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Spamalot / Re: hey AD
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:51:09 AM »
I dunno what these things are but I got mathematica 8 running in like 10 minutes on windows and probably couldn't run it through wine or VB on this box with any amount of effort sooo...

Yeah it is kinda hard to talk about without knowing exactly what he means by "without statistics"--I mean, would we still have the concept of an average, even? Law of large numbers? Central limit theorem? These could all be argued to just be probability theory--although they're certainly *foundational* to formal statistics--and you can get a lot done with just these rudimentary ideas. I feel like the context of the question (ie asking a prominent professor of statistics for a soundbyte) suggests more that he's imagining a world without, like, advanced statistics--the kind of stuff people are still researching and developing.

"conclude" seems like a strong word here. Seems more like "thought for a moment then changed his mind before he could finish writing about it"

Greater Faydork / Re: 10 Things Millennials Won’t Spend Money On
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:21:22 PM »
Does it really make much sense to invest in stocks when you're burdened with loans? Seems like you need to pay the loans off first.

The cars thing is interesting, I wonder why less people are getting licensed to drive? Is there actually more public transportation?

my guess'd be more people biking in urban areas

also people just not being able to afford cars for their kids/kids not being able to afford them for themselves

Greater Faydork / Re: New League of Legends Cinematic
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:52:20 PM »
where are we on getting big Trynd a  :troll: hoodie?

Greater Faydork / Re: 10 Things Millennials Won’t Spend Money On
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:22:10 PM »
we don't need to hop back on the consumption->growth->more consumption->more growth treadmill. Consumption doesn't make people happier

what we need is a total economic and cultural restructuring

How To Trick The Brain Of A Gas Pump - Part 1

Man I'm glad I skipped ahead to the actual procedure instead of spending 12 min to find out it was bullshit

Spamalot / Re: 1st servicel today
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:11:13 PM »
I'll get wasted for you big Vlaara

Gambling was around before statistics brah

probability theory was practically invented because Fermat and Pascal wanted to cheat at gambling

Spamalot / Re: ATTN: To one Señor Philip Le'Agrul
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:11:47 PM »
Probably fucked up by the studio. They do that kind of shit all the time. Like for instance, in the Matrix humans were strapped into the Matrix to act as processors, not batteries. One of the biggest, dumbest plot points that's been picked over and made fun of a billion times only exists because studios didn't think people would understand processors. Maybe they were right but its still dumb and only the people who know what processors are would care either way.

Huh. That's pretty interesting--that would've made a lot more sense (or at least been less flagrantly nonsensical)

Spamalot / Re: Battlefield 4 Easter Egg *DISCOVERED*
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:39:34 PM »
Yeah you have to have a bachelor's to do that

I thought you just wanted to learn because you thought the writing looked cool. I may be remembering someone else and conflating you with them because of your Korean yogurt exploits though

anyway if you were interested I could hook you up with the korean rosetta stone

the writing you can learn on your own super fast (Rosetta Stone's not very good for that). The sounds are hard to distinguish in speech but the writing system is super simple

Do you think something else could help? Ibuprophen or extra strength Tylenol or something?

My gut says don't do it unless it's unbearable not to, even if you're sure it won't lead to anything.

Greater Faydork / Re: that's one busted looking foot
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:27:00 PM »
I had that kind of swelling from a sprain I got rolling my ankle skating one time. God I still cringe just thinking about that shit. I tried walking it off as soon as it happened (fucking idiotic, I know) and then couldn't walk on it for like five weeks or something.

s'most of the reason I eventually stopped skateboarding recreationally; I was never even much of a risk-taker when I skated, but you can learn the right way to fall correctly, you can wear all the gay pads you want, you can opt out of the crazy stunts on the big drop-ins but you can never protect your ankle from the agony of one slightly misplaced foot coming down on the board and getting run over.

fuck ankles

I was just coming here to post this article

I agree with the author that the social aspect of this is more interesting (ie that there's a group of people genuinely worried about this, and how they're dealing with it) than the actual concept

I guess I just don't have much faith that there'll ever be anything that has that much control over everything. I think the author's right that these people's belief that they've transcended conventional morality is more disconcerting. It's interesting to see the mental gymnastics that results in people pushing ahead on technology we all have good reason to suppose might be a terrible idea (albeit not--in my opinion--anywhere near as terrible as to result in eternal torture)

also as to the thing about "you might be in a simulation so you should take the empty box knowing it's empty to help the real you"--that seems fucking bonkers. Even supposing you are in a simulation, if you're an accurate simulation of the "real" you, why is securing a positive outcome for the simulated you (which you can be sure of, and have control over) be any less important than weighing the outcome favorably for the original you, who you will never meet or interact with or even be sure the existence of?

