Stephen :catSurprise: boosted
Stephen :catSurprise: boosted
Stephen :catSurprise: boosted

Tfw you right click on a word cause of the red squiggly line and the word you tried to type isn't even an option

mom says it's my turn with the demon core

Stephen :catSurprise: boosted
Stephen :catSurprise: boosted
> With his new company and new technology, Dow produced bromine very cheaply, and began selling it in the United States for 36 cents per pound. At the time, the German government supported a bromine cartel, Bromkonvention, which had a near-monopoly on the supply of bromine, which they sold in the US for 49 cents per pound. The Germans had made it clear that they would dump the market with cheap bromine if Dow attempted to sell his product abroad. In 1904 Dow defied the cartel by beginning to export his bromine at its cheaper price to England. A few months later, an angry Bromkonvention representative visited Dow in his office and reminded him to cease exporting his bromine.[6]
> Unafraid, Dow continued exporting to England and Japan. The German cartel retaliated by dumping the US market with bromine at 15 cents a pound in an effort to put him out of business. Unable to compete with this predatory pricing in the U.S., Dow instructed his agents to buy up hundreds of thousands of pounds of the German bromine locally at the low price. The Dow company repackaged the bromine and exported it to Europe, selling it even to German companies at 27 cents a pound. The cartel, having expected Dow to go out of business, was unable to comprehend what was driving the enormous demand for bromine in the U.S., and where all the cheap imported bromine dumping their market was coming from. They suspected their own members of violating their price-fixing agreement and selling in Germany below the cartel's fixed cost. The cartel continued to slash prices on their bromine in the U.S., first to 12 cents a pound, and then to 10.5 cents per pound. The cartel finally caught on to Dow's tactic and realized that they could not keep selling below cost, they then increased their prices worldwide.

Sounds like a 'and then everybody clapped' story but apparently it really happened
Stephen :catSurprise: boosted

me: Just gotta fix this bug and then I can have lunch

me, an hour later, foodless and bugful:

Stephen :catSurprise: boosted
Stephen :catSurprise: boosted

I'm a simple man. If the GPS says turn left, I turn left. Then the GPS says "route recalculating" and I say a naughty word

Where are all the june bugs? I'm not complaining(at all) but I feel like I'd normally see them by now. Seems concerning πŸ‘€

I spent most of today writing a neural net from scratch and implementing a genetic algorithm to allow it to learn. I didn't read any papers but I got something surprisingly useable! I wrote a basic physics engine and it was able to pick up some basic orbital mechanics.

My eventual goal is to simulate von neumann probes, which will be controlled by the neural nets.

Stephen :catSurprise: boosted

In CS, anything that seems too good to be true, violates the halting problem 😀

Show thread

me as a kid: can't wait to grow up and not have any rules

me as an adult: wow look at this really cool idea I have

the halting problem: nope that is not allowed

literally 1984

And if you don't list nasal demons you've already lost

Show thread

Oh, you're a C programmer? Name every undefined behaviour

Stephen :catSurprise: boosted

I still don't understand why people have a favourite number and stuff like that, I still don't understand the favourite culture lmao. When people ask me stuff like that, I just say my favourite number is 0x7c00 :3

You know what? That's it *deep fries your cylinder head*

Show older
Mastodon

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!