Hubski thoughtful web.Hubski"This is why they hate us" - The Other Tech Bubble #technology #society it will take a massive shift to introduce self-awareness to an industry that has always assumed it was changing the world for the b_b: As far as I can tell, you guys are the exception to the quote above. But I do think that generic Valley startups are well past their glory days and that that's starting to show. Related discussion, for posterity: the Solstice, in Praise of Darkness #winter Indeed, while I hope to spend every Christmas at home by the fire, this is also my favorite time of year to fly. Night flights are often smoother, and they are almost always more sublime. Raise your window blind and you may be the only person to ever see how the moonlight falls on an ephemeral, rolling Narnia of cloud, while on a clear evening a city far below you may look exactly as we might most beautifully imagine it — as a shorthand for civilization, written in light on the pages of a darkened Earth.When you look up, familiar, crystalline winter ornaments like Orion and the Pleiades appear, while auroras may offer the sensation, sometimes for several hours, of sailing across a phosphorescent sea. To reclaim a phrase from “Game of Thrones” — a show, ahem, that hasn’t exactly burnished winter’s reputation — the night is long and full of wonders. In contrast, pilots may greet the sunrise in the cockpit with a matching glare, and an inevitable “Star Trek” joke — “shields up!” — as we reach for our Ray-Bans and a phalanx of swiveling sun visors.I went camping with some friends once along the California seashore. We snuck out onto the beach after sunset, and I was greeted with one of the crispest views of Orion that I'd ever seen, slowly dropping into the Pacific. Your Brain Hates Other People And how to make it think differently #science Pope's Long Con; A backgrounder on the Preacher and Kentucky State Rep who killed himself 3 days ago after being accused of molesting an underage girl. ago, Johnson fashioned an identity as a modern-day American patriot. Pro-gun, pro-God, pro-life. He talked in 2013 about making America great again. He lamented the lack of God in everyone’s lives. He wept over the country’s future.But behind this persona — cultivated, built up and fine-tuned over decades — is a web of lies and deception. [Tales of his his heroism at Ground Zero.] A mysterious fire. Attempted arson and false testimony. Alleged molestation in his church.In Johnson's wake lies a trail of police records and court files, shattered lives and a flagrant disregard for truth.This seven-month investigation is based on more than 100 interviews and several thousand pages of public documents. It also included numerous attempts to interview Johnson, who refused all requests. Over and over, there were warning signs for government officials, law enforcement, political leaders and others. Yet, virtually nothing was done. Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program Facebook exec talking about the problem with Facebook and using capital as a tool (discussion) #thehumancondition stumbled into this video through reddit, initially for the part on how the person interviewed, who worked for facebook, regrets helping building it up.I got hooked because of how the interview continues. He gets asked about what message he has for the audience (which probably are some business students) and he tells them to "get the money". He believes that people should get into the markets/businesses and get as much capital as possible. And then, when they are rich, to do good things with their capital.How realistic is this world view? I have my troubles believing that they will not get corrupted. I see this happening already with some people I studied with. They finished their PhDs and started to work for consulting companies (McKinsey and BCG, mainly). When I asked them why and what happened with science, their answer was that they would have more impact in those companies. However, I am already seeing how their personalities are changing. They are becoming more selfish, care more and more about superficial things like the number of watches they have (sorry kleinbl00) or their new car, play the political game of inter-company intrigues as if they live in an episode of House of Cards.... But the worst is that they are not empathetic anymore. I was shocked by their lack of solidarity and care for people that worse off.It has only been two years and you turned from a person that had values and wanted to better the world by going the "road with more influence" to the person you despised before.So, again, how realistic is it and is it really the only way to induce meaningful change in the world?I would love to hear your opinions on this!