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Devac  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why we have chins, but Neanderthals didn’t

Related (yar-har!) to chin development in humans can be influences, in both directions, to/from diet and vocalizations. Dunno how it fits with elephants or manatees, but we definitely got top agriculture, access to flour, and heavy reliance on language.

Had something more, but can't find the bookmark atm.

Devac  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 513th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

The distance from Spain's Madrid to New Zeland's Weber is 19997 km, which is the farthest I bothered looking. Though, I guess, if desperate and wanting to be pedantic even by internet standards, you could twiddle a bit and pick a point on a beach in Shanghai that's an exact antipode of still-Buenos Aires? But at that level of hax, you could just forego the pretence and use the audio from Apollo missions, claiming it was a NASA's spoken word colab.

Devac  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 7, 2022

Swear to god, if, after three years of managing to avoid it, I caught covid the same week I finally stopped walking like Forrest Gump in those leg braces... Still waiting to be tested, but the loss of smell is supposedly still the telltale sign.

At least all the Christmas stuff is already out of the way, so that's fine. I also managed to go out with someone who was smart, chill, fun, and decidedly out of my league despite my walking like aforementioned Gump, so it almost makes up for other bullshit.

Devac  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: MuskTwitterBostromFTXEugenicsEffectiveAltruism

    They'd be so easy to beat at chess...

I know it's just a side-remark, but human chess is much less about looking far than knowing where to look. It's really a hump curve for most players: beginners work at depth 2-3, intermediates push it to 10-16, experts do 3-5 without wasting a second on what doesn't seem promising.

Devac  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hive Mind

Use 'copy link' instead of 'share'.

Devac  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do i know if I am infected with ransomware

We've apparently met before, but I try to offer my nitpicky brand of support regardless.

Devac  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do i know if I am infected with ransomware

One would think that the crucial part of diagnosis would be seeing a ransom note/monit/whatever.

    The biggest clue that you’ve been infected specifically with ransomware is that you will see a pop up on your screen which demands you pay a fee to regain the use of your device.

Oh, there it is, after everything else. Not wrong, but it's a bit like writing an article about diagnosing strep, and putting "sore throat that hurts real bad" after listing anomalous white cell count, swollen lymph nodes, fever, chills, cough, and discomfort pendiculating.

    as explained here

That link doesn't work and makes your website look somewhere between unprofessional and shady.

Devac  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is Wine Fake?

Well, yeah. Doesn't mean you can't have fun with overcomplicating it.

    For being a physicist, you sound a lot like a biologist 😅


Devac  ·  64 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is Wine Fake?

I know it's just geeky fun, but consider:

1. Do you think there's a problem with you knowing it's always an A/B choice? That is: do you think the results would be different if you were ever given two same Pepsi?

2. What would happen if you added N cans of M brands? That is, let's say you get 7 extra cans and 2 will be RC Cola and the other ones will be some store brands or whatever.

3. Would it be a good test of caffeine hypothesis to tamper with a number of cans by adding a predetermined caffeine solution? If so, should you only tamper with one brand?

4. Can any of scenarios 1-3 be combined in a way that'd, to say intuitively, add information while reducing noise?

    with confidence of 75% (barely better than a 50% guess)

Since apparently two is enough to even mention confidence: I bet that if we were playing Russian Roulette, you'd absolutely insist on letting you re-spin when going second despite the difference being noticeably less than 25%.

Devac  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 23, 2022

If everyone thinks it's October, mk will have less competition during Black Friday.

Devac  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 23, 2022

That's a very brief and sober summary of the situation. You know where you need to grow, what were the problems, have an idea on what worked and a probable cause on why it didn't. And you didn't even need 20 slides of pointlessly redundant flowcharts, so you've already beaten every 6-sigma'er I ever talked to.

It might not be your cup of tea in the long run, but IMO it's an area worth further look. Ultimately, I'm here for mere encouragement.

Devac  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 23, 2022

Honestly, your reservations notwithstanding, between broad know-your-shit skills and overall aptitude for people, for a long time you sounded better-suited for managing than most folks. Plus, you are the kind of enviable person who'd come to a new place, and within a week have talked with everyone, get the gist of goings-on, and have a better idea about everything than I'd have in a year. It's an invaluable quality.

Devac  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2022

It's November, dude.

I'm back on my feet, mostly. It'll probably take me the next month to regain comfort in walking, but that's to be expected. Opiate withdrawal was present, even with doctor's help and skipping doses towards the end, but nothing to write home about. Almost exactly like what I read about: four flu-like days with random bouts of unspecified pains and stomach problems. It's prolly a good thing I flushed the remaining pills, too.

It's good to be back, even approximately. You'd think I'd catch up on reading, but it didn't pan out. Went from "reading easily a page a minute" to "needed nine days to re-read Neuromancer," so thank god for audiobooks and text to speech synthesis.

Devac  ·  89 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 2, 2022

Turns out that I have an option to take classes and seminars at pretty much any division, and the process is only one step removed from student registration. I also got registered for the central library access as research worker, which means the ability to loan books from everywhere in the city. This leads to idiotic situations. Like when (as a student) I had to jump through hoops to borrow each volume of Durant individually, but now, thanks to the powers of loose affiliation, I could hog the whole set for 18 months and nobody can say no. I guess this explains why so many books are hanging on long-term accounts: academic spite.

Devac  ·  89 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 506th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Party like it's 1399 ab urbe condita.