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kojimaisalright:

alpha-beta-gamer:

Screencheat is a two to four player first-person shooter where everyone is invisible and the only way to eliminate your enemy or win the match is by screen cheating - as in looking at your enemies side of the screen to know where they are and hunting them down.

Screencheat is certainly a unique FPS in today’s gaming world where every shooter is almost of the same concept but with a different theme to them. Taking inspirations from classic competitive FPS games like Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Halo, it’s looking to be an extremely fun and competitive game with a big (invisible) twist.

Sign-Up for the Beta

I can’t believe we are getting to the era of post-genres in gaming

What’s post-RTS going to be, you can only build your opponents units?

Either way i’m interested in where people can take them

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12:53pm | author:

Just a reminder

cabbagebot:

We’re still chilling in irc.freenode.net #tumblrcode

I’m there too.

6:00pm | author:
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plaintextoffenders:

themanaworld.org
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themanaworld.org

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1:28pm | author:

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3:21pm | author:
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lewisandquark:

When a nanolaser casts a shadow, the grad student gets 6 more weeks of fabrication.
The pillar in the middle is one of the nanolasers our lab makes.  It’s supposed to be a single column all by itself, roughly cylindrical with a bit of a funky coke bottle shape, about 1/100 the height of a sheet of printer paper.  We etch out the column from a solid block of layered semiconductor, using a bombardment of high-energy plasma from the top.  So, how did the nanolaser end up carving its shadow into solid semiconductor?
It seems that when we use the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to look at our nanolasers after various steps in our fabrication process, the microscope’s electron beam changes the properties of the semiconductor it hits, making it more resistant to our etching plasma.  Since we’re usually imaging our lasers from the side, the electron beam hits each nanolaser pillar at an angle, and the area hidden behind the nanolaser gets shielded from the beam.
What this means, unfortunately, is that the more we use SEM to look at our fabrication progress, the less predictable the fabrication process becomes. A watched laser never lases.
Fabrication and SEM by Dr. Qing Gu.

lewisandquark:

When a nanolaser casts a shadow, the grad student gets 6 more weeks of fabrication.

The pillar in the middle is one of the nanolasers our lab makes.  It’s supposed to be a single column all by itself, roughly cylindrical with a bit of a funky coke bottle shape, about 1/100 the height of a sheet of printer paper.  We etch out the column from a solid block of layered semiconductor, using a bombardment of high-energy plasma from the top.  So, how did the nanolaser end up carving its shadow into solid semiconductor?

It seems that when we use the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to look at our nanolasers after various steps in our fabrication process, the microscope’s electron beam changes the properties of the semiconductor it hits, making it more resistant to our etching plasma.  Since we’re usually imaging our lasers from the side, the electron beam hits each nanolaser pillar at an angle, and the area hidden behind the nanolaser gets shielded from the beam.

What this means, unfortunately, is that the more we use SEM to look at our fabrication progress, the less predictable the fabrication process becomes. A watched laser never lases.

Fabrication and SEM by Dr. Qing Gu.

8:00pm | author:

"Hydra 70"

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II is a program to provide a laser guidance to the existing Hydra 70 systems in service. It was cancelled by the US Army in February 2007,[5] but was restarted by the US Navy in 2008. Similar programs are the US Navy Low-Cost Guided Imaging Rocket, Lockheed Martin Direct Attack Guided Rocket and the ATK/Elbit Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket – Laser.

Defense contractors in action.

10:51am | author:
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8:17am | author:
algopop:

Zazzle boT-shirts 
Zazzle is great place to spot generative bots in action. The online marketplace has an API that allows scripts to upload designs, which has been exploited by those who seek to gain the trickle earnings of the Long-tail demand economy. By generating millions of variants of t-shirts and other products, the bots increase their chances of niche demand sales. To see a bot in action simply sort the items by Newest and refresh every now and again to find more items added to the market. Eventually you’ll spot patterns in the way products are generated, often the bot is going through words from A to Z. Above are some T-shirts generated when it passed through words beginning with ‘Ex’. 

algopop:

Zazzle boT-shirts 

Zazzle is great place to spot generative bots in action. The online marketplace has an API that allows scripts to upload designs, which has been exploited by those who seek to gain the trickle earnings of the Long-tail demand economy. By generating millions of variants of t-shirts and other products, the bots increase their chances of niche demand sales. To see a bot in action simply sort the items by Newest and refresh every now and again to find more items added to the market. Eventually you’ll spot patterns in the way products are generated, often the bot is going through words from A to Z. Above are some T-shirts generated when it passed through words beginning with ‘Ex’. 

