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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

fightermagethief Subject goes here (459 comments)

Avast free version and Avira and/or Kaspersky Rescue disk for offline scans. These and a registry healer/restore have been all that I needed for Craigslist-based virus removal services without being an expert in Windows security.

2 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

fightermagethief Re:Censorship? (415 comments)

I think the condemnation is leveled at people who would get defensive over an attack on white nationalists/supremacists.

3 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

fightermagethief The Future... (207 comments)

the possibility of using drones to shoot down other drones.

...The wars of the future will be fought by robots in space, or possibly on the top of a very large mountain. It will be our job to build and maintain those robots.

5 days ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I hope I haven't offended you.
No, not all.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

Meeting people that seem shady from craigslist? The self-employed's private office?

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

What is more important, giving someone with a torturous existence a few moments of peace or keeping your bathroom clean?
You can't reason with selfish dicks, either.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

The *most* pathetic looking and in-your-face are conmen and criminals

Yes, that is pretty accurate in my experience.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

Yes, I am fabricating this "persona". I am fabricating the fact that I sometimes go without food, being outside when the winter storm that shut down Atlanta roads happened last winter, being ticketed by cops for sleeping in a parking deck during rain, being harassed by the lifestyle homeless who have nothing better to do than try to steal my stuff, having artwork destroyed in a rainstorm, getting food poisoning from eating old plantains and having to lay in the woods throwing up all night, washing myself in public restrooms, having to give up my dog to a better home.

I referred to my genetics in terms of fathering a child, who would potentially not be able to will themself out of ignorance. This is not a situation that I choose, but I choose to make the best of it and try to make it easier for anyone else in a similar place. Being considered "intelligent" by normal people while not being able to relate to anyone on a casual level due to severe personality disorder is the perfect combination for complete alienation. People assume that you are just a jerk or selfish or something. At a casual meeting with, say, a caseworker, I would seem to not only not need help, but probably make the person feel inadequate. Over a longer relationship, there has been no conclusion other than "something is seriously wrong". Being around poor, uneducated people and spending time in jail for misdemeanors with this persona has left a trail of violence in my wake that, while I may not have instigated it, has left me no less "on-edge" when dealing with people. I am not looking for handouts. I will even take down the donate buttons on my blog. I am not looking to have someone give me a job out of pity. I am trying to explain and understand this rare point of view as best I can in the hopes that it might be of use to someone else with less endurance than myself.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I hear you, but my genetics are corrupt and most people would never believe that I have lived through what I have. I would not want to relate any of the details. It would be irresponsible for me to father a child. Realizing that I don't have the emotional tools to deal with people on a normal level, much less raise a child, is something that I have come to grips with over a long process. My level of detachment and ability to withstand what would be torturous for most people makes me a good candidate to be a sort of martyr for those in similarly hellish situations but without the ability to express their feelings. You are right, and a wise old guy on the street told me something very similar, but this is "the work I don't want to do."

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I have seen a few different communities where homelessness is a lifestyle choice; hippies, gutterpunks, etc. People often ask if I am "traveling" as in a train-riding, lifestyle hobo, and my usual response is that, "no, I am just regular poor." I find that I don't have anything in common with the lifestyle homeless. It seems that those communities are tend more towards general apathy and drug abuse versus use, simply seeking the confirmation of a group, like most people in larger communities. It would be hard for me to ascertain if my current situation is a result of a choice or some flaw in my ability to operate as a human. I think this is the situation that most homeless are in. A perfect storm of circumstance lands them in a situation that is difficult to get out of. I really don't see how social-welfare/homeless advocates could even do their job effectively, because you have to actively seek out those workers. I contacted an office in Atlanta for an old guy that was too downtrodden to even call them back after being in the system for a while. They actually told me to get him to call them back after I explained that he was in such bad shape that he didn't even leave the park in downtown, much less own a phone.
I am not trying to tell YOU that you need to do something. Hell, I know I could be doing so much more, if I even knew what exactly to do. But if it is a common perception that professionals are handling it, I would like to point out that the professionals are woefully ill equipped to deal with the situation, and they usually have a bad attitude like they are in the industry because it was their only option.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:You blogged as a doper and thief in Oct/Nov 201 (393 comments)

