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by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Generic Game
Replies: 673
Views: 36968

Re: Generic Game

This post puts me in the lead, by a wide margin.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

So, not a big percentage of your turns were non-predicted but made with the normal speed of traffic, and you don't really know your safety statistics on those? I don't even understand the question. I have never been in an accident that was due to poor navigation (location-on-a-map awareness). All o...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606148

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

The access-granting-item is right here, but it would take more than fifteen seconds to actually get to the place it grants access to.

An audio-coupled modem?

Jose
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

What percentage of your driving happened on roads you were driving for the first time ever - without a map or of a knowledge of directions beforehand? I don't have a number for you, but it's definitely nonzero. I've been known to just get in the car and go.... second star to the right and onward 't...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25723
Views: 2020036

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You have focused on getting this work done, and you have enjoyed Shark Week of high focus. However, you did not in fact get this work done.

I wish math were so easy that everyone could do it, and know how to apply it, and what it meant.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should schools have police alarms?
Replies: 14
Views: 1756

Re: Should schools have police alarms?

and might lead to people pulling it during fights or other situations that don't require the school to go into lockdown. Enough people, including administrators, believe that the police should be called during fights that I'd say this isn't an aberration, but working as designed. Seems to me that i...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 12810

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Musk and SpaceX have not yet said what the monthly cost of the service might be. But Musk said in 2015 that user terminals should be laptop-size and cost between $100 and $300 each. ... or perhaps free to amazon prime subscribers? Or free to everyone (with a limited list of websites available), or ...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

"What your eyes tell your brain" alone is not enough to drive safely with the speed of traffic. I've done it for years. Snow, rain, night, dirt roads, even diagonally across a parking lot. No map, no GPS, just eyes, a gas pedal, a steering wheel, and a brake. Kids: don't try this at home....
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I build a map using visual clues, memory and (when available, which is almost always) navigational assistance. Perhaps we differ on the definition of "map". I am referring to the kind of map used for navigation; a paper version of which used to be carried in a glove compartment. You seem ...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

It would be very nice of you to share your idea how to do that without maintaining a local map, because people who develop autonomous cars for a living keep telling me at weekly team meetings that it's impossible, and maintaining such a map is indeed the hard part. How do you do it? Imagine for a m...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

The first statement contradicts the second one. Machine driving without mapping is blind. No, not at all. You don't need a map to drive safely. A map is only needed to decide where to drive to and how to get there. But the hard parts; the staying on the road, not hitting things or scaring others in...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

[People are willing to commit mass murder b]ecause they want to be famous? Not that hard to understand. It's hard for me to understand, and it's rather scary that it's easy for you to understand. In my world, wanting to commit mass murder has a high barrier, and being famous just doesn't make it. T...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7787

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

... and where can I find a list of unicode characters with (potentially bad) side effects on web pages, browsers, and other user agents?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

DanD wrote:You're talking about a culture that is, in the main, putting always on microphones in their living rooms.
Yes. It's creepy.
Pabb wrote:I think everyone could manage if you could catch some train at least within a 30 minute walking range, at every one hour interval, 24/7, in the most rural of environments in the middle of the night...
...in snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

Yeah, that'll happen.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

You realize we already do this for a lot of things already, right? Yes, and not always the right way. In general, inherently dangerous (to enough others) things should be restricted to those with appropriate training, so that they know how to operate them. You actually can buy fighter jets if you l...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

This fiction that mapping is necessary to machine driving is really just an excuse to get more surveillance data. Actually... No. Actually... Yes. Humans use maps in a crude way to hint at where they ought to steer. They use their eyes to fine-tune this. An AI doesn't need more than this; it should...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606148

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No. According to Grease, it takes fifteen minutes, not fifteen seconds.

An icicle?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

...Gun control advocates want to take away Edgar's hobby just to prevent... Not just "Edgar"'s hobby, but lots of people's hobbies, and also the very idea that people can have dangerous tools as part of their hobbies. ...people get to go to school without anyone coming into the school and...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Machine vision should be limited to actual accident avoidance, with normal navigation done by other type of systems. That is wrong on so many levels. Machine vision (sensing what's really there) should be used for all primary driving tasks. Navigation should be suggested by GPS and other mapping te...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606148

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yeah, down in the basement. I can get there in fifteen seconds.

A two-line cordless speakerphone? (The cordless part doesn't have to be the speakerphone part.)

