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

Nemyst Re:This is laughable... (446 comments)

We don't have to understand human physiology to be able to create an artificial intelligence. You're conflating two things. Our first AI is unlikely to resemble anything we know, much less a human-like intelligence.

4 days ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Nemyst Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

Yes, and a lot of students don't, be it because of shame from having to ask a question, pride in solving it themselves, or whatever else. If this new method of teaching provides better results, why not use it? Because you didn't have it and made it just fine, ergo everyone should just get on with it?

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Nemyst Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (698 comments)

While this is a nice idea, and it will of course reduce the response time of law enforcement, it misses the point.

People take guns to school because schools are "gun free zones". They even have big signs posted around them saying, "You are in a gun-free zone".

So... the bad guy is assured that he is the only person with a gun...

If this were the correct logic, then Europe would be a warzone with daily shootings, since guns are mostly non-existent in a lot of countries. How weird then that the place with the most shootings happens to be the country that fetishizes gun ownership.

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Nemyst Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

we perform a service for society akin to that peformed by record or film studio executives - we watch shitty movies and listen to shitty music, so you don't have to.

Are you actually serious? How about starving the shitty movies and music out of the market by not giving them a fucking audience? You're part of the problem, not the solution.

about two weeks ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

Nemyst Re:Other particles (137 comments)

Yeah, it's always worth keeping in mind that the universe wasn't designed to be elegant... It wasn't designed at all. It just is.

I'm actually often surprised at how elegant physics can be in spite of this.

about three weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Nemyst Re:never mix science and politics (282 comments)

That's shortsighted. Science can't do much if you don't use it to guide policy, which, drum rolls, is politics. You can't divorce the two without severely hampering science's ability to improve our daily lives and without making politics an even bigger shithole than it already is.

Hell, politics would be an awful lot better if politicians were driven by scientific results instead of baseless ideologies.

about three weeks ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

Nemyst Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (122 comments)

CurrentC is fighting against another thing though: the existing plastic credit cards. Scanning a QR code is far more awkward than just pulling out the bloody card from your wallet and waving it above the RFID sensor.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

Nemyst Re:citation, please? (250 comments)

I think most Europeans think they have cold winters, but they don't really know what "winter" means. Hint: if your entire country gets paralyzed by less than 30cm of snow, you don't get bad winters. If you rarely dip below zero Celsius during daytime, you don't get bad winters.

It always amuses me to see French exchange students arrive here. The ones with a modicum of sense will have talked with people here so they'd get good winter gear ASAP, but a few think that they're used to the cold. Then they get their first -25C in January.

about three weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Nemyst Re:No thank you (267 comments)

Whoosh.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Nemyst Re:Biased summary (273 comments)

We're talking about children here, not post-docs. We should all hope that children get a slightly better understanding of the core sciences, it'd be a significant help in dismantling once and for all a lot of the bullshit that gets thrown around (hello intelligent design!). This in no way means that they should all be applying for a physics undergrad degree, but they should certainly have enough of an education in the subject prior to university to be able to make an informed choice as to whether they want to go there or not.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Nemyst Re:Lies, damned lies, statistics (551 comments)

A third world country like the far more left-leaning Germany or Canada, you mean?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

Nemyst Re:I'm all for skewering Amazon, but... (123 comments)

If the diversity of resumes is significantly different from the makeup of the community, then the company has obligations under Affirmative Action to actively seek resumes of underrepresented minorities.

I think that should be the first thing to investigate: is the diversity of resumes diferent from the makeup of the community? As a student in comp sci, I can tell you that thus far I've seen an overwhelming majority of white males. Women are rare, blacks are rare, hispanics are rare, even asians are rare. I don't claim this to be representative, but I think we should start at the source instead of blaming a company for it. If the job seekers of that particular ethnicity/gender just aren't there, what are they going to do?

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Nemyst Re:Follow the money (695 comments)

Are you this thick as not to realize that WE, humans, would win? Do you not see that pollution is harmful to all species, us included? Sure, right now most of climate change doesn't affect you. It probably won't affect you in the next decades either. Heck, you might even die before it does anything serious to you personally.

But if nothing is done, millions will be affected. How many will die is hard to say. What is sure is that selfish and mind-numbingly blind people like you are harming our world's future. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not leave as legacy a contaminated wasteland.

about a month ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Nemyst Re:the ones to blame are the 350.org, etc (695 comments)

The reason that the UN focuses on the US and Europe is that we are the developed nations. We are the West. We should be leading by example, otherwise why the fuck would the newcomers on the scene bother? They've not had the chance to enjoy careless pollution for decades like the US has, and you want to tell them that the US can keep fucking things over because it's not the biggest polluter? Seriously?

