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1:43 AM
@danielunderwood I tried using Astrophysics in a Nutshell once and it was just awful. Many things left unexplained or worse, even explained in a misleading way. I don't think the series has consistent quality, so you'd have to judge more by the author.
 
 
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8:44 AM
hello
 
9:29 AM
I have the loveboat themesong stuck in my head
 
 
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10:30 AM
Listening to the song helps to get it out of the system
 
10:41 AM
Come aboard
We're expecting you
 
 
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1:37 PM
@ACuriousMind Do you have any canned comment for answers based on papers published in non-reputable sources (or say they provide a self-produced YouTube video as reference)? I need to expand my canned comments list
 
1:59 PM
do you not trust vixra
 
2:54 PM
Ahh I just took a look at vixra and George Rajna still seems to be at it
 
Which one is that again
 
Somebody who seems to just continually put stuff on there. I think they're usually summaries, but it's still beyond my ability to explain the amount
 
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Q: Who or what is George Rajna?

user97402I don't know maybe this question seems off topic but anybody get the chance to look at vixra.org archive? It seems it is blown up by some manuscripts from a guy, which is called "George Rajna", and more interestingly all of them are about some ridiculously (excuse me I didn't find another appro...

> George Rajna, a Hungarian-Israeli physicist, computer scientist, and Chess International Master, in 1987 among the Top 100 Players of the World .
Whew
 
"they seem to be a reasonably well-educated person with extensive experience working for IBM (or so they claim), so not your average crank."
that guy doesn't know the Salem hypothesis
 
Lol, I just remembered this one
 
3:24 PM
I prefer the sphere theory of everything
Who needs something as complicated as spheroids?
 
It has the 80's vibes
 
Nidana is a Sanskrit word that means "cause, motivation or occasion" depending on the context. The word is derived from ni (down, into) and da (to bind, dana). It appears in the Rigveda, such as hymn 10.114.2, and other Hindu scriptures, wherein it means "primary or first cause, linked cause"; in other contexts such as Rigveda 6.32.6, nidana refers to a rope or band that links, binds or fastens one thing to another, such as a horse to a cart. == Buddhism == Nidana doctrines of Buddhism are attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha. It has two specific meanings. The more common use refers to the Twe...
Who needs the Spheroid Theory of Everything when there is Nidana
O and the Buddhist cosmology is super awesome to read because of its many many layers of reality, each more abstract than the previous
I mean, Naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjñāyatana is sooooo cool
too bad only the human realm is relevant to science
 
3:47 PM
@Blue actually listening to this one
 
4:09 PM
@danielunderwood e.ee isn't up
not very professional
 
4:27 PM
Yeah I saw that too. No startup funding from me!
Such a shame since they could jump on the EaaS market
 
hmmm
the pharma company in NY wants me to come in to do a "thought exercise"...I hope they realize I'm in LA and they'd have to pay for my travel to do so...
 
5:07 PM
I mean surely it's come up that you aren't local?
 
yeah, but the way this email was sent didn't seem to acknowledge that lol
 
5:43 PM
I think I'd like to know the salary range before I commit to going to New York...
should I just straight up ask about salary range...
 
6:05 PM
alllright pytorch now supports cuda10
 
@Slereah there's a Salem Hypothesis and it doesn't have anything to do with the town of Salem, Massachusetts?
@danielunderwood @Blue @Slereah The papers by Rajna are curious enough, but none of them beats this one vixra.org/abs/1507.0081
 
oh boy the first sentence has a grammar error!
 
he says it's peer reviewed though
 
@enumaris oh, no
it's a peer review
Nassif is reviewing Rajna's paper
so Rajna's paper must now be considered to be peer-reviewed
 
INdeed
 
6:13 PM
(or so, I imagine, thinks Nassif)
 
time to publish
 
> I am a Computer Engineering and IT student at the time of this paper, and know that I will have to learn about Theoretical Physics
 
Lol, keeps getting better :D
 
I sure do like Theoretical Physics
 
"This is related to my field in many big ways. I am a Computer Engineering and IT
student at the time of this paper, and know that I will have to learn about Theoretical Physics,
Big Data, Cisco and IBM technologies, etc. throughout my field. Quantum Computing is
obviously related to this and is a subject that I may want to later explore more about."
 
