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by KnightExemplar
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 108962

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I accomplished 2 sets of 20 Reps of 20lb dumbbell curls yesterday. Which isn't a big deal for my right hand... but its a big deal for my left hand. Until yesterday, I've had to do "negative reps" (using my right hand to "assist" my left hand for a good chunk the 2nd set). But yea...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 34
Views: 10165

Re: Battery Tester Project

I've been getting some cold feet on this project for a number of reasons: 1. I've come up with a few minor design issues: I want the board to be placed onto standoffs at very least, so I need to make room for some screws and standoffs. In addition, I want to replace the bare-wire solder point (for ...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 34
Views: 10165

Re: Battery Tester Project

I've been getting some cold feet on this project for a number of reasons: 1. I've come up with a few minor design issues: I want the board to be placed onto standoffs at very least, so I need to make room for some screws and standoffs. In addition, I want to replace the bare-wire solder point (for t...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

I agree. Discussing evidentiary levels is preferable to discussing the content and nature of the film in question. Since everyone in this thread basically said they don't want to watch the film (myself included), what else is there to discuss? At very least, now I need to make sure that people are ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Of course, dude. Bromosexuality is so totally not gay even if it does include the occasional bro job. I haven't seen the movie, and it sounds like you haven't either. Maybe she does discuss Paul Elam's issues, maybe she doesn't. Its hard to say unless we watch the movie. I've read two reviews of th...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 34
Views: 10165

Re: Battery Tester Project

I was thinking of good ways to test out my Heatsink calculations, now that I have my real heatsink in. http://i.imgur.com/tP9rrji.jpg It turns out, that my printer is actually quite accurate. Paper-prototype ftw. Looks like my calculations were right :-) With that said, I'm going over my PCB design ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

I haven't seen the movie, and it sounds like you haven't either. Maybe she does discuss Paul Elam's issues, maybe she doesn't. Its hard to say unless we watch the movie. I've read two reviews of the documentary Readings of secondary material (ie: movie reviews) are acceptable evidence. Of course, d...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

But if your aim is to dispose of the stigma surrounding MRAs, you don't interview Paul Elam. Not unless you're sticking him in the part of your documentary where you explain where that stigma came from. I do accept the Wikipedia article to be a valid source for discussion material. However, it does...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Honestly, it looks like the point of the documentary is to find the biggest MRAs and interview them. So from that perspective, I think that yeah, having a face-to-face interview with him sounds like the very point of the documentary. If the point of the documentary is talk about MRAs, then sure, in...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5693

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

I'm not meaning that the individual man is to blame for his troubles, but that men and masculine culture, in general, are. I figured this is what you meant, yeah -- I beg pardon if I implied otherwise! Unrelated: I'm not going to watch this documentary, because fucking Paul Elam are you serious lad...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 29908

Re: Let's Talk Money

Dunno about the rest of you, but I'd lay out a fair amount of cash for even a marginally better chance of avoiding cavity drilling. Certainly I'm willing fork over the cost of a new electric toothbrush every few years. Electric Toothbrushes are like... $15 now . I guess you need 2xAA rechargeable b...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 29908

Re: Let's Talk Money

Dunno about the rest of you, but I'd lay out a fair amount of cash for even a marginally better chance of avoiding cavity drilling. Certainly I'm willing fork over the cost of a new electric toothbrush every few years. Electric Toothbrushes are like... $15 now . I guess you need 2xAA rechargeable b...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Large appliances were once built to last. They were serviceable and had replaceable parts for a technician to replace. However, now that automation and mass-production is so big... its cheaper to just throw away the appliance and buy a newer one. I have seen this claim, but I am not so sure that it...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

There's also some similarity to elasto's hypothetical "perfect construction record" earlier in the thread, to help the hypothetical plumbing robot. Then again, car maintenance casts some doubt on that scenario: production cars are built to much tighter tolerances than houses, and there is...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I propose we create a scale for AI level based on jobs they can replace. Assembly line worker: check Not even. Things like the iPhone have curves and screws at awkward angles. Designs are no longer purely about being easy for a robot to do... but are starting to be "Fashion statements". S...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

But this kind of thing happens even with human plumbers. If you call in a professional plumber, there's a decent chance that she isn't going to have the part for some random custom-made unit. She'll come in, identify the problem, order the part, and come in two weeks later to fix it, charging you $...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Kitchen sinks aren't made to exact specifications either. The pipes under every Kitchen sink are basically custom-made by a plumber in every house. Its not very hard to cut PVC pipes to certain lengths and make a custom solution for everybody. Without standardization, it becomes incredibly difficul...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Not having robots repair your sink is a matter of economics, not technology. Robots are expensive, plumbers less so. The only reason to make a robot plumber is because you need more plumbers than you have the capacity to produce through existing methods. Not a problem currently, or so I believe. Ho...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

The main issue is the difference between statistics and AI. In some cases, statistics IS AI. Are you really so sure that statistics isn't the basis of meatbag intelligence too? That's what forming memories, learning stuff, "muscle memory", and creativity are, except that it's statistics a...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So, would it be fair to say that you think the difference between AI and a human brain is that you can use a human brain to better understand a human brain? We are already using AI to better understand a human brain, and (more scary and to the point) human behavior. It's getting good. Eight years a...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 8338

