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Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

Black Parrot Re:How do I get one? (59 comments)

It does read rather like a commercial.

3 days ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Black Parrot say it isn't so! (552 comments)

Heartland Institute deliberately misrepresenting something to influence public policy? Surely you jest!

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Black Parrot Re:Interesting, but N=1 and... (284 comments)

I find the whole think kind of surprising, since it is known that the whole brain doesn't go to sleep at the same time. Sleepwalking happens when part of it isn't asleep at all.

about three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Black Parrot Re:All kinds of uses (284 comments)

Neat. Could be used during surgeries instead of anesthesia, or could be weaponized to disable enemy combatants.

Sure, just capture them and subject them to brain surgery for the implant, then turn them lose so you can capture them easier next time.

about three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

Black Parrot Re:but... (284 comments)

I have a few. whichever ones i successfully snatched off the playground. usually the slowest runners.

In case you haven't heard, there's a more fun way of getting kids.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Black Parrot Yep (725 comments)

Those damb religio-political dogmatists keep blocking publication of my papers on the theory of anturgic phrogneal boropathy.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Black Parrot Re:Intelligence (564 comments)

he believes in some mythical exponential increase in computer intelligence

FTFY

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Black Parrot Re:Back to the future yet again (564 comments)

And let me guess: we'll all be riding on hoverboards...

AI has to get in line behind my flying car.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Black Parrot Re:Who are these idiot futurists? (564 comments)

MAYBE machine intelligence will surpass humans in some ways, but where the hell do we get this idea that they’ll decide we’re unstable and wipe us out? Sci Fi? Do we get it from anything RATIONAL?

Your subject line holds the answer: Maybe the idiot futurists really are in danger of being surpassed by machines!

They just haven't figured out that the rest of us aren't idiots too.

about three weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

Black Parrot Yawn. (564 comments)

People who think AI is a looming threat to humanity learned all they know about AI from comic books and movies.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Black Parrot Re:And every one of them... (61 comments)

Learn a little history. They'll target conservative extremists, but they create files on liberals just for being liberal.

IRS affair has nothing to do with the FBI. (Also, there is some indication that it's more Bengazi-style spin from the right than actual substance.)

Obama has nothing to do with it.

about a month ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Black Parrot Re:And every one of them... (61 comments)

Don't get excited about my post, Mr. FBI Man. You already have a file on me because I'm a liberal. Just find the file and increment the counter for the number of times I've pointed out the unwelcome obvious.

about 1 month ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Black Parrot And every one of them... (61 comments)

a blatant violation of the US Constitution.

about 1 month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Black Parrot Re:Me, me, me (561 comments)

Mensans can masturbate with their minds.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Black Parrot Re:Mensa is like the Olympics (561 comments)

It's also the bottom rung of IQ-snobbery organizations. Best known because least exclusive.

about a month ago
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Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity

Black Parrot peh (120 comments)

Wouldn't it be more fun to relive the story of the first time he got laid?

about 2 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Black Parrot Re:Qualifications: thinker and visionary (107 comments)

Authors, including authors of cartoons, tend to spend most of their time thinking, so they're a fairly good profession for spawning visionaries quite regularly.

IMO he should have spent more time thinking about his cartoon strip, which (back in the day) had one that was funny, interesting, or insightful out of every few hundred.

about 2 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Black Parrot Re:Grammar (107 comments)

So what's the possessive plural for "glasses"?

about 2 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Black Parrot Re:Disappointingly Linux-centric (611 comments)

Disappointingly computer-centric too. My favorite desktop environment consists of a pencil, a paperweight, and a stapler.

And I can put my head on it for a nap whenever I think that will increase productivity.

(As for the survey, I voted, but I'm not sure it's correct to identify one as my favorite when I haven't actually tried all of them.)

about 2 months ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The New York Museum of Modern Art is collecting video games for an exhibition. MoMA is the most prestigious museum for modern art in the world, and according to Wikipedia, is the third-most-visited art museum (of any type) in the USA, 13th-most-visited in the world. The museum holds all that famous stuff you (maybe) learned about in art history class: Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, etc. Maybe art historians of the future will talk about Dwarf Fortress as 'Animated Cubism'."
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Did Anonymous prevent election hijack?

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The internet is abuzz with a story about Anonymous setting up a "firewall" to prevent a scheme to hijack Ohio's electoral votes, as some claim actually happened in 2004. Reportedly there are similarities this time around, except that the votes didn't suddenly shift to the other candidate, and Karl Rove got a big surprise. Fact, fiction, or conspiracy theory? Only Julian Assange knows for sure."
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Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Several news sites are reporting that the 1962 replica of the HMS bounty was lost at sea due to hurricane Sandy, about 90 miles off North Carolina. The latest news I find says 14 of 16 crew rescued, one drowned, and the Captain still missing."
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Company of Heroes 2 announced.

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "THQ announced Monday that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled for release next year. The initial offering is designed from the perspective of the Soviet Army, which never made an appearance in the original game or its add-ons."
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Global Warming Skeptics Discover Global Warming

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "A team of Berkely Scientists skeptical of global warming, led by prominent skeptic physicist Richard Muller (and funded by the Koch Brothers) unexpectedly testified to skeptical politicians in the US House of Representatives that theiir results — still preliminary — is finding the same thing mainstream climate scientists have been telling us. Other scientists are unsuprised; the article quotes Peter Thorne (not on the team) as saying "Even if the thermometer had never been invented, the evidence is there from deep ocean changes, from receding glaciers, from rising sea levels and receding sea ice and spring snow cover." However, Thorne criticizes the team for announcing the preliminary results before publishing an peer-reviewed papers on their work."
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Textbook references Wikipedia

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Not as a source, but as a destination. From the third edition (December 2009) of Russell & Norvig's popular AI textbook: 'The Encyclopedia of AI (Shapiro, 1992) contains survey articles on almost every topic in AI, as does Wikipedia. These Articles usually provide a good entry point into the research literature on each topic.' Has Wikipedia passed a milestone of respectability?"

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