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Comment author: Jiro 09 February 2016 04:14:41PM 6 points [-]

The mentality of victim hood and self pity are the worst things that can happen a person.

I think that having your eyes gouged out with a hot poker is a worse thing than that that can happen to a person.

Comment author: wadavis 09 February 2016 09:05:16PM 3 points [-]

I think being personally responsible for a googleplex^googleplex dust specks arriving in a googleplex^googleplex eyes is a worse thing than that that can happen to a person.

Comment author: wadavis 28 July 2015 02:35:36PM *  1 point [-]

Dr. Bunnigus: Are there 'bots (nano-machines creating new neural pathways) in my brain?

Petey: Nope. I don't need them. Your brain is working correctly. All I need to do is explain things to you, and you'll be able to make the right choice.

-Exchange between Dr. Bunnigus and the Benevolent Overlord AI (Petey) that turned the galactic core into a power generator. Schlock Mercenary 2015-07-25 by Howard Taylor

Comment author: wadavis 28 July 2015 02:38:37PM 2 points [-]

This little arc starts here and has a few gems.

Comment author: wadavis 28 July 2015 02:35:36PM *  1 point [-]

Dr. Bunnigus: Are there 'bots (nano-machines creating new neural pathways) in my brain?

Petey: Nope. I don't need them. Your brain is working correctly. All I need to do is explain things to you, and you'll be able to make the right choice.

-Exchange between Dr. Bunnigus and the Benevolent Overlord AI (Petey) that turned the galactic core into a power generator. Schlock Mercenary 2015-07-25 by Howard Taylor

Comment author: wadavis 05 June 2015 01:20:05PM 3 points [-]

This Video Will Make You Angry by CGP Grey discusses the meme-ic virility of controversial arguments.

A few different sources have also discussed the idea that we are out of the Age of Information, and into the Age of Attention, and that attention is the currency of the day.

Now, has anyone found these ideas combined in a short online text or video to present the idea that: If you find an idea to be ideologically offensive, the best way to fight it is to not engage it in argument but to starve it of attention and let the cat photo and inspirational quote weeds of social media grow over what ever fertile soil it may have found.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 June 2015 08:27:49PM 1 point [-]

Online Videos Thread

Comment author: wadavis 05 June 2015 01:11:37PM 4 points [-]

This Video Will Make You Angry by CGP Grey is a great discussion on the meme-ic virility of controversial arguments.

Comment author: [deleted] 19 May 2015 11:35:02AM 3 points [-]

If using multiple screens at work made you more productive, care to give an example or two what do you put on one and the other and how they interact? Perhaps also negatives, in what situations that doesn't help?

Hypothesis: they only work with transformation type work e.g. translation where you read a document in one and translate in another, or read a spec in one and write code to implement it in another or at any rate the output you generate is strongly dependent on an input that you need to keep referring to.

I actually borrowed a TV as a second screen because I need to re-create the layouts of document reports from an old accounting software in a new. So it is handy to have the example on the TV while I work on the new one. Of course a printout on a music-stand would work just as well...

In response to comment by [deleted] on Open Thread, May 18 - May 24, 2015
Comment author: wadavis 19 May 2015 02:11:40PM *  2 points [-]

The typical theme is reference material on one screen, and working material on the other screen. The equivalent of having all your reference material open on your desk so you are not flipping back an forth through notes.

Edit: Read The Intelligent Use of Space by David Kirsh as recommended by this LessWrong post.

Comment author: DataPacRat 14 May 2015 04:37:57AM *  0 points [-]

Acting on A Gut Feeling

I've been planning an overnight camping trip for sometime this week; but something about the idea is making me feel... disquiet. Uneasy. I can't figure out why; I've got a nice set of equipment, I have people who know where I'm going, and so on. But I can't shake something resembling an "ugh field" that eases when I think of /not/ taking the trip.

And so, I'm concluding that the rational thing to do is to pay attention to my gut, on the chance that one part of my mind is aware of some detail that the rest of my mind hasn't figured out, and postpone my camping trip until I'm feeling more self-assured about the whole thing.

Comment author: wadavis 14 May 2015 10:02:38PM 0 points [-]

It is because you forgot to pack TP. Bring TP and things will be ok.

Comment author: wadavis 12 May 2015 03:57:50PM *  -1 points [-]

Of course, refusing to examine oneself is the shortest distance to becoming an a**hole.

YorkNecromancer @ belloflostsouls

Comment author: iarwain1 07 May 2015 11:28:19PM 4 points [-]

It has been studied and it's actually usually not recommended. This is the principle of interleaving. See Make It Stick, especially chapter 3. See also the recently linked document by richard_reitz.

Comment author: wadavis 08 May 2015 03:09:20PM 1 point [-]

Upvote for references, links, and avoiding weak anecdotal evidence.

Comment author: Lumifer 06 May 2015 07:43:32PM *  3 points [-]

While all good points (and the tag is "For Science!") they aren't really doing science. Take the first case, the belief that rapidly clicking Kadala will affect what you get. Is it true or not? You don't know until you test it. It is not true in the idealized world where Kadala has a perfect RNG. But it may or may not be true in the real world where a click triggers a message to the server and, depending on the latency, rapid clicks could tickle some bug involving a race condition or out-of-order messages or something like that.

It's not like Diablo is known to be entirely bug-free :-/ You don't get to say "actually" unless you actually tested it.

Comment author: wadavis 07 May 2015 07:13:41PM 0 points [-]

And they never claim to be doing science (other than that "For Science" tag, but who would take that seriously on an entertainment website?). They are introducing the idea that our minds have flaws and are full of bias to their audience through highly relatable example material.

I don't know if the Kadala bug is real, and I don't care, that is a tree in the forest. And the article is about the forest. (If the Kadala bug is real, that is just poor fact checking. The lesson on Confirmation Bias still stands.)

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