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  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Well, 90% of work *might* indeed server no other purpose than to prop up a system of continuous work, however I will then turn around and call that system "civilization". And I believe that unless you have some supernatural knowledge...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I think it's more like significant "campaign contributions" buy you some immunity from blackmail. And there's stuff like asset forfeiture and systematic de-equalization of the playing field (i.e. laws that are only enforced if you're the right color, faith or...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I don't consider natural gas a viable alternative, because while it might be cheap *now*, it is not sustainable - just like oil, it will run out and leave us with even a bigger energy dependency to deal with (given...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Here's an unbotched link. "Trump’s conspicuous contradictions and his oft-criticized habit of staking out multiple positions on a single issue result in a gigantic number of resulting messaging options that creates a huge advantage for a firm like Cambridge Analytica:...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Here's some really chilling news from the big data panopticon front. tl;dr is that both Trump and Brexit Leave had support of a "behavioural change communication" outfit which used a groundbreaking new model of classifying people by their social media...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Last summer I thought that having Trump elected would actually be a good thing to happen to shake the American people out of their comfort zone and make them pay closer attention to who is running their country, on what...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Ok, point taken. I know that it's easier to create an 'eccentric' AI than it is to have a 'regular' sort. @Greg@675: I actually like the Holy Fool or trickster sort of interpretation, and I am willing to go long...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    This fails both Occam's and Turing's tests. Occam's because "on the internet, anyone can be anything" is a way simpler explanation. Turing's because my gut feeling says AI tech is nowhere near as advanced to have this kinds of conversations,...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Here's the thing though, even if your insights are valuable and deep down you mean well, you seem quite malicious in packaging them into some obscure riddles and then berating people for not getting the point. So even if you're...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Well, maybe I am a bit idealistic, but I do not think NATO could have expanded into the Baltics if the Baltics did not wish to belong there, and that directly stems from how Russia treated us in the past....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    By the way, one more tidbit that may give some perspective: the last deployments of the Russian army left the Baltics in 1994. That's roughly three years after independence from the USSR, and IIRC required a lot of behind-the-scenes persuading...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    And speaking of Ukraine... I still blame the post-USSR Ukrainian elites for most of that fiasco. I think I strongly have to agree with that, although gut feeling tells me that the post-USSR Ukrainian elites were also elites in late...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    It is not my intention to equate the Russian people with it's government, I'm sorry if it sounded like that. My point was that the collapse of the USSR did not bring substantial change to it's government - it only...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The party for the newly inaugurated prime minister (Estonian Centre Party) actually has a co-operation agreement with none other than Jedinaja Rossija, Putin's party. There's a lot of debate on whether that is a superficial thing meant as some 'certificate...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Thank you both. I am glad that you find it interesting....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Gorbachev and Yeltsin might have attempted to reverse USSR imperialism, but from the perspective of Baltic states, the Russian Federation did really not seem to be that much different. In more abstract terms, the more time passed after 1991, the...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I don't dispute that what I have been taught in history lessons is a one-sided narrative and that the news I read are also pretty slanted. With that being said.. I do not agree with this point of view painting...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I would be interested in some more information and your opinion on the much touted problem of ethnic Russians who are left without citizenship after the fall of the USSR. From this side of the fence it looks like they're...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    "Sounds too simple for me. I do agree with the point you make about Baltic states feeling insecure (although they did end up relatively unscathed) but the whole NATO expansion thing looks disturbingly like trying to finish off the fallen...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    This is my first post. I have enjoyed reading the discussions here for a long time, I wish to thank you for all the interesting information and viewpoints. Especially big thanks to OGH for having this community and the amazingly...
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