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    Re: Monte Carlo (beyond GO) Not very familiar with this apart from limited stats usage. Also wondering whether this article is suggesting that this approach might be used in training non-gaming AI. If yes, would appreciate your comments about my...
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    Re: cloud One bit on Huawei that I read mentioned that they include AIs as part of their cloud services/infrastructures. To whitroth: Thanks! And if you ever find a non-tech easy-to-understand description of cloud and how it works, please post...
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    Re: '... suggesting that the Russian arms industry is bigger than, say, Gazprom' Hard to say since the last figures mentioned in Wikipedia (2013) showed the total energy sector as much larger than weapons which btw were second only to...
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    Re: ' ... a series of stupid moves will give China the "opportunity" to invade Taiwan. And at the end of the day the rest of the world will allow it to stand rather than start what could easily turn...
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    Re: '... the most turbulent border right now is cyberspace, since basically everyone's on that border, and it's hard to police.' Enter the Huawei political minefield. BTW, the Internet can be fractured/fragmented. Question for the techies: How much of the...
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    Re: Chinese naval build-up The Saudi's have a part in this because China imports a lot of its oil from them. According to the below, China is using its navy to protect import cargo* from pirates as well as other...
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    Re: Naval build-up How much of this is to protect trade routes, esp. India's and China's? There's been an increase in naval piracy in these regions, so not necessarily war between nation states....
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    Re: US - Russia The current arms race between these two rivals also includes who can outsell to Saudi Arabia. Arms sales are also fairly big for Germany and France and of course China. So if peace breaks out, pretty...
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    Re: ' ... and the people in the US Government who would have been briefed on that info.' What'd they tell him ... bad day to practice putting?...
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    Re: 'The reason is primarily the CIA's apparently total failure, dating back to the late 1940s, to successfully insert agents into North Korea.' Agree - that's what I meant: the CIA is the agency that should have known about this...
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    Re: US-China negotiations - stock market sell-off Waiting with bated breath for Mueller's report. Especially hoping the report mentions tax receipts, numbered companies, stock portfolios, foreign holdings, etc....
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    Re: 'The underlying problem boils down to "what do you do with people whose intrinsic motivation is low?"' Okay, so that's about 5% of the population - meanwhile, there's another 20-25% that have been told to go to/live in hell....
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    Re: Beans (simple sugars somewhat, lectins more so, esp. phytohaemagglutinin) Seriously - never, ever, ever re-use water that kidney beans have soaked/cooked in because the toxins accumulate. Every reliable medical site that talks about red kidney beans will tell you...
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    Re: ' ... suggesting that the CIA/SIS are an order of magnitude more effective at ' Butting in for a sec ... Have had difficulty believing that the CIA/SIS are at all effective at spotting political/national security risks and issues:...
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    Re: 'DO NOT EVER eat curried baked beans' Actually hadn't heard of this combo before - sounds pretty tasty. Looked up recipes and found one that included coconut. Yum! Maybe your reaction was to a particular bean variety (allergy) or...
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    Re: 'Since buying foreign military equipment is difficult, they have to build their MIC in-house.' Unless there's a massive change in current US-China negotiations, China will remain onboard to supply Iran. Some pundits say Russia too - but Russia seems...
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    Re: Trees - (why are deep roots better?) Maybe ... however if time is a constraint, planting a mix of shrubs and trees is preferable to only planting trees. The article below suggests that which part of the plant is...
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    Re: C02 capture & O2 release - beyond stately trees Recall hearing that fast growing plants are best at both CO2 capture and O2 release so why wait 50 years for elms, oaks or Douglas Firs to reach their mature...
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    Re: 'Err .. see my # 622? I specifically mentioned BEANZ ( meanz fartz ) back there …' Oops - sorry about that must have scanned through too quickly. The heat-hardy varieties are interesting though. Have been wondering whether humans...
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    Since no one's mentioned beans yet. Beans are the go-to for improving soil quality in backyard gardens in my neck of the woods mostly via nitrogen fixation. And, beans are a good source of complete non-meat/vegan protein. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/30-heat-tolerant-strains-of-beans-identified/...
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    Re:'Large scale societal change must be enacted quickly.' Yet what you describe is a same-old, same-old leadership style. A global crisis provides a reason for a new style of leadership to emerge that can cope with the existing threat as...
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    Re: 'Newfoundland: They call it The Rock b'y, and they're not kidding.' Saw this weather story last week about Newfoundland - really brings home what impact climate change is likely to have. https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/vicious-wind-had-newfoundland-shaking-seismic-record-shows-effect-of-wind-waves/117055 Excerpt: 'Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:11 AM...
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    Re: ' ... downsides to randomly selecting MPs. (After all, we're being silly or satirical, right?)' Could be. OTOH, everyone would now understand why they need to learn their history, civics, and other courses because they could be called upon...
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    Re: 'A random voter from each riding will be appointed MP.' Asimov's Franchise short story sorta takes this on: Norman Muller is randomly selected by Multivac -- Asimov's version of an AI supercomputer -- to cast his vote for the...
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    Re: Why punished Because they've had their chance and they blew it. Just like the Brexit vote was for real, their being elected as MPs to govern competently in real time in the real world was for real. No do-over's...
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    Re:'What We Should Do About Global Warming' Interesting new study in the works: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07533-4?WT.feed_name=subjects_earth-and-environmental-sciences 'First sun-dimming experiment will test a way to cool Earth Researchers plan to spray sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere, an approach that could ultimately be used...
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    Enter: HRM QE2 Under the impression that the Queen still has the authority to dissolve Parliament. If yes, then if no progress has been made on Brexit by Xmas, Her annual Xmas message will include a gift to Her people:...
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    Re: 'Oh boy. You expect to use facts to change people's behavior.' Yes, starting with the sane countries. The other countries might eventually come around. In places where law suits rule, i.e., ethics based on torts laws, the most important...
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    Re: '... how to build a better system for dealing with these problems, and how we'd get to there from here.' At some point there will be enough displayable/viewable-in-real-time data showing what is going on in the human brain during...
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    Re: Brexit tweeterade ... BoE announcement off the same twitter feed: 'The Press Association has snapped these headlines. The Bank of England has warned the pound would crash, inflation will soar and interest rates would have to rise in the...
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