atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7548: I have seventy-five hundred tabs open.

Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. I think Pale Moon would crash if I tried that.

Most of them are about stupidity, which invariably drives me bugshit. For example, today I was tailgated--close tailgated, "drafting" close--by a complete shithead, who then proceeded to pass me on a two-lane road with oncoming traffic. At least we were in a passing zone! Dumbfuck then proceeded to cut me off, of course. What did I do to earn this dickhead's ire? I had the unmitigated gall to drive at only five over. had temporary tags on it. I think she was really eager to wreck her new car.

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Minneapolis city council does not quite understand "cause and effect". Or the law of unintended consequences.

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Try to be less black.
Try to be less Asian.
Try to be less Indigenous.

Can we say that? No?

Then why can Coca Cola tell their staff to be less white?
Because the ruling class has decided that their road to ultimate power lies on the backs of people of color, that's why.

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These people don't seem to understand the limitations of artificial intelligence.
Recent breakthroughs involving long-term studies have lead to the development of various AI-powered reasoning systems that could serve to trivialize and implement a fairly simple ethical judgment system for firearms.

This paper doesn't describe the creation of a smart gun itself, but the potential efficacy of an AI system that can make the same kinds of decisions for firearms users as, for example, cars that can lock out drivers if they can't pass a breathalyzer.

In this way, the AI would be trained to recognize the human intent behind an action.
Good fucking luck with that, asshole.

There is an enormous difference between a breathalyzer locking out a car's ignition system, and a firearm deciding not to fire because its user isn't using it in self-defense.

The only thing a breathalyzer has to do is to measure the alcohol content of a puff of air from the user's lungs--generating a number--and then compare that number to the one in its programming. If the measurement is as high, or higher, than the one in the program, it prevents the vehicle from starting. It's a binary decision: the "no start" condition is either triggered, or it is not, and it comes down to the measurement of one variable.

In the case of a machine judging a person's intent and then allowing or disallowing operation? People cannot even reliably judge what other people mean to do. The set of variables is enormous and they're different for each person!

How would the gun know the intent of the user? How would it identify the difference between "user is in danger" and "user is trying to commit mass murder"? What kind of sensors and computational power would it need to collect enough data and render a verdict in time?

This is pie-in-the-sky hogwash, is what it is.

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"What the fuck do your preferred pronouns have to do with my aching back?"
"How's your afternoon going so far?" I asked my patient, a man who'd come to get his blood drawn and his meds refilled, one afternoon last year. While sanitizing my hands, I noticed a Trump campaign slogan emblazoned on his T-shirt. I tried not to look down at the rainbow pin on my own white coat. I introduced myself.

"Hi, I'm Tom, a medical student, and I use he/him pronouns. Do you mind telling me your name and pronouns so I can confirm it in the chart?"
Actually, I think I'd say, "Hi, I'm Fungus, and I'd like to be seen by a doctor who understands science."

That's probably going to get me put in a gulag.

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"You can't FULLY compare Trump to Hitler." If it wasn't for intellectual bankruptcy, they couldn't claim to be intellectuals, now could they?

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This is how Wuhan Flu worked out in a country not goverened by tyrannical shitheads.
One of the most precious goods in an epidemic is public trust. Silly, condescending, manipulative 'fertilizer' like "two weeks to slow the spread" (now entering its second year) would never fly here. Instead, things that were taboo to even mention in the US MSM--like the economic cost, and collateral healthcare damage, of a lockdown--were openly discussed here from the beginning.

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"This year we're really excited! We have gender-neutral bathrooms." What a thing for an executive of a games company to be excited about. Honk! Honk!

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This kind of self-reliance is anathema to the left which is why they do their damnedest to stomp it out whenever it arises.

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This. It's a bit long but it's a very effective discussion on the notion that "something you think you understand from your world doesn't extrapolate to an outsider."

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Hackaday has me covered with "how do design a custom generator interlock plate." Now all I need to do is to figure out how to cram two more circuit breakers into the panel....

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Today flew past.

Dinner was roast beef sandwiches. I bought some au jus mix, bread rolls, giardinera; once home I made the au jus and sliced the remaining beef as thinly as I could manage, then dropped it into the hot au jus. It was delicious.

But now it's going on 11 and I've got to get to bed soon....

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