Damian

Damian

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    Cynicism is an imposition of assumed knowledge, while optimism requires a certain humility and generosity of spirit. Optimism is frequently mistaken for naïveté. The difference is that the sort of optimism we’re talking about implies a moral obligation to leave...
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    Well even in this context, I’ll define cynicism as a rule that requires always making least generous possible interpretation of others, their motivations and their worldviews. It might seem that interpretation is the contentious concept there, but really the reason...
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    I agree about optimism, which I think has a moral imperative of sorts. The opposite of optimism is not pessimism, which is a kind of grief, but rather cynicism which is a kind of arrogance. I thoroughly endorse David Attenborough’s...
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    Whoops Apocalypse was one of my favourites as a teenager too. Along with Blackadder, which reminds me: Satire can always shine a light on the past... though really the past is like SF, somewhere sufficiently distant to play our the...
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    I thought this was a rather nice essay on themes some of us have been grappling with: http://www.catherineingram.com/facingextinction/...
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    Bugger, silly autocorrect. That should be “nudging probability” and “the macro”....
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    I think this is the germ of our main disagreements here. I see this stuff in the workplace daily, do what I can to make things better or failing that at least not to “be that guy”, and I know...
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    In terms of two groups with specific bred-for traits, the first generation hybrid is the one that has the bred-for traits of both expressed. Breeding two first generation hybrids yields a random assortment of all the genes involved, so no....
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    The other obvious polemical flourish available for use with those who believe in a god-author for nature, is that hybrid vigour is the way she makes her supermen or messiahs....
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    It’s pretty good as polemic anyway, and obviously factually true so long as you are careful to express limits to its application (not that the target audience you’re talking about would understand the concern). In agriculture, hybrid vigour is a...
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    No, that's essentially what intersectinality is: you're just framing it to suit your own perspective without allowing that another perspective might be valid. Your groups A and B are both subsets of a larger group, within that group there is...
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    Sorry EC, this is all basically gibberish. I understand you’re gibbering in a way that’s coherent within some of your highly contained and pressurised worldview, but it isn’t outside it....
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    Greg, you might consider thinking that through in a little more detail. Your examples actually re-inforce jrootham’s point, and they certainly are not counter examples to his claim that the important theme here is power. Your argument requires that you...
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    “Putting slow learners (if they really are) in with average kids in with fast learners is a failure.” That’s actually the point. I’m not talking about mixing slow learners with fast learners. I’m talking about people with CP who have...
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    To be fair, I am sort of openly treating “You are NOT ALLOWED to form an opinion of me based on my words, that is discriminatory, and expressing your opinion takes away MY free speech” as too stupid to even...
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    You know that Greer is from Sydney, right? And there have always been people who appreciate reclaiming without necessarily participating? My point, and I think some of Moz's, though I can't speak for him, or anyone, is that the whole...
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    See it’s like this. When I was in primary school in Melbourne, we used to go visit the “special school” just around the corner, got to know the kids who, through no fault of their own, were there rather than...
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    It’s a long, long time since I read it, but Clifford Geertz on time in Bali is just fascinating. I’ve got it in paperback somewhere or other but it surely must be around online....
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    The last desktop tower that I built is still working, 9 years on. I haven’t replaced any components, but it does need a new power supply (the power supply fan bearings have started making noise). The last upgrade would have...
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    Astronomy counts as part of reference reality. You’re right, though - the main purpose for this number is leave accrual projection. Because leave is important....
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    365.2425, which is usually only relevant for financial calculations. I guess for synchronising with reference reality there are also leap seconds occasionally. Greg, you can tell whether it’s actually been registered by looking in an online Whois tool like this...
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    I’d say simple is best, but what that means is really “as simple as it can reasonably be and still achieve the things you want”. Simple isn’t the same as easy, because easy often means the complexity is just hidden...
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    You’d hate the way they write asynchronous code these days, then. All callbacks handled by what back in the day we’d have called lambda functions that are passed in as parameters, the runtime stack nested half a dozen layers just...
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    I have had good experiences with Mythic Beasts from back in the day when their shared servers were Mac minis and they were one of the only affordable providers who would give you a shell. I really only stopped dealing...
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    Right, it makes complete sense to separate your email address from your ISP, because otherwise makes firing your ISP a pain in the arse. But you still need a mail server for what you are asking. DNS alone just gives...
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    Greg, you’re talking about doing (approximately) three things which can be handled separately or in combination. 1) register a DNS domain with a name of your choosing via a DNS registrar, 2) DNS hosting and delegation, which is where you...
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    I suppose I’m the run-it-into-the-ground type you describe (usually aim for 5 years from a significant computing device, often get a bit more). But there is a more interesting reason this might not work well for most into the future....
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    I agree - I was responding more to the link Dave posted above which shows linear migrations across climate zones. I’m pessimistic rather than cynical, I think it’s very likely we’re facing the RCP8.5 scenario. A risk management approach would...
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    The other point is that the projections shown are for specific models performing under specific emissions scenarios. What you actually want is a pessimistic scenario and a model with reasonable worst cases for other variables baked in. Even then you...
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    Loading the Eater of Souls into main memory all at once seems like just asking for trouble to me. I suggest applying your substitution to a stream of the Eater of Souls instead: perl -ple ‘s/Angleton/Bob/gi’ < eater_of_souls Note that...
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