6:15 PM
Don't you know about Theoretical Quantum Big Data Computing?
Powered by Cisco and IBM
I think the author went through the same school as our President with The Random capitalization
 
apparently SAP has a cloud platform but not public like Google or AWS
they just sell it to enterprise users
I wonder if I can convince them to let me have free reign over their cloud if I go work there...
 
> similar topics such as Computer Vision, UML, and Big data
 
give me ALL the GPU instances!
 
> He also meant to inform the reader with standard definitions such as Particle Duality, Quantum Enlightenment, The Heisenberg Uncertainty principle and more
 
lol I was just about to say that
 
6:19 PM
mmm not just enlightenment...but quantum enlightenment...
 
Are you going to say that you don't know the standard definition of Quantum Enlightenment?
 
so, I don't think I can read through pbrt's writing style without some external motivation...
 
You should read Rajna's take on physically based rendering
 
@danielunderwood We need a Wikipedia page for that, now!
 
@EmilioPisanty 'fraid not
It is named after a fellow named Salem
 
6:31 PM
Unrelated: The top bar for chat script has been fixed now, by Shog9, and is available here. I'm finding it pretty helpful to keep track of main site notifications, while in chat.
 
why's your hat sideways
and Slereah's hat is vertical
 
Why's your hat invisible?
 
Dec 14 at 9:37, by Blue
And `tis the right way to don the blue hat ;)
 
I have no hat
 
@enumaris Join any SE site or upvote any >1 year old question/answer to get a hat
It takes around 30 minutes
Even visiting the Stack Overflow for Teams page, gives you a hat, I think
 
6:37 PM
bam done
 
I request that I be able to use multiple hats at the same time
I mean sunglasses aren't a hat!
 
@danielunderwood Yeppie, I want that too
I want to wear all my hats together :D
 
where'z my hat
It tiny
 
@enumaris You can increase its size. Use the "show control" option
 
alrighty
it still tiny
hmmm
 
6:47 PM
You're not using the control right :P
See the counterclockwise arrow in red
Use that to increase the size
Pull it in the north-west direction (on your screen)
Pulling it north also does it
 
it got bigger on the control screen
bit it tiny here
oh it just grew
 
Yesh, now it's BIG!
Refresh the page
You're a cool green avatar now ;)
 
hmmm so the pharma company is willing to fly me out there...for one night...that's a lot of flying for an interview
6 hours to get there on Sunday or something, 6 hours to get back on Monday
hmmm
 
@JohnRennie Just found another easy-to-get hat. You simply have to visit the SO teams page. Notifying you, in case you run out of hats. ;)
 
@Blue Not yet; the canned comments I use can be found at physics.meta.stackexchange.com/a/10485/50583
 
6:55 PM
I have a fresh hat
 
@ACuriousMind Oh, nice list
 
canner
 
I'll have to modify it a bit for QCSE. But seems like more or less enough for the common cases. I'll add in the "non-reputable source" comment too, in my version.
 
I actually find I don't often have to comment on the reputability of a source. Usually posts citing "non-reputable" material also have other problems I find more relevant.
 
"The choice between the two is arbitrary but has a number of implications for how some of the geometric operations throughout the system are implemented. pbrt uses a left-handed coordinate system."
w...why...
 
7:01 PM
Well, the other problem in most cases is: "the answer has way too much b.s. for me to even consider spending time on pointing them out individually"...but I don't know how to frame that politely. :P
Hiding it under the "non-reputable/non-mainstream" rug saves time ;)
 
@enumaris From a computer graphics standpoint, it is natural to choose x "to the right" and y "downwards". Then the choice between left- and right-handedness is the choice of whether the z-axis points into the screen or out. None of these seems more natural than the other to me.
 
how dare they not conform to my physics conventions
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7:41 PM
hmmm pbrt is going through constructing vector classes
3D vectors and 2D vectors
surely C++ has some built in vectors or something?
or a library like numpy to do that...
also, what if I ask this guy to book me a flight and hotel and all that and then I complete negotations with another company...do I just ask him to cancel it all...will he be on me for refunds or what the deal...
 
