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Comment author: Mindey 16 January 2017 09:36:41PM *  0 points [-]

Personally to each of us the value of content is a function of our goals. So, ideally, I would want to be able to have access to all comments, and simply have a smart filter to zero-in to those comments that matter to me. That would be a lot more universally useful and desirable to me than having something one-directionally useful, such as a machine learning model that simulates moderator based on a single standard or a limited set of values or limited set of extracted features.

So, one way to be universally useful would be to empower the user to compute the scores themselves based on arbitrary goals by providing all uninterpreted raw data to the user. However, since the community usually does have opinion, of what type of posts matter to be seen by a first-time viewer to give a sense of what the forum should feel like, it would make sense for the forum community to define some specific goal to be set as a default moderating filter.

Comment author: taryneast 27 November 2016 12:58:42AM 1 point [-]

Rational self-care

Comment author: Mindey 27 November 2016 04:55:13PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: Mindey 27 November 2016 04:51:47PM 2 points [-]

To re-kindle the old-timers... Maybe re-opening the SL4 would help? I really liked its cleanliness, and the ability to participate directly via e-mail.

Comment author: Eadwacer 10 April 2008 03:45:17PM 2 points [-]

So... I'm confused. You say:

"...the half-silvered mirror rule is "Multiply by 1 when the photon goes straight, and multiply by i when the photon turns at a right angle."

We appear to have defined everything needful, except the word "when".

Accepting that we are just performing 'operations' on 'configurations', what decides which operation will be performed? Is it the configuration of the incoming photon? Is it some magical (i.e.quantum) property of a half of a silver?

Comment author: Mindey 27 November 2016 04:19:24PM *  0 points [-]

I was confused about it too, but understood that what is meant is, that the 'half-silvered mirror rule' is a rule that does two things at once, namely x: (x*1, x*i), so it's a multi-valued operation.

Comment author: Mindey 28 January 2014 07:34:13AM *  0 points [-]

Believing what is true is not rationality, but planning what is best, based on what is true, is.

Comment author: Mindey 15 January 2013 01:28:21PM 0 points [-]

I'm looking forward to it, and to hopefully seeing some of those who couldn't join previous time.

Comment author: Mindey 12 January 2013 05:52:48AM *  0 points [-]

Curiosity is an urge to create the mental model of a phenomenon. Think of satisfying curiosity like doing science: when you do it ad-hominem, ask for the informed consent:

Is it okay to ask you __ for the purpose of X?

X = "verifying your position", "making sure that what you are proposing is possible, because I can't believe it yet", "satisfying my desire for certainty about this phenomenon of which I am so uncertain as to have the wildest range of possibilities to consider" etc.

Comment author: Mindey 10 January 2013 04:16:47PM 0 points [-]

Hi, so the meetup is tomorrow. The location on the map is showing latitude="40.4337827", longitude="-86.9248483". Is this the exact place of meetup? Is there any classroom or place already designated for the meetup?

Comment author: Mindey 07 December 2012 04:24:02PM *  0 points [-]

I am also planning to join, added it to my calendar. :) My other username here is Inyuki.

Comment author: Mindey 08 May 2012 02:41:46AM 0 points [-]

I had certailny been influenced by my father, who, after my parents divorced, told me to have my own goal of life. However, I wanted to have a truly good one, not an evil one. It caused me to search for precise definition of "universal good," - a precise criterion for deciding, what action is universally good and what action is not.

I know Bayes theorem now, such a wonder! But when I was a kid, I had not such a romantic and beautiful event as Elizer had, so I came up with a different criterion. The best is to let the world exist, and the worst is to destroy the world. The "world" here refers to the universe as a whole, as well as the universe as every no matter how small its part.

Ever since I came up with this criterion, this thought didn't seem to lose its importance. In fact, I made this idealistic motto "let everything exist," which is the extropic side of this criterion.

I would say, it helped me to overcome great difficulties of life. I guess, I'm not alone, in fact, one of the posters here, Wei Dai, has a mailing list about the very idea that "that all possible universes exist" ( http://www.weidai.com/everything.html ).

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