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Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

Leperous Re:Well, Mr Smartypants (729 comments)

In a nutshell: Penrose (and others) believe (or used to believe) that gravity can cause spontaneous wavefunction collapse, basically something simpler than decoherence. The "speed" at which this collapse occurs should be dependent on the mass of said object; the "characteristic speed" of consciousness, on the order of 0.1 seconds, would be generated by sub-cellular sized structures and which he links to structures called microtubules within neurons. You'd have to read his books if you want any of those details filling in.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Prepared To Name Users

Leperous Re:This is dumb (292 comments)

The injunction applies to people who know about the injunction, i.e. not necessarily only those who it was served to. Your average Twitter arguably knows about that injunction (although from Nth-hand rumour), and is also arguably publishing libel (although with little/no damaging consequences).

more than 3 years ago

UK ISP TalkTalk Caught Monitoring Its Customers

Leperous Re:Monitoring traffic, not customers (139 comments)

If you read other people's comments you will quickly see why, although this is a Good Thing prima facie, it does have worrying implications that need to be addressed (e.g. the storing of "secret" URLs).

more than 4 years ago

Buckyballs Detected In Space

Leperous Re:SETI can't find aliens (117 comments)

They're not detecting individual molecules, but an amount sufficient enough to noticeably absorb certain frequencies of light. You'd understand if you had RTFA. Cows have chips in their ears and farmers keep a tally of them, unlike immigrants. You'd understand why if you DRTDFM (Didn't Read The Daily Fucking Mail).

more than 4 years ago

Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

Leperous Re:Ummmm... (403 comments)

Methinks you're acting a bit OTT - not that that's a bad thing, natch - during a 2 week visit to China a couple of years ago I quite openly slagged off the government in e-mails (routed through Gmail) and nothing ever came of it.

more than 4 years ago

Europeans Bury "Digital DNA" Inside a Mountain

Leperous Re:The Key? (161 comments)

Ok, but this begs a simple question: how is the information describing the file formats itself encoded?

more than 4 years ago

Tsunami Warning From Space?

Leperous Re:Terrible idea, of course, which is why we don't (351 comments)

Right, and if we could launch a powerful enough laser into space, I think some people (i.e. the Chinese, Russians, in fact anyone in the world) would be very unhappy about the potential for this thing to be turned into a weapon. I'm trying to remember what program/website has a satirical idea about using such a device to shoot the homeless.

more than 4 years ago

Download Taxes As a Weapon Against File-Sharing

Leperous Re:It's my money (451 comments)

Wait, what? It's somehow our fault that the people we elect fail to do what they'd say they do, and instead go on to do things we *didn't* elect them to do? I think you need to explain your logic a little better.

more than 5 years ago

Avi Rubin Has Some Optimistic Words About E-Voting

Leperous Re:One e-voting system for you (231 comments)

Don't forget to add the date and time. If there is some kind of e-vote-rigging going on, it's obviously (hopefully? less likely?) not going to be happening during the hours the polling station is open. You can chuck away any votes that didn't occur when the station was open, and flag it as a problem. You can also record how many people come into the polling station, for example with mechanical turnstyles that report back to voting HQ, and link this in to the numbers of votes cast in that station during certain periods later on.

more than 6 years ago


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