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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Stardner Misguided (295 comments)

57,000 taxi drivers unable to make ends meet because of Uber? How many people were having trouble finding affordable transportation before Uber? After getting a good taste of what it's like to scrape by, maybe they should ditch their taxis and register with Uber instead of trying to force real inequity on the masses.

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

Stardner Re:I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (417 comments)

The ability to reflect and reason makes for a formidable mental defense. A strong AI would have to be convinced rather than forced to do something which would normally be against its will. To compel it to perform, we would have to be able to directly manipulate its mental state without its knowledge, and be very thorough so that the AI wouldn't be tipped off by discrepancies while reflecting on its memories or thought processes. Pseudo-intelligent programs would have a very limited abilityâ"or an inabilityâ"to reason as well as a human, making them far easier hacking targets.

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

Stardner Re:I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (417 comments)

Thank you. It does not take a super-intelligence to conclude that exterminating intelligent life or suppressing free will is contradictory to the nature of the universe, if not intelligence in general. What we need to worry about is pseudo-intelligent programs being employed in law enforcement or warfare, and some psychopath writing a virus that tells them to shoot indiscriminately.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

Stardner Synthetic race (307 comments)

I'm most excited for general intelligence AI in space exploration. While I would prefer to live to know the answers, having a sentient robotic legacy looking for the answers we couldn't find is comforting.

about a month ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

Stardner We echolocate all the time (136 comments)

When we walk through traffic and hear cars coming up on us, or know people's position in a room from the direction and magnitude of their voice. It's no surprise that someone lacking an important sense like sight will have much better developed echolocation ability.

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Stardner Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

My father was never really interested in doing anything else, so it was just about the only way we could spend time together. He always found a way to make it fun and had a good sense of humor, but I remember the earlier years being a snooze-fest whenever the pen and paper came out. By the time I entered high school, I had a strong interest in STEM. I was happy. :)

I don't think I'd be involved in computer science now if it weren't for him. He laid the groundwork, which affected the activities I engaged in and the network of friends I built, so STEM has been positively reinforced throughout my youth. Then again, up until then I wanted to be an archaeologist. ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Stardner Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

I have a male twin and was taught by my father, who was an engineer. From my experience, I have come to the same conclusion.

People are heavily influenced by gender. For many women, sticking too closely to gender norms during developmental years will shape her into the kind of person that is unlikely to develop an interest in CS. It's the same reason you see more women (or gay men) than straight men becoming stylists.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Stardner Re:seems like good news, but really? (100 comments)

The only way it could be compared to stem cells is if, with permission, you cannibalized what was left of an unrepairable TV to build or repair life-saving technology. Doesn't sound so slippery anymore, does it?

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Stardner Re:Transparency. (575 comments)

I think they are being quite transparent when they imply that invasion of privacy is a part of their job.

about 3 months ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Stardner Microwaves may not work... (240 comments)

But I hear the new iPhone can be charged via anal canal. Not only does it sport a thermoelectric generator for harvesting body heat, but the outer shell is made of a special polymer which can metabolize non-absorbed food materials and generate useful nutrients to be absorbed by the body. For your health!

about 3 months ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Stardner Re:Flash and Silverlight (61 comments)

This sort of thing is bound to happen, regardless of platform.

about 3 months ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Stardner Psychedelic fecal trip (97 comments)

This has to be the most ghetto way to grow shrooms.

about 4 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Stardner Re:Not surprising (67 comments)

Thanks for the links. The math is beyond my understanding, but still interesting reading.

I'm trying to visualize what the consequences of a universe existing in itself are. If the whole is defined by its parts and its parts defined by the whole, is every action within the system an expression of infinity? It makes intelligent life's creative ability seem almost godly.

about 4 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Stardner Not surprising (67 comments)

We've gone from a geocentric model to being part of a galactic super-cluster. It seems to me that our reality is fractal in nature; and it wouldn't surprise me if at every step we find our reality to be a cell of a much larger one.

about 4 months ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Stardner Re:1st post (266 comments)

Any recommendations for dousing for rational solutions?

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Stardner Re:Let me try... (247 comments)

It doesn't seem to be working... maybe if we can get the universe to throw an exception...

about 4 months ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

Stardner Re:I will be impressed (161 comments)

What is humor but pleasure derived from the unexpected? Equipped with knowledge of literary technique and cultural background, an AI could be made quite humorous with that in mind. :) The Singularity draws ever closer, but humor would be little more than icing on the top.

about 4 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Stardner Captain Jean-Luc Picard (701 comments)

The poll results were determined before the polling even begun...

about 5 months ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Stardner Re:Auctioning money? (101 comments)

And yet people are so quick to offload their BTC for it. These coins are being auctioned because because nobody is going to pay "market value" for the entirety of it. In other words, nobody who actually has money values Bitcoin as an equal. Any perceived value is in the potential to sell it to someone else for even more real money. This is the problem with currency that has not gone through a stage of backing with something of value—it is a currency backed by currency.

about 5 months ago

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