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  • Oh nice, Picat seems interesting. I've been meaning to learn Prolog or some other language in that category, but never got around to it aside from a couple of half-hearted attempts at following some Prolog tutorial or another

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    Skyrim has over double the daily users as Starfield
  • I must have sunk over a thousand hours into Skyrim over the years, and I think I've finished the main quest line exactly once and that was after a year or two of playing. Same with Oblivion too

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    No, Wind Farms Aren’t ‘Driving Whales Crazy’ | Donald Trump has attacked President Biden’s climate and energy policies with gusto, but many of his criticisms are simply untrue.
  • It's funny how conservatives start pretending they care about the environment only when they're opposing something actually environmentally friendly, and even then their claims are universally so idiotic that nobody with a functioning cortex should believe them – but here we are.

    One of my favorite examples is a Finnish right wing MEP claiming that wind farms make birds' eyeballs explode. I guarantee they don't give a flying fuck about any fucking birds, they just know that leftists like wind farms so that means they're evil.

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    EU näytti vihreää valoa ydinvoimalle – pienydinvoimaloita tulossa todennäköisesti vasta 30-luvulla
  • Aa, tuopa on ihan jännä tuo että luvat pitää löytyä ennen vuotta '45. Kieltämättä kyllä ongelmallisen kuuloinen paketti, en ollut tutustunut noin syvällisesti – kiitos syvällisestä kommentista.

    Onko tuossa kyse siis EU-tason rahahanojen kiinnimenosta, vai siitä ettei vuoden '45 jälkeen saa kansallisestikaan enää rahoittaa näitä "siirtymävaiheen" tekniikoita? Oma osaaminen enemmän tuolla GDPR:n, PSD:n ja ePrivacyn suunnilla niin tää energia-alan regulointi EU:ssa on ihan vierasta

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    EU näytti vihreää valoa ydinvoimalle – pienydinvoimaloita tulossa todennäköisesti vasta 30-luvulla
  • Vahvasti epäilen ettei kukaan ydinenergia-alan toimija jää poteroonsa makaamaan ihan vaan koska sääntely muuttui ja vielä parempaan suuntaan: noinkin säännellyllä alalla sääntely-ympäristön muutokset on aina riski, ja toimijan on pakko olla tietoinen siitä että matkaan voi tulla mutkia yhtä lailla kuin helpotuksiakin. Sitä on mentävä vallitsevan tilanteen mukaan ja perehdyttävä tämänhetkiseen EU-tason ympäristöön, että voi tarvittaessa esim. ottaa yhteyttä meppeihinsä jos näyttää siltä että hommalla on uhka mennä epäsuotuisaksi. Löytyy varmasti myös kaiken maailman Working Grouppia ja vaikka mitä johon voi mahdollisesti päästä tunkemaan mukaan, jos löytyy halua yrittää vaikuttaa asioihin.

    En siis ole sätiöintialalla itse ollut, mutta parilta muulta säännellymmältä alalta on kokemusta

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    The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays
  • Interesting question. My background is in computer science so I'll definitely be interested to hear of any more "biological" research related to ants. In CS there's a class of stochastic optimization algorithms that are inspired by how anthills solve problems and have analogue to eg. pheromones. See eg. this Scholarpedia page for more information. Also here is a paper with the funny title "Do Ant Colonies Obey the Talmud?" about computation and ant colonies – it uses a Talmudic example to show that ant colonies at least as defined in the simplified model are capable of solving optimization problems

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    The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays
  • You're most welcome!

    I love both Aeon and its sibling publication Psyche, they've both had multiple articles over the years that have pretty radically overhauled my view of the world. The articles are very often written by researchers (although this particular article isn't), and it really shows in the quality of the articles. I've been a happy donor for years now, truly worth it

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    Helldivers 2’s concurrent Steam player count is now higher than all other PlayStation PC launches combined
  • Exactly! Designing a truly horizontally scalable system for something like this is damn hard and requires pretty specialized knowledge. It's often the case that it simply isn't possible to scale up the first version of some system you come up with since you may need to eg. completely rethink how clients communicate, or how you manage state updates and propagation, or need to rethink the consistency model you use to store the state over multiple nodes etc.

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    The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays
  • For the entomologist Neil Tsutsui, who studies unicolonial ants at the University of California, Berkeley, insects are like Rorschach tests. Some people see his research as evidence that we should all get along, while others see the case for racial purity.

