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Interzone / Re: Mainstream culture degeneracy needs trolling
« on: April 20, 2010, 08:45:00 AM »
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If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 25

haha

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 19, 2010, 04:54:13 AM »
I'd swap the pentagram with something more interesting.

All the satan bullshit might have been useful when christian conservatives were in charge but its pretty irrelevant now.

Something like this, but more occult maybe:

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Metal / Re: Mexican Metal
« on: April 17, 2010, 09:22:31 AM »
www.aztlan.net: mexican revolutionaries.

too bad they are catholic. what a kick in the nuts.

Reads like a low quality neo nazi site but with a different agenda. Funny thing is it's level of sensationalism isn't too far from cable news media in America.


It seems like most modern "revolutionaries" are half wits.

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Interzone / Re: When bottom-up systems are superior to top-down ones
« on: April 02, 2010, 02:08:25 AM »
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This document is popular with The Crowd because they like to think that authority is not necessary, and somehow "people power" will get us through.

History suggests that of course that's bullshit, and that people power rapidly leads to anarchy which leads immediately to tyranny because anarchy paralyzes all societies. Anarchy and Libertarianism are basically the same thing, except Libertarians believe in free markets as the means to their anarchy.

The difference is that bad decisions and idiots are strongly selected against. If someone sees something that works terribly in open source software its gonna get replaced.


Either way, research scientists are the ones driving things forward, not engineers and product managers (although its possible to be all 3 at once). It really doesn't make a whole lot of difference if they're being funded commercially or not, the money just needs to come from somewhere.

Lets look at photoshop and gimp for example:
http://chathuraw.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/photoshop-cs5-content-aware-fill-vs-gimp-resynthesizer/

- Photoshop just recently added this feature which gimp has already had for a while.
- The tool is based off the research in this paper: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1576246.1531330
- 2 of the 4 authors of that paper are at Adobe Research, while the others are at Princeton Univ


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Interzone / Re: Geeks
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:58:56 AM »
Computer languages are converging at this point. There's always going to be a difference between machine code and a compiled/interpreted language, but other than that, we're seeing similar stuff. Object-oriented code has a lot to do with this.

This book:

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Influenced much of how programmers think now: how to use abstraction to make programs that can easily be modified to do many different things. I recommend it to all of you codeheads.

Regarding programming as a job, yes it's ass -- most of those who are good at it are intelligent but not in any way beyond detail management. However, there are some great and genius programmers out there.

I don't get the impression that languages are converging. Its more like there are tons of flavor of the month languages who try to "fix" C++.

Design Patterns and "Extreme Programming" never really impressed me. Its a cookbook approach to patterns that have a very limited sense of abstraction.

I more or less agree with this guys thoughts on it, except he kinda goes overboard haha:
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/why_software_suck.html

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... But on the whole, it (Design Patterns) hinders the propagation of quality languages. It stops advancements of language design. It reduces the awareness of real education needs like mastering mathematics and domain expertise. It is a fucking spoon-feeding formula designed to retard the mundane and drug the smart. It curbs creation ability. It is a plague, a bad-ass fashion phenomenon; a jargon-riding dimwit-pleasing epidemic...

I guess the crux of it is: conventions are both good and bad and the trick is knowing when to apply or discard them.

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Interzone / Re: New Amerika.org article? You tell me!
« on: March 25, 2010, 08:06:41 AM »
Usually debate skill doesn't really have a whole lot to do with whats being discussed.

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Metal / Re: From the Dept. of Things That Make No Sense: RABM
« on: March 24, 2010, 12:07:01 AM »
I don't think propaganda really cares what vehicle its being delivered in. It just needs something catchy for people to latch on to.

"come for the music, stay for the politics"

Besides, all these so called black genres are mostly hybridisations resulting from colonial influence anyway. 

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Metal / Re: Black Metal is Dead
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:51:51 PM »
One of the more amusing trolls:




Whatever happened to that metal fail/win thread anyway?

Someone just needs to make a "metal illustrated" poster for morons - left column has a series of win photos against a right column of fails.

Post good photos if you have any; the fail ones should be easy to find on the net haha,

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I was under the impression there could be only one omega male in a pack and that it actually serves a purpose - having a whipping boy helps social cohesion apparently.


