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  1. Comment on Florida State University and Stanford are developing an "online polygraph" that detects lies in text — without the contextual clues that can hint at deception in a face-to-face conversation. in ~tech

    Maven Link
    A skilled human lie detector only gets it right slightly more than half the time. I'm pretty sure this is just a bad training set or some similar error.

    A skilled human lie detector only gets it right slightly more than half the time. I'm pretty sure this is just a bad training set or some similar error.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Fifty years of the internet -- What we learned, and where will we go next? in ~tech

    Maven Link
    This makes me think of one of the phases of human development in Three Body Problem where humanity had more or less finished polishing every currently existing technology. As cool as it sounds, I...

    When I walk into a room, the room should know I’m there and it should provide to me the services and applications that match my profile, privileges and preferences. I should be able to interact with the system using the usual human communication methods of speech, gestures, haptics, etc.

    This makes me think of one of the phases of human development in Three Body Problem where humanity had more or less finished polishing every currently existing technology. As cool as it sounds, I don't know that it's such a good thing because behind that tech is someone trying to manipulate everyone who comes into contact with it.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

    Maven Link
    I've been writing a fantasy web serial with my sister! It's still in the early stages, but think The Magicians crossed with Ender's game, except with hard magic and a more rational bent. I've had...

    I've been writing a fantasy web serial with my sister! It's still in the early stages, but think The Magicians crossed with Ender's game, except with hard magic and a more rational bent.

    I've had issues with deadlines in the past, so now I'm working on getting it all written/edited before I start posting. The pace has really picked up lately as I've hit a stride though, so feel pretty good about that.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Telegram gets 3M new signups during Facebook apps’ outage in ~tech

    Maven Link Parent
    Is there at least a good reason for them making their own encryption?

    Is there at least a good reason for them making their own encryption?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs in ~tech

    Maven Link Parent
    It's only kind of real time though because updates are batched. You see whole sentences appearing sometimes, depending on how fast people are typing.

    It's only kind of real time though because updates are batched. You see whole sentences appearing sometimes, depending on how fast people are typing.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

    Maven Link Parent
    I occasionally see people just talking to a microphone in their earbud wire or whatever and it always makes me think of Her.

    I occasionally see people just talking to a microphone in their earbud wire or whatever and it always makes me think of Her.

  7. Comment on Tildes mobile app in ~tildes

    Maven Link Parent
    Agreed, fuck apps. Tildes does it right.

    Agreed, fuck apps. Tildes does it right.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on I don’t wanna do my video game chores in ~games

    Maven Link Parent
    Sometimes the cross country route really isn't better though, like if there's a small cliff or ravine. For the rest, I think the roads are built to mimic real-life patterns, without thinking...

    Sometimes the cross country route really isn't better though, like if there's a small cliff or ravine. For the rest, I think the roads are built to mimic real-life patterns, without thinking through the reasons for those patterns. For example, in the game you don't care if you're going uphill. You can hurtle off cliffs no problem (as long as it doesn't kill you, you can just heal).

  9. Comment on I don’t wanna do my video game chores in ~games

    Maven Link Parent
    Roach (Witcher 3) will follow roads to your active quest area. I hardly even used it because it was faster to go cross-country, but still.

    Riding in itself might become much more complex and possibly frustrating for large stretches, but another interesting thing about equines is that they know how to follow and memorize paths, so you don't need to steer them all the time as you do with a car. It's not uncommon for sleeping drunkards to be taken home by their horses.

    Roach (Witcher 3) will follow roads to your active quest area. I hardly even used it because it was faster to go cross-country, but still.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show is set in the Second Age — here’s why that matters in ~tv

    Maven Link Parent
    Oh dang, I can't believe I missed that.

    Oh dang, I can't believe I missed that.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show is set in the Second Age — here’s why that matters in ~tv

    Maven Link Parent
    What does the twitter comment intervals have to do with anything?

    What does the twitter comment intervals have to do with anything?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Finally, Women Have Their Own Mediocre Marvel Movie in ~movies

    Maven Link Parent
    I'm okay with formulaic movies. If I wanted to think, I wouldn't be watching TV -- I'm here to turn off my brain and enjoy the CGI.

    I'm okay with formulaic movies. If I wanted to think, I wouldn't be watching TV -- I'm here to turn off my brain and enjoy the CGI.

  13. Comment on Why 'ji32k7au4a83' Is a Remarkably Common Password in ~tech

    Maven Link Parent
    I use a chunk of computer code for my master password. Impossible to forget, checks all the boxes (caps, special chars, etc) and it's 27 characters long so good luck brute forcing it.

    I use a chunk of computer code for my master password. Impossible to forget, checks all the boxes (caps, special chars, etc) and it's 27 characters long so good luck brute forcing it.

  14. Comment on Open-Source, Free Games in ~games

    Maven Link
    Zero-K, it's free and I'm pretty sure open source too. It's an RTS, a bit like starcraft except there's a bazillion macros and scripts to partially automate all the boring micro stuff so you can...

    Zero-K, it's free and I'm pretty sure open source too. It's an RTS, a bit like starcraft except there's a bazillion macros and scripts to partially automate all the boring micro stuff so you can spend more time on the interesting strategy parts.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on A Case For Why Labels Should Be Removed in ~tildes

    Maven Link Parent
    I thought someone told me that they had been added fairly recently but I guess not.

    I thought someone told me that they had been added fairly recently but I guess not.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on A Case For Why Labels Should Be Removed in ~tildes

    Maven Link Parent
    They are, labels are a pretty recent (couple weeks) addition so you wouldn't expect to see them that much.

    They are, labels are a pretty recent (couple weeks) addition so you wouldn't expect to see them that much.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state in ~news

    Maven Link Parent
    You can't even train a human on six data points, never mind a computer.

    You can't even train a human on six data points, never mind a computer.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines? in ~tech

    Maven Link Parent
    Also, quarantining the problem makes it easier to fix later, and amplifies the effectiveness of those fixes. If the entire world had to rely on solar power, then everyone would be working on a...

    Also, quarantining the problem makes it easier to fix later, and amplifies the effectiveness of those fixes. If the entire world had to rely on solar power, then everyone would be working on a single field of research instead of being split across hydro, geo, solar, natural gas, coal, etc.

  19. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

    Maven Link Parent
    Competition doesn't really work in networks because the biggest network has exponentially more power than smaller ones. You end up with a single shark gobbling up a bunch of minnows. And of...

    Interestingly, more competition should lead to better stores.

    Competition doesn't really work in networks because the biggest network has exponentially more power than smaller ones. You end up with a single shark gobbling up a bunch of minnows. And of course, from a user perspective, this is good. Nobody wants to deal with a dozen stores, even if all of them are fully-featured. It's just a huge hassle for no payoff. Of course, the other stores aren't as good. Most of them are just thinly veiled heaps of buggy DRM who only survive by staking out exclusives. They know they can't actually compete.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Is this the correct group to discuss PC builds? in ~comp

    Maven Link Parent
    You can probably reduce/eliminate that time in the bios settings. But yeah, the best part of building my own computer was getting an ssd and oodles of ram.

    The only thing that takes time now is the motherboard bios screen.

    You can probably reduce/eliminate that time in the bios settings.

    But yeah, the best part of building my own computer was getting an ssd and oodles of ram.

    6 votes