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  1. Comment on Can I have some advice on the neural net I've been working on? in ~comp

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    I can definitely understand why the students had difficulties! I didn't have the opportunity to take the machine learning class back when I was in college, but it's definitely something I would've...

    I can definitely understand why the students had difficulties! I didn't have the opportunity to take the machine learning class back when I was in college, but it's definitely something I would've like to take. Thanks!

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  2. Comment on Can I have some advice on the neural net I've been working on? in ~comp

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    Making the problem smaller is a good idea, if I reduce the number of ASCII glyphs to 2 I could probably even handwrite it to verify. Originally I was using ML.NET (the standard dot net machine...

    Making the problem smaller is a good idea, if I reduce the number of ASCII glyphs to 2 I could probably even handwrite it to verify.

    Originally I was using ML.NET (the standard dot net machine learning library), but I didn't know what I was doing so I decided rolling my own would be a good way to learn. I understand the intuition well enough now that I could go back to it, but I'm committed to getting it right now. Plus it's just a personal project, so time's not an issue.

    Thank you!

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  3. Can I have some advice on the neural net I've been working on?

    Apologies if this isn't an appropriate place to post this. Inspired by a paper I found a while back (https://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/215545/local_215545.pdf), I tried my hand...

    Apologies if this isn't an appropriate place to post this.

    Inspired by a paper I found a while back (https://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/215545/local_215545.pdf), I tried my hand at implementing a program (in C#) to create ASCII art from an image. It works pretty well, but like they observed in the paper, it's pretty slow to compare every tile to 90-some glyphs. In the paper, they make a decision tree to replicate this process at a faster speed.

    Recently, I revisited this. I thought I'd try making a neural net, since I found the idea interesting. I've watched some videos on neural nets, and refreshed myself on my linear algebra, and I think I've gotten pretty close. That said, I feel like there's something I'm missing (especially given the fact that the loss isn't really decreasing). I think my problem is specifically during backpropagation.

    Here is a link to the TrainAsync method in GitHub: https://github.com/bendstein/ImageToASCII/blob/1c2e2260f5d4cfb45443fac8737566141f5eff6e/LibI2A/Converter/NNConverter.cs#L164C59-L164C69. The forward and backward propagation methods are below it.

    If anyone can give me any feedback or advice on what I might be missing, I'd really appreciate it.

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  4. Comment on Self-serve dashboards don't work in ~comp

  5. Comment on Modder packs an entire Nintendo Wii into a box the size of a pack of cards in ~games

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    I love that it uses a headphone jack for the gamecube controllers

    I love that it uses a headphone jack for the gamecube controllers

    And the four GameCube controller ports are actually headphone jacks that work over a special adapter. Smith made these headphone-to-GameCube dongles pin-compatible with an earlier mod called the GC Nano, a project that did for the GameCube what the Short Stack does for the Wii.

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  6. Comment on Why American cities are squalid in ~life

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    I mostly agree with your point, but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you didn't do this intentionally, but I wanted to point out that the term 'cabal' is an antisemitic...

    I mostly agree with your point, but

    and capitalists as not a cabal of power directing the experiences of the other groups.

    I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you didn't do this intentionally, but I wanted to point out that the term 'cabal' is an antisemitic dog-whistle, and is often used to imply that 'the jews control everything' without outright stating it (https://www.ajc.org/translatehate/cabal). It's very possible to know/use the word without knowing this connotation, so I'm not saying that was your implication, but it's good to know the history behind the word at least.

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  7. Comment on Minecraft, sandboxes, and colonialism (2019) in ~games

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    Yeah, I've been watching a decent amount of long video essays lately so I'm assuming why he was showing up in my feed in the first place. First was hbomberguy's plagiarism video from a few weeks...

    Yeah, I've been watching a decent amount of long video essays lately so I'm assuming why he was showing up in my feed in the first place. First was hbomberguy's plagiarism video from a few weeks ago, then I started watching his other videos. Then Jenny Nicholson popped up so I started watching her as well. Both long video essay channels, so I guess Folding Ideas is next on the list.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Minecraft, sandboxes, and colonialism (2019) in ~games

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    It's strange that you post this, I've started seeing videos from this channel pop up in my feed, and I watched this video this morning. The parallels he draws between these games which seemingly...

    It's strange that you post this, I've started seeing videos from this channel pop up in my feed, and I watched this video this morning. The parallels he draws between these games which seemingly lack any deeper meaning, and imperialism is very interesting—partially since now that he's pointed it out it's obvious, but I otherwise never would have made that connection. It's the same problem I struggled with when we had to do literary criticisms back in high school. It's very easy to consume a piece of media without thinking about themes and underlying meaning (whether intentional by the creator of the media or not).

    8 votes
  9. Comment on The old games that still hold up incredibly well in ~games

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    There's so many good, old games out there, especially when it comes to CRPGs. I tend to replay Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and KOTOR 1 and 2 about once a year. I play the Enhanced Editions of Baldur's...

