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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

matbury Re:I think (332 comments)

If you think atrocities are only committed by the USA and its allies, you must have had a hell of an education.

Yeah, the US and its allies have been training other countries to do the really dirty work for them for decades, e.g. "The School of the Americas" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... Also, the British Military trained and the CIA supported the Sadam Hussein Ba'ath party regime (They were trained at Sandhurst military academy on an on-going basis). In Indonesia, the CIA and US military also supported a long series of massacres and a long campaign of oppression that continues to this day. There's a very, very long list of past and current attrocities in the world in which the USA plays a central role.

3 hours ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

matbury Re:21st century? (107 comments)

You can't indite Khan's methodology without dismissing the value of most public schools in general.

Not that you're wrong, just that singling out Khan is like noting that 4th grade isn't very good and ignoring the other 11 years of "education" we subject young people to.

You're absolutely right about current practices in public education and it's getting worse with policies like the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top acts. It's increasingly suffering under the influence of the publishing and testing corporations like Pearson Education, McGraw Hill, ETS, et al. There's currently a lobbying and govt. driven feeding frenzy to get as much money from and exert as much control over public education by big corporations as possible. Now teachers across the country are rebelling, protesting, and campaigning for real education reform. The thing is, most experienced teachers know how to teach well but they're being forced to teach to meaningless tests so that corporations can make more money in the short-term regardless of the longer-term effects of having a poorly educated population.

3 hours ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

matbury Re:Questions for Malcolm Gladwell! (111 comments)

So your question to Mr G could be summarised as: why don't you just fuck off?

No. I'd urge him to practice good journalism and exercise humility when writing about topics where he is not an expert. He should check his interpretations and conclusions with researchers and experts to avoid further embarrassment. Also, some public retractions of his claims are probably warranted. That is, if he values good journalistic practices and ethics.

4 hours ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

matbury Re:Questions for Malcolm Gladwell! (111 comments)

The basic principle stands though and bizarrely seems to shock quite a few people - if you want to be good at something, do it for quite a long time.

"do it for quite a long time" is insufficient. It takes a whole lot more to get good at something as you already know. I don't know of anyone who was shocked by this so called "principle."

4 hours ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

matbury Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

The problem with Austrian School economics and the subsequent Chicago School is that they are a-historical, i.e. their theories bear little or no relation to what happens in reality. The Fed was set up as a response to the frequent financial panics that plagued the free market at the time: http://www.minneapolisfed.org/... Additionally, the foundational principle of Austrian/Chicago School economic theory, homo economicus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H..., is just plain wrong (See Daniel Kahneman's Nobel Prize in Economics-winning work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...). We're not rational, self-interested agents and we have over a century of conclusive cognitive psychology resarch that tells us otherwise.

Austrian/Chicago School economists, like Murray Rothbard, are just plain nuts.

4 hours ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

matbury Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

Are you suggesting that Baidu is a competitor to Google? How's your Chinese? I guess Europeans can always choose to learn Chinese and maybe, just maybe the search results will be appropriate for them. Who knows?

In what way? Because you don't think Google should use its other services to provide a more integrated experience? Without any sort of lock-in, don't pretend that's anything other than punishing success. You're begging the question. If Google is a monopoly and they're integrating stuff, that's bad. And they must be a monopoly, because they're doing bad monopoly things like integrating stuff. But without being an actual monopoly with actual lock-in, there's no reason that integration is a problem at all - in fact it's quite the opposite, that's what they have to do to remain competitive. Changing search engines away from Google is as simple as typing a different URL or choosing something else from the drop-down, or even *not changing the default*. The idea that a high search marketshare can be anything other than direct user choice is ridiculous - and so what's the problem?

This isn't even wrong. It's incoherent.

4 hours ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

matbury Re:Eww. (371 comments)

OK, let's rephrase it then: You got distracted from political discourse and democratic participation by cat videos, competitive sports, celebrity gossip, "manufactured" extremist arguing by both elected representatives and the mainstream media on "wedge issues" that doesn't contribute to constructive political discourse, all paid for by corporate sponsorship to push their messages and agendas on us. I believe it's what the Romans used to call "bread and circuses." It's no wonder that American social networks are mostly filled with meaningless, irrelevant garbage. In some other coutries, it's a different matter. They take their public political discourse a little more seriously.

4 hours ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

matbury Re:Eww. (371 comments)

Ahhh.... that's why you don't have a functioning democracy anymore: You got distracted from political discourse and democratic participation by cat videos.

