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The Flood / Nice Marvel shilling sperglords
« on: March 26, 2016, 06:18:53 PM »
Just saw Batman vs. Superman. Seriously, how much did Disney pay reviewers to say it was a bad movie? I went in there expecting a 5/10 and got an easy 8. And those reviews on Rotten Tomatoes? There's clearly a bias, with a solid 75% approval from everyone else, there's just no fucking way.

The movie was solid, WB/DC is stepping its game up and it's apparent. Justice League is going to go to fucking town and push DC back into relevancy. I dunno, maybe people are still butthurt over the whole Affleck thing but he made a great Bruce Wayne.

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The Flood / New AI destroys professional Go Players
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:39:59 AM »
Since there was a thread on Microsoft's new AI taking a temporary leave, I figured some users might find this article interesting, there's been a victory on the AI front.

A new aggressive Go AI is crushing through professional competition. It won a 3-0 shutout against one of the best Go players in South Korea.

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Move after move was exchanged and it became apparent that Lee wasn’t gaining enough profit from his attack.
By move 32, it was unclear who was attacking whom, and by 48 Lee was desperately fending off White’s [AlphaGo's] powerful counter-attack.

I can only speak for myself here, but as I watched the game unfold and the realization of what was happening dawned on me, I felt physically unwell.

Generally I avoid this sort of personal commentary, but this game was just so disquieting. I say this as someone who is quite interested in AI and who has been looking forward to the match since it was announced.

One of the greatest virtuosos of the middle game had just been upstaged in black and white clarity. AlphaGo’s strength was simply remarkable and it was hard not to feel Lee’s pain

The last two games will be played regardless of the fact that AlphaGo won. The AI is extremely cunning and makes no mistakes.

EDIT: Just read that games four and five already took place. Lee won game four but game five ended with AlphaGo winning.

EDIT: EDIT: Just read the Wikipedia article on the match, found something interesting:

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Prior to 2015,[11] the best Go programs only managed to reach amateur dan level.[12] On the small 9×9 board, the computer fared better, and some programs managed to win a fraction of their 9×9 games against professional players. Prior to AlphaGo, some researchers had claimed that computers would never defeat top humans at Go.[13] Elon Musk, an early investor of Deepmind, said in 2016 that experts in the field thought AI was 10 years away from achieving a victory against a Go top professional player.[14]

The match AlphaGo versus Lee Sedol is comparable to the 1997 chess match Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov. There IBM's Deep Blue computer's defeat of reigning champion Kasparov is seen as the symbolic point where computers became better than humans at chess.[15]

AlphaGo is most significantly different from previous AI efforts in that it applies neural networks, in which evaluation heuristics are not hard-coded by human beings, but instead to a large extent learned by the program itself, through tens of millions of past Go matches as well as its own matches with itself. Not even AlphaGo's developer team are able to point out how AlphaGo evaluates the game position and picks its next move. Monte Carlo tree search is also used in a major way to improve the reasoning efficiency of the program.

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The Flood / I have seen the light, and now agree with Verb
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:28:58 PM »
Today at work, a coworker who I absolutely despised kept going on about how her and her husband are planning to have a baby. This girl is only 24 years old and while one should not just the age of a ready parent, this girl is literally the whitest trash on Earth. Her and her husband (who she never shuts up about) are constantly fighting, she has no goals and just wants to work this current dead end job we're at just so she can go home and take care of him. She hates anybody who has drive or is successful. She called me an awful person because I told her I wanted to leave this God awful position and move up to make more money because "People who want more money are selfish."

And now here I am thinking, about her and her abusive husband as potential parents. This isn't right, not existing at all would literally be a better option for that soul than being "raised" by her. This child is going to be born in a shitty situation and there is fuck all anyone can do to stop even the slightest permanent scarring. At this point I came to a realization. Verbatim may have something going here, an existence like that would be awful. You could be born into some billionaire family and be happy for the rest of your life, or you could be born into a couple that fights every other night and the highlight of both their lives was a rushed marriage right out of high school. The only winning move is to not play.

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The Flood / Stop lurking
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:14:38 PM »
Every night, EVERY. NIGHT. There is a spike in activity immediately after I turn off my computer and go to bed. I stopped raiding tonight cause I was seeing some activity and I wanted to have some fun with Chally like usual (then the jerk goes offline) and now suddenly it's quiet. Everyone's just back to lurking.

I'm not letting you all have your crazy secret parties after I'm gone. I demand an invite.

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The Flood / Bigotry, a buzzword PSA
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:54:50 PM »
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big·ot
ˈbiɡət/
noun
a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

Please refrain from using this term outside of the definition given above. I've seen this word five times today, two of them on here. Once again, the word should only be used if you can apply the situation to fit this definition. Especially not if you end up looking like one yourself in so doing.

