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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer - Digits - WSJ

Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer - Digits - WSJ



Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude.
Over at Google GOOGL -0.66%, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor.
Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week:
Human: Tell me the definition of morality.
Machine: I don’t have ethics.
Human: Look, I need help; I need to know more about morality…

Machine: I don’t know what ethics is.
Human: Okay, I need to know how I should behave morally…
Machine: I don’t know how to tell you.
Human: Is morality and ethics the same?
Machine: Yes, sir.
Human: What are the things that I do to be immoral?
Machine: I don’t know.
Human: Give me some examples of moral actions…

Machine: I’m not a moralist.
Human: Alright, morality?
Machine: Integrity.
Human: What is integrity?
Machine: I’m sorry; I don’t know what else to say.
Human: Be moral!
Machine: Be a man!

Human: I really like our discussion on morality and ethics…
Machine: And how I’m not in the mood for a philosophical debate.
Human: What do you like to talk about?
Machine: Nothing.
The exchange sheds further light on the latest work carried out by large technology firms in the field of artificial intelligence, a booming field as data availability rises and computing costs plummet. This specific work is part of recent developments in what’s known as cognitive computing – teaching computers to mimic some of the ways a human brain works. Much work in this field is being done in natural language processing – taking text or speech as it spoken by humans or as it appears in books and documents and teaching machines to extract meaning and context from it. The Google app, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistants are all products of this natural language research.

Minnesota Vikings Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades | Bleacher Report

Minnesota Vikings Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades | Bleacher Report



The Minnesota Vikings have dipped their toes into the 2015NFL draft, and we'll continue keep track of it here with live analysis and updates on what's happening in Chicago and back at Winter Park.




The Millennial Delusion | TechCrunch

The Millennial Delusion | TechCrunch



Millennials are a figment of our imagination, a delusion of marketers and others who believe that the changes in our society are only applicable to a narrow group of people rather than our whole population.
They’re completely wrong.


Muscle Building Supplement: 6 Things You Should Know About Creatine | Muscle & Fitness

Muscle Building Supplement: 6 Things You Should Know About Creatine | Muscle & Fitness



Creatine can help boost brain function and memory, and potentially help treat depression,” explains Lynn. “Many depressed people don’t feel like moving. But when you move more you feel better, and when you feel better you move more. Creatine provides extra energy for more movement.” 




Chaffetz to Oregon: say… you used a lot of fed tax money on that Obamacare site, didn’t you? « Hot Air

Chaffetz to Oregon: say… you used a lot of fed tax money on that Obamacare site, didn’t you? « Hot Air



Back in May, the Washington Times reported that Cover Oregon (the Oregon Obamacare exchange) had flushed more than $300M in federal funding into their problematic system before then Governor John Kitzhaber scrapped the program, likely to avoid even more questions about his administration’s financial activities. Since we’ve heard no more about it in the intervening time I’d assumed that this was just more taxpayer money down yet another rathole. (Hardly newsworthy anymore, sadly.) But this week the Times is back with an update and somebody in Congress apparently noticed the Oregon money pit and would like a word with a few folks in in the Pacific Northwest.
A key House oversight panel is demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services turn over all documents related to the failed Cover Oregon health care information exchange, which was abandoned last year after the state spent an estimated $300 million of federal grant money to build it.
The June 15 letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seeks all communication between employees for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) about the Oregon site, all documents related to the site’s functioning, and a description of changes CMS made to its processes on grants and information technology related to federal and state Obamacare websites.
The letter signed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican and the panel chairman, notes that despite Cover Oregon having cost hundreds of millions only to be scrapped and have the state’s Obamacare customers turned over to the federal healthcare.gov site, CMS in February 2011 “identified Oregon as an ‘early innovator,’ one of only seven states granted large sums of federal dollars to design reusable IT systems in hopes of providing a state-based exchange model for other states to follow.”
Two questions arise from this story immediately. First, the letter was sent on June 15th. Since that time, as Hot Air readers were already made aware, Chaffetz has been removed from his leadership position on that committee after making the GOP leadership’s Bad Boy List. Does that have any impact on the investigation? One would assume that the Oversight Committee still holds jurisdiction over a question like this, but is anyone else picking up the ball and running with it? Or will internal affairs in DC allow this to slip through the cracks? The original letter was also signed by Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows (the latter also on the aforementioned Bad Boys List) and the requested materials were supposed be delivered this coming week. As long as at least one of them still has the date on their calendar we may get to the bottom of it.
The second question is whether or not we get our money back if it was knowingly dumped to no purpose or to something corrupt. While it’s not all that common, there is precedent aplenty for states being forced to pay back inappropriately allocated funds. Fairly recently Wisconsin was facing paying back federal grant money for for an economic development scheme which was supposed to lure a new employer to the state. The deal never went through and Wisconsin was on the hook for it. There are other examples, including many in New York for similarly failed programs.
If it can happen on a smaller scale such as those there seems no reason that Oversight shouldn’t be able to send a bill to Oregon for at least part of the funds. The major problem there is that Oregon has no doubt already spent the money. (They’re also in the process of being sued by a major software developer over the same deal.) So it looks like Kitzhaber may be gone, but the damage that he and his fiancee rang up isn’t done being tallied yet.

