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Author Topic: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O  (Read 5656029 times)

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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #145845 on: January 16, 2019, 03:06:47 pm »

There are people that believe our society will one day ascend to the stars and resemble the logical, refined, and egalitarian ideal of Star Trek through rationality and scientific advancement.

I am no longer one of those people.

Honestly, this is my favorite thing about humans: we're crazy enough to be bored of a universe where diamonds fall sideways in hypersonic rain through methane skies lit by nebulae of raspberry rum and Saturn's got giant hexagons on its poles and gravity slows down time and a million other things utterly alien to everything we've ever seen rather than walk around permanently shocked at everything, and yet we're smart enough to build global communications networks to tell each other how bored we are at the speed of light. We've invented a system of mathematics that can do everything from telling you how many apples you're holding to describing what happens when the universe recurs and yet we skip out on learning it to go smoke behind the bleachers and laugh about it later and we're okay with that. We can dance while slowly rusting to death.

If we ever do build the Enterprise, we'll cover the hull in ads for drugs and VR porn, name the shuttlecraft Shuttley McShuttleface, and ferment six kinds of illicit booze in Engineering in between building a tiny jetpack for the ship's cat and jailbreaking the computer. And we'll still save the world with it. That's just how humanity rolls, man.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #145846 on: January 16, 2019, 05:31:34 pm »

I'm worried about that kitty jetpack. Cats have a tendency to set themselves on fire whenever open flame is available. Source: Multiple house cats catching their tails on fire on lit candles.

It's pneumatic or you just cant have it. We're not holding a funeral for the kitty this early in the expedition.
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« Reply #145847 on: January 16, 2019, 05:45:28 pm »

If we can set our aerodynamic tiddies aside for a moment, I've got a gaming WTF. RDR2 again. The only other thing I've been playing lately is Hellsign, and that whole damn game is a WTF...

So I picked up a bounty for the leader of the Lemoyne raiders, dead or alive. I wanted to bring him in alive, because apparently you can get to watch him get publicly charged and then hanged, and that seemed like my kind of cozy weekday night entertainment.

Heading out to his last reported location, I discover that it's a rundown civil war fort. Well, they're nothing if not loyal to their theme...

So I tried to head in all sneaky-like, but the moment you set foot inside the fort, Arthur yells out about having a warrant for the dude's arrest, and everyone mobilizes for battlestations.

I immediately duck into cover around the barracks, and I can tell that although they know I'm here, they don't know *exactly* where I am... So they're just firing random shots to intimidate me. I try to use this to my advantage and hunker down, trying to work out my battle plan for doing this as cleanly as possible.

I notice that a couple red dots are running around the perimeter of the wall, as a couple raiders popped out to try and flank my position, whatever position that might be... But then I hear an "Oh God, no!" and one of the dots turns into a corpse. I'm a little uncertain what just happened, but I think the doofus managed to hurl himself over the side of the parapet in his excitement.

Shortly thereafter, a couple more people turn up dead. I'm still sitting behind a shack wondering what the hell is going on, when suddenly I'm treated to a short cutscene and a change of objective to "Pick up [raider leader]'s body".

Whuh-huh? Looks like he got shot. By one of his own men. In a firefight I wasn't even fucking involved in. Right after he shouted encouragement at his troops to not let me get him.


I reloaded a save from outside the fort. Then I went in guns blazing in order to save his life from his own idiot soldiers.

Never did get to see that hanging though... I ended up being fairly busy that night.

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« Reply #145848 on: January 16, 2019, 07:28:23 pm »

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« Reply #145849 on: January 16, 2019, 07:32:24 pm »

I found out about the Library of Babel.

So like, look, this is rad and all, but isn't this just a random text generator and then if it happens to have made something legible you post about it?
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« Reply #145850 on: January 16, 2019, 07:40:19 pm »

I found out about the Library of Babel.

So like, look, this is rad and all, but isn't this just a random text generator and then if it happens to have made something legible you post about it?

I mean, sort of, but I find the implications of its content mindboggling. I mean, look at the contents of this page here.