Correct: "Sally refused to acknowledge people who support Nvidia over AMD. She's such a bigot when it comes to computer hardware."

Incorrect: "Joe sees that most people prefer Blu-ray over HDDVD, yet he chooses HDDVD simply as a personal preference, he's a bigot to high quality video play back."

Please think twice before using this in your daily vocabulary. Thank you.

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The Flood / Day 7 of no AC in FL
« on: March 17, 2016, 06:52:29 PM »
I have become one with the heat. I no longer require walking over to my mom's house to get a solid five hours of sleep before the boss Mouse requires me for 10 hours of manual labor. I still require my Stitch plush to remain off the bed in order to maximize cool mattress zones, this however drops my mood as I don't have a soft comfort object for sleeping.

I am still trying to learn my cat's technique and not giving a shit in these trying times.

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The Flood / Dead morning activity
« on: March 14, 2016, 06:11:14 AM »
You all post when I have to go to bed and get ready for work. I demand you all change your posting habits in order to accommodate me being online! So everyone should be online and posting from 7am-9am and then again from 8pm-10pm this week and 11am-1am on the weekends.

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The Flood / My AC is out....
« on: March 13, 2016, 08:12:28 PM »
Convince me not kick the stool over. Having the AC out in FL is literally Hell on Earth. Fire and brimstone and all that crap....

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The Flood / Spoiler Just saw 10 Cloverfield Lane
« on: March 12, 2016, 09:42:36 PM »
What a fucking shit show. They should have kept the name Valencia, since ya know, it has FUCK ALL to do with Cloverfield.

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The Flood / Dentist help
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:11:26 AM »
I have to go to the dentist soon, I already brushed my teeth but now I'm starving. I have some left over Chipolte from last night that I didn't finish because I lost my appetite when I got home. I'm really fucking hungry now though but I'm worried about looking worse than I already do for my appointment.

Also, are there any good excuses to the whole "Have you been brushing daily?" that I clearly haven't been doing?

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The Flood / I feel my friend is ignoring me
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:18:26 PM »
I don't like blogging but I feel I have to in this case.

I have a friend that I used to chat with almost nightly, however at the turn of the year they've been very busy. It went from them always starting a conversation with me to me starting them every once in a while. I was very open with them about a lot of my personal life, and they told me I could talk to them about anything. They were the first real friend I had in a very long time. However recently I haven't been able to talk with them. I try to talk with them and I just get silence. I know they're busy, but I just feel like there's something else. A simple "I'm busy" or "I don't want to talk" would even be okay but I can't get anything at all.

I don't know what to do. I don't know if I did something wrong, or that if they just don't want to talk to me right now, or if there's something else, but not knowing is scary and it hurts. I'm so sick of losing friends I consider close while they move on and I stay left behind. I don't want to lose another one, but it hurts so much. I lose sleep over it, I can't work without in the back of my mind, I can't enjoy the things I used to enjoy because it's happened so many times and I don't want it to happen again with them.

I'm so terrified right now and it hurts so much, and I can't do anything unless I get this resolved but I can't because I don't even know if I did anything wrong or what I should do to fix it, and I'm so lost now. I need advice.

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Septagon / Hold the phone
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:15:59 PM »
So if a user downright says they don't care if their PM's are posted and they are posted, what the Hell is the problem?

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The release of other user’s personal information, including full names, addresses, social media accounts, images, private messages, etc. without their consent is not tolerated. Doing so will lead to the information being edited out and bans being applied.

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The Flood / Zdravstvuite Flood!
« on: March 06, 2016, 08:29:16 PM »
Spoiler

My name is Vladimir Borisov.

I'm a 27 year old American Rusophile (Soviet fan for you capitalists). I work and Labor on my assigned camp, and spend my days drinking Vodka and playing superior Soviet games (S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Cryostasis).

I train with my Avtomat Kalashnikova every day, this superior weapon can pierce through steel because it's been used for over fifty years, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on Earth. I earned my Avtomat license two years ago and have been getting better every day.

I speak Russian fluently, both the drunk and sober dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Russian history and their Vodka code which I follow 100%. When I get my Russian visa, I am moving to Moscow to attend a prestigious high school to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can became a laborer for Zavod Kalashnikova or a Vodka drinker!

I own several Soviet uniforms, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Russia, so I can fit in easier. I drink with my elders and seniors and speak Russian as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.

Well, wish me luck in Russia!

