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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

pitchpipe Re: The only good thing (475 comments)

I'll bet you're a blast at parties....

Oh no, I'm very introverted, and I decided I liked that from a very young age. I consider it a good thing that I grew up not thinking that being a blast in parties was the only worthy goal in life.

I bet you're great at picking up on sarcasm...

yesterday
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Phase-Changing Material Created For Robots

pitchpipe Re:um... (35 comments)

um... ok, so its silicone rubber coated in wax. Heat the wax and the silicone can flex because the wax is fluid. Let it cool and the wax hardens. That doesn't sound even remotely durable to me. How is this useful?

Didn't you watch the video?! It's just like the Terminator! Also, kittens, because they're cute and soft.

I don't know why everybody has to be so skeptical nowadays.

about two weeks ago
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O3b Launches Four More Satellites To Bring Internet To 'Other 3 Billion'

pitchpipe Re:Let's see what happens (80 comments)

You're right: porn. Gonna get even more variety, if that's even possible.

about two weeks ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

pitchpipe Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Yes but isn't this how a general intelligence is built up? Take my eye for instance, an amazing sensor that feeds into my brain. is the signal immediately fed to my consciousness? Certainly not. There is a massive ammount of preprocessing happening, from detecting edges, to noticing slight changes from frame to frame and discarding the irrelevant, to many other things.

I suspect that this is how a general intelligence will be built up.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

pitchpipe Fuck (158 comments)

In Putin's Russia, time fucks you.

about a month ago
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Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

pitchpipe Re:You can never trust companies (82 comments)

I don't even read any assurances from Rogers, just weasel words like what the NSA says:

Nest's founder Matt Rogers anticipated this issue, and insisted that there's no reason to worry. In his blog post, he says that data won't be shared with anyone, including Google, without a customer's permission.

Probably in the fine print that by using the product you have given permission, and if you don't want to give permission you need to opt-out by sending a letter through the USPS. Oh, and it must be received on a day when there is a full moon, signed in blood, and sealed with the king's seal.

In this day-and-age of corporate spying you must always assume the worst.

about a month ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

pitchpipe Re:Shedding some light (76 comments)

> The telescope will shed light on the 'dark ages' of the universe,

No, actually the telescope will *collect* light from the dark ages of the universe. If it shed light it would be the world's biggest fucking flashlight.

Being a pedant is hard these days.

It will metaphorically 'shed' light on the dark ages of the universe by collecting the light from said dark age.

Of course following Muphry's law I've probably made some mistake in my post.

about a month ago
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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

pitchpipe Re:Great Author (66 comments)

I remember it because I've never read anything published that needed an editor more than it..

The same as your one sentence post.

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

pitchpipe Re:War on terrorism (875 comments)

Even the cops are afraid...

This is the part that is weird. Police officer as a profession isn't even in the top ten most dangerous jobs in the U.S., and yet we act like they are dying at every turn. What about truck drivers, or power-line workers, or iron-workers? These are the real heroes who are dying every day on the job.

I'm not saying there aren't good cops, but I have a friend who is a police officer. And to him if you aren't a cop or someone he knows well, you are suspect. He is paranoid, and that is drilled into them in the culture they are in.

about a month and a half ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

pitchpipe Re:ugh (222 comments)

The death penalty shouldn't be decided by algorithm.

But isn't the death penalty already decided by algorithm?

  1. Black? Check
  2. Kill or threaten or hint or look like you might kill Americans? Check
  3. Can't afford a good lawyer or live outside of the US? Check

I heard a guy today at work say "Did you see Bergdahl's dad? He had a beard out to here! (motions with hands) He looks like a Taliban." I said, "He must be a Taliban then." (Most of the men that I've looked up to have had huge beards.)

The death penalty should be abolished. Especially because right now it is decided by a bunch of stupid fucking barely more competent than monkey algorithms.

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

pitchpipe Re:Frightening (269 comments)

I think you are right. I guess that makes me the fucking moron. I invoke Poe's Law.

Sorry about that.

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

pitchpipe Re:Frightening (269 comments)

pretty much all of it impacts national security

Pretty much all? Clearly, if the NSA is doing something it impacts national security. Otherwise they wouldn't be doing it. Duh. Besides that, it's right there in their name. National Security Agency, see?

On /. my nick is pitchpipe, but in real life my name is Truth Teller, and do you know what I say? You're a fucking moron. It must be true because it's right there in my name: Truth Teller. Duh. See?

Or do you think it might not be that simple?

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

pitchpipe Re:Frightening (269 comments)

The law says it's perfectly legal for NSA to destroy evidence that would compromise national security if revealed in a civil court.

So the NSA gets to decide which evidence could impact national security of course, and pretty much all of it impacts national security so there is effectively no oversight. So pretty much the NSA operates as an unchecked branch of the government.

You apologist are many things: cowards, shills, etc. Patriots you are not. You are undermining our democracy (however much we have left).

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

pitchpipe Re:So... to summarise: (269 comments)

- EFF, 2014

Go destroy some evidence in a case against you where a judge has ordered you to preserve it. Let me know how that works out for you. The NSA will get away with it. You'll be asking Bubba to make sure he uses some lube.

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

pitchpipe Frightening (269 comments)

To all of you government surveillance apologists: doesn't it really frighten you that these guys routinely don't follow the law and get away with it? It scares the shit out of me. These people have the power to destroy you and everything/everyone that you love, and they seem to have nothing guiding them but their gut feel. How do you know they won't mistake your kid for a terrorist? Or bust down your door in the middle of the night tossing a flash-bang into your kids crib?

These fucking people are out of control and need some serious jail time.

about 2 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

pitchpipe Re:Stupid? (339 comments)

Meh. It may have been a Freudian slip due to the fact that some versions of the Singularity are closer to magic, but my point still stands: to attack "The Singularity" as if it is one idea is to not have thought deeply about it.

about 2 months ago

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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 4 months ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?"
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Company Deleting Facebook Page; 80% of Ad Clicks from Bots

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 2 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do ... We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on ... The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs."
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Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another."

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Book says White House ordered forgery

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Ron Suskind, claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.

Remember the news then, that "Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq.""

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Parents Pick Prayer Over Docs; Girl Dies

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "From the article

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
Sometimes I think we are regressing."

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