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starspawn0

Microsoft invests in and partners with OpenAI to support us building beneficial AGI: https://openai.com/blog/microsoft/
Today, 03:51 PM
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Outlook

I'm really getting into retro computing. Computers back then were just so much more fundamental and hands on, and also they look fucking cool.
Yesterday, 11:14 PM
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    Archimedes
    Linux distributions have that feel to varying degrees (i.e. Debian is more hands-on than Ubuntu).
    Today, 03:55 AM
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    Outlook
    Definitely! I got Arch for that reason. It's a learning curve, but definitely worth the knowledge you get. It also teaches you to read software documentation and manuals, which is something I never cared for until now.
    Today, 04:25 AM
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    Archimedes
    And after Arch... Gentoo! :p
    Today, 01:30 PM
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eacao

Skittle, you’ve done an excellent job with your strategic Moon thread. Good going cuz, very interesting
Yesterday, 10:57 AM
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Outlook

Amazing Discovery will End Capitalism! https://youtu.be/u8wx5zc1Xy4
Yesterday, 02:38 AM
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wjfox

I see Google has now decided to impose its "smart" ads that appear randomly on pages. I had previously disabled these. Are they mandatory now? Let me know if they're too intrusive.
Jul 20 2019 10:13 PM
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    wjfox
    See e.g. – https://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2019/07/20.htm
    Jul 20 2019 10:13 PM
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    Outlook
    They're not intrusive at all.

    Just a note to people who use duckduckgo privacy essentials-- it blocks ads so whitelist on the websites you like. Didn't realize this till now.
    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
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Yuli Ban

Dear LORD, I thought Raklian was joking! This is *deep* in the Uncanny Valley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtSd844cI7U
Jul 20 2019 08:26 PM
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    Alislaws
    although in fairness I think the stage version costumes and makeup are similarly creepy.
    Today, 12:39 PM
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    Alislaws
    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/cats-musical-costume.html
    Today, 02:34 PM
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    Alislaws
    SO its less uncanny valley, and more of a faithful recreation in CGI of some weird looking costumes.
    Today, 02:35 PM
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    Raklian
    The trick is it was never knotted up.
    Jul 20 2019 04:53 PM
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    Raklian
    Only those with extremely high IQs can probably figure this out at one glance. LOL
    Jul 20 2019 04:54 PM
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starspawn0

Russian-made app FaceApp (and possible security risk, according to article) has a new "aging filter" that has gone viral: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/having-fun-using-faceapp-think-again-you-give-up-more-data-than-you-think-with-this-russian-made-app-2019-07-17
Jul 20 2019 09:54 AM
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    wjfox
    Yeah, I've been warning my friends/family not to install that -- and to remove if they already have it.
    Jul 20 2019 10:20 AM
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Outlook

What if the messages we're leaving behind online become a virtual archeological site where future intelligences go to study and seek glimpses into our history and culture. In that case I should write a message: When my statue is being built, I prefer silver over gold lining.
Jul 20 2019 02:45 AM
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    Raklian
    And in 10,000 years, AI will use these bits of data to revive us.

    XD
    Jul 20 2019 04:57 PM
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    Erowind
    /\ On that point, you future ais only have consent to revive me if I get to have self determination when you do.
    Jul 20 2019 08:48 PM
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    Alislaws
    You future AIs only have consent to revive me if I get to have self determination when you do, or if I would find it really funny.
    Today, 12:43 PM
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wjfox

Jair Bolsonaro is a truly evil psychopath. Really vile, repugnant human. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-amazon-rainforest-deforestation
Jul 19 2019 09:20 PM
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    Omosoap
    ...mine the forest for minerals. There will be no forest left. The tribesmen do not have the power to fight these people, and besides many of them are not that aggressive. This is the demonstration of what humanity is really like, and how we will really treat other forms of intelligence on other planets if we ever find them. We are an incredibly cruel and heartless species.
    Jul 20 2019 01:14 PM
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    Omosoap
    If we treat our own kind this way, how will we treat others vastly different from us?
    Jul 20 2019 01:14 PM
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    Omosoap
    That's why I have no hope for humanity, our cruelty outweighs our kindness. Nothing can make up for the loss of the Amazon, nothing. And we will suffer, as there are even less trees now to take up the carbon in the atmosphere. And yet, I cannot blame them, our ancestors did the same thing. Look into the faces of the Brazilians doing this, and you see the reflection of our ancestors. This is our heritage. This is what we are.
    Jul 20 2019 01:17 PM
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Raklian

Have you guys seen the Cats trailer? It's... uh... interesting, to say the least.
Jul 19 2019 02:28 PM
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    Outlook
    Half the problem would go away if they just wore clothes.
    Jul 20 2019 05:18 AM
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    Raklian
    ^Which is why it is a problem since they aren't wearing clothes
    Jul 20 2019 04:55 PM
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    Alislaws
    yeah.. I commented on WJfox's status above. Saw the lion king though. CGI lions are adorable. CGI humancats are not.
    Today, 12:45 PM
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Outlook

Forest is such an amazing focus app. I've managed to grow a pretty good forest so far.
Jul 19 2019 01:14 PM
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    Outlook
    All that progress, my forest surges through me!
    https://i.imgur.com/k6BzYdy.png

    Favourite are the apple trees!
    Jul 19 2019 01:21 PM
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Erowind

It's hot out, like really hot out. Like really really hot out!
Jul 19 2019 12:11 PM
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    Raklian
    One of the asphalt roads near where I live is bubbling. O_o
    Jul 20 2019 03:13 AM
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    tomasth
    Here is a site to calculator heat index.
    https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml

    So 102f heat index can be just 90 f with 64 humindity.

    Jul 20 2019 04:19 PM
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    Alislaws
    This is fine, This is all fine.
    Today, 12:47 PM
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starspawn0

Liberals and Conservatives React in Wildly Different Ways to Repulsive Pictures -- To a surprising degree, our political beliefs may derive from a specific aspect of our biological makeup: our propensity to feel physical revulsion. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/the-yuck-factor/580465/
Jul 19 2019 01:53 AM
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    Omosoap
    That makes a lot of sense actually. Disease has been and is one of the larger threats for humans. It also helps in understanding why colonialists might have been motivated to see the countries they were colonizing as inferior etc. A modern example is the African continent being so resistant to gay rights is in part due to that continents traumatic experiences with AIDS.
    Jul 19 2019 02:37 AM
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    starspawn0
    And people who started out being one political orientation or another, and then switched sides, could be like a marble rolling around on an uneven surface -- that first makes its way to one valley (liberal, say), before rolling out and then down into a black hole (conservative) from which there is no escape, having found its proper attractor.
    Jul 19 2019 02:39 AM
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    Archimedes
    Haggard's Law becomes interesting when considering effects like this.
    Jul 19 2019 03:13 AM
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