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Comment author: RyanCarey 27 November 2016 09:45:15PM *  9 points [-]

If half-hearted attempts are doomed (plausible), or more generally we're operating in a region where expected returns on invested effort are superlinear (plausible), then it might be best to commit hard to projects (>1 full-time programmer) sequentially.

Comment author: Mqrius 05 December 2016 08:05:15AM 0 points [-]

Does that take into account, for example, Arbital seeming less promising to people / getting less engagement, because all the users have just sunk energy into trying to get by on a revived LW?

There's an intuition pump I could make that I haven't fully fleshed out yet, that goes something like, If both Arbital and Lesswrong get worked on, then whichever seems more promising or better to use will gain more traction and end out on top in a very natural way, without having to go through an explicit failure of the other one.

There's caveats/responses to that as well of course — it just doesn't seem 100% clear cut to me.

Comment author: AnnaSalamon 03 December 2016 04:56:18AM 0 points [-]

Got any that contrast with "raising awareness" or "outreach"?

Comment author: Mqrius 05 December 2016 05:46:41AM *  0 points [-]

Brainstormy words in that corner of concept-space:
* Raising the sanity waterline
* Downstream effects
* Giving someone a footstool so that they can see for themselves, instead of you telling them what's on the other side of the wall
* C̶r̶i̶t̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ ̶m̶a̶s̶s h̶i̶v̶e̶m̶i̶n̶d Compounding thinktank intelligence
* Doing thinks better

[switches framing]
Signal boosting means sending more signal so that you it arrives better on the other side. There's more ways of doing so though;
* Noise reduction
* (The entire big field of) error correction methods
* Specifying the signal's constraints clearly so that the other side can run a fit to it
* Stop sending the signal and instead build the generator on the other side

Comment author: RomeoStevens 27 February 2014 11:02:12PM *  2 points [-]

We're going to be replacing our current sunflower seeds with high oleic acid versions which will bring us down to under 5% of calories from PUFA.

Do you have a jailbroken version of that study anywhere? That's a really large effect, and the best evidence against PUFA yet if true.

Comment author: Mqrius 03 March 2014 12:52:37PM *  1 point [-]

The maximum total energy from PUFA has been a discussion point with DIY Soylent makers as well. The final consensus was that it should definitely be below 10%, and possibly below 4%. The 4% figure comes from The perfect health diet, which uses this as a source:

Angela Liou Y, Innis SM. Dietary linoleic acid has no effect on arachidonic acid, but increases n-6 eicosadienoic acid, and lowers dihomo-gamma-linolenic and eicosapentaenoic acid in plasma of adult men. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 2009 Apr;80(4):201–6, http://pmid.us/19356914.

I've also got a copy hosted at http://forecast.student.utwente.nl/Lesswrong/ but only download that if your university or company legally gives you access to Elsevier content.

For the discussion and links to other relevant papers, see http://discourse.soylent.me/t/optimal-micronutrient-ratios/5049/52 and further posts

For my Soylent, I ended up getting most fats from macadamia oil (mostly Omega-9 aka MUFA) and MCT oil (Medium-chain saturated fat), since they don't have any negative effects associated with them. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Comment author: RomeoStevens 27 February 2014 11:02:12PM *  2 points [-]

We're going to be replacing our current sunflower seeds with high oleic acid versions which will bring us down to under 5% of calories from PUFA.

Do you have a jailbroken version of that study anywhere? That's a really large effect, and the best evidence against PUFA yet if true.

Comment author: Mqrius 03 March 2014 12:35:52PM 1 point [-]

My university has access to the paper. I've got it hosted on my server, but you're only allowed to download it if you have legal access through your university as well. If you have legal access, feel free to click this link:

http://forecast.student.utwente.nl/Lesswrong/The%20importance%20of%20the%20ratio%20of%20omega-6%20omega-3%20essential%20fatty%20acids.pdf

In response to comment by Mqrius on Meetup : Utrecht
Comment author: skizo 08 December 2013 04:37:38PM 2 points [-]

I will just have to keep organizing meetups until you attend!

In response to comment by skizo on Meetup : Utrecht
Comment author: Mqrius 12 December 2013 06:09:43PM 1 point [-]

Haha, bluf! (Or in English: I dare you!)

In response to Meetup : Utrecht
Comment author: Mqrius 08 December 2013 11:55:53AM 3 points [-]

Dang, another one that doesn't sit well with my planning. I'll attend at some point, really!

Comment author: Mqrius 06 November 2013 09:54:35AM 1 point [-]

Now that the scheduling issues are out of the way;

Coming Sunday, we'll have wallowinmaya, EGI and girlfriend, SimonF, Falstofe, and my girlfriend and me, if I'm not mistaken. That would be a nice turnout!

Comment author: Mqrius 15 October 2013 11:46:28AM *  1 point [-]

Me and my girlfriend will most likely be there! We've been thinking of starting something ourselves :)

Comment author: Technoguyrob 22 August 2013 04:35:34AM 1 point [-]

I do not understand why no one is interested.

Comment author: Mqrius 31 August 2013 04:30:48PM *  0 points [-]

My current effective altruism strategy is:

  • Make a lot of money
  • Give it away

Pretty straightforward, but it means I don't need to have a job specifically related to effective altruism.

The question might be if you're more useful by making money and giving that away, or by working directly with the cause or meta-cause you support. I think for me it's the former.

Comment author: Error 16 July 2013 11:50:18AM 7 points [-]

I've run into a roadblock on the Less Wrong Study Hall reprogramming project. I've been writing against Google Hangouts, but it seems that there's no way to have a permanent, public hangout URL that also runs a specified application. (that is, I can get a fixed URL, or a hangout that runs an app for all users, but I can't do both)

Any of the programmers here know a way around that? At the moment it's looking like I'll have to go back to square zero and find an entirely different approach.

Comment author: Mqrius 21 July 2013 10:50:10AM 0 points [-]

To get a permanent URL, the workaround was that you could schedule a hangout very far in the future. Are you saying that you can't run a specified application on that?

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