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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

catmistake Re:Well, duh (382 comments)

You mean like manned flight, the atomic bomb, or travelling faster than light?

Not really. None of those things you list are philosophically impossible. No matter how smart you think your AI is, it is never conscious, but cleverly responding to stimulus as programmed. Weak AI is ready for commercialism. Hard AI is impossible.

yesterday
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

catmistake Re:False Falg? (232 comments)

The more this unravels the more I smell false flag.

Only now do we feel the loss of President Ronald Reagan. The moment President Obama failed to dispatch Senator Fred Thompson with an elite-ops "A" team including Candice Bergen and Vice-President Dan Qualye, to deal with this egrigious crime, I smelled something, too.

yesterday
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

catmistake Re:What percentage... (112 comments)

quote>Oh come on. That statement doesn't stand up to the slightest snifftest.

You shouldn't breath that black stuff... that's all I meant. Perhaps I exaggerated with orders of magnitude...what of it?

2 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

catmistake Re:So much for his career (161 comments)

the UEFI standard which is nothing to do with Microsoft

Since its inception, Microsoft has ever been trying to control open standards, and UEFI is merely one example of their success at doing so. If you think Microsoft is not actively attempting to control every standard conceivable, you're a shill or an idiot, and probably the latter. I understand software is complicated, but Microsoft intentionally mandates their vendor lockin with every single thing they release, from new versions to updates to patches. I'm not going to bother with providing a trolling AC with examples, because since the 1980's there must be thousands if not tens of thousands of examples of Microsoft pushing this anti-competitive agenda. I'm not anti-MS, either. There's a lot of great software they have. But Microsoft is BAD for EVERYONE because of their business practices. Adobe, IBM, Apple, and Google have many examples of similar shenanigans, but all pale in comparison to what Microsoft has done and continues to do. We can only imagine how good Windows could be if Microsoft wasn't obsessed with fleecing everyone.

MS bad

2 days ago
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

catmistake Re:Lame (193 comments)

When did it become the "quantum" uncertainty principle? I'm sure Heisenberg was not happy when we switched to the truncated "uncertainty principle," and even further to simply "uncertainty." But who's the asshole that added a superfluous and nearly meaningless word to an old concept? WHO REBOOTED? AND WHY?

2 days ago
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Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

catmistake Re:The Legit Bay (79 comments)

if you think you can just suck the MONEY out of the system

This isn't stealing bread from a starving family. The sales inventory at all the studios remains constant. Explain to me how all the non-enterprise copyright violators cost production studios or entertainers even one cent? Theft it is, but it is not the same as crime because the victim has NO DAMAGES.

2 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

catmistake Re:Well, duh (382 comments)

Interesting that it is a philosopher's ideas, because she should know very well hard AI is philosophically impossible.

2 days ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

catmistake Re:What percentage... (112 comments)

Do ya think that's what makes this stupid? Well, consider the fact that a single ship polutes the atmosphere with more carbon in a day than all the cars in the United States in a year... then reassess this idea.

2 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

catmistake Re:So much for his career (161 comments)

but it certainly does not BLOCK it either:

To put it politely, Microsoft does have a knack for "inadvertently" yet periodically breaking competing and usually free technologies in enterprise, and recently... competing OS on consumer hardware. The Linux guys keep up with them and fixes role 'em out, but I doubt the home user will fare so well. I don't even know if its possible to purchase new hardware that I can do what I want with, thanks to Microsoft.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

catmistake Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

You cannot debunk what he said by just calling it racist.

It is far easier to debunk on its face: race does not exist in hard science, but only in sociology. Genetically, there is no "race trait." Biologically, it is not a characteristic that is used. Its really a crap concept and eventually we'll stop using it. But I have deep concern for them because most people find that biologists are not as smart as other races. (See? I can talk nonsense, too!)

about two weeks ago
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A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

catmistake Re: Better known as... (45 comments)

I also think they're underestimating cats. But If they're connecting deep learning systems to telescopes (which is not explicitly stated), when a cat is positively identified, perhaps somewhere millions of light-years away and hundreds of thousands of light-years across, I guess we'll be sorry.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

catmistake Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

you're right.. I see the flaws in my proposal. thanks... esp. the part about how "Crazzy Eddies Plastic Clockwork Solar Tracker Hacked OneOffs" might not market so well, nor do such good business compared to doing it right with safety and the economics of the homeowner in mind, not the cheapest possible solution.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

catmistake Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

You don't need that kind of a motor. I was talking about clockwork tech.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

catmistake Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

true... but you're not making one. I don't get to build many bridges in a control booth, but seems like once you sorta gettit rite, when you mass produce it, that cost is spread out so much...

assuming the $100Ks per installation for trackers meant they might at least be $2K-5K per panel... I bet I could design something a lot cheaper that would work fine for 5-10 years.... out of even off the shelf stuff. I was thinking of something that worked like those plastic clock wall wart things that turn your lights on and off. At $200, does it really have to be such an accurate clock? Does it even need a powered motor? "Sun (should be) over that way... sorta... " and breaks in 4 years 2 months for $200 might whoop the pants off "Sun is exactly there to +/-0.00003% deviation" that lasts 10 years (or what have you) and is Hurricane Rated Z3.4 and 80mph winds for $2000.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

catmistake Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

But adding trackers can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars

hmm... sounds like there's a good reason why it might be expensive... it has an eye or something, detects where the sun is, and uses some microcomputer technology and patent encumberd logic to do things the way they do things in the 25th Century, we imagine.

