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Comment author: Huluk 26 March 2016 12:55:37AM *  26 points [-]

[Survey Taken Thread]

By ancient tradition, if you take the survey you may comment saying you have done so here, and people will upvote you and you will get karma.

Let's make these comments a reply to this post. That way we continue the tradition, but keep the discussion a bit cleaner.

Comment author: hylleddin 14 April 2016 08:11:38AM 9 points [-]

Oh right, I forgot this part. I have taken the survey (like two weeks ago)

Comment author: hylleddin 14 November 2014 11:06:51PM 21 points [-]

Survey Complete!

Comment author: hylleddin 24 July 2014 06:59:48AM 1 point [-]

Namecoin is an attempt to use a blockchain to implement a decentralized DNS. (It also has an associated cryptocurrency, but that's not the important part.) I know someone who is doing some domain squatting on this. I don't think it's particularly likely to take over the current DNS, but names are only a few cents.

Comment author: pianoforte611 29 April 2014 03:14:56PM 1 point [-]

Being good at video games is an obvious antiskill.

Comment author: hylleddin 01 May 2014 04:51:25AM 0 points [-]

Only when being good at a game increases your propensity to play it. In my personal experience I think that's been true for less than half the games I've played.

Comment author: hylleddin 01 May 2014 04:27:35AM 0 points [-]

I actually have a list of about ten of these, which I will happily make available on request (i.e. I’ll write another discussion post about them if people are interested) but I don’t want the whole discussion of this post to be about this one single issue, which it was when I tried the content of the post out on my friend. This is about the cryonics strategy-space only, not the living-forever strategy space, which is much bigger

I would like that, I am far more interested in the general live forever space.

Comment author: Lumifer 26 March 2014 06:37:12PM 2 points [-]

Yes. If the lives in the first ecosystem involve more suffering than pleasure, then the second almost certainly has more utility.

So, desertification is a good thing then, I guess? Actually, is there anything in that line of reasoning that doesn't argue for converting all wild nature into sterile empty spaces?

Comment author: hylleddin 29 March 2014 04:55:52AM 0 points [-]

Any ecosystems which do not involve more suffering than pleasure shouldn't be exterminated, by that line of reasoning.

Comment author: Eugine_Nier 27 March 2014 01:09:56AM 3 points [-]


Step 1) double your money using an efficient business (or a hedge fund or whatever).

Step 2) leave a dollar of profit and spend the rest of your gains to do TEH EVILZ.

Comment author: hylleddin 29 March 2014 04:46:15AM -1 points [-]

I believe the question is about things that are currently being done, not potential ways to legally maximize utility loss.

Comment author: itaibn0 15 February 2014 10:40:15PM *  1 point [-]

That's strange. I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but I tried and it turns out I can. It's difficult, though, and I'm not counting perfectly (there are repetitions and possibly skips). If I focus more on getting the counting right my reading ability degrades. I've also noticed on earlier occasions that I can read while listening to someone speak, this as well done imperfectly.

EDIT: I realised you might have meant to count loud out. I actually just counted in my head. I'm now trying to count to out loud (even while writing this comment 290.. 291... 292..) I can still read (and even write). It's hard, I sometimes have pauses in my counting and I read with noticeably less attention and speed.

380.. 381.. 382

Comment author: hylleddin 17 February 2014 09:10:05AM 0 points [-]

Huh, same here, it was much easier than I expected. Elsewhere in the comments, buybuydandavis noted a distinction between 'hearing' and 'saying', and I think that's what's going on here, for me it least. I say what I'm counting, but mostly hear what I'm reading.

I can't read while listening to someone, so at least somewhat different things are going on between us.

Comment author: Coscott 15 February 2014 06:31:34PM 1 point [-]

Is subvocalization is negatively correlated with getting a mental picture when reading fiction?

Comment author: hylleddin 17 February 2014 09:07:16AM 0 points [-]

My single datapoint says no. I almost always subvocalize, but get quite vivid pictures while reading.

Comment author: wedrifid 01 February 2014 01:50:29AM 0 points [-]

In my experience people mostly ignore the speed limits and drive at whatever speed feels right for the circumstances. Speed limits might have a role in building peoples' intuitions, though.

Do you live in a country where speed limits aren't enforced? People here most certainly don't ignore speed limits. That becomes expensive fast.

Comment author: hylleddin 01 February 2014 01:52:31AM 3 points [-]

I live in a region of the US where they are only sort of enforced.

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