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Comment author: burger_flipper2 23 February 2009 08:48:30PM 0 points [-]

I doubt we'd find much comfort in the government's plans for an A-bomb in San Fran, and probably much less in their execution.

In response to Complex Novelty
Comment author: burger_flipper2 20 December 2008 01:00:15AM 0 points [-]

Figuring out how to do the cube was the highlight of 7th grade. Didn't have to use a cheater book, but my method wasn't going to win any speed contests.

My wife got me a picture cube a year or so back and it was fun playing around with it again. It came back really quickly, though I hadn't touched one in a couple decades. But I couldn't always solve it. Sometimes I'd get one center square 180 degrees off and the only way I could fix it was by totally scrambling the cube and resolving. Sometimes it takes 3 or 4 rescrambles.

So do I know how to solve a picture cube?

In response to You Only Live Twice
Comment author: burger_flipper2 13 December 2008 05:03:26AM 0 points [-]

"Burger I think you overestimate the effect of agreeing to be an organ donor."

That's disappointing. I assumed with all the calls to allow payments to increase organ donations that the ones I'm giving gratis would get used and provide benefit.

And since there is the possibility of eternal life with cryonics why isn't there a Pascal's wager type situation? Not saying you should don a bubble wrap suit, but I'd think you would avoid convertibles, motorcycles, and other potential brain-liquefiers.

In response to You Only Live Twice
Comment author: burger_flipper2 12 December 2008 11:07:03PM -1 points [-]

Bambi, I'll grant you that eating your vegetables and smoking aren't mutually exclusive, but I do wonder about the rationality of a smoker who makes certain to take their vitamins daily.

And as to the organs, I was thinking more of the potential recipients' suffering and not that of the hospitals.

In response to You Only Live Twice
Comment author: burger_flipper2 12 December 2008 09:33:01PM 1 point [-]

I'm curious about a couple of things.

If this is a rational choice, why does Robin jeopardize his future driving around a convertible and if you cannot be frozen and also donate organs, how do you justify it morally?

In response to Whither OB?
Comment author: burger_flipper2 18 November 2008 11:57:44PM 0 points [-]

Did anyone ever carry through on the AI box thing? That is telling about the community's prospects, without the lead personalities.

In response to Whither OB?
Comment author: burger_flipper2 17 November 2008 08:30:02PM 0 points [-]

Let it go. With a few exceptions, non Hanson/EY posts tend to be weak.

In response to The Nature of Logic
Comment author: burger_flipper2 15 November 2008 03:24:36PM 0 points [-]

What? The pic of the sirens is back? I got excited when EY hinted he and RH were building to a discussion of their differences, just in time for Hanson to make good on his promise to quit.

I assumed the blank header of the last few days was for suspense building, pending a site relaunch. (And it was kinda working.)

Comment author: burger_flipper2 05 November 2008 02:41:08PM 0 points [-]

For anyone who encounters trouble with the three links to the speaker page, here's the direct address:http://yudkowsky.net/contact/speaking

Comment author: burger_flipper2 10 October 2008 02:58:49AM 0 points [-]

"The lack of a log is key. The Gatekeeper could not be convinced if the log were made public."

I think the project loses a lot of interest if no logs are published. There is no glory for a gatekeeper victory. Plenty for an AI.

Why not keep the gatekeeper anonymous but announce the AI?

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