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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

duckintheface Let the voters decide! (184 comments)

I think this is an issue that should be decided by the citizens of the North Pole. Just chain a slotted box to the pole (so the wind doesn't blow it away). Come back in 10 years and count the votes. Oh, there's not actually a pole there?

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

duckintheface Mr Barone: (417 comments)

1) already rich --
So what? I never said his motivation was personal profit. There are many motivations to be self serving.

2) the head of an extremely well-funded (Paul Allen money) NON-PROFIT, with the business model of "let's try to do some cutting edge AI research with open source code"
  So what? He wants, for whatever reason, to make AIs. Is he ignoring the fact that programmers (and since this is open source everyone will have the source code) will decide to intentionally make the AI autonomous. In fact, I'm pretty sure someone will be working on autonomy long before the AI actually becomes functional.

and 3) an actual world-class expert in the field, rather than a smart person prognosticating about something he only casually understands
He is an expert in something that does not yet exist? That's ridiculous. There is a clearly real danger here. That does not necessarily mean stop, but it certainly does mean that extreme caution is warranted.

about two weeks ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

duckintheface Until the angry mob.... (162 comments)

figures out the algorithm. The problem here is that the mob has figured out how to abuse hashtags. So how long would it take for the mob to also figure out that they can take over the hashtag by making "thoughtful" ratings on the mobs favorite meme. The mob can iterate this process faster than the tweet masters can fix it.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

duckintheface And another word for "Darwinian Evolution" is: (417 comments)

"Evolution." There is nothing un-Darwinian about non-biological evolution. Natural selection applies to any variable system in which survival or propagation success can depend on modifications to the system. In fact, evolution in a self-aware AI could proceed at an exponentially higher rate because
1. the generation time could be measured in milliseconds rather than decades
2. the AI could intentionally direct the changes to maximize success rather than depending on the MUCH slower processes of chance mutation.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

duckintheface I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (417 comments)

didn't think of that. Two of the smartest people on the planet apparently just forgot to consider the blindingly obvious fact that programmers are not going to intentionally program AI to have it's own agenda. Exept that:
1. Some programmers at some point will try to program autonomy and
2. Shit happens

Musk and Hawking are clearly smart enought to consider the autonomy argument and then DISCARD it. I, for one, welcome our cybernetic overlords, but lets not pretend that AI autonomy is not a threat. Mr. Etzioni has his own self-serving reasons to pooh-pooh warnings that could interfere with his business model. And I am so happy that I finally got to use the term "pooh-pooh" in a /. post.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

duckintheface Re:Grammar Nazi to the rescue (310 comments)

Thank you! My own personal Grammar Nazi was screaming in my head. You have given vent to the frustrations of... well, I don't know.... several of us.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

duckintheface Re:I wont read TFS (186 comments)

The conclusion is deceptive. They say 98% of people get ingredients they love. But that could be by chance since 98% of people probably like ANY pizza that does not contain anchovies.

about two weeks ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

duckintheface Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

The OP says that "The radio component has * low attenuation* in rainy conditions with large refracting raindrops". I think they mean "high attentuation". TFA says that radio is disrupted by rain.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

duckintheface Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

Balmer once called Linux a cancer that was eating the world's software. Sounds like M$ now has a terminal case. That's what it sounds like, but I'm sure they are lying.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

duckintheface Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (167 comments)

The IP is nothing special. It's the user base that has value. They can't get the users without the restricitons.

about 2 months ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

duckintheface Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." Some parts of the Constitution refer to the rights of Citizens... presumably US Citizens. The 4th Amendment makes not such distinction. People are people and have rights regardless of where they live.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

duckintheface Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

Should air be private owned? The airwaves belong to everyone.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

duckintheface Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

I can't imagine any rationale for private ownership of a ubiquitous asset with no physical form. This does not conform to existing property law and would not enure to the advantage of the public.... but rather only to the benefit of a few wealthy corporate bosses. Exactly whose side are you on?

about 2 months ago
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It's Not Just How Smart You Are: Curiosity Is Key To Learning

duckintheface Pay attention to where you are and what you are... (83 comments)

doing. From the description above: " Ranganath and his colleagues discovered that greater interest in a question would predict not only better memory for the answer but also for the unrelated face that had preceded it." But the following sentence (and the experimental protocol) state that the face followed (not preceded) the question. So someone was not paying attention. Is it any wonder that non-scientists are confused and bored by rubbish such as this? In the words of Yoda.....

