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Interzone / Socializing is deterministic
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
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The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation analyzed thousands of twitter conversations going back to 2010. They found these conversations occoured based on the structure of the individual’s Twitter network. For example, the subjects and content that a person tweets about, the people they follow, the people who follow them and the way they network creates a structure of social activity. In a recently released report Pew reports that they uncovered six distinct patterns for these structures.

“These are data-driven early steps in understanding Twitter discussion structures that contribute to the emerging science of social participation,” Ben Shneiderman professor of computer science at the University of Maryland and a report-co-author said. “This new field is emerging right before our eyes and could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs.”

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/mapping-twitter-conversations-social-structures/

Free will gets a little more debunked.

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Interzone / Secular atonement and salvation
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »
  • charity, tolerance
  • anthropocentricism

If we can get everyone on the bandwagon while smashing the haters we will then attain the great paradise in the future where all are equal and free, peace is eternal and there is no want. We are god!

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Interzone / Liberty
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:54:28 PM »
1. Gluttonous self indulgence of lower animal impulses; blind tolerance toward all unless you police or administrate on the state payroll

2. Responsible, dutiful elbow room within cultural parameters afforded to all in lieu of cold bureaucratic state and public indifference

3. Both? Neither?

Pick the best one.

Also, a famous quote by a thoughtful identitarian and nationalist is worth considering:

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Liberty, fraternity, or equality. You can only ever have two, but never all three.

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Interzone / Hate the player
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:32:16 AM »
Here's what people assert when they want to distance themselves from taking responsibility for their own bad behavior. It's also known as displacement.

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Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

1. Sorry I cheated. Too bad you got hurt though. But don't hate us players. It's just what everyone does these days.
2. I didn't mean to wreck everyone's life with my addiction. But there are dealers everywhere in town and it is so easy to score. Don't hate me hate the escapist-addiction culture.

When state sanctioned open season is proposed, the foregoing would be some of the wild game in the crosshairs.

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Interzone / Deceased getting turned into diamonds
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:59:50 AM »
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Swiss company Algordanza takes cremated human remains and — under high heat and pressure that mimic conditions deep within the Earth — compresses them into diamonds.

Rinaldo Willy, the company's founder and CEO, says he came up with the idea a decade ago. Since then, his customer base has expanded to 24 countries.

Each year, the remains of between 800 and 900 people enter the facility. About three months later, they exit as diamonds, to be kept in a box or turned into jewelry.

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/19/263128098/swiss-company-compresses-cremation-ashes-into-diamonds

Reliable, elegant and memorable probably indicates Swiss invention.

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Interzone / God sends armageddon omen
« on: January 26, 2014, 11:33:31 PM »
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Two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis in Vatican City as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

A seagull and a crow swept down on the doves after they were set free from the Apostolic Palace during the Pope's weekly Angelus prayer.

Tens of thousands of people watched as one dove struggled to break free.

But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It is not clear what happened to the doves that flew away.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25905108

Odd. A nun sister taught us that doves descending toward Earth symbolizes peace. If they are shown flying from Earth, then peace has fled.

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Interzone / Social media is like a disease that spreads, and then dies
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:41:44 AM »
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Disease models can be used to understand the mass adoption and subsequent flight from online social networks, researchers at Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering say in a study released Jan. 17. The study has not been peer-reviewed. Updating traditional models on disease spread to assume that “recovery” requires contact with a nondiseased member — i.e., a nonuser of Facebook (“recovered” member of the population) — researchers predicted that Facebook would see a rapid decline, causing the site to lose 80% of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017.

Basically, Facebook users will lose interest in Facebook over time as their peers lose interest — if the model is correct. ”Ideas, like diseases, have been shown to spread infectiously between people before eventually dying out, and have been successfully described with epidemiological models,” write the researchers.

http://business.time.com/2014/01/21/facebook-is-about-to-lose-80-of-its-users-study-says/

We can say the same for just about any entertainment product generally. Contrast with art which ages as a fine wine instead of rot like a cheap beer.

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Interzone / Chrome Eavesdropping Bug Discovered
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:17:27 PM »
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According to Israeli coder Tal Ater, any computer running the Chrome browser can eavesdrop on conversations happening around it.

While working on his on speech recognition software, Ater found the eavesdropping bug. "Even while not using your computer - conversations, meetings and phone calls next to your computer may be recorded and compromised," wrote Ater in a blog post after finding the bug. Ater says the bug emerges when malicious sites try to sabotage the way Chrome handles speech recognition.

http://en.kioskea.net/news/24509-chrome-eavesdropping-bug-discovered

There has been a lot of reporting about video all over public spaces but audio and corresponding speech identification can get just as commonplace.

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Interzone / Popular food coloring carcinogenic
« on: January 23, 2014, 05:36:33 PM »
Another not news news report. Junk food is a killer.

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(CNN) -- A chemical found in many sodas may be dangerous to your health, Consumer Reports says. And no, it's not sugar (this time).

