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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

joocemann Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (446 comments)

How is that relevant? Every time DNA is replicated, order is created. So what? The universe is very large. Please demonstrate relevance in these hazy terms you're throwing around.

yesterday
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

joocemann Re:No it isn't that we won't (446 comments)

Given the way most communications on the internet requires brevity and incomplete information, you could pose similar shithead-style analyses of most people's posts. You've chosen to assume the worst where you're given the opportunity to assume anything or limit judgement. That's on you and its surely a poor form of existence. I wish you a better way of life.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

joocemann Re:No it isn't that we won't (446 comments)

You can call me a moron if you take what I'm saying very simply and draw a lot of ridiculous assumptions about what I meant in that sentence. In brief, my planning involves looking at what is possible now, what is plausible in the immediate future (where most people focus on solving problems, but are competing with other smart people), and then what would be plausible if several currently plausible things come about. That next step out is what I'm betting on, but I hedge my bets broadly and intelligently and I constantly monitor the sciences that are important for my planning. So, in short, you don't know me.

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

joocemann Re:Various hacking tools? (219 comments)

Hacks are so sophisticated that (this is for nearly a decade now) you can pay a monthly fee and a business will guarantee you their hacks will not get you caught. This means that if you are caught, they will buy you a fresh copy of the game. The hacks come by way of a client software that gets the latest undetectable hacks direct from the company and implements them as your game begins. These can include aimbots, wallhacks, etc. Interestingly, the aimbots are engineered to be less detectable, having some deliberate slop and acquisition time in them so that when a player's game is reviewed, it may appear more natural instead of a quick 'snap' to a headshot.

I know this because I played in competitive BF2 and was a huge proponent of detecting and outing the hackers in the top competitive community. Several of my colleagues were anti-hack people who were assigned to infiltrate those very hack selling companies as clients. Guess what? Those companies have forums where hackers assemble to get together full teams for (I'm sure you've got the picture by now) the top leagues and competitive games.

I'm so glad I don't game competitively for many reasons. I loved it at the time, but the paranoia and concern over hackers was such a big deal. Also, be wary of gamers from quebec. Of the competitive gamers caught in BF2 for hacking there were as many from Quebec as there was from the western hemisphere as a whole. There was a huge culture of disrespect coming out of quebec at the time.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

joocemann Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (446 comments)

Have you been watching the materials science field? Superoconductors are approaching STP. If you took any computer you have in your hands right now and rewired it with superconductor, you could probably just keep cranking up the overclocking rate with zero consequence. Without resistance there is no heat, and without heat, there is no problem. This is happening very soon. Read up.

4 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

joocemann This is laughable... (446 comments)

I find this laughable because it's almost the opposite of the "If we can put a man on the moon, we can solve cancer." fallacy. If we can't copy an amoeba, we won't. LOL. No? I beg to differ. We can't right now, and for a million fundamental reasons that are all being solved in time.

Here's some perspective. I work in cell biology. 3 years ago, genetic expression required measuring the RNAs of at least a small cluster of cells. Two years ago, single cell RNA analysis became available. A year ago we started seeing the ability to split one cell into 4 equal vessicles, each able to be analyzed separately if need be. We also now have the software and processing power to infer huge bioinformatic hypotheses from this intricate data. In three years the ability went from an average, to a single, to a greater sampling number from the single (for statistical accuracy). THIS IS NOT EVEN THE UPCURVE OF SINGULARITY, but it sure feels like it.

Nanomaterials are allowing for crazy new properties on the macro-scale. Biotechnology is becoming cellular an surpassing simple chemistry. Artificial intelligence is now being implemented on neural-like computer architectures which are much more powerful at brain-like activity.

Full Disclosure, I've been a Kurzweilian Singularity Believer for years now and my life is betting on it. But I've had a lot more than confirmation bias going on to keep my confidence very high.

4 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

joocemann But AI doesn't work like this... (332 comments)

Artificial Intelligence doesn't work like this. Instead, AI will test a number of outputs and then adjust its attempts at getting a 'right' answer as the process begins to resonate on being right more frequently. And so when faced with a question about killing humans, it boils down to finding out if killing humans is one of the most likely responses to achieve the desired outcome. That desired outcome can be quite abstract, too. It doesn't have to be something like "There's a bad guy in front of you with an EMP! What do you do?" It could be far more abstract in the sense of ecosystem sustainability, manufacturing changes, etc.

AI has come a very long way.

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

joocemann Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

Isn't it strange how a PUBLIC COMPANY is acting like it's a private business? Who cares if they lose money? It's a public entity! Why aren't they innovating ways to roll out solar on behalf of the public corporation!

Yes. PGE has jobs to protect. But there isn't a single business out there that can be stagnant. Everyone is in a system of productivity and change. Public utilities included.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

joocemann Seriously? The choice for me isn't here? (307 comments)

Wow. I carefully read all of the choices. None of them say what is one of the most proposed applications for robots.

"I will use robots to automate complex virtual and physical processes to enhance my productivity." This applies to work or home, but it's pretty well known now that those who will control robots the best in the next 30 years will be the dominant effectors in the world and will be seen as magicians.