But it just needs to be a clock. So I don't see why it would cost even $200 per panel to install a single axis "tracker" that is actually just a friggen clock. Seems like this space might be ripe for taking out all possible competition with one amazing "dumb" product.

I love engineers. But maybe we have too many and their bored? Maybe not enough and their bored? idk. No excuse for overengineering a problem with a really simple/cheap solution.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

catmistake Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

This is what I'm talking about. Look, resources are limited. THERE IS OTHER, REAL CRIME. Lets put resources into fighting THE WORST and most popular crimes. Lets not waste resources and time going after offenders that probably cause .01% of car accident deaths. Its just common sense: don't waste time trying to find and police things that aren't worth the effort. More people are killed by second hand smoke than a stoned driver. More people are killed by tripping and falling than intoxicated cannibis drivers. I'm not saying they're ok, I'm saying IT ISN'T WORTH THE MONEY, it will not be effective, and the courts are going to destroy these efforts. But you go ahead on your cruscade against nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

catmistake Re:I don't understand this ... (184 comments)

Are these stars dragging a solar system (which might have living organisms) around with them?

Entourage! Fanatics! Paparazzi! Yes, they follow the stars, but I'm not sure its necessarily "life."

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

catmistake Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

Safety, of course, is obvious: accidents at high speed causes higher fatality. But the reason for the national speed limit had nothing to do with safety... it was about conserving fuel. Over 55mph, and you have diminishing fuel economy due to friction. Did we solve the energy crisis? Awesome.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

catmistake Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

Find 10. Find 100. Then I'll donate half my salary to this R&D for a pot breathalizer.

For alcohol, 2012, there's like 30,000 alcohol related auto accidents with death. That is a valid target. Cannibis? not so much. Don't waste my money on bullshit, please.

about three weeks ago

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catmistake catmistake writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The Sun compiling gcc,
Compiling terabyte:
He did his very best to make.
The errors few; It's right!
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The monitor flashed sulkily,
Because she thought the Sun
Had got no buses to be there
After the user done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To bug and spool perlfunc!"

Shell C was net as net could be,
Silicon tty.
You could not trace a route, because
No route was in vi:
No cron was running overhead--
No daily cron to try.

The Admin and the Engineer
Were coding fast a hack;
They script like anything in C
With quotaoff the stack:
"This is a mirrored RAID array,
Bring on the DoS attack!"

"If seven aids with seven flops
greped it a MIPSyear for,
Do you suppose," the Admin said,
"That they could grep it, sure?"
"I doubt it," said the Engineer,
And ssh-ed as toor.

"O Users, come and twalk with us!"
The Admin sent in batch.
"A pleasant twalk, an appletalk,
perhaps in tiny ash:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give OS a patch."

The eldest user fingered him,
Not a keystroke he'd waste:
The eldest user's cursor blinked,
left not a single trace--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the user space.

But four new users hurried up,
All eager, flagged edges:
Their notes were rushed, logins secure,
Their codes clean, just pledges --
And this was odd, because, you know,
They had no privileges.

Four other users followed them,
And yet another, well;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, to tell--
All pinging through the matrixes,
And scrambling in the shell.

The Admin and the Engineer
twalked on a while, its true,
And then they halted on a fsck
Convenient du:
And all the online users stopped
And waited in the queue.

'The time has come,' the Admin said,
'To talk of many things:
Of su's - and chips - and classic Macs -
Of NuBus cards - and strings -
And why the source, compiling not -
And whether sigs have meanings.'

"But sticky bit," the users cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some are out of memory,
And all binaries fat!"
"No proxies!" said the Engineer.
symlinked his files for that.

"upload the thread," the Admin said,
"Its what we chiefly need:
sushi and RAIDed disk besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, users peer,
We can begin the feed."

"But not to us!" the users cried,
"the screen of death is blue!
Desktop support! That would be
A trolling thing to do!"
"The site is fine," the Admin said.
"Do you admin here too?"

"It was so kind of you to code
drivers for the device!"
The Engineer said nothing but
"RAID us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so df--
I had port-scanned you twice!"

"It seems a shame," the Admin said,
"To launch them a postkick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them groff so quick!"
The Engineer said nothing but
"The sputter's thread hdik!"

"Threads sleep for you," the Admin said:
"thoroughly optimized."
With jobs su-ed he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket admin guide
Before streaming UIs.

"O users," said the Engineer,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we now cd home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd deleted every one.

--
adapted from Lewis Carroll

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