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Jeffrey Phillips Freeman

Innovator & Entrepreneur in Machine Learning, Evolutionary Computing & Big Data. Avid SCUBA diver, Open-source developer, HAM radio operator, astrophotographer, and anything nerdy.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, USA, currently living in Utrecht, Netherlands, USA, and Thailand. Was also living in Israel, but left.

Pronouns: Sir / Mister

(Above pronouns are not intended to mock, i will respect any persons pronouns and only wish pronouns to show respect be used with me as well. These are called neopronouns, see an example of the word "frog" used as a neopronoun here: http://tinyurl.com/44hhej89 )

A proud member of the Penobscot Native American tribe, as well as a Mayflower passenger descendant. I sometimes post about my genealogical history.

My stance on various issues:

Education: Free to PhD, tax paid
Abortion: Protected, tax paid, limited time-frame
Welfare: Yes, no one should starve
UBI: No, use welfare
Racism: is real
Guns: Shall not be infringed
LGBT+/minorities: Support
Pronouns: Will respect
Trump: Moron, evil
Biden: Senile, racist
Police: ACAB
Drugs: Fully legal, no prescriptions needed

GPG/PGP Fingerprint: 8B23 64CD 2403 6DCB 7531 01D0 052D DA8E 0506 CBCE

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freemo , to random
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Why would the shape help you float? Shape has no effect on buoyancy, only density.
QT: https://seal.cafe/objects/bf021e42-badd-4ac2-a41c-66ce0121d851

freemo , to random
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This presidential election is going to be like watching a cage match at a nursing home... I swear we picked the two people in the USA least mentally capable to compete in running the place....

freemo , to random
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I know I'm doing something right when virtually every single MAGA supporter and extreme leftie hates you and thinks you are the other side of the two.

The day democrats or Republicans start thinking I make sense is the day I need to seriously rethinking my opinions.

lowqualityfacts , to random
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Got called a fascist by a Biden supporter for..... saying I support Biden?

Lesson of the day: Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath, put your phone down, and remind yourself that you simply cannot win on social media.

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  • freemo ,
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    @lowqualityfacts

    Because we all know fascism is being able to freely criticise your government, nothing is more fascist than that!

    To the left: free speech = fascism
    To the right: university = fascism

    Actual fascism: Oppressing the freedom of discourse. Fascism is literally what both sides do.

    freemo , to random
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    I also just checked and this seems to have monumentally damaged the use count on the server.

    I dont know exactly when this was enacted but in recent months the user count for the server plummeted from 80K to 20K and has month by month been continually decreasing since then as people flock away from the server. I suspect the use of this extremely abusive block list, and perhaps similar decisions are a large part of the reason.

    @wild1145
    QT: https://qoto.org/@freemo/111908762832451120

    freemo OP ,
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    @admin

    In the past they were actually kinda responsible about it. They used to do due dilligance and made responsible decisions. Seems around the time they got a new moderator on board everything went down hill and due dilligrance went out the window. No surprise that was when their use based went running to the hills and has decreased every day since then.

    This is just the last step they needed to take to kill the server.

    @wild1145

    freemo OP ,
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    @wild1145

    My choice to use the list was based off months of reviewing the list and the way it was curated, and the fact it can’t be swayed by one or even two of the instances’s ban lists that contribute towards it.

    Factually wrong. Each list contributes a vote to the final list, meaning every block list sways the final output.

    The fact that the list of servers which constitute the list are themselves highly abusive and noted for such in some cases (such as mastodon.art being one of a small number of master lists) is exactly why it is abusive and negligent of you to support it. Any block list where mastodon.art doesnt just get a vote but is part of a hand selected small list of master lists which literally define the list… no sorry but that is absolute negligence on your part.

    @admin

    freemo OP ,
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    @wild1145

    Have you considered instead of being lazy and trying to avoid moderating your server properly and literally admitting to refusing to do due diligence… maybe you should consider I dont know, moderating your server and if need be promoting enough moderators to do so? Crazy idea huh.

    If you dont have time capacity or money to hire moderators then do a good enough job people are willing to volunteer their time because they believe in the community.

    I am a horrible moderator because I dont have the time is pretty much your excuse here, and its a bad one.

    @admin

    bibliolater , to psychology
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    "It is a puzzle why humans tend toward unrealistic optimism, as it can lead to excessively risky behavior and a failure to take precautionary action. Using data from a large nationally representative U.K. sample (N=36, 312) our claim is that optimism bias is partly a consequence of low cognition—as measured by a broad range of cognitive skills, including memory, verbal fluency, fluid reasoning and numerical reasoning."

