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

Enigma2175 Re:Don't fear the singularity (455 comments)

and the manual jobs aren't present, we're going to have a lot of well-fed idle people,

In this utopia, how do you get your food? Are the people who own the machines just going to give you that food out of the goodness of their hearts? Are they also going to provide housing and transportation? There is plenty of automation displacing workers now and all the benefits of it go to the people with the capital. Labor has not realized the benefits of the productivity gains that have happened in the past, what makes you think they will reap such benefits in the future?

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

Enigma2175 Re:machines made by humans, amoebas made by God (455 comments)

Well, thank you sir, for your compliment AND for recognizing this "Slashdot mindthink" plus the usual illogical claim "if something can't be proven scientifically does not exist" (that my Greek ancestors -good enough scientist/philoshophers of their time- though as nonsence...)

If something cannot be proven scientifically then it is not affecting the world. If something has no effect then why concern yourself about it? God could certainly be proven scientifically, He just needs to heal a few amputees or part the Atlantic ocean. God's insistence on only healing people who's body might heal itself doesn't lend great credence to the 'omnipotence' claim.

When the miracles degrade from 'flooding the entire earth' to 'make something that looks vaguely like my son appear on a slice of toast' it's not surprising that the level of belief has fallen. It's curious that the miracle degradation happened concurrently with human's ability to measure the natural world, it's almost like ignorance of natural processes fueled belief.

about three weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Enigma2175 Re:Okay, so (245 comments)

It's easy enough to configure your mail server to not send if the STARTTLS command is ignored. It should treat it the same as a server that doesn't support TLS. If someone is concerned about email getting sniffed they will configure their server in this manner and will effectively be unable to send any mail over these networks. This should certainly fall under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it's basically a denial of service attack.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Enigma2175 Re:I'm sure it will suck (242 comments)

Political drama? HBO has shown they can do those too (and do them well) with West Wing :)

Am I missing something? Didn't The West Wing air on NBC?

about a month ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Enigma2175 Cooled? (246 comments)

How does a space suit on Mars work? Show me how it is pressurized, and how it is cooled

Why would you need spacesuit cooling on Mars? It's not space, where the side facing the sun heats up and it is difficult to radiate heat, there is an atmosphere that is quite chilly. I would think that you would need spacesuit heating on Mars, not cooling. However, I'm not a rocket scientist, is there anyone who has definitive knowledge on this topic?

about a month ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Enigma2175 Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

See what I mean?
Posts like yours just go on to make more and more people not believe you.

IPCC said himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035, had to admit they were wrong.
Polar ice caps would be ice free by 2010, Al Gore
Every year we would face numerous hurricanes more powerful than Katrina, hasn't happened.
Ocean level rise would make beach houses in Florida under water, isn't happening.
Because of increase CO2 temps would incread by .4 C by 2010, we currently have 18 years of NO WARMING.
Look at ANY IPCC prediction before 2007, now that we can measure it to reality, and evey single one is wrong.

The fact that I even have to list any of these because you didn't know show how absolutly in denial the AGW supporers are. You know damn well what the lies are, yet instead of admitting them and coming up with better scientific evidence instead you chose to attack me and claim I was lying. That is what I was compling about and thank you for proving me right.

All the examples you gave are failed predictions, not lies. Lies would be something like falsifying current data. Predicting the future is notoriously hard, to call failed predictions "lies" is assigning malice to the statements that I don't think exists. Perhaps if you toned down the rhetoric and didn't accuse people who don't share your views of lying there could be meaningful dialog on the matter. I doubt that will happen, because it is much easier to demonize your opponent than it is to present data that contradicts the hypothesis. Perhaps the people who believe AGW isn't happening should make some predictions of their own (glaciers will grow? Ice extent will increase or stay the same? Ocean levels will not rise?) and we'll see how their predictions hold up.

about a month ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

Enigma2175 Re:Ought to bring down ... (151 comments)

It won't bring down insurance rates because the police unions will never allow it to be implemented. It's not like there was a technical hurdle to gathering this data before and Ford just 'solved' the problem, the issue is that the public employees that are supposed to enforce the law increasingly see themselves as above the law.

about a month and a half ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Enigma2175 Not a good week... (445 comments)

Wow, with the Orbital Sciences launch failure and now this, it is really turning into a bad week for privately funded spaceflight.

about a month and a half ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Enigma2175 Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

The funny thing is that two things would fix most of the issues: Term limits in both houses, and some meaningful campaign finance reform.

Unfortunately, the very people who would need to take action to enact such laws are the same people who benefit from the system the way it is. Congress will never do anything meaningful in this area because it would take power away from them. The people in power are extremely power-hungry, that is why they ran for the office in the first place - there is no way they will voluntarily give up any of that power.

about a month and a half ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Enigma2175 Re:So it's like Colorado (398 comments)

Colorado made a big deal of how much money they would take in by legalizing marijuana. They, the state, predicted they would take in $184 million in the first year and now it looks like they'll be lucky to hit $40 million.

