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

tristes_tigres Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (443 comments)

Well - no, they did not. A single neuron is complicated and poorly understood at present. The network of 300 of those is not understood at all. The lego robot that you referenced is a primitive lookalike thta does not fully reproduce the behaviour of real worm.

3 days ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

tristes_tigres Re:Errors (230 comments)

Except that it isn't an "error" in the way most people understand it. The neural net works correctly and as designed.

What is in error is the designers' and users' expectation that NN classifies things in the way that is "reasonable"
to a human. Which means, in turn, that the status of the whole discipline must be considered questionable.

about 5 months ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

tristes_tigres Re:mathematica? (216 comments)

What the AC said. Mathematica language itself is rather buggy and outdated, and I shudder to think about stuff like "natural language processing" built on top of it.

about 9 months ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

tristes_tigres Economists (518 comments)

Now they presented us with a spirited defense of high-tech cannibalism. That is no surprise to anyone at the least familiar with those people. The whole profession of economics is morally and intellectually suspect, and the Chicago school - particularly so.

about 10 months ago
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App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

tristes_tigres Re:Freedom of thought (392 comments)

Used to be that in order to keep the peace, your village had to pay tribute to the local evil empire, and whatever they asked for they received.

Whereas nowadays, your village has to pay tribute to the IMF, and those who refuse, are branded "undemocratic" and bombed with cruise missiles. Yes, humanity progressed a long way.

Today to keep the peace, the US issues foreign aid.

Keep it. I mean, seriously. The world is much better off with out your "aid"

about a year ago
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UCSD Students Test Fire 3D-Printed Metal Rocket Engine

tristes_tigres ObPi (55 comments)

It only counts if they used "Raspberry Pi" to control the firing.

(no hipsters were hurt in the production of this post)

about a year ago
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The Human Brain Project Kicks Off

tristes_tigres Re:A computer that works like the human brain? (251 comments)

> Exact same argument could be applied to 'climate' models...

Sorry, no. We understand very well the hydrodynamic, chemical and thermodynamic laws that govern the climate. Not so for neural process of even very simple worms.

about a year ago
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Undiscovered Country of HFT: FPGA JIT Ethernet Packet Assembly

tristes_tigres Re:Wow, (452 comments)

It certainly can, and very easy too - simply withdraw legal, regulatory and insurance coverage from "dark pools". Those who would sill want to gamble there - let them handle the risk without any freedom -endangering state interference.

about a year ago
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

tristes_tigres Re:Deja vu (454 comments)

No, the US government did not approve of Iraqi chemical weapon use. You wildly exaggerate, to be polite.

And you are lying, to be precise. Here're some choice quotes from the article in the "Foreign Policy" that I linked to

U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent.

and also

U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein's government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.

"The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn't have to. We already knew," he told Foreign Policy.

Looks like tacit approval to me.

The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted.

about a year ago
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

tristes_tigres Re:Deja vu (454 comments)

Iraq did have and use chemical weapons in the past.

With full knowledge and approval of the USA government, as the declassified government documents prove

"Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran"
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

I find it amazing that so many people treat assertions by the US government as a fact. How many times you need to be lied to grow up a little?

about a year ago
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First Successful Unmanned Drone Landing On an Aircraft Carrier

tristes_tigres Re:The claim of first drone landing is incorrect ! (176 comments)

You are forgetting his biggest achievements:

- Invaded sovereign nation that did not threaten USA - the supreme war crime under Nurenberg statues. This war resulted in million+ excess deaths of Iraq populac, according to the Johns Hopkins Unuiversity study

- Established secret torture GULAG

- Declared habeas corpus void for "terorism" suspects

- Launched the total survelliance programs that Snowden now revealed

- Given away trillions of public money to corrupt and bankrupt Wall Street bankers

about a year ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

tristes_tigres Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

Thank you for this testament to the efficiency of the US education and media. Never mind the numerous examples of non-monetary, egalitarian societies and the actual history of money and debt.

about a year and a half ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

tristes_tigres Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

And race and gender has absolutely nothing to do with whatever you call "economic status". Nothing at all. Perish the thought!

about a year and a half ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

tristes_tigres Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

In imaginary libertarian paradise, where mythical beast called "free market", decides who does what for how much, your objection would have been valid.

about a year and a half ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

tristes_tigres Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

> Well, if you could remove greed, lust, hate, and evil from human nature then this would work..

Actually, for the communism to work it is enough to remove the scarcity. That's why maintaining scarcity and inequality is a major preoccupation of the 1%

about a year and a half ago

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