Crypto-no

Here’s one thing I think that’s likely to happen in the next 10-15 years that will reconfigure the world, but that almost no one talks about: a quantum computer capable of easily cracking all past encryption schemes will be built, and it’ll be fairly cheap.

That’ll change things a bit, yep.

Clothing designed for no one

This is so extremely true.

Despite the fact that men 5’8″ and below are about 35% of the male population, there are basically no clothes made for men that size.

I’m 5’8″ and I’ve literally gone to eight clothing stores in a day and emerged with not a single casual shirt that fit. Not a single fucking one.

So that means for some reason the fashion industry ignores about 35% of the male market.

I thought with the sophisticated forecasting and acquisition software that this would’ve changed. But my guess is it went like this in MBA central: “No one is buying medium and small! So we don’t need to stock those!” (Despite the fact that they never really had any to baseline against.)

I wear the same shirt all the time because I can’t find any others that really fit well.

I always laugh when the FA idiots complain about not being able to find clothes that fit.*

Well, join the fucking club — that happens to damn near everyone as the fashion industry makes clothes for people who are about 5% of the population.

*These days it is much, much easier to find 3XL and 4XL+ and above than it is to find any mediums or smalls.

Brilliant

Sometimes you find the perfect paragraph in the most unexpected of places. Kevin Drum summarizes very succinctly why AI isn’t this magically impossible thing.

This, by the way, is why I’m so generally bullish on artificial intelligence. It’s not because I have such a high opinion of computers, but because I have such a low opinion of humans. We really are just overclocked chimpanzees who have convinced ourselves that our weird jumble of largely Pavlovian behaviors—punctuated by regrettably rare dollops of intelligence—is deeply ineffable and therefore resistant to true understanding. Why do we believe this? Primarily for the amusingly oxymoronic reason that we aren’t smart enough to understand our own brains. The silicon crowd should be able to do better before long.

“Largely Pavlovian behaviors” sums it up pretty well. We are complex, but not as complex as we think we are. And a lot of human behavior is easily predictable, despite what you’ve read.

The main problem (in my view as a non-expert, ahem) is that AI research has been math-proof focused rather than evolutionarily focused.  No one will write an AI. But it might write itself.

Math-proof focused is narrow and hopeless and will never lead to AI. Other paths will.

Ego delenda est

Physicists will tell you that the strong nuclear force is the most powerful in the universe.

Romantics will claim it is love.

Each religion will avow that its particular deity or troupe thereof hold power utmost.

But they’re all wrong. It is self-delusion.

Self-delusion is the most powerful force in the universe.

Caloric

This sounds more like the results of nutritional deficiencies to me rather than caloric restriction.

I know because I eat less than 1,600 calories a day every day but Saturday, and I am rarely all that hungry and do not experience any of the observed effects cited in the article.

Given the diet they were on, there’d likely be several very important vitamins nearly completely omitted, ineluctably leading to the increasingly bizarre behavior.

If I wanted to lose more weight (I don’t), I think I could do 1,200 calories a day without much additional hunger or even really noticing.

I just don’t buy that that study was studying what the FA community would like you to believe it was studying.

Sounds like classic vitamin deficiency to me.

Stop

Fucking hell, I keep seeing this stupid post everywhere.

I believe those bottom two photos are spectacled caimans, and are one of the few (only?) crocodilians who adopt such a pose while at rest in the water.

American alligators do not do this, ever. I’ve observed a lot of alligators in the wild and up close (some of them up to 12 feet long) and I’ve never seen an alligator do this in my life. I don’t believe any crocodiles do this, either.

And second, the top photo is not even an animal of the same species as the bottom set of photos. I believe the top photo is of an American alligator, or perhaps of a Chinese caiman (though I suspect not).

People are gullible and blind, it seems.

Locking it all down

Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a “modular wireless radio”[1][2] or a device with an “electronic label.”

That would mean no Linux, very restricted OSes and no escaping the panopticon.

General purpose computing is doomed because it is too dangerous (to existing power structures) and too difficult for most people to handle, but it might be gone sooner than we thought.