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Autonomous Road Train Project Completes First Public Road Test

jsvendsen Re:What's the point? (148 comments)

You didn't read what he wrote. He didn't say it would be any worse than human drivers, he said it would be unacceptable. And he's right. A road fatality is just a road fatality, while a fatality under automated driving is some poor guy getting killed by that newfangled computer that they want to put in your car! Ban, baby! Ban! I try to be fairly data oriented, but I have to admit this particular irrational bias would affect me as well. Barreling down the freeway at 120 km/h with some taxi driver I've never met in the driver's seat? Nothing. Doing the same thing under automated driving? I'd be pretty scared.

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

jsvendsen Re:Those are not the questions he took! (845 comments)

Wow, late reply.

The accepted range accomplishes that the result of the following process is marked as correct:

  • 1. Calculate ratio of wedge to disc using calculator: 40/360=0.11111...
  • 2. Round the ratio to some strictly positive number of significant decimals: R in {0.1, 0.11, 0.111, ...}
  • 3. Apply ratio to mass: 0.27 <= R*27 < 0.3

You'll notice that applying any ratio in [1/10, 1/9] will be marked as a correct response. This seems reasonable since the students are not using a scientific calculator and have probably been instructed to round in most cases.

Choosing 0.27 as the "example of a correct answer" was probably not optimal, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

jsvendsen Re:It's not "terror" (401 comments)

- it's still not terrorism. It's a random act of crazy killings.

Extremely, emphatically, wrong. Documents published by the suspect show that this attack, which he has been working towards for 9 years, was planned in excruciating detail, was specifically targeted against the Norwegian political establishments, was implemented with specific goals for changes in policy and society in mind, and was designed to accomplish these goals specifically by instilling fear in the minds of the general public. He considers himself a soldier, and explicitly considers terror his weapon of choice.

- If you would kill people who do this, they won't do it again.

There must surely be other, almost equally effective, ways to prevent a known perpetrator of a crime like this from "doing it again". His days of blending in are over. Additionally, martyrdom is a powerful force, (And also stated explicitly as an element in the suspects plan as an effective way to advance his cause) and while this guy can't do it again, those people that adopt him as their hero certainly can.

- Thanks for bringing up "150 kids" because if we can't boil it down to an argument about Nazi Germany or "the Children will Suffer" than truly we'll never be able to reach a conclusion. (Godwin's law.)

You're letting your rhetorical agenda run away with you again. I'm not here to argue for tighter security or surveillance "for the children", I personally specifically oppose those things. I'm just stating a fact: the youngest attendants at the Labour Youth camp were 14, the average age of the final list of victims is likely to be well under 20. I find "kids" to be a pretty accurate description of that group, and I assume that whether 150 of them were shot is not in debate. Again, I'm not debating, I was giving you a friendly (OK, not so friendly) suggestion to think before you post, because words can hurt and I'm sure that's not what you intended.

more than 3 years ago
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Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

jsvendsen Re:It's not "terror" (401 comments)

Well.. I guess, or maybe i just hope, that even you guys don't have firearms floating around your youth camps.

more than 2 years ago
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Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

jsvendsen Re:It's not "terror" (401 comments)

I'll keep my cheek to myself, thanks. Giving up and giving in is not the same as having to retaliate every aggression, answer any attack with a counterattack. Damn right we don't practice death penalty. What would one more dead body possibly buy us? Prevention, are you kidding? I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that this guy went out to do what he did with a pretty strong expectation of ending up dead, death penalty or no.

Nah, we'll punish this guy in the worst way he could possibly imagine. We'll take some time to grieve our dead, and then we're going to get up, brush off, and go back to doing what we fucking do.

Anyway, since you apparently didn't catch it the first time, the "fuck you" wasn't about how much we peed our pants, how hard we're hit. It was about you coming in here with your piece-of-shit know-it-all agenda, spouting off about what is and isn't terrorism, about who were and were not scared, without having all, or even any, of the facts. At the exact moment you were taking time out of your day to do that, other people were taking time out of their day to die in the street, or psyche themselves up towards gunning down 150 kids. So there's that.

more than 2 years ago
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Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

jsvendsen Re:It's not "terror" (401 comments)

Who got scared? Who was terrorized?

Fuck you.