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posted by kagus if we can set our aerodynamic tiddies aside for a moment, ive got a gaming wtf. rdr again. the only other thing ive been playing lately is hellsign, and that whole damn game is a wtf...so i picked up a bounty for the leader of the lemoyne raiders, dead or alive. i wanted to bring him in alive, because apparently you can get to watch him get publicly charged and then hanged, and that seemed like my kind of cozy weekday night entertainment.heading out to his last reported location, i discover that its a rundown civil war fort. well, theyre
nothing if not loyal to their theme...so i tried to head in all sneakylike, but the moment you set foot inside the fort, arthur yells out about having a warrant for the dudes arrest, and everyone mobilizes for battlestations.i immediately duck into cover around the barracks, and i can tell that although they know im here, they dont know exactly where i am... so theyre just firing random shots to intimidate me. i try to use this to my advantage and hunker down, trying to work out my battle plan for doing this as cleanly as possible.i notice that a couple red dots are running around the perimeter of the wall, as a couple raiders popped out to try and flank my position, whatever position that might be... but then i hear an oh god, no and one of the dots turns into a corpse. im a little uncertain what just happened, but i think the doofus managed to hurl himself over the side of the parapet in his excitement.shortly thereafter, a couple more people turn up dead. im still sitting behind a shack wondering what the hell is going on, when suddenly im treated to a short cutscene and a change of objective to pick up raider leaders body.whuhhuh looks like he got shot. by one of his own men. in a firefight i wasnt even fucking involved in. right after he shouted encouragement at his troops to not let me get him.i reloaded a save from outside the fort. then i went in guns blazing in order to save his life from his own idiot soldiers.never did get to see that hanging though... i ended up being fairly busy that night. posted by enemy post i found out about the library of babel. posted by dunamisdeos so like, look, this is rad and all, but isnt this just a random text
generator and then if it happens to have made something legible you post about it
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #145851 on: January 16, 2019, 07:42:02 pm »

It's not a generator given all the specific pages and volumes are preset. It's set up to try and mirror the library from the story it's a reference to, which was pretty much this only actually even larger. The site has every possible page spread out across the volumes you can read on the site, but it doesn't yet have every combination of pages that can exist.
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« Reply #145852 on: January 16, 2019, 07:42:54 pm »

It does have an impressive sheer volume of content.

It's basically the travestificator writ large, though.
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« Reply #145853 on: January 16, 2019, 07:46:28 pm »

I don't think it's a random text generator exactly. It's more of either a procedural text generator strictly determined by a given seed, or a list of permutations of strings of letters, dependent on whether you're thinking about how they've coded it or how they frame it.

They may have added functionality as a random text generator though, I don't know.

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It's a neat implementation of a fun idea, but on reflection it's not hugely surprising that the sequence of letters making up the last thing you read is among the possible sequences of letters of that length.
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« Reply #145854 on: January 16, 2019, 07:47:01 pm »

Well it is still neat.
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« Reply #145855 on: January 16, 2019, 08:07:27 pm »

I don't think it's a random text generator exactly. It's more of either a procedural text generator strictly determined by a given seed, or a list of permutations of strings of letters, dependent on whether you're thinking about how they've coded it or how they frame it.

They may have added functionality as a random text generator though, I don't know.

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It's a neat implementation of a fun idea, but on reflection it's not hugely surprising that the sequence of letters making up the last thing you read is among the possible sequences of letters of that length.

ur a procedual text generator
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« Reply #145856 on: January 16, 2019, 08:10:01 pm »

Sorry. I've been doing a bit too much uni maths lately. It gets to you. Some days I'd probably fail a Turing test.

Still, nothing wrong with pedantry. After all, you're right  :P
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« Reply #145857 on: January 16, 2019, 08:55:46 pm »

I had a similar idea at one point, but the implementation would be very different.

It would be a linux kernel module that produces a char device, capable of returning a string of a desired length, starting from a desired offset of a desired index.  The resulting string is the output slice of the linear progression through every possible combination of bits.

It would follow a basic progression:

Every combination of 1 byte
every combination of 2 bytes
every combination of 3 bytes
...

all the way to infinity.

Indexing occurs at every major repetition cycle. (every N byte cycle).


Why?  Because it should then be possible to encode every possible file as an index, an offset, and a length, in the output of this char device.  Think about the implications for file sharing! Instead of sharing that several gigabyte pirate movie file, you share an "index, offset, and length" file instead.  Your own computer then spontaneously coughs up the data for you.

I had considered calling it "Magic Hat".

I decided though, that the "index, offset, length" file itself would become very large over significant iterations, and never implemented the idea.
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Re: Things that made you go "WTF?" today o_O
« Reply #145858 on: January 16, 2019, 09:17:12 pm »

Isn't that just file compression?
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« Reply #145859 on: January 16, 2019, 09:20:21 pm »

Um, wouldn't the size of the offset number be much greater than the size of the file itself?
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