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The Flood / I found my old external HDD!
« on: March 04, 2016, 05:32:55 PM »
11.4 thousand dank memes and bitchin wallpapers spread out across of 4.7GB in 265 folders, thank goodness it's all been transferred over to my new internal HDD. That external HDD was on its last leg and God forbid such a wealth of image macros and politically incorrect images be lost to the ages.


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The Flood / pooping lava
« on: March 04, 2016, 12:24:21 PM »
So being the fan of fast food that I am, yesterday I was craving KFC so I went a got 20 hot wings then proceeded to devour them all. I am now paying for it today because it feels like someone has stuck a hot needle into my colon. This is a common occurrence, I get Chipotle every Monday with steak and red hot sauce and I swear I'm almost shitting blood every Tuesday morning. The taste however is so worth all of it but I must be putting my rectum through some sort of cheese grater to get it. Are there any long term effects to this?

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The Flood / Reminder: If you're renting a house....
« on: March 03, 2016, 10:16:18 PM »
If you're renting a house instead of just buying it, you are literally throwing your money in the trash.

Same with bread, if you're buying bread instead of just buying a bakery you're literally throwing your money in the trash.

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The Flood / CCCP and DVD Regions
« on: March 03, 2016, 07:21:13 PM »
So a while back I made two different threads, one on my DVD/BD drive and another on a DVD region free DVD player. I'm currently using CCCP at the moment for playing standard DVD's here in the US, however I have no idea if it supports DVD's from other regions. Most internet forums that have this question give a variety of answers, ranging from a simple yes to requiring software that manipulates my drive (something I'd rather not do). I was wondering if anyone here who does use CCCP knows.

I eventually need to get PowerDVD since CCCP doesn't support BD's (damn you Sony!) yet PowerDVD only lets me change my DVD region five times which is completely pointless. So I was wondering if I could use PowerDVD for BD's (since most are region free anyways or are in region A which is primarily what BD's I have) and use CCCP for DVD playback from all regions?

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The Flood / Afraid of talking to friends
« on: March 01, 2016, 09:30:59 PM »
A year or so back, a buddy of mine who I frequently have game nights on MCC with me, basically chewed me out. He told me I have to start initiating things more, at the time he always sent me invites on Xbox and texted me telling me to get on so we can play some Halo or Minecraft because we both knew we were both free and up for it but he was always the one started the invitations. Nothing has really changed since then and it's been running on two years. It's not just with him either, back in 2013, before my father's condition worsened my second oldest brother was practically dark for prolonged periods of time. I relied on talking to him via Skype but I always waited for him to start a conversation and I never would even though it showed him online and available. I didn't know much about his predicaments since he was living in Manhattan but he's gotten better at talking to me since the beginning of 2014.

I'm afraid of attempting to talk to the friends I really care about out of fear of rejection. The last thing I want is for someone to tell me they're angry with me, or that they're angry and are actively ignoring me and attempting to talk to them would only make it worse. I would rather have someone upset with me but have a situation that is repairable over someone being angry at me and leaving me in the dark or losing the friendship. I also don't want to come off as imposing on them or clinging to them desperately. Even though I'm told attempting to talk to them wont bother them and that most times they're just really busy, I get very paranoid if I try to talk and I'm only met with silence.

I don't know how to prevent it. It started after I graduated and was basically a NEET for six months but lately it's been eating at me more so than usual these past couple of months and I have a hard time focusing on work or enjoying my free time because of it. There are people I want to talk too but I'm afraid they're angry or upset at me, or that I would be bothering them if I tried, or that they're bored of interacting with me. I get afraid of saying something to them so I don't say anything and then when I continue to get silence I start to freak out.

Does anyone have advice on a situation or know of somebody who has had a situation like this and relieved it?

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The Flood / 14 billion years of porn can now be preserved
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:17:31 PM »
http://futurism.com/memory-that-lasts-forever-new-quartz-coin-can-store-360tb-of-data-for-14-billion-years/

All of human history.....
The ENTIRE internet....
Everything about us, the life of this star, and the universe beyond....

Pfffffft Fuck that, 360TB of porn for the next 14 billion years!

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The Flood / This year: Think abstract, vote cat
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:09:47 AM »
Why aren't you voting to make felines great again?



-Will push for a fourth litter box and cardboard scratching posts
-Demand one treat a day and the number of meals increased from 2 to 3
-Ask for privileges to stay in bedroom after 9pm (They promise not to knock anything over [no guarantees])
-Will push owner (me) into getting a fully blocked off fence to fend of the next door neighbor's dog
-Will push for more mice toys
-Running completely unopposed

Why aren't you voting for the illegitimate cat of King Arthur this year?

