I was watching this video and I don’t agree that the compound game, as described by Yudkowsky, a coin flip followed by 100%:$1M vs. 95%:$5M, is equivalent to the 50%:$1M vs 45%:$5M game. The way Yudkowsky describes it, you have a further choice after the coin flip to change your preference, but a strictly equivalent […]

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Gut instinct

For some reason, I have long thought that a ‘gut check’ is something you do to validate your intuition or ‘gut instinct’. I think my usage has more utility in any case.

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So, we have models which can predict the next thing you’re going to type in an email with sometimes startling accuracy. How quickly can these models adapt to people freaking out and “trying not to sound like an AI”? Are we hearing the first footfalls of an arms race in communications creativity? Watch this space.

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Firefox right-click menu offset

I hit this on a Firefox upgrade sometime ago: the context menu (i.e., the “right-click” menu) would be placed right under my mouse cursor, so if I wanted to click, release, and then select my menu option, the menu option that happened to be in the top-left corner of the menu would be activated when […]

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May you be spared in your life the indignity of a Brooklyn subway public toilet. (Honestly, that’s public toilets in any metro area…yech)

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Somehow, I’ve never seen a photo of a cashew fruit before. It’s one of the oddest-looking fruits.

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