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Apostolis Xekoukoulotakis (guest) 03 Jul 2020 08:32
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Institutional Senescence

I don't understand your article that much. If we assume that there are some inefficiencies in a social organization, we need to first identify the cause of those inefficiencies.

In the case of the credit system, or what I call capitalism, we do not have equilibrium, thus we cannot talk about nash equilibrium. It is a dynamical system with specific properties, such as having economic crises.
Capitalism does not necessarily accumulate new dynamical tendencies other than the ones it already has.
It accumulates the results of those tendencies as time goes by.

I agree with you that change requires that some people have an incentive to change the system. Otherwise, the only other outcome is destruction.

But destruction does not necessarily mean that something new will come that does not have the same tendencies as before.

by Apostolis Xekoukoulotakis (guest), 03 Jul 2020 08:32
beec (guest) 09 Jun 2020 15:52
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Unit Test Fetish

I just want to say that I send this article to devs I work with all the time. If I could change one thing about our industry it would be the dogma of writing microscopic unit tests and missing the big picture.

by beec (guest), 09 Jun 2020 15:52
dr.fullhouse (guest) 03 Jun 2020 18:11
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » The Pashalik Syndrome

Thoughtful article. But I would say it's more complicated than that.

The (perceived) guarantee of perpetual access is only one of necessary conditions. Some other conditions, which must be met by the majority of users, are:
- the need or desire to use the resource in the future,
- the belief that they will *be able to* and *want to* use the resource in the future (as opposed to simply being allowed to),
- the belief that the majority of *others* meet these criteria as well.

The last point is related to the prisoner's dilemma. If I want to not over-exploit, but I simply don't believe anyone else cares, then why should I? In my experience most people tend to be rather pessimistic, and rightfully so. And some just use is as a blatant excuse for their own selfishness.

by dr.fullhouse (guest), 03 Jun 2020 18:11

It's not just proposition 3. The entire article is about looking for slack and finding not much of it anywhere.

As for sex I've meant the classic problem of throwing away 50% of your genome, not the problem of sexual dimorphism.

by martin_sustrikmartin_sustrik, 30 May 2020 06:00
dr.fullhouse (guest) 30 May 2020 01:14
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » In Search of Slack

"3 Proposition: Two-layer evolutionary systems can produce their own slack. The outer system can introduce rules that give inner system some slack." – correct me if I'm misunderstanding what you're trying to say, but you seem to contradict yourself in the following examples, each of which shows the opposite case – the outer system giving little or no slack to the inner system.

"If there's a mysterious question in evolutionary biology, it's the very existence of sex." – here it's not clear which aspect of "sex" do you have in mind. The existence of two distinct sexes (i.e. as opposed to hermaphroditism), or sexual replication (i.e. including hermaphroditism)? But then I guess "the very existence of sex" might very well encompass both.

by dr.fullhouse (guest), 30 May 2020 01:14

I drew them.

by martin_sustrikmartin_sustrik, 30 May 2020 00:00
dr.fullhouse (guest) 29 May 2020 14:46
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » In Search of Slack

How where the first four graphs generated, or where were they taken from?

by dr.fullhouse (guest), 29 May 2020 14:46
alan (guest) 26 May 2020 20:08
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Does GPL hurt free software?

Don't forget that the GPL was first written in 1989. We didn't have the Internet as an essentially free mechanism for software distribution, collaboration, and advertising. Someone selling a fork of your free program was a much larger problem because there was no practical way for the end user to learn about or obtain the free version. That company would have a larger advertising budget than the independent developer that created it and could easily put his consultant service out of business. This is much less of a problem in the Internet era, thanks to services like Github that are accessible to developers with zero budget.

Also, the GPL is like a labor union. You either meet the union's demands or they all walk out, shutting your company down. This type of bully tactic hinges on the assumption that you are unwilling to call their bluff. If you can afford to throw them all out and re-hire a non-union workforce from scratch, the union has no power. That's the GPL's problem. It worked for the type of monolithic software that was written in 1989 because those programs were almost all in-house code. The modern trend towards modular, component-based designs and the Internet's ease of publishing and discovering re-usable components have drastically lowered the work required to swap out GPLed code for something with a more permissive license. Compatibility with other licenses is very important in modern software development, but not as much so in the world that created the GPL.

That's not to say that the GPL is bad, merely written with a different world in mind. If the GPL were written today, it would most likely look very different.

by alan (guest), 26 May 2020 20:08
alan (guest) 26 May 2020 19:19
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Enclave Pattern

This is similar to what C# does with "Attached Properties". For example, any object placed into a Grid container automatically gains Grid.Column and Grid.Row properties that specify which grid cell that object should reside in. This is all part of the implementation of the Grid class, not the class of the object being inserted.

I suppose this is technically part of the WPF toolkit and not the C# language. WPF has been around since 2006, but I can't remember if attached properties have been around from the beginning. There's a chance this could pre-date your idea.

by alan (guest), 26 May 2020 19:19
by merlin (guest), 20 May 2020 06:48
merlin (guest) 20 May 2020 06:47
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Tiles: Report on Programmatic Code Generation

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by rishi (guest), 29 Apr 2020 10:56
agavrel (guest) 28 Apr 2020 03:18
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Partying over Internet: Technological Aspects

I like your idea to implement a virtual kiss

by agavrel (guest), 28 Apr 2020 03:18
Viliam (guest) 07 Apr 2020 21:09
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Beyond Rational Idiotism

This scenario allows a distributed economical attack.