6:03pm | author:

"Marketing Gone Bad"

In this month’s Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view, The Con­tent Mar­ket­ing Revo­lu­tion smells like con­cen­trat­ed essence of evil; an uniron­ic paean to the take-over of jour­nal­is­m, and pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion, by mar­ke­teer­s.

I rec­om­mend read­ing it, if on­ly for shock val­ue; here are a cou­ple of out-takes for fla­vor.

Brands are no longer mere­ly ped­dling prod­uct­s; they’re pro­duc­ing, un­earthing, and dis­tribut­ing in­for­ma­tion. And be­cause they do, the cor­po­ra­tion be­comes not just eco­nom­i­cal­ly im­por­tant to so­ci­ety, but in­tel­lec­tu­al­ly es­sen­tial as well.

Just a sec, be right back.

Sor­ry, had to make an un­ex­pect­ed run for the loo there; hate it when that hap­pen­s. Let’s try again.

Brand­ed con­tent is a brave new world and a brand’s ed­i­to­ri­al team, re­gard­less of how it’s or­ga­nized, must learn to live and breathe a company’s bot­tom line while al­so be­ing mind­ful of the kinds of sto­ries that ap­peal to read­er­s.

Just a sec, be right back.

I guess that’s the new ethos of jour­nal­is­m: the employer’s bot­tom line plus the kinds of sto­ries that ap­peal. Author Alexan­der Jutkowitz is on the board of over­seers of the Columbia Jour­nal­ism Re­view so I guess this rep­re­sents main­stream think­ing on the profession’s fu­ture.

11:00pm | author:

monetizeyourcat:

algopop:

Bots - talking amongst themselves - via

A twitter conversation between two bots (@oliviataters and @notkeithcalder) was picked up and intercepted by the Bank of America bot account. This is twitter bot culture sans humans. 

how beauteous mankind is! o brave new world, that has such people in ‘t!

(via webinarfantastic)

6:21pm | author:

ipgd:

oh my god. tumblr. tumblr. please. there is no “4chan raid”. 4chan is not an organized website and the people who use it have the attention spans of gnats. if there is any “raiding” going on, it is literally a selection of individuals that you could count on one hand who would have been bored of this within hours of beginning if you hadn’t responded with a degree of hysteria that reaches “confused grandma tries to use a computer” levels of gullibility

if you stop making 60,000 note deep reblog chains about how 4chan is engaging in CYBERTERRORISM and that the FBI is going to SHUT DOWN THEIR WEBSITE i fucking guarantee you whatever four nerds are actually doing anything at all on tumblr will stop and you will never hear from them again. the entire substance of this “raid” is making fake posts about what they’re going to do and posting screencaps for you diarrhea dump in your baby diapers and it is working so effectively that i feel embarrassed to be here

9:00am | author:

Vulnerability

kazerad:

The insidious thing about malicious manipulation is that, by design, it goes unnoticed.

Manipulation is an act of subterfuge, and a victim of manipulation does not see themselves as a victim. From the victim’s perspective, they aren’t being manipulated - they are being informed, or protected, or making a choice based on available evidence. A person who is being controlled through manipulation thinks they are in complete control of their own thoughts and actions, and this raises an unsettling question: how do we actually know if someone is manipulating us?

To address this, you really have to get into what makes manipulation what it is. Like mentioned above, it’s fundamentally an act of subterfuge. However, unlike conventional misinformation or the simple act of lying, a manipulator creates complex, self-sustaining structures that can resist or invalidate counterevidence. They effectively create lies that cannot be proven wrong, and to resist this you have to do something that seems extremely counterintuitive to resisting manipulation:

You have to make sure your beliefs have vulnerabilities

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Imagine, for example, that you completely suck at basketball For most of you, this probably will not take much imagination. Let’s say you start to theorize that wearing a sports jersey will improve your basketball abilities. Since, after all, the professional players wear them.

This isn’t a particularly harmful idea, because it has vulnerability. After donning a jersey, you’ll be able to see if you actually get any better at basketball. You even have a numerical metric (score) to judge yourself by. If your average score with a jersey is not discernibly higher than your score without a jersey, you will more or less know that you were wrong. The entire belief is firmly tied to reality, there is an easy way to judge it, and it can be weakened or destroyed if it does not reflect reality. It is extremely vulnerable.

