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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

NoImNotNineVolt Re: Here we go... (424 comments)

They will produce their way out of poverty and buy the damn land back.

You've apparently never been to Camden. These people have failed to produce their way out of poverty for decades. Hint: they're not Jews.

Also, you're an asshole. Jews are doing well in all free countries, so that's why the Palestinians in Gaza are so poor? It's because they're not Jews? It doesn't have anything to do with the fact that they're living in a concentration camp? Non sequitur much?

Cue cries of "These people?!?! These people?!?!"

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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

NoImNotNineVolt Re:While I welcome any increase in bandwidth... (229 comments)

So, I have to ask, what's the point?

The point, for consumers:
- File server
- Torrents
- VNC/RDP
- Web server
- DoS

The point, for Verizon:
- Counterpoint in argument with Level3

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

NoImNotNineVolt Re: Here we go... (424 comments)

I wonder... what if we borrowed Tel Aviv for a few decades, cleared out all the Israelis and instead filled it with the current residents of Camden, NJ, then forced them into ever-worsening poverty, then subjected them to airstrikes and ground assaults.... and then offered to return the territory to Israel?

Do you think Israel would want it back?

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Here we go... (424 comments)

As much as I have sympathy for the Israelis, their moral justification is gone and it isn't coming back, no more than the Ghengis Khan is going to make reparations to a large swath of the planet and regain the respect and sympathies of those whose families he slaughtered.

Is it fair that the moral high ground has left the hands of the Israelis? Probably not. Did it happen? Yes. Will they ever get it back? Not in any meaningful way.

For their own sake, it is time to move on. If their answer is to keep killing Arabs, I'd think even unconditional surrender and capitulation would be preferable to any group that is actually concerned about ethical action.

The Arabs are angry. They aren't going anywhere, and they don't like the rhetoric that has been thrown at them about being crammed into concentration camps. They remember genocide, and they aren't going back to having even more of their land annexed. The airstrikes and ground assaults will only increase the resolve of a people who have the history that the Palestinians have.

Peaceful protest did not work, especially with a country that embraces apartheid mentality like Israel does. Israel holds a hard line while rockets are shooting at their cities, and they quietly continue encroaching on Palestinian land whenever the rockets stop falling. Violence has been the only way the Palestinians have been able to preserve the integrity of their territory for 66 years, and that isn't going to change now.

The time for what is "just" has never existed. It is now time to do what we have always done. The bombs and rockets need to stop falling, and the political will to stop them simply does not exist in Israel. It's clear that the Palestinians would be subject to continually escalated injustice and land grabs by ending the struggle and bending over for the Israelis. If Israel persists in extremist settlements, as they have continually done for decades, particularly during peacetime, they will never lose the support of their chief ally, the United States. Painful as it would be, there is no military option for Palestine worth considering, but even the military option that is not worth considering is superior to the alternatives: demographic suicide as Arabs gain a majority, or official disenfranchisement of non-Jewish segments of the population.


See how that works? You're basically advocating that they just give up on life, abandon all hope, and tape their ass cheeks open for their Jewish masters. Probably about as offensive as someone suggesting that the Jews just save Hamas the trouble and go marching into the ocean on their own. If you could only take a minute to step back and see how intractable this disagreement is, you'd come to the same conclusion I did:

There's one solution that's guaranteed to shut these idiots up. Nuke Jerusalem. Hell, nuke the British Mandate of Palestine. All of it. A lot. Until it's below sea level. Of course, give plenty of advance notice. Even a year or two. There's no need to kill anyone. "Clear out, guys. We're nuking." Then if there's still some religious zealots that want to fight over their little corner of Biblical land, they can do so in wetsuits, and we won't have to hear about rockets and settlers anymore. When two kids aren't willing to share a toy, eventually their bickering gets annoying enough that the responsible adults just take away the fucking toy. The fact that my suggested solution doesn't draw much popular support is explained one of two ways: Either the conflict in the Middle East isn't sufficiently annoying yet, or we're not responsible adults.

2 days ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (152 comments)

It would probably have some effect on confidence in BTC. I have no idea how significant the effect would be.

However, were BTC to achieve universal adoption as some sort of de facto global currency, it's not unreasonable to think that it would at least be possible for him to cash out (or rather, buy 7% of everything in the world) without totally destroying the BTC economy.

4 days ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (152 comments)

I agree.

People like Bill Gates are personally responsible for the absurd wealth disparity in this country.

But Bill only has a few tens of billions. Satoshi owns over 7% of the total number of BTC that will ever exist. If BTC become the world's primary currency, then the $240T in global wealth will be spread over the 21M total possible BTC, leaving Satoshi wealthy to the tune of $17T, or several orders of magnitude more wealthy than Bill (without even accounting for the expansion of the economy between now and then).

I think it's safe to say that if one person had $17T today, they'd have more power than any other entity on the planet, to be used for good or for ill. Considering that we know very little about Satoshi, I don't believe it's wise to go too far down this path.

5 days ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (152 comments)

IOW, nobody should use $new_tech until it's conclusively demonstrated that universal buy-in won't result in one individual (or group of individuals) owning trillions of dollars in wealth.

Here's looking at you, Satoshi Nakamoto.

