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am_Unition  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the world is waiting for Betelgeuse to go supernova

Imagine pointing your starship at your friend's star system, pressing "go", and then accidentally enveloping them inside a black hole when you decelerated upon arrival. Bummer.

I'd never heard of kugelblitz! That was great. I've thought about the absurd amount of exclusively bosonic energy density that would be required to make a space-time singularity, but I didn't know there was a name for it :).

am_Unition  ·  10 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trillion Tree Campaign

"Oh" is not only a homonym in this instance, they're nextdoor neighbors in qwerty-land :)

edit: Ummmmmmm, the forensicnews link wanted me to download a PHP file. Uh oh. edit 2: I didn't download, obvz, but it seems to be working now. Hmmm. Don't visit forensicnews, probably, I think it's been compromised. :(

I'm not gonna make a separate post, so here's a quick summary of the looooong history of Russia, Trump, Manafort & co.

And here's a nice, new model for comparing Trump's behavior to that of any previous presidency. Best excerpt:

    Most of all, Trump proposes a presidency that elevates the expressive and personal dimensions of the office over everything else. It is one in which the institutional office and the personality of its occupant are almost entirely merged—merged in their interests, in their impulses, in their finances, and in their public character. In elevating the expressive, vanity-plate dimensions of the office and making it a personal vehicle for the public self-expression of the officeholders, he proposes sublimating nearly all other traditional features of the presidency: its management functions; its expectation of good-faith execution of law; its expectation of ethical conduct, truthfulness, and service. This vision of the presidency thus unsurprisingly produces a genuinely novel set of deployments of the executive’s traditional powers, ones that are profoundly different from those of prior presidents.

Someday, the general public will learn that the president is probably in a joint legal defense agreement with a known member of Putin's inner circle, Dmytro Firtash. Well, some of the general public. If he's re-elected, there won't even be incentive for him to coverup his crimes, things will move more and more into the open. Plus, without needing to spend time on the coverup, you can do alllllll the crimes.

Without dwelling too much on the impeachment "trial", I'd like to quickly point out that...

1) At least one of Trump's impeachment defense lawyers, Sekulow, should actually be serving as fact witness:

    On October 2, 2019, Jay Sekulow, personal counsel to the President, informed President Trump’s former attorney John Dowd that he had discussed with President Trump “the issue of representation” and that President Trump “consents to allowing your representation of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman.”This email was sent three days after the Committee sent Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman a request to voluntarily produce records and testify before the investigating Committees.

    On October 3, the day after Mr. Sekulow’s letter was sent to Mr. Dowd, Mr. Dowd wrote to the Committee to clarify that he represented Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman, advising that,“Mssrs. Parnas and Fruman assisted Mr. Giuliani in connection with his representation of President Trump.”

2) Another two on Trump's defense team, Starr & Dershowitz, have defended Jeffrey Epstein against prior pedo sex slave charges. Dershowitz was even implicated by Prince Andrew's accuser, and was on television saying things like "Well, no, I did get a massage at Epstein's place, but my underwear were on the whole time! And it was an older Russian woman, no one young...". Yoikes.

3) STILL, there has yet to be any sort of coherent rebuke of the allegations levied against President Trump in the articles of impeachment. The GOP playbook, in a nutshell, is attacking the impeachment process and constitutionality, deflecting by slandering democrats and impeachment witnesses, attempting to obstruct any further investigating, and basically just saying, "No, YOU'RE the ones lying!", without addressing any specifics whatsoever.

    The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.

    - 1984

am_Unition  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trillion Tree Campaign

You should promote your own quality content more:



heh, I do that on accident wayyyy too frequently myself.

But at least this is something. Trump seems to equate climate change with clean air and water, but luckily there may be some basic primate instinct we all have that says "more trees better than less trees". I can't imagine trying to explain CO2 and the Greenhouse effect to that man, so a little bit of probably accidental carbon sequestration is about all we can hope for during this administration.

am_Unition  ·  18 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump has been Impeached.

He was impeached by the House of Representatives.

He will probably not be convicted of impeachment by the Senate, and thus will remain in office.

But Trump is impeached forever, just like Bill Clinton.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Grant Sanderson: 3Blue1Brown and the Beauty of Mathematics

Re: "Is math discovered or invented?"

We grad students were grading undergrad exams, and one undergrad derived an entirely separate method of approach to the problem than had ever been taught in class, ultimately arriving at the correct answer. The prof we were working under looks at it, after we all had, marveling, and said "familiar maths are what we turn to when we're too stupid to invent our own". I loved that.

3blue1brown is a great channel.

Edit: btw, this is a fantastic interview, thanks, nil :).

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why is my bash loop not working?

Nice. Mice.

