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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

OrangeTide Failure to plan in advance (409 comments)

We've had about 30 years to decide draw up plans for dealing with Ebola. There is the real amount of time available for transparency, not the brief time you claim. That we chose to make no plans today does not mean we automatically agree to bring Ebola infected patients into our population centers, even if someone's life is on the line.

about three weeks ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

OrangeTide Re:sure, works for France (296 comments)

If I could get a job in France, I think I'd move. I'd have more vacation time and I can drink wine at lunch.

about a month ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

OrangeTide Streaming even in my car (152 comments)

I have a bunch of stuff on bandcamp and it's easier to stream it from my phone than to download it into something that my car will play.

about a month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

OrangeTide Re:Considering Bush did this... (219 comments)

Because Obama is the current President, and is responsible for the current policy?

The nutcakes are the ones living in a fantasy land where we don't hold our currently elected representatives accountable. Hope and change, still waiting for the change. (I've given up hope)

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

OrangeTide Re:What we don't know... (564 comments)

Babies are unconscious then are some point they are. That's the mystery, and why my use of the word initial is appropriate. How do I trigger the process of consciousness, does it occur automatically once all the pieces are present, perhaps, or does it need a bootstrap or pilot light. Interfering with part of a brain to cause unconsciousness is super interesting, but by itself it doesn't give us all the answers. (nothing ever does)

If you want to talk about mechanisms, like recursion, then we're going into theory. Theories which I don't have the resources or capabilities to test on my own, so I don't really wish to speculate too deeply there. Maybe it emerges gradually, maybe it is quick like waking up. No idea, but it seems that part of what happens is testable. Should be an interesting future when we find out more.

about a month and a half ago
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On 4th of July:

OrangeTide Your subject is highly flawed (340 comments)

You can live and work in the US without being a citizen, and still enjoy our wonderful holidays.

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

OrangeTide Re:What we don't know... (564 comments)

Oh I agree it's being worked on. But it sounds like a very familiar article, as in I think I read similar articles in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. But the mechanism that triggers initial consciousness is, to the best of my knowledge, still a mystery. It will one day be solved. maybe the article you read really does have it figured out, the ones I've seen were just speculation with theories that could not be realistically tested without interfering with the process.

about a month and a half ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

OrangeTide One time pad (415 comments)

So now I can't even hide my one time pad? Which I keep for perfectly legitimate purposes.

I'm going to start hiding beef jerky in random places in my house.

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

OrangeTide Re:What we don't know... (564 comments)

Oh and understanding what needs to be simulated and the initial state of the human brain. How is consciousness born? We've wondered that for centuries, we don't have the answer yet. Will we eventually know all of this and have the capability to duplicate human intelligence? I don't doubt it one bit! Will we be there in 30 years, at least down the path you suggest? Extremely unlikely.

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

OrangeTide Re:What we don't know... (564 comments)

A cascade of AI's capabilities in a short period of time seems likely, but we haven't made much progress yet. And even with a 100 fold increase in processing power we haven't managed to take our simple learning models and make them 100 times more powerful. There is a real scalability problem right now. So it feels a bit like putting the cart before the horse to worry about these what ifs.

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

OrangeTide What we don't know... (564 comments)

Your cell phone is less capable of learning than a jellyfish. Although your cell phone can sometimes simulate very simple learning under extremely rigid frameworks for learning.

a human competitive AI in 30 years? seems unlikely given the almost zero progress on the subject in the last 30 years. But maybe we'll hit some point where it all cascades very quickly. Like if we could do a dog level intelligence it is not a far leap to do human level and super human level. But we have trouble with cockroach levels of intelligence, or even defining what intelligence is or how to measure it.

AI research for the last several decades have taught us how little we know about the fundamental nature of ourselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

OrangeTide Re:On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

We can hope that eventually a judge is going to be annoyed and start treating the conscious action that businesses take when issuing a DMCA takedown notice as sufficient for being "knowingly false".

about a month and a half ago
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On 4th of July:

OrangeTide Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

"Websites don't come with a nationality,"

Mine has an America flag in the website logo.

about a month and a half ago
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After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

OrangeTide Re:Did anyone care anymore? (105 comments)

Yup we didn't need print magazines in the 80's. Because downloading images at 2400 baud and displaying them on your 8 color computer was vastly superior to full color printing and inexpensive monthly delivery.

I used to print out source to do code reviews, because I was too impatient to wait for VGA projectors to be invented.

about 2 months ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

OrangeTide I prefer more tires for more contact with the road (218 comments)

I like it when my brakes stop me before I slide into something.
(I ride a motorcycle, I find riding in the rain to be unpleasant for a variety of reasons)

about 2 months ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

OrangeTide Re:Can we blacklist these coins? (232 comments)

I'm accepting gov seized coins at 50% value.
If someone wants to accept at a higher percentage, then I guess the free market will decide how much they are worth.

about 2 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

OrangeTide Re:global warming? (123 comments)

it uses it therefor it traps. but I assume you meant the word "use" in some other way...

we are pulling hydrocarbons from deep underground and if we continue to either burn it or allow it to decompose, it will become CO2 and contribute to the greenhouse effect. Anything that could sequester carbon long term is better than the nothing we are doing today.

the eventual goal would be to stop pulling material out of the ground, and reverse the trend and put carbon back faster than we take it out. We're so far away from doing that that I don't believe there are any viable plans written up to accomplish it.

about 3 months ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

OrangeTide global warming? (123 comments)

So instead of releasing the carbon into the atmosphere we're pissed off because now we have ugly rocks that are made of trapped carbon?

If this plastiglomerate can remain in the environment for eons, then I'm thinking we should make more of it, a lot more of it.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

OrangeTide Intel's catching up in the clock wars! (157 comments)

"It was released on June 8, 2007 at speeds of 3.5, 4.2 and 4.7 GHz" -- POWER6

about 3 months ago

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