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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Sulik Seinfeld (328 comments)

Like George Costanza said in an episode of Seinfeld: you're not lying if you believe it to be the truth.

5 days ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Sulik Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

I'm going to quote Odin Zeus McGaffer on this one: "After getting booted out of the garden, Adam and Eve sex it up and pump out 2 sons named Cain and Abel. Despite the odds, Cain and Abel manage to have kids as well... don't ask."

about three weeks ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

Sulik They got ripped off (81 comments)

Didn't a working original Apple I recently sold for like 300 bucks on Pawn Stars ?

about a month ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

Sulik Hmmm (453 comments)

The fewer people know how to code, the more valuable good coders are... Just sayin'

1 year,23 days
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Has Flow-Based Programming's Time Arrived?

Sulik Got news for ya (268 comments)

Your fancy FBC compiler will be written in C[++], with its primary purpose being that folks who suck at programming also get to do some programming...

about a year ago
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How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

Sulik My favorite (211 comments)

My personal favorite: Random "Sleep(10);" inserted in the code to "fix" race conditions... In my experience, there is about 10% of SW engineers that are actually good at what they do, 80% that basically suck, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, the remaining 10% are basically borderline retarded.

about a year ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

Sulik Re:Not this shit again (754 comments)

What about: -> "guy-paid-to-feed-virtual-pets-on-facebook" ? I guess that would fall in the new upcoming "Virtual Subsistence Agriculture" category

about a year ago
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Boeing Turning Old F-16s Into Unmanned Drones

Sulik Latency (239 comments)

I wonder what kind of latency they're getting for the controls. Seems like you'd want roundtrip latency to be under 50ms, which best case with speed of light transmission, line-of-sight controls and infinite transmission rate would correspond roughly to a limit of 4000 miles away for the operator... (probably much less in practice since you'd need to account for the time to send visual feedback presumably as a compressed video stream)

about a year ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Sulik Re:good summary (337 comments)

There is no recursion because the context is undefinable, "Who created the creator" is a question without meaning, you might as well ask "when purple the creator",

Huh? Sounds like a faith-based argument to me -> it's a slippery slope from that to talking snakes :)

about a year ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Sulik Re:good summary (337 comments)

So here's what I say: Consciousness cannot arise from an abstract function. Or any kind of function or mathematics or set of commands, or algorythm.

'consciousness' is an inherently **human** characteristic...the perception of it is entirely dependent upon humans

That's a pretty bold statement. My position is that the laws that govern the universe (whatever they may be), do lead to consciousness (since we're here and conscious). And I do believe that these laws (again whatever they may be) are ultimately themselves an abstract construct that form our reality (but the only difference between abstract and reality is that "physical reality" is equivalent to "perceived abstract")

I guess it ultimately depends on the definition of 'consciousness'. I see it more as the simple definition (ala Julian Jaynes), of 'capable of introspection', eg: we're not always conscious when awake. At some point this is really purely a philosophical matter: none of it makes a difference in how we live our lives, but I somehow find the abstract very satisfying as it solves the question of "why is there something rather than nothing" without resorting to the anthropomorphic principle.

Max Tegmark recently published a book on the Mathematical Universe, which is along the same lines, though I like to differentiate "abstract" from "mathematical" (as the latter seems like an unnecessary restriction)

about a year ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Sulik Re:good summary (337 comments)

My problem with the simulation argument is that you then have to explain the existence of a separate universe in which the simulation is running, so it's doesn't really explain anything (recursive logic), in a way similar to monotheistic religions (A lot of it seems like wishful thinking on the part of software engineers). The interesting part about the general abstract function concept is that the universe would automatically *have* to "exist" if it is possible for consciousness to arise from an abstract function, as the function's existence is perceived by itself.

about a year ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Sulik Re:good summary (337 comments)

It may all just be an abstract function (no real "creation" event per say), in which case the only reason it's not perceived as abstract as say the Mandelbrot fractal is because of consciousness being part of the function (real from the point of view of the conscious entities in the function). In a sense, the universe was abstract until we became conscious, which funnily enough seemed to have occurred about 4000 years ago (you would think that religious folks would jump on something like this, but no, they seem to prefer sticking with their talking snakes story)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Sulik Depends if you care about the end result (356 comments)

My experience is that any project is as good as the best member of the team, eg: 100 monkeys will not produce something higher quality than a single monkey, but throw a single smart dude in the mix and things will look a lot different, though the smart dude may get tired of doing all the work of 100 monkeys and may develop an attitude (he might need more than a few extra bananas to stick around)

about a year ago
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LGPL H.265 Codec Implementation Available; Encoding To Come Later

Sulik Re:Decoding is simple (141 comments)

How to compress the content *with good quality within a limited computation time* is the real challenge (otherwise, yes, you can just take a MPEG-2 encoder and stick a HEVC CABAC syntax at the end and you have a valid HEVC bitstream with good perf but crappy compression efficiency compared to H.264)

about a year ago
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LGPL H.265 Codec Implementation Available; Encoding To Come Later

Sulik Re:Codec? (141 comments)

Since it's intra-frame only, it's not even a 'dec' -> maybe just a 'duh'

about a year ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

Sulik Hey metric retards (187 comments)

While it can be useful in pinpointing common code defects, interpreting coverity results as an absolute indicator of code quality is just retarded. 90% of coverity's defect's tend to be really false positives that would be obvious to even the average code monkey... Not sure that massaging a code base to please coverity and getting a 'high score' is really any kind of achievement and may be more an indicator that you have way too much time on your hands...

about a year ago
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Proof Mooted For Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Sulik Re:Proof is already from 1929 (158 comments)

Doesn't have to be a simulation. Any abstract function that leads to consciousness would become reality for said consciousness. In other words, there is really no difference between abstract and reality. If an abstract function that desbcribes consciousness can exist it would in fact "exist" (therefore the universe must exist).

about a year ago
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Next-Next Generation Video: Introducing Daala

Sulik Not quite next-gen (86 comments)

Huh, the lapped transform is not quite "beyond" next-gen codecs like HEVC. In fact, the [over]lapped transform is already part of the WMV9/VC-1 codec, and it didn't really have a significant impact on coding efficiency (it does tend to look more blurry than blocky at very high quantization, but both cases look like crap at these levels)

about a year and a half ago
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New Largest Known Prime Number: 2^57,885,161-1

Sulik Hey I just found a larger one (254 comments)

2^57,885,163-1 Huh. Isn't *every* odd power of two minus 1 a prime number, in which case it makes it much less impressive to find a (2^(2N))-1 ?

about 2 years ago

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