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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Intron Re:Yeah...but no. (179 comments)

In my day we didn't have these video games. We played Buzkashi with a goat carcass.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Intron Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

Except that many states have made it illegal.

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Intron Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

I didn't ask what were lawful and unlawful uses of the data. I asked whether proper controls are in place to monitor access to the data. Who is recording the activity of the police?

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Intron Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

The 4th Amendment's warrant requirement only applies when there is an expectation of privacy. There is no expectation of privacy when you are out in public, nor in anything that can be investigated with plain human senses (plain view, plain smell, etc).

When operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway, there is no expectation of privacy attached to your license plate number, or your location. A police officer can follow you around all day without a warrant, and run as many checks on your plate number as he desires, and make a note of everywhere you go.

An officer does not need a warrant to listen to a conversation you have with someone at a park, nor does he need a warrant to take a sniff of whatever it is you're smoking outside your office.

You guys need to get over yourselves.

In that case, taking a video of a police officer in a public place should not be a problem.

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Intron Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

And are all of the controls in place to prevent unauthorized use of the data, or can anyone with access browse at will? The police have already stated that release of the data violates privacy.

about a month ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Intron Re:Turing? (294 comments)

It's so easy to see that this guy is wrong. I have a masters in IA, but anyone if a decent CS degree will agree that we made almost none true evolution in computers since day one. All we did until know is make it faster (and easier to use), but the type of problems we can solve (math wise) today is exactly the same kinds a turing machine could (in theory) solve in 1936. EVERY problem today can be simplified to a turing machine code somehow.
We are still trying to make a quantum computer, which could in theory solve some kind of problems our current computational approach can't.

Every time some guy in the IA field says that the problem is computer power, just ignore him and move on.

Actually I have a lot of respect for Industrial Arts majors.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Intron Re:Seems reasonable (294 comments)

The hardware is the easy part. Look at the advances in software. 15 years ago your PC ran Windows and it took 2 minutes to boot!

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Intron Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

It is perfectly reasonable to text while stopped at a light, not so much while moving.

No, when you're stopped at a light, you should look around yourself and be aware of the situation BEFORE the light turn green.

If you just press the go pedal a split second after the green, you're throwing yourself into the unknown (are there pedestrian runnning the red? is there an ambulance comming your way? Is there a car coming fast that you know will run the red light? That kid playing with a ball, will he run to catch it if it goes in the street?)

When you drive a car, you should drive your car and nothing else!

It takes me 10 minutes longer every day to get to work because of you idiots who are texting and don't know the light is green until everyone behind you is honking.

about 2 months ago
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New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

Intron Re:Price? (141 comments)

The machine costs next to nothing. Now the ink cartridges ...

about 3 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

Intron Re:HSBC (330 comments)

Yes. They determined that the IRS denied one application - to a liberal group. Or didn't they tell you that on Fox?

about 3 months ago
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RSA Boycot Group Sets Up Rival Conference

Intron Re:Good for them! (84 comments)

Don't worry. They will be attending. And taking names.

about 2 months ago
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Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

Intron Re:When upgrades break code (432 comments)

That was probably going from Perl 4 to Perl 5. Going across a major release where many features have changed is going to cause problems with any language. The changes from Python 2.5 to 2.7 are likely to be much less pain.

about 3 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Intron Re:oh sure (363 comments)

now that HE might be being spied on he suddenly cares?

Congress has constitutional protection from the executive branch, so spying on them would likely be a major problem, even if spying on the rest of us is "legal". Also, lying to Congress is frowned upon. I think this puts Alexander in a real bind if he has to sign a letter to Congress.

about 3 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Intron Re:I beg to differ (385 comments)

Ho Chi Minh allied with the communists to try to free his country from the French. It has ultimately turned out to be a successful strategy as Vietnam is free and independent. If we had supported our former ally instead of joining the war against him it would likely now be a democracy. Like Iraq, diplomacy would have been a better course than military action, but there are active hawks in the US government then and now.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. DDE

about 3 months ago
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Intron Re:Why not Congress? (135 comments)

Hillary championed a national healthcare system during Bill's first term and has been hated by the right ever since. The private insurance requirement was the only way to get it passed.