Jose
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: My Hobby: Working around missing functionality
Replies: 2
Views: 2078

Re: My Hobby: Working around missing functionality

What's the missing functionality? I was going to guess "waking up to my music", but the speakers are muted. Unless you mean the computer speakers are muted, so the wake-up light plays the bluetooth-to-fm of your playlist, in which case, cool. My favorite bodge was putting an 8 bit memory c...
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1433861

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

This is why it's now called "global climate change" instead of "global warming". A few degrees in air temperature doesn't mean much; after all, temperature can vary a hundred degrees every year. But the disruption of the pattern of global temperatures is what destroys ecosystems....
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106138
Views: 37274310

Re: 1190: "Time"

taixzo wrote:
ucim wrote:
addams wrote:Keep looking Up, EveryOTTer.
...spiders might be dangling right above you!
Jose
Thanks, I am now compulsively checking the ceiling every few minutes.
Edit: and it seems I may have good reason to do so.
Do you have your green safety hat? It might be time to break it out right about now. :)

Jose
by ucim
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

There's also the creep issue - and that's the same problem I have with every "security vs freedom" tradeoff. The way ordinary law-abiding students feel about and behave in school is subtly altered if the directives of teachers and staff are backed up by heat. We already have armed police p...
by ucim
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15699

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

It's also not the classic trolley problem, and the difference is important. Would you push a fat man in front of a trolley to save six others? The question isn't whether 5>1, or whether throwing a switch counts as action, but just how much does a value judgment ("fat man") and intimate con...
by ucim
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106138
Views: 37274310

Re: 1190: "Time"

addams wrote:Keep looking Up, EveryOTTer.
...spiders might be dangling right above you!

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106138
Views: 37274310

Re: 1190: "Time"

GnomeAnne wrote:We seem to be experiencing some server mustard.
Don't worry... losing control over a robot that operates time machines couldn't possibly {go | have gone | will have gone | had will-go} wrong.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Generic Game
Replies: 673
Views: 36968

Re: Generic Game

Post to prevent the game from falling off the face of the earth (especially while I'm not in the lead)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

Pedantic, I suppose, but important: Him undermining truthiness that rape, sexual misconduct, inappropriate touching or staring or comments are BAD and inappropriate and wrong. This is not truthiness, this is judgment. (Sexual) misconduct being (morally) wrong is not an objective fact, it is an opini...
by ucim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

The Great Hippo wrote:Like, am I being pranked, here?
I'm focusing on the "because". Perhaps I'm misreading what is because of what.

I also don't think it's important in the big picture. Let's not get distracted.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6020
Views: 436714

Re: Trump presidency

[CorruptUser] said that Clinton might have had a deeper relationship with this person, because Clinton could have opened People Magazine to "1996's top 100 sexiest people" and "used it as a checklist". No, that's not what he said. (Or, more precisely, that's not the way I read w...
by ucim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems
Replies: 210
Views: 12094

Re: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems

Retire, and bask in fame and glory.

I can't find a note on which I wrote three important names.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3842
Views: 491848

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The problem with everyone wanting to nuke each other but nobody having the bomb is the seething malaise, resentment, and anger that builds and builds until, bomb or no bomb, something goes off big time. This is arguably how WWII actually did start... seething resentment from WWI and the punishment o...
by ucim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3842
Views: 491848

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How easily are we talking? Is it the equivalent of everyone and their mom having a nuclear bomb but absolutely everyone is a pacifist, vs everyone is a a psychopath but the guns are all made by Nerf? It's a thought experiment; the wands are still tied up in a crowdfunding dispute. But for purposes ...
by ucim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3842
Views: 491848

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's not the only outcome. Life is complicated.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3842
Views: 491848

Re: The Darker Side of the News

heuristically_alone wrote:If the outcome is the same, it really shouldn't matter. Though I think I'd rather be around people that didn't want to kill rather than those that did.
The outcome is not the same, as you point out in your second sentence. And that's the point.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3842
Views: 491848

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A boy with a gun is not a deadly mess if the boy has respect for life . In pioneer days, twelve year olds would have guns; hunting was a necessity. It was the grownups with guns that were the problem. If you could wave a wand and have one of two outcomes, which would you pick: People could kill easi...
by ucim
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Noam Chomsky Has Weighed In On A.I. Where Do You stand?
Replies: 4
Views: 2423

Re: Noam Chomsky Has Weighed In On A.I. Where Do You stand?

have some sort of planner (can be hard-coded OR learned) It's the ones that learn that are the powerful (scary) ones. If I want to open a box, I quickly come up with a plan (grab the scissors, cut the tape... How did you come up with this plan? Would you have come up with this plan the first time y...
by ucim
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106138
Views: 37274310

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think we got your snow addams. Six inches of it. I'd send it to you but it's melting pretty quickly. Fortunately I was able to keep on top of the shoveling.

As to the spiders, Big Suck must be pretty rearsome!

Jose
by ucim
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606148

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

An origami ball hanging on the lamp.

Foreign currency?

Jose

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