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by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

I thought the green stuff was just created to enhance (generic) mutants, and that Xs 10, 23-23 and 24 really couldn't use it as anything more than a self-negating 'pep' that would freshen them up (speed up their 'natural' healing) by using a large dose, even whil...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

I actually somewhat got the impression that it was affecting current mutants - both because of the green medicine that enhanced their powers temporarily, and because I believe they specifically mentioned CRISPR. It's implied that the green medicine was specifically developed for X-24 -- to both...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

rmsgrey wrote:
Spoiler:
The healing factor has been reduced by the secret gene therapy that largely eliminated mutants
Spoiler:
No, the gene therapy just prevented any new mutants from being born -- it didn't interfere with their powers (at least, that isn't something the movie implied or discussed).
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

I also very much dislike for some reason Wolverine is suddenly ailing and sick? Presumably from... his adamentium? Or... stuff in the water? It's the adamantium; he explicitly mentions it when he talks to the doctor ("He's the one who put this poison in me!"). You could ta...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

OK I accept that's not what you meant but that wasn't clear, following as it was immediately after a comment about stuff like that happening in Panama . Fair enough! I can see how that could be confusing. I presumed ' our media' would be taken to mean our media reporting on crime exclusive to the U...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

:roll: The Great Hippo was judging not the scene but the likelihood of anyone being shot for their sneakers etc, in general terms; after a comment from Weeks. ENTIRELY outside the context of the film. Weeks specifically references "local news" - Weeks is from Panama. Weeks also mentions D...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hmm, in what scenario would you input illegal names in the first place? And in what scenario shouldn't the whole program just crash (so it doesn't matter how many valid names you accept before throwing an exception) if there's an illegal name? I think I am over-thinking this. There is no scenario I...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I've been trying to practice a certain technique in writing my exceptions for Python -- rather than raising exceptions immediately , I delay them as long as possible and raise them only after the block they're in is finished running. By way of an example, here's an __init__ for a dictionary-like obj...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

It was set IN Mexico. What ethnicity did you expect the thieves to be? I suppose they could have just cast white people for every role in the movie, regardless of where the movie was set, but I suspect that would have also led to charges of racism. 1) That scene took place in New Mexico, and 2) Pre...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

We get local news about thugs shooting people for the stupidest shit. They shot a guy for his goddamn sneakers . I don't know if that's due to a lack of self-respect or not but it does happen. Hell you can google and you get hits for it happening in Detroit. Shot over hubcaps, though? Like, maybe I...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

LaserGuy wrote:(looking at his other content, I'm guessing he's a Bill Maher-style libertarian, but I didn't peruse anything further)
I really hope "Bill Maher-style libertarian" catches on as an insult. That man makes me feel ashamed to call myself an atheist.
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 6126

Re: Logon

That actually broke my suspension of belief for a sec; like, maybe I am just *incredibly* naive, but I don't think most self-respecting thieves are going to pull a shotgun out and fire on you when you find them stealing your hubcaps. I mean, besides the fact that shotgun shells cost money -- and the...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

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; both mentioned she she never brings up Register-Her.com, nor asks Paul any questions re...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

The main problem here, is that I'd have to watch the movie to figure out which direction they're trying to go. And I'm not entirely sure if I want to watch another political documentary. Here's the wikipedia article . The documentary is clearly attempting to present a positive image of MRAs, as a c...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

So... she's no longer a feminist? Apparently, the documentary ends with her abandoning her feminism (her 'core beliefs') and walking off into the sunset. Or something. Which, I mean, okay; I'm not gonna judge without watching the documentary, but... if a pacifist goes to make a war-documentary, and...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

If you were going to make a documentary on the MRA movement as a whole, why would you intentionally leave out bad elements of it? Uh... what? The post of mine you quoted asked why she didn't bother to Google him. I'm presuming the reason she's acting like Paul Elam is a super-cool guy is because sh...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Millumi wrote:You know that the creator of The Misogyny Kool-Aid movie was a feminist when they started looking into it, right?
Yes, I'm aware. It's basically the tagline of the whole documentary. In what sense does that matter?
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

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 The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1824
Views: 89993

Re: Trump presidency

And then while attempting to apologize, he made another gaffe. This one is rather innocent, but still, dude. Just how incompetent can you be and remain white house press secretary. I feel like that one is way less concerning by an order of several magnitudes. Like, even bringing it up is a little s...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Yup. The real issues of anti-male sexism are almost entirely *perpetuated* by men or masculinity (prison rape being a joke is a combination of homophobia and our obsession with prison-as-punishment rather than prison-as-recovery; men losing child custody most of the time is due to the masculine tro...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

If I had to guess, that was probably made in response to an app that was made to document on-campus sexual assaults: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/09/can-game-theory-prevent-rape/405607/ False accusations can be seriously harmful to boys in college. I don't care what it was ma...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 2650

