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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

kbg Never fly Finnair (138 comments)

So know we know not to fly Finnair ever again or any Finnish airline for that matter. Not because an airplane was targetted by Russia which could happen to any airline but because they have kept this information hidden for 27 years even to this day. This means that the Finnish Transport Safety Agency is corrupt and cannot be trusted which doesn't bode well for their aviation safety.

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

kbg Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

It isn't limited to video games. Many films and novels have stereotypes and unrealistic men.

But who cares? This is just fiction. If you don't like it, then don't play it, watch it or read it.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

kbg Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

That's how games get released with no realistic male character options, or male NPC's with redonkulous muscles, because the guys making the game just never put in a second to think "how will men, who are a huge factor in life, think about this".

See what I did there?

about a month ago
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Clever Workaround: Visual Cryptography On Austrian Postage Stamps

kbg Re:China (74 comments)

From Wikipedia:

"The Constitution of Ireland provides that "[t]he name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland". Under Irish statute law, Republic of Ireland (or Poblacht na hÉireann) is "the description of the State"[16] but not its official name."

about a month and a half ago
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Clever Workaround: Visual Cryptography On Austrian Postage Stamps

kbg Re:China (74 comments)

So the "Federal Republic of Somalia" is a republic? Or "Federal Republic of Nigeria"?

Here is a hint to you. Any country that includes republic in it is title is not a republic. Any country that does not include republic in it's title is a republic.

about a month and a half ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

kbg Re:This is why we can't have nice things (273 comments)

"Downloadable", that doesn't make it true though just because it is in the name. Just like DRM doesn't actually give you any "Digital Rights" or "Microsoft PlaysForSure" doesn't actually plays for sure or "Disney FastPlay" isn't actually fast play.

about a month and a half ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

kbg Re:This is why we can't have nice things (273 comments)

No actually most DLC files are already on the disk. The only thing you download is a small file containing the key to enable the DLC.

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

kbg Biased experiment (619 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago

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