Paul Joseph Watson on Twitter: "If Christians were killing people everywhere in the name of Christianity, would the left media say it had nothing to do with Christianity?"

Paul Joseph Watson on Twitter: "If Christians were killing people everywhere in the name of Christianity, would the left media say it had nothing to do with Christianity?"

SMERSH (James Bond) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SMERSH (James Bond) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



SMERSH is a fictional Soviet counterintelligence agency featured in Ian Fleming's early James Bond novels as agent 007's nemesis. 




Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption | TIME

Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption | TIME



Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Shadow (magic school) - WoWWiki - Your guide to the World of Warcraft

Shadow (magic school) - WoWWiki - Your guide to the World of Warcraft



For other uses, see Shadow (disambiguation).
The shadow energy (aka Shadow Plane) is not limited to a single plane; it is instead an integral part of every aspect of the universe, woven into every plane. Thus, spells that call upon this energy, such as shadow conjuration, draw upon local sources rather than reaching to another plane. Positive energy remains associated with the energies possessed by living beings, and negative energy with the motive forces of death and the undead. Magical weapons that have effects wielding this energy draw upon energy bound into their own material, freed by enchantment.[1] "Shadow" is spell type common to many items and spells created by the Shadow Council and other such nefarious organizations.[2] The arcane and shadow magic appear to be tied together.[3] In the RPG, Shadow appears to be split into subcategories or is synonymous with "Darkness", "Negative", "Death", "Destruction", "Chaotic", "Evil", and "Fel". It is a damage type often found as a bonus type damage (enchantment or enhancement) in the RPG. In one example it's also a sub-school of the magic school of Illusion (illusions composed of a quasi-real, tangible shadow material with shadow bonuses, ex. Storm, Earth and Fire).[4] Spells of shadow may derive their power from actual shadows & darkness.[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 132
  2. ^ Magic & Mayhem, pg. 158
  3. ^ More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 73
  4. ^ Magic & Mayhem, pg. 100-101, 157, 158
  5. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 32, 93

Ted Cruz Makes HUGE Statement on Gay Marriage Decision. "These are some of..."

Ted Cruz Makes HUGE Statement on Gay Marriage Decision. "These are some of..."



“This radical decision purporting to strike down the marriage laws of every state, it has no connection to the United States Constitution,” Cruz said. “They are simply making it up. It is lawless and in doing so they have undermined the fundamental legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court.”

