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  1. Comment on OpenAI Plays Hide and Seek…and Breaks The Game! in ~comp

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    The topic's linked video is short, technical, and worth watching. I believe it is the quickest way for the average techie user to understand what is cool about this. Here is the OpenAI release,...

    The topic's linked video is short, technical, and worth watching. I believe it is the quickest way for the average techie user to understand what is cool about this.

    Here is the OpenAI release, which actually contains a more approachable video.

    Finally, here is the underlying paper: Emergent Tool Use From Multi-Agent Autocurricula.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Mark Kern, Classic WoW dev, on why he is boycotting Blizzard in ~games

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    The bit about getting pushed out for not taking a Chinese bribe sure is something! I imagine that’s Red 5 Studios? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kern#Creation_of_Red_5_Studios

    The bit about getting pushed out for not taking a Chinese bribe sure is something!

    I’ve seen firsthand the corruption of Chinese gaming companies, and I was removed from a company I founded (after Blizzard) for refusing to take a 2 million dollar kickback bribe to take an investment from China. This is the first time I’ve ever spoken pubically about it.

    I imagine that’s Red 5 Studios?

    Kern left Blizzard in 2006 to co-found the development company Red 5 Studios. There he worked on the title Firefall before eventually leaving the company after being voted out as CEO by the Red 5's board of directors.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kern#Creation_of_Red_5_Studios

    9 votes
  3. Mark Kern, Classic WoW dev, on why he is boycotting Blizzard

    @grummz: This hurts. But until Blizzard reverses their decision on @blitzchungHS I am giving up playing Classic WoW, which I helped make and helped convince Blizzard to relaunch. There will be no Mark of Kern guild after all. Let me explain why I am #BoycottBlizzard

    14 votes
  4. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    Thanks for that pov, that makes a lot more sense. I had no idea of the subscriber count, and scale of that sub, and all of the reasons some poor mods might have a hard time. That makes a lot of...

    Thanks for that pov, that makes a lot more sense. I had no idea of the subscriber count, and scale of that sub, and all of the reasons some poor mods might have a hard time. That makes a lot of sense in many cases.

    BTW, they just turned it back to public and wrote this:

    Finally, a note on the short time the subreddit was private: For some reason, one of our recent mods set the subreddit to private then deleted his account. It was an odd event, but rest assured, us remaining mods have restored it to public. No, we were not contacted by Blizzard, nor are we employees to any extent. We are committed to supporting this community. Thanks!

    https://old.reddit.com/r/Blizzard/comments/df6v8i/megathread_recent_blitzchung_situation_discussion/
    It has some pretty low quality comments, but I do understand people's anger having watched some of the recent videos.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What is a subject you could talk for 2+ hours about with a great degree of accuracy and no preparation whatsoever? in ~talk

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    Yes it does! Sometimes it can get really red too. I've heard there have been many panicked 911/doctor calls about it. Actually, googling this just made me learn more details about the condition,...

    Yes it does! Sometimes it can get really red too. I've heard there have been many panicked 911/doctor calls about it.

    Actually, googling this just made me learn more details about the condition, and its variability.

    Beeturia is the passing of red or pink urine after eating beetroots or foods colored with beetroot extract or beetroot pigments. The color is caused by the excretion of betalain (betacyanin) pigments such as betanin. The coloring is highly variable between individuals and between different occasions, and can vary in intensity from invisible to strong. The pigment is sensitive to oxidative degradation under strongly acidic conditions. Therefore, the urine coloring depends on stomach acidity and dwell time as well as the presence of protecting substances such as oxalic acid. Beeturia is often associated with red or pink poopies.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeturia

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    Again, from an external POV, I feel bad for most subs' mods. Jeez, what a thankless job!

    I feel bad for those mods.

    Again, from an external POV, I feel bad for most subs' mods. Jeez, what a thankless job!

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    Oh, I agree on that. I am not trying to. I come from a position of near complete naivete in regards to modding. I am not assuming malfeasance necessarily, I just wondered what kind of control a...

    I wouldn't jump to assuming malfeasance so quickly.