There are some libraries like glm, but nothing built-in as far as I know
There is a built-in vector, but that's a vector structure not a math vector
 
I see...
 
And just use your own right-handed coordinate system
That's what I did, but then I had to flip all the models I loaded I think
 
I'm not at the level of building my own rendering system yet
 
Better yet, write things not with just vectors, but forms too
 
7:47 PM
I'm not looking forward to flying out to NYC one day and then flying back to LA the next day...gonna be tiresome...
6 hour flights man...
ugh...
 
Yeah that's a lot. I sleep on planes, but still find them tiresome
 
somebody else give me an offer quick!
so I don't have to do this ._.
 
I had a flight back from China with a crying baby the whole way and some random girl falling asleep on my shoulder...interesting times
 
D:
was she attractive tho?
could be a perk or a anti-perk
 
I think she was, but didn't really speak English all that well
 
7:49 PM
I've had some random girl fall asleep on my shoulder on a train ride in Japan
lol
ppl be tired man
 
lol I don't know how she managed it over the crying baby
Though I have a friend that seems to fall asleep on any car ride we go on even if other people are talking. I'm jealous
I think I've accidentally attracted a type of recruiter on LinkedIn. Two seemingly different people with taglines of "Connecting extraordinary talent with exceptional opportunities" and "Connecting brilliant people with extraordinary opportunities"
Oh look they both work for the same recruiting company
 
@Blue OK, so I'm a sucker for hats, I'll give it a try :-)
 
@JohnRennie your current hat is...something
 
8:07 PM
@danielunderwood it's a secret hat. I still don't know how I got it.
 
Hmm
Perchance you might have done some deleting?
It's one of the still secret secret hats
 
Yeah I was thinking deleting of some sort
 
I just realized why do we get a duck hat on discarding a question
rubber duck debbuging
 
@danielunderwood I suppose once a person falls asleep, what they fall asleep on is not entirely under their control
 
8:23 PM
Yeah that it true I suppose. And I feel like I've fallen asleep on a stranger's shoulder at some point as well
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@danielunderwood lol
 
btw @DavidZ did you make your profile image? I've always found it to be neat
 
@danielunderwood Thanks, but actually no, it was made by a friend of mine a very long time ago
based on a photograph
 
@DavidZ got your email, thanks for following up :D
no worries about it taking a while, these things happen
 
@enumaris no problem :)
 
8:25 PM
now I'm internally debating whether I want to go to NY for this interview or not...
so frickin far away -.-
 
also it's cold
(which I see as a bonus but not everyone does)
 
(I do not see it as a bonus)
an anti-bonus maybe
 
@enumaris do you even have cold weather where you are?
 
lol
it gets chilly sometimes bro
I gotta wear a hoodie...
 
lol
 
8:29 PM
Pfff. It finally snowed here yesterday
 
It snowed here last weekend, which was pretty bizarre. We rarely get snow in December and I don't remember it happening near the beginning of December as far as I can think
 
I am surprised how little I recognize this C++ syntax even though I've worked with it before...
 
C++ has a lot of things and it just keeps growing
There are at least 3 ways just to initialize things I believe
If you get to messing with it a lot, I found Effective Modern C++ pretty useful/interesting
 
8:35 PM
so is it like if you know C++ and now you want to do stuff in C++11 and C++14 you use this?
 
There's also an Effective Python or similar that I've liked
 
I'd probably need something that is more beginner C++ friendly
 
I'd call it a guide to all the ways to do things. I didn't use it when I was a beginner beginner, but I was pretty new when I picked it up
 
hmmm
"This book is the most challenging programming book I have ever encountered. Having spent many years programming in C++ I was hoping to get up to speed on the latest features in C++11/14.

