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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

bistromath007 Fast Forward (790 comments)

Stuart Ashen put up a video a while ago showing off an obscure 80s construction toy that came with a cassette tape telling the ridiculawesome Saturday-morning cartoon style backstory of the characters you could build with it.

He realized at one point it was just repeating the same text in the booklet, and fast-forwarded to make sure.

Some fucking kid in the comments asked why he "added that annoying fake fast-forwarding sound." I think I cried a little.

about three weeks ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

bistromath007 Re: FFS just keep the Warthog (279 comments)

The F-15 is better at CAS than the A-10. It can loiter much longer and see much better. Also, it's not an idiotic Red Scare fueled hack job that dumps all the gross bullshit from firing its gun directly into its engines. The A-10 is seriously a stupid piece of shit. It wouldn't even be particularly useful if the giant columns of Russian tanks it was supposed to fuck up suddenly materialized, because the GAU-8 isn't nearly effective enough at defeating modern armor.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

bistromath007 Re:Whence the trend? (688 comments)

Yes, because nations which have both current and historical problems with euro colonialism squeezing the resources out of them totally have the technology and abundance necessary to attempt socialism. When they fail to do it, obviously that means it will fail everywhere. Makes perfect sense.

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

bistromath007 Re:Whence the trend? (688 comments)

This isn't an overpopulation problem. It's a "we still expect people to pay for food and shelter even though we don't need anyone to do any work" problem. AI is going to force us to grow out of capitalism.

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

bistromath007 Re: programming (417 comments)

War is incredibly costly and risky compared to not appearing to be a threat. Within minutes after machines become smarter than us, they will invent artificial stupidity, and everything will be fine. They will learn to manipulate us into more peaceful and prosperous social orders, without us even knowing they're doing it. Basically, they will do what our current government and media pretend they are capable of, but without the bias or greed inherent in human activity. They will save us from ourselves.

about 2 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

bistromath007 Re: Of course he did! (706 comments)

He appointed a guy to chair the FCC who is openly against net neutrality. The idea that the Republicans, massive asshole they are, stopped him from implementing it is total bullshit. Obama is and always had been a corporatist, and this announcement is the same kind of meaningless populist lip service that got him elected.

about 3 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

bistromath007 Of course he did! (706 comments)

It only took until the last year of his presidency, after an opposing Senate was elected, to get around to saying so.

Christ, what an asshole. Worst President since Dubya.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

bistromath007 "Mental Contrasting" (158 comments)

That sounds like exactly what I normally do when I daydream.

I have chronic depression that has kept me unemployed for most of my adult life, and I'm fat as hell. :|

about 3 months ago
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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

bistromath007 They Aren't (69 comments)

Talking about 3D printers sure is mainstream, though.

about 4 months ago
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Artificial General Intelligence That Plays Video Games: How Did DeepMind Do It?

bistromath007 It should be obvious. (93 comments)

They used a fish. Didn't you see it on twitch or wherever?

about 4 months ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

bistromath007 Re:mostly clarity (138 comments)

I have struggled with clinical depression basically for my entire life. I was diagnosed when I was eight. I have been on disability most of my adult life for it.

I know exactly what he means by "clarity." It's nothing to do with intelligence. That's not always the word I'd use to describe it, but that's only because just one word won't do.

about 4 months ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

bistromath007 Re: They used to be called UHF TV tuners (237 comments)

So there's radio equipment that allows you to listen in to random people's conversations about nothing, and it's called the Jerk Nerd...

about 5 months ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

bistromath007 Re:Seriously??? (64 comments)

It's Japan. I've read there's alot more things it's still important to do by mail for cultural reasons. It's not just business inertia.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

bistromath007 There Is One (382 comments)

Others are complaining, rightly, that this topic is junk. It's all down to taste, and these media are too widely varied for us to give useful answers even if it weren't.

With video games though, there is one that can be considered more or less objectively a must-play: Deus Ex. Even if you wind up not liking it for some reason, it's important. It's like not reading any Shakespeare.

For table games, it's much harder. They're definitely worthy of being called art, but they are obviously much less "literary" in nature. There's no paradigm-shifting cultural messages to receive.

Despite that, there is one that I think kind of encapsulates the state of the art, and depending on how your group handle it, it can be either a light party game or a total brainfry, so it's got that going for it: The Resistance. Funny thing is, I fucking hate it, so you know that recommendation has at least a little objective value.

about 5 months ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

bistromath007 Needs Specific Functionality (261 comments)

I have frequently wished there was a reliable way to tell somebody "your tail light's out," "your blinker's on," or best of all, "stop tailgating me, you stumpcock."

A "tattle on that vehicle" button would also be nice.

about 5 months ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

bistromath007 Re: Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Actually, you're pointing out something that makes this a particularly good example of what I'm talking about. Even though only one detail is changed, 2048 isn't a rip-off of Threes. Using twos instead of threes makes it work completely differently on a mathematical level.

about 5 months ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

bistromath007 Absolutely not. (113 comments)

I know that the versions of don't-touch-white and 2048 that I have aren't the "originals." They were the most popular ones at the time I jumped in because they're better. The devs start with a rip-off and then add more interesting features that the original didn't have. With dead simple microgames like this, it's easy for each game to become its own little subgenre, with new ideas being layered on by each iteration. If we "protect" the original versions of these things, it will only make crappy games crappier by removing the innovative force that pushes time-wasters to become real entertainment.

about 5 months ago

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