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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

dwye Re:British! (187 comments)

No, Jesus was Jewish.

God, OTOH, is well known to be an Englishman.

about three weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

dwye Re:Of course they did! (187 comments)

Indoor plumbing, on the other hand...

Actually, the Indus Valley civilization seems to have had the first proper sewage systems, so ...

about three weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

dwye Re: Questionable (311 comments)

Yeah, like the #FreeOurGirls tweets have put Boko Haram on the run.

.sarc_mode off

about three weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

dwye Re:So... (311 comments)

So what? I (and most of the non-French-reading world) never heard of Charlie Hebdo before the massacre, either. Does this mean that the Paris attacks never happened, or wouldn't have mattered if it hadn't happened to members of the chattering classes, instead just to of the patrons of the kosher deli where the last male attacker was killed?

Half-pint Hal's thesis was that there was outrage and calls for banning the video, and that "the Internet" is therefore hypocritical for supporting Charlie Hebdo's right to publish what they did. I would suggest that the problem is that the Internet is not a thing, but a large collection of unrelated (intellectually and culturally so, especially) individuals, and that HpH's complaint was like pointing out that some drivers drive drunk and some belong to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or that cat's do not herd.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

dwye Re:Too Late Except For The Coroner (219 comments)

When I started typing my comment, I would have been the first post, when saved there were 41 comments before me, almost all saying the same basic thing. Either great minds think alike and LAPD didn't, or the original article should have gone into more and better details.

Yeah, I know. I must be new, here :-)

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

dwye Re:Subject Cop To Same Spying They Use On Us (219 comments)

Because the people they deal with on a day to day basis should have privacy, That domestic incident and many other things cops have to deal with should not be public to everyone.

If the domestic incident turns into an Officer Use Of Force incident when the couple turn on the intruding officer, it certainly should be public info.

about three weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

dwye Too Late Except For The Coroner (219 comments)

Turing on the camera AFTER the taser hits only lets us (the cop-cam viewers) see if the cop then refuses to call in the subject's distress when a pacemaker goes on the haywire or if the subject suffers an epileptic fit.

The point of the body cam is to record the actions before the use of force, to determine whether on not excessive force was used, and secondarily whether alternate tactics would have had a better outcome. At a minimum, turn on the camera when the officer exits the vehicle so as to get context; if necessary, the camera can erase non-force exits after vehicle re-entry to prevent using up all the recording time.

Of course, my algorithm fails for foot patrol officers. Perhaps for them, record minute long segments and discard and record over any too long before a triggering event like the taser discharge, then convert the (timestamped, of course) segments into a continuous record as needed. This requires a bit of controlling intelligence on either the body cam or a worn pack, but shouldn't require too heavy a controlling unit, I should think.

about three weeks ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:Why not push toward collapse? (435 comments)

Actually, it is in the interest of Americans to maintain the embargo. If it ends, the USA gets:

1) good cigars (to raise the cancer rates)
2) good rum (to raise the alcoholism rates)
3) cheaper sugar (to raise obesity rates)

about a month and a half ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

First, the government already seized that land. Any claims to that land by returned exiles will probably be met with the same attitude as claims by Canadians to lands that their Loyalist ancestors lost after the US Revolution.

Second, the land is probably now reserved for use by higher level Party members; they won't be moving.

Third, Cuban prostitutes and taxi drivers make more money than their doctors or University professors.

Yea, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat !

about a month and a half ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

Except that there is a limit to how much US citizens can buy per trip, which works out to about half a dozen of the best cigars. My question is how much can you bring back from Canada? I can imagine a business with otherwise unemployed Detroit youths crossing the bridge to Ontario, buying a handful of loose cigars, and recrossing as many times s day as are allowed.

Anyway, the Cuban exiled cigar families that moved to other countries in the Caribbean produce cigars just as good as Cubans made by Cuban bureaucrats, often better.

about a month and a half ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

dwye Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

The reason for the embargo was the property of US citizens and companies seized by Cuba, not those once owned by the exile community (but usually seized before they left).

about a month and a half ago
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Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

dwye Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (103 comments)

Sorry, but I feel that gutless cowards have the same free speech rights as the rest of us, even to advocating for others to snivel and bow and tug their forelocks.

After all, AC is desperately trying to save our families' lives from our advocating copyrights shorter than 150 years after the death of the last person associated with some work, or net neutrality (or against it, or whatever), or using mil-spec encryption on our daily emails.

about 2 months ago
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Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

dwye Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (103 comments)

To be fair, the AC is just expressing the same attitude as every non-political person in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Or the attitude of slaves in the Antebellum South. Or Hegel's redefinition of "freedom" as the recognition of necessity.

Not everyone is cut out to be Nat Turner, or John Brown. The AC clearly isn't.

about 2 months ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

I know about the Toba Hypothesis, but the last time that I read something related to the population crunch, the crunch and the eruption were supposedly not close enough together for cause and effect. If Toba is back under indictment, good, that makes things make sense; OTOH, things making too much sense is often a sign that you are missing something important, because reality tends towards messiness.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

dwye Re:Spare me NASA's PR Hype (140 comments)

Yes, but Walter was a huge fanboi, as he would have admitted if he had ever seen the term. I always thought that ABC had the better scientific info, but watching Cronkite just plain gush was more fun. Adding in Schirra after his Apollo flight made CBS the better choice, all around.

about 2 months ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

dwye Re:I hate this name (140 comments)

Well, yes, if you convert it from one big rock to a big bunch of pebbles too small to survive passing through the atmosphere, it WILL help a lot. Still years without summers, but not a total extinction event. They never show the effects of all that particulate matter on the sunsets, never mind the next winter lasting two years or more (at least in New England), but then rom-cons never show the couple getting bored with each other after a few years, either.

BTW, "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" was a non-fiction essay, not a story, and it deliberately left off the obvious solution, a simulated red sun environment (a real red sun worked for Kal-El and every other Kryptonian, why not a simulated one for Junior-El?).

about 2 months ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:Warp drives, wormholes (334 comments)

as I was hoping to meet a nice Vulcan equivalent hottie one day.

And only mate with her once every seven years.

about 2 months ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:hang on (334 comments)

He is probably assuming omni-directional radio versus lasers. OTOH, at light year distances, even the best focused laser spreads like a flashlight beam does, so rubycodez is still wrong.

For the past century, we have been radiating radio waves like a small radio star, and are obvious above background for almost 100 light years. Unfortunately, in Habitable Planets For Man (which "solved" the Drake equation with values now known to be wildly optimistic) the estimate was that communication-capable civilizations were about 1000 light years apart, so even the entire world isn't good enough to show above some possible someone-else's background.

about 2 months ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

dwye Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

Neanderthals make up about 3% of non-African human DNA, and not all the same 3% (supposedly we can ID about 20% of their genome from various groups), so you cannot really call them a separate species. Subspecies, maybe, but not their own species.

Intelligence is a bit of an advantage - there is a reason that predators are always more intelligent than their preferred prey - but it only gets one so far. A super-intelligent panda or koala, bound to one food source in one biome, would be an extinction waiting to happen. To support a really intelligent species you need adaptability on the same order as the Norway black rat. Ocean-based might be different, given that cuttlefish seem to be really quite intelligent even though they only live a few years and so have little chance of actually using their smarts for anything.

about 2 months ago

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