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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

kruach aum Irony (64 comments)

Is there anyone who had not yet exercised their right to forget Bing?

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

kruach aum Re:Ia! Ia! (45 comments)

That is the thing with our sensory apparatus and distance. "On a large enough scale" most things are indistinguishable from each other. It doesn't really have anything to do with lego.

about two weeks ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

kruach aum What happened to Occam's razor. (214 comments)

It was used by William of Ockham in the late middle ages to argue against the species theory of perception -- the idea that everything you can see constantly emanate images of themselves in every direction. It states (in scholastic Latin) "Do not multiply entities beyond necessity."

It was then stripped of its context somewhere halfway through the previous century, became a rallying cry of pretty much every self-proclaimed skeptic, and erroneously believed to say "the simplest explanation is usually right"

That is what happened to Ockham's razor, and I wish it had stayed in the 13th century, along with all the other idiotic arguments for and against realism about universals.

about two weeks ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

kruach aum Re:Ia! Ia! (45 comments)

Most creatures from the Cambrian look like they sprang from the mind of Lovecraft. My favorite part of any natural history museum is looking at the really early fossils, because you can really tell evolution was still getting its shit together back then. Everything looks so primitive. You can compare the differences between newer and older fossils to looking at a ball and a ball made from lego. They're clearly the same structure, but one has been smoothed out and the other hasn't.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

kruach aum Re:racist html (151 comments)

Your inability to correctly interpret simple anaphoric references would make you fail a Turing test.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

kruach aum racist html (151 comments)

For some reason it won't let me type mt. Fuji in kanji.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

kruach aum Great (151 comments)

I'm leaving for Tokyo later this month. At least is easier to pronounce than Eyjafjallajokull.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

kruach aum Makes sense. (533 comments)

How you see the world depends on where you are in it.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

kruach aum Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

There is a difference between Jesus and the powers of Jesus. If there was no difference between Jesus and his powers, Jesus wouldn't be a person but a function, like judge or professor or notary.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

kruach aum Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

My account of truth in general is a combination of the correspondence and coherence theories of truth. Some statements derive their truth value from comparison with reality, and some statements derive their truth values from other statements. Thor as a fictional character is an interesting case, and I think that because he is a fictional character truths about Thor are established in much the same way as truths about the meaning of words, i.e. through use.

Just as I can develop an idiolect in which "slug" means "verb" (despite both words having different meanings in mainstream English), I can write a comic about a fictional character already referenced in a large body of existing work, change critical aspects of his fictional identity, and insist that identity is preserved. However, in such a case, it is not up to an individual's decision whether identity is in fact preserved. To go back to the word analogy, me using the word "slug" for verb doesn't make everyone else who doesn't wrong in their use of either word, even if I insist that it does. Right and wrong uses of words are established through consensus, or otherwise considered jargon (in cases where specific meanings of general words are stipulated, such as how "object" means something different to a linguist than it does to a philosophy professor).

With Thor it's the same. Marvel can claim that Thor is now a woman, but that doesn't make this new character named Thor identical to the Thor that the Thor comics used to refer to, or the Thor that the poetic Eddas referred to. There is now a new character, created at a specific time by a specific author, who attributes specific properties to this new character, but no matter what the author says about this character, the author's authority doesn't extend beyond the character he's created into the wider world. And so there are some things that will not become true even though the author says they are, in this specific case the combination of that 1) this new Thor is identical to the old Thor ("is the real Thor"), and 2) this new Thor is a woman.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

kruach aum Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

What part of "And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute — she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"" is ambiguous to you? If she is the one and only Thor, and she is a woman, then Thor is now a woman. That's how the transitive relation works.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

kruach aum Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Making Thor a woman is like making Jesus a woman, Mjolnir a screwdriver, or Huginn and Muninn storks. It's like saying "I carpooled to work today" when you came by yourself on your bike, because you want to reclaim the word "carpooling" to refer to biking to work. You can do it, but that doesn't make what you say true. Thor's gender is such a significant feature of his established identity that to change his gender is to change his identity from Thor into Something-that-is-not-Thor. You can say that this new character is both Thor and a woman, but that doesn't make it true.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

kruach aum Re:Alternative strategy: (244 comments)

Magicians train themselves in pencil reading, so that they can tell what you write from the movements of the pencil.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

kruach aum Re:foolproof (244 comments)

I've been thinking about that. I wonder if it's possible to determine what is being typed from the sound of the keystrokes. Surely it's possible that there are minute differences between keystrokes from different keys?

about two weeks ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

kruach aum It's worked, too (117 comments)

Whenever I saw someone write something retarded on the internet in the past, I just chalked it up to the person in question genuinely being retarded. The idea that a government agency might intentionally be contributing retardation to poison genuine discussion seemed ridiculous on the face of it. Now, every time I read something and think "no one can really be that stupid, can they?" I've begun to wonder. Maybe no one CAN really be that stupid...

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

kruach aum Re:"Lower quality"? (214 comments)

Indeed, but there is an important detail in quality of the venue that you've glossed over. Only very rarely has a home viewing of mine been interrupted by shitheads who won't stop talking (or these days, won't stop destroying the darkness with their maglite-like phones), little kids throwing popcorn, or littler kids crying. When you also take into consideration that you can pause, rewind and fast-forward movies on your computer, the cost-benefit analysis of going out vs. staying in gets much more complicated.

about three weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

kruach aum Re:"Lower quality"? (214 comments)

Maybe back in 2003 that approached the truth. We live in the age of the web-dl and screener season now, grandpa.

about three weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

kruach aum "Lower quality"? (214 comments)

Pretty sure bluray and dvd rips have a significantly higher quality than what is commercially available, as they have all the unskippable bullshit stripped out.

about three weeks ago
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How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

kruach aum Re:Many worlds (202 comments)

That depends on your concept of identity across worlds. Surely the first post in another multiverse cannot be entirely identical to one in this one, as it exists in a different multiverse, not this one. Furthermore, it also differs from "this" post in that it is first in reply to the article posted on Slashdot*, or /.*. It also differs in that it wasn't made by you, but you*, who further differs from you in such a way that allows him to make that first post where you failed. If you're already so different from you* as to fail where he succeeded, it would stand to reason that any post made by you* is sufficiently different from posts made by you that they do not qualify for identity. In which case, there really is no universe in which your post was the first post.

about three weeks ago

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