“Uber has engaged, and continues to engage, in illegal intelligence gathering on a global scale.” #business adage used to be "go fast, break things, go to jail. of the RIngs, not starring Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino #metoo #film said that while he has “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against Weinstein, he had long ago decided not to work with him. He elaborated, “My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings [before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with—so I haven’t…Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people.” Doug Jones destroyed Roy Moore's whole schtick with one well-chosen verb #whiterabbit #writebetterdammit’s the thing about trying to out-Donald the Donald. It never works. “I guarantee you there’s no problem,” our now-president fired back during a debate, in reference to, well, a part of his anatomy that was definitely not his hands. As they say, you shouldn’t mud-wrestle with a pig, because you both get dirty and the pig likes it. As they also say, you shouldn’t turn a presidential debate into a literal dick-measuring contest. Impossibility of Intelligence Explosion ("The Singularity is not coming") #science #ai specific example that is worth paying attention to is that of scientific progress, because it is conceptually very close to intelligence itself — science, as a problem-solving system, is very close to being a runaway superhuman AI. Science is, of course, a recursively self-improving system, because scientific progress results in the development of tools that empower science — whether lab hardware (e.g. quantum physics led to lasers, which enabled a wealth of new quantum physics experiments), conceptual tools (e.g. a new theorem, a new theory), cognitive tools (e.g. mathematical notation), software tools, communications protocols that enable scientists to better collaborate (e.g. the Internet)…Yet, modern scientific progress is measurably linear. I wrote about this phenomenon at length in a 2012 essay titled “The Singularity is not coming”. We didn’t make greater progress in physics over the 1950–2000 period than we did over 1900–1950 — we did, arguably, about as well. Mathematics is not advancing significantly faster today than it did in 1920. Medical science has been making linear progress on essentially all of its metrics, for decades. And this is despite us investing exponential efforts into science — the headcount of researchers doubles roughly once every 15 to 20 years, and these researchers are using exponentially faster computers to improve their productivity.How comes? What bottlenecks and adversarial counter-reactions are slowing down recursive self-improvement in science? So many, I can’t even count them. Here are a few. Importantly, every single one of them would also apply to recursively self-improving AIs.- Doing science in a given field gets exponentially harder over time — the founders of the field reap most the low-hanging fruit, and achieving comparable impact later requires exponentially more effort. No researcher will ever achieve comparable progress in information theory as Shannon did in his 1948 paper.- Sharing and cooperation between researchers gets exponentially more difficult as a field grows larger. It gets increasingly harder to keep up with the firehose of new publications. Remember that a network with N nodes has N * (N - 1) / 2 edges.- As scientific knowledge expands, the time and effort that have to be invested in education and training grows, and the field of inquiry of individual researchers gets increasingly narrow.Francois Chollet is primary author of the well-known "Keras" framework for deep learning in python. He is also the creator of Wysp, a platform for creatives to learn, create, and share art. He currently works as an engineer/researcher at Google. Intelligence has not been clearly defined by researchers. The Singularity is a projection of overly-intellectual scientists who fetishize optimization and believe intelligence to be the end all be all of problem-solving and human relationships while dreaming of an era where computers run everything, creating an orderly, rational world. The Singularity is Heaven for nerds and their god is a silicon-based ineffability. Saturday Hubski. Have a regal casowary. #happysaturday do you do? Why did you start? Why are you still doing it? #askhubski thread is exactly what it says on the tin. Another year going by has got me thinking about how I started what I'm doing, and why I'm still doing it.I started in EMS for three reasons, all more or less equal. 1) I wanted to work in healthcare, and an EMT license was the quickest/easiest way I could get a foot in the door straight out of high school. 2) I had a friend a little bit older than me who was an EMT, and she was and is one of the coolest people I know. I figured if she could, I could, and I guess I wanted to be like her a bit. Still do. 3) I had the classic newbie impression that EMS was nothing but critical patients and adrenaline, saving lives 24/7. Half of me thought that sounded cool as all hell, and the other half wanted to learn how to work and lead others while under that pressure. I got my EMT certification in June 2015. Running for a volunteer service segued into a paid gig as a tech in an ER nearby, and I'm still on the truck as well. I earned my Advanced EMT cert this past spring. I started nursing school along the way, because while EMS has its enjoyable parts(and crappy ones) it's hard to make a career out of it, especially where I live, and being and EMT was never my endgame.I'm still doing EMS because the parts I love about it outweigh the parts that suck about it. There's something really satisfying about being the person who guides CDC's new "seven dirty words" #whiterabbit analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based."In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of "science-based" or ­"evidence-based," the suggested phrase is "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes," the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered. December 11, 1803- Composer Hector Berlioz is born #todayinhistory have almost certainly heard his music.And the full Symphony here: December 10, 1684- "On the motion of