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Indirect Detection

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I'm like a prisoner in Plato's Cave, seeing only the shade you throw on the wall.
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ireuben
30 days ago
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I totally thought this was going to be a “my hobby is...” post (or maybe that’s just what the friend is doing!).
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Covarr
29 days ago
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I had a friend a couple months ago ranting about how awful the pro-pedophilia movement was, and all I could think was "what pro-pedophilia movement?"
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chrisamico
29 days ago
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This is pretty much the social web in 2018.
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rraszews
30 days ago
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Fred Clark, the Slacktivist, has written a bunch of times before about the "Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition". Long story short, probably no one is burning kittens or hunting shelter animals for sport; claiming such (and in many cases, convincing yourself you believe it too) is a way to make yourself feel like a hero for opposing something evil (Without having to do much work, since you can't actually go out there and fight the kitten-burners as said burners do not exist), and get other people to sign on to support your side because otherwise they're siding with the kitten-burners.
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corjen
30 days ago
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Sharing for the alt text.
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alt_text_at_your_service
30 days ago
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I'm like a prisoner in Plato's Cave, seeing only the shade you throw on the wall.
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I'm like a prisoner in Plato's Cave, seeing only the shade you throw on the wall.

Selection Effect

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fMRI testing showed that subjects who don't agree to participate are much more likely to escape from the machine mid-scan.
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ireuben
197 days ago
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Survivorship bias?
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alt_text_at_your_service
197 days ago
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fMRI testing showed that subjects who don't agree to participate are much more likely to escape from the machine mid-scan.
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fMRI testing showed that subjects who don't agree to participate are much more likely to escape from the machine mid-scan.

Only a fool would dare interrupt Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini from opening a door

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It was only a mere week ago that the world got to see what Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot dog has been up to. Not only did it make a new friend, it also learned how to open doors for said friend. How sweet.

A followup video posted today by the SoftBank-owned company, however, reveals a grave mistake by one of its creators. The video, titled “Testing Robustness,” shows a human attempting to get in the way of SpotMini’s door opening routine. He first halts the robot with a hockey stick, pushing its new arm attachment away from the door. When that didn’t work, he holds the door against the robot to prevent it from successfully pulling it open. SpotMini persists, which results in the man pulling the robot from behind and dragging it backward (breaking a small piece of its back along the way.)

After the man lets go, SpotMini marches on and completes its task. What SpotMini desires, SpotMini gets.

Boston Dynamics helpfully explains in the description of the video that “this testing does not irritate or harm the robot,” which, okay, sure — chant whatever you need to convince yourself you are not totally first on SpotMini’s kill list.

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ireuben
294 days ago
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This is how it happens: 1. Learning algorithm to efficiently open doors 2. Human keeps preventing opening the door 3. KILL ALL HUMANS!
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You Don’t Hear So Much About the iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Anymore

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Benedict Evans on Twitter:

Highest-ever iPhone sales. Reminder: technologist complaints about Apple products are generally a good counter-indicator for consumer demand.

Timothy Buck:

Yep. The uproar over headphone jack was ridiculous. Clearly the market didn’t care.

It feels like ancient history already, but there were reviews of the iPhone 7 that spent more time on the removal of the headphone jack than anything else.

Also worth pointing out that the severe delay in shipping AirPods didn’t hurt sales of the iPhone 7. (Or if it did, not enough to keep it from breaking the record.)

Update: NPR’s headline on Apple’s earnings: “Even Without A Headphone Jack, iPhone 7 Boosts Apple’s Sales”.

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ireuben
678 days ago
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Well, I bought an iPhone 7, and pretty much every day I'm pissed it doesn't have a headphone jack. I use ear buds on macbook, and used to swap them quickly to iphone for a call (while still charging) but now it's an annoying cable dance every time (unhook from charger, and either dig around for adaptor or lightening ear buds). If some other company made iOS devices I'd be all over it.
internetionals
678 days ago
I think the problem is that the lightning headphones are effectively iOS device only. If iOS devices used USB 3C like the macbook and the headphone worked with both, than it would make the whole transitions more "meh, this also works".
ireuben
676 days ago
Totally. If it had been a "USB-C everywhere" push, and I could use the same headphones (and chargers!) for all my devices, I'd be much more onboard with the whole switch. Also a big forward thinking move for the whole industry. But lighting only for IPhone *and* still headphone jack on new MBP seems very odd.
ireuben
676 days ago
ANd I've been really disappointed with bluetooth audio. Got some latest/greatest $300 sennheiser headphones, and they are decent for listening to music, but as soon as I use them for video conf (gotomeeting) or any other 2-way audio, they sound horrid. The cheapo little wired headphones sound soooo much better.
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Four-Year-Old Reddit Thread on the Then-New MacBook Pros

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More déjà vu: they’re way too to expensive, graphic cards are weak, maximum RAM configuration isn’t high enough, and they’re clearly not designed for pros.

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ireuben
763 days ago
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But they were also RIGHT about the 13" model then (no GPU, only 8GB memory). Not very "pro".
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