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  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    One thing about decreasing costs and power consumption - if such a thing happens - is that the personal computers and such that cost the same will be able to pack more processing power than they do now, exactly the...
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    I think you may be missing the point of zombies or zimboes or what ever. They are supposed to behave exactly the same as normal people from the outside. Picture a monster that eats your mind, runs it in a...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Ahh, we are essentially in agreement then. I don't see though how locality would affect any exact interpretation in so much as locality can at all be inferred (sounds like an attempt to prove absence). If there was a non...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Locality doesn't rule out Copenhagen. The collapse is not deemed to be a physical process of destruction of some wave that is really out there. It's an operation for converting those weird quantum amplitudes, which may well not describe reality,...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    Yeah, as eastern european programmer I concur. Basically, if I look at studying in the western countries... geez. I recall a thread in a general discussion area in a programming forum, circa maybe 2004 . Reasons to go to college....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    Pardon my ignorance, but what are the laws that EU imposes which are a problem for UK? It's not like you really really want death penalty or something similarly crazy....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    I don't see what's bad with Copenhagen, tbh. The way induction is done, the theory must produce data matching the observations verbatim. I.e. you see a point on the screen, theory must produce a point on the screen. Copenhagen does...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Indeed. The thing about complexity that they appear to have missed is the complexity of describing something is entirely dependent on the words and vocabulary you have to describe it. Precisely. This also goes for Kolmogorov complexity. Sidenote: there's some...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well the interesting thing for me there is EY's insistence that if you didn't convert to MWIsm after reading his blog posts on the subject that must be because you're too dumb. They have very ridiculous form of elitism... it's...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Also, check this out: http://lesswrong.com/lw/2l0/should_i_believe_what_the_siai_claims/2f14...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Resurrection of the dead per se is mysticism, it's not disprovable. Resurrection that is justified with allusions to *known* laws of physics and the like, that is actual pseudoscience. thevadiv: Well, they allude not to Occam's razor but to formalized...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Keep in mind they have an interesting way of putting probabilities on things. He'd say 50% sure if he didn't know *anything* about it....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Resurrection of people from their post history and the like is utterly ridiculous. The way known physics work, there's an immense number of possible people, unimaginably larger than the number of possible texts a person could write in a lifetime....
  • Commented on Me, talking
    TNT has about tenth of the energy density of gasoline. I think his point was though that such method of storage would be very dangerous. A brick sized thing equivalent to a ton of TNT, that's well in the pocket...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    The notion that Occam's razor favours MWI is sort of half way defensible (in the same way how Occam's razor favours enormous number of other stars rather than a sky dome with fake images). The pseudoscience is in allusions to...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well, the main problem with MWI is that what you actually see in a double slit experiment looks like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Double-slit_experiment_results_Tanamura_2.jpg rather than smooth neat gradient. A theory of physics should, in the end, produce this sort of pattern of...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    Ghmm, but what's about the energy density of liquid nitrogen as storage? From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_density its 0.77 MJ/kg , which matches current lithium-ion but is very well below lithium-air which has 9 MJ/kg . (Most of the battery weight is...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well, I dunno. I think a great deal of evil arises from delusions of grandeur. Some people just feel that they are here to save the world. They band up together to stroke that feeling at everyone's expense, sometimes with...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    I imagine Charles could of sold predictions of doom really well though, if he were into this sort of thing... it is scary to imagine just how much better than Ron Hubbard some actually good fiction writer could do....
  • Commented on Mo' holding pattern
    A minor technicality: the food will become very slightly radioactive due to irradiation by higher energy cosmic rays (some of the cosmic rays are high energy enough to cause transmutation), but almost all of that decays quickly. It's a bigger...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Ohh and also: find a simple error in Bogdanoffs phd thesis ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_Affair ). Hint: it is beyond any simple errors or obvious wrongness. It's not even obviously wrong - the next step after not even wrong. Charitable interpreting is...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Its actually very simple, Phil. Yudkowsky a: has a fanclub and b: avoids making any actual arguments. It's clearest when they are getting into science. For example, consider his forays into physics. The guy clearly, glaringly, haven't got a slightest...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    > No it doesn't, otherwise you reach the absurd conclusion that you 1 microsecond ago was a different person (atoms constantly enter and leave your brain). Well, "you" somehow goes from being you 1 nanosecond ago, to being you now,...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    > Self-delusion is a bad practice. You'll end up deluding yourself about something dangerous and that will be the end of you. For a perfectly selfish person there's simply no need to perform this calculation; it's not self deception. >...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Ohh also, "being honest with yourself" is a virtue, as in virtue ethics... My main problem with utilitarianism is utilitarians. They virtually never even think of the utility of preaching what they preach, and themselves preach about virtues anyway. Other...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Not sure it's a good thing at all, TBH. When training concentration camp guards, the conscience is broken by forcing them to choose their own status over other people's survival. There is no conscience destroying sin in not having had...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well yes of course. It is a team effort, one person says one thing, other person says other thing, third person tells to be rational and combine the beliefs, the beliefs exceed critical mass, poof....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Also, the utilitarianism is a given, the idea with dead babies currency was to count your spendings in lives unsaved any time you fill up a gas tank in your car, wait for cheque at restaurant, that sort of stuff....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well, that's combination of utilitarianism and having been convinced of a figure like 8 lives per dollar....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Well, one doesn't even need to speculate anything to imagine how this all works. Enough info in the open. I mean, suppose a gullible but somewhat wealthy person comes around this team. The classic hustlers on the team will talk...
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