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Comment author: Alicorn 20 April 2011 09:24:16PM *  1 point [-]

How would you handle the increasing narrowness? Systems that enable really narrow comments are ugly to read. Livejournal's solution of drifting really narrow comments off to the right after the minimum width has been reached is really ugly and I don't know of any others.

Edit: Maybe the deep chunk of thread could float on top of the rest of the page somehow? (It'd have to be moveable and possible to scroll it alone)

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 20 April 2011 09:55:22PM 0 points [-]

Two separate links, perhaps?

Comment author: Emile 20 April 2011 09:30:18PM 18 points [-]

Have the possibility to watch certain topics (posts or comments) to get an orange letter when someone replies. This would be especially useful for top level posts you write (you don't get any notifications of answers, and have to go check), but would also be useful for special threads like the location (if I want to be notified when someone else says he's in France or something).

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 20 April 2011 09:53:45PM 0 points [-]

RSS for the comment page can do that. Same for recent comments on a post. Still, actual html would be nice.

Comment author: Emile 20 April 2011 09:27:39PM 14 points [-]

When getting a link to an individual comment, instead of just showing the comment above, show the whole damn thread (or at least, all the parents). I'm tired of having to click on "Parent" a dozen times to understand the context of a comment.

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 20 April 2011 09:49:16PM 5 points [-]

You can append "?context=100" to the comment permalink.

Comment author: Alexei 11 December 2010 05:59:39PM 1 point [-]

Thank you for the thoughtful comment.

  • Plugin feature would be really nice, but not the easiest feature to implement. I like your idea of using intents though, so I will look into it.

  • Yes, adding mood tracker and, more generically, ordinal values tracker is on my TODO list.

  • Widget sounds like a good idea, I'll add it to my TODO list. (I assume you'll want to just create a widget for one track/interval type.)

  • Yes, I am planning to add CSV import/export option.

  • I would love to add more analytical tools, but I can't think of any that would be really useful. I would be interested to know what people are tracking and what exactly they are trying to see/measure.

I am thinking about adding a paid version with more features, but I doubt I'll make enough money to really justify that. I was planning to have ads in the version I published, but I just couldn't bring myself to do that to the users. I hate ads.

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 12 December 2010 02:08:42AM 1 point [-]

Just some thoughts before I start my sleep interval :)

Plugins are great, especially because each can request individual permissions. That way, users don't get scared away by permission requests. Some example code here.

Widget: yes, 1x1 [start|end|track|new_event|happy] button would probably be best. One can arrange those as they see fit.

Ordinal values: perhaps just an autocomplete option for event labels.

As for analytics, perhaps draw selected intervals above each other with selected tracks plotted over them (each with own scale) and vertically write labels of (selected?) events. This may be messy, but can be done later and elsewhere (e.g. Google charts, if they can be combined). Also, setting up icons for events/ordinals would be nice.

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 11 December 2010 01:51:34PM 1 point [-]

Thanks! I was looking for something like this after reading the luminosity sequence again. Haven't found any on the android market.

Feature requests:

  • You could make it respond to specific intents to create (and let others create) separately-installed plugins (e.g. a plugin with location permission to automatically track where you are, one with internet permission to track various karma etc.).
  • Tracking ordinal values (e.g. happy, anxious, happy+anxious...)
  • A widget
  • Data export
  • More analytical tools, perhaps something to compare tracks/events.

You could possibly even monetize this by keeping the app free and offering an awesome analytic service online (I'd pay $10 for 10 instances of auto-generated full analysis report).

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 22 November 2010 07:59:27PM 3 points [-]

I think about how the proof is "using" something. This seems common among mathematicians.

That's where abstract mathematical concepts come from: you use only certain properties of an object in a proof, and thus the proof applies to all objects that have those properties, no matter what other properties they have, and the properties that were used define an abstraction of their own. This way, apples become numbers.