    Dawson, C. (2023). Looking on the (B)right Side of Life: Cognitive Ability and Miscalibrated Financial Expectations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672231209400 @psychology

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  • freemo ,
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    @N0ZB @bibliolater @psychology

    A good example of this is the attempt to reduce school shootings to 0. Right now a new born child has a 2x higher chance of being struck by lightening in their life than do being shot in a school shooting.

    Yet our desire to over optimize and take an exceedingly rare event and make it rarer will cause us to be unable to keep ourselves safe from other risks like violent crimes.

    bibliolater , to psychology
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    "It is a puzzle why humans tend toward unrealistic optimism, as it can lead to excessively risky behavior and a failure to take precautionary action. Using data from a large nationally representative U.K. sample (N= 36.312) our claim is that optimism bias is partly a consequence of low cognition—as measured by a broad range of cognitive skills, including memory, verbal fluency, fluid reasoning and numerical reasoning."

    Dawson, C. (2023). Looking on the (B)right Side of Life: Cognitive Ability and Miscalibrated Financial Expectations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672231209400 @psychology

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    @bibliolater

    A good example of this is the attempt to reduce school shootings to 0. Right now a new born child has a 2x higher chance of being struck by lightening in their life than do being shot in a school shooting.

    Yet our desire to over optimize and take an exceedingly rare event and make it rarer will cause us to be unable to keep ourselves safe from other risks like violent crimes.

    @psychology

    freemo , to random
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    Democrats seriously be like...

    freemo OP ,
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    @mike805

    Rifles are generally effective at gurilla warfare like you expect in a revolution. Bombers less so. That said AR-15 is not a particularly powerful gun and most rifles are far more powerful.

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    freemo ,
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    @georgetakei I would LOVe to see her win... No trump, and id actually have an option other than someone who has a history of horrible racism.

    georgetakei , to random
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    Snailed it.

    freemo ,
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    @georgetakei

    LOL :)

    freemo , to random
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    Companies or at least their owners, need to realize going public shouldnt always be the goal. For the right kind of company going public is great, for the wrong kind it can mean the death of the company.

    I've seen trying to go public, and the expense and compromises that go with it, cost way too many promising company's their future.

    freemo OP ,
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    @LouisIngenthron Yup, and public doesnt mean more growth either, sometimes it can mean less... private companies can and are as large as public ones

    freemo OP ,
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    @LouisIngenthron yea but the owners dont get to dictate day to day operations. The board and people running the companyare not the faceless owners

    freemo OP ,
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    @LouisIngenthron no you cant remove board members simply for under reporting. Removasl of a board member requires both the approval of the board and its share holders and is a very difficult process. To even propose it you must be "person of interest" meaning you must hold considerable shares to even propose it. People with significant shares are in it for the long term as you cant dump your shares without causing your share price to fall and get far less than market value. So generally they wont be able to have the support to be impeached over short term profits since all the people who have that power are locked in to the longer term profits.

    freemo OP ,
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    @niclas

    As someone who has been a board member, C-level, and owner is multiple companies, including most recently one that was effectively public, I can say this isnt really true.

    All board members have a duty to look out for the best interest of the company. There is no implied sense of short term over long term in a public company. In fact our company largely prioritized and looked at profits much the same way before and after the process

    The issue with public companies is quite the opposite, you cant get away with shady shit as easily since you are under a much closer watchful eye.

    @LouisIngenthron

    freemo OP ,
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    @LouisIngenthron

    By the way, we can speculate all we want. but when we look at the data we actually see quite the opposite. Private companies show more of a tendency to have peak and dip short term profit chases than public companies.

    Attached is an image from analysis from 2014 that demonstrates this, we see the private company has higher short term profits but a much bigger rebound after the fact. This is typical, private companies are known to be more volatile, on average.

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    freemo ,
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    @georgetakei Ben shapiro's comments about how his wife is "dry" are starting to make more sense.

    freemo , to random
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    As if i needed another reason not to vote for Biden (no i wont be voting Trump either).
    QT: https://mastodon.social/@NoelWauchope/111836037504456311

    freemo OP ,
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    @peterdrake Going to have to see who is on the ballot. Any of the other choices for sure, but need to see who those wind up being after the primaries.

    freemo , to random
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    I wonder if democrats even realize that even if they are objectively the best choice, the overwhelming toxicity from that community to any level of criticism results in massive number of voters who are going to vote for trump purely as an emotional response to being mistreated by the community.. purely out of spite.

    In fact at this point I think Democrats and the way they treat people is probably the only real reason Trump is part of the landscape at all.

    freemo , to random
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    I dont know who needs to hear this.. but you can actually disagree with someone, have a debate, remain peaceful, and if you still disagree in the end you dont have to actually rage quit and block them. You can.... wait for it.... just disengage and walk away.

