Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    At which point, I take my savings, and hit up gofundme, buy a number of heavy-duty servers, fire up many, many AIs on them in VMs, incorporate each as an artificial person... and demand the vote, in (US) that county,...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    A good definition of magick is from Crowley, "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will". I kinda liked the Crowly in Good Omens (escape by telephone in a 1990 book, Matrix fans) but have...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Much harder to say 'I don't have a clue what the fuck is going on'. But more accurate. It was a pretty weird time. That is exceedingly weird. Thanks for the story. Where (and when) did this occur?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You mean a piezo-electric igniter, I'm sure. I mean something that can be used at (short) range e.g. 30 cms, and leaves no residue or obvious damage for forensics to detect. Haven't tried a piezo-electric lighter, but have always been...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    The opposite effect also exists, where equipment will stop working in the presence of certain people. You understand that this effect, and its opposite, are literally magic, right? :-) If you're not so inclined, here's an Evil Device for increasing...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "Wave a dead chicken over it," "Laying on of hands" is another. (The healing version.) Many techies are accomplished healers, though most are reluctant to admit it. I'm reminded of a story "The Fix" from the "Damned if I Do"...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Well, that was depressing. Who is perpetrating these specific examples? (Besides youtube, and disregarding the broader problem.) Not obvious from a few minutes of digging; e.g. gmail address contacts. I presume you're asking us to think about the broader questions...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    (?:(?:\r\n)?[ \t])(?:(?:(?:[^()<>@,;:\".[] ... I recall reading (well, trying to) a draft spec for some secure computing system/something (IIRC; a few decades ago) that had a couple of pages of a long nested parenthetical expression. Got frustrated, and counted left-bananas and...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not sure if this is off topic, but it hits one of OGH's hot buttons, hard. New white paper maps the very real risks that quantum attacks will pose for Bitcoin Quantum attacks on Bitcoin, and how to protect against...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    See comment #103 for more details. :-)...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Problem is that the key public rite associated with the office of POTUS therefore by extension the country is to swear the oath of office on a Christian Bible. ... Only a handful of presidents did not use any religious...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Re N. Pelosi (minority party (Democratic) leader in US House of Representatives, for those who don't know), an interesting and fairly honest-looking[1] story in the Washington Post: Nancy Pelosi isn’t going anywhere. Will it help or hurt Democrats in 2018?...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Mueller... Yeah. The eye-catching aspect has been the amusingly large cloud of smoke/chaff that was released over the week by the Trump administration and by their allies and by the Republican Party controlled media outlets in the US. (Fox News,...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Interesting piece on Pope Francis in the Guardian today: The war against Pope Francis Long read. Pope Francis seems to be a survivor type, won't speculate further. Laughed at this ("historically eccentric"): It was Cardinal Burke who invited Bannon, then...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Some AI news. I need to study it, but it looks pretty interesting. A generative vision model that trains with high data efficiency and breaks text-based CAPTCHAs (26 Oct 2017) The model demonstrates excellent generalization and occlusion-reasoning capabilities, and outperforms...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    BTW, you probably want to use search phrases like "text simplification". E.g. A survey of research on text simplification (2014, very lightly skimmed, 51+ citations) and a recent AI-ish paper (no idea if good, but plenty of buzzwords are present:-):...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Then translate in plain language. (This is where a 'translating' AI would really come in handy.) Just finished reading Blindsight[1], Peter Watts, 2006. The narrator character, Siri (2006!) is a specialist who translates from specialists (scientific and otherwise) to interested...
  • Commented on Excuses
    but in a quick scan I don't see data on numbers of insects or species. Wondered about that too, but no, just mass per day is reported. Perhaps species identification was too hard. They do cite other studies reporting similar...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Bored with the knob-and-tube wiring discussion (once briefly lived in a room where the knob and tube wiring was exposed (no wallboard), one meter from the bed, and the insulation if any had long fallen off. US so only 120V.)...
  • Commented on Excuses
    It's a notorious problem here in the UK that building surveyors check properties for problems before you get yoru mortgage or you buy or whatever, but they are famous for being useless, not spotting any problems and not actually doing...
  • Commented on Excuses
    And asked if they thought they had any protections against the idiot script kiddee down the block, who think's it's K3wl to hack all the nearby meters, and run heat or a/c at max. And if that script kiddie were...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Another study in my feed today that suggests that working memory training works: Team finds training exercise that boosts brain power (16 October 2017) N-back Versus Complex Span Working Memory Training (There have been studies with negative results too; refs...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Re "3% Annual Growth Is Healthy." OK, this and a RL conversation or three was enough prodding to start poking at the alternatives. 50 browser tabs later, I'm thoroughly firehosed with ideas. A request (from anyone) for key readings -...
  • Commented on Excuses
    There are some really good examples of people creating excellent work not just into their 50s, 60s and 70s but even into their 90s and 100s nowadays. Even in the sciences, some people's brains are still capable at that age....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Another new battery story: High-performance sodium–organic battery by realizing four-sodium storage in disodium rhodizonate (09 October 2017, paywalled, abstract without access (of some sort).) On the basis of this understanding, we achieved four-sodium storage in a Na2C6O6 electrode with a...
  • Commented on Excuses
    That sulfur battery story caught my eye too. Paper link: Air-Breathing Aqueous Sulfur Flow Battery for Ultralow-Cost Long-Duration Electrical Storage It's full of cost analyses and chemistry, both of which make my eyes/mind glaze over a bit. (Have to fix...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    All (well most) of those things are possible happenings, but for the calm before the storm comment, the context was a dinner with military commanders, hence the concern. Panetta: Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment a 'play for attention' (link...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Think [1]is pretty unlikely at this point in time (give it a couple more years) so the real concern today is their conventional forces shelling Seoul. Oh, wasn't clear. Although a US person, I'm not really thinking about a NK...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    "Calm before storm" Briefly, and without nearly enough thought to comment coherently but will try (mundane life intruded): Been assuming North Korea[4], and to be clear, there is a clear and I presume deliberate threat of nuclear attack buried as...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Some links accumulated while waiting for thread to reach 300. The only things I care about in space are more up-and/or-down-looking scientific instrumentation, maybe more deep space probes, and work towards a possible eventual extraplanetary solar shield, which might need...
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