If the US were doing their part, it'd put more pressure on the rest of the world. It'd make them able to help other countries build clean infrastructure. Instead, they act as the black sheep, the dissenting opinion which developing countries can point at to justify them not doing anything. And despite all of this, China is in fact doing things. Pollution has become a serious issue and they're working towards solving it with billions of dollars a year. In twenty years, if all else remains equal, I expect China to be significantly more advanced in green tech than the US. Perfect? No. But no one's asking for perfection, just willingness to put the world's fate before your own petty politics.

about a month ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Nemyst Re:It's Man's Fault (695 comments)

The reason it matters is that if we are at cause, then we also are able to fix the problem. If this is all part of a natural cycle and we only have a negligible impact, then cutting our emissions would be insufficient and we would have to scramble to find another solution.

In many ways, confirmation that man is the major causal factor in global warming should be seen as good news. It means we have the power to fix it.

about a month ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Nemyst Re:Zero emissions (695 comments)

And yet another perfect solution fallacy, ladies and gentlemen.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Nemyst Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

This. School often ends at 3 in the afternoon anyway, so why not shift everything one hour off? As it is the students are ending up stuck at school after classes doing homework or whatever because the parents aren't home.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Nemyst Re:Read of the better systemd commentaries around (928 comments)

http://uselessd.darknedgy.net/ProSystemdAntiSystemd/

This comes from an "anti-systemd" source, but tries to cut through a lot of the controversy and hostility shown on both sides. Bear in mind, you only see the anti-systemd view on Slashdot, but you get just as much idiocy on the other side as well. For example, the Poettering "death threats" were actually a "joke" made by a bunch of people in an IRC channel. Here, read the log (ctrl-F "hitman"): http://logs.nslu2-linux.org/li...

FTFY. Sorry, there are some things which just are not funny, and if we're gonna condemn idiots like Sam Biddle who tweet "bring back bullying" and other such nonsense (hint: the backlash was rather large), we should also condemn people "jokingly" saying they're gonna put a hitman on anyone.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Nemyst Re:Trying hard... (669 comments)

Wait, so you're telling me that Jesus flew down to Earth in the Heart of Gold?

about a month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Nemyst Re:Sabotage (443 comments)

Or alternatively, the old adage, Hanlon's razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

about a month ago

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Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "With the ever-increasing number of mobile phones and other similar devices, I've started to consider one. I've always been more of a PC enthusiast due to the obvious flexibility the hardware provides. What I wondered was: are there any devices that have some really solid open software? I constantly hear about rooting phones, but I'd rather find something where you don't actually have to circumvent measures put in place by hardware vendors and providers. It doesn't have to be a phone, as long as it's a mobile device with basic network support (wi-fi is fine).

Basically, is there any mobile device that embraces the DIY community?"
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How To Take Care of Hackers

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "One of my friends is running a relatively popular online community, but he's run into a problem. With success comes the usual load of idiots and one of them, after being banned, decided to react by DDoS'ing the site. The person has been identified; name, address, all that. The problem is, what can he do from that point onwards? The guy's a minor, so that doesn't help. Can he get in contact with certain authorities that will actually do something? The attacks are costing him money and the community as more and more people leave due to the server being down half the time. I've looked about and so has he, but so far we've come up empty-handed. Unfortunately, getting a new, more powerful server is just about out of range (the current server is already costing a pretty penny). I'm sure there are sysadmins among the Slashdot crowd who have already dealt with hackers of that kind, so what did you do about it?"
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Invigorating a Gaming Community?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FriendlyFire writes "It's been a while since I last drilled my forehead with this issue, but I think it's that time of the year again.

I'm running a relatively successful fansite (The Starport) of the game Freelancer with other active members of its global community, but we're facing more and more issues with a slowly decreasing amount of players. Of course, the game is some 5 years old, so it's a bit logical to see a dip in activity, but we're a dedicated bunch and I believe there still exists no equivalent to the game. Therefore, I'm making a call for help: what could we, as a group, do to help the game pick back up some steam? Microsoft is of no help whatsoever, having abandoned the game about a year ago; I've been trying to get them to update the fansite list on the game's website for months without success. We also emailed some magazines and websites, but most if not all of our cries have been left without response. We aren't on the edge of destruction just yet, but the game has so much more potential left over that I feel it's a shame to see its popularity decrease so much.

Slashdotters, what can we do to get it back on the tracks? What magazines should we email? How could we get a better response from Microsoft (their technical support is a dead-end)? Are there places to advertise that kind of nearly-abandonware-yet-still-purchasable game?"

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