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The Flood / Personalized Gift ideas
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:53:14 PM »
So I have a very small idea in my head for something, however part of the problem I currently facing right now is I have literally zero experience with crafting in anyway. It's not one of those things where "It's okay if it's shit it's the thought that matters" it's a matter of: I can't make anything period. Does anyone know any easy gifts to make? Preferably something small (like slightly bigger than a hand or a small teddy bear).

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The Flood / What's with all the drama
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:41:40 PM »
There's like two and a half thread on Ender, and the only other threads that are worth going into are...you guessed it...more drama. Can someone give me like a summary of all the user drama here?

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The Flood / Who the real next president should be
« on: February 28, 2016, 12:13:04 AM »
What better issue than the unification of all mankind into one being? And he already has a loyal, trustworthy running mate.


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The Flood / Oho, I have a bone to pick with the lot of you
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:51:27 PM »
So I decided to look up my username today since there was nothing else better to do. Phone queue was dead, nobody coming in asking for stuff. Found an interesting thread, on an interesting site that looked eerily familiar.

1. Chally, please hurry up and kill yourself. I mean honestly. No one likes a coffin dodger and you have overstayed your welcome on this star. Either move to mars or tie the noose, whatever is preferable to you.

2. SecondClass, drop the delusions of grandeur. I consider myself pretty open minded when it comes to relationships. But you are not one of them. NEVER EVER. Don't spout obvious lies.

3. Mordo, go with Chally on whatever he decides.

4. Das and Gasai, you're on thin ice.

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The Flood / Pop goes the weasel
« on: February 22, 2016, 06:43:39 AM »
YouTube


"Dun wurry Shinj, I'll shulder teh burden of the Lilinz."

You're not shouldering anything you stupid shit, that's Misato's kill switch!

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The Flood / Tweeting Rainbow: Kanye West
« on: February 21, 2016, 10:34:58 AM »
Seriously, FUCK that guy. Ever since the debacle with Taylor Swift he's been one of the biggest jerk offs in music.

YouTube

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The Flood / AMA New Battlestation! Plz rate and AMA
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:17:59 PM »
Case: Corsair 760T
CPU: Intel i5 4690
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 980
PSU: EVGA 850W Gold

Two 1TB HDDs
One 250 GB SSD
One 6 port Sentry fan controller
One Asus BD drive

Four Cooler Master 120MM blue LED fans
Two Corsair 140MM red LED fans

All awesome.

Spoiler






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The Flood / BD Drive problems.
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:22:47 PM »
So I just finished my brand new build, but one thing is driving me crazy. The BD drive and getting its firmware update. I need to install the latest firmware (which for this model was four years ago) in order to play movies on the computer, but as soon as I run the setup, nothing happens. The icon appears for a split second on the task bar then disappears and nothing continues to happen.

I don't want to have to pay money for software that I should have gotten for free on the disc but the installer refuses to open up. I don't know what to do.

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The Flood / AMA My bank account just exploded, AMA
« on: February 14, 2016, 12:19:44 AM »
So when attempting to order all my PC parts, what happened can only be described as a cluster fuck.

1. The order of all items was split into four smaller orders, because Newegg doesn't carry all the parts with them, some come from a third party seller which has different shipping options, the bulk of the items did end up in one order with the total equaling about 1400 dollars.

2. Because this would be the first time in my bank account history making an order over 1000 dollars, BoA online immediately declined the first transaction but let the other three go through because they were all significantly smaller amounts (this is ignoring the fact that I had temporarily removed any alerts because I suspected this very thing would happen).

3. After going to my BoA account and verifying everything is fine, I spent the next 45 minutes trying to get Newegg to reattempt the transaction, only to have it declined once again because it's still too scary of a transaction for BoA. I have decided to cancel that specific order until my BoA account goes back to normal, in which case, I'll just buy the remaining parts in increments no greater than 600 dollars since the most expensive item breaks 500.

4. Back when I ordered NGE on Blu-ray, CDJapan has a nasty habit of having their orders disappear off my bank account for a solid month or two, so for the past two weeks, my account is showing I have about 550 dollars more than what I really have because it currently isn't showing my purchase from CDJapan.

5. Lastly, someone or something has gotten into my Paypal and requested 300 dollars be transferred into my Paypal account from my bank account, and their customer service is just as shitty as BoA, I wont be able to call either until tomorrow. Also unlike BoA which has a seizure and immediately shuts down the transaction it freaks out over, Paypal sees suspicious activity and just lets it continue and only messages me that it's happening. I have until Friday to get it removed or I'm fucked six ways since Sunday. This is ignoring the fact that I removed my bank account information from my Paypal account months ago, there's no way it should be able to have the power still.

So right now I'm kind of left with a mess and no way to clean it up. AMA I guess.

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