I normally don't see comments under 1, but was using the mobile site while I had to run to a chowline for some lentils and rice and felt the need to respond. You must have not read the blog closely, because I am brutally honest and nowhere does it state that I used the burglary tools for burglary. I even explained that in the post. Lockpicks and bolt-cutters are tools of the squatter as well as the thief. Also, my username here is fightermagethief, so you might think I have some reason for using that moniker while advocating against general criminal behavior. I don't steal peoples' things, but I can't claim to be perfect and may be wrong about many viewpoints that I have. I have no problem with re-appropriating goods from, say, unethical multinationals, overpriced boutique shops that cater to the wealthy, or other situations that may arise that I haven't thought of yet. Not that I necessarily do it myself, because I don't think the risk is worth it. The obsession with protecting possessions is unhealthy. Using an abandoned building for shelter may be illegal, but I don't think it is morally wrong, even if many people disagree. I am just trying to dismantle the current hegemony in a way that may seem controversial to many. Do I need mental help? Probably about as much as anyone would benefit from it. You should have read more closely. Do I do drugs? Not right now, because I am typing. I would never advise someone to use any substance, but don't assume that I am not an experienced enough psychonaut to handle myself. You should have read more closely.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

I would guess that mental illness causes homelessness more than the reverse as well. But just not being able to sleep consistently without interruption (police, criminals) and not getting proper nutrition causes a good bit of premature mental deterioration.

And I encounter someone who is mentally ill on the street, I'm not sure what you think I could do for them that the social workers and the police couldn't.

Solidarity is one thing. Don't let businesses run homeless people off who are trying to get out of the cold. Get pissed and tell the workers/managers what the reality of the situation is. Don't let police harass the homeless. I don't worry much about criminals unless I wander accidentally into a severely gang-infested area, but the police (who are "just doing their job") will ticket and arrest you for petty things (varies from state to state) until you are institutionalized from just being poor/uneducated/without other options. The idea that one is just minding their own business or just doing their job IS the problem. Stop buying useless stuff and put the pressure on our corporate oligarchs. Trust me, you can literally get by with absolutely no income whatsoever (no panhandling, no welfare, just leftover food and chowlines).
Just talk about the issues with people in public.
Be subversive to people who are more concerned with superficial things.
Make street art that deals with social issues, see this Basquiat
Take a homeless person into your home and let them shower and wash their clothes. You must be very careful about this and don't risk anything you can't afford to lose. Like most people, the homeless can be vindictive, deceptive, and violent. I have a rule that if it wears clothes and breathes air, I don't trust it. Think of a combination of cynical-paranoia and compassion for life.
Giving stuff out can be fine, but can be counterproductive as well. Do stuff for them and with them instead.
The specific actions that one person could take would vary from individual to individual, but the essence of the problem is a wasteful consumer economy that puts the onus on a handicapped person to bootstrap them self. People are addicted to buying shit and don't care about anything else, so maybe that has to be solved first.
Personally, I like to just sit in affluent areas looking poor and reaching into trash cans in front of rich people and not asking them for stuff or being rude. And when I have to communicate with them, I like to surprise them with a modicum of well measured speech, generally changing the perception of what it means to be 'poor' in the modern world.
It would take some creative thinking to come up with a real solution, but the people on this site would probably be well suited to address it. I think many educated/free-thinker types usually retreat to their ivory towers or small communities out of frustration for the general public, which only exacerbates social problems.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

fightermagethief Games versus reality (393 comments)

They've suggested waiting for natural disasters like tornadoes to blow the vagrants away, bulldozing parks where they congregate, or creating such a woefully insufficient city infrastructure that the homeless would leave on their own.

That sounds like how the problem is dealt with in real life. I write this while homeless in Santa Monica, CA, whose proximity to Venice and downtown LA's skid row, where homelessness is tolerated/ignored/beaten into submission, probably contributes to the large homeless population. Personally, I just don't care to contribute to a system/country that I find vomit-inducing and am pretty comfortable sleeping under a bridge. However, the vast majority of people on the street are severely mentally ill and most of what I read about in local papers, much less national sources, has to do with "how to get rid of the homeless problem." I routinely see people covered in sores, screaming to themselves, with un-shoed feet where the skin is worn away, and people just skirt around them on the sidewalk without the slightest pause. And this is the most homeless-compassionate city that I have ever seen in the USA. There is almost enough food for people, IF they have the wherewithal to march from chowline to chowline across town, can properly fill out all the paperwork for 200$ a month in foodstamps, avoid missing a phone call or meeting with a caseworker which results in cancellation of said foodstamps, AND they don't mind getting expired food that didn't have much nutritional value in the first place.

This is the best case scenario for a homeless person in the USA, mainly due to a tolerable, year-round climate (versus winter in Atlanta, which was like a living nightmare). The initial response to such anecdotes are typically, "well you could just get a job somewhere", but not everyone can, and this competitive capitalist BS is a zero-sum game. As long as there are people starving and going mad in the streets, I will be here sleeping next to them on a park bench and blowing the mind of some bourgeois fuck who tries to 'help me' simply because I am healthy looking and not so offensive to their senses while they step over the clinging-desperately-to-life 'problem' all around them. Sorry, you can't easily brush away the 'problem' that is the detritus of a wasteful and exploitative society that YOU contribute to. George Carlin said it best, "America is nothing but shopping malls and restaurants", and it is no less apparent in one of the most liberal and compassionate cities.

