Each of us is our own world

Every person sees the world in a unique way. When someone dies it is, in a way, the death of an entire world.

The man, who kills a man, kills a man. The man, who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. His act is worse (symbolically considered) than any rape or dynamite outrage. For it destroys all buildings: it insults all women.

The thief is satisfied with diamonds; but the suicide is not: that is his crime. He cannot be bribed, even by the blazing stones of the Celestial City. The thief compliments the things he steals, if not the owner of them. But the suicide insults everything on earth by not stealing it. He defiles every flower by refusing to live for its sake. There is not a tiny creature in the cosmos at whom his death is not a sneer.

When a man hangs himself on a tree, the leaves might fall off in anger and the birds fly away in fury: for each has received a personal affront. […] The man’s crime is different from other crimes — for it makes even crimes impossible.

– G. K. Chesterton

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Quick, Draw!

Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling? Help teach it by adding your drawings to the world’s largest doodling data set, shared publicly to help with machine learning research.

This is really fun and amazing especially when the AI recognizes your drawing in just a few seconds simply based on what it has previously learned from drawings of the same subject by other people.

It’s really interesting too seeing how we differ from each other in imagining and drawing stuff.

Go try it out yourself: quickdraw.withgoogle.com

 

How to fully disable Windows Update and manually re-enable it when needed

The following video is best watched in at least 480p quality, full screen. If you have trouble watching the video, you may continue reading down below. 

Disclaimer: Disabling Windows Update, while it doesn’t interfere with any other necessary processes on your machine, may pose security issues in cases where an urgent update is needed. Do this at your own risk.

Auto-update is a nice feature that we enjoy on a lot of things we use these days, but sometimes it interferes with other, more necessary, things. This was my case with Windows Update.

In an ideal world, I would always want Windows Update enabled and automatically running when I start my PC. Unfortunately in this real world of vague FUPs and poorly advertised bandwidth caps, that’s a luxury a lot of us living in the Philippines can’t easily afford.

To be specific, when Windows Update automatically runs on my system it eats up my download speed and part of my daily-capped bandwidth. Some days it just consumes all of my daily bandwidth limit causing my connection to throttle down to about 25% of the normal download and upload speed.

Simply stopping the service through Task Manager doesn’t seem to work (it keeps re-running). For someone who needs good connection to get most of the work done, that’s a problem I always try to avoid, and the same reason why I opted to take control over Windows Update.

Let’s begin! Continue reading How to fully disable Windows Update and manually re-enable it when needed

Solved: How to fix Windows 10 “Update & Security” from auto-closing

The following video is best watched in at least 480p quality, full screen. If you have trouble watching the video, you may continue reading down below. 

Disclaimer: Disabling Windows Update, while it doesn’t interfere with any other necessary processes on your machine, may pose security issues in cases where an urgent update is needed. Do this at your own risk.

I was having this problem for quite some time now though it really was my fault in the first place.

Everything used to work without issues except that I was annoyed by how Windows Update oftentimes eats up the limited bandwidth I have. For that reason, at one point I disabled some Windows services since simply stopping them through the Task Manager didn’t work.

Unfortunately, I did not keep record of which services were those and now that I need access to the “Updates & Security” settings to finally get those updates up on my system, I’m back on Google trying to find a solution to this auto-closing problem.

I tried a lot of possible fixes, but it seems like there’s always the one piece missing from the puzzle. It was when I stumbled on a Windows 10 Forums thread, specifically on this reply by user gonzaha, that I found the last piece.

Let’s get started! Continue reading Solved: How to fix Windows 10 “Update & Security” from auto-closing

The backfire effect

I really love this analogy by The Oatmeal regarding what our worldview (sometimes undeniably AKA self-righteousness) makes of us when challenged.

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Your brain loves consistency. It builds a worldview like we build a house. It has a foundation and a frame, and windows and doors, and it knows exactly how everything fits together.

If a new piece is introduced and it doesn’t fit, the whole house falls apart. Your brain protects you by rejecting that piece. It then builds a fence and a moat, and refuses to let in any visitors.

This is why we have the backfire effect. It’s a biological way of protecting a worldview.