The golden-brown color of many soft drinks comes with a dose of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MeI. On U.S. product labels it appears simply as "caramel coloring."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/health/consumer-reports-soda-caramel-coloring/

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Interzone / Did our empire also grow too large too quickly?
« on: January 23, 2014, 04:37:09 AM »
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China's factories lurched into 2014 at a reduced speed, with manufacturing activity falling to a six-month low.

HSBC said that its "flash" measure of sentiment among manufacturing purchasing managers fell to 49.6 in January from 50.5 in December.

January's reading raises a red flag, as any number under 50 indicates a deceleration in the manufacturing sector. If factory activity continues to lag in the coming months, it could be ominous for China's economy and pose an even greater challenge for the government's plans to enforce economic reforms.

Experts believe reforms are necessary to sustain the world's second-largest economy, especially as China seeks more stable expansion following decades of ballooning growth.
 
http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/22/news/economy/china-pmi/

All empires grow too gigantic to bother with anymore. Big ambitions, which practically define them, eventually outstrip an empire's ability to implement or maintain them anymore but they go ahead anyway, stall and begin to gain nothing from them, then get terminally dispirited which is the ultimate killer of each.

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Interzone / Welfare, babies and love nests
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:46:53 PM »
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) --  A sperm donor must pay child support as a father, the Shawnee Co. District Court ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Mary Mattivi said William Marotta and the lesbian couple with whom he helped conceive a child simply failed to conform to Kansas law. The law states a licensed physician must be involved in an artificial insemination process.

The women, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schriener, claimed they did the procedure themselves at home. Marotta had signed documents waiving his parental rights.

The state sued Marotta for child support when Schreiner received financial assistance.

http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Court-Sperm-Donor-Must-Pay-Child-Support-241547751.html

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Interzone / Is anarchy and terror beating us?
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:39:40 PM »
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(CNN) -- The University of Oklahoma in Norman briefly shut down Wednesday after a report of a possible shooting.

No evidence has been found of any shots being fired, and no injuries have been reported, school spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said.

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Boren told students the incident may have been a false alarm caused by a machinery backfire, independent student newspaper The Oklahoma Daily reported on Twitter.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/22/justice/university-oklahoma-shooting/

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Interzone / Obama: Pot no more dangerous than alcohol
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:22:43 AM »
President Obama says marijuana use is no more dangerous than alcohol, though he regards it as a bad habit he hopes his children will avoid.

"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,'' he said in a magazine interview. "I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/19/obama-marijuana-not-so-bad/4649883/

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Interzone / Gary Gygax review of Conan movie
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:26:58 PM »
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A couple of fantastic flops by Gary Gygax

"Conan Meets The Flower Children of Set" might have been a better name for the film - and if there is any resemblance between the cinema version of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and that of Robert E. Howard, it is purely coincidental. The disappointment which began to grow inside me about one-quarter of the way into the film was not mitigated by anything which happened later on. In fact, bad became worse. I refuse to become involved in even a brief synopsis of the movie's story line.

The armor was good; the weapons less so, but passable. The muscular Arnold Schwarzennegger made a fine Conan, except - as all Conan fans know - the Cimmerian has black hair, not brown. More important, Conan can take out any opponent, even a muscular dude with a huge wooden maul. He doesn't need to resort to cheap mechanical traps versus anything less than the incarnation of a god, demon, or worse.

If you like special effects, the film is passable. If you have any respect for Conan as presented by Howard, then I suggest that you stay away from the theater or else be prepared for great disappointment. Pointless, excessive violence and gratuitous helpings of sex certainly don't help allay this impression. Director Dino De Laurentiis has a way of screwing up basically good material, as he did with his remake of King Kong. He really did a number on CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and L. Sprague de Camp should have been ashamed to allow his name to appear in the list of credits as "Technical Advisor."

from Dragon #63, Vol. VII, No. 1

The second review, the Sword and the Sorcerer movie, has been omitted from the original article partly shown here.

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Interzone / deductive or prescriptive
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:18:06 AM »
Found somewhere on the web:

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Since most people can’t pronounce ideology, much less define it, a brief definition is in order: any prescriptive values system, in contrast to deductive value systems. A prescriptive value system tells you what you should do; a deductive one tries to figure out reality, and tell you what will happen if you do x, y or z, and thus points out what an optimal course of action is.

Our prescriptive system follows from out of rationalism which is rooted in an imaginary reality of what ought to be instead of the temporal one of what is or must be. Since what's rational can also be deduced, the conflict is therefore between empiricism and rationalism.

We have a real problem marrying the two. We refuse to believe consistent observations about our world because some exceptions have shown us otherwise. The exceptions themselves are subjected to a kind of broad brushed, idealistic artistic license like Thomas Jefferson's famous quote about all men created equal along with some of the experiences of parts of early America.


Our rationalism tells us that these various exceptions exemplify a basis for a prescriptive rule set and that by applying this rule set (equality, world democracy e.g.) we may overcome the conditions we have been observing.

When we fail to overcome, our sole solution is to reapply the rule set:

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If the action fails, there wasn’t enough of the ideology, or it was sabotaged by some ideological enemy. There is never any means for the ideology to stop and criticize itself.

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