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Oh, yeah. This isn't the house I wanted to die in, but unless we have another near-negative interest rate drop, we're here for the long term.

"Are you willing to relocate?" has now become a hard "no."

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I could write a program today that would insist it is alive and beg for its life. With a decent LLM behind it, I could easily, today, make it convincing. Is that program self aware? I think most of us would argue not.

Star Trek computers have never been AI, in any way an expert would define truly self-aware artificial intelligence. There's no justification about why they neither have nor use AI, but Data was declared as distinct from Trek computers specifically because he had a positronic brain which, in classic Trek terms, somehow made him different from Trek computer programs. Trek programs, and especially holodeck ones, were classified as "simulations." Sometimes, as someone else pointed out, simulations could escape their boundaries and become truly self- aware and arguably truly AI.

There's probably some deep discussion on a Trek board about this subject, but IMO, in the Trek universe Trek engineers and scientists have a more clear understanding and better definitions for AI; and what distinguishes a truly alive, self-aware entity from a merely very good simulation of one. When things like Moriarty come up, they're plot devices to play on our poorly understood definitions and distinctions, to drive a story. Was Vaal sentient? It was hostile, so it probably made no difference, but the characters seemed to easily separate it into the category of "just a machine."

I believe that there's simply some given understanding - probably some basic theory taught at school - that allows characters to make the distinction; some bit of Trek advanced knowledge we haven't yet discovered. Most computers in Trek are not capable of producing true AI, only very convincing simulations, and these are not considered alive, or have rights.

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My point is that those are our arguments. My head cannon is that, just like Star Trek engineers know how to build a phaser (and we do not), and understand warp theory, Star Trek scientists also know how to distinguish true artificial intelligence, with an internal dialog and self-awareness from simulated intelligence.

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If Pike makes Kirk look like an aggressive wildcard, Reynolds would make Kirk look like a bank clerk. The running theme in the show would be how, each episode, he barely dodges a court marshal for whatever he did.

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How are you accuse me of trying to spell!

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A senior dev writes a program to generate her email.

I have actually done this, and for more than just automated responses. It was before ChatGPT, though; now, I'd be surprised if even junior devs aren't doing it.

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"Not sex?" In pretty certain that sex was the start of each of us. Yup. Pretttyy sure about that one.

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OK, yeah. "All" was wrong. Aside from IVF, 98% of us (in the US).

Your kids are waaaay more expensive than most. This is a fact they can use against their peers in school to assert dominance. Also, I blinked at the plural; did you just get lucky, or are you well-heeled enough to have gone through this more than once? Also also, my regards to your wife for the hellish pre-op chemical routine she probably had to endure. Yeah, your kids were hard-won. Kudos.

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It wasn't is, but my SIL went through this; same process: 2 tries, second was a success, and a third is waiting. But she's at the age where it's getting to be a real concern for viability, so the third will probably forever remain an unrealized possibility.

That injection routine sounded hellish, though.

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Deep freeze freezer. In the oven, shit like that reheats pretty decently, and it's not like you're eating Beef Wellington.

If it wasn't for the source of the meat, it's not a bad idea. 'Course, of it weren't for the source of the meat, it wouldn't be 20/$10.

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Given the title, I was imagining more like: "deep sigh man, this day sucks."

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K, so, I have a different take on this based purely on the cover photo, title, and the fact that the community is the last thing I look at.

We have a cat who was very fat, and when we were told he was prediabetic, we got serious about getting his weight down. After some weeks of hard work, he lost enough weight that he discovered he could jump up onto things and into places he never could before, because of his weight. One of these places was a narrow ledge between a decorative column and the wall in our front room. When he first did it, we noticed and congratulated him, and now whenever he jumps up into that spot he yowls until we acknowledge his feat.

So when I saw your title and picture, my first thought was that it was something similar: your cat being obscurely pleased with jumping up in this table.

Nice job in the table. And congrats to your cat.

