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by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

China invents hand-held "non-lethal" laser rife. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire The document on Chinese government website classifies the ZKZM-500 as a “non-lethal weapon”, meaning they are deemed les...
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Seems a little unfair to blame the stork for that.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If it was a false flag it would make more sense if it was a third party, wanting to start an internecine conflict between the UK and Russia. But... it makes way more sense that it was just Russia.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, Occam's razor. Also bear in mind Russia has done this before, on UK soil, to a Russian defector. The false-flaggers are looking for an answer to a question that doesn't exist.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5977
Views: 433544

Re: Trump presidency

I'm stunned the Trump administration would care more about corporation profits than the health and wellbeing of children.
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Or, in fact, I've heard it put down to being a message to other (and potential ) defectors. I'm pretty sure this was the reason. And I don't think they were meant to survive, it's just hard to control exactly how much of the stuff the target comes into contact with if you're relying on them touchin...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1154
Views: 150040

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I hope what you read about Raab isn't true. I wonder what May appointed him for. Hopefully not an attempt to appease the hardline brexiters.
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1154
Views: 150040

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

There's something about politics I don't understand, and that's why Davis and Johnson resigning is putting pressure on May. They were two of her fiercest critics, surely them removing themselves from power is good for May. Half of the Labour party front bench quit at one point, and hey, Corbyn's sti...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A pretty bad assassination attempt all round, really. Targets lived, some poor totally unrelated people get killed instead.
by Mutex
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Trump Baby cleared for takeoff during Trump's London visit. https://e3.365dm.com/18/07/2048x1536/skynews-trump-baby-balloon_4352057.jpg?bypass-service-worker&20180703120452 https://news.sky.com/story/trump-angry-baby-blimp-gets-green-light-to-fly-over-london-during-presidents-visit-11426665?dcmp...
by Mutex
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not likely to be targets, more likely to have come across something or an area that the Russian agents used to prepare the novichok attack against the Skripals.
by Mutex
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3824
Views: 489816

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Now the police are straight-up saying it was novichok. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44719639 A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok - the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Daw...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

The UK uses Imperial and metric, hence why the BBC usually gives both when giving measurements. A friend in university needed our help getting "down" from a tree when he was in a similar* state, he was about 3ft off the ground. * Technically with a legal substance - basically, someone noti...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5977
Views: 433544

Re: Trump presidency

yeah.... But, this is Real Life. The Good Guys don't always win. We're taught that they do, though, aren't we? All that Disney bullshit. If the good guys always win, whoever wins must be the good guy. Dangerous opinion to hold. Don't tell me nobody thinks so. I think the whole notion that in each c...
by Mutex
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1154
Views: 150040

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Airbus, BMW and Siemens have warned they may have to withdraw their operations from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson's response? Asked about corporate concerns over a so-called hard Brexit, at an event for EU diplomats in London last week, Mr Johnson is reported to have replied...
by Mutex
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 92
Views: 7849

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I know he's in a position to do whatever he wants, I meant I'm surprised he hasn't wanted to make a single non-violent film.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 92
Views: 7849

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I guess at this point it's his brand. People going to a Tarantino movie expect violence.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 92
Views: 7849

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I wondered today why all of Quentin Tarantino's films are violent. Nothing against violent films at all, but, it seems weird to me that literally all of his films are violent. Seriously: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (I'm talking about ones he's written, and ignoring shorts like ...
by Mutex
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275009

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

You can maybe blame automation for the fact that one mistake meant it got that far without anyone catching it. This assumes humans would have double checked it instead of just blindly following procedure.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

And make Qatar pay for it!
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275009

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible? The former is how formal, competitive debate competitions are structured. They're not teaching the compute...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275009

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible?
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5977
Views: 433544

Re: Trump presidency

Wait, how would changing the tax code to offset the effects of immigration be choosing winners and losers? It's just undoing the damage of something else.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

Trump: "I'm the trolliest country leader ever!"
King Salman: "Hold my... whatever we drink instead of beer"
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275009

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's admittedly hard to tell how well it works from that short clip. Maybe it goes on to give a detailed cost/benefit analysis and they just decided not to put that in the video.

