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by Yakk
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What to learn to be able to make some money?
Replies: 18
Views: 2292

Re: What to learn to be able to make some money?

For the most part, individuals don't write programs that others pay for. There are exceptions. But the problem is that code scales . If I write a program that solves problem X, it can solve that problem for a million people. And if each of them pay me 10 cents, that is 100,000$. Now, suppose I get t...
by Yakk
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 475830

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yes, that is the opinion that the NRA spread around starting in the 1970s and convinced the supreme court and Republican party of. It doesn't have much to do with the original intent and meaning of the consitution. Here is a reasonably through reading of the original intent/meaning: https://www.thom...
by Yakk
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

Dauric wrote:
jewish_scientist wrote:...and by the 8th square the chess board is an obese diabetic.

And you still have 56 squares to go.

By the 64th square, your density is about 10 million times higher than a neutron star.

It should explode; failing that, it should collapse into a 10^-6 inch scale black hole. Maybe both.
by Yakk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Lines of code have negative value. Every line of code added to our code base is a liability that will cost us money every year until the code base goes under.

Negative lines of code, now that is quality stuff.
by Yakk
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

Don't you have suicide prevention barriers on bridges where you live?
by Yakk
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

Here, The Invention of Jaywalking . The rich and poor are equally banned from sleeping under bridges: second class citizens are rarely second class by accident. --- When driving next to a sidewalk, I keep my eye on those people on the sidewalk and watch if there is any sign they'll leave the sidewal...
by Yakk
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

If you are in a bank, you should expect bank robbers to show up with guns. Recklessly being there without bullet proof armor, are you? If you are at a club, there could be rapists there. Recklessly being there without a nun's habit? If you are on a road, you should expect cars to run you over. To be...
by Yakk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

Have you ever heard the phrase 'blaming the victim'. In traffic collisions it is often the case that both parties have some culpability. Your comparison doesn't apply here. Wearing dark clothing on a road at night =/= wearing a miniskirt to a party Completely correct. A traffic "accident"...
by Yakk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 15844

Re: Black Panther

Where exactly in Thor Ragnarok did they tackle imperialism? Thor Ragnarok is has three storylines. Story line 1 is a Thor-Hulk buddy film. Story line 2 is Thor being repeatedly symbolically emasculated in order to gain wisdom. Hammer, eye, battle, running, etc. At the end, he is wise enough to rule...
by Yakk
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 153
Views: 44721

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I guess as a demigod, you don't get to floss often. You take the chances you gets.

---

Ah, the rage memories are breaking free?
by Yakk
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 153
Views: 44721

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

There are two important parts of the trickster god trope. The first is that they are always 3 steps ahead, even when they look behind. The second is that one day, they go too far and pay the price. --- On an aside, has anyone read about these old myths: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ysengrimus Here ...
by Yakk
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31819

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Were it the other way around, why have courts in the first place? Courts exist as a double-check on the government monopoly on the use of force. The government is restricted (at least in theory) from using force beyond a certain level without the courts double-checking that the use of force is reas...
by Yakk
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Expression templates are dumb and should feel bad.

I want operator expression( AST ) that I can overload and rewrite what happens.
by Yakk
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

No, I'm not assuming labour has an economic purpose. I'm presuming a misalignment of power by convention and actual power leads to unstable situations and revolution. If human labour has no purpose because AI and automation can do almost anything, then power/resources given to non-AI and automation ...
by Yakk
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

[quote="elasto"]If a Citizen's Wage proves to be a non-starter economically, governments must at least fund life-long education and training programs to give people a smidgen of hope of keeping up with the rapidly evolving job market.[/quoe]The problem I have with the Citizen's Wage isn't ...
by Yakk
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 475830

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What are the odds of >= 10 girls given 13 kids?

I'll assume 50-50.

(13c10 + 13c11 + 13c12 + 13c13)/2^13
(286 + 78 + 13 + 1)/2^13
378/2^13
4.6%

So: suspicious but not certain evidence.
by Yakk
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 19676

Re: Wealth taxation

...those firkins could have high use to someone; if you are doing nothing useful with them, you are costing the economy... I don't see why I have an obligation to "not cost the economy". The economy is an abstraction; the firkins are real. The same can be said of money in the bank - it's ...
by Yakk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 19676

Re: Wealth taxation

So I have $1000 and three firkins which I got for a dime apiece. A 10% wealth tax takes $100 from me. Now I have $900 and three firkins, which became hugely sought after. People have offered me $3000 each for them, but I don't sell. The 10% wealth tax costs me $990. I have to borrow $90 to pay my t...
by Yakk
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 19676

Re: Wealth taxation

That just taxes savings, not wealth. Well combined with a capital gains tax it does tax wealth ... eventually. Capial Gains taxes are a deferred income tax, not a wealth tax. A wealth tax is a tax on your store of wealth. They are a tax on the integral of wealth over time. Capital Gains taxes tax a...
by Yakk
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 7392

