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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

hawkfish Re:New law. (295 comments)

Also, you have failed to show that human brains are usefully non-deterministic (they may have non-deterministic random noise, but random noise is not useful).

Oh, really?

3 hours ago

Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

hawkfish Re:Obvious (213 comments)

(Slashdot's Keynesian group think shows through strong in the moderation here.)

Situations where the tax loss is smaller than the cost saving are rares. Most of the time, austerity just kills the economy without any benefit.

I challenge your assersion of that claim.

Additionally I submit that government spending causes the players in the economy to act in a way that benefits them the most in receiving that government spending while supressing their drive to be purely efficient and productive. In the end, we end up with a bunch of players chasing the freebies from the government just because they're free rather than being productive and sustainable.

But you probably won't believe this until this spending kills the host, as the GGP post called it.

I don't know about groupthink, unless you call empirical evidence "groupthink". Herbert Hoover's response to the great depression, Europe's current austerity programs, Japan's "lost decade", Kansas' economic explosion under Brownback: all of these are evidence - from multiple cultures, time periods and scales - that your theory doesn't work in real life.

Let me guess: Your response will be a variant of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy...

about two weeks ago

What is your computer most often plugged into?

hawkfish Re:dem poles yo (236 comments)

My computer has a built in batter backup (it's a laptop).

Wouldn't want to lose your cookies!

about three weeks ago

Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

hawkfish Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

I think there are serious questions about accountability, undue influence and private priorities that can be raised without touching how he made his money:

Research by Devi Sridhar at Oxford University warns that philanthropic interventions are ‘radically skewing public health programmes towards issues of the greatest concern to wealthy donors’. ‘Issues,’ she writes, ‘which are not necessarily top priority for people in the recipient country.’

about a month and a half ago

Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

hawkfish Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

I guess I see your point, replying to a comment that we've never had economic disaster due to climate change. But aren't most of your examples irrelevant, given that they occurred prior to the industrial revolution, and therefore had nothing to do with man-made climate change? If anything, those examples point out that climate disasters are a regular occurrence, regardless of human activity. I'm not sure that's the point you were trying to make.

People get shot all the time, so I guess it doesn't matter if I take a M-16 down to my local mall and start shooting people?

about a month and a half ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

hawkfish Re:Tax dollars at work. (102 comments)

Ummm -- that patent troll was a typo - is not natural - many here identify any non-practicing patent related entity as patent trolls.

Take your head out of your own arse and realize that your mistake is and was your's not mine. I can admit the twit of the week nomintation is now undeserved because of an honest error, can you admit that you did not correct your mistake until you were called out on it?

Sorry, you get twit of the week for not being able to figure the typo out from the original context...which was pretty bloody obvious.

about a month ago

No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

hawkfish Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

Well Kissinger got the nobel peace price. What a joke, the greatest mass murder in modern history right after Stalin.
Kissinger should be rotting in a prison alongside his prize.

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."
    -- Tom Lehrer,

about 2 months ago

Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

hawkfish Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

Awesome find! Thanks!

LOL, marijuana is just as "deadly" as potato chips. That will make it easy to remember. :-)

Really? Even with that short term memory loss?!

And we can't ignore the fact that pot leads to the munchies which leads to excessive consumption of... ...potato chips!

about 2 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:Which bacteria? (308 comments)

It's helpful if you read the fucking article

Who let you in here?

about 3 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:This is huge (308 comments)

It rains a lot in the hot tropics. More heat, more evaporation, heat rises, cools, rain falls. Pretty simple, really.

Um, you do know that most of the world's deserts are on the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer?

about 3 months ago

Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

hawkfish Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

Why is this marked +1 informative? It should be +1 funny.

Learn about meta-humour, grasshopper...

about 3 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

hawkfish Re:Yes, and No True Scotsman also (247 comments)

I've been on Slashdot for many years now and I'm just starting to finally get tired of the general level of complete idiocy of most posters here. Am I getting old or is the internet population at large just getting dumber? Not sure.

Speaking as a fellow old fart, I think we are getting smarter - or at least more knowledgeable. Having to pass on this knowledge to ignorant young punks with more energy than us is what makes us grumpy old men.

about 4 months ago

Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

hawkfish Re:Poor pluto (46 comments)

That would assume that editors read the summaries. With your user id, you HAVE to know that isn't the case.

Even worse, when have the editors ever been concerned about inadvertently triggering tasteless jokes?

about 5 months ago

Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

hawkfish Re:Astrobiology (39 comments)

I predict it will be DNA and/or RNA similar to that on Earth. And I'm a Jesus freaky Christian, so I'm asserting God put it there and Jesus is Lord.

Of course, if nothing's found there, ignore me. Otherwise, if it's truly alien DNA, I will be very shocked. Alien DNA would definitely screw with my Christian belief system. Especially if we didn't even have the same nutrients in common.

Why? It didn't bother C. S. Lewis.

about 5 months ago

The debate over climate change is..

hawkfish Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

That's not what he's arguing, he's arguing that having more efficient versions of things can save you money. Replacing lightbulbs with CFLs in my house paid for itself purely in terms of energy cost after a few months, and those bulbs lasted several years.

I don't know about you, but I hate shopping. One of the cost savings I got from CFLs was fewer shopping trips to buy bulbs.

about 5 months ago

Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

hawkfish Double blindness (57 comments)

There was some survey done in the UK a few years back where the researcher went around and asked a bunch of people in various disciplines how often they used double-blind experimental designs. The results were kind of depressing. Physics was the worst at about 0.5% or something. Medical stuff was around one third. Oddly enough, the highest rate was for... ESP researchers.

So this sort of thing seems pretty widespread.

about 5 months ago

With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

hawkfish Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Please return your 4-digit ID.

Second the motion.

about 5 months ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

hawkfish Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

All of science is based on the idea that something for which there is no evidence probably doesn't exist. Maybe gravity is actually based on the actions of invisible fairies, but unless and until you have *evidence* of the existence of such fairies the broader scientific community is going to say you're nuts. Similarly claiming the mind has it's roots in magic/soul/etc. Unless and until you have evidence that there is something outside normal physics involved, the default assumption is that there is not. Occam's Razor is not without it's flaws, but it is extremely efficient in trimming out the vast bulk of magical thinking from the scientific community.

Physical laws are - by their very definition - non-material. Ideas like the holographic universe suggest the primacy of information over matter. We should proceed cautiously, but pure materialism seems pretty obviously wrong to me. There are even suggestions (e.g. the small variations in the gravitational constant over time) that physical laws may be "habits". I have no idea what this implies, but it suggests we should look at non-material processes.

about 5 months ago


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