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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

hahiss Read the whole article (136 comments)

Of you read past the first section, you can plainly tell that the imitation game he had in mind is the one widely attributed to him. The sample dialog for the machine case isn't gendered. It talks about poetry, math, and chess.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

hahiss Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

What you did drop is a big bag of "slashmydots doesn't quite understand. So, here's what you've missed:

Gender (as opposed to sex) is a set of norms that is arbitrarily superimposed on sex assignment categories. (As others ITT have noted, even sex assignment categories are fraught with peril.) For example, there's nothing about possessing a vagina that makes sense of, say, the expectation to wear make-up or be hairless (e.g., on the face, on the legs, in the armpits). Similarly, there's nothing about possessing a penis that makes sense of the expectation that penis-possessers avoid wearing lipstick or high heels.

Now, to put the point more controversially (but perhaps in terms that a slashdotter might better understand):

It isn't a mental disorder to chafe at arbitrary constraints such as these. Rather, it is a kind of *hacking* -- a refusal to "know one's place" in a system (particularly one that subordinates an individual's desire to explore a system to the demand for conformity) and a highlighting of the weaknesses, inconsistencies, and the like of that system. If anything, so-called "normal" people (in this context, heterosexual, cis-gendered folks) are pretty much the Windows 98/AOL users of the world -- they know their place in the system, it works for them, they don't really care how it works, and they get confused when they're told that there are other ways of doing things.

about 7 months ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

hahiss Re:Gun Safes (1013 comments)

When a bugler breaks into your house, the worst you're going to face is Reveille . . . though on second thought that might be enough to want to shoot him.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Kernel Suffering Power Management Regression?

hahiss Re:Only Power Users will notice (186 comments)

I dunno, I'm getting a bit of a charge out of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills

hahiss Re:That's strange (279 comments)

I've not installed from a 3rd party market, but the programs in the market itself have a list of permissions that are required for operation. Nonetheless, I agree with you that the Symbian-style notification on first access would be really useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

hahiss Re:Ignorant comment (500 comments)

Nah, they grow on trees. The ideas for marketing fall from the sky, silly!

more than 3 years ago
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Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

hahiss Re:Virus (498 comments)

Nah, viruses will blab to anyone they can.

more than 3 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

Surprisingly, the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent god was incapable of saying what he meant when he came down and spoke as Jesus!

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

See below for my comment about the negative formulation. It is equally flawed.

I don't think I mean anything interesting by "morality". I don't think it is a moral rule at all, and I actually am coming to believe it isn't even a moral "guide" depending on what you want to pack into that. (And, actually, I think we're probably disagreeing about words like "guide" and "rule" rather than "morality".) If by guide you mean something like "a reasonable first test" of an action or something, then that's fine -- that is all that a heuristic is.

The fact that "many religions and philosophies" have presented something as X for thousands of years is hardly evidence for the goodness of the interpretation. Unless you think Jonah was LITERALLY in the whale. . . .

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

Yes, I'm afraid of anonymous trolls. So afraid.

Look, dipshit, what I said was that it isn't even a moral rule at all -- that it is, at best, a heuristic. You seem to agree with me completely! So I imagine you'll give me an A on my exam. kthxbai

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

Actually, this doesn't get rid of the problem. Consider: the molester says "I would have you submit to my desires" and the assailant says "I would have you take your medicine."

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

Uh, I have no idea what the hell you're talking about. The golden rule isn't "an eye for an eye" -- that's lex talionis. It isn't a fallacy to give one formulation of the golden rule that is different from yours, since (i) it is a common interpretation and (ii) I acknowledge that it is one among many.

I take it from your "notation" that you think that the golden rule is something like "Do not do unto others as you would prefer them not do to you." That is subject to similar objections. Consider: say I'm a staunch libertarian who never wants help -- ever. I see someone drowning, and I think "well, I could help, but I wouldn't want help. I better go on my way."

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:The readability seems to be questionable. (355 comments)

I thing logically (to use your expression) and I'm a philosopher. But, in fairness, my lectures aren't "blah blah blah... rules... blah blah blah... rules." They're more "Dit-Dit-Dit Dah-Dah-Dah Dit-Dit-Dit wah wah waah BLAM!"

about 4 years ago
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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

hahiss Re:Ethics (355 comments)

The golden rule isn't a rule of morality at all, actually. It can be a useful heuristic for teaching empathy, but all of the formulations of it fall apart when confronted with examples.

Consider a basic formulation: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Okay, well suppose I want to be sucker punched by a stranger out of the blue or have my genitals grabbed by a stranger without invitation. That's what I should do to them?

We could continue this all day, but all formulations will have similar structural failings.

about 4 years ago
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US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

hahiss Re:All part of their plan. (1268 comments)

Maybe you're being restrained because you don't know that the word is 'disillusioned', genius.

more than 4 years ago
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Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations

hahiss Re:Phone home? (548 comments)

No doubt -- your mom is pretty easy.

[zing!]

more than 4 years ago
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Software Freedom Conservancy Wins GPL Case Against Westinghouse

hahiss Re:Confused (225 comments)

That's a brilliant comment -- and of course by "brilliant" I mean both condescending and idiotic. (I mean, really, "pointless discussions about semantics"? Anti-intellectual cliché much?) It fails in at least two different ways:

(1) You do not take away someone's freedom if that person VOLUNTARILY EXCHANGES IT for some good he or she prefers. My money isn't "taken away" from me when I purchase ice cream, even if the vendor does, indeed, take my money in the exchange.

(2) You do not have "freedoms" vis-a-vis the use of software prior to the conditions under which one acquires it -- unless you think I really have the freedom to punch people in the nose and that states have taken this freedom from me.

This isn't a distinction without a difference; it suggests, instead, that the discussions about "which is more free, BSD or GPL" are idle, misguided, and bound to be fruitless insofar as they focus on the very notion of freedom that you suggest.

more than 4 years ago
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Software Freedom Conservancy Wins GPL Case Against Westinghouse

hahiss Re:Confused (225 comments)

It isn't quite right to say that the GPL takes freedom away from anyone, since there is no obligation to use GPL-licensed code. Every freedom has some constraint or other (e.g., the freedom to swing my hand is constrained by the presence of someone else's nose), and even the 2-line BSD license prohibits redistribution without copyright notices. Even the WTFPL (http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/) requires a name change if the file is changed.

more than 4 years ago
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Sprint's $199 HTC EVO 4G Gets Release Date of June 4

hahiss Re:No... (182 comments)

Except that the extra $10 gets you no cap, at least according to PhoneScoop:

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=5973

I know, I know, mobile provider promises and $2.50 will get you a ride on the subway. I'm skeptical too.

more than 4 years ago

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NoScript adds subscriptions to Adblock Plus

hahiss hahiss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hahiss (696716) writes "Apparently, NoScript has taken to adding its own whitelist updates to Adblock Plus — so that the ads on the NoScript page show up — without notifying users. (It is described on the NoScript addon page, however.) This was a part of the last update to NoScript. Wladimir Palant, the main developer of Adblock Plus, describes the situation in this informative blog post."

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