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I suspect an artificial voice could replace a human in every situation where there's a static scripted statement and gleaning emotional cues from things like intonation isn't important. Are you familiar with Hatsune Miku ? In any case, Volcaloids are closer to a musical instrument than an AI. Plus ...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 34
Views: 10165

Re: Battery Tester Project

Annnnddd.... now we got this company: http://basicpcb.com/ Well, that company seems like a pretty good US supplier. The other US suppliers are 4pcb.com and expresspcb.com. I haven't used any of these... I initially started my project on expresspcb because of the cheaper price ($61 for the Miniboard ...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2788

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

This is old news. Certain products have a lot of this, others it's not an issue. If you're buying Oral-B toothbrush heads, god help you. If you're buying from the manufacturer's listing or from Amazon directly, this is often not an issue. Read the reviews. The biggest problem I have with amazon is ...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?
Replies: 41
Views: 15768

Re: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?

My Dad got me all the hardware for a new computer. He knows what he is doing, so all the parts are comparable. The usually way I would go about building something is to ignore the instruction and put stuff together that looks like their parts fit together. If I do this method with a computer, will ...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: are morals relative or absolute?
Replies: 20
Views: 3981

Re: are morals relative or absolute?

i define murder as the premeditated intent to kill, without personal danger to oneself, and then executing that action. i define absolute as it can be applied everywhere and in all situations. i define relative as it can't be applied everywhere and in all situations. Then every soldier is immoral i...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Computer Upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 2018

Re: Computer Upgrade

Its hard to beat the Mushkin Reactor for price / performance : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820226596

The Samsung 850 Evo is a TLC drive... probably the best TLC drive but still not a technology I trust.
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2788

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors. In theory. But I don't see the incentive. Jose This. If the odds worked out that more value in high-end items (not nu...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like
Replies: 17
Views: 5637

Re: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like

Mine is Hunniepop. It's a turn based connect-at-least-2 puzzle game of which the premise is your character is wooing various ridiculously proportioned anime ladies. It turns time sensitive when you get around to taking said lady to bed. Bonus points for allowing you to be male or female while getti...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 26
Views: 2404

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Is this a grinding stone? It seems too hard, and isn't creating silty particles. I can't say that I'm an expert on this subject... but it looks like a brick to me. Lol. It does seem to be slightly larger than a standard whetstone. If I were to take a guess, you probably have a lapping stone: a ston...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 26
Views: 2404

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Is this a grinding stone? It seems too hard, and isn't creating silty particles. I can't say that I'm an expert on this subject... but it looks like a brick to me. Lol. It does seem to be slightly larger than a standard whetstone. If I were to take a guess, you probably have a lapping stone: a ston...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)
Replies: 79
Views: 8841

Re: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)

Soo..... Episode 3 of Season 5 is out... and it was rather brutal too. I figured it was probably better to rez the old topic than make a new one. If the mods disagree, just let me know and I'll make a new topic. :-) My housemate and I rewatched the first seasons last year (not knowing there was mor...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)
Replies: 79
Views: 8841

Re: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)

Soo..... Episode 3 of Season 5 is out... and it was rather brutal too.

I figured it was probably better to rez the old topic than make a new one. If the mods disagree, just let me know and I'll make a new topic. :-)
by KnightExemplar
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 34
Views: 10165

Re: Battery Tester Project

A few more hours, and I'll tell you some mistakes that were in my original layout above. http://i.imgur.com/nTUVKNQ.png I probably won't catch every mistake, but I need to keep my eyes open for every mistake that I can catch on the first run. Each of these attempts will cost me $60 + shipping + hour...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It has everything to do with the situation however. The Premium Tax Credit, under the ACA, was explicitly designed to make the individual mandate more affordable to low-income people. Because we shouldn't be forcing poor people to buy things they can't afford. That's fucked up. I think we all can a...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Okay. That's not what I was discussing with commodorejohn, though; I was discussing commodorejohn's obvious displeasure with the ACA's insurance mandate, and trying to get them to empathize with why that mandate, while kind of sucky, is probably still better than the alternative (a world where the ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

commodorejohn alleges that he was unemployed for 14 months and then further penalized by the ACA's individual mandate. However, the ACA was supposed to have given him a tax-credit to assist him in paying for insurance. But he also says that we shouldn't discuss why the mandate exists or what the al...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I'm hungry and start complaining about it... the last thing a friend is supposed to do is say "Well, there are starving people in Africa". No shit, that sucks for them, but I'm still hungry. "I'm hungry..." -- "Well, yeah, but that's because we've been using this food to fe...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

And as heartbreaking as that case is, it isn't commodorejohn's case. I'm aware; that's why I preceded it by saying 'now imagine that', instead of 'in your particular case'. I saw the Dave Chappelle special last night. I believe he called your argument "Comparative Abuse". I'm hungry and s...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 9460

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You had relatives who took you in, and that's wonderful -- but now imagine that your relatives don't have a place for you to stay. In fact, they need a place to stay, too, 'cuz they just lost their home on account of insurance refusing to cover their leukemia treatment because they didn't report th...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2788

Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

https://twitter.com/billpollock/status/844030960333152256/photo/1 http://www.inc.com/sonya-mann/amazon-counterfeits-no-starch.html https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1GR4YZ1757VDL Essentially, Amazon assigns a unique ID to each product on its platform. Depending on which programs the brand ...

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