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UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

Rosy At Random Re:context (606 comments)

For further context, Santa Claus is a mythological character associated with a holiday.

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Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

Rosy At Random Re:Glenn Beck is a fucking moron. (413 comments)

"Remember that sometimes he gets his point across by using hyperbole and comedy. You have to listen to several shows and learn his method before you judge him."

OK, I'm listening. Please tell me how to interpret this into some kind of point or something.

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Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'

Rosy At Random Re:The real emergency is... (757 comments)

It's just not playing fair when you have reality on your side. Ringers like that just aren't sportsmanlike.

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Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'

Rosy At Random Re:The real emergency is... (757 comments)

Clearly the ice has a liberal agenda.

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Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake

Rosy At Random So HTML5 is not very optimised (290 comments)

Maybe I am being dense, but surely there is some way to optimise it. Better machine-specific interpretors, the kind of pre-execution optimisation that compilers do, anything....

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Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?

Rosy At Random Re:The Answer summed up: (304 comments)

Convince me that there's a fundamental difference between the way we exist and the way abstract concepts do.

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Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?

Rosy At Random Re:The Answer summed up: (304 comments)

Well, you can look at existence as being domain-specific, so that different local systems don't exist with respect to each other... but this is just jargonisation. And, besides, that way lies a weird kind of solipsism.

As to the structural requirements of the MWI, well, I'd favour a Kolgmorogov complexity approach -- something is only as complex as the simplest way it can be described/produced. I don't think the universe becomes any more existentially burdensome just because it's bigger, or because its nature is best expressed as a small, incidental, corner of something larger and simpler. Size is not everything.

And as to numbers, in a kind of Platonistic way, I'd say they do exist. Everything is Ideal and everything is a shadow. There's no true base level of reality, just ways of getting from one place to another.

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Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?

Rosy At Random Re:The Answer summed up: (304 comments)

What makes more sense: that 4712784365435.36354231641801...32132132 is the only number that *really* exists, or that it exists as part of the Real numbers - a bigger, more inclusive but definitely much simpler entity?

Anything complex looks unlikely, arbitrary and absurd just by itself. Some people think the MWI is unjustified because it requires all these extra universes, but to me you still only have the one universe; it's just bigger, simpler, and makes much more sense.

With reality, I suspect the same principle applies. Everything that can exist does so, as it has no reason not to. Nothing makes sense without everything else, and any single thing *implies* everything else.

Does that make us here by chance, or by necessity? Both, I'd say. We are a roll of the dice that had to happen somewhere.

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Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?

Rosy At Random Re:The Answer summed up: (304 comments)

Ah, but was the purpose on purpose, or by chance?

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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

Rosy At Random Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (1184 comments)

So: in the other guy's office, people who have had personal experience of iPhones have decided they want Androids instead; in your office, management have decided to replace Blackberrys with iPhones. This is a kind of apples and oranges thing here, you know?

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Samsung: Apple Stole the iPad's Design From Univ of Missouri Professor

Rosy At Random Re:And yet (362 comments)

I don't think it was his fault the technology wouldn't be ready for another 25 years...

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Samsung: Apple Stole the iPad's Design From Univ of Missouri Professor

Rosy At Random Re:Not surprising (362 comments)

Ah, but are they _rounded_ white rectangles?

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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Rosy At Random Re:Terry Pratchett (1130 comments)

"only red Dwarf fans seemed more manic"

You've clearly never encountered the Homestuck fandom.

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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Rosy At Random Re:Most Depressing Sci-Fi? (1365 comments)

I _liked_ the original ending; it had a massively plausible indoctrination interpretation that made you really question what was going on. The revised ending disappointed me by putting the kibosh to that...

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Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

Rosy At Random Re:six hundred dollars? (498 comments)

Surely the local searching could be handled locally and integrated into the search results without involving the server?

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Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Rosy At Random Re:Adam & Joe (256 comments)

I really enjoyed Tintin, for one.

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Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

Rosy At Random Re:Tough cram job. What to cut? (256 comments)

A modern take on VR would probably be better - perhaps some directed-to-retina laser displays, and Kinect-style motion-sensing, or nerve-impulse tracking so the person doesn't have to move.

I hope Adam Buxton gets to play someone. The librarian would do.

more than 2 years ago

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