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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Agent0013 Re:As usual, the wrong question (486 comments)

And perhaps you are one of the few who don't realize how dangerous it would be to give a human the ability to take control from a safe and able computer driving the car.

9 hours ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Agent0013 Re:Ob XKCD... (358 comments)

If all you are doing is trying to prove something is possible, and it happens, then you don't need any more than one run. Obviously it can happen. If it doesn't happen, you haven't proven anything, but that is where you need the many reruns of the experiment and that is where they can fail the scientific scrutiny.

2 days ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Agent0013 Re:When will we... (266 comments)

Better yet! Declare them a terrorist organization. Now they are all terrorists as well as criminals and can be put away without due process.

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Agent0013 Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

The Issac Asimov solution of radiation poisoning of the land would be a very effective solution. We could even give them warning it was coming to allow them to leave, not that they would do that.

about a month ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

Agent0013 Don't you just need the metal wires part? (52 comments)

Couldn't you do the same thing using only the metal wires that the wheel actually rolls on? The origami part is unnecessary. You simply have the metal wires folded along the axle with a cable that pulls them in the same way this one does. The wires would then extend away from the axle and make a larger wheel diameter without the need for the paper origami part at all. As it is, the paper part does not seem to serve any function. It does not roll along the ground, nor does it extend the wires, the cable does that.

about a month ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Agent0013 Re:About time (230 comments)

But you have to up that $100 Billion by 10 times or more to account for the clean-up of the waste. Not to mention the cost of a mishap. Nobody ever puts up the money to clean up the waste after it is used in the plant. They just figure it will evaporate or something.

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Agent0013 Re: Finally! (474 comments)

Well, by that logic pretty much anything should be outlawed that you can do to your body. Including trans fats and crunch chicken skin. Both are very dangerous, especially in large quantity.

The problem with that logic, is you are falling for the lies that have been propagated for the last few decades. Your example of trans fats and chicken skin are particularly insightful as the scientist that came up with the fat is bad for you studies threw out half of the data so he could get a curve fit that he wanted to see. one link on this subject. It is well know that studies have shown the fake sugar stuff makes people and rats fatter, not thinner. Margarine also does tricks that end up being less healthy than just eating butter. And using vegetable oil is much worse for you than using coconut oil or even just plain old bacon fat. (My family now uses bacon fat to cook and our health and weight has improved.)

So letting some group decide what is healthy and un-healthy just leaves you open to being manipulated and controlled by those with power over the laws. I don't want anyone telling me I have to eat some crap than causes anal leakage or turns your eyes brown permanently just because they have stock in the company and will make a ton of profit if they can make the laws say you are required to eat their crap because it has been deemed to be the healthy thing to do.

about a month ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Agent0013 Re:The medium is the message (154 comments)

If as you can do with VR is reproduce a similar experience to a PC game no one will buy it. They'l just keep playing their PC games with their music on and reddit or youtube on their second monitor while enjoying a beverage. You have to offer a more immersive experience if you're going to limit multitasking and convenience.

You could have a virtual monitor in your cockpit that you bring reddit or youtube up on. When you are on those long boring flights through space toward the far away target you need something to keep you entertained.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Agent0013 Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

Is it any wonder that I might get angry when some stupid fuck tells me that I am lying. I use KeePassDroid. What do you use, you stupid dumb-ass!

about a month and a half ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Agent0013 Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

What kind of a stupid fuck are you that you can take a very legit complaint of using a password manager and then say I have never used one. I use one all the time. As you can see from my post, if you actually have the intelligence to read "SENTENCES", I use one on my phone. I also have the same one that runs on my PC at home. And whether I use one or not, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that typing a memorized word is easier than looking something up in a database. It only takes someone smarter than BMO I guess!!!
God! What a douche!!!

about a month and a half ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Agent0013 Re:HAHA WUT? (280 comments)

Using a password manager makes it just as easy to have secure passwords as it is to have easy to remember passwords that you recycle everywhere.

This is just plain wrong! There is no nicer way to say it. Typing in a 6 letter word that I remember is much quicker than opening a program, typing in my master password, finding the account that I want to log in to, clicking on the log-in button, then switching back to the browser. Even describing what you need to do is too long and complicated.

And it fills them in for you, automagically, when you have to do the "new password" and "confirm new password" fields on a new site.

