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Comment by reevesand on Stupid Questions June 2015 · 2015-06-01T17:02:42.920Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

The 3-6 months is in a liquid savings account. Beyond that, you want your money in investments that will earn interest. They will be more volatile, so aren't advisable as an emergency fund. They can also be harder to access.

Comment by reevesand on Open Thread, Jun. 1 - Jun. 7, 2015 · 2015-06-01T16:58:26.234Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

You state that these stories are dishonest; do you have anything to support that?

You also state that you object to this sort of "propaganda" because it does not apply in the same way to males. I agree that differing sexual attitudes towards men and women lead to different experiences for men and women in the situations you're describing. But why would this lead to an objection? Pointing out life events that have helped some people (and likely wouldn't help some others) seems like a positive thing to do to help those who could be helped (in this case, women with sex-negative upbringings).

Comment by reevesand on Ideas to Improve LessWrong · 2015-05-26T14:39:43.425Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

If we have a way to actually implement improvements to the site, I'd be interested in learning how to do so. I have some development experience. Monetary rewards could certainly motivate me to do so (get me to do it sooner), but I'll probably start researching and working anyway.

As adamzerner asked in another comment, will my contributions actually make it to the site? I need to do more research.

Comment by reevesand on Brainstorming new senses · 2015-05-21T18:56:56.737Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This goes beyond the general usefulness and "cool factor" of many of the other suggestions into very useful, potentially life-saving, and helps fill a purpose which we currently do fairly inefficiently.

Comment by reevesand on Debunking Fallacies in the Theory of AI Motivation · 2015-05-14T20:17:17.995Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Could you describe some of the other motivation systems for AI that are under discussion? I imagine they might be complicated, but is it possible to explain them to someone not part of the AI building community?

Comment by reevesand on Open Thread, Apr. 27 - May 3, 2015 · 2015-04-29T19:19:16.777Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

[Tit for Tat is] one of the few Memory-1 strategies that gracefully falls back to the appropriate Memory-0 strategy when faced with All-C or All-D.

I am not clear on how this is the case. It seems to me that the appropriate strategy when faced with any Memory-0 strategy is to go All-D, since your defections would optimize your own score while having no influence on the future behavior of your opponent. Tit for Tat does not default to All-D unless the opponent is All-D.

Comment by reevesand on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 104 · 2015-02-17T16:23:23.173Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

"42" seemed the obvious answer. Although if he were going for that, he might just make a Hitchhiker's Guide reference.

Or maybe he was concealing the Hitchhiker's Guide reference?

Comment by reevesand on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 104 · 2015-02-17T16:11:59.266Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Although the easier solution to this problem is to stop adding Quidditch points to House points. That's dumb to begin with. Maybe just add some points for winning the match.

Comment by reevesand on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 104 · 2015-02-17T15:44:17.138Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

In the Azkaban arc, they were able to Time Turn away from Azkaban, do some preparation, then arrive after being informed of the breakout. I don't think this would work to prevent Dumbledore from using a Time Turner to be in two places at once.

Comment by reevesand on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapters 105-107 · 2015-02-17T14:39:42.721Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Following up on the idea of breaking narrative logic, might there not really be a Big Bad at all. Like, Voldemort has sobered up over the years and really just wants to be immortal. He'll go to great lengths to get there, but doesn't plan to destroy the world or anything. Just an idea.

Comment by reevesand on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, January 2015, chapter 103 · 2015-01-30T21:52:34.120Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I would guess that the time travel would keep the restriction that he can't change the past. So he could recover her body and resurrect her in the future, but couldn't change the past events.