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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Impy the Impiuos Imp Rules of war (199 comments)

As Ukraine is under military assault by Russia at the moment, they should abandon any complaint monitoring for the time being.

yesterday
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

It's Searle's argument, which I did not fully appreciate as an AI pup. Consciousness, whatever it is, is a real, physical phenomenon, and therefore must arise out of real-world physics.

Interpretive symbol pushing is not such a process. We don't know what part of the brain's physics gives rise to consciousness as a real, physical phenomenon, but it isn't from an abstract interpretation of electrons or chemicals.

Note I am not saying you couldn't simulate consciousness, but said simulatiou would not actually be conscious in the sense of experiencing the greenness of green. I also don't think a perfect simulation of physics as we know it would give rise to simulated consciousness even. There is something else we are missing.

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re: 1st post (259 comments)

It's an energy issue. With a magical energy source, you could set up massive but cheap industrial distilleries and just boil billions of gallons of seawater a day.

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:1st post (259 comments)

Raise the price of water until people use something else? Oh wait, that's the capitalist solution.

No, that's the command-and-control socialist solution, the "rationer's rationalization" solution.

The capitalist solution would involve getting rid of red tape stopping capitalism from responding to satisfy a need. It's sad places like California have to generate needless emergencies just to temporarily get the government out of the way.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (244 comments)

It occurs to me terrorists could probe the system by attempting flights to determine the extent of monitoring of their activities and size of their circles. In this case, it is against government interest to ban them all.

Furthermore an overshooting to far too many people would partially mask this and engender a faix confidence in terrorists that the government was throwing spaghetti at the wall.

Hmmm, wheels within wheels and counter-strategies.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (244 comments)

Yeah, which is why the judge is asking to be allowed to review the material for constitutionality in private.

Is there any possible way that a 'No Fly List' could be constitutional?

Absent conviction of a crime, or wartime evidence of danger or collusion, ???

Taking the issues wihout hyperventillation:
- Yes, releasing thr rules would allow terrorists to avoid triggers and game the system.
- A judge may not be the best judge of applicability of state secrets, but the secret makers are a far worse self-judge. Dragging this in front of a nominally public court once in awhile is a core check and balance. It is the only kind of thing to do this.

3 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Beyond what humans can do (524 comments)

I am fine being remembered for pointing out yet again we will be better off in 100, 200 or 300 years keeping the economy strong and forging ahead with technological advancement than slowing it by draconian clamps on the economy (there are many clamps beside environmental remediation).

100 years ago we barely had simple planes and no antibiotics. Horses were still common in the streets. Had they slowed down their growth to "help" us, well, thanks for nuthin', Gentleman Jim.

The best thing we can do for future generations is keep things going.

I remain confident it is the hyperventillation crowd that will be proved murderously dangerous idiots in the long run. I am fine going down on record with that prediction.

5 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

We also have no reason to believe our simulated universe simulates physics as it exists in the "real" world.

In any case, your consciousness is a real phenomenon, and thus cannot be a result of simulated physics. A simulated consciousness would squeal when pricked, but would not have the subjective experience. A simulated consciousness would no more be conscious than a simulated fire would actually be hot.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

The day will come when politicians start to suggest forcing removal of steering wheels because human-driven cars are the only thing getting into accidents anymore.

This will accelerate as it starts -- people will drive themselves less, so they will have less practice and thus be worse, getting into even more accidents when they drive. I have some 20,000 hours of driving experience, putting me at an Olympic level of training. This will be a thing of the past.

5 days ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (119 comments)

Quakeworld had limited prediction as an "improvement" over original Quake. It had a tough time with rocket jumping. More often than not the screen would freeze and a few seconds later, you'd find yourself running in a corner, the jump never having occurred, or missed badly.

about a week ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:writs of assistance (207 comments)

Government, glomming on more power whenever it can, has long viewed your records and activities held by wire in companies as not private.

Yet as more and more of life is virtual, constitutional protections against search should travel along with you into cyberspace.

Why create a virtual world just to give government, hungry for power, a virtual world in which to establish a Panopticon?

about a week ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:ICREACH? (207 comments)

It's not hidden - it's all over the place, if you are stupid enough to watch it. Family sites are right to censor or remove it.

about a week ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:One Bad Actor definition (149 comments)

So, they are Economic Heroes, satisfying a need in a market as all free people are free to do.

I am sure they will conjur some other reason, like they didn't bribe inspectors his month like everybody else.

about a week ago
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Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

Impy the Impiuos Imp Safer than thou (51 comments)

In the US, the ban was during takeoff and landing, for safety reasons, as there wasn't enough room for recovery efforts by the pilot.

Bans in use while cruising were FCC, not FAA, because your high speed confused and stressed the cell phone network, and had nothing to do with safety.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re: Okay... and? (316 comments)

Disadvantaged? Capitalism is making their average health, wealth, and longevity skyrocket. No, if concern over the poor in third world countries is your metric, the only people to say "fuck you" to are western liberals who decry this as a "race to the bottom".

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:We need to have no laws at all (463 comments)

He apparently had 700,000 friends. Quite a lot for a nerd.

about two weeks ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp Z not communo-zed (34 comments)

""The new Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel."

Yeah, America! That's in feet, not communist metric! Pixel res of 1970 feet per. What accuracy! Go suck a steak in cream, you metric surrender monkeys!

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re: Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

We've never had freedom of expression in the UK. Or Freedom of Speech. Or Government by the consent of the people.

With no constiutional protection for things like freedom of speech, the only thing you have is consent of the people.

Constitutional protections were designed to balk against abuses by dictators, but are intended to hold back demagogues leading The Holy People.

about two weeks ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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