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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

lonecrow artificial? (381 comments)

I think maybe these philosophers have not done enough LSD. What does artificial really mean in this context? Are clams artificial because enzymes make their shells from minerals found in the environment? A collection of "Lower" intelligent entities making larger more complex creatures with "higher" intelligence has been going on since the slime molds right? Here on earth robots will just be the enzymes within the larger connected organism of our planet. Differentiating between mostly carbon, and mostly...polymer, steel, copper, etc makes little sense.

Life on earth has been about one part of the earth turning other parts of the earth into more of itself. This boundary of Natural vs. Artificial sounds like something people are supposed to get over by at least grade 9 isn't it?

2 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

lonecrow Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (143 comments)

Correct. As described its a "pump and dump" scam. BitCoin behaves a lot like baseball cards. Or maybe scans of baseball cards to make them digital and make them easy to trade online. The trust chain protocols are neat, but they don't make it a currency. It will be interesting to see what happens when all coins have been mined. In our fiat currency system the money supply is manipulated by the central banks to keep prices stable. We increase the money supply in step with the increases in the size of the economy. If the size of the money supply remained static while the economy grew by 5% a year. Then the value of money of each unit of money would grow by 5% a year. Or to put it another way prices would fall by 5% (deflation). We actually aim to increase the money supply ahead of the growth of the economy by exactly 2% when we can. This bit of inflation helps introduce flexibility into wages. So what happens when the size of the bitcoin money supply is static? If the number of people accepting bitcoins increases than prices would have to continually fall. Its fine to say that a bitcoin is infinitely divisible so something can cost 1bt then 0.5bt then 0.0000005bt. If I advertised my billable rate as 10bt/hour then every hour that went by my rate would be more and more expensive for people. I would have to write some algo that constantly monitored the growth in the size of the bitcoin economy and adjust my rate downward in lock-step. That is kinda crazy. The way it is now, I post my rate and leave it to the central bank to monitor and adjust the money supply so that my rate can remain constant. Also, in a growing bitcoin economy a bitcoin saved, even at 0 percent interest would appreciate in value. The faster the economy grows the more incentive I have to sit on my money (not necessarily a problem since we do the same thing now slowing growth by raising interest rates.) Well anyway, none of these crypto currencies have me worried about the imminent demise of fiat currency and central banks. They just seem like baseball cards and toys for scammers.

2 days ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

lonecrow 2FA (223 comments)

2FA

about 2 months ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

lonecrow Re:When you are inside the box ... (289 comments)

Correct. One needs only to read General Smedley's 1935 book "War is a Racket" to know this is true. At the time General Smedley was the most decorated soldier in American history and was better placed to anyone to know the purpose of American foreign policy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lonecrow Re:Islam = Religion of Terrorism (529 comments)

He is right. It is the same as Christianity was before we put their ideological zealots in their place.

about 2 months ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

lonecrow Re:As expected from google (113 comments)

I wonder if the recording industry rights holders in Europe can or have already used this to have links to pirated material removed from Google.

about 2 months ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

lonecrow Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

We just need ultraviolet only grid designs on the first 3 or 4 floors of glassy reflective buildings. People wouldn't notice any difference and birds would stop flying into them. The question is can something similar be done to get birds to avoid windmills. With the answer you might get a yummy patent as a reward.

about 2 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:Lets not forget (635 comments)

However, You have to read the fine print of the cap and trade program. In Canada our version of the republican party tried to peddle a cap and trade program that included something called "intensity targets". The idea was that the "Cap" was not an absolute cap on an industry segment but a cap on "per unit" emissions. So you could reduce you emissions per unit by 20% but double your output leading to a ~180% increase in absolute emissions. It was smoke and mirrors. So read carefully if it is proposed in your jurisdiction.

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

But it increased — a lot — instead of shrinking

Did you read the part of the summary that says " two dimensional area". The volume of ice is not increasing, not even a little. Below is a link with a pretty thorough explanation with lots of citations pertaining to how the data is gathered and measured. The last line clearly states "Antarctica is losing land ice as a whole, and these losses are accelerating quickly." http://www.skepticalscience.co...

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Can you clarify that? Because from my understanding some predictions have been off on one side or the other. Some changes have been faster or more dramtic then expected, while others have been a bit slower or less dramatic but still heading in the same general direction. In fact hasn't the underlying trend has been confirmed over and over by observation? So if a prediction was for all sea ice to be gone but only half is, what would that be proof of to you?

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

The article states "two dimensional area". A couple of years ago satilite images showed more ice coverage then expected. What they found was that instead of the meters thick ice they found chucks of ice that had melted and then refroze, it was thin and brittle with notice loss of over volume of ice.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Envir...

The same decline can be seen in northern lakes
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activit...

Are you trying to suggest that the earths ice sheets are NOT diminishing?

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

lonecrow Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

Pay now or pay later

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

lonecrow Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

Renewables alone are going to be insufficient for the world's energy needs

And it will ALWAYS be this way right? Because technological improvements and scale never NEVER done anything to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

When I look at what we are able to accomplish. Things like landing a drone on a comet, or level whole mountains, or the internet, I am reminded that we can do almost anything we put our mind to. Sadly political will seem more difficult to overcome then the laws of nature.

