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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    keep hitting ALT-F4 until you get the shutdown dialog. Or just click the desktop then ALT-F4 and it comes right up. Much better than click-wait-move-click-wait-move-click-wait. The ALT-F4 version closes programs, so also helps with the "program X is preventing shutdown"...
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    windoze10 on it you'll probably never write anything else again. Wait until you get upgraded to Windows 11 and never have to own a computer again! It's a new and improved business model! ("pay us and we won't stop you...
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    I think both that there are easy answers, and that it's possible to start with them. I'm also certain that there are unlawful end of life decisions being made both by medical staff, law enforcement staff, and individuals both deciding...
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    The pet is just trying to figure out how to deal with the next hour or day. In misery many times. We do that to people too, despite their allegedly greater awareness of their misery. It's not about cruelty, or...
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    Ok, Hawkwind is too weird for me. But the wings of a bird thing seems as though it would resonate with you :)...
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    This article is interesting in several ways, but it prompted me to wonder about the unidirectional nature of ideas like "cultural appropriation". Indigenous peoples taking up ideas like the Westphalian state are a cliche example of cultural appropriation, but somehow...
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    Yes. Maori are about as unified as any other group of people. There was some discussion a few years ago when they switched from the Haka of Te Rauparaha to a newly written one for various reasons. https://www.allblacks.com/the-haka/ Here's a...
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    The cynical part of me says it's whenever someone from a "primitive savage" culture says they don't like what you're doing. Revenge of the downtrodden! More gently it's often used when someone takes something out of context, or more generally...
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    I was thinking as much about the (holy) ghost in the machine stuff, where there's a whole lot of effort put into isolating the single cause and addressing it when we know as a completely separate unrelated thing that biology...
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    no recorded evidence that anyone in classical times built a computer, yet we have an example. I was thinking you meant the Antikythera mechanism which irritates a lot of people because we're pretty sure it computes, we have some ideas...
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    Practical engineering had a thing this morning about myths, and one is that bedrock exists. Sometimes it does, for varying values of "bedrock", and sometimes you can reach it by digging or drilling. One place I worked they built it...
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    I am going to reserve the term "Sentience" to those experiences that have been described as "Quale", ie, the felt experience of different emotional states Your definition seems to make sentience dependent on consciousness, or possibly even general intelligence. If...
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    I've previously been somewhat sympathetic to the "You'll know it when you see it" approach, but doubts are growing. Like asking how you detect a false negative? Very real risk of the whole "white men and lesser animals" approach to...
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    past abuses, mostly of a racist sort "past" in the John Howard sense that anything that's been done necessarily happened in the past? Those abuses continue today in a lot of places. It's easiest to look at the US because...
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    It was written at a time when organ transplants were possible but growing tissue was very difficult, so it's runs off that idea. There was a vaguely related short story about the same era about "ethical" farming of humans for...
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    http://dubiousprospects.blogspot.com/2022/06/not-best-news.html to return to the dismal topic, Damien has found a preprint that suggests covid is not getting better by itself....
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    "Sentience" is generally held to be the ability or capacity to experience sensations or perceptions of things, like pain, joy or schadenfreude. I don't think there's a test for that, and I don't think that there can be a...
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    My understanding is that we don't actually know that. The AI isn't open to inspection and isn't capable of introspection so whether it's capable of extrospection is one of those fun questions. But as other people have pointed out, we...
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    Until then, all we can do is stare in disbelief at Bulletin A every month. Real Science{tm}! Like the quote says, the fun part of science starts with "that's weird" not "I have a theory"....
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    I was actually thinking about the authors who go to some lengths to establish the random nature of the destination, and then their travellers just pop through wearing street clothes ... sometimes I wonder whether the suspension on my disbelief...
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    Or just arrive in the middle of a riot of galahs. Wikipedia nails it "With its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour, it is a familiar sight in the wild and increasingly in urban areas"....
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    Oh hush, you're making my Day Gazpacho quite mizzerible....
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    That's brilliant. Thanks for the reminder. And we could go full unicode instead. As well. I'm sure Generation 🤔 would approve of that label....
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    The question is... what comes next? Generation {range error}? Generation -1? Generation lower-case-a?...
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    "fuelled by corn chips"... covid and the wet summer have really changed my diet, and the effect my habits have on me. By wet I mean cold, so I haven't been exercising as much or sweating much when I do...
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    the alternative to a nuclear family was a kibbutz I'm just going off my lived experience, man :) You don't have to have lived in an anarchist commune where several of the adults were in polyamorous relationships to think outside...
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    The "it takes a village" approach, where everyone of an appropriate age is mother, father, or auntie to a child. This is commonly also illegal, especially when done by non-white people in white supremacist countries like Australia. It's one of...
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    Polygamous relationships ... by definition involve multiple women and almost always only one man (it's also commonly part of the definition but isn't required by the literal construction). Likewise a relationship with several men would be polyandrous. So pedantically you...
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    I realise that, which is why I referenced "Counting for Nothing". But there's a whole lot of difficulty with many forms of unpaid work shading into non-work, or work that can't be paid, or changes detrimentally if paid (not just...
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    I suspect also the restricted diets we all have these days. I recall australians being possibly an outlier but over a 5-10 year climate cycle they'd typically eat 1000's of different things. These days it's not just that our staples...
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