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by JD
Today, 08:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Drupal Rules! phpBB Droolz! lol
Replies: 234
Views: 76635

Re: Drupal Rules! phpBB Droolz! lol

Sometimes when I click on the little icon that means "unread post" it takes me to the post and sometimes I have to scroll down to find it. What's up with that? If you've already visited that post, then the Unread Post (on the forum topic list) will take you to the top of the last page. It won't tak...
by JD
Today, 07:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worthwhile Image Finds
Replies: 155
Views: 4758

Re: Worthwhile Image Finds

Honestly though I would want to hang on with both hands. Once you stop accelerating, you have nothing to worry about. Yeah, but it's clearly under thrust and thus accelerating. Also, even once the e-cig has stopped accelerating, you'd better hold on very carefully, because if you should accidentall...
by JD
Yesterday, 22:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6078
Views: 162036

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Mugabe's appointment has been rescinded. Really, you just have to wonder. How is somebody in the UN and yet that unaware of how Mugabe is perceived? Tedros had described Mugabe’s Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies” "Health...
by JD
Yesterday, 22:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: tio's neato nature thread
Replies: 905
Views: 40088

Re: tio's neato nature thread

BTW, thanks for posting that pileated woodpecker video, tio. I passed it on to my mom, who's an avid birdwatcher.
by JD
Yesterday, 16:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8901
Views: 284432

Re: Petty annoyances

Lawful-Neutral Good. I return them to the corral and straighten up the corral, cursing the barbaric mouth breeders what launch their carts into the corral, with whom, in the most egregious of injustices, I am forced to share the planet. Well, reviewing what they call chaotic neutral, maybe I have t...
by JD
Yesterday, 08:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Quotable quotes
Replies: 1486
Views: 76905

Re: Quotable quotes

“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.” -- James Beard
by JD
Yesterday, 01:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8901
Views: 284432

Re: Petty annoyances

Chaotic good...what a surprise.
by JD
21 Oct 2017, 11:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6078
Views: 162036

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

by JD
21 Oct 2017, 00:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 3915
Views: 127328

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

There is a mythological beast called the lampago, with the body of a leopard (or similar big cat) and the head of a man. It seems to have little existence outside of heraldry, as in the arms of the Radford family. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7e/RadfordArms.png/208px-Radfor...
by JD
20 Oct 2017, 21:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Towing the Lion
Replies: 1640
Views: 83070

Re: Towing the Lion

Seen on a cat-for-adoption flyer today: "4 years old, spayed and nurtured."

Well, I hope it's true, at least...
by JD
20 Oct 2017, 13:01
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The Lust to Acquire
Replies: 1383
Views: 59783

Re: The Lust to Acquire

If I were a rich man...I'd fly my MiG-17 all over town. Actually, what's pretty amazing is that they're even selling a MiG-29, too.

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by JD
19 Oct 2017, 23:23
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2471
Views: 111603

Re: Video Games!

I read about This War of Mine and decided to try it out. It's depressing (as though a game based on the siege of Sarajevo could be any other way). It's a "war game", but you're not commanding forces or running around the battlefield taking out enemy positions; you play as a group of civilians trying...
by JD
19 Oct 2017, 13:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Welcome, Robot Overlords, Er, Servants!
Replies: 93
Views: 1800

Re: Welcome, Robot Overlords, Er, Servants!

Been thinking about this all morning and wondering what other fields this kind of learning might usefully be employed in and what its limitations might be. I know that AIs tend to do less well in imperfect-information games but I'm wondering if they might still be useful at coming up with optimal st...
by JD
19 Oct 2017, 10:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Welcome, Robot Overlords, Er, Servants!
Replies: 93
Views: 1800

Re: Welcome, Robot Overlords, Er, Servants!