bodies in an orbit" is read to the Royal society #todayinhistory manuscript (De Motu for short, but not to be confused with several other Newtonian papers carrying titles that start with these words) gave important mathematical derivations relating to the three relations now known as "Kepler's laws" (before Newton's work, these had not been generally regarded as laws). Halley reported the communication from Newton to the Royal Society on 10 December 1684 (Old Style). After further encouragement from Halley, Newton went on to develop and write his book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (commonly known as the Principia) from a nucleus that can be seen in De Motu – of which nearly all of the content also reappears in the Principia. December 9, 1958- The John Birch Society is founded. #todayinhistory wrote in a widely circulated statement, The Politician, "Could Eisenhower really be simply a smart politician, entirely without principles and hungry for glory, who is only the tool of the Communists? The answer is yes." He went on. "With regard to ... Eisenhower, it is difficult to avoid raising the question of deliberate treason."The controversial paragraph was removed before final publication of The Politician.The sensationalism of Welch's charges against Eisenhower prompted several conservatives and Republicans, most prominently Goldwater and the intellectuals of William F. Buckley's circle, to renounce outright or quietly shun the group. Buckley, an early friend and admirer of Welch, regarded his accusations against Eisenhower as "paranoid and idiotic libels" and attempted unsuccessfully to purge Welch from the Birch Society. From then on Buckley, who was editor of National Review, became the leading intellectual spokesman and organizer of the anti-Bircher conservatives. In fact, Buckley's biographer John B. Judis wrote that "Buckley was beginning to worry that with the John Birch Society growing so rapidly, the right-wing upsurge in the country would take an ugly, even Fascist turn rather than leading toward the kind of conservatism National Review had promoted." December 8, 1813- Beethoven's 7th Symphony Premiers #todayinhistory #music December 7, 43BC- Cicero is assassinated #todayinhistory was one of the most viciously and doggedly hunted among the proscribed. He was viewed with sympathy by a large segment of the public and many people refused to report that they had seen him. He was caught December 7, 43 BC leaving his villa in Formiae in a litter going to the seaside where he hoped to embark on a ship destined for Macedonia. When his killers – Herennius (a centurion) and Popilius (a tribune) – arrived, Cicero's own slaves said they had not seen him, but he was given away by Philologus, a freed slave of his brother Quintus Cicero.Cicero's last words are said to have been, "There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly." He bowed to his captors, leaning his head out of the litter in a gladiatorial gesture to ease the task. By baring his neck and throat to the soldiers, he was indicating that he wouldn't resist. According to Plutarch, Herennius first slew him, then cut off his head. On Antony's instructions his hands, which had penned the Philippics against Antony, were cut off as well; these were nailed along with his head on the Rostra in the Forum Romanum according to the tradition of Marius and Sulla, both of whom had displayed the heads of their enemies in the Forum. Cicero was the only victim of the proscriptions who was displayed in that manner. According to Cassius Dio (in a story often mistakenly attributed to Plutarch), Antony's wife Fulvia took Cicero's head, pulled out his tongue, and jabbed it repeatedly with her hairpin in final revenge against Cicero's power of speech. May 6, 1915- Orson Wells is born. #todayinhistory know to me for the "war on the worlds" prank broadcast where they did a radio show to HG Wells' famous story. The panic is caused was created out of whole cloth by the newspapers to show everyone how dangerous the new media of radio can be. Anyone on the Internet should get a twinge of recognition. Technology changes, but Yellow Journalism never does.The panic was fakeAbsolutely a myth Technological Complexity in routing around Net Neutrality #netneutrality are embarking on an admirable plan to build their own, neutral, mesh, internet network connection provider for their neighborhood in Brooklyn.What they build, how they build it, and what they learn doing the project, will be documented and available to the general public as a DIY "How To Become Your Own ISP" kind of document.This is FANTASTIC.But it doesn't actually route around the Net Neutrality problems introduced this week.The key sentence happens way down near the end of the article: "To be clear and to answer a few questions I've gotten: This network will be connected to the real internet and will be backed by fiber from an internet exchange. It will not rely on a traditional ISP." If you do not buy your internet connection/service from an ISP, then you must provide two things:1. A connection to the Internet backbone. Last time I looked at this type of connection, they were more than $10k/mo for a connection that worked with a small 20-person business.2. DNS services. If you are on the backbone, then you MUST both receive and send all the internet traffic that comes to you. This means you must provide DNS services - so the people connected to your local network have an IP Address, so other servers on the internet can talk to