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

Physicalism doesn't deny the existence of subjective experiences. If consciousness is what information feels like being processed, then rocks are conscious (in that there is lots of information processing going on). We happen to be both conscious and self-conscious (we are aware of our own conscious...
by Yakk
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So thinking about those graphs as functions has helped. There are a bunch of ways to join single-argument functions: U->T* + U->V* = U->(T or V)* U->T + U->V = U->(T and V) U->T* + U->V* = U->(T* and V*) U->T* + U->V* = U->((T and V)* and (T* or U*)) A->B + U->T = (A or U)->(B or T) A->B + U->T = (A...
by Yakk
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Net Neutrality and Gaming
Replies: 37
Views: 4131

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Yes. But Valve just owns some games. And if they cannot sell their games, they go out of business. The ISPs own the last mile of wire, which costs billions to replace. And wherever you replace it, the ISP cuts prices and prevents you from self-funded growth until you run out of money or they do. If ...
by Yakk
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Net Neutrality and Gaming
Replies: 37
Views: 4131

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

The basic idea is that you are both a customer and a product. They can work out how much access to each piece of the net is worth to you, and is worth to the people whom you are accessing. Then they can set up arbitrary pricing schemes to extract as much of that value as they can, only limited by (A...
by Yakk
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I've poked at them, but documentation tends to focus on *using* them, not how they where written and how they work. Well, they are open source... And so is Linux. That doesn't mean it is reasonable to learn how Linux kernel overall architecture design by reading the source. ;) I'm not entriely sure...
by Yakk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

You might be interested in looking into Streams, like RxJS and the like. The concepts are very similar, and they've thought about many of these problems already. I've poked at them, but documentation tends to focus on *using* them, not how they where written and how they work. A lot of what they ar...
by Yakk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8636
Views: 1543735

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Who wrote:1724:
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1923:
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Your scale doesn't handle negative tempuratures.

Which are a thing even in Kelvin.
by Yakk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 7392

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

My large problem with Searle's Chinese Room is that it imagines something we know not to be conscoius -- a room with some books in it -- and pretends that room is capable of acts we'd consider conscious. And pretends that is an argument. To me, it is like holding up some water and blood and charcoal...
by Yakk
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I have been messing with pipes. My primitive plumbing types are: Sink of T is: void(T) Source of T is: void(Sink of T) Pipe from T to U is: void(Source of T, Sink of U) This creates something interesting, in that when you invoke a Source you never know how much you'll be Sinking. At the same time, t...
by Yakk
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1588
Views: 354493

Re: My number is bigger!

The psychological "wow" factor from nesting and compounding functions seems less significant than the functions we choose to nest. In fact, the very act of compounding functions is wasteful to the reader. Find the fastest growing function in the random compounding. Check that the other fu...
by Yakk
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1588
Views: 354493

Re: My number is bigger!

Imagine a function B, for which B(x) is 1 followed by x 0s. Now imagine a function C for which C(x, y) is x factorialed y times. For example, C(10, 3) would ((10!)!)!. My number is C(B(TREE(g A(g[sub]65 ,g 65 )[/sub]), B(TREE(g A(g[sub]65 ,g 65 )[/sub])) I try to use the small/medium/large ...
by Yakk
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

b) He skips the details of the data structure. It's a maximally filled tree, but then it suddenly isn't, but still has constraints about the filling degree.. ? Did he just re-invent the B+ tree or what? He named the data structure. This is just "I implemented it in C++ and it worked pretty wel...
by Yakk
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

This is neat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsryQp0UAC8&index=18&list=PL_AKIMJc4roXJldxjJGtH8PJb4dY6nN1D a reasonably good performance immutable random-access container with fast random-insert and delete, iteration, and indexed lookup. The idea is that with the right datastructure, huge im...
by Yakk
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720617

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Code: Select all

namespace Graph {
  struct Graph;
  struct Line;
  struct Axis;
}
by Yakk
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 475830

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A riser being "some kind of pipe or conduit that goes between floors"?
by Yakk
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting
Replies: 29
Views: 9820

Re: Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: $70+ Billion in Debt and counting

The argument for the boycott mattering is simple. It was a non-binding referendum that at "best" would repeat the results of the last non-binding referendum. Which resulted in nothing. A boycott saying "the referendum is a waste of money" is reasonable. There is a solid argument ...
by Yakk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

The Future: The long peace has lasted for 70 years. 70 years since the last great powers hot war ended, when we became death destroyer of worlds. Only the elders remember when we lacked the technology to destroy the human race. The peace has been long lasting, with proxy wars abounding, but no hot s...
by Yakk
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 5449

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

I think switching to success/fail only is the wrong way to go. Accumulation leads to flattening of "instant lose/win". * Make your random engine generate values. * A "Check" transformation simply maps a value to 0/1. So a Check against DC 20 is just a *roll* with a -20 penalty, f...
by Yakk
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1772
Views: 267960

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

The future: We have a drug that is actually in human use that seems to make you immune to HIV infection via sexual acts. We have removed below detection HIV in human/rat hybrid models by editing the DNA of the immune cells in-place and removing the HIV virus genes. The technique seems to generalize ...
by Yakk
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89903
Views: 7458107

Re: Thoughts for ships

During the next to last universe shift. Your passport slipped through.
by Yakk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89903
Views: 7458107

Re: Thoughts for ships

Someone with an email client that treats an outage as no new email will get notified that the email system works if someone sends that message, no?

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