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Testing Robustness

ChaosEngine says...

So here’s the thing. I’m willing to bet large amounts of money that the robot is using some kind of machine learning algorithm.

Which means, that all we can do is set it a task, not tell it HOW to achieve the desired result. As a corollary to this, we also don’t understand the robots “reasoning”.

Where am I going with this?

Well, we’ve told the robot to go through the door. It’s figured out how to do this. And now, we’re fucking with it to force it to come up with new solutions. Well, the most obvious solution is to eliminate the pesky human preventing it from achieving its goal.

I’m not actually joking here.

Man saws his AR15 in half in support of gun control

ChaosEngine says...

I don't really have a problem with owning guns and it's certainly not "all or nothing".

My issue with the gun arguments in the states is that they're asking the wrong questions. The problem isn't the guns, it's why you seem to think you need them.

No other developed nation has this issue. The rest of the world all have guns, we're just responsible with them. We're ok with reasonable legislation and we don't have a lunatic fringe screaming about tyranny if we can't own assault rifles.

Most importantly, no civilised country thinks you need a gun for self-defence. A) we have police for that and b) most of us just aren't afraid that someone is coming to kill us... because they aren't.

I don't think there's an easy fix to America's gun problems. Fundamentally I think the issue is cultural rather than regulatory, but honestly, at this stage, you're like a bunch of kids, who need their toys taken off them until they can prove they're mature enough to use them properly.

If someone is an alcoholic, the most important thing isn't taking the booze away, it's getting them to admit there's a problem. But sometimes, you need to take the booze away long enough for them to sober up and admit there's a problem.

cloudballoon said:

All good points, but that's another problem.

I don't think the vast majority of gun owners have government overthrowing in mind when purchasing guns anyway.

Why can't I own bombs & shoulder mounted firing rockets? That's because governments are sensibly enough to think these weapons don't belong in the public.

Should that bar for publicly-available weapons set above or below these AR-15 type assault rifles? I think that's the legitimate discussion. It's not "all or nothing."

Sesame St.: Bert & Ernie with Tony Sirico & Steve Schirripa

Man saws his AR15 in half in support of gun control

ChaosEngine says...

You know what's really good for stopping tyrannical governments? Free and open elections.

How about instead of perpetuating this fantasy where a bunch of guys with AR-15s are gonna take on a government with fucking PREDATOR DRONES, you try and fix your insanely broken electoral system?

Start with repealing Citizens United, then you can move on to fixing gerrymandering, dismantling the electoral college and finally, find a way to get rid of the lobbyist block.

Do all that, and you won't need to overthrow your government. Not that you could anyway.

who says a time lord can't be a woman?

ChaosEngine jokingly says...

I think it’s great that the doctor is a woman.

I’m just not sure about her being from Yorkshire.

Payback said:

True Whovians don't care who portrays the Doctor as long as copious ass is kicked and names are at least jotted down for future reference if not entirely taken.

The Ones crying about Whitaker have cried about every single other change since Baker.

True story.

Filmmaking Methods That R Ruining Movies: Methods of Madness

ChaosEngine says...

Sorry, but this argument is nonsense.
CGI, colour grading and digital cameras aren't "ruining movies". All those tools can be used well.

What's ruining movies is dumb scripts and bad filmmaking.

John Oliver - Trump vs. The World

ChaosEngine says...

Ok, finally got to watch this, and let me say, on behalf of the rest of the world...

America, are you ok?
Look, we kinda get why you're in this abusive relationship, but it's time to admit it's just not working out.
You don't deserve this shit. You can leave him and we will be here for you. Even if he's being a total psycho, you can come round and crash on at our place until he moves out. We can get pizza! Hell, go back to the last guy... he was good to you.

John Oliver - Trump vs. The World

Jim Jefferies on gun control

John Oliver - Parkland School Shooting

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rule: Hollywood's Grey Area

"Batman Ninja" trailer (English language)

ChaosEngine says...

I've seen a bunch of articles on the internet saying "Finally! an english language trailer for this!"

Is it really that hard to read subtitles? Personally, I think the Japanese version sounds way cooler.

I'm not a big anime fan (I've seen Akira and Ghost in the Shell and that's it). Tried to watch the new Godzilla on netflix and the english voiceover was just awful. Japanese dialogue doesn't work in english.

How iFixit Became the World's Best iPhone Teardown Team

ChaosEngine says...

“The most important thing that happens when a new iPhone comes out is not the release of the phone, but the disassembly of it.”

Demonstrably false. The market has proven that almost no one cares about this.

When the iPhone first came out, people derided it’s lack of removable battery. Good luck finding a high end smartphone with a removable battery these days. Then there was components soldered onto the board, then the removal of the headphone socket, all of which Samsung, etc have copied*.

Outside of a vocal minority, no one cares about phone repairability. If you do, congrats, you’re part of that minority, and that’s fine. Personally, I think it’s a reasonable thing, but clearly, most people prefer thinner, lighter, water resistant phones over fixable phones.

* note: yes, Apple have copied features of droid phones too. No, it’s not relevant to this discussion.

2 black dudes-1 iconic metal song

ChaosEngine says...

Yeah, 100% agree.
Also, @enoch owes me a day of work after sifting this.

MilkmanDan said:

Nice sift @enoch!

I discovered these guys a while ago on YT also. I don't usually care about watching reaction / review videos, but these guys are great. They are so enthusiastic and honest that it is almost like hearing the songs again for the first time myself.

Their reactions to Holy Wars (Megadeth), Master of Puppets, and One (both Metallica) are awesome for the thrash lover in me. And for other stuff, their vids for Killing in the Name (RATM), Digital Bath (Deftones), and Lateralus (Tool) are also all great.

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