them - and you must route traffic to other servers on the internet.The first problem is paid for by your subscribers, who pay you to provide the connection, and offset your costs for the connection.The second problem requires you to have a group of computers set up, running highly technical services, and the network admin staff to run, maintain, and keep these systems up to date, protected from hackers, and functioning properly in their role in supporting the larger internet.Now your little community ISP has three shifts of highly technical and adept staff (say, 3 geeks minimum), working 52 weeks a year, and running multiply redundant systems. AND each of those servers and services you run on those servers need to be backed up by a second, identical, live system, so if a hard drive fails, or software needs updating, or a system gets hacked, the live system fails, and the backup system immediately drops into place.---Let's tot this up, shall we?$10k/mo for the sole internet connection. (Double that if you want a redundant one for backup purposes.)(approx) $200k/year for geeks. Three network engineers who are making anywhere from, say, $50k-$120k/year, depending on the size/complexity of your customer base and their needs.(approx) $500k in equipment. Servers, software, hardware, etc., that your three geeks keep up and running. And it all needs to be replaced every 3 years or so.$??? - Offices. Rent. Support staff. Receptionist to answer the phones. Phone system. Desks, chairs, Mountain Dew, HR department, Accounting Department, Billing, etc.And what do you get in the end, for all this? AN ISP.Because now you have a company. That company has bills to pay, salaries to cover, employee benefits, 401k plan, operational expenses, etc. So you need to make money. And sell more internet connections to more people, because people die or move out of the neighborhood, or the big local employer moves out of the area and jobs are scarce, so people drop their fancy NetNeutral ISP and go with the cheaper free city-provided wifi.But your company is the BEST NetNeutral ISP in the area. So people flock to your services.Now your services are overloaded. You need more hardware. You need more bandwidth. You need more geeks and more phone support staff.But man... you could expand to the next city over... if you could just get a couple million dollars together.So you go public. IPO. You sell shares and become a publicly traded company, and get a big infusion of cash, and rapidly expand your operations state-wide. You have hundreds of thousands of new customers all across the state.At the big shareholders meeting, you have to report that roll-out state-wide has hit unexpected snags, and so quarterly results are down. Your stock price takes a hit.All of the people who own stock in NetNeutralISP see the value of their stock portfolio dropping, due to NNISP's poor financial performance this quarter.The board ousts you - the founder - and puts you into a purely advisory position, with a big paycheck and parachute.They hire a new CEO who promises to revive the company - and the stock value - through offering high-end services to your most exclusive (rich) customers. Getting them to sign up for a premium service will not only help boost quarterly numbers, it'll also give you the capital infusion you need to finish the state-wide rollout, so you can nail down 1.2m new customer accounts.And that premium service you offer to businesses and high-net-worth individual clients in gated communities? Priority, high-speed, internet access.And you have just become the problem you originally set out to address, with your community-focused ISP. Wars Episode 8 is the longest primal hallucination you will ever experience #shouldiwatchthis #film there are spoilers here guys. I don't know what good it will actually do, since I'm not sure what I'm spoiling?How the fuck do I begin to review this movie?Normally what I do is break down the plot, then go in to my thoughts about what it did wrong and what it did right, touching on different elements of the film and what I liked about them or disliked about them. I don't know if I can do that.If you strip away the character moments, the plot of "The Last Jedi" is as follows: Rey finds Luke Skywalker and then psychically holds hands with Kylo Ren before she leaves Luke burns down a tree then astral projects himself on to another planet covered in salt Finn and a new character called Rose go to a planet as part of a plan that ultimately fails, and then the original plan happens anyway making their entire subplot a waste of time Po has an entire subplot, related to Finn and Rose, which exists only because his boss didn't send him a memo about what was happening. Later the plan she had was explained and Po thought it was a good one, begging the question about WHY THEY DIDN'T JUST EXPLAIN THE PLAN IN THE FIRST PLACE Snoke dies after having 3 scenes in a golden bath robe. Kylo Ren becomes a good guy, and then a bad guy again within the span of about 10 minutes of screen time There is a long chase sequences with the millenium falcon which doesn't matter because it provides a distraction for an attack that fails anyway The rebels spend the majority of the movie briskly walking away from a giant space B2 bomber without doing anything clever In the end nothing has changed from the beginning of the movie aside from the fact that Finn is awake, Rey is back home, Snoke is dead, and everyone is on the millenium falcon now. Literally everyone. The rebels are still on