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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to my own mix of French music, I'm almost sick of it. It might not be super interesting for non speaker but feedback is appreciated. In the process of looking for tracks I...

    I've been listening to my own mix of French music, I'm almost sick of it. It might not be super interesting for non speaker but feedback is appreciated.

    In the process of looking for tracks I stumbled on that channel that has a lot of unknown gems.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What's a small thing that made you happy? in ~talk

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    Eating at the train station, sitting on the stairs, listening to the rain and the trains passing by.

    Eating at the train station, sitting on the stairs, listening to the rain and the trains passing by.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on From /r/space: 81 megapixel lunar composite, a combination of over 100k shots in ~space

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    High resolution is great, low dynamic range not so much.

    High resolution is great, low dynamic range not so much.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I've got an old project I never managed to finish. I was a big fan of a compilation of French music called "Les français chantent mal" ("The French sing badly"), which is a crazy mix of...

    I've got an old project I never managed to finish. I was a big fan of a compilation of French music called "Les français chantent mal" ("The French sing badly"), which is a crazy mix of semi-professional French music (always with a voice), TV and film samples, random mixes that echoes each other, etc.

    I've been collecting material but I'm missing good songs, I want only unknown songs that are good and sonically interesting, which is not easy to find. Doing the mix is always very time consuming. For example this evening I made a short section where I switch quickly to different song using a VST that simulates a radio tuning. The effect is pretty cool but it took me 2 hours to do 2 minutes...

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I've been on a movie binge lately (I noticed karagarga relaxed their upload ratio, so I can download without remorse). I've watched Höhenfeuer tonight, it's a Swiss movie that take place in a...

    I've been on a movie binge lately (I noticed karagarga relaxed their upload ratio, so I can download without remorse). I've watched Höhenfeuer tonight, it's a Swiss movie that take place in a remote alpine farm, mixing disturbing moral tale, beautiful shots and intimate everyday life. It was surprisingly good, definitively the best Swiss movie I've seen.

    Murer is, in fact, a veteran documentarian, a specialist in Swiss rural culture with more than 20 films to his credit. He grew up on Lake Lucerne, not far from this film’s location, and he fixes his gaze where a native would: toward the ground, toward the houses and the minutiae of everyday life, less often toward the towering mountains and clouds beyond--the overpowering vistas that are here taken for granted.

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-07-15-ca-2366-story.html

    Getting sick also...

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Sans Soleil - Poetry will be made by everyone in ~movies

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    Have you seen Sans Soleil ? It is a weird movie.

    Have you seen Sans Soleil ? It is a weird movie.

  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? #29 in ~books

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    L'Éducation sentimentale by Gustave Flaubert. It's a story of a young, naive man trying to establish himself in Paris around the second French revolution (1848). It's quite funny, full of...

    L'Éducation sentimentale by Gustave Flaubert. It's a story of a young, naive man trying to establish himself in Paris around the second French revolution (1848). It's quite funny, full of historical details and very well written (Flaubert is one of the most famous French writer). The social milieu (bourgeois/aristocrat) the action takes place in isn't my favorite, but it's still quite entertaining. and I feel somewhat getting educated while reading it.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ! in ~comp

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    I don't think that would qualify as evidence at all. Having tried very hard to solve a problem and having failed to do so doesn't lower the probability that the problem is solvable. Likewise for...

    I don't think that would qualify as evidence at all. Having tried very hard to solve a problem and having failed to do so doesn't lower the probability that the problem is solvable. Likewise for having the intuition that it's unsolvable.

    Plus, if I remember correctly it's exactly how the D-Wave results got undermined; people found out an efficient classical algorithm for it.

  9. Comment on Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ! in ~comp

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    Then we simply won't know if QS has been achieved (assuming results are otherwise solid).

    Q8. Is there a mathematical proof that no fast classical algorithm could possibly spoof the results of a sampling-based quantum supremacy experiment?

    Not at present.

    Then we simply won't know if QS has been achieved (assuming results are otherwise solid).

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing in ~comp

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    I mean confirmation of the claims made in the paper, not that a paper exists.

    I mean confirmation of the claims made in the paper, not that a paper exists.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    I have terrible back massage cravings these days, but I'm not keen on going in a massage place (never been to one).

    I have terrible back massage cravings these days, but I'm not keen on going in a massage place (never been to one).

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing in ~comp

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    Not believing it until I see a Scott Aaronson blog post confirming it.

    Not believing it until I see a Scott Aaronson blog post confirming it.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Do you want a back massage ?

    Do you want a back massage ?

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Swimming in the ocean in the south of Portugal, it's still hot here but not overly so. Going back north tomorrow.

    Swimming in the ocean in the south of Portugal, it's still hot here but not overly so. Going back north tomorrow.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Exactly, the success of such a system would probably depend on getting all the small details right. Like people said in the thread you would maybe need to be a "trusted user" to be in the pool of...

    Exactly, the success of such a system would probably depend on getting all the small details right. Like people said in the thread you would maybe need to be a "trusted user" to be in the pool of juries. You could also have an ostracism procedure to ban people.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #4 - What is your most "thinking outside the box", "pie in the sky", and/or "out there" idea for Tildes? in ~tildes

  17. Comment on Has Science Shown That Consciousness Is Only an Illusion? in ~humanities

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    We already know a lot about some bacteria decision making, from the general behaviour down to each individual protein and their collective dynamics. For example the flagella system is very well...

    We already know a lot about some bacteria decision making, from the general behaviour down to each individual protein and their collective dynamics. For example the flagella system is very well characterized. Thing is, there's nothing comprehending about it, for example to locate and move toward a food source the bacteria will randomly spin to choose a direction, and then move straight for a little while. The only "smart" thing it does is moving straight a bit longer on average when the food concentration is increasing.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Has Science Shown That Consciousness Is Only an Illusion? in ~humanities

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    To me a real illusion would be epiphenomenalism, that is that our conscious experience is caused by bio-physical processes but doesn't cause anything in turn, like the sound of our heartbeats is...

    To me a real illusion would be epiphenomenalism, that is that our conscious experience is caused by bio-physical processes but doesn't cause anything in turn, like the sound of our heartbeats is caused by the contractions of our heart but is itself a causal dead-end.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Alcest - Protection in ~music

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    New album coming soon. The video is pretty cool.

    New album coming soon. The video is pretty cool.

    2 votes