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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

QilessQi Re:I'm not an expert on arithmetic, but... (663 comments)

My friends, it is high time for us to put away partisan bickering and just agree that in this great nation, there is room for many opinions on the question of whether 15 is greater than 5, or less than 5, or equal to 5, or even not a number at all. Perhaps we will never know the answer. Perhaps it is up to each of us to decide for ourselves. So it is important that we in the media give equal time to all perspectives on the matter.

Today I have with me on the panel a Baptist minister, a gun rights activist, pop star Miley Cyrus, and our friend "Carl the Carpenter". Let's start with you, Miley. But first, tell us about your new video...

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

QilessQi Re:A Cyrano de Bergerac app (323 comments)

Actually, such an app would be really useful for those people on the autistic spectrum who have difficult reading facial expressions. It could help them tremendously with socialization.

5 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

QilessQi Re:Well first, it has to be unnoticeable. (323 comments)

Agreed, but I'd go even further: it has to be available in so many different styles of frames -- all of which are plausibly "ordinary", and *none* of which are branded as "Google Glass" -- that people simply give up on trying to figure out whether any given eyeglass wearer has Google glass built in.

Yes, this would open the doors to adoption by a lot of creeps, but it seems pretty inevitable. And the creeps can film you with hidden cameras right now anyway. :-(

5 days ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

QilessQi Re:Who supports it (60 comments)

Plus a million points for referring to the "underscore is understood" mnemonic.

[applause.gif]

about two weeks ago
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Meet Flink, the Apache Software Foundation's Newest Top-Level Project

QilessQi Re:Same old same old? (34 comments)

A Javascript framework for writing a TODO list app? That's GREAT idea! And I know JUST how to do it! (starts typing)

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

QilessQi Re:Agent Smith was Right (110 comments)

I doff my cap to you sir: that is indeed superior. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

QilessQi Re:Agent Smith was Right (110 comments)

"I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mister Baggins."

"My name... is BILBO."

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

QilessQi Re:In other news (258 comments)

Oh, they have that already: see http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/R...

It's interesting that even posting about Roko's Basilisk may cause great distress to certain individuals on LessWrong, who once tried to suppress it's very existence: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/R...

Some people familiar with the LessWrong memeplex have suffered serious psychological distress after contemplating basilisk-like ideas — even when they're fairly sure intellectually that it's a silly problem.[5] The notion is taken sufficiently seriously by some LessWrong posters that they try to work out how to erase evidence of themselves so a future AI can't reconstruct a copy of them to torture.[6]

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

QilessQi Re:I'd *really* better not go there (166 comments)

Huh? The submitter didn't make anything up... the quote was clearly from the bottom of this LA Times article, which was their very first link in the summary:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/...

The SciAm article is just a relevant reference about plutonium poisoning.

about two weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

QilessQi One interesting side-effect: 3D fakery is harder (141 comments)

Photoshopping a single image can be done easily in ways that make the edits virtually undetectable, even for the casual home user. But an amateur attempting to edit two nearly-identical images (e.g., to modify body shapes, or skin tone, or to get rid of unwanted parts of the scene) would almost certainly leave behind inconsistencies that simple image analysis could detect.

...Today, that is.

There will probably be a niche for home-use 3D Photoshop extensions that perform activities like airbrushing, texture duplication, etc. on two images simultaneously in a manner that always results in a clean combination of the two by effectively performing the edits in 3-space. Heck, such technology may already be in use in movie studios that are cranking out 3D movies with live actors that must be composited with generated scenes.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

QilessQi Ok, so it knows Texas Hold'Em... BUT (340 comments)

...does it know when to fold 'em? When to walk away? When to run?

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

QilessQi Re:Bitcoin Loss (114 comments)

It's very sane
Let us explain:
Your coins remain
On the blockchain
In public view
So carry on!
No cares for you!
Aaaaaand... they're gone.
Burma Shave

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

QilessQi Re:Bitcoin Loss (114 comments)

Hack or fraud
Gain or lose
On /r/Bitcoin
It's all good news
Burma Shave

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

QilessQi Re:Still useful research (224 comments)

It is fairly easy to find high-end chocolate bars made by Lindt, Godiva, Green&Black, etc. where the cocoa content is shown prominently on the label:

http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/c...

http://www.thefind.com/food/in...

If you're serious about consuming "healthy" chocolate, you'll want 85% cocoa content or better. Be warned: like black coffee, it's an acquired taste -- you might want to work your way up to it. :-) Also like coffee, once you get used to the good bitter stuff you'll find it hard to have anything that pretends to be "dark" -- and milk chocolate will taste like pure sugar. I love chocolate with 85-to-90% cocoa content, but having tried the Lindt 99% I can honestly say that 95% is my upper limit.
 

about three weeks ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

QilessQi Re: Bitcoin != Coins (108 comments)

Interesting, I did not know that the FDIC did not cover theft from the bank (electronic or otherwise), since the main point would seem to be to instill consumer confidence in putting their money in banks in the first place. Thanks!

about three weeks ago
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Fraud, Not Hackers, Took Most of Mt. Gox's Missing Bitcoins

QilessQi Re: Bitcoin != Coins (108 comments)

If the cash stolen is in an FDIC account, then yes, it does.

about three weeks ago

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