Love, Norway

more than 3 years ago
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Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'

jsvendsen Re:Apologies to Mick, Keith and company (722 comments)

Clearly the best solution is to mount a giant LCD screen on your roof, constantly minimizing power consumption by displaying the optimal shade of gray.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks

jsvendsen Re:math and diagrams; shopping for classes (174 comments)

For what it's worth, I've bought kindle books (Wakker on prospect theory, for instance) that inlines math using images, so it is definitely possible. Of course, that sucks as much as math-as-images always does, so YMMV. Diagrams that are simple enough to not require color and small enough to comfortably fit on the screen are legible just fine. Also note that when you're buying a book for your kindle, you're also buying it for your nice, big, clear computer screen. Some material might be more legible using the different Kindle for $OS implementations.

Anyway, you are right in that mobi on kindle is a pretty poor format for mathematical content, but if it is done well it is at least workable.

PS: When I buy a DRM'd book, I do so with the explicit knowledge that I can back it up and strip the encryption off of it whenever necessary. I can see this argument in principle, but in practice the problem only exists if you can't be arsed to fix it.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a Formula For a Hit Song?

jsvendsen Re:Axis of Awesome (243 comments)

Well, that's somewhat interesting. Same OS (and OS version) as well? Might warrant a bug report if you can reproduce.

more than 3 years ago
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Is There a Formula For a Hit Song?

jsvendsen Re:Axis of Awesome (243 comments)

Now, I'm no huge fan of the slashdot interface, but that's just bullshit. A quick test verifies that link to be left and right clickable with the expected results in FF, Chrome and Safari on OSX at the very least. If you've got your browser stuffed full of page-modifying extensions you probably shouldn't be making statements about what works, what doesn't or what someone else has 'fucked up'.

more than 3 years ago
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2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released

jsvendsen Re:From lesson 0 (167 comments)

If you want to program, you should be fine with first learning to dual boot. Anyway, you can play a lot of games in OSX now.

more than 3 years ago
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"Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle": 30 Dumb Warning Labels

jsvendsen Re:Worst. Article. Ever. (143 comments)

Court documents or it didn't happen. Quoth snopes.com

Although there have been a few verifiable cases of pets subjected to microwaving, each of them were deliberate acts of cruelty, perpetrated by twisted souls who knew all too well what they were doing. Micropoochings arising from a lack of understanding of the technology, however, are still incidents of lore only.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?

jsvendsen Re:advertisements (227 comments)

I'm pretty dubious about an innate taste for open-toed shoes [...]

To that level of specificity, certainly. I'd probably argue that those "tastes" are more likely to be rooted in a (quite possibly innate) taste for conformity.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?

jsvendsen Re:advertisements (227 comments)

Oh, I'm not saying that there necessarily is, just that announcing that there is not seems like an extremely bold claim with little supporting evidence. Your comparison with the "other" taste is interesting, because attraction-repulsion responses in infants when exposed to gustatory stimuli are well documented. The presence of innate preferences in one form of stimuli indicate to me that other innate preferences are more likely to exist than not. (Some evidence appears to exist for color preference in infants, for instance.)

The assertion of the GGP was that since there are animals that prefer one thing to another thing based on shininess, and since those animals are not exposed to advertising, it might also be possible for a human to prefer something over something else because of shininess or whiteness or stripedness or anything that is not advertising. It's a pretty benign claim.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?

jsvendsen Re:advertisements (227 comments)

[citation needed]

more than 3 years ago
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Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?

jsvendsen Re:advertisements (227 comments)

No, that's an incentive. A nudge, at least as defined by this book, are changes in the way choices are presented that might affect humans, but would have no effect on the kind of purely rational agents that are described by much of econ theory.

more than 3 years ago
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Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

jsvendsen Re:Sometimes not at all. (233 comments)

Yes, self deception is a common coping strategy.

Irrelevant, as the successful application of coping strategies is an essential component of happiness.

That's not to say that asking people how happy they are give you any kind of accurate answer. Then again, most established measures of objective happiness (an oxymoron) aren't likely to accurately describe the -- high stress, high personal sacrifice, yet rewarding and characterized by a feeling of purpose -- daily life of parents of young children.

more than 3 years ago

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What Fat Animals Tell Us About Human Obesity

jsvendsen jsvendsen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jsvendsen writes "Newsweek has an interesting piece on new research possibly indicating that it is time to consider other factors than the Big Two (Lack of exercise, abundance of fattening foods) contributing to human obesity."
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