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

joocemann Re:Wrong approach (50 comments)

I just don't think you'll find many in the younger crowd of coders to be humble enough to think that 1) their code could be buggy, or 2) that something/someone else could fix it. The only people I run into that talk about hard and true reliable coding as a standard are over 45 years old. All the young bucks think its impossible. Let's cue up the replies and downvotes (such as calling me a troll when i'm expressing a strong generalized observation) from here on slashdot to confirm my claims.

about two weeks ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

joocemann Re:They are competitors (328 comments)

...especially since their former product's business tried a low blow lawsuit on their newly acquired product line... This is a most likely outcome, and surprisingly newsworthy (since I think this is a pointless discussion).

about a month ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

joocemann Re:Clueless (328 comments)

Can't you walk over to where this equipment is and then post?

about a month ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

joocemann Re:They need to lock this down now! (475 comments)

We also have local animals to screen in case they became a reservoir.....

But oh... no.. lets keep letting people in and out of these plagued countries/areas with ease and only a quick one-time health check... .... THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE PEOPLE WAIT 2-3 WEEKS IN QUARANTINE IF THEY DECIDE TO GO TO SHITTY-PLACE-ON-EARTH RIGHT NOW.RIGHT? I would have hoped they did this over a month ago, and now, to be frank, they should be dropping the 3-week quarantine on Dallas.

How many predictions will the CDC be wrong about before they stop chasing it with "Don't worry"?

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

joocemann Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (475 comments)

Thank you! This is one of the biggest points.

Screener:
Did you use needles during your visit?
Did you engage in intercourse with anyone during your visit?
Did you eat any bushmeat during your visit?

(Subject thinking about how a yes to question will seriously inconvenience him and his plans --- and then making the awful assumption everyone does which is to think he's special and probably is not a problem).

Subject: Uhh.. nope. I just bought some postcards and took some pictures. That's all.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

joocemann Re:They need to lock this down now! (475 comments)

Dallas needs to be on lockdown for 21 days. The guy had symptoms for two days before he checked in...

My biggest fear about this is that the CDC has been wrong about their predictions all the way, and now they are CONFIDENT that this new 'blase' reaction to this guy is going to be enough and that we should (as they said in everything else that was wrong) 'not worry'. NOT WORRY? How about the people at the CDC show me that THEY are worried and working really goddamned hard to quarantine this plague -- that way I don't have to worry.

It's as if they're imagining the most positive outcomes and betting on it. PEOPLE'S FECAL MATTER GETS ON EVERYTHING! It's because we're animals! It's because we don't really wash our hands for 1 minute of scrubbing. Can we just get a grip on this and make everyone going to infected areas wait 2-3 weeks before they can travel? Is a little discomfort worth avoiding to put everyone at risk?

I'd love to see the CDC spokespeople bet their lives on their predictions. Why? If they doubt to bet their life, they will be forced to think about why they won't bet it. With every false confidence they project, they put us at risk.

about 2 months ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

joocemann Re:Yawn... (534 comments)

They are what I term, Tupac-Christians. It's where you wear a gold chain and cross and you talk about 'god' and such, but you've only got a few toes in the pool of faith and you spend 99% of your time contradicting the faith. From my experience, most people that call themselves Christians fit this model, and most people that I would think are adhering closely to Jesus/Bible, would say that those other people are not real Christians.

about 2 months ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

joocemann BUT BUT BUT!!! (241 comments)

Where will we get the endless stream of videos of people hurting themselves doing foolish things? That's a pretty big share of the internet right there!

about 2 months ago
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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

joocemann Re:The horror (74 comments)

Way to miss the point. If you have the mindset of losing, you will lose. If you think your work is not marketable, you won't.

Do you know that fundamental science requires tools? Did you know that the best labs that find out amazing basic science findings get there by innovating amazing new tools? DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE REFEFRENCE TO JC VENTER? The human genome sequence is, in itself, hard to market and sell. The sequence was first found by one man, JC Venter. He beat a huge army of publicly funded labs. While those labs used existing technologies to each try to sequence parts of the genome and get together to glue sequences together, Venter innovated highly improved DNA sequencing technlology. And thus he sequenced the human genome first. Guess what followed? All of those labs, and more, bought his sequencing technology and the models to follow.

If you can't find something to sell then you're destined to beg for money. I'd love to see a world without money that allocates resource based on meritocracy... But that's not reality.

You may think I need to grow up, but I can guarantee you that you need to wake up and smell the coffee of capitalism and try to identify how to get what you want. If you're in the US and you will always beg for money, try your hardest to Elect Elizabeth Warren as president because she wants to double NIH funding.

FWIW.

about 2 months ago

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Keith Olbermann and MSNBC Part Ways

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joocemann (1273720) writes "In a direct business sense, MSNBC is making for poor business by axing their most popular anchor Keith Olbermann. "Cable host Keith Olbermann and news channel MSNBC abruptly parted ways on Friday night, as the network announced that his contract had ended and the last installment of his show would air that evening." Many have speculated as to why MSNBC would make this move. I am curious if raising too many questions and not spewing the pro-corporate memes that the mainstream media is purposed for is what took Keith the same way as Lou Dobbs."
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Slashdot Needs more 'positive post' word options.

joocemann joocemann writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joocemann writes "I love slashdot, and I really enjoy reading the intelligent posts — even those that I do not agree with. I think it might be nice to have a few other nice +1 words like "Beautiful" or "Poetic" or "Daring"... Something that might inspire a new range of response to meet those monikers.

What do you think would be a good other choice?"

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