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by Octavious
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!
Replies: 126
Views: 4161

Re: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!

I would guess that units sneaking behind the front lines is fairly uncommon in human games. The bot probably doesn't have enough examples of that behaviour to properly evaluate the danger. It's a limitation of the training method, if you bring the bot outside of what it has seen, you never know how...
by Octavious
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!
Replies: 126
Views: 4161

Re: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!

Well, actually the second bot does have some idea of backstabbing. There's a fair chance that it would backstab its "allies" where that probability is next to zero for the first version. And yeah, for many instances, it doesn't do as well as some of top players, but for the majority of our users, t...
by Octavious
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!
Replies: 126
Views: 4161

Re: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!

Well, it's certainly different. Quite an impressive achievement, although they're a long way short of human players as it stands. They have some strange blind spots in terms of tactics, and don't seem to understand the concept of stabbing. But still, pretty nifty nonetheless. There is something rath...
by Octavious
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Are you concerned about Hong Kong democracy?
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Are you concerned about Hong Kong democracy?

the british should re-invade They're a bit busy and distracted... Tis true. The entire Brexit scenario was created with the specific intention of giving us an excuse to politely decline all exciting foreign invitations, be they to go head to head with China, or join the Yanks on an expedition to Pe...
by Octavious
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!
Replies: 126
Views: 4161

Re: AI bots on webDiplomacy: Skynet edition!

This is to prevent people from cancelling a game when they're getting their ass kicked by the bots as we need the data from the bots performance for possible future retrainings, for tournaments, and for putting an eventual ranking on your profile showing how good you do against bots. Thanks for the...
by Octavious
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

Octavious you seem to be ignoring the *not capitalism* which brought people out of poverty in Russia and China (though Chinese people were not in 'poverty' until the Opium wars forced it upon them... Literally). There are plenty of capitalists in China the last time I looked. I am curious by your a...
by Octavious
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

The world has plenty of resources to sustain the current population as is, what we have a lack of is ability or willingness to effectively distribute these resources. Capitalism can't do it, and western countries that have built their wealth off of stealing from the rest of the world are simply unw...
by Octavious
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

If you really see population growth as this serious issue (and that is arguable) then call for a blanket 2-child policy for all citizens. Guarantee replacement rate population growth. I see it as a potentially serious issue, and your entire thread is based in a possible future reality in which the ...
by Octavious
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ashes Test Cricket
Replies: 68
Views: 1291

Re: Ashes Test Cricket

Well, you can't say it wasn't deserved. I think a lot of the batsmen in this series are going to have to take a long hard look at themselves. It's been amateur hour on repeat for a lot of them.
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

I know it sometimes seems that we're from different planets, Ora, but you don't have to sound shocked by the mundane. Everyone is born with a legal status. There is nothing unusual about this. Let's consider the situation I'm describing. If you're parents have immigrated and followed the rules you a...
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ashes Test Cricket
Replies: 68
Views: 1291

Re: Ashes Test Cricket

Why are Australia still batting?!?
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

You are basically saying those who live in the country can continue to live how they want, but those who migrate are to be treated as second class citizens. It is precisely the kind of plan which will end in tears. It's nothing unusual. Plenty of migrants all over the world live under a different s...
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

So you would be happy with a situation where people are forced to choose between their survival and their fundamental rights. This is pretty fucked up. What's pretty fucked up is your comprehension of what I wrote. No such choice was suggested. The right to a family is protected, but not so the siz...
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

No it doesn't. It simply considers those issues to carry less weight than the current climate emergency.
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

@Octavious, I think humans have a fundamental right to a family. As do I, which is why I've not suggested anything that would take away that right. China is the only example we have of the one child policy, and what happened? It worked? China's population is far more manageable than it otherwise wo...
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit solved
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Brexit solved

Your simple solution is a second referendum. I hate to break it to you, mate, but it's been suggested before.
by Octavious
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ashes Test Cricket
Replies: 68
Views: 1291

Re: Ashes Test Cricket

Yeah, but it's far more likely to happen to Overton because he's a mediocre batsman in difficult conditions, and when it does the situation is very little improved. Put your decent batsman in and have confidence in him to bat sensibly until the conditions improve and he can turn it up a bit.
by Octavious
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Climate change driving Migration
Replies: 20
Views: 315

Re: Climate change driving Migration

The fundamental problem is that there are too many people to live comfortably with the current resources available without doing further unrecoverable damage to the natural world. The desire of people to migrate offers the potential to tackle the problem. A strict one child policy in exchange for th...
by Octavious
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ashes Test Cricket
Replies: 68
Views: 1291

Re: Ashes Test Cricket

What's ugly is Overton batting so early. I've never been convinced by the logic of the nightwatchman, and I don't think I ever will.
by Octavious
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Coup d'État in the UK
Replies: 23
Views: 310

Re: Coup d'État in the UK

The suggestion is purely agricultural as things stand, not that there's much flesh on the bones of it at all as far as I know. In all honesty I think it was said simply to give the impression that ideas were being pursued, but that's just speculation on my part.