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I think you'd need to define "perfect", "good", and "silly" before I really know what you're claiming. By naive interpretation of the words, all three are simply wrong. Almost all humans are born helpless and screaming, causing great physical pain to their mothers. Many things please while causing large amounts of future harm. Many things that sound silly at first turn out to be useful or necessary. Besides, I prefer silly.

Worth reading. Over-repeated some points a bit too much. The "Musk Program" looks wrong in the way that "just brute force a path to victory" is wrong.

One problem I see with this kind of study is that valproic acid has a very distinct effect (from personal experience), which makes it easier for participants to determine whether they are in the placebo group. It would be nice if there were an "active placebo" group who took another mood stabilized that is not an HDAC. Also, it would have been nice to see the effect on ability to produce a tone by humming or whistling, given the pitch name. Some very weak anecdotal evidence in favor of the hypothesis: For a couple months in 2005 I was being treated with valporic acid and, during that time, I took an undergraduate course in topology. In my brief stint as a graduate student (2012), I also took topology and performed much better in this than in any of my other courses, though this could just be due to liking the subject.

This has got me quite convinced that Fred and Fred is going to happen. They are probably connected magically, rather than acoustically, so they might be able to communicate across time. This setup might create the time beacon Harry was wanting.

Or, maybe their connection does not link through time. Send a pair of Weasleys back in time. You now have 4 Weasleys. Wait not-quite-an-hour, and then send 4 Weasleys back in time… 4 Weasleys is twice the number of Weasleys. Are N Weasleys N/2 times as smart as 2 Weasleys? No. It is much more interesting if it is the... (read more)

There was an off-the-cuff line back in Ch25:

Back in the old days, whenever magical identical twins were born, it had been the custom to kill one of them after birth.

I wonder if there is something more to a magical twin connection, that may have even caused problems (confusing the source of magic?), or if this was just a comment on how dark/backwards things were in the old days.

Upvoted because, although I'm about 99.9% sure it's not remotely what Eliezer has in mind, it's a lovely idea.

The narration in chapters 88 and 89 have left quite a bit of room for Weasley Twin shenanigans. They are referred to as "the twins" and "Fred or George" up until one gets beat up by the troll. Additionally, the twins gave a respectful nod to McGonagall's demand that they stay in the Great Hall; they could have stayed there the entire time. Harry might have been accompanied by, say, Future Fred and Further Future Fred during his broom flight. I am not sure what the use of this would be, but it might involve them being a hive mind.

This has got me quite convinced that Fred and Fred is going to happen. They are probably connected magically, rather than acoustically, so they might be able to communicate across time. This setup might create the time beacon Harry was wanting.

Or, maybe their connection does not link through time. Send a pair of Weasleys back in time. You now have 4 Weasleys. Wait not-quite-an-hour, and then send 4 Weasleys back in time… 4 Weasleys is twice the number of Weasleys. Are N Weasleys N/2 times as smart as 2 Weasleys? No. It is much more interesting if it is the... (read more)

They gave a respectful nod because they are smartasses.
Why on earth is this in the negative? We downvote bad jokes now?

By the time a non-person predicate returns 0, you have already potentially created a person. You'll need something more complicated: If I update this model with this data, does it create a person?

Psy-Kosh already noted this problem: [] This implied the solution, which I gave here: []

Please do not use target="_blank" for the SIAI and FHI links in the header.

Our multitude of voices exalting Rain's donation rebound off the faster-approaching towers of the Singularity!

A variant of Alexandros' AI: attach a brain-scanning device to every person, which frequently uploads copies to the AI's Manager. The AI submits possible actions to the Manager, which checks for approval from the most recently available copy of each person who is relevant-to-the-action.

At startup, and periodically, the definition of being-relevant-to-an-action is determined by querying humanity with possible definitions, and selecting the best approved. If there is no approval-rating above a certain ratio, the AI shuts down.

Subject to artificial tyranny of the majority: * Spoof the AI with fake uploads to get it to redefine relevant-to-action such that only the spoofs fit the definition. * Rule the world.
The AI maintains all sorts of bad practices which are commonly considered to be innocuous. Like slavery used to be. Or it shuts down because people can't agree on anything.

I'm sure the designer would approve of being modified to enjoy answering stupid questions. The designer might also approve of being cloned for the purpose of answering one question, and then being destroyed.

Unfortunately, it turns out that you're Stalin. Sounds like 1-person CEV.

That is or requires a pretty fundamental change. How can you be sure it's value-preserving?

The following reminded me of Arguments as Soldiers:

Statistics for the enemy. Anecdotes for the friend. -- Zach Weiner

I'm sorry to have not found his blog sooner.

Weiner has a blog? My life is even more complete.

My first thought is that LW got haxXxed, but ping tells me that LW and the other site are both hosted by amazonaws. I suspect the cause is amazon's cloud service making sure I won't use it.

