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  we harmonize because we

agree how the tune goes

in spirit if not in detail

- A. Greig, excerpt from "Improvisation" in Found At Sea


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demure  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 21, 2022

As of yesterday, I've published my first technical paper! (2nd author)

demure  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 14, 2022

I'm in France! It's been a week so far and I'll be here for 10 more (crazy to write that out).

c'est merveilleux !

demure  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The ghost in the machine

I don't think that the AI model itself is terrifying (necessarily).

People's inputs to that model (as pertaining to ... harmful outcomes), yeah, could be quite unsavory and dangerous.


Loab is terrifying.

demure  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The ghost in the machine

this is


demure  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 499th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, IV. Allegro con fuoco

demure  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 498th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I think this thread needs more classical music, which I'm happy to provide.


demure  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

I drive a 2017 BMW i3 with a gas-powered range extender. It has a 33 kWh battery. I bought it used. If I drive at 70-75 mph on the freeway, I get about 100 miles of electric-only range before the range extender needs to kick in. If I drive slower, or have a higher mix of city driving, I can reliably get 120 miles. If I'm only driving in the city, that number can go even higher. And I'm not a hypermiler--I drive it like the hot(ish) hatchback it is, though I'm very good at using regenerative braking.

I (believe I) am a typical car commuter. On office days, my commute is about 40 miles round-trip. On the weekend, it's not uncommon for me to have a 100-mile day in the car--charging outside the house is optional.

Based on my last year's worth of driving, my little go-kart is about 96.5% EV (14,000 miles driven). I burned about a dozen gallons of gas last year (including 2 road trips >250 mi). I'd say 96.5% of my driving is not a "will we make it dance".

For about $10k more I could've had a 2019 i3 battery-only EV with a 42 kWh battery with 150 miles of range and accomplished the same thing with a dozen fewer gallons of gas. For the same price, I could have had a new Chevy Bolt with 250 miles of range.

I think people tend to buy cars for their edge use cases (I'm going to go on so many road trips!) and over-index on convenience (but right now I've got a 500-mile gas tank! I only have to go to the gas station every 10 days!). Yes, it's easier to say because I park in a garage at night where I've got a level-2 40A charger, but a $25k (new!) Chevy Bolt with 250 miles of range could be fast-charged (DC/level-3) once a week in the time it takes you to do your grocery shopping.

demure  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FBI conducted a search of Mar-a-Lago estate

imgur has marked that image as 18+

demure  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FBI sought nuclear documents in search of Trump's home

ah, makes sense. Johnson bar with a weak right arm is...not ideal

demure  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FBI sought nuclear documents in search of Trump's home

"Mooney units", easily subdivided into "AMUs" or Aviation Monetary Units

Current conversion rate is 1 Mooney unit = 65 AMUs, but you know...inflation

Does the M20F still fly?

demure  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: FBI sought nuclear documents in search of Trump's home

That article is quoting the Washington Post's original reporting. here's a free-access link

    Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.

    Experts in classified information said the unusual search underscores deep concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and potentially in danger of falling into the wrong hands.

    The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation. Nor did they say if such documents were recovered as part of the search. A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

demure  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 10, 2022

rewriting history are we steve ?

> we've always been at war with Eastasia

demure  ·  72 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 493rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Can you tell where my mind's at?

demure  ·  78 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Psyche mission is indefinitely delayed due to software

As unfortunate as this is, there's always a fine line between "shit we're late, better ship the flight software as it is even though we haven't tested it all...oh sweet, it works!" and "...ah fuck, we're fucked!"

52 months with more software testing might be more preferable than launching now and failing the mission.

It's a mission manager's biggest dilemma.