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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re: So what they need, then... (180 comments)

Coincidentally, I was thinking yesterday about whether observers may determine the state to which wave forms collapse (was it Heisenberg that proposed that?). It's very appealing, but disturbing, because I don't really believe observers have any special role in the universe.

Maybe I'll just stop thinking about this stuff for a little bit. This doesn't really answer your question, but I like Mark Twain's quote, "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

about half an hour ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (163 comments)

Well, I wouldn't dare dispute your observations from when you were just out of school. As any schoolboy knows (if you'll pardon the expression), lack of any experience in the world whatsoever is a crucial ingredient for drawing intelligent conclusions.

I have worked in a dozen industries with scores of companies. Your Pollyanna world where companies prioritize what's right instead of what's profitable just doesn't exist. To the extent that your medical device company produced quality components, it is because of the knowledge that the government would come after them if they did otherwise.

38 minutes ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (163 comments)

You have no idea what you're talking about. Government intervention after the crisis began in 2008 prevented a global depression.

Maybe stupid people have the impression that government got in the way of the recovery because most of the pain occurred after 2008, when it was too late to prevent much of the damage, but that doesn't mean it isn't foolish to think government made it worse.

Where DO you get your information?

43 minutes ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

DexterIsADog Re:So it works then? (75 comments)

I love that reaction - "they fucked up - but they did it so well!"

At least I don't have to ask what you think of Fukushima. :-)

6 hours ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (163 comments)

Manufacturing in a regulated industry is a constant battle between operations an quality. Operations (with an eye toward revenue) tries to speed things up, Quality (with an eye toward recalls and audits) tries to slow things down. Both report through different paths to the CEO. The Geek in R&D will see his work checked over by a different department with a different set of metrics.

You can pick your exceptions, but the overwhelming result of this organizational method is safer and better products.

This is like an Ayn Rand novel from an engineer's point of view. Regulated industries act *nothing* like this. The people in power use that power to push out the cheapest crap that will make the most money, whether that's service or physical product. The people who assist in that activity gain the most favor in the company. The noble engineer you keep describing simply doesn't exist.

The difference between lightly regulated and heavily regulated industries is that the sociopaths in companies from heavily regulated industries are more inventive in their schemes to raise profit at the expense of the general public.

Companies are like children, amoral and selfish. They need a level of constant control to keep them from causing catastrophes.

yesterday
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (163 comments)

Driverless cars will eventually eliminate most of the current carnage on the roads. Over 33,000 in 2012.

The payoff is *not* the convenience, it's reducing the chance that you will be killed or maimed on the way to your destination. Average humans are terrible automobile operators.

It's going to happen, get used to the idea.

(I'll get off your lawn now, sir.)

yesterday
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

DexterIsADog Re:something tells me... (163 comments)

...going to be just fine running over raccoons and cats, but larger animals like moose and squirrels are a different matter.

Don't worry, they'll never manage to run over that pesky moose and squirrel.

yesterday
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re:So what they need, then... (180 comments)

Some have postulated that consciousness is nothing more than an illusion....

I was just boring my wife with thoughts along those lines this evening. While every study of brain chemistry and injury point to consciousness being nothing more than chemical reactions and environment, I can't get past the puzzle that *I* have a conscious viewpoint, unique to me, and it appears that everyone else has their own. It's hard to experience that without the feeling that there's something more than the physical to consciousness, which is annoying to me, because I don't believe it. =:-o

yesterday
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re:So what they need, then... (180 comments)

...With regards to faulting programming: That's the song and dance of humanity. Get over it. You won't have a sole arbiter of knowledge...

You're not addressing my point. I have no problem with us doing the flawed best we can. All I was saying was that procreating is a poor substitute for actually living into the future.

2 days ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re: So what they need, then... (180 comments)

Don't worry about the missing whitespace. It doesn't detract from the value of your post.

2 days ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

DexterIsADog Re:So what they need, then... (180 comments)

Since you put the quotes around "extend your life" when you mentioned procreation, you appear to acknowledge that it doesn't really extend your life at all. That's just comforting gibberish. When you consider that you share some genes with *every* human alive, what you're really talking about is, "extend your life by taking false comfort in the idea that some humans will exist after you die who have a genetic makeup slightly more like yours than others".

Unless you actually meant "knowledge transfer" to your children, which is ludicrous. Most of what every person "knows" is just wrong, and participating in the faulty programming of replacements seems like a poor substitute for continuing to exist.

2 days ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

DexterIsADog Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

You're clearly saying that the point is about Apple's ability to manufacture in China, when this is just as clearly not about where they manufacture, but whether China will permit Apple to continue opening up the consumer market IN China.

Apple is rolling over to let the Chinese government rub their belly, because they want the cash they will get SELLING in China, not just making products there.

about a week ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

DexterIsADog Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

I see Elon Musk as a sort of Pablo Escobar, Gaining insane profits over crooked system and other's suffering, Who then tries to create a new PR image of himself as a great man. Remember, I don't think ether one is doing it for cathartic reason but instead to boost their egos through better public image hoping to secure a good spot in the history books. Just like Carnegie and Rockefeller...

You clearly don't know shit about Carnegie if you can compare Musk with that bastard.

about a week ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

DexterIsADog Re:Missing option: The planet of another star (246 comments)

You have a great deal of faith that there is another Earthlike planet out there, but have no actual proof that one actually exists. My guess, is if they do exist, they are unimaginably rare.

I don't have a great deal of faith in anything, but I do have confidence in numbers. With the number of known stars in the universe, the fact that lots of them have planets, it's reasonable to assume that there are other Earth-like worlds. I think your problem is rather a *lack* of imagination.

And it's funny that you attribute another person's faith in something with no proof, given your handle.

about two weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

DexterIsADog Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

Antarctic - I think it would be fun to explore the Antarctic with a team of professionals. Get to wear heavy winter clothes, there's nothing to eat me (is there?)

Penguins. Look out for those fuckers.

One of my favorite adventures is taking a cruise on a 300 ft. ship with a small number of other passengers across the Drake Passage to Antarctica, and hiking up a dead volcano, looking down on a gigantic colony of penguins from the top.

It was also cool to embark on that trip from the Falklands (Islas Malvinas!)

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

DexterIsADog Re:Invisible Hand of the Market (122 comments)

When hyperbole is the sole content of a post, well... see my comment.

And when a ham-handed attempt at humor is the sole content of your snippy post... well again, see my comment.

Better luck next time.

about two weeks ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

DexterIsADog Re:LOL, "American Freedom"! (135 comments)

"these days we have a corporate-like irresponsible proliferation of premarital sex"

Do you ever read what you write? Maybe you have a neighbor who can come over, preview your posts, and tell you when you should turn off the computer, lie down in a dark room for a while, and try again later.

You are mixing together so many unrelated ideas to make points that are either wrong or incomprehensible, that I honestly am concerned about your sanity.

about two weeks ago
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Can We Call Pluto and Charon a 'Binary Planet' Yet?

DexterIsADog Obligatory JC (115 comments)

"They invented a reason,
That's why it stings,
They don't think that you matter,
Because you don't have pretty rings."
-Jonathan Coulton

about two weeks ago

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