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bfv  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Free PDF Books Library
bfv  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: SPACE FORCE

    WTF are we going to send the military to Mars for?

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

Manual length is a fine proxy for Kolmogorov complexity.

johnnyFive  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Perhaps, but that definition of "complexity" is not how that term is usually used. In terms of usability, C# is far less complex.

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

The C Programming language is 272 pages long. The C# Programming Language is 864 pages long. It might be more intuitive to you, but it's by far more complicated.

johnnyFive  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Two things. One, C != C++. Also, what do you mean by a programming language being x number of pages long?

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Manual length is a fine proxy for Kolmogorov complexity.

johnnyFive  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Perhaps, but that definition of "complexity" is not how that term is usually used. In terms of usability, C# is far less complex.

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 8, 2018

    I'm teaching myself C# as a gateway into full-fledged C.

You're starting with the way more complicated thing.

johnnyFive  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No way, or at least I've found C# to be much more intuitive. The standard library is a lot more straightforward, and you don't have to do memory management at all if you don't want to. By the same token, you never really have to worry about whether you should pass a variable by reference or by value. Pretty much the only question is whether to make a class static or not.

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The C Programming language is 272 pages long. The C# Programming Language is 864 pages long. It might be more intuitive to you, but it's by far more complicated.

johnnyFive  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Two things. One, C != C++. Also, what do you mean by a programming language being x number of pages long?

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Manual length is a fine proxy for Kolmogorov complexity.

johnnyFive  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Perhaps, but that definition of "complexity" is not how that term is usually used. In terms of usability, C# is far less complex.

bfv  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ohio Special Election Live Update

For fuck sake, Green Party.

b_b  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Greens notwithstanding, this is another example of a Trump heavy district almost flipping. If I were a Democrat running for office I wouldn't even acknowledge my opponent during the race. I would run against Trump entirely. He is toxic.

bfv  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: WHAT YOUR FAVORITE ’80S BAND SAYS ABOUT YOU

    Cocteau Twins: You have spilled Zima on someone who was dressed as a dark elf.

Well what are you supposed to use bottles of Zima for if not improvised juggling clubs?

Odder  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Drinking enough Zima to forget that you're drinking Zima, duh.

bfv  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Let's check in with that self-destructive dumpster fire, the Alt Right, shall we?

The Black Sun became a nazi symbol because nazis started using it as a nazi symbol once waving swastikas around became unacceptable. I read that less as "LARPers are secret nazis" than "nazis are why we can't have nice things."

kleinbl00  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just looked up #sonnenrad on Instagram. Am sad now.

kleinbl00  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I get the sentiment but at the same time if there's anybody who should be able to rock Norse symbols it's the LARPers and whatever Norse symbols the Nazis haven't appropriated yet, they will.

That the bulk of the article was a riff on "oh, shit, you mean I need to be offended by this symbol now?" kinda rubbed me the wrong way. The article was about "some Nazis are LARPers" but it was trying for "all LARPers are Nazis."

bfv  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Let's check in with that self-destructive dumpster fire, the Alt Right, shall we?

Dude dude you missed the funnier one linked from that post: the nazis with shields are literally LARPers.

Odder  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Walsh, a Michigan man, was a fixture of Dagorhir tournaments, where he LARPed as an orc called Kromkar Da Yooper

>_>

I guess if Pepe the frog can be a hate symbol then it follows that LARP societies are secretly nazi military camps or something.

kleinbl00  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I read it a couple days ago but the gist of the article was arguing that LARPers are secret nazis:

    The significant overlap between Nazi fans and European history fans has led to a phenomenon medieval scholar Paul Sturtevant calls “Schrödinger’s Medievalism”: “a piece of medieval culture found in the wild that you know has been appropriated as a symbol by right-wing nationalists or racists ... You can’t tell which is it until you get more information—and sometimes doing so is impossible. So, sometimes you are left in the uncomfortable position of having to treat it as both benign and hostile at the same time.”

The Black Sun became a Nazi symbol because the Nazis took over a castle that had it in the middle of the floor. By that logic the Muppets are members of Al Qaeda.

bfv  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Black Sun became a nazi symbol because nazis started using it as a nazi symbol once waving swastikas around became unacceptable. I read that less as "LARPers are secret nazis" than "nazis are why we can't have nice things."

kleinbl00  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just looked up #sonnenrad on Instagram. Am sad now.

kleinbl00  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I get the sentiment but at the same time if there's anybody who should be able to rock Norse symbols it's the LARPers and whatever Norse symbols the Nazis haven't appropriated yet, they will.

That the bulk of the article was a riff on "oh, shit, you mean I need to be offended by this symbol now?" kinda rubbed me the wrong way. The article was about "some Nazis are LARPers" but it was trying for "all LARPers are Nazis."

bfv  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Blood Moon 2018: Conspiracy theorist believes that Friday might be the end of the world

Maybe it's God's version of telling freshmen about the swimming pool on the roof.

bfv  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Deepfakes” Creates Fake Celebrity Porn.