    There's so many good, old games out there, especially when it comes to CRPGs. I tend to replay Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and KOTOR 1 and 2 about once a year. I play the Enhanced Editions of Baldur's Gate now, which are newer, but the originals still hold up as well. Planescape Torment holds up well too, and I think that got an Enhanced Edition recently. Fallout 1 and 2 are also good choices.

    Gameplay-wise, they're all great, but graphically you can definitely see their age.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on A survey for those who don’t celebrate Christmas in ~life

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    I'm Jewish, so I don't celebrate, and never have. It's a bit of a tradition to get Chinese food that day, though.

    I'm Jewish, so I don't celebrate, and never have. It's a bit of a tradition to get Chinese food that day, though.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on I was scared to say this to NASA... (but I said it anyway) in ~space

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    I listened to an interesting episode of Corecursive recently that talked a lot about the politicization in NASA https://corecursive.com/lisp-in-space-with-ron-garret/. Granted they're talking...

    I listened to an interesting episode of Corecursive recently that talked a lot about the politicization in NASA https://corecursive.com/lisp-in-space-with-ron-garret/. Granted they're talking about the late '80s, but still feels relevant.

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  12. Comment on Have mass migrations ever happened for positive reasons instead of because hardship or lack of opportunity in their home countries? in ~talk

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    Your answer also reminded me of the Homestead Act, where the US encouraged settlement of the west by promising free plots of land. Not sure if that qualifies as mass migration, though.

    Your answer also reminded me of the Homestead Act, where the US encouraged settlement of the west by promising free plots of land. Not sure if that qualifies as mass migration, though.

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  13. Comment on D&D video game without mature content? in ~games

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    Along with the much more recent Baldur's Gate 3, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 are still incredible games despite their age. If you're willing to play in a star wars setting, Star Wars Knights of the Old...

    Along with the much more recent Baldur's Gate 3, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 are still incredible games despite their age. If you're willing to play in a star wars setting, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 have dnd style gameplay and are probably 2 of my favorite games. In a more typical fantasy setting, Pillars of Eternity, Pathfinder Kingmaker and Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous are all fantastic dnd/pathfinder style games as well. You could also go for Divinity Original Sin 2; gameplay wise it strays a bit from the above examples but it is still a great game.

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  14. Comment on Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman introduces legislation to cancel school lunch debt in ~life

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    I've gotta say, it's nice to finally have a senator I'm proud of. He replaced Pat Toomey, who made me feel ashamed to be Pennsylvanian.

    I've gotta say, it's nice to finally have a senator I'm proud of. He replaced Pat Toomey, who made me feel ashamed to be Pennsylvanian.

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  15. Comment on Advice on contact lenses causing red eyes in ~health

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    Not sure, I've never worn spherical lenses so I can't say whether they would work well enough. If some of the other advice doesn't work out maybe I'll ask my optometrist if he thinks I should try...

    Not sure, I've never worn spherical lenses so I can't say whether they would work well enough. If some of the other advice doesn't work out maybe I'll ask my optometrist if he thinks I should try using spherical lenses. Thank you!

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Advice on contact lenses causing red eyes in ~health

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    I'm in IT, so my whole job is basically staring at a screen, and when I'm coding I get totally locked in. Didn't even really click that it could be contributing. I'm hoping that this helps. Thank you!

    I'm in IT, so my whole job is basically staring at a screen, and when I'm coding I get totally locked in. Didn't even really click that it could be contributing. I'm hoping that this helps. Thank you!

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Advice on contact lenses causing red eyes in ~health

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    Yeah I'm wearing disposables, I basically just wear them for the work day, so like 8.5 hours. I do have some contact-safe rewetting drops that I haven't really used much, maybe I'll try using them...

    Yeah I'm wearing disposables, I basically just wear them for the work day, so like 8.5 hours. I do have some contact-safe rewetting drops that I haven't really used much, maybe I'll try using them more frequently and see if that makes a difference. I'd really like to be able to wear contacts instead of my glasses so I hope it's not a matter of my body just rejecting them. Thank you!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Advice on contact lenses causing red eyes in ~health

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    Yup, I have talked to my optometrist about it, he's who had me try the different brands, but he seemed unsure of what else to tell me. I have another appointment coming up later in the week. Thank...

    Yup, I have talked to my optometrist about it, he's who had me try the different brands, but he seemed unsure of what else to tell me. I have another appointment coming up later in the week. Thank you!

    1 vote
  19. Advice on contact lenses causing red eyes

    Hi, I started trialing contact lenses (toric lenses, specifically) about a month ago, and have had a problem with them making my eyes seriously red. I've tried 3 different brands of contacts now,...

    Hi, I started trialing contact lenses (toric lenses, specifically) about a month ago, and have had a problem with them making my eyes seriously red. I've tried 3 different brands of contacts now, and the issue has persisted across all three. Has anyone else had a similar experience and figure out how to manage it? Thank you!

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  20. Comment on Every time you click this link, it will send you to a random Web 1.0 website in ~tech