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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

kruach aum Re:sooo.... (293 comments)

We are only the initial stage of an elder race. Einstein didn't start off with general relativity, he started with addition and multiplication. Don't give up hope yet. The fact that the world is clogged with retards doesn't mean we can't aspire to become the Great Old Ones.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

kruach aum Re:From Experience (555 comments)

It could be unintentional, but I laughed at "jugsaw" anyway

5 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

kruach aum Adblock plus is free (306 comments)

That's all.

5 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

kruach aum It's only a hindrance (197 comments)

If the purpose of a company (which is what startups are) is to make money, then anything that diminishes its capacity to make money is a hindrance. For example, not engaging in certain money making practices because of ethical reasons.

The public image of a company affects its ability to make money. However, the public image of a company is just that: an image. You don't need to actually be ethical, you only need to be perceived to be ethical to build a positive public image.

In short, a moral compass is at best neutral and at worst a hindrance to a startup.

about a week ago
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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video)

kruach aum Re:Why is this not in text? (27 comments)

Well, that was dumb. My fault, didn't see the transcript link.

Nevertheless there is still no reason why this should be in two parts.

about a week ago
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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video)

kruach aum Why is this not in text? (27 comments)

Videos are a worthless communication medium when the intent is the transfer propositional (rather than visual) information. I can't scan a video the way I can scan text, it's hard to pick out when questions are being asked without watching the entire thing, I can't control the rate of information dispersal, etc. etc.

There is no reason for this to be a video, or for it to be in two parts for that matter. Oh wait, there is, but only for your corporate overlords: money.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

kruach aum Re:Another pro-government article... (231 comments)

Or perhaps you could assume half a dozen more propositions to spin this into conservative economic dogma masturbation fuel. On the other hand, it would be more parsimonious for us to assume that you are simply a turd that has somehow acquired the ability to operate a keyboard. After all, that only requires one extra proposition.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

kruach aum Re:obligatory Jurassic Park quote: (187 comments)

Aperture Science. We do what we must, because we can.
-GlaDOS.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

kruach aum Re:Unethical? (187 comments)

Because they are mentally deficient and equate high-roading with worth.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

kruach aum Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

"as the ready availability of other people's cash saps the desire to cut costs."

Nope, that's just American propaganda talking. It may take living in the Netherlands, or a Northern European country, but when you realize not everything is about money, you realize people can have motivations outside of profit maximization.

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

kruach aum Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

I wonder how you got to this point in your life without knowing that there should be a comma between 'together' and 'the'. Do you just not view words (reading is obviously beyond your grasp, I'm willing to settle), ever?

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Rachel Sussman About Photography and the Oldest Living Things

kruach aum The Junction of X, Y, and Z (35 comments)

How do you photograph philosophy?

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

kruach aum Why are Asians always ignored in this discussion? (459 comments)

Are they not also a significant minority in the US? And yet somehow, they managed to vastly over-represent themselves in STEM fields. Maybe, and this may be just a wild ass guess, but maybe it's because they spent their time focusing on their homework rather than whining about diversity?

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

kruach aum The irony of the neofascist left (834 comments)

You would think that a group that defines itself by being hyperaware of power dynamics would see the irony in using phrases like "widely considered to be "in bounds" by Internet commenters (whether they openly acknowledge it or not),", but apparently not, so I will spell it out. By putting things like this, in one fell swoop you both demonize your opponent as well as remove their ability to respond. No matter what they say, you can just go "oh, you're just not acknowledging what I know you to truly believe." No matter who they are, you can just say "well, you're an internet commenter, and internet commenters believe certain things whether they openly acknowledge them or not."

It ends all discussion, and effectively removes any possibility of debate or even reply by describing an entire group as having property X and then removing the ability of that group to dispute that claim. It's like saying "I am right, and anyone who disagrees is a he man woman hater misogynist asshole."

Whether they acknowledge it or not.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

kruach aum Why shouldn't they? (438 comments)

Because "But he did..." is not a valid justification for any kind of behavior.

Of course, the real issue here is that students who cheat care more about grades than they do about learning, but that doesn't make nearly as attractive a headline.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

kruach aum Of course they would (231 comments)

It would make their job vastly easier, and it would only cost us our privacy. Why work hard when you can strip us of our rights to work easy?

about two weeks ago
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Does Watson Have the Answer To Big Blue's Uncertain Future?

kruach aum GOFAI doesn't work (67 comments)

no matter how much processor power you bolt onto it, Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence does not scale easily to other problem domains, or even similar problem domains. We have known this since at least the 70s. What's needed for better AI is a conceptual breakthrough, not increasingly powerful hardware and software and things that pretend to not be GOFAI but really are. Deep learning looks promising imo, but that also still has a long way to go.

about three weeks ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

kruach aum Animal models (140 comments)

What is the difference between an animal model and an animal used in scientific experimentation?

about three weeks ago

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