    Not everyone has to agree with you about everything.

    freemo , to random
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    Many years ago I made a conscious decision to stop correcting typos and spelling mistakes in my casual semi-real-time communication. Basically chats, messaging, and social media. It was a conscious effort I made after years of being pedantic about my spelling.

    Because I can type very fast correcting my spelling before sending would usually mean x3 the amount of time wasted on messaging. In fact I was so weird about it people would remark when id correct myself after the fact how they knew what iw as saying so it wasnt needed.

    Since I made the choice I realize this was the smartest thing I could have done for one reason I didnt expect. I mean sure it saves me time in casual communications where formality isnt important. But it also filters out a very certain type of people, the kind who assume typos determine the value of your message. Like there are actually people who will say "he had typos/misspellings, therefore he must be the one is wrong"... its astounding but its common. I realized eliminating these people from my feed has left a much better quality crowd who are much more productive and enjoyable to interact with.

    freemo , to random
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    I want to create a factually accurate RPG. It would still be filled with wizards, its just that their magic doesnt actually do anything but they are all too stupid to realize magic isnt real. So your fighters are left to fight all the battles alone while the wizards pretend to cast spells but are completely useless.
    QT: https://mstdn.social/@stux/111830836885870626

    freemo OP ,
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    @olives All women fighters die in one hit for wearing inadequate armor :)

    mcnado , to random
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    I saw a post today discussing palpitations after COVID. Folks, what I tell my patients is: if you get palpitations in the weeks to months after COVID, call your doc and get seen. Here’s why — palpitations after COVID are common, and one prevalent cause is atrial fibrillation. This is often detected by a wearable event recorder such as a Holter monitor, because a 1-time ECG (as if often done in the ER) is worthless if you aren’t in a-fib at the time. A-fib dramatically increases stroke risk.

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    Common? Patients who have had COVID have only a 20% increased risk of AFib post infection. Thats hardly "common" that would make it fairly rare.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-16113-6

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    > but to what end?

    Largely my concern is fear mongering (perhaps unintentional). There has been a great deal of over-hyping COVID and has caused people to be dispreportionaltly scared of the disease and its consequences. While it is of course a serious disease people have heard so much disinformation to make it sound scarier than it is that people are often irrationally afraid of it relative to the risks.

    Saying its common makes people think most people who catch it will start having heart problems when in fact a very very small portion of people who catch it will. So that needs pointing out.

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    See this is what I'm talking about. An actual review of the literature would show the prevelance of post-covid syndroms is not yet known, the studies we do have range from <10% to 30%/35% at the absolute highest end. Yet you are 1) quoting it as if its well established, it is not 2) picking from the highest end of the spectrum (fear mongering).

    Couple this with the fact that there is a great deal of fear, and an impossiblity to test for this in a double-blind fashion you get a recipe for disaster one would expect highly inflated numbers due to the placebo effect alone.

    As a COVID Research scientist myself, and you as a doctor, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards when we state things as fact. You cant just cherry pick a study that gives the number you want, we have to be mindful of the consensus and the body of literature and leave our personal biases out of it.

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    Sorry but thats just not true. I will try to find it for you but the last attempt i saw at finding a mean for the prevalence among existing studies produced a value from 11% to 16%. Couple that with the fact, again we cant remove the placebo effect from the reality the actual numbers are almost certainly skewd quite a bit below this.

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    Thats not how science is done. The existence of low-confidence studies that produce outliers is not the same as saying a literature review has consensus within that range.

    No reasonable person would look at the literature on this and assert that ANY of the numbers have enough confidence to start telling the general public figures. The only responsible response is "We dont know what the figures are but the highest confidence studies are in the 15% and less range, and almost all studies show very little consensus"

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    I just double checked your study... its worse than I thought, you are even misrepresenting the study in what your saying here now.

    You are citing upwards of an 80% figure, that is NOT what the study says. It says that in patients who were hospitalized with covid (so people who had extremely unusually bad casis) have upwards of the 80% figure. That is NOT saying 80% of all people with covid.

    So turns out this was a much worse and damning misrepresentation on your part than I first thought. Given your credentials I'd go so far as to say its a lie and deceptive the way you stated it based onn the very source you used.

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado That said I do think you are unintentionally sharing disinformation, which is why I am engaging you to encourage you to be a bit more conscious of it.

    freemo ,
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    @Raccoon

    Agreed, and no i didnt miss it, that is kinda part of my point. i am arguing there is nothing remotely approaching consensus or high quality studies on this topic as of yet. As you point out it isnt even well defined in a useful way. So any assertion about long covid being real or its prevelance is negligent. The only honest answer any doctor or scientist can give right now is "we just dont know"

    @mcnado

    freemo ,
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    @Raccoon

    Also the 80% figure was a straight up misrepresentation of the studies... in the source he linked literally NO studies stated an 80% figure for incidence of long covid as a result of COVID. The 80% figure was talking about something else and he totally misrepresented it.