    Oh, I agree on that. I am not trying to. I come from a position of near complete naivete in regards to modding. I am not assuming malfeasance necessarily, I just wondered what kind of control a Blizzard, or Nike, or NBA has of their respective subreddits.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Swedish King Carl Gustaf removes grandchildren from royal house – observers say move reflects a wider view that there is no need to pay so many members of the royal family in ~news

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    A bit of a tangent, but on the issue of monarchy, I was always assured by the English that their queen was just a symbolic figurehead and the UK was a true democracy. But this year the queen has...

    A bit of a tangent, but on the issue of monarchy, I was always assured by the English that their queen was just a symbolic figurehead and the UK was a true democracy. But this year the queen has dissolved parliament and is now being petetioned for further action on behalf of the English PM, Johnson.

    So what's the truth here? Grey-area, or is the UK really still under the control of a monarchy?

    Do other European monarchs also still have powers similar in importance to the English royal?

  9. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    About two hours ago, r/Blizzard was full of highly upvoted anti-Blizzard posts. The sub is now set to private. edit: At first I was really happy to see that they were allowing all of those posts...

    About two hours ago, r/Blizzard was full of highly upvoted anti-Blizzard posts.

    The sub is now set to private.

    edit: At first I was really happy to see that they were allowing all of those posts to remain. Does anyone have any insights into how this works?

    Is a sub like that under official 3rd party corporate control?

    Were those anti-Blizzard posts allowed by at least some mods, or is "mods are asleep" actually a real thing?

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Norway decides against participation in Nato missile defence system in ~news

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    Hmm, I really wanted to read about Norway's reasoning for this. When I click on the link, Firefox tells me: edit:...

    Hmm, I really wanted to read about Norway's reasoning for this.

    When I click on the link, Firefox tells me:

    Secure Connection Failed

    An error occurred during a connection to www.thelocal.no. PR_END_OF_FILE_ERROR

    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
    Please contact the website owners to inform them of this problem.

    edit: https://outline.com/https://www.thelocal.no/20191008/norway-decides-against-participation-in-nato-missile-defence-system

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What is a subject you could talk for 2+ hours about with a great degree of accuracy and no preparation whatsoever? in ~talk

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    I though for sure that was a person who just ate a lot of beets.

    I though for sure that was a person who just ate a lot of beets.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crashes at Hartford airport; at least 7 reported dead in ~news

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    Here is an in-depth breakdown of this crash by an Air Force & Airline pilot. (As far as is known at the moment) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpv-xxYQ8-o I highly recommend Juan's YouTube...

    Here is an in-depth breakdown of this crash by an Air Force & Airline pilot. (As far as is known at the moment)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpv-xxYQ8-o

    I highly recommend Juan's YouTube channel for great technical aviation news.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Wall Street Democratic donors warn the party: We’ll sit out, or back Trump, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren in ~news

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    I agree. I wonder if it would be possibile to crowdfund a major polster to ask this question and then publish the numbers?

    I agree. I wonder if it would be possibile to crowdfund a major polster to ask this question and then publish the numbers?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Army Warns Soldiers About 'Incel' Threat at Joker Movie: Report (It's based on a tip from the FBI.) in ~news

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    Another memo was sent Monday, issued by senior Army officials in the criminal investigations division, saying the Army had received “credible” intelligence from Texas law enforcement personnel concerning “disturbing and very specific chatter” over the dark web “regarding the targeting of an unknown movie theater during the release.”

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  15. Comment on 'Joker' director Todd Phillips pushes back against 'outrage,' 'far left' criticism in ~movies

  16. Comment on Wall Street Democratic donors warn the party: We’ll sit out, or back Trump, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren in ~news

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    The practical issue is super-PAC money, which the current system relies on. Advertising clearly works, so that could be a problem if Wall Street goes all-in on the GOP. Now don't get me wrong,...

    The practical issue is super-PAC money, which the current system relies on. Advertising clearly works, so that could be a problem if Wall Street goes all-in on the GOP.

    Now don't get me wrong, IMHO when properly motivated, individual donors will crush even the 1% in contributions. My fantasy is that Sanders drops out prior to the convention and puts all of his ground game to work for Warren. But even if that doesn't happen, I think Warren has a good chance to win the final election. I sent her money, and I never send politicians money.

    11 votes