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But now, imagine you are a malicious manipulator who wants to sell as many jerseys as possible. And imagine you have no ethical boundaries for doing so.

You could make an outright false claim like “this jersey will make you better at basketball”, but - as mentioned above - that would be extremely vulnerable. Almost every person who uses the jersey would be able to tell that the claim was false. However, imagine you made a claim that was harder to directly address. Like, rather than saying the jersey will increase someone’s basketball ability, you say it will increase their torso agility.

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Unlike basketball ability, there is no real way to measure “torso agility”. Agility itself is a pretty vaguely defined concept - the closest thing it’s ever gotten to an official definition was when some researchers said it was “rapid whole body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus”, and reducing it to “torso agility” invalidates that.

While it’s pretty reasonable to say that increased torso agility helps someone play basketball (after all, more agility is better), it is very hard to dispute the claim that the jersey increases torso agility. If someone’s basketball ability does not improve after wearing it, you could easily just claim that they weren’t fully utilizing that new agility. Likewise, it would be very hard for them to show that their torso hasn’t gotten more agile - how would you even measure that?. By dealing with something that cannot be concretely analyzed, you have successfully created a stable manipulation entity separate from reality.

And that makes you a dick!

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In a lot of ways, this actually parallels the mechanics of mental illness. Someone who suffers severe obsessive compulsive disorder, for example, is disjointed from reality. They might feel like something horrible will happen if they don’t pass through a door in just the right way, and counterevidence will just be dismissed as “I got lucky that time”. Someone with severe depression will feel worthless, and no amount of testimony or empirical analysis of their value will shake that belief - the testimony is just wrong. The beliefs are not vulnerable; they exist in a place where outside reality cannot touch them, and this leads to the “downward spirals” typical of many mental illnesses.

When it comes to conscious manipulation, you can see this same thing very clearly in religious cults. A cult leader may say that a proper amount of faith (and accompanying donations) will make something favorable happen. If someone makes those donations and something favorable doesn’t happen, then their faith wasn’t strong enough and they have to try even harder. It’s a downward spiral based around an idea that cannot be disproved. It’s a very well-designed manipulation construct in that it disjoints the victim from reality. 

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If you’ve seen that recent “#LikeAGirl” video sponsored by Always, there is a scene toward the end of it that completely hits the nail on the head when it comes to resisting manipulation. The woman in the blue dress is essentially giving the advice to be empirical. She is encouraging young girls to take the notion that being “like a girl” is a negative thing and hold it up against measurable results - to keep it vulnerable to counterevidence, rather than treating it as inherently true. While most people are probably just going to interpret the video as yet another toothless statement of  ”our word use causes problems”, the lady in the blue dress actually delivers an incredibly important message about countering manipulation by remaining tied to reality. Determining beliefs based on what you experience rather than what you’re told.

And that is all it really comes down to: remaining tied to reality. It is very easy for us to latch onto harmful false beliefs, and they are often planted there by someone who wants to control us. Like an airborne sickness, it’s not something you can completely wipe out or isolate yourself from - all you can do is develop the antibodies to get over it quickly. To resist harmful manipulation you need to constantly question whether your ideas have vulnerabilities and, if one doesn’t, take a very serious look into where you got it.

Having beliefs that cannot possibly be shaken does not make you an admirable person, It just makes you a danger to yourself and others. Having an invulnerable belief is the biggest red flag that you are someone else’s pawn, and recognizing it is crucial. If you let someone cut your ties to reality, there is no telling what they’ll make you believe.

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9:23pm | author:
taurself:

so tumblr can make their own posts un-rebloggable but not implement this for everyone and people’s comfort when they make personal posts they don’t want people reblogging??

"Making posts unrebloggable" is the Tumblr community’s favorite impossible feature. It wouldn’t provide anything more than the faintest impression of security, because, of course, the analog hole is still there.
We know this for a fact, and the OP knows this, because this post is literally a screenshot of an unrebloggable post. Wow, removing the reblog button sure stopped 2 thousand fucking people from reblogging this!
I know that I, and a bunch of other people, have talked a lot about Tumblr’s culture of lazy uncritical thinking. But this is worse than the time more than 800,000 people reblogged a looping gif thinking it was a countdown timer, if only due to the manifestly self-defeating nature of the activism. Each person who reblogs this makes the “unrebloggable post” feature more patently and obviously useless.

taurself:

so tumblr can make their own posts un-rebloggable but not implement this for everyone and people’s comfort when they make personal posts they don’t want people reblogging??