That isn't what the article you linked says, do you have a problem with reading comprehension? The article says that the forecast was for $184 million through middle of 2015, not for 2014. As for increased crime or reduced productivity, citation needed.

about 2 months ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

Enigma2175 Re:Relevent (119 comments)

The thing with octopi and such is no family or culture to pass on knowledge. They lay eggs and leave them to develop on their own so every generation is starting from scratch.
People have been successful due to being tribal, family orientated species that builds on the previous generations knowledge. Intelligence by itself isn't enough to develop technology which is what we mean when talking about intelligence.

Sure, but dolphins and whales live in family groups as well, it's not just our social abilities that made humans as successful as they are. Fire and agriculture were the two big paradigm shifts that made us what we are today.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Enigma2175 Re:It's called redundancy (129 comments)

"Horses can make other horses. That's a trick that tractor's haven't figured out yet."

        -- Heinlein

I doubt Heinlein put an apostrophe in tractors.

about 3 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Enigma2175 Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

I don't get why the USA are not copying the way the energy market works in europe.
And I also don't get why people like you write so half nonsense articles ... the term 'base load' used three times wrong, sigh.
In europe power production and power distribution(grids) are handled by seperate entities, on top of that are power traders who do the actual work of making contracts between customers, power producers and grid operators.
Bottom line everything is traded via a spot market, power, grid bandwith and reserve and/or regulation energy.

In many places in the USA, it works exactly like that, which is why the price of power is going negative overnight. In fact, the exact same thing is happening in Germany, why doesn't your magic spot market fix that?

Energy storage is nonsense ... just upgrade your grid so you can transport excess capacity instead of wasting it.

Transport excess capacity to where? If there isn't a demand, there is nowhere you can send your supply. In the middle of the night, demand is low everywhere. If the coal and nuclear plants that run at a constant output plus the power supplied by the wind is greater than the demand then spot prices will drop to negative. Shipping your power to another locality with negative prices or even slightly positive prices doesn't help economically. If the European model obviates the need for storage, why does this list have so many European projects on it?

about 3 months ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Enigma2175 Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Government: "Offender's employer: We're garnishing offender's wages. Give us the next $1000 you were going to pay offender, even if that means he doesn't see a penny for a paycheck for the next two months."

Offender's Employer: "Okay, here's your money, and BTW thanks for letting us know our employee's a thief. We’ll be looking to replace them ASAP.”

Bender the Offender: Hmm, there's no point in working if they take all my earnings, I think I'll just go on the dole.

Taxes will end up paying for the crime no matter if it is jail or fines.

about 4 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Enigma2175 Re:Fire (143 comments)

So does Sodium. But do you notice how table salt doesn't burn in water?

There's no lithium metal in lithium /ion/ cells. The whole lithium catching on fire thing is to do with them having a rather volatile solvent as part of the electrolyte (something similar to ether).

That's not necessarily true. When lithium batteries are charged at a low temperature, lithium metal plates the anode. This could certainly be a problem for electric cars, as they may not be in a warm garage as they are charging.

about 4 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Enigma2175 Re:I've got 10 mod points (327 comments)

I say fuck beta all the time and have an anti-beta sig and I seem to get mod points at the same rate. You only get 15 if you are at max karma (which is +50 IIRC). You can't gain any points but you can lose points so if you get any downmods you will only get 5 points until you are at 50 again.

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Enigma2175 Re: It's a TRAP! (175 comments)

Of course an ADK requires that you trust the entity that holds the ADK. In the GP post, he lamented that when people left the company they took their keys with them. If it is company mail produced on company time I don't see the problem with the company holding a key to decrypt it. With PGP, you can also split the ADK into multiple parts so that you would need several people at the company agree to decrypt anything. That way a single employee cannot arbitrarily use the ADK. Of course, if they are using Symantec's key server they can just configure it to keep copies of a user's key or handle all the encryption/decryption on the server itself.

about 4 months ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Enigma2175 Re:Money pit (322 comments)

The new canal won't compete with the Panama one, because it's wider. The larger ships will have to take the new one (at full fare) while the smaller ships can choose. Given that it's cheaper to use larger ships that means the Panama canal will see a massive drop in use.

Which is why they are building a new canal in Panama that will handle the large container ships and supertankers. This project has been underway for some time.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Enigma2175 Re:Sure, but... (502 comments)

He should be happy that he is getting that much, in my state the power company only pays $0.03/kwh

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Enigma2175 Re:Until we learn how to use less ... (502 comments)

Have you ever considered using heat tape along the eaves rather than the roof rake? That's how many people deal with ice dams.

about 4 months ago

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Prince DMCAs YouTube to block Radiohead song

Enigma2175 Enigma2175 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Enigma2175 (179646) writes "CNN is reporting that videos from the Coachella music festival showing Prince covering Radiohead's "Creep" have been removed by Prince's label, NPG records. Thom Yorke of Radiohead was quoted as saying "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song.". No comment from YouTube or Prince yet. Under the DMCA, YouTube is not required to verify the entity making a request is actually the copyright holder and this seems to be just another example of the DMCA being abused."
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MRO snaps pics of Mars avalanche

Enigma2175 Enigma2175 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Enigma2175 (179646) writes "CNN is reporting that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped some photographs of avalanches in action on Mars. TFA states "The image, taken last month, reveals at least four avalanches of fine ice and dust breaking off from a steep cliff and settling on the slope below." The scientists were monitoring polar icecap changes and happened to get the photos."
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