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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Hentai Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (164 comments)

And when you know for a fact that those instructions will be handled by a department that is not interested in communicating honestly with the customer, especially if doing so might convey a sense that the product is dangerous?

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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Hentai Re:Ethics v. Morals (164 comments)

It's not a fallacy, because we use words and correlations between words to convey nuance. Otherwise things get so slippery that you can claim you meant anything.

yesterday
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Hentai Re:Not a programmer's problem, a managerial one (164 comments)

To a computer programmer, ethics is dead code, and I mean that in a good way. It takes effort to do wrong, and money to add the ethically problematic features -- and the only person who makes that happen is your boss.

Not necessarily - imagine software that controls a physical device, which has safety concerns. There's a simple and elegant check that can be performed that catches 90% of the dangerous use-cases, or there's a really hideously complex set of layered checks that will catch 99% of them. You have two days to ship or you're fired. Which do you include?

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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Hentai Re:Ethics v. Morals (164 comments)

Other way around, actually. 'Morals' -> 'mores', which is about customs and expected public behaviors; 'ethics' -> 'ethos', which is about internal guiding principles.

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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Hentai I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 years.. (164 comments)

And every employer I've developed code for has told me the same thing: shut up and get back to work.

Ultimately, in order to address the ethical considerations of programming, we would need a work culture that supports it. Otherwise it simply becomes another "know which side your bread is buttered on" lesson.

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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Hentai Re:If you make this a proof of God... (610 comments)

Okay, well, the root post of this discussion - the one I first responded to, said:

Conway's game of life creatures became sentient.
They discovered they are made of cells.
They said "Look, THE INFINITESIMAL CELL is always created from NOTHING. If things happens FROM NOTHING, there is NO NEED FOR A CREATOR, so THERE IS NO CREATOR, and besides NOBODY ever witnessed something different THAN THE DETERMINISTIC APPLICATION OF RULES. How smart are we?"

So the guy at the PC said to himself "Thank you for nothing, guys" and went making himself coffee.

My response was to that scenario. If you're going to stop engaging with that scenario, do so explicitly, rather than trying to sneak in assumptions that are impossible in that scenario just to score points.

yesterday
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Hentai Re:If you make this a proof of God... (610 comments)

What if your concept of absolute determinism as implied here is actually not absolute and has limitations?

Then it wouldn't be Conway's Game of Life, would it?

about two weeks ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

Hentai Re:What happens now? (148 comments)

Hmm. Overly-cynical thought:

Convict him, put him in prison, let him start serving out his sentence, vacate conviction based on venue.

Re-charge him in the proper venue, put him in jail without bail, let him stew for a few years. Then try him again, convict him again, put him in prison for a year or so again. Then vacate THAT conviction based on another technicality.

Then re-charge him again, put him in jail without bail again, let him stew for a few more years while you set up a third trial. Then try him again, convict him again, put him in prison for awhile again, then vacate THAT conviction...

I wonder how long you could play judiciary ping-pong with someone you REALLY didn't like?

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Hentai Re:If you make this a proof of God... (610 comments)

Not if he gave them free willl, meaning even the ability to do things that were "outside" of the creator's will/temperament.

Can you explain what that means within the context of "THE DETERMINISTIC APPLICATION OF RULES", please? Because otherwise you are making zero sense whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Hentai Re:If you make this a proof of God... (610 comments)

So the guy at the PC said to himself "Thank you for nothing, guys" and went making himself coffee.

Well, what else were they supposed to do? They're DETERMINISTIC. Their entire existence is based on THE DETERMINISTIC APPLICATION OF RULES, right?

So if the guy at the PC is butthurt, maybe he should have picked different rules or different initial conditions, right? Because once you hit 'run' you can't really blame the process for giving you its output.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Hentai Re:Good (477 comments)

Because those are the only two possible choices we could make here.

Unfortunately, yes. "Over-regulated bureaucratic tyranny" and "Unregulated plutocratic tyranny" are both strong attractors in our economic phase-space. Any attempt to compromise between them is basically flipping a coin to see which one you wind up with - and if the coin lands on-edge you wind up with an over-regulated bureaucratic tyranny serving unregulated plutocratic masters.

Good luck!

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Hentai Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

So, you are saying boxer B never fought?

I'm saying people will generally treat Boxer B as if he never fought, compared to how they treat Boxer A.

Maybe you treat your friends, your allies, and your heroes like their effort matters, but for everyone else, the Fundamental Attribution Error is the fallback of choice.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Hentai Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

A fight is not defined by the outcome but by the effort.

No it isn't. Not to people outside the fight, anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

Hentai Re:Depression is weird (257 comments)

When you are depressed you are supposed to have lower mental activity, and yet some of the most brilliant people have been known to be clinically depressed [citation not needed]. So then, if depression sometimes comes with brilliance, what gives?

Here's a weird analogy that seems roughly accurate:

Being depressed is like being perpetually out of gas. You just can't *do* anything.

Now, your average person's brain is a typical Honda 90 horsepower engine. Good gas mileage, terrible performance.

Your average genius's brain is like a Ferrari V8 - super-high performance, but at the cost of needing a LOT more fuel.

If everyone's getting the same amount of emotional 'fuel' from their friends, family, culture, society etc., who's going to run out first?

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

Hentai Unbalanced (129 comments)

Can you please convince ESR to change his name to Eric CloseParens? It's been bugging me for like, decades.

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

Hentai Safety issues? (262 comments)

So what happens when the flywheel shatters at high speed?

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

Hentai Getting Away With Things (172 comments)

You clearly have a knack for doing outrageous, dangerous, or even illegal things and getting away with them, while others would get pinched.

What do you attribute that to? Why do you think you've managed to violate so many laws, customs, and mores and get away with it, compared to your average resident of San Quentin?

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Hentai Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

And yet, AT&T wants more money because they think they have the right to charge Netflix more to pass through their tollbooth.

- it's not their 'tollbooth', it's their road. On a road you can charge different rates for different types of vehicles, this is the same situation. An eighteen wheeler can cause more damage to the road that requires more maintenance than a motorcycle, this is the same thing: a movie that needs to be streamed a million times takes up much more capacity and energy and basically uses the system much more than millions of small individual requests do.

See, I even used an appropriate car analogy.

Wait, the internet is back to being like a truck? I thought it was a series of tubes.

about a month ago

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Gah. Humans.

Hentai Hentai writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Human social instinct infects everything we do. It permeates our interactions with each other, and 99% of us aren't even aware of it in retrospect.

There are forces at work even more fundamental than this. Emergent phenomena ensure that power aggregates - that the haves will always use their advantage over the have-nots to KEEP the gulf, and that when they don't, power shifts until haves who WILL oppress the have-nots are put in place.

This is the meta-problem. Solve this, and the universe becomes fair again. Solve this, and the Qlippoth are purified. Solve this and we Ascend.

Noone ever asks whether we're imminetizing the righteschaton.

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