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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Cragen Re:programming (414 comments)

How can you be so sure?

I wish I could mod you up. There are so many assumptions flying here. Buddhist cosmology has it that humans lifespan will increase to over 100K years in the future. Many a cyborg technology will be the thing. (Get me a T1000, maybe.) Nobody knows, for certain. Yet people will argue for the fun of it, I guess.

about a week ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Cragen Sweet Irony (209 comments)

With all the complaints, I do wonder what percentage of US readers of this site are programmers, designers, computer scientists, etc., that are employed by the US Government. I would not be surprised that we are the majority. Still "the needs of the one" are still relevant also.

about a week ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Cragen Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

To quote: "but as an aggregate group do lean towards certain behaviours and interests." I believe the key is right there in the phrase "aggregate group". I attempted similar strategies to get my daughter involved in tech since she has the mind for it. I tried to provide my daughter lots of opportunities to learn coding and design. She enjoyed it but never established any passion for the field. That may have been because I only ever involved her and not necessarily her friends, also. She is a very social person (which I am not) so I probably erred by not including her friends.

She went her own way (and good for her), graduated from university, and is now an editor for a financial newsletter. She does know her tech stuff, though. I am more proud of having introduced her to SF&F, gaming, and comics. Her company did a financial review of software gaming field and used her as a resource. So, it's all good. She's going to find her own path. Being a good "backup" is no small thing. Enjoy being a dad!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Cragen Re:Class projects vs. professional projects (176 comments)

Well, it's even "worse" than that. The group often has to define the goal and the requirements for the customer. If you have no experience leading a team or being a team member of a project that needs to be defined, the process detailed and agreed upon, etc., you are just a "coder", which is just the last and easiest part of the project.

about three weeks ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

Cragen Re:Economic Impacts (82 comments)

this will stratify the have and hane-nots further.

All of your premises assume that the ideas of "Haves" and "Have nots" are even valid. I would, ultimately, say those ideas are incorrect. No one "gets out alive" so to concentrate on that which cannot be kept is ultimately unwise. The idea that "those that die (or live) with the most toys win!" is quite ignorant. The idea that having or not having something is improving or worsening your life is a waste of good time. It's all relative and therefore mental gymnastics at its worst. Time to Wake up.

about 3 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Cragen Re:Cool Tech (67 comments)

Indeed. In 1984, I bought a complete Pioneer stereo system (FM Receiver, 200W Amp [0.02% THD - woot!], Cassette Tape (i repeat, Tape) Deck, 2 Speakers (a yard-high each), all total for about $2000) and was bummed that I didn't have enough money for a Reel-to-Reel unit. The whole thing (along with my record and tape collection) took up most of one wall in our living room. In 1985, the whole thing could be had for about $500 in something the size of a car radio, with BETTER SOUND. Egads. But I still remember that wall of stereo stuff quite fondly.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Cragen Re:Hate!? (91 comments)

Wish I could mod you up.

about 4 months ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

Cragen Re:Stop the madness!!! (48 comments)

Better yet. Some guy calling himself a "scientist", in the WaPo Comments here to a similar article with this conclusion: " the perfect alignment of variables that must all fall into place for this explanation to work is virtually impossible on the regular basis required to satisfy the frequency of the event. There is a different reason; they don not know what it is."

When I was young, many years ago, I thought ignorance could be overcome by education. Now, some 60+ years later, I begin to think that is not the case. /sigh

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Cragen Re:This is what happens (247 comments)

This is what happens when physicists come up with ideas when they're high....

A guy named Richard Alpert (a Harvard Psychologist) teamed up with a guy named Timothy Leary (another Harvard Psychologist) to do experiments with LSD to do just that. He later changed his name to Ram Dass. In his book, "Be Here Now", he wrote that (short version) he couldn't figure out how to STAY high so he went to India hoping to find that answer.

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Cragen Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

Well, the irony is that outside of the US, discrimination based on color of skin is quite rare. Discrimination based on "tribe" and gender seems to be everywhere, though.

about 4 months ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Cragen Your life is SO AWFUL. (158 comments)

Takes some seriously Orwellian doublethink to pretend copyright enforcement isn't censorship.

If copyright issues are your biggest complaint, you have a pretty good life. I am betting you have electricity, running water, and toilets, things much of the "free world" doesn't have, much less relative freedom of speech. You simply have no idea what life is like outside your environment. Please do travel outside your local country. Hopefully, it will be an eye-opener (and heart-opener) for you.

about 4 months ago
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Securing the US Electrical Grid

Cragen Re:INL working on these issues. (117 comments)

Wish you were correct. I live in the western part of Fairfax County, Virginia. We lose power for 1-4 hours about every 6 months and for over 24 hours about once every 2 - 3 years. (During one outage, very early in the morning, I decided to go to the local donut shop for coffee and donuts. As I was leaving my neighborhood, I realized that the outage was only about 3 blocks square with my house near the "epicenter". It could be ME that's causing all these power problems. :P)

about 4 months ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Cragen Considering his history... (144 comments)

in Blade Runner, he essentially only kept the title character and the title and

in Prometheus, he essentially just re-gurgitated "Alien", what could go wrong?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Re:Meditation (552 comments)

(Replying to my own comment) I would also like to note that my mother-in-law had such a stroke that she was given last rites. Twice. Got medivac-ed to the Fairfax VA Hospital, etc. And recovered 99%-wise. Over about 9 months. Lost her sense of smell. (talk about mixed emotions.)

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Meditation (552 comments)

Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

about 7 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Cragen Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

Cragen Re:Yahoo, kill yourself! (300 comments)

I disagree. I would say "no" to being tracked for any reason, if I have a choice. I do NOT want web services to "personalize" my needs and preferences. I am a big boy and do not need your help, nor your attempts to route my attention, however small that period of attention span is.

about 8 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Cragen Re:Reality? (293 comments)

Well, if you gotta use "over 20 technologies", that's just overkill. Less than 5 would be very cool, though.

about 8 months ago

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