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2014 Geek Gift Guide

mjm1231 Can't even copy and paste (113 comments)

The link for the appetizer serving dish complete with toothpick holder that looks like a porcupine explicitly states that it is actually a different animal that it looks likes. Now that's some lazy reporting.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

mjm1231 Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

* Same-sex marriage

  * Legalization of marijuana

  * needle exchange programs

  * anti-war sentiments

  * pro-choice

I've never heard a news source support any of these (though I have seen editorials, clearly labelled as such, take either side on all of those). If reporting on a story indicates a bias regarding the story itself, then the only choice you are left with is no reporting at all. The system we have is far from perfect, but its certainly better than that sort of fascism.

about two weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

mjm1231 Re:What about the Eureka machine? (455 comments)

I wasn't quoting a journalist, but the actual scientists who worked on the project. The software was fed a problem for which science had no answer (specifically, a formula for cellular metabolism). It gave them one, which, worked. Biologists still don't have an explanation to go with the formula.

about a month ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

mjm1231 What about the Eureka machine? (455 comments)

http://www.theguardian.com/sci...

I couldn't find a more recent article, but at the end it mentions that this AI came up with a formula for cellular metabolism. It is my understanding that this formula has been tested to be valid, but no human scientists understands what the formula means yet.

about a month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

mjm1231 Re:Err on the side of warmth (367 comments)

You have only to look at the jungle compared to that arctic to realize that...

Unless you also compare the jungle to, say, the Sahara.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

mjm1231 Re:Facile nonsense (445 comments)

On the Republican side, one plank states "We oppose the creation of any new race-based governments within the United States." Make an argument for a race-based government. Go ahead, try.

I have no idea what this is even supposed to mean, but if they oppose the creation of four dimensional three headed goats with frog legs, it would be just as relevant. Well, I suppose someone might actually be working on a design for the goats.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

mjm1231 Re:So basically (445 comments)

It's true that it is internally self-consistent. That doesn't mean it comes anywhere close to matching the way the real world actually works. As many people have pointed out, it is similar to Marxism in this regard.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

mjm1231 Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (258 comments)

In network operations, priority is a very specific concept.

So you admit that you are arguing over semantics.
Most of us don't care which concept or method is used. We only care what the end result is. And the end result is they paid, and now their traffic gets there faster than the people who didn't pay.

about a month ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

mjm1231 Congressional funding (163 comments)

It will be interesting to see the Republican controlled congress debate military funding for a problem they deny the existence of.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

mjm1231 Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Bad analogy. An individual organism can exhibit social behavior, but it cannot evolve.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

mjm1231 Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Evolution/adaptation does not occur within a single organism. If you include that in the definition, then a parent and child combined might be "life", but each of them separately would never qualify. That doesn't really make sense.

about a month and a half ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

mjm1231 Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

You could say the same thing about the data stored on an erased hard disk. The data isn't gone, it's just in an indeterminate state.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

mjm1231 Re:Terrible (430 comments)

Saying that's not how it works implies you know how it works.

That's not how logic works.

about a month and a half ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

mjm1231 Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (262 comments)

... there just not enough jobs for everyone...

You're conflating a specific unspecified job with a job in general.

Unless magically the number of specific unspecified jobs is larger than the number of jobs, I really don't think he is.

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

mjm1231 Re:Boy toy (786 comments)

There are cognitive differences between any two men you might select too. To what grouping will you attribute those?

There are also many cognitive tasks where the range of difference within a gender is greater than the range of difference between genders. Given that, in what way is it useful to attribute difference to gender (or other grouping, for that matter)?

about 2 months ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

mjm1231 Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Because "white" isn't an ethnicity, it's the lack of one. You are probably confused because you think color = race.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

mjm1231 Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (839 comments)

I'm having trouble following this argument, but since it's been rated as "+5 Insightful" I suppose there's supposed to be some truth here.

Hahaha, it's funny that you think there is a correlation between "Insightful" and "factually true" on Slashdot. Or for conservatives in general, who these days seem to rarely be swayed by mere facts.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

mjm1231 Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (839 comments)

I'm tired of this phony either or dichotomy. Capitalism is a tool. Socialism is a tool. The false dichotomy leads to people allowing the tools to dictate how they are used, instead of the other way around. Add too the old adage about the man whose only tool is a hammer.

about 2 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mjm1231 Re:In short... (232 comments)

Yep, that's the current system. Of course, since 1% of the people have 90% of the money, most likely your vote doesn't count for much.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

mjm1231 Re:Not a good solution (549 comments)

Would you believe that not everyone has, or even wants, a data plan on their phone?

I'm not worried about cloud storage, but rather about how a cloud client would work in environments where you have no ability to install a client, browser plugin, or other software. Or have any control over what version of java is on the system you are using. Or any of the other things that could contribute to such a system just not being able to work where you happen to be at the moment.

about 2 months ago

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