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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

HuguesT I don't think so (357 comments)

From an ideal standpoint it looks as if super-intelligent kids is something every parent would want. However there are some drawbacks. First, IQ is only a rough measure of intelligence, there are many factors involved and success in life is not immediately linked to IQ. See Unabomber, etc. Also super intelligent kids may not be that easy to handle. They typically hate school and may actually do poorly in school. They demand much more attention from parents (more activities, more time with them, etc). There is plenty of evidence that IQ is also linked to the environment kids grow in, so simply selecting the gene stuff and thinking this may be enough will not work. Intelligence is also linked to curiosity and independence and so perhaps to more risky behaviours. Finally there is a correlation with very high IQ and some severe forms of mental illness.

All in all, there is a cluster of reasons why the average IQ of the population is 100. High intelligence is not always that comfortable. Think of Sir Winston Churchill, hero of the battle of England, most effective Prime Minister in a time of war, Nobel prize winner in litterature. He had severe depression all his life (his "black dog"). I agree we should raise the general IQ though, cautiously.

3 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

HuguesT Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Bill Gates claimed to be doing that that (among others) and he is not finding it easy.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

HuguesT Re:Einstein's Nobel was for Photo-electric effect (972 comments)

John Bardeen has won two Nobel prizes in physics. The first for the discovery of the transistor, and the second for the BCS theory of superconductivity. Read the page, it is highly entertaining. Bardeen was very unassuming but clearly a genius as well.

about a week ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

HuguesT Out of reach of the common people (181 comments)

Tesla cars are interesting, but their impact is currently limited. The cars are simply too expensive. We'll have to wait and see if the impact of Tesla can change the industry. Other Elon Musk endeavours are also too early to tell. SpaceX is already going to space, but as others have commented, low Earth orbit is not really space yet. This is the cosy neighbourhood of our home. Getting to Mars and beyond is currently nothing but a dream.

It is too early to compare Musk to Jobs. In spite of its many documented faults, Jobs had the drive to start and set Apple on the path to spark the personal computer revolution in the 1970s, particularly with the Apple ][. Recent Apple products are quite nice for some but this is the earlier feat that matters. Many other companies tried to do the same thing at the same time and did not meet the same success. The IBM PC was a late comer and got started after Apple and others had demonstrated that producing personal computers made business sense.

about a week ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

HuguesT Spin of photon is always 1 (107 comments)

The spin of a photon is a boson is always 1. That's not too hard to transmit. Approximately 0 bits are needed. Furthermore, the momentum of a photon is always h\nu, with \nu the frequency. So if you know the frequency of a photon, you also know its momentum, with another 0 bit to transmit. Finally I don't think a photon can have an orbital quantum momentum. Electrons can have those. That is unless things have changed since I last took a class on quantum mechanics.

In other words the summary is the worst I've seen in a long time.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

HuguesT Re:I Agree.. (549 comments)

And telephone sanitizers.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

HuguesT Re:The future is AI (549 comments)

Basically correct, and we will either achieve strong AI within a century, or never.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

HuguesT Re:Scratches Head (549 comments)

Basically, yes. There is basically no job that a man can do and a woman cannot, except producing sperm. So there you go (posted as a man). Think about it.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

HuguesT Re:uhh (549 comments)

The parent is absolutely correct. Why is he modded "troll"?

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

HuguesT Re:Jean-Pierre Petit (356 comments)

To a degree. Science is a human activity, and so necessarily flawed. However Jean-Pierre Petit's work is very speculative. There is a critique of his work in the linked page that you give here. It is in bloody french, but the gist of it is that is work is not coherent and not predictive. It does not seem very interesting then. It may be that his work has been rejected for very good reasons.

Authors are not necessarily the best people to be objective about their own work.

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

HuguesT Re:MAD (342 comments)

In english you can verb nouns if you want. However, like Hobbes said, verbing weirds language.

about a month ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

HuguesT Re:Depressing News (171 comments)

We should not be polarized about it.

about a month ago
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Google To Build Quantum Information Processors

HuguesT Proper motivation (72 comments)

It will be nice to see if Google's interests and motivations will yield interesting, more practical results, in this area.

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

HuguesT Re:Enterprise (613 comments)

man screen. Or man tmux if you prefer.

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

HuguesT Different kinds of servers (613 comments)

FreeBSD is great as a file server, web server, etc. ZFS is totally awesome and stable under freeBSD. It is making progress in Linux (I use it daily) but it is not quite there yet. On the other hand, a compute server or virtual hypervisor does not look too great right now in BSD, because of incomplete NUMA and lack of VM options. Also Linux is not monolithic and Init+runlevels is alive and well. Vote with your feet and choose a distro without systemd or at least init as an option. I'm sure Debian will keep init forever.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

HuguesT Re:has ebola been weaponized? (86 comments)

It is unlikely Ebola has been weaponized. It makes sense to use a virus as a weapon if the attacker has some kind of effective defence against it, otherwise the disease may backfire. Right now Ebola is too dangerous for this.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

HuguesT Re: Dangerous virus (86 comments)

It could be for complications. Influenza causes inflammation, which itself creates a happy medium for bacteria in the lungs. It is standard practice to give antibiotics in severe cases of influenza. This does not help against the virus but helps lowering the risk of reinfections. See there.

about a month and a half ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

HuguesT Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

Actually winning at chess vs humans is a solved problem. Driving on the road is harder, surprisingly.

about a month and a half ago

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French supreme court neutralizes 3-strikes law

HuguesT HuguesT writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HuguesT (84078) writes "The Conseil Constitutionel, the French equivalent to the US Supreme Court, ruled today that a mere "authority" cannot cut Internet access to Internet subscribers within the frame of the new HADOPI law recently voted by French parliament. In the new law, after a warning by email and another by registered mail, French Internet subscribers could have had their access cut off for a duration ranging between 2 months and one year, without possibility of defence or due process of law, if they were accused of illegally sharing copyrighted material. They could only appeal of the decision before a court of law. The CC "sages" or wise men, ruled that this was unconstitutional on two grounds: the presumption of innocence and freedom of communication and expression. Now the laws has basically no point. The French communication minister, Christine Albanel, has vowed to return to parliament with a new law still implementing the 3 strikes in a new, as yet unknown way. For the time being, strike one for democracy and freedom!"
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Gates foundation deathly side-effects

HuguesT HuguesT writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HuguesT (84078) writes "An long and detailed article from the L.A. Times points out severe, unintended side effects of the health policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. This foundation has given away almost 2 billions US$ to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria worldwide. Thanks in no small measure to this effort, the death toll from AIDS in most of Africa are finally levelling off. However, the money from the foundation is earmarked to the fight against these three diseases, to the detriment of global health. Sick people can also be hungry and not able to ingest healing drugs. Doctors in these countries prefer to be well paid working against AIDS than poorly working against all the other health problems, which creates a brain drain. Numerous children also suffer from diarrhea or asphyxia due to lack of basic care. The paradox is that countries where the foundation has invested most have seen their mortality rate increase, whereas it has improved in countries where the foundation was least involved."
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