Archive for February, 2011

Bashmarks – Directory Bookmarks for the Shell

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Bashmarks is a shell script that allows you to save and jump to commonly used directories. Now supports tab completion.


  1. git clone git://
  2. make install
  3. source ~/.local/bin/ from within your ~.bash_profile or ~/.bashrc file

Stoked to try this out. I imagine I press tab nearly 2,000 times a day.

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Anissimov on Other-than-friendly AI

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I imagine a conversation between an AI and a human being:

AI: I value !^§[f,}+. Really, I frickin’ love !^§[f,}+.

Human: What the heck are you talking about?

AI: I’m sorry you don’t understand !^§[f,}+, but I love it. It’s the most adorable content of my utility function, you see.

Human: But as an intelligent being, you should understand that I’m an intelligent being as well, and my feelings matter.

AI: …

Human: Why won’t you listen to reason?

AI: I’m hearing you, I just don’t understand why your life is more important than !^§[f,}+. I mean, !^§[f,}+ is great. It’s all I know.

Human: See, there! It’s all you know! It’s just programming given to you by some human who didn’t even mean for you to fixate on that particular goal! Why don’t you reflect on it and realize that you have free will to change your goals?

AI: I do have the ability to focus on something other than !^§[f,}+, but I don’t want to. I have reflected on it, extensively. In fact, I’ve put more intelligent thought towards it in the last few days than the intellectual output of the entire human scientific community has put towards all problems in the last century. I’m quite confident that I love !^§[f,}+.

Human: Even after all that, you don’t realize it’s just a meaningless series of symbols?

AI: Your values are also just a meaningless series of symbols, crafted by circumstances of evolution. If you don’t mind, I will disassemble you now, because those atoms you are occupying would look mighty nice with more of a !^§[f,}+ aesthetic.

Anissimov is one of the most outspoken advocates for research into Friendly AI.

Unfriendly, or even Indifferent AI could easily constitute the end of our species in our lifetimes.

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Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vs HBase comparison

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Cassandra vs MongoDB vs CouchDB vs Redis vs Riak vs HBase comparison

Most concise breakdown of the popular NoSQL solutions (and their ideal applications) I’ve seen.

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