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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

shadowrat Re:From Experience (541 comments)

With the right color commentary I think we could have a entire youtube channel dedicated to putting together jigsaw puzzles.

1)get a hot chick to put together jugsaw puzzles on youtube.

2)profit!

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

shadowrat What about lt cmdr Data? (317 comments)

we allow humans to decide to kill humans. If we could build an autonomous machine similar to Data, which we are forced to concede has sentience equal to our own, could it be allowed to make that judgement call? If not, wouldn't we then be sowing the seeds for the robot uprising right from the start by belittling it's judgement abilities compared to our own?

4 days ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

shadowrat Re:my gripe (243 comments)

well then. you seem to have adequately addressed my gripe :)

about a week ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

shadowrat my gripe (243 comments)

my gripe about the first story wasn't the small sample size. It's the source of the sample. The scope of the question seemed framed in terms of US society. Who knows where you are sampling on mechanical turk?

about a week ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

shadowrat Re:Stupid (130 comments)

ha ha! this was my first thought after reading the summary. I have no playstation. i'm sure as hell not going to be swayed into buying one just to watch movies and tv.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

shadowrat Re:I hate to feed this, but (350 comments)

This is a good point. I wanted to make it. i'll just piggyback on your comment. Mechanical turk seems like a terrible place to try to quantify the views of a society. Unless, of course, you are trying to get statistics on the views of the society of mechanical turk.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

shadowrat Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Breasts are most definitely not intrinsically sexual! They have been sexualized in much of our modern cultures but they are not intrinsically so.

I'm pretty sure all dimorphism in the human species is intrinsically sexual. Cultures can choose to draw lines wherever they wish.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

shadowrat Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

zeno's paradox isn't quite the same. there's a difference between defining two points on a road and attempting to define all points between them. one is possible, the other is not. Further, first year calculus books will claim that there is no paradox there, just the wrong math.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

shadowrat i dont get it (140 comments)

The test subjects operated a robot arm with their finger. sometimes it would move in sync with them and poke them in the back. then they felt like they were poking themselves in the back. understandable. sometimes it was delayed. Then they felt like someone else was poking them in the back.

How is that a breakdown of your self cohesion processing? Something you aren't really controlling is just poking you in the back! Sure, you gave the input, but i expect your cohesion times out after a couple milliseconds. we couldn't function if we were trying to attribute every sensation we receive for 5 seconds after doing something as part of our actions.

I'm sure we've all had the experience of being poked in the back by a tree branch. Your brain forms a convincing description that someone is there until you turn around and see it's just a branch. that sounds more like what is being demonstrated here.

i didn't see any mention of a control where people were just randomly poked in the back.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

shadowrat Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

In our experience, there's always a next question. I wouldn't call that a paradox. That's like saying driving down the road is a paradox because once you finish a mile, there's another mile.

If we can say for certainty that our universe was created in this quantum fluctuation we answered a question. It raised another question about what is fluctuating, but that question doesn't invalidate the first. We moved ahead.

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

shadowrat Re:PETA! HELP! (164 comments)

Yeah, i didn't mean that we know they have consumed people. Just that there is a high probability that the largest of the big snakes are physically capable of swallowing a person. It likely wouldn't go well for the snake either. There are a number of verified stories of snakes of all sizes suffering after swallowing too large of a meal. That's what i find seriously concerning about this effort.

I also find it hard to believe that you could coax a snake into swallowing a guy in a big suit too. I've been bitten plenty of times by large snakes because i smelled like rat or rabbit. while they certainly would have been capable of then proceeding to swallow my hand, they instead realize it is not what they thought it was and release. They aren't that stupid.

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

shadowrat Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

yeah, i think it's easy for us to miss the importance of all the data our brains gather in childhood. Neuroplasticity be damned, i don't think it's the kind of database your brain is able to set up later either. I think best case scenario, a person who spent too much VR time in their formative years would experience the outside world much as we experience VR; not quite right. I think worst case scenario could go off the charts. At the very least, i don't think i would trust such a person behind the wheel of a car.

about two weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shadowrat Re:what? no graphene? (79 comments)

It's like the hipsters came along and said, "i'm not using the meta materials modern society is pushing on me, i'm only getting craft Goos-Hachen effect made the way my grandpa would make it. with dirt!"

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

shadowrat Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

According to Anses, the process of assimilating a three-dimensional effect requires the eyes to look at images in two different places at the same time before the brain translates it as one image.

Isn't that how normal vision works anyway?

sure, but modern 3d tech, as good as it is, is still a bit of a kludge. the screen is still a fixed distance away from your eyes. the image doesn't move when you move your eyes. the interpupilary distance used to render the two images may not match your own. Having viewed a 3d world our whole lives we are impressed by the reproduction in an occulus rift. However we are also blissfully unaware how much work went into our brain building up a database of how to interpret what is coming in from our eyes.

for example: When i scan about my desk, my eyes converge on various things. My brain is getting the two images, but unlike the images from a vr headset, the projection matrices are along different normals, the subject may be closer to one eye than another and that eye is at a different focal distance, all of that means something to your brain. It's not just cruft. The lack of a lot of this contributes to the disorientation most people feel when they first strap on an occulus. Your eye is being fed an image that is generated from a crude eye that is not quite doing what your eye is doing.

that said, it's unlikely that a kid who grows up with too much vr is going to die. they just might feel a bit dizzy walking around the real world. is that horrible? or is it like how my teachers didn't like me relying on a computer to do math. maybe i'm not as good at head math, but knowing how to do it with the tool sure has been beneficial to me.

about two weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

shadowrat what? no graphene? (79 comments)

how is this even possible without graphene, carbon nanotubes or metamaterials? This is just done with normal everyday stuff?

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

shadowrat Re:PETA! HELP! (164 comments)

i'm not really condoning the nug' kills a snake. obviously that snake is guaranteed to die where this one might just be uncomfortable,

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

shadowrat PETA! HELP! (164 comments)

If there was ever a need to let the dogs of peta run wild, it's this. This is disgustingly shameful. It serves no purpose other than to abuse a snake for entertainment.

Nothing can be gained from this. We already know the snakes can eat a person. We can already send far less obstrusive sensors safely through a snake if we really need to see what's going on in there.

c'mon a show in which ted nugent would kill and eat an anaconda before our eyes would be more on the up and up than this crap.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

shadowrat give me a break (415 comments)

Honestly, nobody wears watches. Most of society has given them up in favor of our pocket screens. Those already need daily recharging. It's not like the apple watch is even competing with a standard wristwatch. Obviously watches have far better power consumption than our phones, but we all eschewed watches for phones a decade ago.

Compare the watch's running time to a pebble or other competing device, not something that isn't even the same. I see plenty of articles that bash the new iphone for poor battery life, but none of those articles bitches that landline phones never needed charging and we've taken this huge step back. They justifiably compare it to some android phone that lasts 2x as long (but nowhere near as long as a landline phone)

There is a litany of other flaws that can be pointed out if you really want to take the watch down.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

shadowrat Re:Proud to be gay??? (764 comments)

Got a picture of your wife on your desk? Ever mention her in offhand conversation? Sure would be nice if gay people were free to do that too without being fired, which isn't true in a lot of places.

...Everyplace I've worked in the last 15 years, firing for the things you suggest would be grounds for a lawsuit, not to mention run afoul of company policy in which we where usually trained annually...

you obviously don't work on Duck Dynasty

about three weeks ago

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