Highways were almost entirely state and local until Eisenhower (R) created the Interstates, ostensibly to support military maneuvers. The cost has been enormous, but well worthwhile for travel and commerce.

Federal contribution to primary education is around 8% of the total (and growing), the rest is local and state. The purpose of the Federal funding is supposedly to bring all education up to minimum standards, but Congress has been known to use any excuse to bring more Federal money to their districts.

The chief benefit of a strong Conservative voice would be in curbing Federal power and spending, but they don't seem to be accomplishing that. Both parties are bent on increasing the Federal role,just in slightly different areas. The media portray them as liberal vs. conservative, but they are really both Centralist. We need a third party with some new ideas.

about 4 months ago
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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Intron Re:Why not Congress? (135 comments)

Please. Playing ignorant(or willfully disdainful) lip service to the constitution as if it's magical is #2 on standard politician processes, after pandering to the individual groups you are talking to today.

Besides, the Constitution is better in the original Klingon.

about 4 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Intron Re:And your predictions? (385 comments)

The problem with predictions like "cordless phone" and "robot cars" is that they are super easy. A lot of people want it, a lot of people dreamed of it, a lot of people ready to pay for it, so there is a high chance that this will happen. The thing you don't know is *when*. Our lives are not run by "cars with brains" in a same way it is run by smart phones, so saying that he predicted correctly both is somewhat of an overstatement.

I'll give you an example of similar prediction: in 50 years all devices will be charged remotely, no need to plug them in. You'll enter your house and the devices you carry with you will start to charge. This is almost bound to happen. When and to what extent -- this is the question that nobody can answer (and the one that really matters.)

Your predictions are absurd. In 50 years you won't be carrying devices, they will be embedded in your body or ubiquitous in your environment. You are looking at short term issues with present day devices.. Asimov had a 10-pound dial telephone and predicted that in 50 years we would be carrying it around and reading documents on it. Which prediction is better?

about 4 months ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

Intron Re:I beg to differ (385 comments)

Most divergent of all, he believed that increasing automatization of labor would spawn not inequality or joblessness, but spiritual malaise.

How is this different from what we have now, I insist and ask ?

The 60s were different in that they were one of the few times when there wasn't increasing inequality/joblesness - people married young and could hold on to a job for 50 years - which is the outlier, not the historical norm. Just look at the 19th century by comparison. For a bit more discussion, see here.

Having lived through that period, there was a general feeling that we could do anything: stop wars, have civil rights, go to the moon, end poverty by sharing as taught in the bible^W the Whole Earth Catalog. It was a dream, but a pretty good one. Even though the war in Iraq was as unjust and pointless as Vietnam, there was a lot less marching and rock-throwing. People seem to not believe that they can change things. I would call that a malaise.

about 4 months ago

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Micro Channel Architecture runs NetBSD

Intron Intron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "According to the mailing list NetBSD has succeeded in porting to an IBM RS/6000 Micro Channel PowerPC system. This is the holy grail of hobbyists with an old G30 in their garage. Other porting attempts have been defeated by the lack of documentation on booting and the system internals, but BSD prevailed. Only a limited number of different models are supported, but there are enough people with old hardware who might like to try it out."
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Intron Intron writes  |  about 7 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "Perhaps you have been lying awake worrying that your software patent on bubble sort might spend too much time being "examined" or "peer reviewed". You will be pleased to know that the US Patent and Trademark Office has launched their accelerated review process. "Applicants' submissions enjoy a presumption of patentability" says the patent office. Applicants are also responsible for disclosing any prior art."
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Intron Intron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "The New Horizons mission to former planet Pluto just had it's closest approach to gravity assistant Jupiter. Despite the cutely named instruments Lorri and Pepssi, it performed some serious scientific work sending back pictures of Tvashtar's Plume, a volcano on Io and a nice closeup shot of Europa."

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