2 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

matbury 'Murca (371 comments)

American culture spends so much time being exceptional and telling itself it's the best, it just doesn't have the time or the energy left for quality control. Anything that attracts a cli... ooh, look! A Funny cat!!! LOLz!!!! =)))

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

matbury Reliable data? (323 comments)

"used a novel method of tracking people through data from the social media site LinkedIn" -- [sarcasm]Yeah, that's really reliable data. Won't have any problems with skewed, self-selected data-sets at all.[/sarcasm]

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

matbury Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (331 comments)

It's funny that you say EUSSR. The European Central Bank is one of the most fundamentalist free-market neoliberal banking organisations in the world. It puts the Fed and Wall St. to shame (if you think being fundamentalist free-market neoliberal is a good thing). They're prepared to let whole countries go to rack and ruin for the sake of free-market purity.

And Google have an effective monopoly on search and are abusing it. It's a pretty straightforward case for their companies in the EU being broken up. Isn't that one of the functions of small gubbermint in a fundamentalist free-market neoliberal system? You know, to ensure that there's competition and no one entity can become tyranical?

5 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

matbury Re:A maket-based solution... (157 comments)

Oh, and by the way, the IT giants also get paid by the tax-payers for handing over their data without a warrant. The IT giants and their business models, selling surveillance data to the govt. and other corporations, are the ones who make it all possible.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

matbury A maket-based solution... (157 comments)

A maket-based solution is already underway. It consists of IT giants making minor, ineffectual changes to its software and services and then claiming that it's sufficient to stop warrantless spying on its consumers. Why provide real privacy, that would affect your profit margins and competitive edge, when you can provide the illusion of privacy and sell it with glossy PR and not have to do battle with the private security industry. What's more, about 80% of the NSA consists of private subcontractors so it's already a market-based solution. Unfortunately, whenever politicians talk about reducing the size of big gubbermint, they usually mean the bits that people like and need, like the social safety-net and education.

about a week ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

matbury Not for Native Americans (246 comments)

Being first didn't seem to count much for Native Americans.

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

matbury The question implies... (197 comments)

...that the people running startups have any choice in the matter. Aren't they too busy wooing investors to give much thought to who's lending them that money and what they'll want for it later?

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

matbury Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

To simply say that "free market capitalism works" isn't even wrong. Economies are complex and mixed. There has never been a purely free market economy anywhere in the world and there never will be. Thinking that one approach, one tool, and one set of measures will be appropriate for all cases and scenarios is plainly wrong. Economic policies, approaches, tools, and measures need to be selected and adjusted according to the circumstances in each case. Sometimes monetarism is appropriate, e.g. at the start of a period of growth, sometimes a more Keynesian policy, e.g. in a recession, etc.

Only a misinformed amateur would think that it's feasible to throw all the tools out of the box except one. Try listening to real economists instead of the amoral money grabbing psychopaths at the Chicago School, Wall St., and on Fox News.

about a week ago
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Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

matbury Re:21st century? (107 comments)

Keep drinking the Silicon Valley/Wall St. cool-aid.

There's a difference between learning resources and teaching. Learning resources are only as useful as how well-prepared learners are to make sense of them and learn from them. It takes skilled, dedicated, experienced teachers to cultivate the atmosphere and conditions where learning can occur effectively. No amount of Internet access and learning resources, no matter how well designed, can make up for that.

Khan Academy itself is predicated on a now discredited model of learning (lecturing and testing), so don't expect too much from that. I understand, however, that some teachers are making creative use of the videos, so perhaps that could account for some of the successes.

The last thing i heard was that Silicon Valley are laying off a lot of its STEM-qualified workers. Do you think they need to make room for more sales and PR people?

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

matbury Re:I think (332 comments)

What makes you think that the people who intend to use these robots, i.e. the US military and its allies, actually care about killing civilians? We are talking about the same organisations that ordered the fire-bombing of major cities with no strategic importance in Germany and Japan during WWII, aren't we? Who carpet bombed Vietnam and Cambodia? And the same ones that are now killing insurgent grandmothers and children with drones and cruise missiles? It seems they're far more interested in killing civilians than anyone else. Either that or they're incompetent.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

matbury Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

Think of all the tax breaks, subsidies, political support, and administrative support that the fossil fuels industries get. Now imagine if alternative energies got half of that. Cool huh?

about a week ago

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Google Moves Right By Funding ALEC & Heritage Action

matbury matbury writes  |  about a year ago

matbury (3458347) writes "According to Jessica Devereux at The Real News Network...

"Corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or what it is more commonly known as, ALEC, is holding a conference celebrating its 40th anniversary through December 6. But the guest list may be running a little thin this year, as ALEC is losing some corporate friends. But it's also gaining some new ones, like Google. Google has been funding right-wing groups like Heritage Action and ALEC, which is known for drafting some draconian laws in education and right-to-work policies which undermine collective bargaining."

Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?""

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