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bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 16, 2018

    A lady who works at a weed warehouse traded me 36 high power edibles, a mix of 50/50 and 100% THC. They will last me months as long as the wife doesn't get into them too hard. She is way too generous a trader. She starts insisting to pay about half way into the trade value.

I gave the local coffee shop owners' dropout daughter math lessons so she could get her GED six years ago. They still won't let me pay for my coffee no matter how much I insist. I'm an absolute shit teacher too; that girl might be the only person in the world with a GED, no degree, and an AMS membership because I couldn't answer stupid questions without teaching her about Galois theory and how to construct the real numbers. She probably could have gotten a BS in math for the amount of work she put into learning high school math from me. Bartering is fun but holy shit does it make you feel guilty when you and the people you're bartering with have very different valuation functions.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Make Frontend Shit Again

Yeah, that was weird to me too. I think it's included because JQuery has a very low barrier to entry, and has become unfashionable in favor of more complicated libraries. Which isn't a problem limited to the web; I don't think I would have bothered to learn much about graphics if I'd had to do it with modern OpenGL or Vulkan for example.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Trouble with Real-World Stuff

Too late for them, but on the off chance it comes up again there are almost always at least a handful of people in any CS department who pick locks for fun, and the cheapo Master combination locks on most school lockers are really easy to open.

I don't think I've met an email client that didn't default to not loading external resources since the Netscape email client way back when. It looked like a vulnerability you had to opt in for to me too.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: On teaching mathematics

I absolutely hated analysis for years after I got my degree for all the physics tangents in the calculus/advanced calculus sequence that I had to digest and memorize because they'd be on tests. I was interested in logic and combinatorics, and later topology via category theory. If I wanted to study physics, I would have signed up for physics classes. Mathematics is bigger than physics.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tech’s Two Philosophies

I have a 2 TB usb drive in my car. I take it inside and rsync my mp3 collection to it once a month or so. The car takes ~30 seconds to index it when I start up, and has a slightly clunky touchscreen interface to find the directory I want to play. Unlike physical cds I can't safely switch out what I'm listening to while driving, but unlike when I was using physical cds I have around 15k albums in my car and if it happens to be that one time a year when I really want to hear Marvin the Album again it's there for me.

Google Lady sucks, but you don't have to put up with Google Lady.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tech’s Two Philosophies

If they wanted to integrate all the existing online booking services by hand, that would be a reasonable if messier and more labor intensive thing to do too. But using your phone to ask Google to have a chatbot make a phone call to a receptionist to make an appointment for you is some Rube Goldberg shit even if they manage to learn their way into not annoying both you and the business.

It'd be funny to make an app that tries to solve the same problem by making requests on mturk.com. Not funny enough that I'm tempted to do it, but funny.

    if it isn't used within 90 days it's lost and the holder starts again at the back of the line

And if you live somewhere where the housing authority isn't allowed to insist landlords take their voucher holders, the housing authority is under pressure to place people in good neighborhoods but the landlords in good neighborhoods are afraid of poor people cooties so have fun being the rope in that tug of war.

If you ever take an AI class the textbook will probably be his other book. This one's more fun, focused on implementation, and a little dated because it's all GOFAI. It'd be a terrible first Lisp book though; read Practical Common Lisp first if you're new to/rusty with Lisp.

bfv  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tech’s Two Philosophies

It's a really stupid way to do what they're trying to do. If you want software to be able to automatically make appointments for you, the way to do that is to have it talk to other software, not call a human on the phone. We've known description logics or models equivalent to description logics were the way to do that since the 80s, and the W3C has been making standards for doing that kind of thing for almost 20 years now. No one but AI geeks have gotten interested, probably because a receptionist is a lot cheaper than a logician. But the sane way to make that work is your website knows how to describe the services you provide in a way programs can reason with, and the users' phone app knows how to decide if what you offer is what the user wants.

Edit: left implicit that an advantage of doing it the sane way is being able to assume that if a business isn't providing a way for customers to automate talking to them, they don't want customers to automate talking to them.

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