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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

nedlohs Re:The release date is 25 Dec? (340 comments)

Right, like that crapfest "To Kill a Mockingbird"...

3 hours ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

nedlohs Re:Man, am I old ... (142 comments)

So you take the photos but then never look at them - since it's easier not to do that and just store 'em?

Why bother taking them in the first place?

7 hours ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

nedlohs Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

Right, fuck those taxi drivers in Rome and Berlin and Paris who can't speak English! If they can't learn the language they should just go home!!!!

3 days ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

nedlohs Re:why should he have it (234 comments)

You really weren't paying attention if Obama was the final nail. The peace prize is irrelevant when working out the worth of the actual ones for science fields.

And yes, the DNA double helix - what a load of useless crap nothing came of that!

about a week ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

nedlohs Re:Sadly,... (179 comments)

Well the I guess we do nothing, since it is impossible to prevent all attacks. Some humans are violent assholes after all. And doing things which only reduce the magnitude of the problem is apparently just a bandaid and hence not worth doing.

Well I guess we could kill all the humans, but that would be attacking said victim and hence not actually solve the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

nedlohs Re: Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Insert CD into PC while iTunes is running (or let it autolaunch) and proceed through the prompts the let it rip the disc. == Insert disc into device of choice. and Rip disc using method of choice.

The rest which boils down to "plug the device into the PC and sync" == Store ripped files in destination(s) and on device(s) of choice using method(s) of choice.

Sure you added "method of choice", but given the post said iTunes and iPhone the method and device is already chosen.

What is the "sane method" if my choice of device to insert the disc into is a toaster. My ripping method is "whatever works". And my device is "the database server at work"? And my storage method is anything involving turtles?

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

nedlohs Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Your english teacher is an idiot, but that's hardly unusual.

Sure some prescriptivists want to ignore that singular they has been in continuous use in english since the 14th century, but being an idiot is hardly uncommon.

Still patching a comment solely to change his/their is stupid - there isn't a single person who is confused by the original language and hence no reason to change it. There are good reason's not to change it though - it could cause conflicts in merges if someone else happens to have been working on that piece of code and changed that part as well as the obvious example.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

nedlohs Re:Reality Check (310 comments)

Holy shit, Rockstar Games must be rolling in cash if every single K-mart customer has bought a copy of GTA V.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

nedlohs Re:Hawking has no clue about AI research (574 comments)

None of those things are relevant, see the word "mere" again.

If the "if X then Y"claim at the heart of it isn't generic then it's a pointless statement since it doesn't provide any support to the possibility of AI but just makes for a slightly different unsupported claim.

And it's not 100% possible. There's a non-0% chance that humanity* was created by a "god" external to the universe and the stuff that makes for intelligence can't be replicated with what we have in this universe. I admit that seems a rather large stretch and extremely unlikely, but the majority of humanity seems to believe in God, gods, spirits, and the like, clearly they don't think there is a proven 0% of such things.

* and other living beings if you want.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

nedlohs Re:Hawking has no clue about AI research (574 comments)

It's not flawed at all.

  I'm taking your statement " The mere fact that people are actively pursuing it means the odds are >0." and showing that it is not true.

There's no mention of "active examples" or "model of possible existance". It's a stand alone claim that if people are actively pursuing something then the odds are >0 if that something happening which is pretty clearly not the case. The word "mere" in this context explicitly excludes the existence of any other qualifiers on the claim.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

nedlohs Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

Is a "chicken egg" an egg that could hatch a chicken? Or an egg laid by a chicken? Is an unfertilized egg laid by a chicken a "chicken egg" - that would seem to favor the second case, in which the chicken came first....

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

nedlohs Re:Hawking has no clue about AI research (574 comments)

The mere fact that people are actively pursuing it means the odds are >0.

Umm, no.

People are actively pursuing perpetual motion devices, that does not mean the odds of it happening are >0.

People were actively pursuing turning lead to gold and an elixir of youth that does not mean the odds of those are >0. Heck someone somewhere probably still is.

I see no reason why strong AI isn't possible - I think people are just "stuff" without a mystical soul making them intelligent - doesn't mean people will ever manage to make one, doesn't mean they won't too of course. I'll take the over on any date for strong AI you care to name (I'll be long dead before anything I'd take the under on...)

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

nedlohs Re: not enthuisastic about this (262 comments)

Right... Because the dispute is so often about what the police officer was doing.

So you have a video of the police officer yelling "stop resisting! stop resisting! stop resisting!" and swinging his baton at something off camera. That doesn't seem all that useful really. However a video of a guy not moving but being struck repeatedly by that baton would be informative. As would a video of a guy fighting back.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nedlohs Re:German cars (525 comments)

Compared with my US driving license, which I got by driving around driving course in a parking lot for about 5 minutes. At about 10mph. With no other traffic (it was a course in a parking lot after all). And that was the entirety of my "training" and "testing". Yes, that does like "special high speed training" :)

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

nedlohs Re:German cars (525 comments)

Which are provided at the same url, USA: 7.6 per billion km driven, Germany: 4.9 per billion km driven, UK: 4.3 per billion km driven. Ireland: 3.4 per billion km driven.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

nedlohs Re:When did jocks become such pussies? (233 comments)

Australian Rules is not the only code of football played in Australia - hence the plural above.

Rugby forwards are not the same as Australian Rules forwards, and are unlikely to do rag doll impersonations.

Obviously they aren't usually as big as NFL linemen since they have to full 80 minutes in a game without the constant breaks in play of American Football and hence can't ignore endurance when building strength, they don't have to be tiny though: http://www.rugby.com.au/wallab...

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

nedlohs Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (219 comments)

Cases going through the court system faster, due to guilty pleas.

Which I suspect isn't worth it since that it results in guilty people getting lighter charges and innocent people pleading guilty to avoid the chance long jail terms (we all know innocent people get convicted - that people are later exonerated is proof of that).

about three weeks ago

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