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Why We Should Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain

tehcyder Re:Sentience? (393 comments)

Why, do you think there is some magic hidden in the brain and it can't be replicated using mathematics?

We will get there and very soon.

Blah blah, yeah it will be done within ten years, just like we'll all have cold fusion backpacks to fly us around.

about a year ago
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The New Yorker Launches 'Strongbox' For Secure Anonymous Leaks

tehcyder Re:Oh great ... (94 comments)

Now they'll decree the press are terrorists and say it's illegal to do this since it prevents 'awful' monitoring.

How about 'quite good' or even 'excellent' monitoring?

about a year ago
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The New Yorker Launches 'Strongbox' For Secure Anonymous Leaks

tehcyder Re:But does it work well in practice? (94 comments)

Tor cloaks your requests both by encrypting the HTTP part, and by masking the DNS part. If you access it over tor at work, all anyone will know is that youre using tor.

If you lived in a genuine totalitarian state, they'd just use the fact that you used tor at all as evidence that you were an enemy of the state and torture the information out of you.

about a year ago
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The New Yorker Launches 'Strongbox' For Secure Anonymous Leaks

tehcyder Re:But does it work well in practice? (94 comments)

Just another example of sacrificing freedom and privacy for perceived safety (from counterfeiting, in this case). Even though this has been known about for quite a while now, it still seems just as pathetic.

No, counterfeiting is a genuine problem, not something made up to stop you from printing out child abuse images anonymously..

But no doubt you think we should not only go back to the Gold Standard, but only use actual gold pieces as currency too.

about a year ago
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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

tehcyder Re:I approve (996 comments)

So will total prohibition. Neither is acceptable. Drunk driving is deadly, but this is a step too far when even the government admits a limit this low this is de facto prohibition. Unless we also want to outlaw other distractions, like screens, radios, cupholders, pets, and passengers, we're just choosing what rights we're OK with giving up.

If you frame it as a rights issue, then there should be no limits whatsoever, and all you could do is punish the large number of additional people having accidents caused by their drink driving.

Any sort of punitive preventative measures will inevitably impact on people's absolute right to do what they want.

This is the sort of issue where absolute libertarianism falls foul of common sense and the wishes of the majority of people to prevent as many deaths of innocent people as possible. (If drunk drivers only killed themselves, I don't think people would care as much.)

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

Owning a plushie and a couple of figures, watching the show, visiting internet forums would imply "big fan" to most people. None of those and even all of them together implies any kind of inteference with "life" as you put it.

None of these things are a bad thing to do with your life if you are an eight year old girl.

If you're a 40 year old man, sorry, it's just weird. I know at this point the slashdot libertarians will bring out the "you should be free to do anything you like as long as it doesn't harm others" card.

Fine, I didn't say it should be illegal. I just think that, taken seriously and not as a camp joke, being a brony is going to make people think you are weird. That's your right, but it is ridiculous to pretend you don't see why it's weird.

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

Still though I wouldn't be caught dead wearing pink.

I'm no fan of bronies, but that is just silly machismo bollocks.

A nice pink shirt and tie are part of every gentleman's wardrobe, unless he is a closet homosexual.

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

> In short, you can like my little pony all you want. But when you go so far as to modify your life such that it now revolves around that show, and you feel compelled to convert others to your obcesson, then there is a problem.

What about religious people whose lives revolve around the religion and they try to convert others to the religion?

You're right, that's a (slightly different) problem too.

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

Wish I had mod points.

Wish I had ponies...OH SHIT!

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

So if a girl likes a guy thing like football or wearing pants that aren't skirts, that's normal.

But if a guy likes a girl thing, it's clinical fixation disorder.

You are what is wrong with society.

There's a difference between an adult guy liking an adult girl thing and an adult guy liking a girl child thing.

I've watched all sorts of crap with my kids over the years, but I wouldn't search it out to watch in adult company. This applies equally to Barbie and Ben 10, it's not a sexist thing.

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Re:Call me a neigh sayer (417 comments)

At 12000 feet, I exited the vehicle and went tracking for about half a mile before deploying my parachute.

Parachute? I bet it's made out of silk like a big girl's blouse.

Real men rely on chance interactions with trees or washing lines to break their fall.

about a year ago
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The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

tehcyder Send in the drones (417 comments)

Although I have strong theoretical objections to extra-judicial executions, in the cases of bronies I would be glad to make an exception.

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Facebook better learn... (192 comments)

It does what they want (sharing photos of kids and dogs, spreading incredibly dumb chain-letter type communications, and internet meme/groupthink)

So if it's some psychotic geek on reddit or 4chan it's cool to keep reduplicating memes, but if a pleb on facebook does it it's dumb?

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Facebook better learn... (192 comments)

I'm living in a podunk midwestern town at the moment, where it's normal for people in their 20s and 30s not to have a smartphone or even an iPod. Despite never going out besides the gym or groceries, I still managed to overhear a conversation about how the gym owner and another woman hate Facebook and even how the security policies change so often that setting things to private doesn't mean anything. I don't think Facebook comprehend how much reach their dickish behavior has had.

The almost hyper-realism of your anecdote certainly had me convinced. It was almost as though I was there listening to these two non-geeks bitch and whine about security policies and online privacy concerns. I'm surprised they didn't mention their favourite Linux distro and how fucking awesome bitcoins are too.

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:The light is on but nobody's home (192 comments)

HTC - Horrible Taiwanese Crap

Seriously has anyone ever had a positive experience with an HTC?

captcha: cellular

My HTC One makes the Samsung Galaxy look like a kid's plastic toy in terms of construction quality. I've no idea why people rate Samsung so highly, their phones look as though they'd disintegrate if you put them down on a table too hard.

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Is Facebook a Toxic Brand? (192 comments)

People only use it to catch up on old high school aquaintences to see how fucked up their lives are now they are adults.

Yes, people often forget about the valuable aid to stalking that facebook has become. Any replacement would need to replicate that functionality if nothing else.

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Is Facebook a Toxic Brand? (192 comments)

When I do sign in, I just scan over some of the stupid shit my family and acquaintances are doing. Occasionally, I'll sign in to post a petition to kill bankers, or kill pharmaceutical corporate officers, or kill all lawyers and politicians

So your family and friends posting photos of interest, discussing topics of mutual interest or just having a few giggles is "stupid shit" but signing a totally meaningless and juvenile petition to kill strangers is somehow a good use of your time and the resources of the internet?

Gotcha.

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Is Facebook a Toxic Brand? (192 comments)

Because you could connect with classmates that you didn't necessarily know. There was a good 18-month period where FB was very useful for setting up study sessions and whatnot.

Maybe US colleges are different than here in the UK, but how fucking difficult is it to talk to people in your class? Out of all the times in your life, college is where it's easiest to meet new people.

Christ knows what you were like when you started working, did you literally never talk to any of your colleagues except over the internet? Even if they were sitting next to you?

about a year ago
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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

tehcyder Re:Use some logic, dude. (192 comments)

Everybody hates it and everybody uses it? That doesn't make any sense.

Really? Because everybody hates driving in rush hour traffic, and pretty much everybody has to.

(Yes, I'm being Amerocentric)

Unless everyone were forced to use facebook for their work, your analogy is profoundly unhelpful, verging on idiotic.

about a year ago

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