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Its Over 9000

Whenever I try a new Doom mod, I always do a quick run on E1MI, as its the classic opening level. I had heard that Complex Doom: Clusterfuck was a very intense mod, so I ran it on that classic first Doom level. I did not know how intense that could be until I heard some special music start playing in the background, the theme you hear in movies ...

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All Boxes Are Black

Machine learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton came up with a seemingly intractable dilemma: “Suppose you have cancer and you have to choose between a black box AI surgeon that cannot explain how it works but has a 90% cure rate and a human surgeon with an 80% cure rate. Do you want the AI surgeon to be illegal?” But data practitioner Vicki Boykis res...

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The Deep Despair Of The Digital Dirigiste

the eternal recurrence of bueller Imagine giving someone that craves control a level of power they lack in any other context. But they instead are seized with incorrigible gloom and despair. This is the plight of the digital dirigiste. If your goals make it impossible to attain victory, or anything resembling a steady state, then the world i...

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The Only Thing They (Don't) Fear

At the the time of this writing, the corona virus (COVID-19) has spread outside of China. Cases in South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, and other countries are rising. Stopping the virus is still a possibility, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) sees a pandemic scenario as increasingly likely. Since the emergence of COVID-19, the public has be...

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Misuse Your Illusion

I honestly laughed when I read headlines last year that the new Call of Duty game would add “ethical decision-making” as an underlying mechanic. In another past CoD game, the surreal superficiality of being asked to hit the “F” key to honor a fallen comrade during a mostly scripted funeral scene became the basis of a famous meme. In contrast, t...

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The Linux Adventure

a penguin and his pals All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in Linux! A day in Linux is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I love Linux! a slightly modified version of Apone’s speech from Aliens 2020 is not going to be ...

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Excessive Brutality

Brutal Doom is all about feedback. You are free to do almost everything, you have more control over your body, you can kick, you can do a combat roll, you can flip off enemies, rip their heads off with your own hands, the guns fells more alive, animations are smoother, and monsters are not just some vectors that throws projectiles on you until y...

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The Adversarial World

Chances are, you may scroll through your newsfeed and see a story about some quirky solution that foils facial recognition, content analytics software, recording devices, etc. Special makeup that confounds cameras. Neat little tricks that foil virality algorithms. Jewelry or clothes packed with microcontrollers that jam or spoof bugging. The lis...

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