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 23 November 2010 01:08:22PM 0 points [-]

Nice. Same applies for extracting interfaces in programming (e.g. IComperable).

Comment author: magfrump 23 November 2010 05:50:28AM 3 points [-]

Two results isn't enough to get a hold of probabilities like 40% and 70%; can we get ten linguistics students surveyed? I know three and could test them. Can you describe the test in more detail?

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 23 November 2010 01:04:19PM 3 points [-]

Yeah, I expected someone to point out a paper where this has been done (online Wikipedia references don't have it and I couldn't find the papers Ermer cited).

The paper presents good evidence in favor of its hypothesis, but I am more interested if ordinary people really do logic better in social context as opposed to other real-world tasks.

As for the test:

  • Made four cards out of paper, drew a lightning bolt, a light bulb, a crossed-out lightning bolt and a crossed-out light bulb. Back of the cards was empty.
  • Presented the cards as houses - one side specifies if lights are on, other specifies if there is electricity.
  • Told them that "if lights are on, there must be electricity in the house" and individually asked which house(s) they must check (flip) to see if any of them are impossible.

This isn't a good test. I'd much rather go for something more primal, such as "If you don't eat, you will die".

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 22 November 2010 03:40:30PM 6 points [-]

when framed in terms of social interactions, people's performance dramatically improves

From the Wikipedia article, after invoking evolutionary psychology and social interaction to explain the improvement:

Alternatively, it could just mean that there are some linguistic contexts in which people tend to interpret "if" as a material conditional, and other linguistic contexts in which its most common vernacular meaning is different.

It shouldn't be hard to present the test as a real world example that doesn't involve social interaction (e.g. "If lights are on, there is electricity in the house").

/me goes off to test this on a couple of linguistics students

Result: One correct and one incorrect answer.

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 19 June 2010 07:58:44PM *  4 points [-]

Here is some javascript to help follow LW comments. It only works if your browser supports offline storage. You can check that here.

To use it, follow the pastebin link, select all that text and make a bookmark out of it. Then, when reading a LW page, just click the bookmark. Unread comments will be highlighted, and you can jump to next unread comment by clicking on that new thing in the top left corner. The script looks up every (new) comment on the page and stores its ID in the local database.

Edit: to be more specific, all comments are marked as read as soon as the script is run. I could come up with a version that only marks them as read once you click that thing in upper left corner. Let me know if you're using it or if you'd like anything changed/added.

Comment author: Morendil 10 June 2010 07:51:13AM *  2 points [-]

As a warm-up, and to indicate how I intend to prompt discussion (subject to the group's feedback) I have posted a summary of the Preface. (ETA: for instance, implications of this method are that it's up to participants to check back on the post from time to time to see if new summaries have been posted; then after reading the parts summarized, come back and answer this comment. Does that work?)

I will start work today on a summary of as much of Chapter 1 as might make for a nice bite-sized chunk to discuss, and post that in a few days, or sooner if the discussion on the Preface dies down quickly.

Discussion question for the Preface: can you think of further examples of the type of "old ideas" Jaynes refers to?

Comment author: ideclarecrockerrules 11 June 2010 10:22:18PM *  1 point [-]

re: old ideas

I can't really figure out what he means by that. His example with dangerous doses of artificial sweeteners seems to be about asking the wrong question. It seems logical that no amount of data can get you the right answer if you don't ask the/a right (set of) question(s).

He goes on about mutilating datasets, which seems to me a sin. Me, with GBytes of storage on my PC. When the medium of storage is paper, data gets mutilated. Consider a doctor writing up anamnesis: patient talks on and on, but only what the doctor considers relevant data is written down. Seems like a perfect example of a mutilated dataset and what Jaynes was talking about - if the doctor has a wrong model in mind while collecting data, (s)he is more likely not to collect important information.

I heard that the people at CERN don't let a bit go unstored. But are there variables not measured at all, due to our existing models of the universe.

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