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  • Commented on COVID-19
    What stops every legislative term from beginning with a single vote to extend ALL existing legislation by another term? (If someone doesn't think it's worth the time to single out a law for explicit repeal, I have difficulty imagining why...
  • Commented on A serious question
    If hiding indoors doesn't prevent the transformation, but the moon being below the horizon on earth DOES, that seems to suggest the transformation must be caused by some sort of emanation from the moon that can be blocked by a...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I think Heteromeles is taking the perspective that it's OK for paradoxes to happen occasionally by accident as long as humans don't have a rational motive for routinely creating them on purpose..? I can't figure out any other way to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Depending on the actual rules of what happens when you create a paradox, a 0.1 second head-start might be significant even out in deep space. Suppose you station a ship out at an appropriate jump point, and it waits there...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    > If you restrict the relative velocities then you probably need longer jumps to cause problems. So then you can put a restriction on how far the FTL drive can jump... but what about making multiple jumps to travel long...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    > Perhaps you could construct a universe where the only FTL mechanism is by naturally occuring wormholes, and all of those happen to lie in the same frame of reference. That could be a way to have your cake and...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm not sure you understand what is meant by the term "reference frame". Your reference frame isn't WHERE you are, it's HOW FAST you are. Objects with different velocities are in different reference frames. (Technically, ANY difference in velocity is...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    > what my late wife and I decided we wanted, back in the early/mid-nineties, was an artificial stupid. "I know what to do with this, I know what to do with that, um, hey, boss, I don't know what to...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    An amusing list of examples of learning machines that satisfied their "goals" in unintended ways: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vRPiprOaC3HsCf5Tuum8bRfzYUiKLRqJmbOoC-32JorNdfyTiRRsR7Ea5eWtvsWzuxo8bjOxCG84dAg/pubhtml...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    > It has come as a big awful surprise to most of these companies that people assumed them to be responsible for solving, or at least mitigating very, very hard problems, such as recognizing propaganda, preventing or disrupting mass-psycoses... It...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    You know your circumstances better than I do, but the most common explanation for that sort of thing is that the hits are more memorable than the misses, so in retrospective you overestimate how common they were (per the availability...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    One issue with testing in a natural landscape is that you can't control what information the tester might already have about that landscape. Hypothetically, people could have found water (or probable locations for water) by unrelated means some time in...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    How did we get from "I hypothesize that the laws of physics are being rewritten by massed belief" to "no no my point is that the world contains a noticeable number of biased scientists"? Yes, the world does contain a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    > The main evidence is the number of phenomena reported by highly respected scientists that are not now repeatable, and were regarded as possible at the time and are not now - such as storm calling. This is just a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    > And why are you assuming that the phenomena that led to astrophysics existed before, say, 1800? Because much of the light by which we observe them takes considerably longer than that to reach us (or at least appears to),...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    > I fully agree that the apparent fact that the physical universe obeys a few extremely simple laws, and everything can be built up from those, is totally baffling. I have previously posted that one speculation about the reason is...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    > I've always read there are 20? 200? words for snow in Eskimo. This is a dubious and imprecise claim that seems to get repeated as an urban legend without regard for evidence. "Eskimo" is not a single language, and...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Re: Heteromeles @264 - the argument isn't that math is astonishing because it has solved every problem ever, but that if you view math as simply the exploration of the consequences of arbitrary axioms, then it is astonishing that it...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    > If the rewrite of Kerbal Space Programme uses Quaternions then I will accept that they are numbers. I don't know anything about a rewrite, but the original Kerbal Space Program already uses quaternions. In fact, it's a good bet...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    This is at least partly a trick of scope. If people agree about something, they'll subdivide it into smaller pieces until they find something to disagree about. https://xkcd.com/915/ If you want to talk higher-level technologies, I'm pretty sure this blog...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    > If you define pacifism as "not wanting to be at war", which is quite a common definition... I've never heard that definition before. Wikipedia says there's a spectrum but that the most common definition is unwillingness to wage war...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You're now only debating whether your argument is dead twice over or dead three times over, because I pointed out three independently-fatal problems and you only responded to one....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Again, this all sounds like a comprehensive explanation of how Ashby's Law is completely irrelevant to the problems being discussed. You've already admitted that: 1) The necessary amount of control "variety" is miniscule (legal / not legal) 2) The regulator...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You're the one who's trying to apply "Ashby's Law" to the legal system, so I await your reasoning for how we know that the legal system is one of the special "tractable" cases where Ashby's Law applies. (Actually, I don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I have been attempting to steelman Ashby's Law, imagining the most persuasive variation on it that I can. If you want to dig into what Ashby actually says, it looks to me like he proves this "law" by explicitly choosing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yep, all of those sound like legitimate problems. But none of them sound like problems of "variety" in the sense of Ashby's Law. Those sound like problems of efficiency; the correct response is already on the list of responses the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > I have trouble with it just from your brief description... because it talks about states... and ignores the between-states. In common parlance, the "state" of a system refers to it's general status. For instance, a machine might have "on"...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > From the viewpoint of the thermostat, "door left open" and "window left open" don't matter; what matters is how the temperature is changing. OK, change example to "you can make a perfectly serviceable thermostat that turns on the cooling...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Being unfamiliar with "Ashby's Law", I did some brief reading to try to understand your line of reasoning. Looks like Ashby starts with the idea that a system can't have more behaviors than it has distinct states, which is true...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I have lived my whole life in the US and I grew up with "couldn't care less". I have long assumed that "could care less" is simply people being too lazy or too ignorant to say all of the words,...
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