Google's new Go-playing AI, AlphaGo Zero, seems to be seriously impressive. It started completely ignorant and playing at random, but used feedback to constantly improve. After training, when pitted against the last-generation AlphaGo (which, as you'll recall, trounced 18-time world champion Lee Se...
by JD
19 Oct 2017, 09:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Worthwhile Image Finds
Replies: 155
Views: 4758

Re: Worthwhile Image Finds

Oh, it's good we now have VR for the mentally disabled. Well, you have to remember that at the time, that was pretty much the state of the art in computer graphics; that was a pretty amazing feat right there. It probably took hours to render what appears in a few seconds of that video. Also, it was...
by JD
18 Oct 2017, 20:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: You Learn Something New Every Day
Replies: 3915
Views: 127328

Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

This shape not only has a name, the squircle, but there is a specific mathematical formula for it.

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by JD
18 Oct 2017, 12:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4190
Views: 159463

Re: Food

I had to Google that. Wtf? Looks like spam. I'm from north jersey, and that looks like more of a Philly thing. E.g. Gross You know, it's occurred to me that everywhere has its regional foods that natives love and non-natives either dislike or just don't really see the appeal of. For example, the ch...
by JD
17 Oct 2017, 18:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8176
Views: 222801

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Here's an "amusing" case from electronics.stackexchange.com. It can basically be summed up as "I have to deal with a four-pin connector that can be plugged in four ways (thanks to rotational symmetry), three of which are incorrect. Oh, and the power lines have 1000V on them, while the data lines ar...
by JD
17 Oct 2017, 17:47
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11499
Views: 607522

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The Aviation Herald: http://avherald.com/ Basically it summarizes incidents in aviation, which usually aren't big enough to make the mainstream news. But it gives you a pretty good idea of how common aviation incidents are. For example, here's everything listed yesterday: Mount Cook AT72 near Dunedi...
by JD
16 Oct 2017, 14:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 732
Views: 39745

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

In the late Silurian and Devonian eras, before there were trees on earth, there were these big things called Prototaxites . People used to think they were trees*; they were certainly tree-like, with "trunks" up to 1 meter in diameter and up to 8 meters high, that seem to have had growth rings and po...
by JD
16 Oct 2017, 13:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 7413
Views: 217424

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

Tried watching a bit of Lore , Amazon's new "factually-based" horror series. It's interesting but not great. The minor stuff first: the narrator has this really weird prosody and intonation. I mean, he sounds like Stephen Hawking doing a William Shatner impression. Also, the structure and pacing of ...
by JD
16 Oct 2017, 13:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: GET OFF MY LAWN!
Replies: 34
Views: 500

Re: GET OFF MY LAWN!

I referenced this is another thread, but why is everything so damn loud and mushed together in TV and movies? Making the dialog the quietest part of a show is not a good way to get me to watch more. I have been really wishing for a solution for this. Watching movies at home, the dialog is so quiet ...
by JD
13 Oct 2017, 11:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 8901
Views: 284432

Re: Petty annoyances

Jadagul wrote:
13 Oct 2017, 03:57
After three years of living in this apartment, the ants finally found a way in. Now I actually have to keep the kitchen clean.
Wait, how did the ants just now find a way in if they've been living in that apartment for three years? Also, when will the ants learn about dangling participles?
by JD
13 Oct 2017, 00:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random news finds - eyeroll edition
Replies: 100
Views: 2817

Re: Random news finds - eyeroll edition

Andrew wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 22:48
I assume that's an eyeroll because that's been known about him since 1992.
No shit. An ex-girlfriend of mine, who worked in the movie industry, actually had a sexual-harassment story about him. I am surprised not one iota.
by JD
12 Oct 2017, 14:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 3534
Views: 101390

Re: When journalism goes bad

Dangerman wrote:
12 Oct 2017, 14:29
>>>..."Elizabeth Spiers, founding editor of Gawker, called Damore’s “intellectually dishonest conclusions and misreading of scientific studies,” “vapid bullshit.”"
Well, nobody knows vapid bullshit like Gawker!