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

lonecrow Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

He won't gobble all of the Ukraine. Probably just the eastern half. The country probably should have dealt with their cultural divide and voted for this split a long time ago and avoided all this mess.

Samuel P. Huntington called this twenty years ago in his book Clash of Civilisations

about 4 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

lonecrow Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

If your talking about Canada I have to clarify your statement. Healthcare is not paid for by taxes. We have "public health insurance". So we all buy insurance from the single state insurance company spreading the risk as wide as possible and taking profit out of health insurance. Rates are discounted for low income people. As low as free or $20/month in some cases. Average lower middle class probably pay about $250/month for family of four. Federal tax dollars are set to each province based on population and are used to administer the health insurance program and help with the subsidies to ensure that no body is denied access to insurance due to financial hardship. So...it is "PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE" not public health care providers.

All doctors are private business owners who bill the public insurance company. That is basic health insurance only. Many companies provide their workers extended insurance to cover things not included in the basic government insurance. Extended health insurance is an open market of private companies.

The government insurance company has an interest in keeping costs down which they do through public information campaigns to promote preventative measures such as early screening, active lifestyles etc.

It is a great system and I was really sad that the US didn't explore this option. There were just to much lies and propaganda in the US about "Guberment doctors". I live in Canada and have never seen a "gubberment doctor" in my life.

about 4 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

lonecrow Valid Business Model (257 comments)

Parasitic scumbug businesses are nothing new. They number of them just happened to explode after after Reagan and "Greed is good".

The narrow mandate of increasing shareholder value is just too damn narrow and has been baked into the culture. Just change the rules and the culture will change.

about 4 months ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

lonecrow Re: If true. If. (200 comments)

For the sake of arguement. What about bars that pat people down to ensure they dont bring weapons in. Is that constitutional? I can hear you say that those are private businesses ao its different. But airlines are private businesses. What if they made the rules and hired the security to do the screening. That would be constitutiinally fine right?

about 5 months ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

lonecrow Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

Liberty vs Public good is in tension. Finding the sweet spot in the middle is the goal isn't it.

America like to deride Europe for leaning too much towards public good, but I am not so sure that the American model is working so well.

The areas that the USA leans more towards liberty sometimes often seems to promote poverty, violence and human suffering. As I am sure you know, America leads in many undesirable stats such as child mortality, violent crimes, inequality, etc.

I think a little more acceptance of the principals of harm reduction could go a long way and leave fewer people feeling like they have no choice. (As an aside you guys should have gone for public health insurance. I know the propaganda talks about "Guberment doctors" and death panels. But its malarkey. Its public "insurance" and private doctors. At least that's what we have in Canada)

TSA Screenings seem like an awfully petty thing to be concerned about considering the much larger glitches in the US culture. Its sort of like the commenter farther below who put Road Side DUI checks on par with mass unwarranted surveillance of phone and email.

about 5 months ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

lonecrow Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

Correct being a Canadian I am not super familiar with the US constitution.

However I think the analogy of enforcing license compliance re: restaurants is valid. If one agrees that it is within the governments power to license driving, you are compelled to allow inspections to confirm compliance with the license.

You don't need a license to walk the street or be in your home. The cops can't stop you and ask you if your complying with your walking license because there is no such thing. I believe cars on public roads are qualitative different.

You said that restaurants are different because they are a public space "because anyone can walk in". I think this is backwards. Operating a vehicle on a shared public road is as public as it gets. The kitchen and food storage area of a restaurant are very private by comparison. So if the state has the power to inspect these kitchens to confirm license requirements, why don't they have the right to stop drivers to confirm the compliance with their license? They are not in some magically private space when traveling down the highway.

Whole different story if there was random road checks to check, for example, for possession of illegal substances. because it does not relate to license compliance.

Also I don't think "we got along fine" before DUI road checks. I think a lot more families where crushed and maimed.

In 1990 your supreme court said that the 4th amendment protects against "unreasonable" search and seizure and that road side DUI checks where not unreasonable and were therefor constitutional. (Granted I think they do get things wrong sometime re: citizens united).

I doubt they would same the same about the other things on your list.

Your original post reminded me of Ron Paul. He says a lot of things that make good sense, then he says fiat currency is the devil and we should return to gold....thats when he sounds like a kook.

So I do understand that it is a nuanced issue, and that YOU don't think they are constitutional. But your supreme court does and your constitution says they are the ones who make that decision right?

about 5 months ago

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Artic Ice Satellite Data mis-interpeted

lonecrow lonecrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lonecrow (931585) writes "Canadian Scientist David Barber travels to the arctic to confirm satellite readings of multi-year sea ice. He finds that what looks like multi-year sea ice from the satellites is actually more like re-frozen slush. Their finding indicate that Arctic sea ice is disappearing faster than scientists expected and faster then it appears from the satellite data . "It's happening much faster than our most pessimistic projections".

There is also short radio interview on a CBC national science show."

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