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  • aeon.co The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays

    Over the past four centuries quadrillions of ants have created a strange and turbulent global society that shadows our own

    cross-posted from: https://sopuli.xyz/post/9346337

    > […] > What is surprising is how poorly we still understand global ant societies: there is a science-fiction epic going on under our feet, an alien geopolitics being negotiated by the 20 quadrillion ants living on Earth today. It might seem like a familiar story, but the more time I spend with it, the less familiar it seems, and the more I want to resist relying on human analogies. Its characters are strange; its scales hard to conceive. Can we tell the story of global ant societies without simply retelling our own story? > > […] > Recognition looks very different for humans and insects. Human society relies on networks of reciprocity and reputation, underpinned by language and culture. Social insects – ants, wasps, bees and termites – rely on chemical badges of identity. In ants, this badge is a blend of waxy compounds that coat the body, keeping the exoskeleton watertight and clean. The chemicals in this waxy blend, and their relative strengths, are genetically determined and variable. This means that a newborn ant can quickly learn to distinguish between nest mates and outsiders as it becomes sensitive to its colony’s unique scent. Insects carrying the right scent are fed, groomed and defended; those with the wrong one are rejected or fought. > > […] > It is remarkable how irresistible the language of human warfare and empire can be when trying to describe the global history of ant expansion. Most observers – scientists, journalists, others – seem not to have tried. Human efforts to control ants are regularly described as a war, as is competition between invaders and native ants, and it is easy to see why comparisons are made between the spread of unicolonial ant societies and human colonialism. People have been drawing links between insect and human societies for millennia. But what people see says more about them than about insects.

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    aeon.co The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays

    Over the past four centuries quadrillions of ants have created a strange and turbulent global society that shadows our own

    > […] > What is surprising is how poorly we still understand global ant societies: there is a science-fiction epic going on under our feet, an alien geopolitics being negotiated by the 20 quadrillion ants living on Earth today. It might seem like a familiar story, but the more time I spend with it, the less familiar it seems, and the more I want to resist relying on human analogies. Its characters are strange; its scales hard to conceive. Can we tell the story of global ant societies without simply retelling our own story? > > […] > Recognition looks very different for humans and insects. Human society relies on networks of reciprocity and reputation, underpinned by language and culture. Social insects – ants, wasps, bees and termites – rely on chemical badges of identity. In ants, this badge is a blend of waxy compounds that coat the body, keeping the exoskeleton watertight and clean. The chemicals in this waxy blend, and their relative strengths, are genetically determined and variable. This means that a newborn ant can quickly learn to distinguish between nest mates and outsiders as it becomes sensitive to its colony’s unique scent. Insects carrying the right scent are fed, groomed and defended; those with the wrong one are rejected or fought. > > […] > It is remarkable how irresistible the language of human warfare and empire can be when trying to describe the global history of ant expansion. Most observers – scientists, journalists, others – seem not to have tried. Human efforts to control ants are regularly described as a war, as is competition between invaders and native ants, and it is easy to see why comparisons are made between the spread of unicolonial ant societies and human colonialism. People have been drawing links between insect and human societies for millennia. But what people see says more about them than about insects.

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    Source: https://www.thingsinsquares.com/comics/hit-tv/

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    4 panel comic.

    The 1st panel has a rectangular LED screen on a purplish pink background, and the screen is showing static and vertical streaks. In the foreground is a speech bubble with the text "Rupert, the TV is acting up!".

    2nd panel shows a woman sitting on the couch, and Rupert peeking from around the corner saying "just hit it again". The walls are pink, and the TV's more purplish pink antenna – shaped like a triangle standing on its edge – is visible in the foreground.

    3rd panel shows that the woman has gotten up from the couch. She's looking menacing and cracking her knuckles. More of the TV is visible, its top is round and also a more purplish pink.

    4th panel shows a Teletubby trembling in fear, holding its hands up to its face and looking miserable. In the foreground the woman's back and raised fist is partially visible

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    More Wall Street Firms Are Flip-Flopping on Climate. Here’s Why
  • Yep exactly. They were never going to go through with any of it anyhow, they just essentially signed a paper saying "yep when the time comes we'll do it for sure! You can trust us, we're not lizard people!" and that was their greenwashing done. Came time to actually do something and they went "no thank you, sounds expensive"

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    Michael Cohen suggests Trump’s mounting legal fees make him ‘thoroughly compromised’: ‘He is for sale’
  • Conservatives (or right-wing authoritarians more exactly) have a tendency to… well, have lower general intelligence – this is why they're so easy to con and will fall for obviously ridiculous bullshit like Q or flat earth etc. There's actually been a ton of studies into this, here's a few as an example (in a spoiler block so they don't make the comment a huge wall of text):

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    Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.