the run from the Empire. They still have no plan. The events of the movie take place over the course of like, 18 hours. What the fuck. So yeah I don't know how to like, review this movie. The visuals are sometimes pretty but also basically meaningless because the plot is so confusing and weird that you can't really tell why anything exists or why certain choices were made. The music is cool but also really fucking stupid (at one point they mention Han, and Han's theme plays in the background for like 10 seconds). I mean its Star Wars though so it's not unexpected.If I had to summarize my feelings on the film, it'd be calling it a sloppy, confusing, pandering, poorly paced mess. There are entire plots that lead literally no where. Themes are brought up and then dropped without explanation or resolution. Characters behave inconsistently in order to move the story in a certain direction. Kylo Ren only exists because Luke behaved inconsistently for a moment and Kylo just happened to notice. Yep good plot guys.I think I hate this movie but it actually mostly just confused me? Parts of it were cool. I like that they settled the debate about whether or not you could light speed jump through spaceships, that was cool I guess. Does this mean we'll see an increase in suicide attacks in episode 9? Can the entirety of episode 9 just be justifying why suicide bombing is okay as long as you agree with the people doing it? Some scenes were good. I liked when Luke milked a weird sea animal and just drank raw milk in front of Rey then stared her down. I wish that scene was longer. I liked when Chewbacca killed two porgs and cooked them, then just threw their roasted carcasses away because he felt guilty. That was maybe the second stupidest scene in the film. Uh. I liked the concept of a space horse race, but I would have liked it more if they were just horses. Like you see all these crazy aliens, but they're just watching horse races. I really didn't like how much Carrie Fisher was "in-but-not-really-in" the movie. Which is how we get in to my least favorite scene in cinema history. Princess Leia gets blown out of a cockpit in to space. You cut to her frozen body which you presume is dead. Her hand is outstretched. Suddenly, her fingers move, and she superman flies her way back to the ship and ends up in a coma. Words can't actually do it justice. It's like, the dumbest, worst possible way for anything to have happened? I hated it? I was rolling my eyes and trying not to groan when it happened? Other than that, I mean. A lot of things happen in this movie, but they don't really go any where or do anything. Kylo Ren kills Snoke. Rey finds out her parents were basically junkies and trash who didn't care about her. That was neat. That was probably the best part of the movie. Luke turns in to a ghost. Finn gets ready to die then is saved randomly by a girl who isn't a pilot but can apparently fly a broken down old speeder. I'm forgetting a lot of what happened in the movie already and that's a really bad sign.So uh. Yeah. I wish I could write more but I've tried to think about this movie and it sort of hurts my brain? It's so colossally stupid and contradictory at moments that I can't believe it was greenlit. I feel bad for all of the actors and workers who really put effort in to this, because none of the performances are like, bad or anything. They're just in service of nothing in particular. I mean its better than Rogue One I guess, but so is having someone fart in your mouth.Don't watch this? food could you eat the most of? #grubski #offbeat need to read about something that isn't politics, or the death of the internet, or what latest beloved cultural icon is literally satan. This is one of my favorite 'get to know you' questions, and I don't think I've ever posed it to hubski.If you had to eat a TON of something, like, as much as you possibly could, what would you be able to stuff yourself with?This question has it's origins in me, pondering how big a bowl of Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa pebbles I could eat. I think I could probably empty a large mixing bowl (~1 gallon liquid capacity) at least once, probably more than that. When I think of how big a single container of fruity pebbles would have to be before I would cry uncle, I get a lil bit ashamed. I'm certain that fluid volume would do me in long before I was sick of the tasty bits. Alternatively, tell me about a time you ate WAY too much as some kind of dare or challenge. journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America #trumpamerica Guardian follows the UN's special rapporteur on poverty and human rights as he tours the U.S.His report is expected in May 2018., The Creator's NPR Tiny Desk is Wonderful #music #vibesandjives The Top Graphic Design Ideas to Try in 2018 #graphicdesign are just a few of the emerging graphic design trends people on Pinterest are excited about. The Pinterest 100 has it all—100 trend predictions across top categories, backed by global data. This selected list we have for you isn’t only for graphic designers—illustrators and photographers will find some ideas worth testing out, especially when it comes to experimenting with print. confirm we have a LIMITED amount of self-control that gets used up throughout the day #science starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death #opinion #environment with 0 comments shows a user as top commenter #bugski't happen with any other 0-comment post.Are drafts counted towards top comments?