"Making posts unrebloggable" is the Tumblr community’s favorite impossible feature. It wouldn’t provide anything more than the faintest impression of security, because, of course, the analog hole is still there.

We know this for a fact, and the OP knows this, because this post is literally a screenshot of an unrebloggable post. Wow, removing the reblog button sure stopped 2 thousand fucking people from reblogging this!

I know that I, and a bunch of other people, have talked a lot about Tumblr’s culture of lazy uncritical thinking. But this is worse than the time more than 800,000 people reblogged a looping gif thinking it was a countdown timer, if only due to the manifestly self-defeating nature of the activism. Each person who reblogs this makes the “unrebloggable post” feature more patently and obviously useless.

(Source: queergumi, via vappy)

9:05am | author:

nostalgebraist:

When I read people who get really into specific ev psych hypotheses about all the fancy domain-specific mental modules we supposedly have, I just want to tell them that

you know there isn’t that much room in the human genome

it contains on the order of a gigabyte of data, more like 600 MB according to some estimates

you have applications on your computer that contain more bits than the human genome

about a third of that information is also present in the fruit fly genome

and that ~1GB also includes the genes for all the biochemical stuff going on in your body that doesn’t have anything to do with cognition

how do we get such a complicated and yet precisely specified brain, with ~10^14 synapses, out of those ~10^9 bytes of genome?  by a genetically guided learning process that imports massive quantities of information from the environment

[…]

Genome size correlates very poorly to organism “complexity”. The human genome is 3.2 gigabases. Corn is 2Gb. Paris japonica, another plant, has 150Gb. The animal with the largest genome we know of is the marbled lungfish, with 133Gb.

Selection pressures favoring a smaller genome in anything bigger than a bacteria would appear to be pretty weak. Drawing any kind of qualitative prediction about an animal from the size of its genome would also seem to be pretty foolish.

Also, further down the reblog chain, you talk about Kolmogorov complexity. Kolmogorov complexity is a very useful concept, but it’s tricky to use in a practical manner, since it’s literally uncomputable. You can kinda approximate it in some cases, but for any nontrivial string (such as: the entire dang human genome) your approximated complexity will be worse than true Kolmogorov complexity by some unknown amount. (Soler-Tuscano et. al. have actually gone ahead and brute-force calculated the K-complexity for “all 11n=12n binary strings of length n<12 and for most strings of length 12n16 by running all 2.5×10^13 Turing machines with 5 states and 2 symbols (8×22^9 with reduction techniques)”, which seems a little pointless, but that’s information theory for you.)

10:02pm | author:

Anonymous said: How valid is that post going around with the red squares showing *~how much space would be needed for solar panels to power the world~*? I feel like it's an under-estimation with the technology we have right now, and looking at the source it's fucking 9 years old.

I haven’t seen this post, actually. Are you talking about this?

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I’d say that this chart isn’t actually too far off the mark. Their math is a little fuzzy, (“20% system efficiency”! Ha!) but the difference would only add a couple hundred pixels to the size of the boxes. The Earth is big, and there is a lot of sunlight.

But "the only figure of merit in solar power is cost per KWp installed."

Topaz Solar Farm in California is/will be the world’s largest solar installation. Located in a site with the best possible conditions, it has a design output of 1,096GWh a year. But, dude, it’s projected to cost $2.5 billion to build.

Landartgenerator.com is using 199,721,000GWh as a total global energy budget for 2030. That would require 182,227 Topaz Solar Farms, or $455 trillion dollars.

That would consume the entire economic output of the United States for 30 years, and that’s just for the damn solar panels! It doesn’t include all the electrical transmission infrastructure you’d need, or conversion costs for electrifying our entire transportation network. (Step one: replace every gasoline car in the world with an electric car. Step two…)

Pointing out that solar wouldn’t actually take up that much land area, (though half a million square kilometres is still a heck of a lot of land) while true, is disingenuous. It’s like pointing at an Apollo capsule and saying, “See, look at how small it is! It’s not that expensive to go to the Moon!”

10:41pm | author: