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6:04 PM
Like everything else in this world, FB can be used for good or bad :)
FB created led to economic change in my country. Wouldn't have happened without it.
yes joking, it's at least efficient at finding old friends, but I don't like how they want to reinvent their own web
I just ignore Facebook. I don't bother it, it doesn't bother me :-)
I mean they want to make their user do everything from the app
6:13 PM
@crl that's they're prerogative. We don't necessarily have to use FB the way they envision.
FB will become the common OS for all platforms
and twitter will become the successor to http
It's already happened
@Mitch Oh, so you're a horror writer!
6:15 PM
Like the singularity
Good AI talk
we've been living in the singularity since...
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The technological singularity is the hypothetical advent of artificial general intelligence (also known as "strong AI"). Such a computer, computer network, or robot would theoretically be capable of recursive self-improvement (redesigning itself), or of designing and building computers or robots better than itself. Repetitions of this cycle would likely result in a runaway effect — an intelligence explosion — where smart machines design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, creating intelligence far exceeding human intellectual capacity and control. Because the capabilities of...
It's okay. Since I advent of this universe I bet.
6:31 PM
Q: It's self or its self?
@Mitch (Universe reboot ...)
@HarryCBurn Hmm, no.
@HarryCBurn A: neither
Its self is grammatical, but the reflexive itself is something like ten thousand times more common, and it seems likely that's what you want
Yep, thanks! :)
I use the default settings "smoothing" and "English".
I hope it is okay.
Oh, thanks!
More than okay :)
The real ratio is presumably greater than that, though due to false positives (for example, phrases like its self reliance)
I checked corpora where I could verify the individual results for my "something like ten thousand times more common" figure. If it were possible for Google Books, I suspect you'd end up with something similar
6:43 PM
(You can search Google Books, but the way searches are done and the way the data is processed in each case is very different and the two types of query aren't comparable)
@snailboat Ngrams contains Google Books, right?
@Arrowfar Google Books Ngram Viewer uses a processed version of the Google Books corpus, yes
When you search Google Books, your search is likely related to the data you see
But it's not directly comparable
You have to be very careful using Google Books Ngram Viewer since you can't see the raw data
6:46 PM
yes only the charts
It's still a very useful tool
of course
They handle case sensitivity and punctuation differently, for example.
Also, Google Books Ngram Viewer shows 0 results for any query that has fewer than 40 results
So smoothing of 3 by default is okay I guess, right?
6:48 PM
Smoothing is okay. It depends on what you want to see. It just averages out samples with their neighbors
I use the default settings
For example, if you don't care about individual years, but you want to see frequency, you might set the window from 1980 to 2000, then set smoothing to 20. You'll get a straight horizontal line for each keyword
Then you can combine the terms with / to get a ratio
[ SmokeDetector ] Repeating words in answer: Origin of 'hit the sack'? by hytttt on english.stackexchange.com
6:49 PM
So that tells you the ratio of results is about 300:1 over those twenty years
7:02 PM
Oh no! The turtle vanished!
> You see, in a world where elephants are pursued by flying men, people are just naturally going to want to get high.
(Also, I just found out something about staplers that I never knew.)
@HarryCBurn yeah?
7:06 PM
You can turn the base plate thing around and it makes a temporary staple that you can pull out easily :o
Thus the springy pin thing in the bottom. Interesante.
Whazzat' mean?
@cornbreadninja麵包忍者 I just never realised ;p
@HarryCBurn I had no idea.
It's pretty cool c:
> Pinning
This method is by far the least known and utilized stapling method. It is used to temporarily bind documents or other items, often cloth or clothing, for sewing. In order to pin, the anvil must be shifted so that the staple bends outwards instead of inwards. The staple binds the item with relative security, but can be easily removed by pulling the staple along the plane of the paper. This method varies between staplers, as some anvils need to be simply pushed forward to allow pinning, while others must be rotated. Some staplers implement pinning by bending one leg of the staple in
7:09 PM
I remember doing that in grade school.
Because, what do you do with a stapler in grade school? You find out its limitations, expand its boundaries.
@Robusto We always just shot them from between our teeth while they still looked like [
We had slingshots.
@Robusto We have phones. And footballs ;p
Slingshots are more fun.
7:11 PM
Well, yeah.
isn't that more a tortoise than a turtle? ^
Although you can't kick slingshots (accurately) at people.
You don't have to.
slings rock at @Robusto
I think in AmE tortoises are informally called turtles, but in BrE they're not...?
7:12 PM
Good point.
I never noticed stapler that closely. But nice.
@snailboat I don't think many people car enough for the differences to distinguish them much.
Also . . . BB guns.
@Arrowfar Huh! The more you know :)
7:14 PM
I think all tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.
Some turtles are candy.
Some turtles are objects.
t = turtle.Turtle()
"A bun in the oven" is in the pregnant case. — Robusto 10 secs ago
Here is the difference:
> They are all reptiles and they all have shells but the basic difference between them is turtles live in water, tortoises live on land and terrapins are a bit of both, but there's more to it than that.
7:17 PM
for i in range(360): t.goto(i, 0)
@cornbreadninja麵包忍者 Some are '60s musicians.
Yes awesome song!
Snazzy shirts.
7:24 PM
I had heard the song but didn't know the name.
@Robusto they became 70s musicians with T. Rex and Zappa.
But you knew that.
@Arrowfar Same here.
@cornbreadninja麵包忍者 Of course.
The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie.
And look, it's in the Wiki:
The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie is the first album from Flo & Eddie, released in 1972. It was made available on CD for the first time in 2008. == Track listing == === Side one === "Flo & Eddie Theme" (Kaylan / Volman) "Thoughts Have Turned" (Kaylan / Volman) "It Never Happened" (Kaylan / Volman) "Burn the House" (Kaylan / Volman) "Lady Blue" (Kaylan / Volman) "Strange Girl" (Kaylan / Volman) "Who But I" (Kaylan / Volman) === Side two === "I Been Born Again" (Kaylan / Volman) "Goodbye Surprise" (Gary Bonner / Alan Gordon) "Nikki Hoi" (Volman / Kaylan / Jeff Simmons) "Really Love" (Kayl...
7:28 PM
> In the mid 1990s, Kaylan turned his attention to the collecting and writing of dark fantasy literature and science fiction. He wrote two short stories, by way of experimentation, and both were published in the best-selling anthologies, "Phantoms of the Night" and "Forbidden Acts." He also currently pens the widely read "Eddie's Media Corner" on the official website.[3]
Must find.
My good bike is fixed! Yay!
I thought you liked geared bikes.
There was a clicking sound coming whenever I pedaled and they thought they fixed it last week but didn't. So I took it back and they tried again and , mirabile dictu, the click is gone!
Only had time for a short ride today, but it was a joyous one.
I have to do some stuff.
Yay for stuff!
8:09 PM
@Robusto stuff sucks
8:21 PM
I'd need a portable roof for my bike for rainy conditions
I could hold an umbrella if the rain is violent, and go slowly
but I'm more planning to get a top raincoat and a change for pants and socks
329€ ouch
9:03 PM
You got any snail pictures, @snailboat?
9:36 PM
king snail
10:35 PM
It's good to be king
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