Anyway, the top reply was pretty amusing.

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It was entertaining to read both the article and comments here; very illuminating! What I see is something like this. A intelligent, educated woman who is probably not super attractive has built up a little bit of bitterness against men. She then writes an article documenting the pop cultural trend of useless "omega males" being celebrated by Apatow-esque comedies. A bunch of male Slate readers who probably don't make too much money felt that the various "Omega Man" descriptions by the author hit a little too close to home and responded. 
 
What men and women both need to realize is that both groups objectify each other constantly. Men see women as "hot chicks", "fat chicks", etc., with various subdivisions among the groups. Women view men as "alpha males" "omega males", "sad beer guys", "mimbos" etc. 
 
As a young man who grew up in the 90's and went to a liberal arts college I do think it's ridiculous for feminist-leaning women to complain about "Don Draper" type, alpha-male oppressors in the 60's, indoctrinate men for several generations to act more like "omega males" and then complain when after a couple of decades there are a few less Don Draper's around!

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: March 07, 2010, 12:01:17 PM »
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Metal is about power. The reasons why people become interested in extreme metal vary, but many love it because they do not experience power enough in their own lives.

Sounds like how American Liberals tend to view power worshippers in general. ie. if you like power you must secretly have a complex that you are trying to overcompensate for and you should really just mellow out man.

For most people security/insecurity is transient and context specific, and most of the population is nowhere near a position of real power.

Besides it could be argued that metal doesn't make the listener feel powerful but the exact opposite.

The original "heavy" aesthetic is probably from the church. Cathedrals are designed to loom over villages, and organs are designed to crush people with a wall of sound - the whole point is to dominate mortals into submission.

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Interzone / Re: The brain acting as a reduction valve.
« on: March 06, 2010, 03:41:30 AM »
Its mentioned as "Latent inhibition" in AI and psych literature. Its what allows animals to separate the relevant from irrelevant while preventing sensory overload.

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wikipedia:

Most people are able to ignore the constant stream of incoming stimuli, but this capability is reduced in those with low latent inhibition. It is hypothesized that a low level of latent inhibition can cause either psychosis or a high level of creative achievement[3] or both, which is usually dependent on the subject's intelligence.[4][2] Those of above average intelligence are thought to be capable of processing this stream effectively, enabling their creativity. Those with less than average intelligence, on the other hand, are less able to cope, and so as a result are more likely to suffer from mental illness.[5]

The "Monty Hall Problem" is sometimes used to illustrate the effects of bounded rationality and latent inhibition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem

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Metal / Re: New DARKTHRONE album "Circle the Wagons" available 3/8/10
« on: March 01, 2010, 01:55:48 AM »
So today I downloaded the album from the audiofile thread and loaded up track 5, mistakenly thinking that it was track 8 - the one that was on youtube before. After listening for a couple minutes I came to the conclusion that I had been successfully trolled by whoever uploaded it - as if him and a couple friends just bullshitted some tracks in an hour or two to see how many morons wouldn't be able to tell it from the new Darkthrone. So I left for lunch laughing to myself "haha good one". An hour later I come home and load up the album again and realize I was listening to the wrong track - fuck'n hell the upload was real haha.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus (March 2010)
« on: February 28, 2010, 01:34:23 AM »
So in what way does the United States NOT act like an imperial power?

Empires are great.


Dysfunctional ones not so much haha.

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Metal / Re: Appreciating Metal Vocals
« on: February 27, 2010, 12:05:12 PM »
Varg's early vocal style had a WIDE range, especially compared to the toneless stuff most bands do, and they are some of the few metal vocals that seem to have any real emotional force.  I definitely wish more bands went this route for vocal style.  Of course, still nowhere near as important as the actual music.

I think one of the more legitimate complaints about metal is the flatness of a lot of the vocals - although its probably appropriate for a lot of situations.

Something like this is pretty similar in aesthetic to metal vocals but somehow has more depth to it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGaTLs-GsFw

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Interzone / Re: The truth about dating
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:15:18 PM »
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I have also learned that interracial relationships are actually genetically favorable because of an increase in variance of genes

Favorable to what extent?

Its pointless to use genetics in this type of argument. Mostly it just involves dipshits with a limited understanding of the topic trying to use it to justify their own morality.


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