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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

LordLimecat Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (429 comments)

weather system aren't digital either yet we can simulate them on a computer.

We simulate them poorly, over very very short periods of time. Any forecast beyond 3-5 days is pure guessing, and even up to that point its a crapshoot.

if we can understand the brain

Its not even been shown that we can, aside from the interesting philosophical questions that raises, but OK...

then we can model it in code

Does not follow. Our brains are analog, and it is possible that an analog brain is required to either understand or model said brain. If that is the case, it would be fully possible that we (having analog brains) can understand our own brain, but that it is impossible to represent in a digital form.

An example of this principle is quantum behavior. People understand it (to a limited extent) but it cannot be fully implemented in code; it requires a quantum element.

11 hours ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re:Keep blaming that victim! (468 comments)

You act like blame is a zero sum game. If you go into the Bronx as a 5'2 woman in a low-cut dress driving a Lexus, park it on the street with your windows down and some money on the seat, and go for a walk at 2am-- I can tell you that you will have a bad night.

You can say "oh but thats blaming the victim". Whatever-- If I have a daughter and she gets old enough to drive, Im going to warn her not to do boneheaded things that will increase her risk to that level. You can either live in your fantasy land where women SHOULD be able to walk around the hood at 2am, or you can live in reality, understand that people will take advantage of you, and minimize your risk.

Im also not 100% clear what you're arguing for here. I was simply saying that, while standing up for the rights of the accused may be a good thing, you're far better off if you simply dont commit crimes that will place you in a position of needing to invoke those rights. Im really not sure what part of that is blaming the victim.

11 hours ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re:Education versus racism (468 comments)

Being polite and respectful doesnt mean being a wet noodle with no backbone, it means not looking for a fight. For instance, this would be wrong:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Yes, the guy has no cause to answer questions. But not lowering your window? Immediately taking a hostile stance? You can just say "Listen officer, Im big into constitutional rights and I dont want to cause trouble but I dont feel like I can in good conscience answer your questions." You could call him sir, and speak clearly so he doesnt have to ask you to roll your window down.

(All of that ignores the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled that the cops DO have the right to question the man, so his entire stance is a poor one with no actual legal basis)

None of that has to put you at risk, but the difference between being a total douche about it and being courteous is pretty big.

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re:Education versus racism (468 comments)

2: Don't be "visible". Dress like a mouth, and you will be treated as one.

This is an interesting one. While discussing the Michael Brown case, someone noted that, "noone should be shot while unarmed-- thats not even up for discussion. But it sure would be nice if someone like Michael Brown whose been made a martyr hadnt just been abusing a shopkeeper several minutes prior to his shooting."

And the funny thing is, when you look at other media martyrs, you often see that they too arent really as squeaky clean as you might want your rallying point-- like that woman who got pulled into a RIAA case because "her daughter had been using Kazaa", until we later found out that she had heavily perjured herself and attempted to destroy evidence, or the case of Joel Tenenbaum (very similar).

My theory is, regardless of the corruption or lack thereof in our society, if you go out of your way to break the law and cause trouble, youre simply more likely to run into the less pleasant elements in the police force.

We should certainly, absolutely strive to eliminate any and all corruption, abuse of power, racism, and cronyism in our police force. But I would recommend to anyone in the meantime, that if you want a sure-fire way to avoid having to deal with it-- dont put yourself in situations where the cops have to know who you are. Thats just generally good life advice.

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re: Education versus racism (468 comments)

When 99% of the apples are rotten, you throw the whole lot away.

Does anyone in this thread have actual statistics, or is this just a bunch of anecdotes and media narratives being parroted?

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re: Education versus racism (468 comments)

but statistics say you're a bad cop.

The media says that. Im not sure what statistics you're using, but Id be interested in seeing them.

Granted I am a middle class white male, but my experience with the cops in the DC metro area has been generally good. FWIW my only bad cop experiences have been in DC itself, and it would be strange to attribute it to racism as generally the cops cant tell your race prior to pulling you over.

Just in the future dont say "statistics say..." unless you're prepared to pull out those statistics.

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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

LordLimecat Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (429 comments)

Brains are also not digital, and theres the minor issue that we still cant really quantify "self" purely in terms of hardware.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

LordLimecat Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (429 comments)

Not to mention the utter lack of anyone knowing how to formulate a self-aware algorithm.

The entire premise that true AI is even possible is highly speculative at best in any case; I think further speculating on when said hypothetical AI will take over or whether we will have the resources to fuel its ravenous power appetite is a little premature.

Im of the opinion that such AIs are not possible, and that if they are we are several hundred years from being close to one. We havent even solved the philosophical questions around determinism, free will, and the "brain in a glass jar" after thousands of years of philosophical study; how on earth are we to begin creating artifical intelligence without having figured out how intelligence in general works?

