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Dennis Gorelik
09 January 2018 @ 08:38 pm
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Franklin Veaux makes fun of Greenpeace misconceptions.
We don’t have the ability to harm and destroy the planet.

We do have the ability to harm and destroy things living on the planet.

We are not unique or even particularly unusual in that regard.

If you were to make a list of the top most ecologically destructive life forms the planet has ever seen, we would not be #1. Cyanobacteria get that honor by a huge margin.
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Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/145299.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
07 January 2018 @ 04:01 pm
Today I learned that my conversations are filled with verbal traps.
Unfortunately, I did not fully figure out yet what "verbal trap" is.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/145102.html
 
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
03 January 2018 @ 12:38 am
[personal profile] cranequinier указывает на стратегические ошибки отдыха на Гавайях
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> Я должен сознаться, что не только у меня снегоступов нету и не хочется ночевать в палатке на снегу, но и в палатке на траве ночевать уже совершенно не хочется

Тогда нафига нужны Гаваи? Гаваи это единение с природой, кроме природы там ничего нет. Из палатки единеется полнее.
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Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/144623.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
30 December 2017 @ 11:01 pm
I just finished watching "Manhunt" - fictionalized story about hunt for Unabomber:
https://www.netflix.com/title/80176878

The movie is good, but not perfect.
The good parts are:
1) Interesting perspective on some difficulties FBI investigators had to deal with in their internal kitchen.
Interaction with the press.
Story of Kaczynski family (who pointed to Ted as a possible Unabomber).
2) Interesting view on Ted Kaczynski line of reasoning and emotions.

The bad part: fiction in general.
In particular:
- Blowing drama out of proportion.
- Fake timeline and deadlines (urgencies).



11 days ago I was reading "Industrial Society and Its Future" by Theodore Kaczynski.
At the time of the reading I did not link him to Unabomber.
His claims looked like a mixture of insightful and junk ideas.

Some of the insightful quotes:
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http://editions-hache.com/essais/pdf/kaczynski2.pdf
If they are humane they may use propaganda or
other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the
birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving
the world to the elite.
Or, if the elite consists of softhearted
liberals, they may decide to play the role of good
shepherds to the rest of the human race. They will see
to it that everyone’s physical needs are satisfied, that all
children are raised under psychologically hygienic conditions,
that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him
busy, and that anyone who may become dissatisfied undergoes
“treatment” to cure his “problem.” Of course, life
will be so purposeless that people will have to be biologically
or psychologically engineered either to remove their
need for the power process or to make them “sublimate”
their drive for power into some harmless hobby. These engineered
human beings may be happy in such a society,
but they most certainly will not be free. They will have
been reduced to the status of domestic animals.
.....
In the long run (say a few centuries from now) it
is likely that neither the human race nor any other important
organisms will exist as we know them today, because
once you start modifying organisms through genetic engineering
there is no reason to stop at any particular point,
so that the modifications will probably continue until man
and other organisms have been utterly transformed.
.....
technology is creating for human beings a new physical
and social environment radically different from the spectrum
of environments to which natural selection has adapted
the human race physically and psychologically. If man
is not adjusted to this new environment by being artifi-
cially re-engineered, then he will be adapted to it through
a long and painful process of natural selection. The former
is far more likely than the latter.
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Unfortunately, Ted Kaczynski made wrong conclusions from his insights.
Instead of accepting technological and social progress, Ted decided to fight against it.
And fight it in a way that is totally disrespectful to other people.

So, while having very high IQ and capable mind, Ted turned out to be angry and vindictive loner, falling into basic mental traps at his social and economic reasonings.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/144151.html
 
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
29 December 2017 @ 09:43 pm
Today I learned that flag of Hawaii includes Great Britain's "Union Jack".

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Q: Why is there a Union Jack on the Hawaiian flag?
In 1793 Captain George Vancouver from Great Britain presented the Union Jack to the conquering king Kamehameha I, who was then uniting the islands into a single state; the Union Jack flew unofficially as the flag of Hawaii until 1816.
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Dennis Gorelik
14 December 2017 @ 03:17 pm
Couple of my friends asked me if they should invest into bitcoin.
Here is my answer:

1) Bitcoin is a scam.
If you invest in bitcoin, you have a 90% chance to become a victim of a confidence game (AKA "sucker").

2) There is no legitimate intrinsic value in crypto-currencies.
There is no legitimate activity that bitcoin does that more traditional financial tools (such as banks or PayPal) do not do yet.

3) Financial transactions that government can not control - is not a feature, it is a bug of bitcoin.
Imagine that somebody anonymously orders killing you with payment over bitcoin.
Would you like your government be able to trace such assassination fee over bitcoin?
I, personally, would very much like to grant the government such tracking ability. I believe you would too.
If bitcoin supports such tracking - then it is neither feature nor bug.
If bitcoin does not support such tracking (and guarantees anonymity of financial transactions) then it is a bug and the government would crush bitcoin for that bug.

4) Limited supply of bitcoin is not a feature, but a bug.
United States Federal Reserve intentionally changes supplies of available dollars in order to keep inflation at around 2%/year.
If it made sense to have a limited supply of a currency, then the Federal Reserve would do that. No crypto-currency is needed for that.

