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starspawn0

This is very strange: experimental evidence suggests different animal species, with different brains, learn certain tasks at an identical rate; but you need to devise just the right test to find what their brains have picked up: https://mobile.twitter.com/TSHindmarsh/status/1072526291264520192
Jan 13 2019 03:59 PM
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    starspawn0
    Maybe this suggests that there is something universal about all mammal (or even all animal) brains, when it comes to learning. Maybe there is a "universal algorithm".
    Jan 13 2019 04:04 PM
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    Raklian
    ^ Makes sense since all mammals share a common evolutionary ancestor.
    Jan 13 2019 04:38 PM
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    tomasth
    In nature it better to find some way to do something to some degree , in the Right timing and spacing ; so any algorithm that can do that will confer survival better.

    Its probably non reproducible analog process using the variability of any noise sources it can.

    Its good not to be able to do anything exactly even the same , if the response is to context.
    Jan 13 2019 05:08 PM
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Raklian

Having read about this breaking news about Trump personally being under investigation by the FBI, I'm hoping one day to watch CNN and see Trump being escorted out of the White House in handcuffs surrounded by FBI officials.
Jan 12 2019 07:31 PM
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    joe00uk
    Apparently the FBI probe found nothing to link Trump and Russia.
    Jan 12 2019 11:58 PM
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    starspawn0
    False. New York Times, which broke the story: "No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials. An F.B.I. spokeswoman and a spokesman for the special counsel’s office both declined to comment."
    Jan 13 2019 12:53 AM
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    starspawn0
    The key word is PUBLICLY. The FBI investigation has been rolled into the Mueller investigation, and they have not, as yet, released their findings. Furthermore, that specific investigation is likely still ongoing.
    Jan 13 2019 12:56 AM
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starspawn0

One often hears that even if tech advances very rapidly, the supply chains and consumer adoption will greatly slow it down. This is often told as an immutable law of business and human nature. I'm not so sure about that -- look at China...
Jan 12 2019 03:46 PM
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    starspawn0
    China has a very high rate of tech adoption. Things change very quickly there. If the U.S. adopted and switched to new technology that quickly, you'd definitely notice it.
    Jan 12 2019 03:48 PM
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    Raklian
    Once the supply chain becomes automated... the sky's the limit.
    Jan 12 2019 05:53 PM
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Outlook

It's strange that human beings have constant behaviours and desires that are not really built upon so much so as adapted to. Pleasures like story-telling, games, and food. These pleasures are all pleasures that have stayed constant, but the way they're taken has changed.
Jan 12 2019 05:44 AM
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    Erowind
    Absolutely, and some things seem to be very timeless. A part of my friend group that used to primarily play video games when we were younger is more partial to board games now.
    Jan 13 2019 08:34 PM
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sun_set

wjfox for dictator of Earth #will4dictator #will4realchange
Jan 12 2019 03:02 AM
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    Raklian
    So, if Will is the Dictator... what does that make Yuli and myself? XD
    Jan 12 2019 07:13 AM
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    Erowind
    Even the anarchist would get your vote ;)
    Jan 14 2019 01:13 PM
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    Alislaws
    Yes! He could dissolve the EU and put all the countries into a similar thing that encompass the entire world. Thus fulfilling the brexit mandate in a way that makes things better.
    Jan 14 2019 05:08 PM
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Erowind

Not normally one for posting quotes but this one got me. "Only under capitalism do millions of empty homes and millions of homeless people just sit and stare at each other." -Richard Wolff
Jan 12 2019 02:17 AM
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    eacao
    No it’s not only under capitalism, dicky wolff
    Jan 12 2019 04:19 AM
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    eacao
    You wolf dick
    Jan 12 2019 04:19 AM
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    Alislaws
    I guess if two socialist nations had a border and one had a housing shortage and one had a people shortage? Under feudalism, large houses might be empty serfs wouldn't be allowed to live there.
    Jan 14 2019 11:58 AM
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starspawn0

Ivanka Trump floated as possible World Bank president: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ivanka-trump-floated-as-possible-world-bank-president-report-2019-01-11 (No, it's not The Onion.)
Jan 12 2019 12:52 AM
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    Erowind
    I don't recognize any of the other people in that mix. But if there's a neo-keynesian among them that's where my vote would go if I had one. I'd say market socialist, but being honest with myself there's no way a market socialist is in that lineup. In any case a pseudo-protectionist is a step backwards I agree.
    Jan 12 2019 01:21 AM
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Raklian

Want to track every tanker out in the oceans? Go there: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9707015
Jan 11 2019 10:43 PM
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    Raklian
    And then look closer at China's coast... so many stars... no.. ships!
    Jan 11 2019 10:48 PM
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    Maximus
    A snapshot of the vast scale of our global economy. That's not even taking planes and trucks into account.
    Jan 11 2019 11:24 PM
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    Maximus
    Trains as well.
    Jan 11 2019 11:28 PM
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starspawn0

