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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

DamnOregonian Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (442 comments)

Fair enough, with the one caveat, that they may as well be the same, because unlike the crust of the Earth, if you dig down a few feet, history can record that you continued to exist.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

DamnOregonian Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (442 comments)

Hah- I had thought the 0-dimensional point was simply 0-dimensional with regard to outside coordinate system physics (ie, interior all timelike paths closed) within its real-space volume. Not sure where I got that idea now, in retrospect. I get the difference now, thanks

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:So basically (440 comments)

No- not all monopolies are, I completely agree. That's why the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts were written to specifically discriminate against monopolies that were harmful, or non-merit based (where merit doesn't include a hostile takeover of the market with the resources you acquired legitimately).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

That's the one that I remember most, but there are probably lots of examples from that era.

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:False axioms (440 comments)

/thread.

Humbling. You're good people.

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Bad bill. (440 comments)

No, I said I'd take an improvement over no improvement.
How is that "ANYTHING", and why is pragmatism so hard for you to comprehend?
If you believe for a second that a Republican controlled congress is going to allow the PATRIOT Act (their fucking baby!) to sunset- you're beyond dense. Who is it, you think, who added the amendment extending it?

Let me try, now:

Seriously?

You'd stop ANY PROGRESS, regardless of how badly the status quo fucks people over, SIMPLY FOR THE SAKE OF STOPPING CHANGE?

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Bad bill. (440 comments)

I'm going to give you a list of Bush laws with sunset provisions that were allowed to sunset:

There you go. That's the whole list.

You were saying?

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

DamnOregonian Re: Here we go again (495 comments)

Na. not quite there yet. Give them time, though.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Bad bill. (440 comments)

Yes, because the status quo is better.
Fuck a watered down Patriot Act, let's just keep the full she-bang.
Because there's no way both houses controlled by the Republicans aren't going to push through an extension, sans reform, with ease, once it's tacked to something non-filibusterable.

No progress until Victory!

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Wait a min.... (440 comments)

Republicans did in fact block the bill... It is precisely because they're still the minority that they did this, instead of simply voting it down (the vote was for cloture, not passage)...
There was 1 Democrat who did not vote for cloture. That's even less significant than the 4 republicans that voted FOR it. Woe for common sense.

You are right that it passed the Republican controlled house, after they added an amendment extending the Patriot Act until 2017. The Senate Republicans simply filibustered so they can wait until they've got a majority, and the extension can be passed through on something that won't be filibustered by the minority at that time, thus keeping the reform away from reality.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Umm, what? (440 comments)

Agreed. Why aim for better if perfection is out of reach. Much better to let the status quo lay still. I love conservative ideology.
I do give the guy credit for sticking to his probably honest-felt convictions, even if pragmatism is a dirty word to him.

It's also a good thing that the Patriot Act won't be extended in 2015 anyway, when the House attaches it to an education bill.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Party of Fear (440 comments)

Fascists have a long and glorious history of pointing their finger at other fascists and saying their real cause is to prevent the country from falling to Them.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:But I thought... (440 comments)

Well, 1 is a number, so I guess what you said is technically accurate.
It also didn't pass the House until the amendment extending the Patriot Act until 2017 was added.
Calling the failure to proceed bipartisan is either stupidity or deliberately disingenuous.

What I can't figure out is if it was intended to fail, and who out-gamed the other to make it fail. Let's be realistic, it was filibustered by the Republicans. I'm not going to count the 4 Republican yays for cloture or the 1 democratic nay as anything but statistical noise. There's a puzzle in the life of this bill, and I wish it made sense to me.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:Hmmm .... (440 comments)

A little research would tell you where the extension to the Patriot Act came from. Poison pill, or true intentions?

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:So basically (440 comments)

Was the state protecting the old trusts that laws were written to combat? It seems to me that history shows us that the natural end-result of pure free-market capitalism is the formation of abusive monopolies even without state assistance. I think the state assistance is an attempt to utilize the monopolies, which sometimes have uses, but under the control of the people.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

DamnOregonian Re:False axioms (440 comments)

I think he's generalizing based on self-identified libertarian voting habits, as polled.
I know a lot of good libertarians, seemingly like yourself, but you all still vote Republican. I'm not saying you should have voted Democrat instead, but fuck, Republicans seem to be banking that the megatrusts they're working for will eventually get powerful enough to ensure their power forever.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

DamnOregonian Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (327 comments)

Only if the compiler knows that explode() prevents execution past that point, which it won't, unless specifically designed to look for the case of explode() twiddling an I/O register that it knows is going to cause a catastrophic fission chain reaction

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

DamnOregonian Re:Here comes a Karma hit.... (107 comments)

My programming experience started with an Amiga 500, around age 6. By age 10, I had successfully proved the value of programming in a mock-commercial setting- "Community" as we called it. We had "Community Dollars", a governing body, banks and financial regulations, and weekly market events where we pitched goods and services for Community Dollars. My first market event was a "beat the computer" numbers game, written on an Apple IIGS, in BASIC, on a school computer. I was even given time in class to work on the project that my teacher was at first dubious about (I was the only person attempting to program a class computer, and the teacher doubted my skills). I think she, like my dad, made the right call.
Fast forward 21 years, I make good money, I enjoy the view 30 floors up in Seattle, WA, I was active in sports (track, football) in highschool, and would consider myself socially well adjusted. I don't think I agree with your advice.
An interest in computers and programming at a young age in no way precludes essential areas of development for a child, it doesn't seem to have for me.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

DamnOregonian Re:Ah, more of this (137 comments)

Where does the US constitution say you lose your free speech rights if you work in a group?

Right next to where it says your conglomerate has the rights of a person.
I love how far this can be extended, as well. Corporate armies? Sounds awesome.

The obvious thing you're missing, is that the rights of the individuals within the groups were never infringed. The rights of the group were infringed, and the ability to infringe on a group is literally enshrined into US case law, so long as it's not a protected one.

But hey, when "Right to Work" is a euphemism for "abridging the rights of 2 people (corporation, union) to form a contract between themselves" and somehow not an acknowledgement that the rights of the individual are superior to the rights of the group, I can see how a lot of shit confuses you.

about a week ago

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