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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

RespekMyAthorati Re:Another fat related story (153 comments)

Everyone is not fat.

I'm a little bit fat (BMI 27, but with lots of muscle) and most people I know are between a bit thin and a bit fat.
On the other hand, there are millions of people (especially in the southern U.S.) who weigh more than double their ideal weight.

Those people will never get down to a healthy weight, and keep it that way,
unless they force themselves to eat fewer calories and expend more calories.

4 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

RespekMyAthorati Re:What could possibly go wrong. (153 comments)

One-way implication:
scarf junk food -> gain weight
but gain weight !-> scarf junk food
However, the fact remains that this "obesity epidemic" is only happening in societies where people
do consume huge quantities of sugar, saturated fat etc. while getting little if any exercise.

4 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

RespekMyAthorati Re:Dude... (179 comments)

Yeah? I gotta get one of them things.

5 days ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

RespekMyAthorati Re:We don't care how many pixels it has (179 comments)

No longer being able to see the nasty huge pixels that result when some terrible person smears 1920x1080 over a 27 inch screen is nice

I, and many others, "smear" HD over a 10' diagonal projector screen. The result from a good bluray is gorgeous and sharp.
You clearly know nothing about this.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

RespekMyAthorati Re:Fire all the officers? (512 comments)

It's hard to even comprehend the power of the police unions.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RespekMyAthorati Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1037 comments)

There is no slippery slope, apart from the one on your forehead.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RespekMyAthorati Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1037 comments)

Don't say have adverse affects, say a low percentage DIE because of them.

Then the kid can get a note from his/her doctor to use an alternative form of vaccination. It shouldn't be up to the kid's halfwit parents.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

RespekMyAthorati Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1037 comments)

permitting individual M,M,R vaccinations as opposed to one big cocktail (right now people can't, even if they're willing to foot the bill for it).

This is because there is no difference between getting the vaccines one at a time, or all at once.
It was the crazy-ass antivaxers that made that up as an excuse to avoid protecting their children.

5 days ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:AI just does what we want it to do. (414 comments)

Don't fear AIs. Fear AIs in the hands of humans.

Which is ridiculous, since AI's will always be in the hands of humans. Including bad humans, which is exactly why we should fear them.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:What about jobs? (414 comments)

We already have "basic income". It's called welfare.
Will that prevent the wholesale destruction of society, when 99% of us are living hand to mouth on welfare, and the 1% live in sybaritic luxury?

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:Expert? (414 comments)

Same reason we don't have nuclear fusion power plants.
Some problems are really hard.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

Can we just all agree that "intelligence" is an ambiguous word, having numerous inconsistent definitions?

Just because you define intelligence one way, and a whole bunch of your buddies agree with you, doesn't make you right.
That also applies to everyone who is disagreeing with you.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

programs that have come closest to passing the Turing Test (the real one) are not intelligent at all. They're just programmed to create the illusion of intelligence

Only if by "closest" you mean in the sense that, of the two of us, I am the "closest" to Alpha Centauri.
Nothing even remotely approaching the original Turing Test has ever been attempted, and likely won't be until you and I are long in the grave.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

RespekMyAthorati Re:Mr Barone: (414 comments)

1. See human.
2. Human may switch off AI.
3. Human bad for AI.
4. Kill human.

How much "free will" does that require?
None.

about a week ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

RespekMyAthorati Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

the distances are so vast that it would take decades to get anywhere good

That is all assuming a human-like lifespan.
What if an alien creature could live 1000 years, possibly using some kind of suspended animation? 10,000 years? 100,000 years?
100,000 years at 0.5c is 50,000 lightyears which will take you anywhere in the Milky Way galaxy.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

RespekMyAthorati Re:Hawking has no clue about AI research (574 comments)

Of course this cannot be proven. It is true nonetheless.

That has to be the most unintentionally hilarious statement from a philosopher who thinks of himself as a rational being.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

RespekMyAthorati Re:People think it's silly... (574 comments)

If by "physicality" you mean "prove it or shut the fuck up" then every sane person is a physicalist.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

RespekMyAthorati Re:7 years ago (574 comments)

What kind of "prof" was that? My guess: philosophy.
Not CS, for sure.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

RespekMyAthorati Re:paperclip collectors (574 comments)

OK, apart from that, what has AI ever done for us?

about two weeks ago

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