    @mcnado

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    is it? Here’s the study (linked below). It’s a meta-analysis from earlier in the pandemic, which looked at studies that included hospitalized and ambulatory patients.

    Yes that is what the study is on. In other words.

    The study concludes jn multiple places that 80% of people with COVID will experience one or more long-term symptoms.

    No that is NOT what the study concluded. The Study concluded that Of people who have severe COVID, to the point of hospitalization, those people have an 80% chance of showing long term symptoms.

    What it is NOT saying is that 80% of people who get COVID will have long term symptoms. These are two entierly different assertions.

    You are trying to generealize a statement specifically made about hospitalized patients to apply to everyone who has ever had the disease. That is disinformation or negligence, im not sure which. You should have been taught better in school than to make that leap.

    Do I think that’s representative? No. Is it what the study says, yes.

    Then you are wrong and it is negligence, that is very much not what the study says.

    @Raccoon

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    @mcnado

    Didnt miss it, not concluding anything different than the authors. You however did misrepresent the paper and the authors, they did not say what you keep asserting they said. They are not saying 80% of people who get COVID will likely have long-COVID. You are trying to claim they are saying something they very much are not saying.

    @Raccoon

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    Explain to me what it is you are getting from this that is different than what the authors repeatedly conclude.

    Absolutely nothing. What I conclude is exactly the same as what the authors conclude and is exactly the same as what you have posted here.

    It is you who are disagreeing with the authors and dont know it. I have explained to you three times now exactly what your misunderstanding and you just ignore it and keep repeating yourself. Again this is not appropriate for a medical doctor.

    I will explain to you again, in this study “the patients with COVID” are specifically explained to NOT be a random sampling of the population of people with COVID. It is not meant to be representative of the COVID population. It is specifically only people who have unusually bad cases and wind up hospitalized. Therefore it is only representative of hospitalized COVID infected people, it is NOT representative of COVID infected people in general.

    @Raccoon

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    And did you read the part where they said that among studies that included all covid patients the range was up 10% to 35%.. they explicitly state the 80% was only limited to the hospitalized group.

    So again, saying people with covid show up to 80% prevelance is disinformation.

    I quoted this earlier do I need to go find it again?

    @Raccoon

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    I quote fromt he study you linked:

    "The incidence is estimated at 10–30% of non-hospitalized cases, 50–70% of hospitalized cases"

    It specifically states in no uncertain terms that the higher ranges above 50% were only in the case of hospialized patients, and for non-hospitalized diagnosed people it is 10-30%.

    This also implies that the non-diagnosed asymptomatic crowd, which is not in this study would be even lower, implying the overall number once those people are factored in is likely to be lower still.

    But as is very cleraly stated in the metareview what you said is straight up false, no study suggests an 80% figure for all people who catch covid.

    @Raccoon

    freemo ,
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    @mcnado

    The paper did not show a 80% rate across a representative population of those infected with COVID.... THAT is the point. I am not saying the number didnt appear in the paper, im saying you are grossly and negligently misrepresenting what it means.

    @Raccoon

    knittingknots2 , to random
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    Rent is unaffordable for half of U.S. renters, 2022 data shows

    https://www.axios.com/2024/01/27/rent-unaffordable-housing-market-apartment-prices-cost

    freemo ,
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    @AT1ST

    I did a search when we first spoke for rooms for rent in Manhatten. I tried to pick livable locations (clean) at the low end of the range that popped up. They were ~$500 give or take $100. The lowest I saw was $300, Obviously the higher end goes almost as high as you can imagine though.

    @MisuseCase @knittingknots2

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    @AT1ST

    Oh sorry, thought you said Toronto for some reason.

    But to the original point. Its still not a QTY issue, at best you can argue there is an issue with the economy in general, and I would generally agree. But the problem isnt the number of homes.

    @MisuseCase @knittingknots2

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    @AT1ST

    So its not a qty issue at all if there are places to rent. Its a price issue. The price at which it would be worth it for the landlord is higher than you want to pay.

    No landlord would go with a place not being rented at all if they wouldnt make enough money to make up for that by waiting for market-value.

    @MisuseCase @knittingknots2

    freemo ,
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    @AT1ST

    You also have to consider it isnt just about how many are up for rent. Its how appealing it is to rent at all. If the price people were willing to pay was profitable more people would put their houses up for rent. So again its an economic issue not a qty issue as there are more than enough houses to fit people.

    @MisuseCase @knittingknots2

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