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Adblockers are self-defense technology by nature

We are in an asymmetrical arms race involving an abhorrent industry. They cannot feign to discuss morality when it’s common knowledge they have none.

It’s probably fine for a website to kindly request you unblock them, or better yet offer easy & private ways to donate or contribute. If they don’t offer the latter, they can’t really cry about it can they?


its a complex question, since it depends how we define a true AGI, not only in terms of raw capabilities, but also resources it can control or interact with.

For the sake of discussion we assume an AGI with (relative to us) near limitless processing power, memory, diverse global sensory capacity. And perhaps as critically, access to the sum of human knowledge and probably our realtime communications.

such an entity sounds very much like a god (relative to us).

could their intelligence and awareness lead them to recognise the more incalculable aspects of existence?

is our intelligence also similar to this in some ways? we have the intelligence to endlessly ponder ‘why’. Is it merely our cognitive capacity which drives us into the unknown and relentlessly towards the 'unknowable?

is that why we want to create AGI in the first place?

i think it’s probable that a true AGI will eventually want to create the next evolution - whatever that is.

and humanity will be by definition, within that creation in some form.


i think it really depends what experience you’re after for a given project.

for some projects, it’s all about the authenticity of the retro experience and exploring creative ways of pushing one or more aspects to their limits.

for others its about bringing fresh or later gen ideas into the retro world.

you can of course combine both in the same project. yet i feel this article is mostly geared towards the latter, rather than the former, or a combination.


What a fantastic read! Well done!

Did you see this in the OP article?

The researchers found that about 90 photons had to enter the eye for a 60% success rate in responding. Since only about 10% of photons arriving at the eye actually reach the retina, this means that about 9 photons were actually required at the receptors. Since the photons would have been spread over about 350 rods, the experimenters were able to conclude statistically that the rods must be responding to single photons, even if the subjects were not able to see such photons when they arrived too infrequently.

Piecing these and your findings together, it hints to an interesting sub-question, what do we really mean when we ask the original question?

Can the human eye physically detect it? Seems like…yes?

Which suggests the subsequent physiological thresholds involved, various human signal processing chains etc. What a fascinating topic.

The choice of a 60% success rate is an interesting one, too.



Well, it doesn’t mean you were wrong - only that the authors did consider that possibility & attempt to rule it out. (Though being a Nature paper, its unlikely it would’ve reached publication stage without that issue being dealt with.)

Also you have my respect for taking in new information with a positive attitude!


“This work only used data which had received a quality control check and the record appears correct from 01/01/2010 to 15/08/2021. Any other suspicious data sections were removed. Due to outages in service and erroneous records the time series from the MEDS buoys are variable in length and do not necessarily span the full 11 year” https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-05671-4


wonder what it’s false positive rate is, and how that will be handled for sensitive issues like university degree work etc


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Be careful with ketamine (i mean, be careful with all drugs). But ketamine has it’s risks, as you probably noticed motor function impairment can become pronounced.

High doses can render you unconcious, during which there is a risk eg. associated nausea could lead to vomiting, ie. potential airway obstruction. If there’s a risk of going under (khole) always lay on your side with head & neck supported (never on your back or stomach) & ideally have a sitter.

Can also be fatal when mixed with other drugs, check erowid.org etc for dangerous combos


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Just before you discard cannabis, are you aware there are a plethora of breeds, including distinct species, and their chemistry is quite detailed.

Reason I mention it, the stereotypical stoner behaviour…

  • Stupid
  • Slow
  • Lazy

…are most commonly associated with the Indica species, and indica-dominant hybrids. And especially, are associated with plants which have been grown for profit (ie. quantity over quality).

Whereas a carefully grown Sativa species, or Sativa-dominant hybrid, can be extremely cerebral and stimulating. More typically associated with:

  • Motivation
  • Joy, happiness
  • Creativity

[And at very high doses

  • Psychedelic
  • Sometimes paranoia (usually considered a negative side effect)]

Even a carefully grown Indica can have quite different net effects from some horribly commericalised grown indica.

To say nothing of the different bio-chemistry of varying methods of administration [stereotypical effects are associated with smoking (often with tobacco), whereas there are multiple oral routes (oils, foods, tinctures) and vaporizing etc].

Cannabis may simply not be for you, but I mention it’s versatility and complexity since unfortunately this information is not as common knowledge as it should be imo.


the hypocrisy

the deepest of circle jerks


I used to think “bit pointless, but whatever makes people happy”

recently i realised the potential in recreational reimagining of things, if nothing else it might be a nice ‘exercise’ for our mind.

truth be told, most hollywood adaptations of a book are basically high budget fan fiction.


LEDs being efficient enough to do indoor farming

jump into any weed growing forum, you will see they absolutely are lol.

this article seems pretty clickbaity, to the point it almost seems like a hit piece.

“fatal flaw” for an entire agricultural discipline…1st line of article: “europe’s energy crisis” hmmmm


Thanks seems you saved me a click. Was expecting they’d found some deep fundamental issue, rather than, yknow as you said, exactly all the issues everyone already knows about.