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

LordLimecat Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (429 comments)

There has been growth in the artificial intelligence field?

Here I thought there had been absolutely no change in the amount of awareness and agency we can imbue a computer program with. Silly me.

I mean, I suppose linear growth with a slope of zero is technically still linear growth, but you wouldnt call it exponential (perhaps your exponent is also zero?)

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

LordLimecat Re:Education versus racism (468 comments)

These kids are basically being taught (for good reasons) how to behave safely in the face of institutional racism.

Rules of engagement for most situations you will encounter in your adult life:

1) dont be confrontational
2) if you're itching for a fight, you're doing it wrong
3) be respectful
4) always act as if you are on camera and its going on the news

2 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

LordLimecat Re: Think of the job market! (198 comments)

Example: on modern Mac laptops it costs $700 to fix a broken key, because the keyboard is bonded to the underside of the top plate around which the entire laptop is built and which is not available as a new DIY repair part

Pretty sure thats not correct, last time I got a quote for trackpad repair it was $125.

. If the insurance company mispredicts risk it can be better for you

They dont predict it, they source that to actuaries who provide them with statically backed risk figures. Good luck predicting risk better than them.

AppleCare is less than half that amount and lasts 3 years.

Thats because statistically the product is unlikely to fail in that time. Its likely to fail AFTER that time, which is why warranties typically top out at 3 years for laptops.

But if it makes you feel better, you keep buying it.

2 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

LordLimecat Re:Think of the job market! (198 comments)

Insurance over things you can afford to replace is never worth it.

For insurance to work, the insurance company needs to charge you a cost that is greater than the annualized cost of loss-- that is, the risk that a loss will happen times the cost of that loss. That can make sense with things like medical bills where the risk is extremely low, but the cost is extremely high and could bankrupt you.

Doing it with a phone is just costing you more money over the long haul than simply replacing the phone when a loss happens.

2 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

LordLimecat Re:So, it is hard and flexible? (198 comments)

Hard refers to scratch resistance. Its antonym is soft.

Flexible refers to being able to bend. Its antonym is rigid.

2 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

LordLimecat Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (185 comments)

That's extremely stupid even for a Republican.

Theres some irony in calling another stupid by way of an ad hominem.

Calling Republicans "stupid" and "wingnuts" and indicating they "lack the critical thinking skills", that we're "propogandized".... is there any substance to whatever stance you have, or can we just boil it down to

If (isNotDemocrat) THEN
      isTheEnemy;
      enemyDeservesOneThing;
End If

If anythings going to break this country its the spread of absurd extreme partisan divisiveness. Some day you're going to have to come to terms with the fact that roughly half of the country is just as intelligent as you, but completely disagrees with your politics. It doesnt have to kill you to recognize that Conservatives may have legitimate concerns, and may actually not be dumb.

2 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

LordLimecat Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (185 comments)

And that, once again, demonstrates the reliability of my Illiberal-detection method.

Im a pretty solid conservative and I too think you're off your rocker.

Obama's policies may often be (IMHO) bad for the country, but I think it takes a large number of terrible assumptions to get anywhere close to "Obama hates America". For one, one of his main roles as President (at least in today's politics) is try to drive congressional action. For him to get his "hate america, must destroy" agenda into action hes got to convince a majority of 535 congressional representatives on his side. Hes also got to trick his own political party to go along with the whole "hate america" plan.

It also makes no sense; regardless of whether you buy into the birther thing, Obama's ties are very clearly to the US, and anything that he does that harms the US in the long run will affect him, too.

2 days ago
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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

LordLimecat Re:What's old is new again (39 comments)

Because that is likely a generic crash handler, and when you've crashed you cant exactly ask the crashed application what its purpose is. If your app WizzBang crashes, how is the crash dialog going to know what its job is?

Easiest thing to do is to day "[App Name] isnt responding. Would you like to close it?"

Why not just restart it? Because that could cause a crash loop. Maybe a recent change broke something necessary for the app to run.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

LordLimecat Re:Squarer is better. (326 comments)

Because it adds cost for something that very few people do, and for something that doesnt take much time in any case.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

LordLimecat Re:Squarer is better. (326 comments)

So flip the screen vertical. If you game, as well, the solution is just as obvious: 2 widescreens, one vertical, one horizontal.

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

LordLimecat Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (170 comments)

My point? The windows API is *huge* not everyone knows every little detail

Case in point, parent is apparently unaware that the WMI Win32_OperatingSystem class provides multiple different ways of getting the OS version, and 2 of them will return the plain-text OS version.

As I recall, WPIW is a notable program that relies on both Windows version # and plaintext name for filtering.

4 days ago

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