Like wayward Buddhists believing they can escape suffering, some people try to escape from the future, saying, "Let's just stick with what we know, and leave that future business to someone else. Nobody can predict the future." But we all MUST -- our retirement plans and investments depend on it! Our whole economic system requires it.
Jan 11 2019 02:03 PM
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    Erowind
    Buddhists don't try to escape suffering, they work to build a world where humanity can secede from suffering. To secede implies agency. To run implies fear and subjugation.
    Jan 11 2019 05:01 PM
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    starspawn0
    Hence the use of the term "wayward", which in this case means "perverse deviation from expected norm; tending to stray": https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/wayward
    Jan 11 2019 05:29 PM
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    Erowind
    Ahh, okay. Your speech has more minutia to keep track of than provided context sometimes. It was hard to tell what "wayward" here meant because you never contrasted the "wayward Buddhist" with the "Buddhist."
    Jan 11 2019 10:09 PM
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wjfox

Trump says he'll "probably, almost definitely" declare national emergency. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/jan/10/trump-us-mexico-border-wall-shutdown-live-updates
Jan 10 2019 04:54 PM
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    Erowind
    Free helicopter rides to beautiful impoverished and authoritarian Honduras for all MAGA goys. No return trips available, passports will be confiscated upon boarding. Consent is not required or requested for transit, you will be receiving your boarding ultimatum within the next few days.
    Jan 10 2019 10:02 PM
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    Outlook
    May I remind everyone, that Americans were once aliens too: https://i.imgur.com/phGak2X.png
    Jan 10 2019 10:07 PM
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    Raklian
    Outlook, they probably know that and don't really care.
    Jan 12 2019 05:01 AM
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starspawn0

Good Will Hunting is not a movie I liked, but it has an interesting scene about denial and acceptance; and I think the gulf between only "knowing something" versus knowing + "inhabiting" it, internalizing it, feeling it, is equally large: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtkST5-ZFHw
Jan 10 2019 01:47 PM
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    starspawn0
    I mean, they didn't *say* they endorsed the tweet... so why should anyone think they do?
    Jan 10 2019 11:30 PM
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    tomasth
    "so why should anyone think they do"

    I often repeat what i do not endorse but like enough to bear.
    Its using an unbearable , to convey a point , which is what i asked.

    Maybe i should stop see "bear" and "like" as synonyms.

    I get that its the bearable kind of dislike.

    Jan 11 2019 09:37 AM
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    tomasth



    "knowing something" versus knowing + internalizing it

    The gulf between believers can be bigger then with a non believer. War among friends/love ones , are more bitter then with strangers.

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing , as it can be more misleading then falsehood.
    Jan 11 2019 09:45 AM
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Outlook

You can listen to all Supreme Court arguments of the last 8 years here, https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio/2018
Jan 10 2019 06:02 AM
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    Erowind
    I'm finding Gamble vs The United States interesting. How these justices are justifying double jeopardy is such a shocker. I find it fascinating that they're citing texts from the 16th century!
    Jan 10 2019 09:03 AM
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    Raklian
    I think they're overestimating the importance of precedence. I think precedence is the courts greatest strength but also its greatest weakness.
    Jan 10 2019 04:17 PM
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    eacao
    nice find!
    Jan 11 2019 12:55 PM
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Yuli Ban

Self-supervised Deep Reinforcement Learning with Generalized Computation Graphs for Robot Navigation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgiW0HlQWVE
Jan 10 2019 03:39 AM
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Outlook

Doom is still so much fun 25 years later, and if you play some of the 2016 soundtrack in the back, your testosterone level peaks.
Jan 10 2019 02:58 AM
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    Erowind
    Brutal Doom is highly recommended as a mod. When I was a teenager I used to go to the gym and listen to Slayer while hitting a punching bag, then go home and listen to Slayer while playing doom.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXfzNWCEZBA&list=PLVi8a6DWjEGvC3_HE6sdjdehyQtSiwP2c
    Jan 10 2019 03:07 AM
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    Erowind
    Brutal Doom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YoADewX12E
    Jan 10 2019 03:09 AM
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    Outlook
    I'd play it if I had windows D:, I'm playing a flash translated version.
    Jan 10 2019 10:07 AM
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Sciencerocks

If you needed one reason why we need to protect our borders then this would be it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Drug_War 250,000 people have been slaughteered since 2006 in the cartel war. I thought I bring something to peoples attention.
Jan 09 2019 09:00 PM
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    Alislaws
    People are being brutally murdered in Mexico! Quick! We MUST make sure they can't escape Mexico to live somewhere they might not be horribly murdered!
    But seriously: I assume your point was about the criminals getting in not the refugees?

    A few questions that leap to my mind:
    Jan 10 2019 06:16 PM
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    Alislaws
    How many Mexican drug cartel members committed crimes in the USA last year?
    Of those how many entered the country illegally?
    Of those how many crossed the border in a way which would be stopped by the planned wall?

    Jan 10 2019 06:18 PM
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    Alislaws
    If the answer to the final question is a number that makes $5billion+ worth spending to stop it then you've convinced me.
    Jan 10 2019 06:19 PM