# Archimedes's recent activity

2. ## Comment on A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum Computers in ~science

I expected some explanation of "tail call optimization". That's the real meat here and they didn't explained it hardly at all.

I expected some explanation of "tail call optimization". That's the real meat here and they didn't explained it hardly at all.

3. ## Comment on Quadratic Voting: A New Way of Voting That Makes Zealotry Expensive in ~misc

Another potential issue is that you can very easily run into the knapsack problem if you have lots of tokens available on relatively few choices. That is, you could have spent, say, 87/100 tokens...

Another potential issue is that you can very easily run into the knapsack problem if you have lots of tokens available on relatively few choices. That is, you could have spent, say, 87/100 tokens but you don't have enough to gain another vote for something you want due to the quadratic cost and you don't want to spend it on other options you oppose. Do you shuffle tokens around try to solve an NP-hard optimization problem to get closer to being able to use all that you've been allocated?

I guess you could allow partial votes to people don't have to worry about wasting tokens, but most people aren't going to be able to asses a continuously changing marginal value of a token with any kind of ease.

Hmm... I've got to 4 votes by spending 16 tokens, so the value of my 17th token is, what, sqrt(17) - sqrt(16)? I can't do that in my head or even with pencil and paper, but it should be close to the slope of the tangent line of sqrt(x) at x = 4. The derivative of sqrt(x) is 1/(2sqrt(x)), so the value of the 17th token is about 1/8th = 0.125, but that's overestimating a bit since the slope is decreasing. Or I could simply interpolate between (16,4) and (25,5) for a slope of 1/9 = 0.111 but that's underestimating.

Even knowing how many tokens you need to get to another whole vote requires mental subtraction beyond many voters level of comfort.

4. ## Comment on Conservatives want Catholic bishops to denounce pope as heretic in ~humanities

There certainly is great scope for interpretation on many things, but it would seem to me that "Christ's teachings" should at the very least include the words and actions of Jesus as recorded in...

There certainly is great scope for interpretation on many things, but it would seem to me that "Christ's teachings" should at the very least include the words and actions of Jesus as recorded in the gospels as a major component. Given his words and actions toward outcasts and "others" along with his words and actions towards self-righteous religious leaders, it seems pretty clear to me that these criticisms of the pope being "too welcoming" or "too accommodating" are not rooted in Christ's teachings. But that's just my own interpretation.

I'm sure they do all kinds of fancy exegesis to rationalize their prejudices to themselves, but they aren't fooling anyone outside their echo chamber.

5. ## Comment on Conservatives want Catholic bishops to denounce pope as heretic in ~humanities

The "true Christian faith" has to ultimately be rooted in Christ's teachings though, right? It seems like these people would call Jesus himself a heretic for being "too accommodating".

The "true Christian faith" has to ultimately be rooted in Christ's teachings though, right? It seems like these people would call Jesus himself a heretic for being "too accommodating".

6. ## Comment on How do you say "you're welcome" or "no problem" with reaction emojis? in ~talk

FYI, the correct word is "wary" rather than "weary" in this context. :)

journalistic outlets tend to be weary of that sort of thing.

FYI, the correct word is "wary" rather than "weary" in this context. :)

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7. ## Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (May 2019 edition) in ~creative

I've been working on some testing and coding surrounding Leela Chess Zero. Leela is an open source, distributed training, neural network chess engine inspired by DeepMind's AlphaZero. The TCEC...

I've been working on some testing and coding surrounding Leela Chess Zero. Leela is an open source, distributed training, neural network chess engine inspired by DeepMind's AlphaZero. The TCEC Superfinal is starting in about a week with Leela challenging the long-reigning champion Stockfish who she just barely lost to last season. Chances are decent that neural network engines like Leela will overtake more conventional engines forever and right about now is the tipping point. Exciting times!

8. ## Comment on Academic claims she's discovered anal suppository 'cure' for homosexuality: A semen-eating worm is supposedly the cause of being gay. in ~lgbt

What kind of "academic" is she? The video clip labels her as "Kuwaiti New-Age Therapist and Human Development Advisor Dr. Mariam Al-Sohel" and she describes the cure to be based on "prophetic...

What kind of "academic" is she? The video clip labels her as "Kuwaiti New-Age Therapist and Human Development Advisor Dr. Mariam Al-Sohel" and she describes the cure to be based on "prophetic medicine".

In searching for her credentials, it turns out she claims to have an "honorary doctorate in 'Sex Management' from the International Union of Universities in Turkey" (Source).

9. ## Comment on Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (145MB PDF) in ~news

The "collusion" part was not charged partly due to the difficulty of proving intent, but to me, it seems like the obstruction part is practically an impeachment referral to Congress. He...

The "collusion" part was not charged partly due to the difficulty of proving intent, but to me, it seems like the obstruction part is practically an impeachment referral to Congress. He intentionally did not give a conclusion on obstruction due to the OLC policy about indicting a sitting president, but provided ample evidence for Congress to exercise their authority.