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

duckintheface More Efficient (549 comments)

Hauling 1M bodies to Mars is not an efficient way to populate the planet. Unless and until we have a reliable and cost effective artificial womb, the limiting factor is the ability to have babies. So we should start with, say, 100 very intelligent and skilled, and physically capable women. Each of them should be inpregnated on Mars with frozen, fertilized ova from a stock representing the genetic diversity of Earth. Did I mention that the ova should all be females? So assuming that each woman can bear 7 children in her lifetime (a reasonable average based on good medical care and historic norms) and that the generation time is 20 years, it would take about 125 years to reach a population of 1 million. During that 125 year period the women would be busy building a modern civilization while also devoting a major portion of their time ot childcare. Constant resupply of food and manufactured products would have to be provided from Earth. Oh, and I guess they could have a few males around... you know... for entertainment.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

duckintheface A little class with your trash. (385 comments)

I was in Seattle recently. The guys who pick up the compostable garbage were driving around listening to classical music.... turned up loud so you could hear it over the sound of the truck engine. Not your typical garbage collectors.

Yes, the headline is a pathetic attempt to ring the bell for the conservative Pavlovian dogs to make them salivate all over slashdot. The implication of the headline is that it is about people wasting edible food by throwing it in the trash. Actually it is about compostables (food or otherwise) being placed in the trash steam headed to the landfill rather than the composting station.

about 3 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

duckintheface Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

The usual explanation is that large, active brains use lots of energy, which in some environments is better spent gathering bananas.

about 5 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

duckintheface The hightest correlation... (157 comments)

... is to the A112 virus. But you knew that.

about 5 months ago

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End of the tenure process?

duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 4 years ago

duckintheface (710137) writes "A professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville reportedly (http://mediaelites.com/?p=12975) killed three members of the Biology faculty when she was denied tenure. After serving for seven years as Assistant Professor at UAH, Harvard trained biologist Amy Bishop, PhD was denied tenure and then allegedly opened fire in a faculty meeting, killing three and wounding three other members of the faculty.

As tenure becomes more difficult or impossible for even very talented candidates to achieve, many will find themselves... at the age of 35-40.... tossed out on the street with nothing to show for spending their entire adult lives working at low wages. Should we be surprised if this becomes a more common end to the tenure process?"

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Open Source as a model in the Presidential race

duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 6 years ago

duckintheface writes "Ed Cone at CIO Insight has just published a four-part series comparing the Presidential campaign to well known technological models. In Part 1 (http://blogs.cioinsight.com/knowitall/content001/the_ground_game_open_source_vs_closed.html) he looks at the grass-roots based Obama operation as "open source" while the McCain campaign is run like a closed source project. (The comparison is made by a Republican staffer who apparently doesn't think much of open source.)

"The differences in the two campaigns start with the candidates themselves — not just McCain's much-discussed lack of computer skills, but Obama's interest in organizing, which staffers credit with inspiring the people-powered feel of the operation. Krohn says the Republican approach is more controlled and carefully monitored. 'It's the difference between open and closed source,' he says."
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duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 7 years ago

duckintheface (710137) writes "Super-blogger Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net fame) resigned today from her position with the John Edwards for President campaign under pressure from right-wing groups who objected to her personal views. http://www.pandagon.net/ Marcotte submitted her resignation because she felt that "every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign". Marcotte is famous for her biting feminist wit and insight into the way the religious right slams free speech. The line that brought her down? In a discussion of Catholic teachings on birth control, she asked rhetorically, "What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?""

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