5) "But bitcoin grew up to $18,000 - I want to get in"
Try to buy a powerball lottery ticket instead. It would be much less expensive exercise. And for measly ~$10 you would still have a chance to win $50M.
At this stage bitcoin is a clear bubble, propped up by "investors" who do not understand what they are investing into.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143435.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
08 December 2017 @ 04:39 pm
Starting from yesterday (2017-12-07) Microsoft opened phone spam floodgates and I started receiving lots of spam phone calls on Skype.
One of the call even had malformed phone number, which Skype recorded.
After that I started getting infamous "List index out of bounds (0)" error message every time when I tried to click on that botched phone "conversation".
That sort of bug is not new for Skype. Several years ago they had similar issue.

So I had to find a solution to that Skype problem again.
The easiest solution is to delete the whole Skype database, but that would lose my Skype conversations history, which is valuable.
Here is the solution that preserves Skype history:
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1) Download and install "DB Browser for SQLite" (or similar SQLite database editing tool).
http://sqlitebrowser.org/
2) Open your Skype database:
C:\Users\{YourWindowsUsername}\AppData\Roaming\Skype\{YourSkypeUsername}\main.db
3) Find "Conversations" table in "Database Structure" tab.
4) Mouse-right-click "Browse table".
5) Order by "id" column in descending order.
6) Find that bad record that contains malformed phone number (try to find "4: +140404" in "identity" column).
7) Click "Delete Record".
8) Restart Skype.
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See also: Editing Skype history / messages / database" video

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143259.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
22 November 2017 @ 02:28 pm
Today (and few days ago) I talked with a founder of botson.ai - Dan.
Dan told me how amazing their tech team is in chatbots and jobs matching technology.

When I asked Dan about specific details about what made their job matching algorithms so amazing -- Dan told me that integration of their javascript into our job board is super-easy.

That javascript would tag job seekers who visit our job board with botson.ai cookie.
If job seeker has an open Facebook session - then botson.ai would sign job seeker up for jobs chatbot on Facebook messenger.
Then the chatbot would send jobs that it thinks are relevant to what job seeker is searching for.

I wanted to try that amazing technology before integrating it into our job board and asked Dan to give me a link to signup.
Dan gave me a link, but it did not work. Dan gave me another link. The second link did not work either. The third link worked and I received Facebook message from "Maya - Recruiter".
"Maya" was moderate and only messaged me when I messaged her.
However job matches were not relevant.
I called myself "Monster Botsonai" in a signup form (on the affiliate web site that Dan gave me links me to), so Maya initially called me "Monster", but then corrected itself based on my Facebook profile.

This is my chat with "Maya - Recruiter":
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[Maya]
Hi Monster 😊
Following your request for jobs near 32081 here is a selection just for you

[Facebook]
You agreed to have Maya - Recruiter send you updates. Replying will allow Maya - Recruiter to see info you've made public.

[Maya]
Warehouse Associate
We're Hiring Warehouse Associates!. Pay Rate Picking and packing Loading and un...
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[Dennis]
View More Jobs

[Maya]
Pool Technician II
Position Summary:This position is primarily responsible for the daily maintenanc...
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[Dennis]
I look for different jobs

[Maya]
Experienced Auto Hauler
We are a new and growing company that is actively seeking experienced auto haule...
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[Dennis]
[Clicked on "Caregiver jobs"]

[Maya]
Caregiver / Resident Assistant / Personal Care Assistant / CNA
Join a Family, Serve with the Best - Benton House at OakleafAre you a CNA lookin...
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[Dennis]
Can you send me different jobs?

[Maya]
Order Puller - Warehouse
Join the Remedy Family ~ Build Your Career The Remedy Staffing Jacksonville Team...
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[Dennis]
What about C# sql jobs?

[Maya]
Local Landscapers Wanted!
Over 25 million homeowners have trusted HomeAdvisor 1800Contractor to help the...
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[Dennis]
SQL and C#

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
c# sql

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
Software developer

[Maya]
IT Software Developer Senior
EverBank is more than just a bank; it's the evolution of an idea. Traditional fi...
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[Dennis]
C#

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

Dennis, was this helpful for you?
Do you want to see more job openings? Just tell me what kind of job position you are looking for 😊

[Dennis]
oncology nurse

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
nurse

[Maya]
Registered Nurse (RN)PRN - Endoscopy
Job ID: 198390Registered Nurse (RN)PRN - EndoscopyJacksonville, FloridaRegular/R...
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So it looks like Botson.ai chatbot recognizes some large job search categories (such as "software developer" and "nurse"), but does not recognize more specific skills (C#, SQL, oncology).

My conclusion is that the intelligence behind the chatbot technology is not ready yet, but the idea to use chatbot for job search - looks interesting.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143004.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
21 November 2017 @ 08:31 pm
I am starting to suspect that Trump blames North Korea in order to allow himself to normalize US relationships with Russia (in order to help his friend Putin, who backed Trump's presidential campaign).
Putin orchestrates that "Trum vs Kim Jong Un feud" show by overtly providing missiles and nuclear materials to the degree when North Korea looks scary enough to keep the feud show running (but still not really too dangerous to North Korea's neighbours).
Putin's ultimate goal in this situation is to make the US public forget about Crimea annexation by Russia in 2014 and get new oil drilling technologies from US corporations to Russia.
Obviously the US drilling corporations want to sell these drilling services to Russia too, so they lobby for lifting the sanctions through the Congress.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142673.html