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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    Guess who's back, back again, the Taliban's back, tell a friend... Reference link in case YT video taken down: https://www.corbettreport.com/911-a-conspiracy-theory/
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    05-04-2021, 02:44 PM
    Oh the wonders of modern technology...
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    05-04-2021, 02:43 PM
    Interesting, didn't realize she joined the year he founded MS... it was all a setup from the beginging!! :tears: Also didn't realize he had three spawn by her. Those must have been the three most awkward nights of their marriage... :tears: :tears: :tears:
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    05-02-2021, 12:15 PM
    - Etienne de la Boetie, The Politics of Obedience, circa 1552
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    05-01-2021, 09:36 PM
    Veterans Today: The CIA's "Founding" of Al Qaeda Documented
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    04-30-2021, 01:00 PM
    Uhhh.... *checks non-aggression-principle*... Incorrect, sir!
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    04-25-2021, 11:15 AM
    I see that Chancellor Sutler has had a Zoom call with MIT's research department and given them a good reaming...
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    04-24-2021, 06:18 PM
    The problem with the current generation of self-driving AI is that it doesn't know when it doesn't know. In humans, this is what we call "situational awareness" -- it's not just being aware of the facts of your surroundings, it's also being aware of the problems that may exist in your knowledge of the current state-of-affairs. The self-driving AI is certainly processing way more sensory data than a human driver -- it sees all angles around the car, it monitors audio, it has access to detailed accelerometer readings, and so on. And it will try it's best to "recognize the road" even if it's parked in the middle of a grass field. Park a Tesla in a football stadium and try to get it to dead-reckon its way out without using the GPS. It either can't do it, or it will wander aimlessly for a very long time before it finally finds the exit. Even a middle-schooler who had never driven before could probably pull this off without a hitch. That's the problem, it lacks a "substantial" model of the artificial (and natural) environment, which is why would describe human drivers as having "common sense" which the AI lacks, even if it can detect extraordinary conditions that the average human wouldn't be able to detect or react to. When we're in a rain-storm, we know that our model of the state-of-affairs is hampered versus clear conditions. My brain knows that there could be cars which I am not recognizing because they are hidden behind the cloud of water vapor being kicked up by trucks on the road. The Tesla self-driving AI may have "separate training" for each of the various road conditions but it still lacks this kind of substantial, common-sense model that is based on the brain's understanding of the way things "should be" versus the way they are. The net result: I will slow down because I know there could be something hiding behind that cloud of gray, whereas the Tesla will just barrel on ahead because this specific scenario was always safe in the training data. It has to have an "encounter" (in training) with every possible combination of driving conditions before it can "understand". When they start training these cars on MC Escher-like training environments that are designed to obfuscate / confuse the self-driving algorithm, then I will start to have some more confidence in them. The algorithms need to be able to know when they don't know. "This is confusing... I should be able to locate the road based on the pavement edge / lines but I can't, I will pull over to what I know for sure is the side of the road because I checked for an out before merging onto this highway." Tesla engineers: "Don't worry, we trained it on a bazillion real-world scenarios. You can trust it." Me: "In the real-world, there is always the bazillion+1th scenario..."
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    04-21-2021, 04:54 PM
    Some good points in respect to the relationship of freedom and the good. Williamson points out that liberty for good and liberty for evil are not equal and that, in fact, liberty at all is not possible without the good (liberty presupposes the good). We should be careful to clarify the spiritual point that what is good is to do the will of the living God, not obedience to the dead letter of the law (Col. 2:20-23, 2 Cor. 3:6). This is why we have a living Savior, why he is the only path to salvation, and why the Mosaic law failed and its administration perished in the sands of history after Christ fulfilled its demands. And this is why the world outside of Christ can never achieve real, lasting liberty. Every alternative path to freedom (other than the Son) is a mirage. That includes the United States of America or any other polity, except insofar as it has formally submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
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    04-21-2021, 01:03 PM
    Ars-technica: Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands
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    04-21-2021, 06:32 AM
    That's exactly right. And rather than trying to spin this into some kind of "race" issue, he's just dropping facts. And they are not "spin" facts, either, just fact-facts... the cold, hard facts of day-to-day business operations for police and city officials. And instead of just screaming, "There's a problem! We mUsT dEfuNd!!!", he's identifying a massive, unsolved problem that is a primary contributing factor to excessive police use-of-force and providing concrete solutions. And while Rener is an interested party (his schools will experience increased business if many cities implement this kind of program), he already has forces that have either already signed on, or are in the pipeline to do it. In other words, there are cities/departments out there that have already run the numbers and believe this is a net-win for them. So it's not merely an "infomercial" in that respect. One of the facts he refrains from mentioning is that BJJ is already heavily utilized by Brazilian police. I suppose he passes over that fact since he's addressing US police who won't necessarily be inspired by the practices of a foreign nation but the point is that it's already passed muster on a national police scale in at least one other country. So this isn't "fantasy" martial arts advice like, "If only all cops knew kung fu, there wouldn't be so much needless police violence!"
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    04-20-2021, 09:19 PM
    But think about it. If you own a Tesla you can save money on road-flares. If you're ever in a wreck, it's one giant road-flare!
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    04-20-2021, 07:06 PM
    I agree. However, I think we should take care not to underestimate the power of the ocean of "normie opinion". Intentionally gaming public opinion is the domain of the politicians and I have no interest in that whatsoever. But I am very interested in understand how the "elites" can be forced to cut out the BS as a result of simple questions from the mass body of the "normie" public. Why do police officers need to take it to 11 on a scale of 1-10 so quickly and so often? That's a perfectly reasonable question. "The job is SO dangerous, look at all the officers killed during a routine stop." Without delving into that whole discussion, be that as it may, it still doesn't explain why officers routinely forego the use of common-sense... visibly so. The explanation (which anybody on RPF understands) is that they are not legally required to use common sense (that's what "immunity" is all about), so why should they? But they will never be required to use common sense until the mass of the public begins to ask some of these simple basic question. Patriots have access to an untapped ocean of power in the "mass innocent inquiry." Rather than getting dragged down into the political jockeying for manipulated public opinion, maybe we should just start focusing on genuine public opinion, like in the old days. "Why aren't cops getting extensive training in jiu-jitsu or another art that specializes in grappling/restraint in up-close, high-tension circumstances?" Good question, John Q Public. Let's find out...
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    04-19-2021, 01:00 PM
    My style may be a little different than most of the folks on this forum, but I appreciate good music from any genre... anyway, today's motivational/chill mix: Can't bring me down! NSFW:
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