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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

kbg Biased experiment (612 comments)

From the article: "The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example. All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one."

A little biased much? Remember "correlation does not imply causation"

about a week ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

kbg This isn't new (204 comments)

This isn't a new concept. It is well known larger surface area absorbs more heat. This exact design is widely used for backpack stoves so that you can heat up water quickly and waste little fuel, like for example Jetboil: http://www.jetboil.com/Product...

about two weeks ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

kbg Re:tc-play is a reimplementation of Truecrypt (475 comments)

The binary on Windows is compiled from a Microsoft complier which most likely has NSA code which creates a backdoor in the TrueCrypt binary.

about 2 months ago
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The Internet Is Now Part of the Crime Scene

kbg Re:The gun store should be a crime scene (145 comments)

1. Knifes are used primarily for cutting food.
2. Cars primary usage is transportation.
3. Guns are primarily used to kill people.

Which one does not belong?

about 2 months ago
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5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

kbg I told you so (254 comments)

I told you so 5 years ago, but of course no one listened to me.

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

kbg Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

So you actually know you have a consciousness.

Well since I am talking about it, I believe I have a consciousness, I think therefore I am.

Do you not even find that experience remarkable?

Not really no, I think it is just a side effect of our intelligence.

You said: "To me consciousness is just memory and the ability to make decisions based on old memories" but assuming a universe with just our current known laws of physics, couldn't you/something have memory and the ability to make decisions WITHOUT having this consciousness that you know you experience? There is no need for it to "magically" be there right? Something could do 1+1=10 without requiring consciousness. Matter and molecules arranged in a certain way could do all the same things our bodies do without it too right?

I think your problem with all this is that you think your consciousness is something special and is somehow like a "soul" or something magical, but it isn't because we are just biological creatures.

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

kbg Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

There's no difference for you? Are you're saying that you personally can't tell the difference between you having consciousness or not? You're not a conscious creature and merely behave like one?

I know that I have a consciousness, but I really can't tell if other people have consciousness or just behave like they do. But even so this distinction is just silly and has no value.

Well I'm doubtful about that, but hey perhaps everything in this universe has consciousness.

You have to realize we are just biological machines. We are made of matter and molecules arranged in a certain way. If you could clone yourself by just replicating how your molecules are arranged then your clone would have a consciousness too.

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

kbg Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

What do you mean by complex enough? And which laws of physics in this universe apply for that?

There is no specific line that says this creature is conscious and this creature is not. Consciousness is just a world we like to use to describe a state. Just like when a creature on an evolution path from a specific kind to another kind does not have one specific time when the actual change takes place. Let's say we have a simple bacterial life form. Does that have a consciousness? No I think we can agree on that. Let's say we can evolve that creature to be bigger and bigger and more complex until at some point that creature has a brain and a memory and communications skills and has a consciousness. At what point did that creature evolve "consciousness"? There is no specific point when that happened.

Remember I'm not talking about _behaving_ as if you have consciousness. As I already said previously it's "the actual subjective experience itself".

But if there is no difference between behaving as if you have consciousness and actually having consciousness, then how could you tell the difference? You couldn't, so that means that there is actually no difference, if something behaves as having consciousness then that something actually has consciousness.

Someone could make a puppet behave as if it experienced consciousness, does that act of doing so magically generate a new consciousness in the puppet?

Yes.

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

kbg Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

Really? A trivially simple program could do that- have memory and make decisions based on old memories. Are you so sure such a program would experience consciousness?

If it is complex enough yes. For example if you could make a program with as many neural connections as our brain then yes I think you could define it as having a consciousness. In fact I think if we could duplicate our brain in software then that software would have a consciousness.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

kbg Re:I beg to differ. (370 comments)

If Google can handle millions of DMCA requests, then they can handle these request. Of course the bigger questions is why should Google have to handle DMCA or these request at all?

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

kbg Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

To me consciousness is just memory and the ability to make decisions based on old memories. "Couldn't the whole universe work like it does without it existing". Yes sure it could, for simple lifeforms you really don't need consciousness, just look at plants they don't have consciousness and are just programmed with specific reactions to specific circumstances. But for complex lifeforms that need to adapt and survive in complex environments I think consciousness is a necessary trait to have to be able to react to unknown circumstances correctly.

about 2 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

kbg Re:Put this in perspective (258 comments)

Yes every species that is alive today survied, but that doesnt mean they will survive another glacial retreat. In fact many species that are currently not here have died out.

about 3 months ago
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Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

kbg Re: Typcial (143 comments)

Yes the mistake was using Microsoft software, which has these major bugs. You don't have the encryption connected to the domain...period.

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

kbg None of the above (800 comments)

The correct answer is not to swerve either left or right but apply maximum breaks going forward.

about 3 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

kbg Re:Premature much (302 comments)

No I am sure they will succeed. I mean they managed to add hidden markings that are printed in almost all paper printers to track you and with some scanners you can't copy images of money.

about 3 months ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

kbg The backdoor is not in the source (171 comments)

The backdoor is not in the source it is in the MVC++ compiler. NSA is not stupid, putting the backdoor in the source itself would be risky, it would be much wiser to put the backdoor in the MVC++ compiler itself.

about 3 months ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

kbg Re:OTA updates (126 comments)

On the included SD card? On the manufacturer website?

about 5 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

kbg Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

So if spiteful people start to embed non functioning image URLs to these DRM servers in forums and other public web sites it means a lot of innocent users will be banned because they will have these sites in the their DNS cache even if they never visited them personally. Thanks Valve.

about 5 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

kbg Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

The issue is not the deportation which could be valid for all I know, but that it was carried out illegally. In a civilized country under the rule of laws there should not be any example of circumventing the law WITHOUT any consequences as was in this example. 13 years is not long ago, I doubt there have been massive changes in the legal and political system in Sweden in that time period.

If you want more examples you can take a look at the Pirate Bay trial, where the US entertainment industry basically controlled the Swedish courts to do their bidding.

about 5 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

kbg Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Wouldn't just the prosecutor need to drop the current case and then the UK permission wouldn't be needed and then he could be extradited with out any problems? But in any case the Swedish government has shown before that they don't exactly follow the law.

about 5 months ago

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