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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

William Baric Re:Displacing five times as much water... (99 comments)

You could at least read the Wikipedia page you're linking :

for an object floating on a liquid surface (like a boat) or floating submerged in a liquid (like a submarine in water or dirigible in air) the weight of the displaced liquid equals the weight of the object.

4 hours ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

William Baric Re:But but but (310 comments)

Since California is near an ocean, there is a technological fix for that. Only problem is it would cost a lot of money : roughly between 22 to 44 billion dollars (between 579$ to 1157$ per person living in California).

yesterday
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

William Baric Re:Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

Actually, I think Deckard being a replicant makes the movie a lot more interesting.

Basically, the movie start with a dark world and a typical "human:good / machines:bad" point of view. Then, we realize it's more complicated than that and our minds begins to open up. When at the end of the movie we realize that Deckard may also be a replicant, it's the final step toward opening up our minds. It forces us to think back at the movie and view characters beyond stereotypes. It makes the plot more intricate. More importantly, it leaves us with a strong feeling that there's more than meet the eyes.

Of course, I understand not everyone like intricate plots, I understand not everyone like to stir up their preconceived ideas, I understand some people prefer simple pop corn movies, but that's certainly not my case!

Anyway, beyond my personal taste with movies, I believe you are irrational. It is Ridley Scott's movie. No he did not write the script, but a script is just a tool used by the director. Once the script is written, the writer is out of the loop. The end result is at the mercy of the director who can do whatever he wants with the script. There are plenty examples of writers who were pissed because of directors creating a completely different movies than what they envisioned with their scripts.

You said it is widely believed Scott made that comment to stir up controversy? No it's not. Not only it is not "widely believed", but it certainly was not to stir up controversy, it was on the contrary to end discussions among fans and clear up things.

Firstly, let's be honest, it's not a "controversy" at all. I mean if Scott would have said that Deckard was human, like most people I wouldn't care much. I do think the story has more depth with Deckard being a replicant, but it's not like it will change my life or anything. I like to think about ambiguous ideas, it's a fun game, but when the author decide to clear up things, I believe it's completely ridiculous to contradict him.

Secondly, I remember an interview with Ford stating he had an argument with Scott saying it would be better for Deckard to be human so spectators could identify themselves with the character. From what I gathered, Scott wasn't sure about Deckard when shooting, he tried to leave his options open, it's only when making the cut he decided it would be better to make Deckard a replicant. So the idea that it was just to "stir up controversy" is simply ridiculous.

Anyway, my question was not about your "arguments" nor the movie. Deckard is a replicant, we now know it, end of story. My question is about you. I'm simply curious as to why it is so important for you for Deckard to be human. Why you are willing to even deny what the author of the movie is saying. Even if you prefer more stereotypical stories and so don't like the implication of Deckard being a replicant, it's just a movie! So why the passion? I just don't get it!

3 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

William Baric Re:Why does this need a sequel? (294 comments)

Why does it hurt you so bad that Deckard is replicant? He's a replicant! Not only some details of the movie makes more sense with Deckard being a replicant, but Ridley Scott said so. It's his movie, so the fact is there's nothing to discuss! Why do you, emotionally, refuse this simple fact? You act like someone deeply religious who can't face the fact that his guru is just a scammer. Why?

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

William Baric Re:The thought process (414 comments)

In order to understand how a Python program operates, you need to go deep enough to see it as deterministic (i.e. the source code). The same is true if you want to understand what thinking is. As long as you don't see thinking as a deterministic process, then you don't understand it.

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

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

You're not using the same definition as I am. You seem to limit "thought process" to conscious thoughts. I'm not. Not only I include things like intuition, but I include all elements creating my thoughts, starting with the state my neurons (or with whatever is the source of my thoughts), in this "process".

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

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

I am not aware of how I think. I have absolutely no clue about what creates my thoughts and how those thoughts are created. Even when I choose to think about something, the fact is I don't know why I made this choice. I just did. Worse, I have also absolutely no way to evaluate the correctness of the process which create my thought nor its limitations.

I have thoughts, I have feelings (even if I don't know what a feeling is exactly), but it's obvious I'm not self-aware and I don't have free will.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

William Baric Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

Understanding netmasks and broadcast addresses is worthy of a certification? Really? Are there really people who work in IT who don't understand the basic concepts of networking? Isn't this taught in the first year of college? I mean we're not in 1980 anymore!

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

William Baric Re:The first rule (367 comments)

1984 and Brave New World are probably the most read sci-fi books. You think they were about entertainment?

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

William Baric Re:What people want to read (367 comments)

Then why set a story in the far future if it has nothing to do with the far future? Is it because authors think "pew pew" sells more than "bang bang"? Is it because their stories were told countless of times using "bang bang", so they now use "pew pew" to make it looks like they're original stories?

What irks me is someone calling himself a science-fiction author simply because he use "pew pew" instead of "bang bang".