Probably not though.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275009

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

But why do we need an AI that makes arguments that are even slightly inane? An AI that can take raw data and make strong arguments based on an analysis of it would be a very useful tool. It could export the argument in a format where every assertion is linked to a detailed explanation of the logic u...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1154
Views: 150040

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Yeah true, that's my one concern. Other than that... tax rises are the only way to actually get the money the NHS needs.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1154
Views: 150040

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Came here to post the same story. So, May has committed to a 3.4% annual rise to the NHS budget. Said the money would come from: 1. Brexit savings 2. Economy growth 3. Tax increase In that order. So, any shortfall after we take Brexit and growth into consideration will result in higher taxes for eve...
by Mutex
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yeah I was talking about length, and it was a number pulled out of the air anyway, I just meant a bobcat that big would probably easily kill the majority of people.
by Mutex
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2216889

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error. Anyway I wanted to check it again to see if it mentioned the bobcat's size or weight? Wikipedia gives a range of 47-125cm long, and 6-18kg in weight. Which ranges from not much bigger than a domestic cat, to about half the size of a tig...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 17
Views: 1302

Re: "Cactus plant"

I'm pretty sure I've only heard "cactus plant" when it's a small cactus in a plant pot that you might keep in your home, as opposed to one growing naturally in the desert.
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 223
Views: 44351

Re: News in brief

It's also a terrible system. There's Candidates A, B, and C. Nearly half of voters want A over B, but hate C. Nearly half of voters want B over A, but hate C. One voter prefers C. To avoid B winning, instead of voting ABC or BAC, the voters vote ACB or BCA. Plus the lone person who wants C, so it's...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 223
Views: 44351

Re: News in brief

Idea for a voting that just occurred to me, and probably either has an official name or a terrible flaw that I've not spotted. Voters vote for the candidates in the AV way, ranking them from best to worst. Each vote is worth a number of points to the candidate, the higher the rank the more the point...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 223
Views: 44351

Re: News in brief

Exactly: a second round is a type of runoff - the idea of instant runoff is that voters only need to go to the polling station once. But the French system is an example of a different way of processing the preferences; in effect only the first and second choices are taken into account and all but t...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 223
Views: 44351

Re: News in brief

The French use what's basically "instant runoff" without the instant in their presidential elections - after the first round, the top two are voted for in a second round. This is obviously more expensive, but I guess you get the benefits of AV without it being difficult to understand how t...
by Mutex
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 223
Views: 44351

Re: News in brief

When we had a referendum for alternative vote (which appears to be the same thing as ranked voting), people complained it was too complicated. I genuinely couldn't see what was complicated about putting the numbers 1-5 next to candidates in the order of preference. Sure, it's more complicated than F...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 154
Views: 4718

Re: Firearms Regulations

You're talking about now, right? And you don't have to reduce deaths in the most common situations to reduce deaths (although obviously that is probably going to be more effective). Given that most accidental gun deaths happen with young people, keeping guns out of schools seems sensible.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 154
Views: 4718

Re: Firearms Regulations

I couldn't find any stats on the number of accidental gun deaths in schools, but the overall number of accidental gun deaths in the US appears to have been declining. So even if mass shootings are up, it could be the case that restricting gun from crowded places like schools saves lives. I know gun...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 154
Views: 4718

Re: Firearms Regulations

There are wildly differing numbers on that. Mother Jones claims as many as 4 in 10 receive no formal safety training, but you can get far higher or lower numbers depending on where you look. Many carry licenses require training, so one can presume that carry licenses in those states represent some ...
by Mutex
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 154
Views: 4718

Re: Firearms Regulations

Are there any states where you have to pass a mandatory safety test before you can own a gun? No. The same is true of owning a car. However, using a car or a gun often requires a test. Exceptions for both exist, such as driving on private property, but in practice, people purchase both with the goa...

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