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by Vaniver
Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

"I've been studying a new studying method!"
by Vaniver
Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

But instead of reconstructing the argument, and making it clear which premise he rejects, he starts babbling about pointers and misconstruing the problem as a problem of saying why what is right is right and - most importantly - simply assuming without any argument that "right" and "...
by Vaniver
Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Should everyone believe the proposition with a 51% probability? Yep! It really is that simple. (Now, people might have private evidence that leads them to different estimates, and that's to be expected because of the difficulties involved in communicating private information. There's a math result ...
by Vaniver
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Just to caution against the arrogance of thinking "why are those stupid philosophers still arguing over this, when I've just come up with the obvious answer!", when some of those philosophers also came up with essentially the same answer and others came up with counterarguments and they'r...
by Vaniver
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Wow! The xkcd messageboards just ate my post. That's something I haven't experienced in a while. Anyway, here's the second version (thankfully, better than the first): And I'm going to call bullshit on claims to have already conclusively solved everything in ethics I think JohnWittle overstated the ...
by Vaniver
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

xkcdfan wrote:Isn't everyone at Less Wrong supposed to be all intellectual or something? Why do so many of you keep double posting?
Perhaps it has something to do with the differences between Reddit (which Less Wrong is based off of) and BBCode style forums?
by Vaniver
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 34817

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Hey! If you recognize my username, you've probably been here for a while (or you've just visited from LW). As the signature suggests, I spend most of my time over there these days rather than here, and I do recommend you check LessWrong out. You can find LessWrong's discussion of the xkcd strip here...
by Vaniver
Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

So, I rearranged my week so that I could wake up at 11pm on Thursday when it unlocked, and then I played it for 30 hours, and then I slept for 12 hours and am posting now. TL;DR: It's comparable to Civ V. Lots of systems are different in interesting ways, but it's not quite balanced yet. Apparently ...
by Vaniver
Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

And Alpha Centauri was just a Civ 2 reskin with a couple unit-customization features. It bothers me whenever someone brings up the unit customization (you almost never used anything less than the best tech available, so there were basically a handful of good archetypes that were optimal, and then l...
by Vaniver
Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

After being really reluctant to craft cards for months, I realised that I only needed one card to make a miracle rogue deck - Leeroy. So I crafted him last night, and found the deck a lot of fun. Today I did an arena run. Paladin, got an 8-3, not bad. Open pack. And I got a certain legendary. This ...
by Vaniver
Sat May 24, 2014 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Transistor
Replies: 47
Views: 11426

Re: Transistor

My first runthrough took about seven hours. I'm maybe a third of a way through the second runthrough. (Like Bastion, there's a new game plus mode.) I found the game mostly easy on the first runthrough, even with limiters (although I would generally pick the less harsh of the two limiters when I leve...
by Vaniver
Thu May 22, 2014 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

Adacore wrote:I also just realized that if I'd disenchanted my first Tinkmaster after he was nerfed I would've got 1200 more dust. :?
Unless you are actively using a card (and perhaps even then), always disenchant things when they let you do so for full value. If you want it later, you can just make it again!
by Vaniver
Mon May 19, 2014 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

I ran into an interesting warrior deck - he was playing really defensively, basically just clearing the board and stacking up as much armor as he possibly could. Then near the end he played Alekstraza and dropped me from like 28 to 15. Indeed, control warriors appear to be a thing. I don't think I'...
by Vaniver
Mon May 19, 2014 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 420
Views: 126910

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Witchmarsh:
An action RPG set in 1920s Massachusetts. Create and manage a team of investigators in a story-driven supernatural mystery.


The art looks fantastic (I always loved the pixel style).
by Vaniver
Sat May 17, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

So, I had a handful of Mage quests. "Well, I've been hearing about Trump's FreeMage for a while, I ought to give it a spin to finish these quests." Then I jump up ~5 spots in the rankings. Hmmm.
by Vaniver
Sat May 10, 2014 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

I always felt that UTH wasn't too bad in constructed - there were always ways of playing around it - but it made arena horrible to play. All of the combo pieces - Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Hyena and the Hounds themselves - are common or free, which made the combo relatively easy to pick out. So you had...
by Vaniver
Sat May 10, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I enjoyed this episode pair, but I don't think I would call it one of the best. There were a bunch of parts I laughed at, the animation was great (notice the spinning view on the chest when they're opening it), Discord's sudden but inevitable betrayal was well-done, and the magi...
by Vaniver
Wed May 07, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 529
Views: 77679

Re: Hearthstone

Been playing this for a while (since it was still in Beta, I think). Just got a Ragnaros out of a pack :D, but it hasn't been doing as much in my deck as I would like it to. I'm currently oscillating between 18 and 19 with a priest deck (built around inner fire), but typically get up to ~15ish by th...
by Vaniver
Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Lego Movie
Replies: 29
Views: 6091

Re: Lego Movie

Zohar wrote:It felt too much like a commercial. Which of course it was, but I expected it to disguise it a bit more - I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief.
This... reaction confuses me somewhat. Are they supposed to be ashamed that Legos are toys you can buy? Why else would they try to disguise it?
by Vaniver
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

They could have unlimited stacks, but only if artillery get to hit EVERYTHING in a stack Wasn't this how artillery worked in Civ 4? And in SMAC, if you won a battle, everyone in the defending stack took collateral damage, which was a pretty good inducement to not stack too high. As for SMAC, I alwa...
by Vaniver
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

