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  1. Comment on Favorite function you've written? in ~comp

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    J is nothing like brainfuck. It is quite fast in general; but that interpreter is for lisp, which means pointer-chasing, which is not something it is good at. The GC specifically is ok, though it...

    J is nothing like brainfuck.

    It is quite fast in general; but that interpreter is for lisp, which means pointer-chasing, which is not something it is good at. The GC specifically is ok, though it does a lot of redundant work at the moment, and there is some space overhead.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Favorite function you've written? in ~comp

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    This. It is a toy—not practical at all—but it is a compacting garbage collector in 7 lines of code!

    This. It is a toy—not practical at all—but it is a compacting garbage collector in 7 lines of code!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Day 1: Sonar Sweep in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    here are solutions in j: part 1: +/2</\x part 2: +/2</\3+/\x The latter solution could be cleverer.

    here are solutions in j:

    part 1: +/2</\x

    part 2: +/2</\3+/\x

    The latter solution could be cleverer.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Pixels are not little squares in ~comp

  5. Comment on He declined the FBI’s offer to become an informant. Then his life was ruined. in ~life

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    Canada and the EU are better than the US. Many other states are worse. But all commit terrible atrocities. :/

    Canada and the EU are better than the US. Many other states are worse. But all commit terrible atrocities.

    :/

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The coming firmware revolution in ~comp

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    Oh, hey, I remember openfirmware. That turned out great...

    Oh, hey, I remember openfirmware. That turned out great...

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The Legend of Bounce Back - My playable tribute to 35 years of Zelda in ~games

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    Nice! I really like the fact that boomerangs affect darknuts, it makes for some really interesting interactions that it would have been nice to see explored in the original.

    Nice! I really like the fact that boomerangs affect darknuts, it makes for some really interesting interactions that it would have been nice to see explored in the original.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Signal deploys closed-source measure to mitigate spam in ~tech

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    Telegram's cryptography has been criticized. I would not trust it. (Signal's has not.)

    Telegram

    Telegram's cryptography has been criticized. I would not trust it. (Signal's has not.)

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Taking the warts off C, with Andrew Kelley, creator of the Zig programming language in ~comp

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    Done in D and common lisp for decades now.

    comptime

    Done in D and common lisp for decades now.

  10. Comment on Facebook changes name to Meta: Mark Zuckerberg announces company rebrand as it moves to the metaverse in ~tech

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    East india company was close.

    East india company was close.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Veritasium: A story of YouTube propaganda in ~tech

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    What is wrong with the existing taxi service?

    Relatedly, with access to an affordable driverless taxi service, I can justify getting rid of my own car, which frees up money I could spend on public transit

    What is wrong with the existing taxi service?

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Taking the warts off C, with Andrew Kelley, creator of the Zig programming language in ~comp

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    Such compilers have been devised. TinyCC is one.

    Such compilers have been devised. TinyCC is one.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Illusionism fixes the hard problem of consciousness in ~humanities

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    Side note: the assumption is often made that things dreamt, hallucinated, or imagined are not real and hence not significant. I find this problematic as well. Such things are self-evidently real...

    if I observe a purple man after taking LSD

    Side note: the assumption is often made that things dreamt, hallucinated, or imagined are not real and hence not significant. I find this problematic as well. Such things are self-evidently real by token of ‘cogito, ergo sum’; and not inherently less significant than other observations.

    Science is overpowering; and it attempts to create a model of the universe with mathematical aesthetic: axioms, as few and simple as possible. This is one of three equally unsatisfying ways of creating truth; see munchausen trilemma. Circularity finds itself much more interesting in the case of ‘I am, therefore I must be’ (or should that be ‘I seem to be, therefore I must be’?)—when one finds one's self caught in the middle of the circle.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Illusionism fixes the hard problem of consciousness in ~humanities

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    The survey at the bottom suffers similarly; it implicitly ascribes value to: rationality coherence use which is somewhat problematic. It does not explain why these things are valuable; yet, the...

    The survey at the bottom suffers similarly; it implicitly ascribes value to:

    • rationality

    • coherence

    • use

    which is somewhat problematic. It does not explain why these things are valuable; yet, the second answer implies that it is a question whether precision is of value. It seems to me very odd to assume that coherence has value, but not to assume that precision has value.


    Perhaps more grounded arguments have been made and elided from TLA in the interest of brevity, but if so I find the omissions problematic.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Illusionism fixes the hard problem of consciousness in ~humanities

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    The article says repeatedly something that can be boiled down to: That is, consciousness as conceived is neither: Rational, nor Scientific 2 is obviously bogus. It makes the claim that we may only...

    The article says repeatedly something that can be boiled down to:

    there is no rational or scientific way to describe consciousness

    That is, consciousness as conceived is neither:

    1. Rational, nor

    2. Scientific

    2 is obviously bogus. It makes the claim that we may only understand the world in a scientific manner; highly limiting if so. And the problem at hand lies in the domain of philosophy, not science, for the exact reason that it is not approachable scientifically.

    How about 1? I base my understanding of the world on observations that I make. That I observe consciousness in myself seems to be reason enough to avoid dismissing it entirely; and that same fact means that it exists in some sense or other. Implicit in the illusionism argument is that certain observations are ‘illusory’, and that such observations are less important than others. This is not without merit. For instance, if I observe a purple man after taking LSD, this is unlikely to relate to other observations I make, once I finish metabolising the LSD. But the fact that the argument does not justify its choices of which things to consider illusory and which not is problematic.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on An escort offers an analytical and comprehensive break down of her line of work in ~life

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    Found this rather interesting: the author says on hackernews:

    Found this rather interesting: the author says on hackernews:

    none of the zero-condom users reported getting a STD. My theory is that zero-condom users tend to be much more exclusive and to have fewer clients, or to do this closer to part-time?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are you procrastinating on today? in ~talk

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    Working on a conference presentation. Deadline is ~a week and a half and I've barely started! Fairly informal, so I expect if I miss the deadline slightly it will be no big deal, but still a...

    Working on a conference presentation. Deadline is ~a week and a half and I've barely started!

    Fairly informal, so I expect if I miss the deadline slightly it will be no big deal, but still a fairly tight time frame and I would like to do a good job.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Sexist and offensive vintage ads that would never fly today, 1940-1980 in ~design

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    The ‘beat your wife’ ad seems to me not so much sexist as simply a joke in poor taste (if in poorer taste now than contemporarily). Particularly because of the presentation: the title, like...

    The ‘beat your wife’ ad seems to me not so much sexist as simply a joke in poor taste (if in poorer taste now than contemporarily). Particularly because of the presentation: the title, like modern-day clickbait, seems intended to provoke, and to attract attention to the body paragraph.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    Note that even those versions are missing music, which is impossible to get 'outside of piracy'.

    Note that even those versions are missing music, which is impossible to get 'outside of piracy'.

    3 votes