to the system.  If a target's crime coefficient is low, the trigger is locked; if it's elevated, the stun mode is enabled; if it's severe, they will be summarily executed.

The system is perfect.

Our heroine is a new Inspector at the Ministry of Welfare Public Safety Bureau, which is responsible for apprehending latent (and actual) criminals.  It's a risky job, since exposure to criminal elements and high-stress situations can often elevate an Inspector's crime coefficient to dangerous levels.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwmXh1IzV3g

If you're looking for Japanese cyberpunk, Psycho-pass is one of my favourites. I can't speak as to the second season or the movie, though.  The second season has a pretty bad reputation (different writer), so I avoided it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Algorithmic Transparency
« on: September 14, 2020, 04:34:01 pm »
It's like that horrible screech you get when the microphone is positioned too close to a speaker, only with cops.


:lulz:

Newsfeed?
:)

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Algorithmic Transparency
« on: September 14, 2020, 03:11:23 pm »
Quote
People's criminal records — including charges that were later dropped — were fed into the algorithm to determine potential future offenders. Former employees of the sheriff's office said deputies were instructed to visit the homes of people the algorithm selected, charge them with zoning violations, and make arrests for any reason they could. Those violations and arrests were then fed back into the algorithm, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Feeding activity generated by the algorithm back into the algorithm without qualification is just begging for a positive feedback loop.  It's like that horrible screech you get when the microphone is positioned too close to a speaker, only with cops.

In order for such an algorithm to be stable, it would be necessary for it to act only on independent activity by the "subjects" themselves, and not only cancel out the second-order effects introduced by the algorithm, but also correct for any biases in police activity (if they spend extra time watching a certain person, for whatever reason, that sampling bias needs to be accounted for).

So, to function correctly*, the algorithm would need exhaustive, detailed, and accurate data on the behaviour on each of the individual cops involved.

Heh.

*Assuming that "correct function" is actually predicting criminal activity, and not simply redirecting department funds to an IT contractor.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: September 13, 2020, 09:09:14 pm »
Vacuum collapses propagate at the speed of light, and appear to be unbounded.
...but if it travels at the speed of light, then I wouldn't be able to see it.  :sad:

What a sorry world this is, that it should end suddenly, pointlessly, and unremarked, like an old man choking on a pancake at a waffle house!

I would rather it ended in glory, like Evel Knievel jumping the Amazon River on a rocket-powered unicycle.

yes, i know Knievel actually died of pulmonary disease

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: September 13, 2020, 05:37:15 pm »
Oh, I know. Fucking with the strong force could seed a vacuum collapse.

This is a very bad idea by any measure. Christ.

*slams start button right through the console*

If you're going to trigger a vacuum collapse, please give me a few minutes advance notice.  I'd like to climb up on the roof so I can enjoy the spectacle.

The End of Existence seldom happens more than once in a lifetime; I wouldn't want to miss it.

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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:48:26 pm »
I try not to think about what "knock divots out of our little corner of reality" might really mean.

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