10. ## Comment on Mod annotations for removed comments in ~tildes

This seems like a special case to me. In general, I'd think that for non-sensitive subjects, boring but explanatory removal messages would be a good idea.

This seems like a special case to me. In general, I'd think that for non-sensitive subjects, boring but explanatory removal messages would be a good idea.

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11. ## Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

They are certainly different, but the severity is a matter of perspective, environment, and metric. For example, it's still legal to fire someone for their orientation in my state and gay marriage...

They are certainly different, but the severity is a matter of perspective, environment, and metric.

For example, it's still legal to fire someone for their orientation in my state and gay marriage equality in the US is only a few years old as opposed to over half a century old for racial marriage equality. In some countries, you can get jailed or killed for being gay.

In some families, churches, schools, and other communities, being gay has severe social and moral implications. In other situations, it's not a big deal at all.

I don't think it makes sense to say one oppressive experience is more severe than another in this discussion as it paints with a broad brush and is dismissive of situations where the reverse is true. Your experience is not universal and unless you are talking about specific people or specific situations or specific measures, then the comparison doesn't even make sense.

12. ## Comment on Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 Presidential Announcement Speech in ~news

Can we not have an oppression competition, please? It's not helpful to anyone.

black people got the shit end of the stick and were literal second class citizens for almost four centuries and the system still systematically fucks them over because of that history; gay people, while they have been historically repressed and discriminated against, do not have nearly that kind of historical or current baggage stacked on them

Can we not have an oppression competition, please? It's not helpful to anyone.

13. ## Comment on Black hole picture captured for first time in space ‘breakthrough’ in ~science

Every time I glance away and then look back at this image the accretion disk appears to be pulling in at the edges. I wonder what sort of optical illusion is at play. It seems to be related to...

Every time I glance away and then look back at this image the accretion disk appears to be pulling in at the edges. I wonder what sort of optical illusion is at play. It seems to be related to pupil dilation.

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14. ## Comment on Crazy idea to help stop the spreading of untruthful news. in ~tildes

Even articles that have no "fake or false" facts in them can be highly misleading based on which facts are chosen to include and how they are framed. How would you deal with these sort of sources?

Even articles that have no "fake or false" facts in them can be highly misleading based on which facts are chosen to include and how they are framed. How would you deal with these sort of sources?

15. ## Comment on Father Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Dies By Apparent Suicide in ~news

The harassment is no joke. As user itsajaguar pointed out on Reddit, one of the families had to move seven times and cannot visit their son's grave due to the constant harassment.

The harassment is no joke. As user itsajaguar pointed out on Reddit, one of the families had to move seven times and cannot visit their son's grave due to the constant harassment.

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16. ## Comment on How I'm able to take notes in mathematics lectures using LaTeX and Vim in ~comp

I used to take notes in TeX during math class. I found that while I could keep up, it was too much to do that and pay attention enough to understand the lecture at the same time. I'm just not a...

I used to take notes in TeX during math class. I found that while I could keep up, it was too much to do that and pay attention enough to understand the lecture at the same time. I'm just not a good multi-tasker.

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17. ## Comment on Openly editable posts. Crazy idea? in ~tildes

Yes. Users with sufficient reputation (2,000 rep) on StackOverflow and related exchanges can edit other people's questions and answers. I mostly use it to improve the formatting and English in the...

Yes. Users with sufficient reputation (2,000 rep) on StackOverflow and related exchanges can edit other people's questions and answers. I mostly use it to improve the formatting and English in the questions. If you don't have sufficient reputation you can still suggest edits, but they need to go through the review queue to get approved and applied.

18. ## Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

Slowing down the descent into fascism is the first step in reversing it. You need to decelerate and stop before you can start moving in the opposite direction and the country can only change so...

Slowing down the descent into fascism is the first step in reversing it. You need to decelerate and stop before you can start moving in the opposite direction and the country can only change so fast. We need to stop the bleeding before we can start managing blood pressure and insulin levels; those will kill us too, but not as quickly.

A moderate president may not be ideal, but would allow for legislation to pass that would get vetoed by Trump. A moderate president would not appoint partisan hacks to lifetime positions. A moderate president would allow us to start to recover from current insanity while building momentum towards a more ideal government. The current administration is causing serious long-term harm that will far outlast the 4 to 8 years it's in charge.

Do not let "perfect" be the enemy of the "good" and do not let "good" be the enemy of "competent".

19. ## Comment on Beto O'Rourke raises \$6.1 million on first day, topping Sanders and all other rivals in ~news

I certainly believe there are plenty of people that have valid critiques. I'm not trying to suggest all who disagree with x or y have ulterior motives, but the existence of bad actors is a factor...

I certainly believe there are plenty of people that have valid critiques. I'm not trying to suggest all who disagree with x or y have ulterior motives, but the existence of bad actors is a factor that we all need to be aware of as it's likely to only get worse.

Debate is indeed valuable, but only so far as the parties involved are operating in good faith (which I tend to assume more strongly here than on Reddit).