I've also read they're keeping in a form of the unit customization from Alpha Centauri, which is excellent. It's the one thing I'm really missing in Civ (V). So, if you do one unit per tile, Alpha Centauri's style of unit customization isn't very useful, since it makes sense to do Civ's 'one streng...
by Vaniver
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Alpha Centauri is on sale for $2.39, so it is even cheaper than normal.
by Vaniver
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

I think Civ5 with both expansions is an improvement on Civ4, and I'm also hopeful about this new possibly-SMAC-sequel-in-spirit. Despite the fact I never played SMAC, I've heard so many people raving about it over the years, it would be good to see a modern remake, so long as it's well done. Colour...
by Vaniver
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

I loved SMAC and Civ4, but Civ5 was a horrible abomination of a game (a laggy, buggy resource hog, utterly imbalanced and with the dumbest ever AI. Also it always crashed after a few hours, and became so slow the entire end-game was unplayable). Civ V immediately after launch was terrible. Two expa...
by Vaniver
Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

This PC Gamer interview mentions terraforming. Thanks! Also more details on the orbital layer. Having satellites as geostationary and "only one can fit in this area" seems possibly silly- where are my great circle spy satellites- but good as a game mechanic: do I want to clear the miasma,...
by Vaniver
Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 32565

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Trailer here , article here , article here . My first thought, of course was Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, and the third link above discusses that similarity. However, it looks like they're making a bunch of improvements on the basic gameplay (as well as some choices I think are potentially silly, but...
by Vaniver
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Testing Testing: Amused at Rainbow Dash being serious about the freakout arias. "I am going to ignore that comment out of my desire to help you." Rarity's glare. Is she... going to teach Rainbow the Method of Loci? Because that would be just awesome. Eh, not really. Episode centered on...
by Vaniver
Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Really? I thought it was okay. Not the best, but certainly not at the bottom of the barrel. I reserve that for things like the Manehattan episode. I think my reaction has more to do with my dislike of Pinkie Pie than with the objective quality of the episode. I can't help but see Pinkie as a negati...
by Vaniver
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Maud Pie: alternatively titled, 'why did I even watch this episode,' or 'I didn't think I could like Pinkie any less, but I was wrong.'
by Vaniver
Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Rome Total War II
Replies: 7
Views: 4354

Re: Rome Total War II

I haven't played any of the series but I'm thinking of getting into it. Do you think RTW2 is a good start or should I start with another one from the series? I really like Civ, so I assume I'll like this as well. I think my favorite of the recent ones has been Shogun 2, but I haven't played Rome 2 ...
by Vaniver
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Breezies: A bunch of tiny creatures are floating incorrectly! If only we had a skilled telekinetic on hand! Isn't the track record on trusting Fluttershy pretty spotty, actually? Twilight, turning your friends into breezies is the Worst . Possible . Solution . You could carry them with your magi...
by Vaniver
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crusader Kings 2
Replies: 119
Views: 93408

Re: Crusader Kings 2

Anyone else play the Game of Thrones mod for CK2? I have but am not a fan relative to the base game, because GoT is not set up to make for an interesting CKII game. Basically everyone is already in a huge kingdom or empire, so you don't have the options that you have, say, in Ireland in the base ga...
by Vaniver
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

The Scyphozoa wrote:...wasn't that a different episode?
I thought I also saw it in this episode, but on a quick rewatch (skimming from part to part, so I may have missed it) and checking the episode gallery I don't see it.
by Vaniver
Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 320757

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

In that case, I shall consider it. Once I've finished re-reading Lord of the Rings . Strong recommendation against reading Worm if negative stories lower your mood. It's an truly stupendous number of terrible things, one after the other, and it's two steps back for every one step forward. It ends o...
by Vaniver
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Filli Vanilli Big Mac is in the Ponytones . Rarity no! You've cursed us all! I was about to joke that Big Mac would get sick, and then Fluttershy would have to find the poison joke and then sing, and then... Okay, the ravenous crowd absconding with the pets was a bit much. This is what happens w...
by Vaniver
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Lego Movie
Replies: 29
Views: 6091

Re: Lego Movie

I enjoyed it immensely. I wish it were easier to find the short version of Everything is Awesome on Youtube, but oh well.
by Vaniver
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

So... is Rarity really not that self-aware? Her Canterlot-esque gown is "small town chic"? Twilight: Rarity, please warn me about trust falls before you do them. I love how they emphasized the dirt and slobber on the 'working Applejack' shots. Rarity: the Element of Jealousy . Oka...
by Vaniver
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crusader Kings 2
Replies: 119
Views: 93408

Re: Crusader Kings 2

So, I think all of Christendom is my vassal now, except for Venice. Not sure if it's possible to vassalize them without destroying their trade posts and houses- but it would be nice to. Will see if they still have the "but I'm a King!" once I'm emperor of Byzantium too, but I think they wi...
by Vaniver
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 251077

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Pinkie Pride: Enjoyed Rainbow Dash posing in front of Pinkie's crude Rainbow Dash. Birthaversary? No. Stop it Rarity. So, I'm not liking the "Pinkie can't handle a little competition" setup. If you really care about your friends being happy and smiling, then Cheese Sandwich is ...
by Vaniver
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crusader Kings 2
Replies: 119
Views: 93408

Re: Crusader Kings 2

I must say, I was really surprised when I started turning English, despite having been Anglo-Saxon and never invaded by Normans. I guess it's something that happens a few hundred years after you form England? I know that the Norse culture starts breaking up in to Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Nor...

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