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

William Baric Re:you're doing it wrong (367 comments)

If an author feels the need to set his story, which has nothing to do with science-fiction, 500 years in the future (generally as a very cheap way to open up the mind of the reader), he's doing it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

William Baric Re:Google engineers... (239 comments)

Labels are a great idea for light use, but trying to use labels for heavy use becomes unmanageable quite fast. I know people who have several thousand of folders. They can keep everything under control because the hierarchical nature of folders act like a visualization tool. They don't have to memorize how they organized everything, they just follow the hierarchy and look what's in there.

Basically, in the real world, the problem with labels is when people have more than an hundred of them, they simply forget what labels they created before, so they just create new labels to represent the same idea. They end up with "buyers", "consumers" and "shoppers", three labels for exactly the same thing. When they try to search for an old email, they use the last label they remember, but all the emails which were associated with another label are basically lost in the mailbox.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

William Baric Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

A "good" morality? A "higher ratio of" morality? Do you even realize you just showed the world you don't even have a basic understanding of what morality is?

Anyway science is not about (your) arbitrary moral values, it's not about standing up for things we may want, for what we may "believe" or for what we think we "deserve", it is about knowledge and truth. Morality plays a role in how we get this knowledge and what we do (or don't do) with it, but science by itself has nothing to do with morality.

So not only you don't know what morality is, but you don't even know what science is.

about 3 months ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

William Baric Re:Seems like a circular argument (267 comments)

A knife can be used to commit murder. Should we fight knives?

You are obviously wrong when you say surveillance can't exist without the law. Like knives are not used only to commit murder, surveillance is not used only to enforce the law. We all use some form of surveillance everyday to get and verify information and it has nothing to do with us wanting to enforce the law. Even my cat use surveillance everyday and I can assure you it doesn't care much about the law.

Also, I find quite strange that you seem to depend so much on authority to determine what people can do when, at the same time, you pretend to fight for your freedom. Unless you are yourself in a position of authority, it doesn't make sense.

about 3 months ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

William Baric Re:Why do you hate freedom? (267 comments)

When people think of surveillance, it's always with the Orwellian model in mind. The problem with Orwell is that he had no idea something like the Internet would ever exist. He had no idea everyone would constantly have a camera on them, with the ability to immediately share everything with everyone. Because of that, his vision is now more or less obsolete.

So instead of the obsolete Orwellian model, imagine a world where surveillance is so common that even the government or anyone with power, even your boss, is under constant observation by everyone. How can those person screw you?

about 3 months ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

William Baric Re:Why do you hate freedom? (267 comments)

Do you see any freedom taken away because of surveillance?

We are used to hide and lie in order to escape punishment, and of course surveillance will make it a lot harder to successfully hide and lie, but surveillance by itself has nothing to do with freedom. Someone watching you masturbate with pictures of young boys naked will not prevent you from doing it.

What takes your freedom away is not surveillance, it's not even the police, it's the law. Surveillance and the police are just tools, they're not the source of the problem. If you want to fight for your freedom, fight the source of the problem.

about 3 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

William Baric Re:Maybe, but maybe not... (254 comments)

I'll agree the GP is just a troll, but unless your real name is Frosty Piss, I don't think you can talk about "having balls".

about 4 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

William Baric Re:More useless statistics... (221 comments)

I live in Quebec. On Tuesday, I went to see The Lion King (the broadway show, not the movie). The show was in English, but at one time, after a long monologue from Rafiki in an African language (which was not translated), the actress turn to the audience and asked : vous avez compris?

Not only people laughed (because obviously no one understood), but they cheered for this very simple use of the French language.

We do have some fanatics who are on a holy war for the language, but most of the time the problem comes from English speaking people who act like they are a master race. They act like everyone in the whole world should adapt to them.

Because of your opinion of French speaking Canadians, my guess is you never cared to learn a few word in French. I don't know, something like : je suis désolé, je ne parle pas français, parlez-vous anglais? If you did, if you were ever polite and respectful, you would have realized that most people in Quebec would have greeted you with a big smile and would even have shown you gratitude for taking 5 minutes to learn those few words.

I'm a Quebecer, so you may despise me all you want, but it certainly seems to me that your opinion of Quebecers is only because you're just another fucking asshole.

about 4 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

William Baric Re:No Steering Wheel In Time (506 comments)

I think you are the one doing the hyperbole. Being "unsafe" doesn't mean a guaranty to crash. For example, leaving your front door unlocked while your not home is certainly "unsafe", but that doesn't mean 100% of people who forget to lock their door will immediately be robbed.

I have about 27 years of driving experience and my only accident was a drunk driver who rear-end the car behind me who, in turn, rear-end me while we were both stopped at a red light. I also never had a ticket for speeding or any other traffic law violation (except parking tickets). Yet, I know I'm not "safe". How about you?

Human drivers have proven to be unsafe, there's no doubt about it. Why do you think we are all required to have auto insurance?

about 4 months ago

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