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

As somebody who's genuinely concerned over the pervasive, systematic assault on men's physical and emotional well-being -- through constructs such as toxic masculinity, male disposability, and straight-up violence (both sexual and non), this sort of thing interests me -- so I decided to look up the ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1824
Views: 89993

Re: Trump presidency

I know exactly what he meant by this and I still think it's absolutely idiotic. Just say, "Sorry, I misspoke and move on" - he said something stupid, he tried and cover it up, and kept digging himself into a hole. I still cannot comprehend why people in positions like this can't just say ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1824
Views: 89993

Re: Trump presidency

I see what you're saying, but if your press secretary is so tone deaf that they say something like that -- without even stopping to think about things like Zyklon-B -- it's time to get a new press secretary.

Press secretaries are supposed to be *good* at this sort of thing.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So this is just me trying to understand terminology, feel free to ignore (though I appreciate any help!): Object A defines value X; object A loads object B -- B refers to X. The problem is that B might refer to X before A has defined it? Also... ⋅  Explicitly Acyclical: B cannot refer to X...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

That's... Like maybe I'm misunderstanding here, because I don't know javascript, but that does seem ridiculous; why would you even let module A load module B, which then tries to go back and load module A before module A has even finished loading? It seems like at that point the code should just say...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

That's... probably an even better idea? I originally did it this way because I thought by defining the BoundObj class inside of the Binder instance, I could have an unbind method that referred to the Binder instance without actually preserving a reference to it. When I tested it, though, I found out...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

[edit] Actually, looking closer at your code, I think I might be misreading it... I was assuming that "UnboundObj" was just a standin for whatever object you happened to want to shove into your collection, but is it actually a specific class you are in control of? Like, you'd only expect ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9676
Views: 1428634

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is this a terrible idea (in Python 3)? import weakref class UnboundObj: pass class Binder: def __init__(self): self.bound_objs = list() binder = weakref.ref(self) class BoundObj(UnboundObj): def unbind(self): binder().remove(self) self.__class__ = UnboundObj self._BoundObj = BoundObj def remove(self...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I thought you are talking about Artificial Intelligence ? The ability to cope with the unexpected would be precicely the differentiating quality to a stupid robot machine of today. AIs aren't psychic. If I somehow tied my gas-main into my water-piping -- and the only thing standing between my house...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

What will eventually occur is that houses will be built initially by robots who record all the plans in minute detail; so that subsequent robots have all necessary information to perform any repairs - be they electrical, plumbing or whatever. Except when I decide that the robot who built my house f...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I suppose it's technically possible to build a demo-house for robotised plumbing, at huge cost and quite some inconvenience. The history of automation has a lot of such demos, most of which never turn into a solid business case. I bet there's already something like this, somewhere in Japan. Honestl...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

If you want computers building new technology, it's easy: Hook up one of these neural nets to a 3D printer, give it some sort of automated mechanism by which it could test the printer's outputs ("every print-out is dropped 30 feet, then scanned for structural damage"), then set some goals ...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I mean, if you can point me to a not-absurdly-trivial example of a program that's capable of assessing its own goals on a meta level and deciding whether they need to be adjusted, I'd be seriously interested in hearing about it. Or, hell, I'd even be interested to hear about a system that can exami...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My point was that we could well require a lot of that fuzziness to have what we consider intelligence. And I'm guessing programming-in fuzziness would be rather difficult. Like, I don't think we can have an AI that can do research for us without it also getting a bit moody or flaking off from work ...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Hippo, your line of thinking seems roughly akin to a New Yorker article I just read about the quest for anti-aging therapies by silicon valley folks. Namely, that they perceive biological systems as being "simple" input-output and having a readable, writable, and "hackable" code...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 3861

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's part of what the brain is, certainly. Maybe it's all of what the brain is. Problem is, we don't have a full enough understanding of it to say. I don't know how you can get much more vague than that, though? Like, we agree that a brain is a thing in a human skull that lets us think, right? We...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2708
Views: 285344

Re: The Darker Side of the News

They can solve a fixed problem or follow a predetermined process, and those are both great and useful things. But they can't examine the problem or the process itself. They can't determine that a question is flawed, or figure out whether the end goal of the process is correct, let alone come up wit...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2708
Views: 285344

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Only we've never actually reached that goalpost. We've created systems that can automate a lot of the boring grind, and that's great - but we've never come close to building something that can do the kind of comprehensive, adaptive, all-inclusive analysis that a human being can, let alone have idea...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 27810

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

(I also briefly dabbled with a function that loads every method it finds in every module into the sequence's class (even if it's a built-in), then calls them -- but it didn't show much promise. On the flip-side, though, you end up with one class that contains every method! Who needs inheritance?)

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