For example, imagine that you say something politically incorrect. I am offended, and I tell my 5000 followers on Twitter to buy a book from you… and never unlock the deposit. Those who join my call will suffer a small loss, which they believe contributes to making the world a better place. You go bankrupt.

In other words, you haven't sufficiently considered the possibility to use the system to punish a non-cheater. For example for something unrelated to the transaction.

Or, another example, possible blackmail: you send me the book, I tell you to give me another book for free (or provide some extra service for free), otherwise I refuse to unlock the deposit. This could be even done with some resemblance of high moral ground: I could argue that some extra service should automatically be a part of whatever product you sell, so I am punishing you for not providing it.

by Viliam (guest), 07 Apr 2020 21:09
Viliam (guest) 07 Apr 2020 20:52
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Does GPL hurt free software?

Ultimately, the following two freedoms are both nice, but mutually exclusive:

1) Freedom to study and modify and distribute any source code.

2) Freedom to sell your software, without your first customer immediately becoming your competitor, possibly just giving your software to the rest of the world for free.

A possible nice compromise could be to allow people to keep trade secrets, but not forever. Something like copyright was originally meant to be: a few years, but not the entire human lifetime. So that any software, once sold, would become public domain five or ten years later. (The company would have to publish the source code for the old version, not just remove it from market and keep selling a later version.) Unfortunately, the lobby for extending copyright is too strong for this to happen.

by Viliam (guest), 07 Apr 2020 20:52

Thanks for the correction. Fixed.

What intrigues me even more about this, is, will people actually use these features after the disease is finally over?

I am an expat. For me, this lockdown matter is actually an advantage: Suddenly, my friends at home and I are on an equal footing when it comes to partying. It would be nice is at least some of that would be preserved in post-COVID19 world. Also: What about digital nomads? Families split over different continents?

by martin_sustrikmartin_sustrik, 06 Apr 2020 04:09
Job (guest) 06 Apr 2020 03:12
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Partying over Internet: Technological Aspects

Kissing? What about hard making out or "docking" for men?

by Job (guest), 06 Apr 2020 03:12
John Curly Braces (guest) 06 Apr 2020 01:25
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Partying over Internet: Technological Aspects

Hey, nice ideas, mimicking a kiss seems like going too far, and I understand companies not having the features mentioned since as you said, they are mostly for business meetings, and the whole idea of a party over the internet was unthinkable before COVID19. What intrigues me even more about this, is, will people actually use these features after the disease is finally over? On one hand, if the group is really divided, then it would make sense to still use the app, but many people that used these features would end up just meeting together physically.

Finally, there is a small typo, it's cabeceo (it comes from "cabeza" that means head in Spanish, and it's literally to nod your head, as the link says).

by John Curly Braces (guest), 06 Apr 2020 01:25
Mal Curtis (guest) 06 Apr 2020 00:41
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Partying over Internet: Technological Aspects

I've been thinking about this too. In fact I've started hacking on an app to solve this for my group of friends. To me the two primary issues are:

1. Sub groups without losing the context of the full group. I want to focus on a set of people and chat with them while also aware of what other groups are around. I want to be able to bring people into these groups at will. This also adds a gamification aspect where you can adjust groups, i.e. randomly, mix people who haven't talked to each other yet etc.
2. Multi monitor. I want to see everyone and real estate is limited on a single screen. I should be able to add multiple windows or computers to my chat and have everyone spread across those windows. Only one window / computer will submit video and audio for me though.

by Mal Curtis (guest), 06 Apr 2020 00:41
Sam (guest) 05 Apr 2020 23:23
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » Partying over Internet: Technological Aspects

You're absolutely on the money about this problem and I've been thinking about it too since lockdown. I would like a difference experience to you though - here's how I envision it:
I get invited to a party - maybe it is a friend I know who is hosting or maybe it is a meetup event where I had to chuck in a trivial amount to cover the cost of using the app etc.
I don't see the total count of people but I get a rough number like less than 50 or less than 20 or "looks like a hundred" …The people I know popup straight away as an option to join their group(s) …if I join one of them or they could be all together I join a smaller group of people in video conference and I pop up on the screen just like in real life if I joined their circle. Another option is to look at what other smaller groups there are and possible who is the person currently speaking …is it a guy talking to some girls or is it a girl talking to her friends or is it a bunch of dudes… I can join any of these groups but if I don't know anyone there my arrival will be less of an event to the group. Just like in real life I can choose to join quietly or I can join with a big "howdy" and see how I'm welcomed.
People will be coming and going in these smaller groups just like at a real party. When it comes to attraction between two people, other people will catch on and excuse themselves or the two and privately side chat and "leave" the party "together"… That in a nutshell would be how I see it. What would be neat is if you had some games you could play to break the ice, especially at a party where nobody knows anyone.

by Sam (guest), 05 Apr 2020 23:23
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