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nancyleb

  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I see Bob Howard as a heroic character-- he puts tremendous effort and takes serious risks to save people he doesn't know. Admittedly, he was drafted at the beginning, but he's developed independent motivation. Am I missing something?...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    In your previous piece about how much you hate bitcoin, you didn't include that they didn't have the resources to do adequate security. I could gloat slightly about this since I like bitcoin people rather more than you do, but...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Privatizing the Laundry is classic Hitchcock-- there's a desperate deadline-- now shorten the available time, or in this case, cut the resources. One of the functions of the Laundry which will suffer is recruiting, which means that some people who...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Yes, that was Deepness in the Sky-- the other failure mode for civilizations was brittleness due to excessive efficiency. I'm wondering about the future in Swanwick's "The Dog Said Bow Wow" where malware is so pervasive that people have to...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    "I wonder what made the literary tropes and stylings of HPL so culturally persistent, in a way that Shiel and Dunsany's aren't?" It's a secret. If word got out, then everyone would be writing classics, and no one would get...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/social-media-focuses-teen-shoppers-clothing-items-not-brands Fashion becoming more decentralized among young people. **** Another thing that's missing from most views of the economy is the work people do for themselves....
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Buying shoes by mail is a pain, but the only way I can get a reasonably good fit (my feet are 8E) is from a mail order company called Auditions. I have four pairs of shoes in the same style,...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    I was thinking about new possibilities for cloth, and here's something made with computer design and production, though not weaving-- advanced knit/crochet combinations (knit for flexibility, crochet for stability) done with very fine yarn....
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    "While it's worthwhile to have an expensive suit or formal gown tailored, who would bother fitting a $10 tee-shirt or a $20 pair of jeans?" I've heard that movie/tv actors do. It's one of the reasons they look better than...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    Your explanation of why machine learning won't solve the problem of false pattern recognition is lovely-- it's a tight phrasing of something that's been nagging at me. As for the larger topic, I don't have a general political theory or...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    Any thoughts about the possibilities of intelligence augmentation?...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Have a more detailed discussion of the topic: http://www.reddit.com/r/LessWrong/comments/17y819/lw_uncensored_thread/?limit=500 I'm reasonably certain I don't understand the fine points of the argument (probably the Decision Theory) because at one point there was a discussion thread that Eliezer censored partially-- and my...
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