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  1. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I've started dabbling with some generative art. I've always thought it was super cool but never took the time to sit down and try to make my own. I've started out with p5.js, and so far this is...

    I've started dabbling with some generative art. I've always thought it was super cool but never took the time to sit down and try to make my own. I've started out with p5.js, and so far this is the one sketch I've made that I kind of like. A new image gets generated procedurally when you click.

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  2. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Absolutely, that's the aesthetic I had in mind. I think it could even work as largely terminal based game. The linguistics would be the hard part, as would the AI governing communication. I think...

    Absolutely, that's the aesthetic I had in mind. I think it could even work as largely terminal based game. The linguistics would be the hard part, as would the AI governing communication. I think ideally, players could send test messages to the alien counter-part to see if they could communicate. Another idea I had was some type of "translator", where you actually have players communicating with other players, but their messages are passed through an intermediate layer where it get's "translated" into the alien language. But I think that would almost be harder than writing the AI in the first place. EDIT: I just saw that @Omnicrola suggested something similar! It would certainly add some dynamism to the game.

    I think a well developed alien language, along with something like Lincos for the actual communication, would make the game challenging enough that it would take a community to crack.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Another game idea that I just remembered, that I think would be very neat, would be a first contact type game. What I envision is a minimalistic, text heavy game, where it is up to you to identify...

    Another game idea that I just remembered, that I think would be very neat, would be a first contact type game. What I envision is a minimalistic, text heavy game, where it is up to you to identify E.T. messages and figure out how to communicate with them. The whole pipeline of identifying messages and decoding them would make up the game, with very little handholding. It would be up to players to identify patterns in data streams from radio telescopes (obviously there would be some guidance here as to what "normal" data might look like), and then begin the long task of decoding what is being said. I would want the game to have almost no tutorial on this point, and players would be encouraged to collaborate on forums or using outside tools like text analysis or other programming skills. Maybe the game would be designed to support player scripting or plugins to aid in message analysis and decoding.

    The game designer would have to invent an alien language and compose the set of messages to send players, and would have to develop a relatively sophisticated AI to respond to player messages. Messages could be similar to things like Lincos, or entirely different.

    I hope this makes sense to someone else, it's an idea I have thought of for a while and I think, if executed well, it could make for an amazing puzzle game and would generate fun online communities.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Sure. It is an Einstein-Boltzmann solver which calculates the power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background from a primordial spectrum. Each computation takes around 5 seconds, but I need to...

    Sure. It is an Einstein-Boltzmann solver which calculates the power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background from a primordial spectrum. Each computation takes around 5 seconds, but I need to do it potentially hundreds of thousands of times for each analysis.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I am trying to train a neural net to emulate an expensive computation I have to do in order to speed up some statistical inferences. I have been learning a lot about deep neural nets along the way!

    I am trying to train a neural net to emulate an expensive computation I have to do in order to speed up some statistical inferences. I have been learning a lot about deep neural nets along the way!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Ever since I was young I have wanted an open world Lord of the Rings RPG, but preferably one with large scale battles. I always thought it would be cool to be journeying somewhere on a quest and...

    Ever since I was young I have wanted an open world Lord of the Rings RPG, but preferably one with large scale battles. I always thought it would be cool to be journeying somewhere on a quest and come upon a large battle happening, and decide whether or not to join. In general I would like a medieval/fantasy RPG game with large scale battles and sieges.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on OSTP issues guidance to make Federally funded research freely available without delay in ~science

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    Not quite, it depends on how the data is released. It is not clear from the linked announcement, but it is very possible that raw data products themselves will be released once they are produced,...

    Not quite, it depends on how the data is released. It is not clear from the linked announcement, but it is very possible that raw data products themselves will be released once they are produced, separate from publications that analyze said data. Additionally, there are often many different analyses that can be done with the same data - it's often not the case that the data produced by a given experiment is useful for only one thing. In these cases, even if the initial released comes with some preliminary analyses, it is likely that there are still plenty of things people will be waiting to do with the data and where they haven't lost the "first mover advantage". Right now these people would be incentivized to contribute to the experiment producing said data.

  8. Comment on OSTP issues guidance to make Federally funded research freely available without delay in ~science

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    This type of thing is probably good overall, but in practice can be a mixed bag. Many federally funded research projects still partner with universities as well as research institutions in other...