    We report longitudinal data in which we assessed the relationships between intelligence and support for two constructs that shape ideological frameworks, namely, right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and social dominance orientation (SDO). Participants (N = 375) were assessed in Grade 7 and again in Grade 12. Verbal and numerical ability were assessed when students entered high school in Grade 7. RWA and SDO were assessed before school graduation in Grade 12. After controlling for the possible confounding effects of personality and religious values in Grade 12, RWA was predicted by low g (β = -.16) and low verbal intelligence (β = -.18). SDO was predicted by low verbal intelligence only (β = -.13). These results are discussed with reference to the role of verbal intelligence in predicting support for such ideological frameworks and some comments are offered regarding the cognitive distinctions between RWA and SDO.

    Conservatism and cognitive ability are negatively correlated. The evidence is based on 1254 community college students and 1600 foreign students seeking entry to United States' universities. At the individual level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with SAT, Vocabulary, and Analogy test scores. At the national level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with measures of education (e.g., gross enrollment at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels) and performance on mathematics and reading assessments from the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) project. They also correlate with components of the Failed States Index and several other measures of economic and political development of nations. Conservatism scores have higher correlations with economic and political measures than estimated IQ scores.

    [T]here exists a solid empirical paper trail demonstrating that lower cognitive abilities (e.g., abstract-reasoning skills and verbal, nonverbal, and general intelligence) predict greater prejudice. We discuss how the effects of lower cognitive ability on prejudice are explained (i.e., mediated) by greater endorsement of right-wing socially conservative attitude. […]

    Right-wing ideologies offer well-structured and ordered views about society that preserve traditional societal conventions and norms (e.g., Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, & Sulloway, 2003). Such ideological belief systems are particularly attractive to individuals who are strongly motivated to avoid uncertainty and ambiguity in preference for simplicity and predictability (Jost et al., 2003; Roets & Van Hiel, 2011). Theoretically, individuals with lower mental abilities should be attracted by right-wing social-cultural ideologies because they minimize complexity and increase perceived control (Heaven, Ciarrochi, & Leeson, 2011; Stankov, 2009). Conversely, individuals with greater cognitive skills are better positioned to understand changing and dynamic societal contexts, which should facilitate open-minded, relatively left-leaning attitudes (Deary et al., 2008a; Heaven et al., 2011; McCourt, Bouchard, Lykken, Tellegen, & Keyes, 1999). Lower cognitive abilities therefore draw people to strategies and ideologies that emphasize what is presently known and considered acceptable to make sense and impose order over their environment. Resistance to social change and the preservation of the status quo regarding societal traditions—key principles underpinning right-wing social-cultural ideologies—should be particularly appealing to those wishing to avoid uncertainty and threat.

    Indeed, the empirical literature reveals negative relations between cognitive abilities and right-wing social-cultural attitudes, including right-wing authoritarian (e.g., Keiller, 2010; McCourt et al., 1999), socially conservative (e.g., Stankov, 2009; Van Hiel et al., 2010), and religious attitudes (e.g., Zuckerman, Silberman, & Hall, 2013).

    With Donald Trump the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, speculations of why Trump resonates with many Americans are widespread-as are suppositionsof whether, independent of party identification, people might vote for Hillary Clinton. The present study, using a sample of American adults (n=406), investigated whether two ideological beliefs, namely, right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and social dominance orientation (SDO) uniquely predicted Trump supportand voting intentions for Clinton. Cognitive ability as a predictor of RWA and SDO was also tested. Path analyses, controlling for political party identification,revealed that higher RWA and SDO uniquely predicted more favorable attitudes of Trump, greater intentions to vote for Trump, and lower intentions to vote for Clinton. Lower cognitive ability predicted greater RWA and SDO and indirectly predicted more favorable Trump attitudes, greater intentions to vote for Trump and lower intentionsto vote for Clinton.

    In Study 1, alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism (controlling for sex, education, and political identification). In Study 2, participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts. In Study 3, time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms. In Study 4, participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism. Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases.

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    EU näytti vihreää valoa ydinvoimalle – pienydinvoimaloita tulossa todennäköisesti vasta 30-luvulla
  • Eipä siitä ole kuin pari vuotta aikaa, kun EU oli sitä mieltä et ydinvoimaloiden rahoittaminen pitäisi sulkea kestävän rahoituksen ulkopuolelle. Ne ei onnistunu siinä ja näyttää siltä et nyt kelkka on käännetty kokonaan. Toivottavasti se et ne poukkoilee tolleen ei syö niiden toimien uskottavauutta.

    Mä en suoraan sanoen pysty millään tavalla ymmärtämään ajatusmaailmaa, jossa mielensä muuttaminen voisi jollain tavalla syödä uskottavuutta. Tiedän siis kyllä että näitä ihmisiä löytyy aika määrissä, mutta en silti tajua sitä ajatusmaailmaa.

