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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    minors are people too, cw.

    minors can be abused. they can kill themselves. they can hurt ohers. they can be damaged beyond being repaired as adults.

    and there is no reason to let governor stitt...
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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    how do you know, "it's not the same thing". how could you possibly know.

    the relevance of my other examples is that we have made progress as a society in how we treat vulnerable people. beyond...
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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    well, maybe, but, gender dysmorphia is a real thing, right? rare, but real. rare, but it happens, even in oklahoma.

    it's like being bipolar. or getting raped. do we need a governor deciding that...
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    Re: recommend an old tractor for me

    as a person who has done some crazy **** in overly laborious ways, i have to respect that hawkeye.
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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    after years of interacting with you cw, i am certain that your concern is sincere. let me allay your concern a bit: gender reassignment surgeries and hormone therapies are not common. mental health...
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    Re: recommend an old tractor for me

    seven acres with a push mower? what is that, about thirty hours?
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    it is no accident that gandhi and mlk jr were both successful in leading non violent movements against oppressors who were themselves struggling to live up to enlightenment principles. in other...
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    Re: I think I agree with a Republican!

    the language and posturing of this proposed law is pure culture war exploitation of the issue. i can't agree with one word.

    however, anyone who has had significant interaction with young people in...
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    Re: Margarita Witch Cult

    well, when the coffee kicks in i am more of an 'entry of the gladiators' kind of guy.

    doodoodoodoodoodoodoo-doo doodoodoodoodoodoodoo-doodoo-doo...
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    Re: Margarita Witch Cult

    do you have a personal or local connection to this band, rob?

    from the youtube dates and views you appear to be getting in on the ground floor.

    i can only handle thrashing when in a very...
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    Re: Fleetwood Mac is over and done

    almost got whiplash from that msn article:



    nnno.
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    Re: misjudged the tide, or???

    cleaning the centerboard
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    Re: very short video of boat roll over

    crazy video.

    they'll be recruiting reckless youths for years off that.
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    Re: recommend an old tractor for me

    gentlemen don't get off the tractor when they need to grab something
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    Re: I need a construction consult

    you are nailing into microlam, right? any kind of nail or staple will hold.

    the danger would be the tiny heads of finish nails pulling through the pine if it moves with humidity, as rich suggests...
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    Re: recommend an old tractor for me

    won't your grapple get in the way of that...
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    Re: recommend an old tractor for me

    why does it have to be hydrostatic?

    also, don't you want forks and a quick-change loader.
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    Re: I need a construction consult

    i wouldn't bother with screws. overhead screwing is a pain in the neck.

    i would use 8d framing nails, but if all i had was a 15 gauge finish nailer i would use it, three or four 2.5" nails, pop...
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    Re: chatgpt

    a.i. doesn't need to become sentient to be a threat. a.i. that is controlled by people will do the job just fine, and far more malevolently.

    we already see the world becoming tiered, in which...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    yes, that is the intuitive statement of the solution i and several others, likely including yourself, employed in the first pages of this thread.

    but i think that way of stating it is problematic....
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    alls i'm sayin is, if you haven't talked to my neighbors, all the americans i have met, you can't know what is really happening. your own experience and observations are moot.

    just this morning on...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    ask yourself, if you were offered the opportunity to make your choice before the prizes are dealt, would the act of your choosing have any effect on the probabilities of the distribution of the...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    actually, i don’t think it does change. that’s not how probability works.

    the action of opening a door is a flourish, to make the player think something has happened.

    but the simplest logic is,...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    that's not quite right, i don't think. the probability stays the same, start to finish. the probabilities have nothing to do with doors being closed, or one door being opened.

    the closed doors,...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    if the game is played face up, meaning that the prizes are dealt without doors obscuring them, the player would see that two times in three, the dealer has the car. and two times in three, it would...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    it is fascinating.

    here is a relevant article from scientific american.

    the "motion with a purpose", in this case, is the opening of a door, one of three closed doors. the motion creates an...
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    Re: Hey StevenBauer

    is it always so cloudy?

    i couldn't possibly live in a place with such persistent cloud cover.
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    well, i think it is fascinating to see a person of high iq willfully stumped and turned belligerant over a simple card trick.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    how could you possibly know that? you don't even live here.
  30. Thread: chatgpt

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    Re: chatgpt

    and we are going to consent to everything.

    we being society as a whole, not neccesarily every individual.

    the power of outlier individuals to stop what is coming is just about zilch.
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    here's the logic:

    at the outset, the player controls one of three doors. 1/3 probability of selecting the car at random.

    at the outset, the dealer controls the remaining two doors. 2/3...
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    "alternative set of data and logic"? can you hear yourself typing?

    your refusal to replicate the game for your own edification is, to put it kindly, hubris.
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    Re: Do you know the correct answer?

    yes, hubris, (not narcissism). the blinding pride of someone very very very accustomed to being right.

    so accustomed, so certain that his reason can't fail, he will resist even the easily...
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    Re: Chinese spy balloon over US

    in the water
  35. Thread: chatgpt

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    Re: chatgpt

    well.

    i just hope somebody notices when it happens.
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    Re: chatgpt

    imagine two chatbots meeting on a thread.

    actually, i think we may have already had that.
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    Re: chatgpt

    it's not unfair to point out that older people have long complained about change.

    but i would counter that, objectively, the pace of change has been accelerating on an exponential curve. how far...
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    Re: chatgpt

    consider legions of avatars deciding to permanently quench maternal/paternal instincts with avatar babies.

    and then the avatars and avatar babies continue the game after the death of the physical...
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    Re: chatgpt

    to illustrate what i mean by "already under way", consider online dating.

    the trend these days, according to a young man of my aqcuaintance, is for profile pictures that have been so filtered that...
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    Re: chatgpt

    the concern about self-aware, and possibly hostile ai is another level entirely.

    my first concern is for the changing nature of humans and our society, not computer intelligence.

    it may be...
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    Re: chatgpt

    oh, i dunno.

    haven't you recently come to the realization that your iphone was doing significant aspects of your photographing "art" for you?

    and now you have found another camera that makes...
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    they let her go because they knew she couldn't keep a story straight.

    that she would be the perfect tool for discrediting the notion of uyghur repression.

    look how well her existence is...
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    Re: chatgpt

    i think there is a real possibility of becoming enslaved. voluntarily.

    like filters that give everyone flawless skin. at what point does the projection become the dominant being?

    if we...
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    Re: chatgpt

    it ain't all waitin' on me


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1U3MyX0pmE
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    chatgpt

    just reading that the chatbot app is taking off faster than any app ever.

    some suggestion that it could be a "threat to google".

    i haven't used it and frankly don't want to. i rebel against the...
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    Re: Off Highway 50.

    i crossed 50 on my garage sale 10 speed in august 1994.

    somewhere is an envelope with 24 (or 36?) photos, of my whole 2 months trip, a single roll from the kodak star 110.

    it was a different...
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    Re: some comments on reducing police violence

    i will suggest that 90% of married anglo businessmen who travel without their wives in se asia are sex tourists.
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    Re: Rittenhouse

    exactly.

    the more i ponder it, the more sensible seems a lawsuit alledging conspiracy between leos and vigilantes that night.
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    Re: rusbots and xibots

    right. back to your own personal credibility, your ability and willingness to reason from your own anecdotal experience, and report in an unbiased fashion.

    meh.
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    Re: Rittenhouse

    the city is also named in the lawsuit. they will be paying out millions.

    the city cops that night considered 17 y.o. rittenhouse an ally in their fight against rioters.

    wouldn't we like a...
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