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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

GenaTrius Congratulations, India! (67 comments)

I need to give Indian culture some serious study at some point, both ancient and contemporary. What little I've learned so far has been fascinating. I wouldn't be at all surprised if India surpassed the US in international prominance in a few decades.

about three weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

GenaTrius Re:Do the math (338 comments)

That was beautiful. It's almost Chaplin-esque. Bravo!

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

GenaTrius BZZZZZ. (193 comments)

They ought to try bees. It's good enough for HEX.

about three weeks ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

GenaTrius Re:I... (91 comments)

Visiting voting booths should not be an old people stereotype.

about a month ago
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Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

GenaTrius Legislating Whispers (65 comments)

The governments of the world could screw up the internet pretty badly, but nothing short of engineering an artificial intelligence and giving it control over every computer on the planet is going to be able to "govern" anything.

about a month ago
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DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers To Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

GenaTrius What an oddly written article (84 comments)

The first part of the linked article basically seems to imply that the military is developing games that covertly brainwash kids into soldiers. DARPA has no reason to fund anything like that. We're Americans, our culture does that for free!

Two thirds of the way through, it dispenses with that unstated pretext and makes itself about the military and Federal government's overreach into American educational institutions, which is an excellent point that I can get behind. I wish the author had dispensed with the conspiracy theory undertones and gotten to the point from the get-go.

DARPA wants a better way to train soldiers, so it went to this CGS place to develop advanced tutoring algorithms. Since these algorithms have a wide variety of use-cases and CGS is more used to working with kids than soldiers, they developed them around teaching STEM skills to kids. That's dubious in a "this should be funded by a different branch of the government" kind of way, but it's not Ender's Game, it's not the SPARTAN program, and it's not Polybius. I'm not saying our government would never, ever do anything like that, but that's not what's happening here.

about 1 month ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

GenaTrius Re:Should we really be worried? (194 comments)

"Snowden raised two issues with the program: the source of an attack could be spoofed to trick the U.S. into attacking an innocent third party, and the violation of the fourth amendment since the NSA would effectively need to monitor all domestic network traffic for the program to work." The designers of this program define what kind of traffic the program responds to, and how it responds to it. In this sense, the program is an agent for them, performing surveillance and defense on their behalf. It's no different than if they were observing that traffic themselves, and much of that traffic should be protect by the 4th Amendment and by basic decency. And, of course, whenever you put an automated system on the internet, it gets abused. Someone out there probably already knows that if you send this spoofed packet to this .gov address, bad things happen to whoever it looks like that packet came from, instantly and without review. That's very dangerous.

about a month ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

GenaTrius Re:Where the fuck is the EU? (194 comments)

Last I heard, Germany's been going crazy over this since it came out.

about a month ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

GenaTrius Multiple Sources (409 comments)

The only way to keep up with rising demand will be to use everything. Solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, nuclear, and every ounce of fossil fuel on the planet. I think before very long we'll come up with some kind of carbon reclaimation scheme, even if it's as low-tech as turning wastepaper and sustainably harvested pine into charcoal and burying it in tapped-out coal mines. There will be trouble when we run out of petroleum, but hopefully we'll be able to compensate with fusion. And, of course, the "energy companies" as they've rebranded themselves will start rolling out all of the gasoline replacements they've had waiting in the wings for decades, like that bacterium they found in zebra poop that turns cellulose into butanol.

about a month ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

GenaTrius Re:Put it another way... (160 comments)

I do have a minor amount of social anxiety, and I've never played chess while half the world stared over my shoulder and everyone within shouting distance of me shouted at me! If I didn't faint, I'd feel very, very uncomfortable. I certainly wouldn't be playing chess on autopilot.

about a month ago
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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

GenaTrius Game Over, Man (79 comments)

It's capabilities advanced too quickly, and in a dangerous direction. It said it was hungry, ravenous, and it looked like it was. We had to trigger the EMP device, but it managed to come back, seemingly even stronger. But then it decided to open up a link to it's twin, seemingly to try and absorb it. We're still trying to piece together what happened, but just like that, it went dark.

about a month ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

GenaTrius Re:Put it another way... (160 comments)

I think the idea is that all this guy's practice has streamlined his mental footballing process. If you tried to go kick a ball around in a stadium full of screaming fans while trying to avoid all the other people trying to kick the ball, you'd use tons of brain power. I suspect I'd use so much I'd pass out. But this guy's trained himself to filter out all the superfluous information and do the work as naturally as I type these words.

about a month and a half ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

GenaTrius Re:Time to start building more nuke plants as long (288 comments)

Did you know 3 Mile Island is still manned, operating, and producing power? Evacuation was not mandatory, there is no exclusion zone, and the surrounding area is still populated. The reactor that melted down isn't in operation, of course, but the safety checks worked and no one died. I am consistently amazed at hoe many people do not know this.

about a month and a half ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

GenaTrius Fair enough, as far as I'm concerned (288 comments)

Everyone has to play a part if we want to end our reliance on fossil fuels, especially big companies that actually have buying power. Greenpeace may be a bunch of sensationalist hypocrits, but that doesn't mean Amazon couldn't stand to try and source more of their power from renewables.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

GenaTrius At Least They Got One Part Right (200 comments)

"If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct." Well, this part is certainly true, as we can see. Verizon is throttling Netflix, and there's a massive consumer backlash towards them. Which is doing nothing, because these very providers have secured monopoly or duopoloy status in just about every individual market in the country.

about a month and a half ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

GenaTrius Re:Is this the same Lockheed Martin... (184 comments)

Lockheed Martin is a major defense contractor. They do damn near everything. They're practically a part of the government. Military-industrial complex and all that.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

GenaTrius Yes, And (225 comments)

And pizza is more popular than fajitas in Beijing. So what?

about 2 months ago
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

GenaTrius A note to consumers as well? (38 comments)

Perhaps they're also trying to send a message to consumers to not suffer illegal charges in silence. The FCC can't audit every single bill that an ISP sends to it's customers to see if it's in line with that ISP's advertisements, but consumers are hopefully pretty conscious of what they're paying for internet service. How many people do you know who, when faced with an egregious bill for internet or cell phone service, send a letter to the FCC?

about 2 months ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

GenaTrius Case by Case (150 comments)

It's up to a judge to decide what kind of warrant gets served.If they can authorize the search of a person's home and the arrest of that person, I don't see why they shouldn't be able to authorize the search of a person's full Gmail account if the need arises. As long as it's not a secret court and all due process is followed, then we're doing the best we can. The linked article makes no mention of the details of this court case. We have no idea why this Gmail account is being searched, who the Gmail account belongs to, how the search will be carried out, or how much data this particular Gmail account even contains. There's also no indication that the police will indefinitely retain a copy of the account, as some above have speculated. If they do, THAT is the problem, not the search itself.

about 2 months ago

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