    Vitunmoisen tollot pitää kiinni mielipiteestään täysin huolimatta siitä, että olisiko uudelleentarkastelulle ihan jopa paikkansa – kyllähän sitä nyt pitää aikuisen ihmisen kyetä tarkastelemaan ja muuttamaan omia kantojaan uuden tiedon valossa. EU:ssa on instituutiona ilmeisesti alettu pääsemään wanhojen vihreiden ydinvoimavastaisuudesta eroon.

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    More Wall Street Firms Are Flip-Flopping on Climate. Here’s Why
  • Wall Street’s retreat from earlier environmental pledges has been on a slow, steady glide path for months, particularly as Republicans began withering political attacks, saying the investment firms were engaging in “woke capitalism.”

    (Emphasis mine.)

    Conservatives have completely lost their fucking minds.

    But as that Columbia prof is quoted saying in the text, nearly all of this "green" bullshit is completely cosmetic anyhow, so it's no surprise that corporations are just "removing the makeup" so to speak

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    Alabama Rules That Frozen Embryos Are 'Children'
  • Being as I am from the Nordics where religion is generally not too visible in public life, seeing language that is this explicitly religious in legal text is just mind-boggling:

    the Alabama Constitution Section 36.06, which argues that each person was made in God’s image, meaning each life has an incalculable value that “cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God.”

    Also, here's a completely random legal factlet for you: the Criminal Code of Finland was originally written into law in 1889 and it still has an "intro" from tsar Alexander III of Russia. It translates to approximately this:

    We Alexander the Third, by the Grace of God, Emperor and Sovereign of the whole Russian Empire, Tsar of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland, etc., etc., etc., etc., do hereby make known: by the subordinate proposal of the State Legislatures of Finland, We hereby graciously establish the following criminal code for the Grand Duchy of Finland, the enforcement of which, as well as the execution of penalties, shall be the subject of a special decree

    That's the only part left of the original law, the rest has been amended a zillion times and I think the oldest sections in the current text are from the 70's. Why that bit from the tsar is still there is honestly a good question, considering our time under Russian rule isn't exactly fondly remembered (although wasn't nearly as bad as what they got in the Baltics for example).

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    Palworld is getting anticheat, but it shouldn't cause issues for Steam Deck/Linux because it will be mostly optional
  • You can thank the completely obscene financialization of everything for that. Suits don't care about making things people enjoy, they care about making things that generate money. Skinner box microtransaction mechanisms etc. are just a result of that – many games aren't made to be fun, they're made to make you pay

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  • yle.fi Ylen kysely: Enemmistö suomalaisista hyväksyy lakot hallituksen työmarkkinauudistuksia vastaan

    Lakkojen ja hallituksen uudistusten hyväksyntä mukailee puoluekannatusta, mutta Taloustutkimuksen tekemä kysely paljastaa myös poikkeuksia.

    Älkää antako oikeiston väittää, että enemmistö olisi lakkoja vastaan tai tukisi hallituksen toimia.

    Mitali ensimmäiselle joka kommenteissa väittää (tosissaan, toim. huom.) tämän olevan vasemmistopropagandaa koska Yle

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    It makes peace with voting for the Biden

    Edit: new and improved image, now with 100% less support! Used my expert photo editing skills to change "supporting" to say "voting for"

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    vimeo.com Hardly Working

    Hardly Working sheds a limelight on the very characters that normally remain in the background of video games: NPCs. They are non-player characters that populate…

    > The street sweeper has a decent work-life balance. She takes her job very seriously. She guides her broom with intent, and her gaze is directed at the ground at all times. She sweeps meticulously, almost gingerly even. There is one particular spot she pays special attention to. For over two and a half hours she does nothing but sweep this one small area. And yet, all the effort doesn’t lead to any visible changes. No matter how diligently she sweeps, the sidewalk remains dusty and full of dried mud.

    > […] Does the launderess dream of her desires, of the things she might see or become? Does she work this hard because she believes it is her job that will emancipate her? Turn her dreams into reality, some day, at the terminal station of her infinite loop of labor performance?

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    Not mine.

    "Part 1" is this, it's also linked to in the body.

    I really wonder what happened:

    > Update (21 August 2023): I did continue my investigation, but I have decided not to publish the results. Please do not continue to email me about this.

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    www.theguardian.com Nato chief says Trump remarks may put US and EU lives at risk

    Jens Stoltenberg says Nato ‘ready and able to defend all allies’, after Trump invited Russia to attack member countries

    A White House spokesperson put it the best, I think:

    > The White House spokesperson Andrew Bates, when asked about Trump’s comments, said: “Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged – and it endangers American national security, global stability and our economy at home.”

    What's so insane about all this is that Trump saying something like that out loud means it's now practically gospel to the vast majority of GOP voters, and might as well be official party policy.

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