I know my sig says "hire me", but I have had offers in real-life and turned them down because I didn't agree with the what/how the employer produced.

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

fightermagethief Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

I have played a good bit, am not currently active. Many fairly-experienced players would probably say that I "bluff" a lot. I don't think of it as this because the terminology can be misleading. Some people think that shoving a huge bet out there with nothing is the essence of bluffing, while I think it is more about continuation betting when you miss and using consistent betting patterns on the turn and river to make someone think you made a hand. In limit, if you start with a good hand heads up, betting all the way down may be considered a bluff, maybe not.

If visual cues are such a big part of the game, how come most pros can go back and forth between online and live play with no real difference in performance?

Citation required. Nobody I've ever heard talk about it says this is true.

It is hard to cite, not because I would have trouble showing any pros that play for just as much, if not more, money online, but for the large amount of flash-in-the-pan players who try to transition from live to online or vice-versa and suddenly start to fail who could be cited as contradiction to the argument. I think these players just had a good luck streak that ran out. Out of the pros that play enough to be recognized from television, I think one would have a tough time finding one that had a vastly different opinion of online versus live play. Most pros that are grinding are playing online and multi-table at limits very small compared to their bank-roll to eliminate the variance. The only pros that I have known personally all played online. Not much of a citation, but hopefully I still made an argument here.
hich I have never heard a serious pro-player talk about the differences

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

fightermagethief Re: Bets (340 comments)

Also, that it is LIMIT, dos not mean that we are talking about small money. It might be that the blinds are $100 and $200, and heads up, you have to decide if you want to throw another $200 in there, or $600 if re-raised to chase after the money in the pot. The pots can be just as big as a no limit pot. Except the blinds are so big that teh novice strategy of just sitting there and wait for a big hand will clean you out superfast.

Sure, the pots could get relatively large, but in limit you have a good idea how big the pot can get. 1/2$ limit holdem should be the same as 100/200$ limit, you just have to make sure you have a stack size that can support the game. Nick Eisel (a pro poker and pro mtg player) has written a bunch of good articles on limit and estimated that one should have about $400 dollars to sit and play 1/2$ limit. If the game is bigger, you need more money, but the game doesn't change.

...teh novice strategy of just sitting there and wait for a big hand will clean you out superfast. The heat is on, on every single bet. Since you can't raise by more than $200 it is much harder to bluff and scare away an opponent, and much harder to chase an opponent away from a medium hand. But you have to do it, or you will simply die the slow death of losing $100-$150 per hand. You might even have to lose a big pot on purpose and show your bluff, just to show the opponent that you are crazy, so that they will try to bluff against your strong hand, or call next time you have the nuts. Thinking that it being LIMIT makes it any easier or less risky, is the kind of ignorance that separates fish from their money.

I think playing tight-aggresive is true for limit, pot-limit, or no-limit. The small size of the bets works both ways though. If it is hard to scare people off hands, then it is easier to extract money with a good hand. Assuming the other player is going to make the correct decision is a big part of game theory.

You also need to think about implied odds, that is not just the odds of hitting the next card, but the odds versus the size of the pot and the size of your bet. In a limit hand, if you want the opponent to follow, you can also make the hand un-foldable for the opponent by keeping the implied odds just right for a call.

Implied odds are more about how big you think the pot will be if you hit an out that you expect to win the hand with. For instance, if you are drawing to the nut-flush and are pretty sure that you are currently behind, but the opponent probably has a monster hand that would be hard to throw away, even though you aren't getting pot-odds on the call after the flop, you can imagine how much more the opponent will put into the pot on future bets. You probably don't want to give an opponent good implied odds and just get him out of the hand if you are ahead.

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

fightermagethief Re: Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

I think the kinds of tells you are referring to, such as betting patterns which I would agree are the more relevant tells, are just as evident in online poker. Due to the ability of good players being able to exhibit false tells, I am of the school of thought that says "that one should just ignore physical tells". Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. I believe many pros are good at always looking the same, no matter what they are doing. A friend of mine got pissed in a home game when he had KK and I beat him with AA, exclaiming that I had no tells and was "just a guy in a chair." I think being "just a guy in a chair" is a good way to frustrate people looking for tells. Do things change when a life-altering amount of cash is on the line? Maybe, ideally not.

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

fightermagethief Re:Bets (340 comments)

Good luck bluffing in limit poker.

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

fightermagethief Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

No. No one who is any good gives any visual cues for their opponent to catch. Only very inexperienced players are going to give tells.

about two weeks ago

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