    And the forgery of imagery, no matter how compelling, has always been a matter for amateurs.

Except for the professionals

kleinbl00  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A delightfully different circumstance.

Art provenance is another aspect of the same problem: reputation. Dan Rather staked his reputation on the Killian documents. Vouching for the Killian Documents meant destroying his reputation. An art dealer that is caught selling forged Giacomettis? That will destroy their reputation, too. But then, someone needs to want them to get caught.

There's a great chapter in The $12m Stuffed Shark about the Warhol Foundation and how a Warhol was real or not depending on what a council of experts decided. Their deliberation was closed, their decision was final and they basically decided what Warhols were worth money and what were worth nothing, because Warhol was one of those guys who kept bad records, used a lot of shops, and often made more examples after editions were closed, etc. They packed it in in 2012 because they were paying $7m a year in legal fees.

    Guido S. even wrote a book, which he called "Diego's Revenge," and of which he had 300 copies printed. It tells the story, part truth and part fiction, of Diego Giacometti, a brother and assistant of the artist, who had established a secret cache of sculptures. According to the book, the brother had even removed "the results of Giacometti's work, and of long nights of struggle" from the studio and made castings of them, "which he took to the foundry, either on his own or after checking with Alberto."

    In the book, Diego initially hid the castings, but after Alberto's death in 1966, sold them to collectors in Greece, France and England. Count Waldstein, as Guido S. wrote in his tall tale, had bought the bronzes back from the collectors. Even the ISBN number printed in the book was a forgery. Every forgery needs its legend, and every forged work of art needs a plausible provenance.

I own a Magritte print. I paid about $150 for it off eBay back in '02 or so, about the time I decided I couldn't afford a Yves Klein for $12k ($3k more than I paid for my car at the time). Kleins are more like $1.2m now and who knows what the Magritte is worth; it's got a stamp on the back from Gallerie Alexandre Iolas, the dealer that represented Magritte but that's pretty easy to forge. It's not a well-known Magritte, either, and it took fifteen years before I discovered that's because it's been in a vault since the Islamic Revolution.

Did coming up with a plausible story as to why my Magritte print is virtually unknown increase the likelihood it's a licensed print? Not at all. But it gave it a story. It increased the provenance of my print in my eyes, which makes it easier to convince my friends. There's a willful suspension of disbelief in a lot of art. This is due in no small part to the intellectual property value being imperfectly transmuted to the physical property value. I've got a little Banksy, too - purchased by a friend for me out of a shop in Gaza where it was made under license by Palestinians. Banksy, whoever he or they are, has likely never even seen it. But I get to tell my friends about my Banksy.

And any friend who disputes my Magritte isn't going to get invited to my parties anymore. I'm never going to use it to influence public opinion. The authenticity or inauthenticity of that print will not, for my purposes, ever be used in any influence peddling, unlike forged news media.

I ended up reading a weird book when I was about 9 years old. It's about a poor kid whose sister is about to marry rich. His new in-laws have an art collection and the kid is poking around and finds something hidden. Turns out to be this rare sculpture reported stolen decades previously. So the kid steals it. Then to make things okay for his sister's in-laws, he whips out a forgery of it in shop class before fencing it. In-laws are happy, kid buys his mom a house, sister gets married, everyone lives happily ever after. Aside, of course, from the crushing moral weight of committing theft in the interest of lifting your family out of poverty.

    "Anyone who believes he can buy a real Giacometti for €20,000 deserves to be duped. The art world is rotten."

The guy buying a Giacometti for €20,000 probably knows it's fake, too. But he's got plausible deniability - after all, he didn't fake it. And so long as his friends are impressed, he's good to go.

I wouldn't own a Giacometti. I'm fond of my Magritte. And at least I know it's a reproduction of an actual Magritte that I'll probably never see, and neither will any of my friends.

bfv  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Deepfakes” Creates Fake Celebrity Porn.

bfv  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Here's The Six Super Weapons Putin Unveiled During Fiery Address

"I have a very big button. I have the biggest button."

"My missile has infinitely long range."

International relations in 2018, ladies and gentlemen.

ButterflyEffect  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is what happens when Terrence and Philip lead nuclear powers.

kleinbl00  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Things you discover when you drink history from a firehose:

Terrance & Phillip vs. Terence & Plautus: Influences of Roman Republic Comedy on South Park

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plautus

...sorry I realize that's completely off-topic but fuckin' hell I've been wanting to mention that shit for like a year now.

b_b  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Which classical writers are the queef sisters based on?

veen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Paper statistics

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kleinbl00  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Right?

Imagine you've got a show on Comedy Central. You've put an obvious historical reference in it, and it's been sitting there for 21 fuckin' seasons, and you mostly did it for your college history professor, but fuckin' hell you'd think somebody would fucking notice.

But they don't.

Because Brawndo has what plants crave.

bfv  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Meet the Silicon Valley socialists who are pushing a tech worker uprising

It wouldn't be nearly as satisfying if they weren't clutching their pearls.