    This type of thing is probably good overall, but in practice can be a mixed bag. Many federally funded research projects still partner with universities as well as research institutions in other countries, and often times a main incentive for these partner institutions to put time and money into the project is priority access to the data products produced. If the data is going to be made publicly available anyway, that incentive is no longer there - potential partners can just access the data when it is made available without the need to contribute in producing it. This type of thing has been a concern on past collaborations I have been on that have sought to make data available quickly after it is collected.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on The Biden-Harris administration's student debt relief plan in ~finance

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    It could and probably should have been more. That being said, the median amount owed by borrowers with debt is about $20k, so this forgiveness will be helping lots and lots of people.

    It could and probably should have been more. That being said, the median amount owed by borrowers with debt is about $20k, so this forgiveness will be helping lots and lots of people.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on How many fossils to go an inch? An animated essay in ~enviro

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    This is a fantastic example of science communication. Casting fossil fuel usage in terms of ancient trees and forests that we are consuming makes their effects and limitations apparent. It draws...

    This is a fantastic example of science communication. Casting fossil fuel usage in terms of ancient trees and forests that we are consuming makes their effects and limitations apparent. It draws similarities to other environmentally damaging practices whose effects are more visually obvious, like deforestation. Coupled with the beautiful animation and narration this is a great video.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 9-10 in ~news

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    I know this is just the opinion of one expert, but this article in The Guardian has me very pessimistic for what comes next. I feel like no one is grasping that the world is on the brink of being...

    I know this is just the opinion of one expert, but this article in The Guardian has me very pessimistic for what comes next. I feel like no one is grasping that the world is on the brink of being an exponentially more dangerous place.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/08/russia-ukraine-war-possible-trajectories

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I have decided to learn Julia, and the way I have chosen to do so is by writing a wrapper for a C program I use often in my research. It has been interesting so far!

    I have decided to learn Julia, and the way I have chosen to do so is by writing a wrapper for a C program I use often in my research. It has been interesting so far!

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What might the new Webb telescope discover? in ~space

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    Yes, she is not the first person to point this out. Her book is good, but again I think she overstates the problem and makes it seem more dire. Science is not becoming like a religion, the lack of...

    Yes, she is not the first person to point this out. Her book is good, but again I think she overstates the problem and makes it seem more dire. Science is not becoming like a religion, the lack of testable predictions by subjects like string theory is a known issue that the community is trying to grapple with. She seems to be upset with the fact that many physicists are happy to continue studying things that are increasingly not connected with the "real world". I don't see why that is an issue, as that is what mathematicians do all the time. I have yet to see a paper claiming any of these things are true without lack of evidence. Also, I will point out, for a theory to be scientific it only needs to be falsifiable in principle, if not in practice.

    Dr. Hossenfelder's main gripe, to me, seems to be with science media and communication making these things (string theory, supersymmetry, etc) out to be more confirmed than they actually are. That's surely an issue, but I don't think it's an issue or crisis for the field itself. Basically, I think she makes these things out to be more egregious than they actually are, probably because she stands to benefit from that.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What might the new Webb telescope discover? in ~space

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    These are definitely more technical so I am not sure if they will suite you, but I like CosmologyTalks on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/CosmologyTalks . They are quite technical though....

    These are definitely more technical so I am not sure if they will suite you, but I like CosmologyTalks on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/CosmologyTalks . They are quite technical though.

    Otherwise I don't really watch a lot of youtube videos dealing with physics, beyond the popular ones that occasionally come up. Things like:

    MinutePhysics
    3Blue1Brown
    https://www.youtube.com/c/ScienceClicEN/featured

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What might the new Webb telescope discover? in ~space

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    Chiming in to second this. As someone in the field I find much of her content extremely frustrating for exactly this reason. She has many contrarian view, for lack of a better descriptor, and this...

    Chiming in to second this. As someone in the field I find much of her content extremely frustrating for exactly this reason. She has many contrarian view, for lack of a better descriptor, and this is often either not made clear, or is framed as a "lone thinker against the scientific crowd" type deal. Her videos can be good for the basics but if you strictly followed her you would be left with some non-standard views.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Something in the Air by Marc Fisher - an ode to radio in ~books

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    When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He...

    When I was younger and being driven to school there was a segment on the local station called "Lin's Bin", where the DJ Lin Brehmer would respond to listener mail with a short spoken essay. He writing was fantastic and of course his voice was commanding - you would get drawn in. Topics would range from the White Sox, summer barbeques, the post office, etc. But somehow he always made each topic feel like an epic. I miss that.

    2 votes