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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

fractoid Re:What's so American (478 comments)

They think "reds under the bed" worked for decades during the cold war, and it's been just long enough that it might work again.

yesterday
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

fractoid Re:Now what could go wrong? (376 comments)

and that's what should require a strong burden of proof on the part of the copyright holder.

Not any more! That's kind of the point of these pushes to alter the way copyrights are enforced online: They want to shift the burden of proof from the copyright holder to the alleged infringer.

about a week ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:We live in an extraordinary era in medicine! (105 comments)

Actually involuntary euthanasia = murder. That's kind of the reason that euthanasia isn't legal. It's potentially very hard to prove (especially when the patient has some cognitive disability) whether or not it was in fact voluntary or not.

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:That's more than reversing the effect (105 comments)

Well, if a substance is affecting your brain then it's gonna be either covalent or ionic. There's not really a lot of other options.

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:As has been said before (105 comments)

They'll just want to read our brains, electronically.

Of course, before they can read our brains they'd have to be removed and prepared.

Like, diced.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

A machine that has actually failed in some way has proven that it is not "100x more reliable" than anything. It is broken. It is no longer a matter of probabilities.

No it hasn't. A machine that will perform a given task correctly 9999/10000 times is 100x more reliable than a human that will only perform that same task correctly 9900/10000 times. A rare combination of factors that make the machine fail don't make it absolutely broken, any more than the human is "broken and no longer a matter of probabilities" if they make a mistake sometimes.

Believing that machines can be "aware" is the failure here.

I'm not sure what metaphysical definition you're using for 'aware'. When a control system (biological or not) gathers information via a sensor and processes that information in a way that can affect the system's behaviour, then it's 'aware' of the thing that sensor measures.

As for the straw-man argument about the stroke victim, consider this alternate scenario: You've got a passenger in the back seat of your conventional, manual-controlled car and you're heading to the hospital. You have a seizure and lose vision in both eyes. You're "aware" that your video sensors have failed, and refuse to drive further. Would I, the passenger in the back seat, prefer to be perfectly safe with the car pulled over, or would I prefer that you kept going despite failed sensors (maybe with me shouting out "left a bit!" "right a bit!" to try and guide you)?

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Yep. I have it on my manual Supra, touching the clutch or brake will drop it out so if you have to change gears you have to hit 'resume' afterwards to turn it back on with the same speed setpoint. Once you get used to it, it's a pain driving without it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

fractoid Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

Oh right, I re-read your post and I see where you were going with it now. I concur. As for 'evil', I'm not sure I believe in any moral absolutes but I definitely agree with the sentiment that broken people do exist who have no place (or a very limited place which must be tightly constrained) in human society.

about three weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

fractoid Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

It's more a matter of there's nothing to make them certain that it *won't* work. Having something like this would be a significant tactical advantage, so it's worth a shot.

about three weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

fractoid Re: not again! (162 comments)

"You don't find him. He finds you."

about three weeks ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

fractoid Re:But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

Both of those were pressurised water vessel reactors. Read up on the design and it's literally insane, "hey let's make a nuclear reactor so that if it ever has a leak it is guaranteed to melt down and probably explode." That design was never not going to end badly. Discarding all nuclear power based on those examples is like declaring 4-wheeled vehicles to be permanently infeasible based on the Ford Pinto.

about three weeks ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

fractoid Re:How big is it? (184 comments)

I wonder if population studies have been done, how does the ecosystem recover after the algae bloom?

I haven't checked either, but I'd guess that the water will gradually absorb oxygen from the air until it reaches a livable level, at which point the surrounding ocean ecosystem will recolonize it.

about three weeks ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

fractoid But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

The problem here is that decades of bad press for nuclear power have resulted in almost insurmountable political opposition even when it's clearly a technically superior solution to a whole bunch of problems.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Yeah, I'm of the firm opinion that a vehicle should have one driver. If it's the machine itself, that's fine by me. If it's me, that's also fine. But don't go half-and-half because then you have communication issues to deal with. Automatic transmissions are bad enough (although somewhat inconsistently, I do like cruise control).

As for the global warming stuff, it looks like some of the arctic methane ices are starting to be released due to warm currents going where they didn't used to. I think it's beyond just CO2 emissions now, things are going to get veeery interesting over the next 50-100 years. I should buy a boat. (I think it'll be a good challenge for the human race, though!)

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

fractoid Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

The victim is already victimized and will not be un-victimized.

The victim continues to be victimised for as long as the images are public, because they will continue to be confronted with the images (causing them to relive the trauma) and because anyone they meet has potentially seen the images and will treat them differently because of it.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fractoid Re:Huh? (406 comments)

what are the odds that you'll remain alert and aware of the surrounding traffic after the 100th commute where it proved completely unnecessary to do so?

Spot on. It doesn't improve safety in any way shape or form. It's just a liability dodge. So far, vehicle manufacturers have been able to offload responsibility for crashes onto the drivers involved unless it's provable that the car was engineered wrongly.

Fully autonomous vehicles are scary for manufacturers because they potentially shift all liability to the manufacturer. This is made worse by the fact that, while people are willing to accept "human error" from a human driver, they become outraged if a machine makes a mistake, even if the machine is 100x more reliable than a human. This is a mindset that will have to change as machines become more aware of their surroundings and start making higher level decisions.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

fractoid Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

"Vegetarian" often refers to ovo-lacto-vegetarians, ie. people who will eat eggs and milk products but not the flesh of animals. Compare with 'vegan' which refers to people who eat no animal products at all.

I'm ovo-lacto-vegetarian and I eat a lot of eggs, they're one of my main sources of protein and when fried they're delicious.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

fractoid Re:No matter how common you think it is... (209 comments)

For every extra letter in your acronym, it becomes, if not easier to decipher, at least easier to look up.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

fractoid Re:Allons-y! (701 comments)

I was hoping to see some Starcraft. Depending on what I'm doing, I'll occasionally spout off 'Battlecruiser operational!' or 'Goliath online!'. Or if I've just put on a bunch of PPE or bike gear, "Jacked up and good to go, sir!"

Then again if I'm turning on a piece of heavy machinery I tend to just stick with "Fire in the hole!". Unless it's taken several tries, circuit breaker trips etc. to get it working, at which point it gets the good ol' Ace Ventura "It's ALLLIIIIIIVE!"

about a month ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

fractoid Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

I don't think that would have made that much difference to them, honestly. They already have pretty much all of your data.

My issue with it was that while I've come to terms with Google knowing everything about me, it doesn't follow that I'm OK with everyone else knowing everything about me.

about a month and a half ago

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