Yep, you could just make a wrapper script in whatever language you're comfortable renaming and/or handling everything, and pass strings to a terminal for running ffmpeg, but then bfv might kill both of us.

Up to you :/.

Edit: hahhaha I wrote this before I saw that he solved it :). OK bfv, now I know who to bother when my attempts at parallelizing processes for GPU architectures go up in possibly actual flames

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why is my bash loop not working?

I'm pretty sure the sorting is doing msCam1.avi, then msCam10.avi, msCam11.avi, all the way up to msCam19, before it makes it to msCam2. I just checked, and that's how my "ls -v" command sorts things.

Not sure about the rest, but that's probably gotta get fixed first. I deal with shit like this all of the time, but not in a command shell (bash). I primarily use IDL, Matlab, and Python, so I'm not terribly helpful here. Apologies!

Also, I suspect you're working on distilling security cam footage, a cam which is triggered by a motion sensor apparently at least 15 times per day. Did I win?

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Kremlin Inches Closer to the Biden Plot

  Dear Diary,

  On 01/20/2020, I became convinced that Donald Trump is currently in a joint legal defense agreement with a prominent figure of the Russian mob facing extradition to the United States on bribery charges.

guess I'll revive ['X0Oo_am_Unitoinz'_e-hubski_bAdtimes_dairy_oO0X'] (post 7/?)

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why is my bash loop not working?

Not sure this will help much, but when I first generate the files (ImageMagick) that I later want to combine into a video, I append on a suffix: filename"_0000".png, filename"_0001".png, etc., and then when I call ffmpeg, I don't feed it a list, I just turn it loose in the subdirectory containing the files with:

ffmpeg -r 30 current_directory/filename_%4d.png -vcodec libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p

Maybe your script isn't ingesting mylist.txt correctly, and getting hosed up? Using a new naming convention, with "$4d" instead of feeding it a .txt list, should test that.

Note: "filename" is just one string, never changing, for all files.

I would say I'm something of a "just bangin' two rocks together" type of programmer, fair warning.

You're probably correct on his intent, thanks.

Disagree, though. I would be in favor of outright banning public use of the technology until we flesh out more thoughtful legislation. Sadly, I'm afraid that'll be quite awhile from now, because this is a country that juuuuuust finally decided to ban robocalls, and America largely hasn't mulled over facial recognition tech yet. We're too busy destroying each other to have a conversation, possibly setting the stage for Chinese Skynet (literally!) to swoop in and pull the rug out from under us. <--- Another super 2020 sentence.

Would there be a black market of facial recognition software? Yeah, 'specially because there probably already is, and once something's online, it's online forever. Rogue actors and small organizations would be using the tech for nefarious purposes, but it would be easily prosecutable, one thing we need to make sure is always possible. For now, a flat out public usage ban would prevent a lot of companies (and the gov't contracting them) from doing some rotten things.

"What about application of the software to photos taken in public places previous to the law's passage?", asks the reptilian, Zuckerburg, after Mickey Mouse whispers to him. Well, Mark and Mickey, we're glad you asked. Imagine the costs you could cut with this shit! Imagine the datasets! Now take those hopes and dreams, and shove them up your asses. Thanks guys, I hope that covers it.

We have enough creepy tech companies. I don't want "SPiED ya!" or whatever having a $50 trillion IPO, bankrolled by Peter Thiel II, will.i.am, and a beautiful Russian woman who insists her name is Not Putin. I don't want an iPhone 69Xfourtwenty with face unlock either, but it was somewhat heartening to see Tim Cook stand up to Bill Barr recently (sidenote: the FBI might be starting to stand up to Bill Barr too). It could be that Barr is actually most interested in accessing Apple's database of faces, for a new backdoor into potentially anything switching over to facial authentication.

wasoxygen I don't want law enforcement using this either. I believe that some amount of privacy is a civil liberty we should work to preserve via policy, even though I understand you probably disagree (edit: you probably expect that the free market will somehow produce privacy, as a commodity? I'm not sure it even could, but I'm against that, on principle. I'm afraid that privacy requires law, and law requires government). License plate scanners, ehhh, I'm a little iffy on, because it's almost like keeping tabs on a deadly weapon (your car), but I'd say I'm still overall against them. But there are civilians driving around with license plate scanners, and then selling the data to police departments for cash. Nah, man. Not OK.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Kremlin Inches Closer to the Biden Plot

Thanks man, that quack leveled the forest. I've only known a post-Berlin Wall world, so I need this. I was also simply disinterested in history until well after undergrad. You make me wonder whether or not you went to public schools.