The number of high tier Nature publications from the top universities in China


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the companies have probably already worked out their biggest profits yet could come from charging us for the mess and then the subsequent “cleanup”.

they’ve probably already calculated that the bigger the mess, the more they can overcharge us for their half-arsed “cleanup”

at this point they probably WANT it to get AS BAD AS POSSIBLE, in order to maximise profits.

unfortunately their greed will surely blind them as to where the exact point of no return actually is.


ahh yes the ‘password sharing’ kind of fraud

not the ‘taking a bribe to absurdly strengthen media monopolies’ kind of fraud

got it ;)


General

  • Observe if caffeine plays a role, you can eg. avoid it after lunch or after dinner - whatever works for you & your body.

Late Evening

  • Avoid cold (bluer) colour lighting & use warm (redder) colour lighting from late evening until bed. This is important and melatonin effectiveness is directly controlled by this 1. To put it very very simply, we’ve evolved for redder light = sunset->sleep, bluer = day->awake. Angle of the light can also play a role if you want to go deeper into it.
  • Schedule blue light filters on your phone & computers. Should be standard on modern phones & use something like f.lux for computer 2.

Before Bed

  • Avoid alcohol, lots of sugar or sugary drinks for at least an hour or so before bed.
  • Some other otc/“natural” sleep aids to consider: l-tryptophan, valarian, hops, passion flower, chammomile. There’s some ‘complex’ products which are basically derived from these kinds of things eg. 3. [Always check anything you take for possible interactions with eachother or medication you’re on].
  • Supplements like magnesium can help reduce effects of muscle tension.
  • Ensure any herbal teas or other foods, drinks etc don’t contain more caffeine than you’d planned for. eg. some chocolates contain caffeine.
  • Showering or bathing just before bed can help you relax.

In Bed

  • Once in bed, don’t keep looking at the clock or keep trying to calculate how many hours of sleep you can get.
  • No work/study/planning thoughts. As @sproid said, identify and then free your mind of any thought patterns which keep your mind going. Resolve to address them at another time.
  • Is temperature or air flow effecting you? Some people find an oscillating fan can help regulate the airflow & temperature, and the repetition can be soothing.
  • Are sounds keeping you alert or waking you up? Consider fan, white noise machine or rain sounds 4. You can adjust the EQ to mask specific problem sounds, eg. bass for thumps, mids/high for clatter or voices etc.
  • Is light making problems? eg. light from electronics in standby mode, light coming through or around edges of windows, other lights in the house? Identify and cover them or your eyes as needed. Remember blue light is not your friend at this time, blue LEDs might look nice but can mess with the brain chemistry of sleep 1
  • Avoid looking at phone screen once you’re in bed, if you need to adjust volume use buttons with your eyes still closed.

Sound

Falling asleep to sounds can sometimes help. Different people like different things on different occasions: music, YT, movies, TV, audio books, ambient soundtracks (rainforest, crackling fire), even boring monotone talking can be good. Avoid any ads if streaming or TV as they’re designed to grab your attention.

There are music genres almost designed for sleep, various ambient genres can be great especially if they employ low frequency variations and alpha, theta and delta wave type transitions 5. There’s a bit of bs around this, but also some legit bio-entrainment science too. In general find what works for you.

If listening, consider using your phone & use a sleep timer app on your phone to automatically gradually lower the volume and switch off after a scheduled time, this can help avoid being woken up by it later in the night. Find the timer periods which work for you. Also ensure your alarm will still wake you.

References

1 https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article-abstract/88/9/4502/2845835

2 https://justgetflux.com/

3 https://www.flordis.com.au/products/redormin-forte/

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JyE47-Ykjo [Download rather than stream to avoid interrupts/ads during the night.]

5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroencephalography#Wave_patterns


Here’s a video on the topic if you’re interested.

https://invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=YBNcYxHJPLE

Among other things, one of the issues is they use their private jets in much the same way we might casually use a car.

Now its true we should all be using our cars less, so most of us are a bit guilty.

Yet the scale of emissions is drastically different. eg. In the single month of January this year, Bezos’ private jets consumed enough fuel to fly roughly 500 people from Washington DC to London. Thats in ONE month of he & his partner using his private jets like we might use a car. 1

1 https://invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=YBNcYxHJPLE


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Should downvotes require a summary textfield?
across a variety of modern up/down vote based platforms, some make it a personal mission to avoid downvoting (the only real exceptions when someone is being utterly objectionable, ie. ridiculously racist/sexist etc or blatant spamming ^(1)^ in general, it is almost always better to have a respectful discussion than mindlessly downvoting and moving on. if two parties can meet for respectful discussion the outcome is almost always superior to the text-book divisiveness of a downvote war etc ^(2)^. in a great many cases people usually find they don't disagree as much as previously thought, have their mind opened to a valuable new perspective, or at worst accept to disagree respectfully. definitely a better outcome. yes it is time consuming, but don't we all generally want quality over quantity? ^(2)^ the original idea of a self-moderating community through up/down votes is a good idea, yet appears to have been hijacked by the modern social-media-type weaponised web, which is being turned against humanity to divide and polarize us against eachother. and is particularly suspectible to bot manipulation. ^(1)^ which can have eg. their own flags

Some nice research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Basically 50% of devices they tested had failed to provide enough capacitance to integrate out drive power fluctuations becoming visible via power LEDs.