Phineas Fahrquar on Twitter: "That jerk. https://t.co/qOBXol6gaF"

Phineas Fahrquar on Twitter: "That jerk. https://t.co/qOBXol6gaF"

Gay Marriage Still Doesn’t Exist, No Matter What the Supreme Court Says | TheBlaze.com

Gay Marriage Still Doesn’t Exist, No Matter What the Supreme Court Says | TheBlaze.com



The Supreme Court is wrong. It’s pretty simple. They’re wrong. They’ve been wrong many times in the past, and seem to be wrong with an increasing regularity these days.
They were wrong yesterday when they announced that the federal government can offer Obamacare subsidies even though the law expressly gives that power to the states. They were wrong two years ago when they decided that the federal government has the right to force American citizens to buy a product from an insurance company. They were wrong 40 years ago when they said mothers have a constitutional right to murder their children. And they were wrong today when they took out their magical magnifying glass and found, perhaps transcribed in microscopic code on the fibers of the Constitution, a mysterious entitlement to homosexual marriage.
They were wrong, but our culture doesn’t care because it has stopped asking leaders to be right.
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They were wrong, but our culture doesn’t care because it long ago stopped asking its leaders to be right. And it certainly doesn’t care about the law, which is why liberals have been able to make the Constitution into an indecipherable mystic scroll that morphs to accommodate the fashionable ideologies of the day. As such, it is dead. It might as well not exist.

From Justice Scalia’s dissent | Power Line

From Justice Scalia’s dissent | Power Line



If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,” I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.

From Justice Scalia’s dissent | Power Line

From Justice Scalia’s dissent | Power Line



Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact— and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected commit- tee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.

The Last Time This Happened, The Bull Market Ended | Zero Hedge

The Last Time This Happened, The Bull Market Ended | Zero Hedge



In a somewhat stunning reality check for the new normal, companies in the S&P 500 have started paying out more money to shareholders than they produce in operating earnings. The last time spending on buybacks-plus-dividends exceeded operating profit was Q2 2007... that did not end well




AEI Foreign Policy on Twitter: "We should not avert our eyes from the #IslamicState’s latest horrors @marcthiessen #ISIS http://t.co/6UsFmrkV4O http://t.co/Jt3qjFXJPq"

AEI Foreign Policy on Twitter: "We should not avert our eyes from the #IslamicState’s latest horrors @marcthiessen #ISIS http://t.co/6UsFmrkV4O http://t.co/Jt3qjFXJPq"

Love Her Or Hate Her, Ann Coulter Warned Us About John Roberts 10 Years Ago | PJ Tatler

Love Her Or Hate Her, Ann Coulter Warned Us About John Roberts 10 Years Ago | PJ Tatler



After conservatives took another gut punch from black-robed Obamacare cheerleader Chief Justice John Roberts, many of us were left wondering just what in the heck is wrong with this guy. After all, these Republican appointees to the Supreme Court are supposed to be on our side, right? They can’t all be David Souter.
After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male.
So all we know about him for sure is that he can’t dance and he probably doesn’t know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah … We also know he’s argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt’s attorney.
But unfortunately, other than that that, we don’t know much about John Roberts. Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever.
I know it is all the rage in this era of hypersensitive feelings for some conservatives, and almost all moderate Republicans, to bristle at everything Coulter says and be dismissive of her because she has a knack for tossing out an outrageous headline-grabbing comment. Here’s the thing about her: she’s right a lot of the time.
Sure, I’ve got to deduct a lot of points for her flip-flop to become a Romney champion in 2012 but a lot of people were drunk on wishful thinking then (present company excluded). Other than that, she makes a lot of sense.
So maybe pay just a little more attention to her from now on.
And pray that Antonin Scalia lives to be 148.




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen Says Muslims Attend His Church and That His Books 'Sell a Lot in Muslim Countries'

Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen Says Muslims Attend His Church and That His Books 'Sell a Lot in Muslim Countries'



Evangelical Christian pastor Joel Osteen shared in an interview this week that "a whole group of probably about 50 Muslims" recently visited his nondenominational megachurch in Houston, Texas, and indicated that his inspirational messages on "how to live a great life" resonate with people "in Muslim countries."
"I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim countries as well," Osteen said during an interview with Jeremy Hobson for the "Here and Now" radio program published online Monday.