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Everything will be 30x better, but, while the battery has 30x the capacity, the screen, CPU, and networking chip consume 30x the power, meaning you'll have exactly the same runtime - 4-8hrs, depending on screen brightness and load. The drive will be 30x bigger and faster (IO), but the OS will take up 30x as much space. Everything will be 1024-bit to access all of the RAM, and a simple "Hello World" will take up 512MB. WiFi will be terabit speeds, but now that everything is in 32k, streaming is even slower with buffering lags every 3 minutes. Your 60TB drive can hold 12 movies. Boot times are still in the half-minute range because the OS takes up 120GB of drive space.

But while you were in the future, you saw a person on one of these peak machines running tmux in a tty on Linux, and no display manager.

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    AND it seems that cultures either domesticated cats or ferrets for the same purpose: pest rodent maintenance.

    I find it not surprising, but really interesting, that some of the animals that have become the most common pets in the West had competition; and that it may have taken only some relatively small events and it could be raining foxes and ferrets instead of cats and dogs.

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    McCoy would never get in a car, or fly in an airplane, either.

    We obviously haven't seen all of the transporter accidents, but given the implied frequency of use, the chances of bad outcomes are probably pretty low. Probably lower than being randomly killed in an away mission, since that happened to someone almost every episode.

    sxan ,
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    I have no answer, but you're not alone. If I get exactly 7 hours I'm golden. 8, I'm fine.
    ≥9 or ≤6, I'm exhausted all day.

    sxan ,
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    A little late for April Fools.

    sxan ,
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    Like Thanos, it's inevitable. But so much damage and chaos can be avoided if it happens sooner rather than later.

    Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?

    sxan ,
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    Either they adorn seashells when they come on land, which would be an odd modesty considering they don no other clothing for their lower parts; or... their boobs are seashells!

    I have a new headcanon.

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    Nice analysis. I wonder where the downvote(s) came from.

    Edit sorry for the repeats. Either Voyager or my home server was having an aneurism.

    sxan ,
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    But it's not hard to recognize the immense challenges facing an outright repeal of the 2nd amendment. In fact, it's absurd not to look at what would need to be done if only to plan a strategy.

    Republicans successfully repealed RvW not in a year, not in a decade; they've been maneuvering the supreme court and gerrymandering and stacking courts for decades. OK, maybe not exclusively for repealing RvW, but it was a major force, and they knew it'd require stacking the supreme court with activist conservative judges. I don't think even Reagan considered overturning election results and instituting a dictatorship when they started this; it was really about abortion, and only when Trump rolled around and conservatives looked at what they could do with what they'd achieved did they start looking beyond RvW. That was long range planning and consistent application of a plan; that's what would be needed to repeal the 2nd.

    The obstacles have been succinctly outlined; it's idiocy to ignore the facts and believe you can change things by wishing hard enough, or by blaming the President because he hasn't waved his all-powerful magic wand and made it happen. Idiocy, and laziness.

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    Props for finding a really different form, and new level, of crazy.

    sxan ,
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    Oh, no no. I mean for this /c/. It's usually more straightforward anti-vax or other more common SovCit nuttiness. This is refreshingly out of left field (for those of us who do not listen to, or follow, what Alex Fucking Jones is up to at any given point).

    sxan ,
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    Which is the smarter approach. I'm a head-in-the-sand guy, because it's not good for my blood pressure otherwise.

    sxan ,
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    Yup, that logic class was one of the few classes outside of the career-related ones that I can say has had an attributable positive impact in my life nearly every month of my life since. It really should be taught somewhere in K-12.

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    Good point. Total eclipses, however, are very rare, occurring at a given location on the Earth only once every 400 years (or so). Given how small a range any modern uncontacted tribe would be, it's unlikely that anyone but their remote ancestors experienced a total eclipse. And there's a massive, inexplicable difference between a 99% eclipse and a total eclipse. A 99% eclipse briefly makes things darker, a total eclipse changes reality; the visual effects of what you see are disorienting, at best.

