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Nemo Thorx
Madness and Serenity...
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looks like G+ is now forcing me to use the new interface.

One less reason to keep this tab pinned. 

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Fascinating look at the CGI in "Mad Max Fury Road."

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Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.

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The second half of a fun little math/rendering project I started 5 years ago. I rendered this 5 years ago too, for that matter, but only just found it in my project folder to upload...

ah, finally worked out where hangouts is on the new G+ redesign.

it isn't.

You're meant to use the hangouts app, or the hangouts homepage.

So... frankly, that's likely to be the end of G+ as a standard tab for me. I get my hangouts within gmail, but somehow it's a bit nicer in G+ - but G+ without hangouts is unlikely to hold enough interest.

Nice experiment google. Pity you ruined it.

You coulda been a contender

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'golly' has always been my cellular automaton tool of choice when I really want to delve into an interesting rule. It's a hell awkward app, but golly (sic) it's powerful.

But it can't do this rule, and that is frustrating. (video shows 12 seconds of what I am increasingly thinking of as a "writhing, living border"... it finds a stable loop somewhere between 300,000 and 420,000 generations, which is well over an hour of 60fps runtime

(todo later: file feature request / bug report with both this app, and golly)

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It's the bloody #NymWars  all over again. This time on Twitter.

Screw that.
Verification is probably safe for me (hello, straight white male), but with all of the issues identified here I'm not going near it, and neither should anyone else.

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This was posted on the other social media network by Eric Durand...

Updated and hardened Wacky Races - drivers and vehicles...

Mark Sexton (co-writer and storyboard artist of Mad Max: Fury Road) was asked to re-imagine cars from Wacky Races, Fury Road style.
11 Photos - View album

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oh great.

NOW how am I meant to get anything done?

and here I was planning to be totally productive today (or something)

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The biggest problem in BTTF is the smallness of the clearance inside that truck... or, is it?
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