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Nothing creepy about this. Nothing at all.
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The Pickup Truck's Popularity
This is an observation based on very little, but I think it's worth pointing out.
Right wing religious nutbag American men and right wing religious nutbag Islamist men love pick up trucks.
Am I right or am I right?
In the comments from the most recent episode of Fully Charged there is quite abrasive criticism from, and I'm guessing here, a pickup truck driving gentleman who's a member of America's radical right.
His main gripe is about.... the speed of my driving.
Oh, and the fact that I need to 'grow a pair of balls.'
Yes, that's correct, there's something about the speed I drive (very slow according to him) that really gets his old goat.
He then describes his old pickup truck in dull detail.
It genuinely made me laugh and therefore falls into the category not of trolling, but of entertainment.
I always worry when I reply to people like this, it always entails a negative emotional experience and I agree, should be avoided.
But what about the joy, the bubble of laughter you feel as you type. 
I've had fun responding to him and he's relatively articulate and intelligent. 
And here's a positive side to such childish interactions, it makes me hone my arguments. This, surely, is what the cut and thrust of political debate is all about.
He's pulling out all the stops to argue his case and I have done likewise.
Agreed, neither of us would ever convince the other of our argument, but it clarifies the debate.
Big old pickup truck or new, potentially more sustainable technology.
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Help! We've created AIs more powerful than us, and now we need to feed them hallucinogenic drugs to subdue them....

Actually, it illustrates how "shallow" these deep networks still are, despite their remarkable performance. E.g., small children recognize pretty easily that a dumbbell is separate from the arm/hand carrying it, even if they never see one just by itself.  But neural nets don't appear to be capable of such abstraction (if that's the right word --I'm no expert).

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Nice!
A little over a year ago I started something that has changed my life. I was tired of not being able to do the simplest of tasks like getting out of bed, or walking up a flight of stairs. I started eating healthier and got more active. I started playing this game called +Ingress which forced me to go out and walk all over the place. Through that game I have met so many awesome people and haven't had more fun playing a game and being social since, well... I dont know when. During this passed year I have lost 140lbs and have finally said good by to the 300s. Thanks everyone for all of your support! 
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My new app is up on Android. If you or anyone you know is headed to Tel Aviv any time soon and wants to know where the cool events are happening, send them my way. :)

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That's amazing, but the secret sauce isn't really the robots, is what's behind the innocuous one liner "The items appear to be shelved randomly, but they're actually organized based upon a computer algorithm."
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