5 days ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

Funny joke but most senior citizens are better than average drivers with increasingly lower accident rates until they are over 75.

If you think being a better than average driver is synonymous with having lower accident rates, you may be surprised to learn that professional race car drivers are by your metric considerably worse than average drivers.

Being a good driver involves more than just not getting in accidents. Otherwise, the best drivers in the world are the ones that never put their cars into gear.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

NoImNotNineVolt Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

/me shudders.

The sad part is, I live in Edison, NJ. Formerly Menlo Park, Raritan, NJ, renamed in 1954 in honor of Thomas Alva Edison, who did much of his work here in the late 19th century (invented the phonograph, "invented" the light bulb). It's especially sad that a fuckwit like Edison gets a whole town of over 100,000 named after him but Tesla is virtually forgotten, being eclipsed by an electric car bearing his name.

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Overreach (749 comments)

YANAL

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Overreach (749 comments)

Make them get a warrant for the correct place first—if they can.

So according to your interpretation, if you played a game like this with sufficiently many cups [the cloud] and the thing to be seized instead of the green ball, you should be pretty much safe from any legal search?

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

NoImNotNineVolt Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

unless Elon Musk turns out to be amazingly altruistic in his old age

He just donated another $1M to the Tesla Museum.

Okay, so $1M isn't exactly going to bankroll the next Hubble, but he's only 43 years old, not exactly "old age" yet. I'd say he's on track to be amazingly altruistic, sure.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (564 comments)

But if machine intelligence is the "beast", then that brings us to a slew of other seemingly contradictory claims. Computers "come out of the earth" only in the most tenuous sense. Sure, they're fabricated from materials mined from the earth, but if we're okay with drawing such indirect connections then so does everything else (plants, animals) except meteorites. Also, I'm not sure why machine intelligence would have "two horns like a lamb", since I've never seen a computing system that had horns. Additionally, I'm not sure how digital communication protocols resemble the speech of dragons; do (did?) dragons speak IP?

Really, if you read the rest of that verse keeping in mind some equivalence between the "beast" and machine intelligence, it's evident that the metaphor doesn't hold at all. But all that aside, you didn't really answer any of the questions I posed in my previous post, so it's evident to me that you're more interested in spreading your strange view than actually discussing it. Cheers!

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

NoImNotNineVolt Re:The frustrations of AI. (564 comments)

Hardware is not the problem. If it were, we'd have things that were very smart, but very slow. Then someone would rent enough Amazon AWS instances to make them fast.

Explain to me why a physical simulation of a human brain (state as determined by medical imaging of a real human brain; forces as informed by the known laws of physics) in silicon wouldn't behave the same as a real human brain.

Also, most estimates put us at achieving the capacity to run simulations like this at reasonable coast and in near-real-time in the 2030s. So yes, hardware is the problem. AWS isn't infinite and the architecture doesn't lend itself to problems that aren't easily distributed.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

NoImNotNineVolt Re:See also "Popular Mechanics" in 1947 (564 comments)

We still don't really have a full handle on how individual nerves work

Citation needed. You could buy discrete ICs that modelled neurons in the 1990s. Today we have [even more accurate] simulations of thousands, even millions of highly-interconnected neurons running on supercomputers. What don't we understand about individual "nerves"? The fact that you talk about "actual thinking" betrays the fact that you've never worked in AI.

This prediction relies on the assumption that human brains aren't magic and that they're subject to the known laws of physics. If you disagree then I think the burden is on you to prove otherwise.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Will human technical civilization last that lon (564 comments)

Okay, I'm no AGW denier, but this is just fucking lunacy.

How the fuck is global climate change supposed to "wipe out civilized society" in the next 31 years? No, really. Please just provide a rough outline of how this would happen.

See, this is the main reason why idiots line up to bash climate science. People like you making totally absurd claims. It is also conceivable that global climate change will burn us to a crisp next Tuesday. Just because you can conceive of something doesn't make it reasonable or realistic.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

NoImNotNineVolt Re:Reminds me of Verses from Revelation 13:11-18 (564 comments)

That's fascinating. What, specifically, about this story reminds you of this verse?

Also, while we're on the subject, I have a few more questions. Can you clarify the phrase "two horns like a lamb" in light of the fact that many breeds of sheep only produce horns in males, while many other breeds of sheep don't produce any horns whatsoever? Also, can you clarify what "spooke like a dragon" means, since dragons don't exist and consequently don't speak? Additionally, what does it mean to calculate (or reckon, or ponder) a number that is already defined?

about two weeks ago

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All-in-one Digital Credit Card

NoImNotNineVolt NoImNotNineVolt writes  |  about 8 months ago

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) writes "Coin, a Y Combinator-backed startup, has started accepting pre-orders for a device as slim as a standard piece of payment plastic that can hold eight credit, debit, and gift cards in its dynamic magnetic stripe. Paired with the Coin smartphone app via Bluetooth low energy, card details can easily be swapped in and out of the device. A minimalist user interface on the device itself allows the owner to toggle between the loaded cards and then swipe just as they would their ordinary card. All card details are encrypted (both on the device and in the smartphone app), and the device's on-board battery is expected to last for two years of typical usage. No support for chip&pin (EMV) yet, so this may have limited utility outside of the USA. They expect to start shipping in summer of 2014."
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