The book examines extreme corner cases in C++ in which you could get into trouble. It assumes you already a highly experienced C++14 programmer. Language in the book is incredibly difficult, and it starts in the beginning. For example on page 16 there is some convoluted example, followed by a comment: "Yes, the syntax looks toxic, but knowing it will score you mondo points with those few souls who care.""
this review doesn't inspire confidence...
"This is a great book with lots of nuggets of wisdom. My only complaint is that this book is written from the point of view that the reader has already worked his/her way through every other Scott Meyers book out there."
My face is showing signs of doubt
 
lol I don't think it's all that bad
I mean it will be if you try to memorize everything he talks about, but I don't think that's the point
Basically look at the table of contents at shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033707.do for the short version. Aside from the first 4, most are just conventions that the text goes deeper into
Though I remember some of the stuff with references being a bit tricky
 
8:43 PM
looks like I would need a more beginner book lol
 
I do feel very rusty flipping through it now
 
your sunglass too small to see btw
Also I just clicked your profile pic and the smaller thumbnail in this chat makes you look chubbier than you are
 
fixed
wow thanks
 
XD
 
8:49 PM
I should probably update my photo at some point anyway. That one was years ago
My hair is pretty much all white now as I push into the mid-20s
 
that's a fast change in color...
might want to see a doctor about that lol
 
It's all downhill once you hit 22 and graduate
 
lol
I didn't graduate until I was 29
28 actually
 
But people don't call me doctor
 
nobody calls me doctor either
lol
 
8:57 PM
Jeez, what's with the sudden stars?
 
Doctors are really funny
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star party
it wasn't me
 
I mean it couldn't be us since we can't star our own things
Unless we're in a star conspiracy
 
@danielunderwood It could be both of you
 
Or it could be you!
 
9:01 PM
conspiracy
 
You seem to be around quite often when the star parties happen
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The more that I look at this book, the more I think that there are better things to spend time on than C++
 
@danielunderwood Astronomers like to watch meteor showers, does that mean astronomers cause meteor showers? :P
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@danielunderwood lol
 
Clearly I've forgotten how many things are involved in C++
 
@enumaris Just get the first Meyers book then; Effective C++.
 
9:04 PM
@ACuriousMind isn't there an xkcd to that extent?
 
I think I'll have to work more with C++ at a lower level before I try to tackle any of these books
 
@danielunderwood Only one I can think of is this one
 
@enumaris Well if you understand the basic ideas of inheritance, I think you should be good with Effective C++. That's much more beginner friendly than Effective Modern C++.
 
I understand the basic ideas of inheritance as it pertains to Python classes
I think my course in C++ in college was only 1 quarter so it didn't get into classes really
it covered like all the real basics... standard syntax, loops, if, else, then, file i/o...
 
Well, there you go, that should be enough: Effective C++ will explain why you need to do things in a certain way with C++ to achieve the same result (e.g. virtual destructor), and other best practices.
 
9:11 PM
hmmm
 
As I remember it, Effective C++ is really very basic
More Effective C++ maybe had implementing a smart pointer as a chapter, so also basic fresh grad interview question stuff.
 
nobody interviewing me for C++
 
@ACuriousMind maybe it as an smbc or something instead. I can't seem to find whatever I was thinking of. Oh well
 
Effective Modern C++ takes a much larger leap as it already assumes that you're familiar with move semantics, and basically know how to implement std::move and then goes into the minutia of the different type inferences of C++
 
Though I did find this funny smbc-comics.com/comic/2011-03-26
 
9:18 PM
@enumaris If you don't intend to use C++ at work, why learn it? I mean, sure, it's a widely used language, but I think more modern languages with more modern ideas are probably more interesting and instructive.
 
I dunno lol
I haven't decided to learn it
just looking into it at a superficial level for now
 
Why C++ instead of something simpler (in language rules, though by no means in use) than C, or something more modern, like rust? (assuming that you're looking to learn a systems programming language that is)
 
I don't know anything about rust lol
the only language I know well is Python
 
somehow my script is breaking the associativity of set intersections
idgi
 
breaking associativity is pretty tough, nice job :D
 
9:28 PM
lol
 
@ACuriousMind If they could cause meteor showers, then yes; there would be a considerable chance of them causing meteor showers.
 
