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    Re: [Discussion] VonCin Staffers

    IMHO because consequences are explicitly stated for curial officers, it is already implicit that there are no consequences for other staff members. I'd support making it explicit. I don't think...
  2. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    It's possible to be right about one thing and wrong about another.



    To be fair, looking at the text and the current interpretation, it's no surprise people don't.

    2nd amendment: A well...
  3. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    So in a country where everyone can carry arms, there are still soft targets. Conclusion?



    Your point being?



    It's even lower if you discount security guards, off duty policemen and so on,...
  4. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    You can include the police in "good guys", but that invalidates the phrase's relevance to citizens' rights to bear arms. Pick one or the other, but not both.



    I suppose they are, if they're...
  5. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/06/22/us/shootings-police-response-uvalde-buffalo.html

    Either way, the logic of the "good guy with a gun" doesn't seem to hold in practice. Not just...
  6. [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Amendment] Section II, Article II - Elections in due time

    I don't have an issue with Consul's discretion, as long as it is up front. Basically I think potential applicants should always know how long they have to apply. That won't be the case if it's the...
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    Hmm that's not good then ...
  8. [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Amendment] Section II, Article II - Elections in due time

    Well, if the footnote is meant to reference extending beyond 7 days, then at least the length without extension should be announced up front. Otherwise it would amount to "the application period will...
  9. [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Amendment] Section II, Article II - Elections in due time

    What happens if no applicant comes forward within 7 days?

    The possibility of the application period ending without candidates seems at odds with:

    "If there is no applicant, the application...
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    @ CG I'm sticking with my opinion that an unqualified use of "non determinism" is at the very least likely to be taken as a statement about fundamental physics. I don't subscribe to your apparent pov...
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    My argument was that using the term 'nondeterministic' in a way that makes it relative to human conceptualizations muddies the waters. Specifically directed at the example which abstracted "the...
  12. [VOTE FINISHED: PASSED: IMPLEMENTED] Re: [Amendment] Section II, Article II - Elections in due time

    IMHO the duration of the application period is ambiguous and so are the circumstances under which it can be extended, and the circumstances under which that extension ends. If I try to guess the...
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    Re: The catchphrase game

    And you make me feel cheap for having to say you're correct :P Especially because you're going the minimalist way (I tried to depict "throw someone a life line")

    Your turn
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    What exactly are you and CG disagreeing on that isn't a matter of semantics? I honestly don't know.
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    Re: The catchphrase game

    Nope. "throw" is correct though.
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    Re: The catchphrase game

    np, tnx, next one

    https://i.postimg.cc/vBSZhYwK/02.png

    https://i.postimg.cc/BbLQwrqn/03.png
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    Semantics can be important. In this to note that the unpredictability you refer to is the result of incomplete models ("the brain", "the neuron", "the cell") etc. failing to explain the behaviour of...
  18. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Correct. Apparently small statues of all presidents of the USA are scattered throughout the town. In the pictures, Gerald Ford and Lyndon B Johnson respectively.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Same town:

    https://i.postimg.cc/qvT7Dk1Z/04.png
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    Re: Supreme court to overturn Roe vs Wade

    Actually, it would by hypocritical to make an exception for pregnancies that result from rape or incest. It would undermine the whole line of argument that the right to life is paramount.
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    Re: The catchphrase game

    Forgot to check this:

    Speak softly and carry a big stick
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    Fair enough. I do feel somewhat puzzled by your defensive attitude though, especially as a couple of times now this happened in response to posts of mine that weren't even directed at you.
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    Re: Guess where?

    https://i.postimg.cc/sxyF9M5g/01.png
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    Re: Guess where?

    Göreme
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    Re: Guess where?

    Off the cuff guess would be Cappadocia.
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    From a physics pov there is no "inside" and "outside"* It's us drawing that line, and depending on where we draw it, the apparent randomness will increase or decrease. So, the degree of determinism...
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    We tend to conceptualize entities like "the cell" or "the brain" by the properties that different instances share and that remain comparatively unchanged over time. In doing so, we choose to exclude...
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    Re: Guess where?

    It is. Sorry can't rep.
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    Re: Guess where?

    It's not on an island.
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    You're saying non-determinism is due to what we choose to not factor in our predictions, rather than what cannot be factored into predictions? That would make the assertion of non-determinism quite...
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    Re: Guess where?

    No takers? Apart from the clues in the picture, there is just one informed guess to make: the nationality of the builders.
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    I feel this is muddying the waters. At least, it is my understanding that determinism concerns the fundamental nature of reality, not our conceptualization of it and certainly not at the level of...
  33. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Well yes, those who seek to ban abortion on grounds that a fetus has the right to life must logically consider the circumstances of conception irrelevant. In this case, though, they would probably...
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    Despite the unnecessary jabs, it's still an interesting discussion.

    I'll try a different angle. Feel free to respond.

    Let's assume the essence of both artificial and organic intelligences is...
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    Re: Guess where?

    https://i.postimg.cc/fRw70BPs/01.png
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    https://www.reddit.com/r/jameswebb/comments/uhvegp/interesting_info_on_different_lens_flares_on_webb/
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    @here, I was referring to bad lens flare or whatever you call those hexagonal/square patterns.
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    Re: Guess where?

    I think it's Siorapaluk. It's on a list of "northernmost things", in this case settlement of native peoples.
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    Strange that that picture has such obvious artifacts around the brightest points. Not something one would expect in the "sharpest images yet" from a space telescope.
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    It being a spectrum only means we have to chose a threshold and accept it is going to be somewhat arbitrary. Alternatively we can put a percentage on it. Say, an abacus is 10^-100 as intelligent as a...
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