Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    “ how would the pure human happiness algorithm end up installed in a position of authority?” It’s a good question and not a likely outcome, but also not, I think, an impossible one. One idea might be some sudden power...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    “no need for artificial generalized intelligence (AGI) nor most 'real' humans if employers can rent specific skilled 'virt' as needed, for a single hour at USD$0.20/H;” This was the plot of the first “Bob” book, “We are legion”. Pretty fun...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I think the “reason” for why you would want to make such a copy matters quite a lot as to whether to do it or not. And the environment you create them into. I wouldn’t do it into this current...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    Read Antimetics and really enjoyed the concept. Welcome to the blog !...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Why didn’t Twitter collapse, my take - they got permission to go back and rehire the key people who weee needed to keep the site up. There are less of these people then you’d normally think - people always forget...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Churchill’s six volume History of WW2 is a pretty fascinating read. And a surprisingly pleasant one. It’s likely got it’s issues but reading the first hand account of one of the primary leaders of that time, boy it’s intense. And...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    “ It happens pretty regularly, and doesn't usually go sideways the way it did in the USA or in India/Pakistan/Bangladesh.” I suspect this statement is not true at least the part with “doesn’t usually go sideways”. At the very least...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I use old school deep cycle lead/acid batteries for my offgrid solar and most off grid folks do. However the price gap between them and lithium is pretty narrow now, especially when you factor in the total lifetime and assume...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    No worries at all, and always appreciate your perspective around here....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Two such incidents with my wife The first was similar to yours only she was first in line at a red light. Got rear ended by a kid coming off the freeway, totaled the car. Kid was like “oh man...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Pigeon you said : “The right way to review an arse-twitcher is to start by thinking: what could I have done differently to avoid that happening in the first place? If you think the answer is "nothing", you are almost...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The idea that all accidents can be avoided if you only took some perfect action is simply not true. There is no reason to believe that and it smacks of magical thinking. There are plenty of things that can and...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    My current car can do 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds I consider this a safety feature with regard to freeway driving Being able to accelerate quickly is second only to be able to stop quickly with regards to avoiding potential...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    International law and tax regs generally don’t allow consumers to directly pay into a US account from overseas. Local governments generally want a chunk of that change. Some even require a certain percentage to remain overseas for reinvestment in the...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    California has its own version of GDPR, called CCPA. It’s not as powerful but still probably the most powerful US legislation of it’s type. There isn’t a lot of evidence that fossil fuel extractors are trying to bing extract reserves...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Agree The good news is there might even be an opportunity, globalization may unwind as a result of demographic aging and political uncertainty Just got done reading this https://www.amazon.com/End-World-Just-Beginning-Globalization/dp/B09CS8FRRD/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1MLYHOVQ3FJ79&keywords=the+end+of+the+world+is+just+the+beginning&qid=1668355896&sprefix=the+end+of+t%2Caps%2C271&sr=8-1 And while im have my problems with it, the demographic arguments...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I have the entire continental US at 1:25000 on my garmin watch It doesn’t do route finding but works without a Wi-Fi and talks to all three of the gps systems. Plus the battery last for weeks I decided to...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    “ The point of graduate/doctoral level education in ANYTHING is to advance the common knowledge” Unfortunately if you cannot follow up your graduate degree with a career in that field you aren’t really advancing the common knowledge. So “post-education marketability”...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Deveraux is very clear that he is talking about PhD's in the Humanities and that the experience in STEM fields is very different...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I agree with all that and add 4: Which is the demand for history PhD's in the job market is falling off a cliff to the point where even with a prestigious degree from a top school there is very...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Coal had been burned, even for smelting metals since 1000BC or so. The Romans used it also to make iron Going strictly on wikipedia here but I don't think it was a new thing. It's just surface seams of coal...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "but I've no idea what it's like now and I've no idea what it's like in your neck of the woods." I think it is safe to say the career has decayed significantly since your day. Read this article (from...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "I've developed a nuanced take on "intelligence." I'm not going to pretend that I'm smarter than they are" That's good advice, I agree with it, Foexessa and he/she's friends would do well to heed it. If he/she and her friends...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I agree those are sperate, and we do have a documented case where the spark happened and the metastasize didn't. Ancient Rome. I think the "cause" is fundamentally unknowable though, you'd have to be able to show that the event...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "The others are being too snippy. " You know it is funny how posting " a bunch of my friends said you are all morons and I am smarter then you" will bring that out. This is actually me being...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    “ First they laffed hard. Then, more solemnly advised, "Fox, if you're gonna waste time online ya gotta find smarter people to do it with than the smartest people in the room." Sorry but I laffed harder Anyone who chose...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    “ It's not true that the classical historigraphy is merely cycular” Cycular in the sense that each new crop of historians is heavily incented to come up with new, fresh takes on things that have been studied to death for...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I don’t understand what you mean by “none of them lasted very long”. They lasted basically to the current time. None of things that were invented by those technical flowerings (I don’t really like the overloading of industrial revolution past...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    He actually responded to the criticism on his Sparta series I’ve noticed an interesting trend among historians where they often change their read in history in pretty dramatic ways on pretty regular, generational cycles without the introduction of any new...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    So methods for pumping water out of mines using muscle power were well known all the way back to antiquity You can even read about them directly here https://www.gutenberg.org/files/38015/38015-h/38015-h.htm#BOOK_VI The problem was they weren’t cost effective unless the ore was...
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