This sounds fun! Where do I sign up? Here?

Hiding the names of the players, that is, knowing only the country, would likely make pre-game contracts impossible

Not necessarily; you can prove your identity by making out-of-game predictions of your own in-game behaviour.

The probability of some action costing delta-utility x and resulting in delta-utility y, where y >> x, is low. The Anti Gratis Dining modifier is x/y. These things I conjecture, anyways.

The apple-salespeep who says, "Give me $0.50, and I will give you an apple" is quite believable, unlike the apple-salespeep who claims, "Give me $3.50, and I will give apples to all who walk the Earth". We understand how buying an apple gets us an apple, but we know far less about implementing global apple distribution.

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Why should I believe that the way you describe the hypothetical meat-fuck in your head is how it would have really turned out? (I imagine Bricky could have pulled it off)

Because assinging a 1 or a 0 to the statement "Aurini was good enough to pull that shiznit off" won't change anything else in your belief system; it presents no significant consequences to your ability to understand the universe. However there are emotional effects. Believing the story to be generally true, and my claims to be highly accurate, means that you live in a slightly more interesting universe. Disbelieving means that things are slightly more grey and tawdry. So you might as well believe in God, because what do you have to lose?
Is it bad I imagined you were talking about some alternative to Clippy []? Or was that the intention?

Sharing a list of running processes and DNS lookups would be more privacy-sensitive. (I have no idea how to implement the latter, but the former could at least be done on Linux, and possibly Windows, using ksysguard) You might not want to share your screen with a random stranger, but would you share process names and DNS lookups? How about open sockets?

Process names should be safe to share, since all users on a system can see them and a system is supposed to be secure for a user even with other malicious users. No sane software puts keys or passwords into stdargs where it can be seen through a ps or something. DNS lookups should also be secure in a sense since no one in their right mind would write server software where the port/address is the key, but privacy might also be a problem. (Then again, if you are browsing while doing this, maybe you deserve any consequences.)
Good ideas.

When you say that something is so by definition, what you (most likely) actually mean is that something is so by default. If a human is defined as "a featherless biped"*, you can't say that Hermione, who has just had an unfortunate accident with Hedwig and a polyjuice potion, is no longer human because she's grown feathers. "A feathered biped" is only by default not human!

*I don't think you'll ever find a definition like that in a dictionary. "homo: any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior int... (read more)

I'd like to be able to read the LW archives when I'm without internet. So, it'd be nice to have a dump.

I think best would be a git repository with a file for each article, and another file for the comments.

Require new top-level posts to use a tag that indicates which facet of LW's interest it lies with. So each new post would have to choose on (or maybe more) of tags like "bayes", "selfimprovement", "philosophy". So, if I think that Lesswrong should really dedicate itself to the study of Victory and nothing else, I might read only posts with selfimprovement tags.

There already is a tag system (you can see the links on the right). Do you want it to be more prominent?
You mean a system like tagging?

It's a threat, not a fallacy. And if I understand LW correctly, few would notice random want-ads because they wouldn't gain enough votes to make it to the front page.

I'm pretty sure the problem is EY. He could post pictures of his cat, and they'd go all the way up. (And if he doesn't have a cat, then he should know that there are several in my neighborhood who might be happy to be adopted. And kittens! Omygosh!)

That's part of the problem, but the other half is that if he wanted to post pictures of his cat, he'd promote them. ETA: And in this case, at least, the post is hovering around 0.

it's possible that schools aren't doing a good job of preparing people for typical office jobs

The highschool I went to attempts to prepare students for modern jobs. I hear that the educational model (project-based learning) is spreading to other local schools.

Would more people come if there were more than a 4 day notice? This sort of thing has happened before.

I want bob to think he gets what he wants.

Because lame community college isn't all that great. I hope Berkeley agrees with you. :)

I am very familiar with python, and a little bit familiar with C. (I am also a sophomore, not freshmen :P) I spent an hour looking at lisp once, but never got into it. As for Haskell, I have seen it, and it looks weird. I've'n't done much real algorithmic work. I wrote a (Warning: shameful self-plug) parser for Lojban, but it only works through trial-and-error and dumb luck.

I looked at your code. Why aren't you in "actual CS classes" yet? You're obviously qualified.

Hi. I see that the first point is free.

I am a Bay Area (California, United States) 19 year-old Computer Science student. I imagine I'll actually be taking actual CS classes next year. I've been lurking about for about a month.

Man, taking freshman introductory classes is a drag. At the risk of insulting your intelligence, I feel compelled to remind you that the most important thing to learn in a CS curriculum is to go out and learn things that aren't taught in your classes, through the power of the internet. For example, you could go out and learn the first programming language in this list that you don't already know: Python, Lisp, C, Haskell. Or read about how some sorting algorithms work. Or write a compiler. Or whatever strikes your fancy, really.