On a side note I like HPMoR but toward the end (of the portion he'd written at the time I was reading it) it started to feel a little too masturbatory and became somewhat tiresome. I'll still probably finish it, though--it was at least interesting.

Yudkowsky kinda seems like a chode. I did like that short story of his about the magic bucket for counting sheep, though.

Spamalot / Re: ATTN: To one Señor Philip Le'Agrul
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:06:20 PM »
Starship Troopers the movie isn't really a satire. It feels like someone wanted to make it a satire but wouldn't commit all the way and just ended up making a straight war movie with some background satirical elements.

Yeah that's about how I'd describe it

Spamalot / Re: Battlefield 4 Easter Egg *DISCOVERED*
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:46:08 AM »
Aro don't I remember you saying you wanted to learn Korean (at least to read/write) a looooong time ago?

I'm studying it now--you should be my study buddy

Spamalot / Re: do you refrigerate bagels after you open them
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:44:50 AM »
I don't tend to butter things but I'm fine with butter that's been left out when I do

i've always loved scrambled eggs on a bagel but my god if it's not messy as fuck, nigga better have a tray, but then you'll be finger picking egg bits in beautiful remembrance of your glorious fallen bagel.

Scramble the eggs in a bowl then pour them into the pan, put a lid on it and let them sit until they're cooled (maybe flip it once for a bit at the end--often not necessary) then put that on the bagel. Much less messy.

Searyx's Board O' Art / Re: I made this.
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:11:42 AM »
I guess acrylic. I tried to look up how professionally made boards are painted but there wasn't really a lot of info out there. I suspect airbrushing would be the best way to do it, so that the surface remains smooth. I'd like to give that a crack one day when I've got the resources.

Searyx's Board O' Art / Re: I made this.
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:34:48 PM »
Thanks man

I hope it looks that good on the deck. I haven't done painting with real media since clown college

Spamalot / Re: ATTN: To one Señor Philip Le'Agrul
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:05:40 PM »
Starship Troopers really wasn't very good, tho

I rewatched it like 6 months ago thinking maybe it might've been some brilliant satire that slipped under my radar because I was too young the first time I watched it

long story short it's not

Spamalot / Re: ATTN: To one Señor Philip Le'Agrul
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:41:22 PM »
good use of imagery

A+ would do business w/ again

Greater Faydork / Re: blacker than your blackest stallion
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:28:22 PM »
blacker than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle

Greater Faydork / Re: TZT docs -- pericarditis?
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »
hey vae, whats the medical term for an anti-boner again?


yes it can

Greater Faydork / Re: blacker than your blackest stallion
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:05:21 AM »

Greater Faydork / blacker than your blackest stallion
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:00:22 AM »

Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious.

A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

If it was used to make one of Chanel's little black dresses, the wearer's head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.

Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material's maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.

The nanotube material, named Vantablack, has been grown on sheets of aluminium foil by the Newhaven-based company. While the sheets may be crumpled into miniature hills and valleys, this landscape disappears on areas covered by it.

"You expect to see the hills and all you can see … it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," said Ben Jensen, the firm's chief technical officer.

A sample of the new material. Image credit: Surrey Nanosystems

Asked about the prospect of a little black dress, he said it would be "very expensive" – the cost of the material is one of the things he was unable to reveal.

"You would lose all features of the dress. It would just be something black passing through," he said.

Vantablack, which was described in the journal Optics Express and will be launched at the Farnborough International Airshow this week, works by packing together a field of nanotubes, like incredibly thin drinking straws. These are so tiny that light particles cannot get into them, although they can pass into the gaps between. Once there, however, all but a tiny remnant of the light bounces around until it is absorbed.

Vantablack's practical uses include calibrating cameras used to take photographs of the oldest objects in the universe. This has to be done by pointing the camera at something as black as possible.

It also has "virtually undetectable levels of outgassing and particle fallout", which can contaminate the most sensitive imaging systems. The material conducts heat seven and a half times more effectively than copper and has 10 times the tensile strength of steel.

Stephen Westland, professor of colour science and technology at Leeds University, said traditional black was actually a colour of light and scientists were now pushing it to something out of this world.

"Many people think black is the absence of light. I totally disagree with that. Unless you are looking at a black hole, nobody has actually seen something which has no light," he said. "These new materials, they are pretty much as black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could imagine."

Searyx's Board O' Art / Re: I made this.
« on: July 20, 2014, 07:00:55 PM »
Got an old blank skateboard deck lying around the apartment so I thought maybe I'd try painting it for shits and giggles

also watched Jurassic Park this week

Greater Faydork / Re: So, uh, WWIII?
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:31:46 PM »
No one's going to war over this. The pre-WW I political and economic climate was completely different

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