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by Mutex
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270272

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

You can maybe blame automation for the fact that one mistake meant it got that far without anyone catching it. This assumes humans would have double checked it instead of just blindly following procedure.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

And make Qatar pay for it!
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270272

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible? The former is how formal, competitive debate competitions are structured. They're not teaching the compute...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270272

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible?
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

Wait, how would changing the tax code to offset the effects of immigration be choosing winners and losers? It's just undoing the damage of something else.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

Trump: "I'm the trolliest country leader ever!"
King Salman: "Hold my... whatever we drink instead of beer"
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270272

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's admittedly hard to tell how well it works from that short clip. Maybe it goes on to give a detailed cost/benefit analysis and they just decided not to put that in the video.

Probably not though.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270272

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

But why do we need an AI that makes arguments that are even slightly inane? An AI that can take raw data and make strong arguments based on an analysis of it would be a very useful tool. It could export the argument in a format where every assertion is linked to a detailed explanation of the logic u...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1125
Views: 146557

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Yeah true, that's my one concern. Other than that... tax rises are the only way to actually get the money the NHS needs.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1125
Views: 146557

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Came here to post the same story. So, May has committed to a 3.4% annual rise to the NHS budget. Said the money would come from: 1. Brexit savings 2. Economy growth 3. Tax increase In that order. So, any shortfall after we take Brexit and growth into consideration will result in higher taxes for eve...
by Mutex
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yeah I was talking about length, and it was a number pulled out of the air anyway, I just meant a bobcat that big would probably easily kill the majority of people.
by Mutex
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error. Anyway I wanted to check it again to see if it mentioned the bobcat's size or weight? Wikipedia gives a range of 47-125cm long, and 6-18kg in weight. Which ranges from not much bigger than a domestic cat, to about half the size of a tig...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 15
Views: 815

Re: "Cactus plant"

I'm pretty sure I've only heard "cactus plant" when it's a small cactus in a plant pot that you might keep in your home, as opposed to one growing naturally in the desert.
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42842

Re: News in brief

It's also a terrible system. There's Candidates A, B, and C. Nearly half of voters want A over B, but hate C. Nearly half of voters want B over A, but hate C. One voter prefers C. To avoid B winning, instead of voting ABC or BAC, the voters vote ACB or BCA. Plus the lone person who wants C, so it's...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42842

Re: News in brief

Idea for a voting that just occurred to me, and probably either has an official name or a terrible flaw that I've not spotted. Voters vote for the candidates in the AV way, ranking them from best to worst. Each vote is worth a number of points to the candidate, the higher the rank the more the point...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42842

Re: News in brief

Exactly: a second round is a type of runoff - the idea of instant runoff is that voters only need to go to the polling station once. But the French system is an example of a different way of processing the preferences; in effect only the first and second choices are taken into account and all but t...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42842

Re: News in brief

The French use what's basically "instant runoff" without the instant in their presidential elections - after the first round, the top two are voted for in a second round. This is obviously more expensive, but I guess you get the benefits of AV without it being difficult to understand how t...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42842

Re: News in brief

When we had a referendum for alternative vote (which appears to be the same thing as ranked voting), people complained it was too complicated. I genuinely couldn't see what was complicated about putting the numbers 1-5 next to candidates in the order of preference. Sure, it's more complicated than F...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 112
Views: 2997

Re: Firearms Regulations

You're talking about now, right? And you don't have to reduce deaths in the most common situations to reduce deaths (although obviously that is probably going to be more effective). Given that most accidental gun deaths happen with young people, keeping guns out of schools seems sensible.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 112
Views: 2997

Re: Firearms Regulations

I couldn't find any stats on the number of accidental gun deaths in schools, but the overall number of accidental gun deaths in the US appears to have been declining. So even if mass shootings are up, it could be the case that restricting gun from crowded places like schools saves lives. I know gun...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 112
Views: 2997

Re: Firearms Regulations

There are wildly differing numbers on that. Mother Jones claims as many as 4 in 10 receive no formal safety training, but you can get far higher or lower numbers depending on where you look. Many carry licenses require training, so one can presume that carry licenses in those states represent some ...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 112
Views: 2997

Re: Firearms Regulations

Are there any states where you have to pass a mandatory safety test before you can own a gun? No. The same is true of owning a car. However, using a car or a gun often requires a test. Exceptions for both exist, such as driving on private property, but in practice, people purchase both with the goa...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 112
Views: 2997

Re: Firearms Regulations

Are there any states where you have to pass a mandatory safety test before you can own a gun? And you could still have gun safety courses at school without doing them in the school itself. It's not like students do their driving safety course in the school corridors either. Blaming gun control advoc...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

Cheers, didn't know that. Makes sense.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

It's like the end of War of the Worlds.

"In the end they were defeated by the simplest of God's creatures... the tornado."
by Mutex
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

There's also plenty of things he promised, and then did the exact opposite. E.g. every American having medical cover, and then doing his best to kill the ACA.
by Mutex
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

He might have possibly got to have a sit-down meeting with Kim Jong Un!

... Which every US president has had the option of doing, and has chosen not to as it validates the NK regime or something.
by Mutex
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

All Trump had to do was sit back and take the undue credit for the economy. Might've known he'd find a way to screw it up. I wonder how effective the targeted tariffs will be, in terms of how much they affect those industries and who the workers blame. Obviously a lot of them will blame the EU, Cana...
by Mutex
Wed May 30, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 774

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

You'd definitely want to put on safety goggles.
by Mutex
Thu May 24, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

On a much less serious note... didn't this thread have an "etc" in its title? Am I going mad? Wasn't it "(humorous news, etc)"?
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

I thought it was obvious from context "sending people down" meant sending them to jail, not assassinating people in foreign countries. The president is fully in charge of the military and foreign policy. They're not meant to meddle in domestic justice much at all.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

True, but for the president to judge their abilities based on whether or not they managed to send a particular group of people down, would be a bit... hands on. I don't think the president should be micromanaging the DoJ, and I suspect neither did Obama.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

I know Trump does it all the time, but I'm still not convinced it's the presidents job to "go after" people.
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression the president doesn't have the power to "send in the FBI". He can fire and appoint a new FBI director if he loses confidence in them, that's about it. If the police and judiciary system failed to send these people to jail, Obama is a ...
by Mutex
Tue May 22, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5413
Views: 409377

Re: Trump presidency

What could Obama personally have done about that?
by Mutex
Sun May 20, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872415

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's what I found too but wanted to double check with Coyne.
by Mutex
Sun May 20, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872415

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Black homeless man trying to buy food with a $10 bill? Apparently that warrants three months in jail waiting for the secret service to determine whether it is counterfeit or not. Turns out it was not. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/05/how-long-does-it-take-to-figure-out-if-a-ten-dollar...
by Mutex
Fri May 18, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Woman gets tattoo of son's name, tattoo has a typo so she changes her child's name to match the tattoo Guess it's pragmatic! She called him Kelvin? I see absolutely zero problems with that. Yeah, no objection to the name at all, though I do think changing a kid's name when he's 5 is a bit rough. My...
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192222

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)


She called him Kelvin? I see absolutely zero problems with that.
by Mutex
Thu May 17, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478794

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:I haven't clicked the pink

I'm not familiar with this euphemism.

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