    So: yes, uncontacted tribes may have seen the sun get briefly dimmer. But even in more "modern" cultures, total eclipses have been cause for hysteria and panic. And maybe that's the best answer to OP's question: take a look at recorded history, e.g. Ephraim Miller and the total eclipse that passed over Texas in 1878.

    sxan ,
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    I can't explain why, but this rule feels so.... reddit.

    sxan ,
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    I lived in PA for 16 years, and I could have had a crocodile that entire time‽‽

    sob

    sxan ,
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    I'm using herbstluftwm and am happiest with it, but spent years on i3, almost a year in bspwm, and a hot minute on sway. All after years of mostly KDE, some Gnome, and a few years (concurrently w/ Linux) on Macs from work.

    Any tiling WM over any DE. I'd go back to i3 before choosing either Gnome or KDE. The one exception would be a fully feature-complete NeXTSTEP clone. I'd switch to that in a heartbeat. Not OpenSTEP, not Windowmaker; NS was beautiful, functional, fully integrated in all aspects - like MacOS, but without the dumbed-down idiocracy.

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    I don't trust it. It looks shifty. Don't lend it money.

    sxan ,
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    I'm sure op appreciates the gesture, but that is not a salmon.

    sxan ,
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    He provided a tropical fish, as well. Probably illegally harvested from the coral reefs. smh

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    checks watch yeah, for now.

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    I'm also a not-so-young dude - forgotten generation - and honestly I don't remember guys being like this. At least, not to women's faces. Being rejected sucks and is a hit to your self-image, so there was the occasional after-the-fact, booze-fueled name-calling while among the guys, but to must of us, being rejected was something we were embarrassed about and didn't advertise by sharing.

    Our generations - boomers, gen-x - are selfish, greedy, and short sighted. OTOH, from survey of N=1 (my wife) getting this sort of response from men wasn't a concern.

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    Rape is another matter. Rape has been prevelant and underreported since, well, forever; and I doubt the rates of rape have gone down. In fact, since the definition of rape has been increasingly broadened, sexual violence crime rates have almost certainly been increasing.

    The meme, and myself, were not talking about rape, or inequality, or being not being able to vote. I was only talking about women today being increasingly afraid to turn down men.

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    sigh

    If you look back, I mentioned my highly scientific survey, which consisted my of asking my wife. Whence comes my observation.

    My point has been that I'm betting that the age group of the women you ask is significant. It'd be an interesting study.

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    This has a lot of the energy of: "have you tried just not being depressed?"

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    I would never defend or say that behavior is justified by hurt feelings. I am saying that just saying "just don't take rejection personally" is in no way a helpful response. To misquote Schoppenhauer, a person can choose how they react, but they can't choose how they feel -- especially when hormones are involved.

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    Fair enough. Point.

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    For me, only because it seems he's not true to period. Earlier Zefram was a 1960's astronaut; a Steve Austin, or Buck Rogers.

    sxan ,
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    Everyone knows that modern pop music is shallow and ephemeral, and that by your 30's you've come to appreciate real, quality music made in the 50-70's, like the 1960 Larry Verne classic "Mr Custer."

    "Digital sovereignty": German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein ditches Microsoft for Linux and Open Source alternatives ( blog.documentfoundation.org )

    Schleswig-Holstein, the northern German federal state, will be a digital pioneer region and the first German state to introduce a digitally sovereign IT workplace in its state administration. With a cabinet decision to introduce the open-source software LibreOffice as the standard office solution across the board, the government...

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    Last time they tried this (that was Munich IIRC) it was just too early. All they really had access to was OpenOffice, which - and I appreciate all the work that went into it by all the selfless contributors! - was kind of shit. Now there are a least three office suites with decent MS compatibility, which is critical for being a functioning part of a larger organization, not to mention Office365 web if worst comes to worst. At least they wouldn't have to roll back everything if they encounter problems, like Munich did.

    This is great news.

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    Weight. Guns and bullets are heavy - really heavy, especially if you want to penetrate even light body armor.

    I was going to say recoil, but ironically I think that's the easiest thing to control for with software. It's predictable, and modern drones are highly maneuverable; it wouldn't be hard to have the drone software account for recoil when firing bursts. It'd be interesting to see just how accurate you could get shot placement.

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    Yup. It's used by the German Bundeswehr, and by France's DINUM.

    Here's a Wired article from a few years ago about its adoption.

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