Sometimes I check in on this blog, run by a U. Mich. PhD chick, Marcy Wheeler:

    The next day, Parnas and Fruman met with Rudy Giuliani at Trump hotel for lunch. That afternoon, Bill Barr visited SDNY. Hours later, Parnas and Fruman tried to board a plane to go to Vienna to tape an interview between Sean Hannity and Dmitro Firtash. They were arrested on charges that had been processing away in SDNY for months, ostensibly because SDNY feared they would flee, even though they had left the country numerous times while that investigation proceeded. Then, probably after Parnas and Fruman were arrested, Barr visited Rupert Murdoch personally. Hannity never went to Vienna. Nor did Rudy, who was supposed to meet Parnas and Fruman the next day.

I'm like "noway!", Googled "Firtash Hannity", and lo and behold. So much information to assimilate. I'm behind, and I'm probably better up to speed on all this than a pretty large number of journalists.

Of course, that's the strategy, though. Cloak everything in several layers of plausible deniability and quash this thing quickly, before investigators can connect all the dots, repackage it in a palatable narrative, and have it even begin to seep into the public consciousness. Which is what's going to happen anyway, so if the Senate acquits, they'll pay dearly in November. If the elections are fair. Big if.

    Sure, that might lead to a dystopian future or something, but you can’t ban it.

Anyone who says that? Fuck 'em. Within one breath, they've demonstrated moral awareness, and then their disregard of morals. Simple. And I will try to ban their shit, thanks.

Things gets more complicated for situations like this:

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

If you start this Vice video a little after 6 minutes in, you're treated to a discussion about the founder's choice to name a facial recognition surveillance software "Skynet", a decision made apparently without a shred of irony.

It's almost like cultures less likely to instill critical thinking and introspection are easier to exploit. Or something.

What I mean to say is that American culture? It's perfect. Currently no issues.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A special message from John McAfee

It was only 10 seconds in, but I knew that there would be more growling. So it delighted me, @1:28, almost like an impression of Richard Nixon's head on Futurama.

Does John McAfee have a plan for those of us who want to use the same email for more than a few weeks? Nope.

This is either intentional theatre, or a very crazy person. Ah, I think I've just summed up 2020.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: One July morning in "the tank"


Sorry for linking dailymail. Seriously though, at least we're in for a spectacle while the world burns down around us, with Robert Hyde & co. getting injected into the mix. Listen to this (source):

    The gist seems to be that Hyde had connected with a guy named Anthony de Caluwe either at Mar-a-Lago or the D.C. Trump hotel. De Caluwe seems to be another Trump superfan, though it’s not clear to me whether he’s actually American. In any case, when he was first contacted by NBC News he basically denied working with Hyde in any way. This was quickly undercut by the new document releases this evening. At that point de Caluwe stopped responding to NBC’s queries. They were then contacted by another pro-Trump Youtube personality named Karyn Turk, who said she was now representing de Caluwe to the media. Turk is also an apparent associate of Roger Stone and just last week was sentenced to a month in federal prison and subsequent house arrest for stealing her mother’s social security checks. Presumably she hasn’t yet reported to prison to serve her sentence.

A complete and total disdain for morals, government, science, and everything in between seems to be the brightest common thread that binds these people. Seeking power or wealth isn't criminal, it's logical and instinctual, but seeking power/wealth at the expense of everyone else should be the quickest way to disqualify yourself from holding any reins of power. And it used to be, much more so, seems like.

I'm still scurred. This year gon' be cray.

Also, in case you missed it, the first section of this is a bit rough (imho), but if you make it to the "Mooks and Knights" section, I highly recommend the rest:

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the world is waiting for Betelgeuse to go supernova

That's it, thanks :). I promise to never outsource looking up integral tables for another few posts.

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the world is waiting for Betelgeuse to go supernova

Looks good to me. I might come back with pictures of my chickenscratch, but yeah, I can see how some geometric substitution in the integral leads to a sinh function.

Perhaps somewhat ironic is that the asinh function is sometimes pronounced "a cinch", a.k.a. American slang for something considered easy. But some would say "arc shine". As for "inverse hyperbolic tangent", it's just that no one wants to take the time to say an 8 syllable thing. The fact that pronunciation runs the gamut is proof that we've needed to standardize communication since science got off the ground. It's just dumb luck that I'm born into the English-speaking contingent of the world. But meanwhile, you know at least two languages thoroughly, and your brain is all the more ductile for it. Long term benefit! But yeah, I do genuinely feel kinda guilty for just having been born in the U.S., for what seems like an ever-increasing number of reasons, when I consider it.

For now, at the very least, enjoy that booze. Kill off the weak brain cells. You'll make more, no worries.

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why the world is waiting for Betelgeuse to go supernova

FutureNeg: bebe, U pretty on the surface (Earth's), but at the 2 g's we gotta get to Titan at, that's just U 2 shitfaced 4 me, srry~