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bfv  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

Unless bureaucratic shenanigans count as war (in which case my life is a lot more metal than I thought), pretty much never.

snoodog  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Interesting read I was not aware that the legal definition is so limited. This is probably a good thing

bfv  ·  143 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Landlords add coworking spaces to drive more people to America’s malls

I had an office in a WeWork for a while. I think I went there twice. I've visited people in prisons that were more inviting, and the security checks were less of a pain in the ass in the prisons too. I'm either not cool enough to get the appeal of coworking spaces or they are not now nor will they ever be a good idea even if they aren't in bombed-out Macy's.

bfv  ·  248 days ago  ·  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  ·  257 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uber ran over a bicyclist because it thought she was a plastic bag.

    Because Uber has no fucking business messing about with autonomous vehicles.

I mean, if you're qualified to work on a self driving car, there are plenty of companies that will be happy to hire you. At Waymo you can work with people who invented the techniques you'll be working with. At car companies you can work with people who have been doing industrial robotics since industrial robotics has been a thing. Or you can go to Uber, where management creates workplace drama on purpose because social darwinism or competition is always good or some business cargo cult thing, get puked on by coworkers who drank too much company-supplied wine, awkwardly pretend not to notice your boss and the new intern having sex in a conference room, and get the stigma of working at the tech company even hackernews cringes at.

kleinbl00  ·  257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I very briefly worked in an office next to an abortion clinic. We used to go out and harass the protesters when we'd take smoke breaks. I'm not proud exactly, but nurses came out to hug us the handful of times we managed to make them stomp off in a huff and it's always nice to brighten people's day by being an ass.

steve  ·  257 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    it's always nice to brighten people's day by being an ass.

It’s a win-win really.

bfv  ·  297 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Less than a Year after Charlottesville, the Alt-Right is self-destructing

Of course the TWP ended with a fight in a trailer park over their founder sleeping with his wife's stepmother. How could it it not?

b_b  ·  296 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ahem. It ended in a Walmart after the trailer fight, because how could it not.

tacocat  ·  296 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fleeing to Walmart is what got me. I got this picture in my head of all the other events. And to end the blurb that way was perfect.

Fled to Walmart. The end.

kleinbl00  ·  297 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It was last night or the night before that Stephen Colbert opined that the president being sued for defamation of character by a former reality tv contestant while simultaneously fending off deposition motions from a porn star is the least surprising headline of the Trump presidency.

bfv  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NYTimes continues with the insistence that millennials love plants

Millennials are killing the fake fern industry!

elizabeth  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's all about the crochet succulents now.

bfv  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was sure that was not a real thing until I googled it.

Dala  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I made one!

ButterflyEffect  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm sorry, but I'm clearly out of touch. Crochet succulents?


OftenBen  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·  


Because unlike a real succulent, a crochet succulent requires exactly 0 effort to maintain. A real succulent by comparison requires approximately 0 effort to maintain.

kleinbl00  ·  313 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yet will oddly die anyway.

"Huh. It's dry. Maybe I should water it?"

"Hmm. Now it's rotting. Where's my yarn."

Dala  ·  313 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A crochet succulent will thrive in and brighten up that windowless corner of your finished basement, and it will never stab you. Unless you mix rose thorns into the stuffing.

kleinbl00  ·  327 days ago  ·  link  ·  
bfv  ·  351 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: David Brooks thinks your uterus should STFU

He performs a service though. Any given David Brooks column, there is someone who should know better who is thinking along the same lines. And then they find themselves agreeing with David Brooks, and they know something has gone terribly wrong.

    The search for new leadership that restores public trust and confidence in the FBI's vital law enforcement mission will begin immediately.


    - 10:30AM: President Trump meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia

Well then.

bfv  ·  632 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

Peter Norvig likes to compare AI programs to magic tricks. Once you know how they work they're cool, but not at all magical.

The best cure for transhumanism is taking an Intro to AI class.

kleinbl00  ·  632 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You either misunderstand the quote, misunderstand bfv or both.

Feynman was explaining the aesthetics of science, in that when you have a deeper understanding of something you appreciate it on a deeper level. His friend Jirayr initially stated, at a party he and Feynman were attending, that scientists could not truly understand aesthetics because they could only see the deeper level. It was this dispute that led to the wager between the two of them, to Feynman taking art lessons and for the two spending Sundays painting together for a number of years and, in no small way, reinforced Feynman's stance on the education of science because, from his perspective, Jirayr had been cheated by a liberal arts mentality that denigrated deeper understanding in favor of gestalt aesthetics.

Norvig is stating that the AI insider's appreciation of AI is the trickster's appreciation of the trick, not the scientist's appreciation of aesthetics. One cannot simultaneously think the girl is sawed in half and magically rejoined while also appreciating the cleverness of the double box with hidden compartments.

There is skill and mastery and aesthetic beauty in pulling coins from behind a kid's ear. There is not, however, any violation of the principles of thermodynamics. In order to appreciate the former you must reject the latter. Nature and art can be appreciated in whole or in part and the two approaches are additive. Magic and magic tricks, on the other hand, cannot for two are betrayals of each other.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  631 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're right. I misunderstood the connection between the two things. bfv, apologies.

bfv  ·  633 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

    So how does the EPA judge energy efficiency? There's a clue for those who read below the fold: "In 2010, workers at the Government Accountability Office posed as product developers and got the Energy Star label for fictitious products."

... which is why they've required third parties to do the testing since 2011.

wasoxygen  ·  633 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Indeed, as was mentioned in the article you posted.

I don't know what more one could want out of a government program.

bfv  ·  637 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: March for Science thread

I went to the closest one to me. Around 1,000 people, and most of us knew each other. The nerd solidarity was real, but it was less like any protest I've ever been to than a comic book convention with clever signs.

bfv  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month By Defending Bill O'Reilly

Maybe he thinks sexual assault awareness month is like jazz appreciation month.

bfv  ·  669 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The beginning of the end? Reddit introduces profile pages

He made a punny.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  669 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh. "red[dit] scare". Got it.