C++11 in particular added a huge number of new capabilities to the language.
wow 1 year after I graduated College
Now I'm feeling old XD
 
yeah I've seen that one I think
 
ahh I just now saw it
 
9:39 PM
tbh the "AI rendered image" doesn't look all that impressive lol
like a blurry version of a picture
afaik they are just using GAN's similar to the ones we saw in those papers that trained GANs on natural language to produce outputs
"The demo allows attendees to navigate a virtual urban environment that is being rendered by this neural network. The network was trained on videos of real-life urban environments. The conditional generative neural network learned to approximate the visual dynamics of the world such as lighting, and materials.

Since the output is synthetically generated, a scene can be easily edited to remove, modify, or add objects."
 
ok. i dunno why it wasn't working before, but it's working like it should now
 
this part is intriguing though so they must have made some modifications to the GANs to be able to do that
@Semiclassical welcome to the world of debugging
 
@Semiclassical Maybe you were witnessing "spontaneous associativity breaking"
 
lol
i mean, I know what I changed
but I don't really get why the old one didn't work
 
See my comment above^
 
9:42 PM
yeah
 
I wonder how much you can move around in those "models"
 
@Mostafa wtf
 
My feeling based on the language used in that press release is it's a lot of hype...
 
Yeah I wondered about it too. I imagine it may be sort of pre-rendered, allowing you to move around
 
9:44 PM
like what if I want to see the world from under the car
 
the funniest part of this is that i'm doing something in 7 steps total, and I'm timing each step
 
if the training set didn't have images of it
 
and they proceed as such:
 
it can't render it
 
Can you do image embeddings?
 
9:45 PM
CNNs do that
 
Like get a giant dataset of real-world images
 
640 ms, 641 ms, 1.5 s, 8.28 s, 51.5 s, 4min 18s
 
any of the layers before the final layer can be considered an "embedding"
 
and I'm waiting for the last one to run
 
@Semiclassical this image.... I don't know why with every new display/graphics model they claim exactly the same level of enhancement, but it's again all the same in the next model/version?!
 
9:45 PM
Ahh I haven't made it to the CNN course yet
Though that sounds familiar now that you mention it
 
NLP word embeddings are also being rethinked
perhaps single layer embeddings is on the way out
perhaps people would rather move to whole pre-trained DL systems to "embed" words
 
This one is somewhat different (AI generated) but still
 
following the pattern in the last few times, should take less than a half hour
(hopefully)
 
well they'd have to be more specific on how they modified the GAN to be more than just a generic "contextual GAN" to make me feel excited...
is this homogenous coordinates deal pretty standard across 3-D rendering software
 
10:11 PM
I think so. Everything I've seen has skimmed over the extra coordinate without explanation though
 
basically to differentiate between points and vectors
make it possible to do translations
but one could imagine a different way to do things, sticking with 3D matrices
 
@enumaris From what I remember, I think it's standard in crystallography as well if you want a more physics-y reference.
 
seems like it's a pretty convenient way to do things
changed my hat haha
let's wait for it to update
Shazaam
 
welp. it's been 40 minutes so far
i think I can officially call my projection blown
 
10:27 PM
what hat is that
 
still fresh
pretty boring
 
ah
ahhhh
 
10:42 PM
ahhhhhhh
 
I've been seeing a lot of std::xxxx commands lately...and I just realized that's why in College my prof had me write using namespace std and so none of my college code had this std:: stuff in it...
it seems stackoverflow has some reasons not to use using namespace std
 
Well the reason is the same you shouldn't import * in python
 
I was just about to say not to import an entire namespace :P
 
well my CS101 prof definitely was telling us to do using namespace std the whole time
 
10:48 PM
Maybe in a 101 you just teach for loops or something, so I guess taking shortcuts can be forgiven. That said, you shouldn't really teach C++ on such a course if you don't intend to do it properly.
 
I used to do stuff like using vector = std::vector or similar for string. I don't know what people think about that
(or a typedef depending on version)
 
anyhoo...now I know what this std:: stuff is about
Maybe a bit unfortunate to abbreviate it STD though...
 
Well, you can use the using keyword.
To take parts of the lib
like you'd do in python
So you don't need to bring an entire namespace into scope.
 
like from this_lib import this_func kinda thing?
 
10:56 PM
if I ever try to make C++ file I'm probably gonna get a ton of missing ; errors
 
Just start adding semicolons to the end of your python lines to get used to it!
 
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