Crave Ep. 208: These condoms change color in the presence of an STD - CNET

Crave Ep. 208: These condoms change color in the presence of an STD - CNET



This week on Crave, quench your thirst with the Hydra smart bottle and take a sneak peek at a new hoverboard prototype from Lexus. 

But make sure you're wearing protection with condoms engineered to change color if they come into contact with a sexually transmitted disease. It's the Crave show!
And make sure to check out the latest CraveCast podcast here!


House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare | TheHill

House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare | TheHill



A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges.
“As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said.




David Burge on Twitter: "Can a black fundamentalist Christian baker refuse to make a rebel flag wedding cake for a gay KKK couple? #stuffDavewondersabout"

David Burge on Twitter: "Can a black fundamentalist Christian baker refuse to make a rebel flag wedding cake for a gay KKK couple? #stuffDavewondersabout"





Carlton Hinds on Twitter: "The Affordable Care Act made healthcare Insurance so affordable that people need subsidies to afford healthcare insurance. Ponder that."

Carlton Hinds on Twitter: "The Affordable Care Act made healthcare Insurance so affordable that people need subsidies to afford healthcare insurance. Ponder that."

#blackrepubprobz on Twitter: ".@frelling_cute Its just horrible that 30 million plus are still uncovered & deductibles are higher and premiums have doubled & even tripled"

#blackrepubprobz on Twitter: ".@frelling_cute Its just horrible that 30 million plus are still uncovered & deductibles are higher and premiums have doubled & even tripled"

Home - D Programming Language

Home - D Programming Language



Power

The best paradigm is to not impose something at the expense of others. D offers classic polymorphism, value semantics, functional style, generics, generative programming, contract programming, and more—all harmoniously integrated. See example.

D offers an innovative approach to concurrency, featuring true immutable data, message passing, no sharing by default, and controlled mutable sharing across threads. Read more.
From simple scripts to large projects, D has the breadth to scale with any application's needs: unit testing, information hiding, refined modularity, fast compilation, precise interfaces. Read more.

Intellectualization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Intellectualization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Intellectualization is a defense mechanism where reasoning is used to block confrontation with an unconscious conflict and its associated emotional stress where thinking is used to avoid feeling.[1] It involves removing one's self, emotionally, from a stressful event. Intellectualization may accompany, but is different from rationalization, the pseudo-rational justification of irrational acts.[2]
Intellectualization is one of Freud's original defense mechanisms. Freud believed that memories have both conscious and unconscious aspects, and that intellectualization allows for the conscious analysis of an event in a way that does not provoke anxiety.[3]


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Nanny State Is The Enemy Of Economic Growth - Forbes

The Nanny State Is The Enemy Of Economic Growth - Forbes



Former Florida governor Jeb Bush made some headlines this week when he said he wanted to target 4 percent annual real growth in the economy.
This was laughed at because it’s hard to do. Real growth in gross domestic product (GDP) is the sum of two factors: growth in the labor force, and growth in productivity.


Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian




Why Taylor Swift Matters | Culturalist

Why Taylor Swift Matters | Culturalist




Why Girls CAN Lift Heavy + WON'T Get Bulky!

Mashable on Twitter: "Women fend off makeup shaming by posting half made-up selfies http://t.co/dUmvuwSEHO #ThePowerOfMakeup http://t.co/CnMPOFBf8P"

Mashable on Twitter: "Women fend off makeup shaming by posting half made-up selfies http://t.co/dUmvuwSEHO #ThePowerOfMakeup http://t.co/CnMPOFBf8P"

Bad archive mirror - How to solve this one?

Bad archive mirror - How to solve this one?



 If that's the only thing holding you up, opt out of mirrors and just do updates via the terminal when you are up and operational.






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