And this does not work from my password manager on my phone when I am using a PC at work on home. The automagic part seems to fail on many sites also due to the way the structure their login screen.

about a month and a half ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Agent0013 Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

The password manager keepassx is available for Mac OS, Windows and Linux and you can sync the databases. I'm not aware of one that also works on Android or IOS, though. :(

Yep, Keypass is available for Android. It uses the same password database, so is compatible with the others. It is called KeePassDroid. I like the fact that it is not on the web so there is no server that can be hacked into or spied upon. I use the password and keyfile so if someone were to get the password database file they would not also have the keyfile that I use. And since it runs on my phone, I pretty much always have it on me when I might need it. I even upload the file into Google Drive on occasion in case my SD card got corrupted or something.

I have also been doing what the article says, simple passwords that are reused for something like slashdot, more secure ones for sites that I buy things from, and very secure ones for banking sites and GMail. I include GMail as an extra secure site because any other site could have their password reset if someone got into my GMail account.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Agent0013 Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (753 comments)

Credit cards are a loan, not an electronic money transfer. That would be more like your debit card. And yes, you will loose all the money in your account while the bank sorts it out. This could take 6-8 weeks. Can you survive without any money for 6-8 weeks?

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Agent0013 Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (753 comments)

There is a non-trivial fee associated with cash too. Cash requires labor to move/protect it, can go "missing" much more easily than credit card transactions etc. Cards are probably still more expensive, but not by as much as you may think.

And credit card fraud doesn't exist? At least with cash, you are usually aware of it as it happens and you are limited to what you have on you at the moment, they can't take your whole account in one go.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Agent0013 Re:Why? (753 comments)

IRS taking refunds for parents dept

Actually, this same thing has been happening in the US. They say you owe a bunch of money from 50 years ago when your mother got some payment she didn't deserve or something, but they have no paperwork on it. And they expect you to pay it back even though your mother is long dead. And then they just take your whole tax refund even though it is more money than you supposedly owe. Plus, dept is not supposed to travel from parent to child like the IRS was claiming.

So yeah, his story holds up. It was only after a newspaper started questioning about the theft of the tax refund that they got the remainder back. And eventually they stopped the process when enough news and lawyers started getting interested in what was going on.

about a month and a half ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Agent0013 Re:I'm shocked! (278 comments)

Just you wait till the 911 truthers are proven right too!
I just hope the moon landing really happened!

about a month and a half ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Agent0013 Re:Turing test not passed. (285 comments)

There's been a movement recently suggesting that true AI can only exist in an embodied system. I initially thought that was bollocks, but the more I think about it the more it makes sense. You may be able to make a machine with the capacity to learn as well as a human, but without a means to "experiment" in the real world how would it ever learn about something like the behaviour of a bucket of water?

I have thought this might be true for a few years now. The human brain starts out not even knowing how to move the limbs it is connected to. It cannot process the visual information it receives. It has to figure everything out from experience with the world by initiating an action and seeing what changes happen to the inputs. And there are millions and millions of input signals coming in every second. From every touch upon the skin when the arm is moved and the nerves that give proprioception to the sense of air movement upon the hair follicles and the vision system seeing the arm move. There is just soo much data coming in that feeds the brain constantly. I think it is quite necessary to have all that for a machine to have intelligence.

about a month and a half ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Agent0013 Re:philosophical discussion only not science (285 comments)

One of my friends is a philosophy post-doc and he told me many times that in philosophy the gold standard for intelligence is intelligent behaviour.

If intelligent behaviour was all that was required, then a person remotely connected into that computer could do the intelligent behaviour and you would be able to call the computer intelligent. I think more is needed than that.

It also isn't true that the Lovelace test is more rigorous. To pass it you must produce something truly original but presumably non-random. I can only say good luck getting any human to pass this test.

I don't understand what you think original means. I have seen my young daughter draw lots of original drawings over and over. She even created a bird-deer in some of them, deer with 4 long skinny legs with bird feet on the ends of them. I certainly didn't tell her about bird-deer. She created them in her mind, drew them, and then told us what they were. I would love to see a computer come up with something like a bird-deer. I guess something like Creatures or Spore might come close with the genetic algorithms or something like that.

about a month and a half ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Agent0013 Re:philosophical discussion only not science (285 comments)

So, it's creative (I haven't told it how to choose), and potentially unexplainable (memory location may have been previously used by a totally different process if mem is wiped clean).

So not only have you proposed that random output is somehow to be described as creativity, you have also said this is unexplainable and then proceeded to explain how it works. Nice!!!

about a month and a half ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

Agent0013 Snowden did it! (95 comments)

Ohh, Edward Snowden is in trouble now!

about a month and a half ago

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I don't really understand what I would want to write in the Journal here!

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