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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

ultranova Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (172 comments)

The simplest explanation of why it's wrong is that it's Deterministic. i.e. it's part of the "Clockwork universe" and if that's true, then you do not have free will and we should all just throw in the towel now...

While we're at it, the Second Law of Thermodynamics must be wrong because I'd like a perpetual motion machine and conservation of momentum must get temporarily suspended when someone's about to be run over by a truck.

Also, determinism doesn't conflict with free will. Determinism is a concept in physics and free will is a concept in law and philosophy. If you try to contrast them, you'll end up equating free will with randomness: you didn't write your message based on your beliefs which you've formed based on your character and experience (since that would be deterministic), but rather it's the equivalent of "cat /dev/random | strings".

Determinism = fail

No, but even if it was, it in no way would disprove it.

10 hours ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

ultranova Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (188 comments)

There is one HUGE difference between these factories and a labor camp: In a labor camp, you can't say "I quit" and walk out.

Sure you can. You'll be shot if you do, but that doesn't make you any deader than starving to death after walking out of these factories would.

Rule people through direct violence, and you'll look like a villain. Rule people through only letting them eat if they do what you want, and you'll look like a good capitalist.

yesterday
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

ultranova Re:America! (225 comments)

Cause the terrorists have won.

We thought their game was through, but they knew the Konami Code.

yesterday
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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

ultranova Re:Should let them work inside parks. (68 comments)

The constitution exists to limit the government's power to interfere with your liberty.

Specifically, it can only do so if it thinks it's for the best ("general welfare") or might have any effect whatsoever ("interstate trade").

Only leftist idiots think that it's the government that grants you your rights.

The government doesn't grant people rights, but it oversees and manages the web of institutions which enforce them. The property rights right wing so adores don't mean a thing in a jungle.

That's 100% Nanny State backwards.

"Nanny State" exists because of Gilded Age. Every time economic controls are loosened, it leads to wealth concentration and eventual collapse. It's what's happening right now, and will only end with re-instatement of a Nanny State strong enough to enforce sufficient redistribution of income.

yesterday
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

ultranova Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (142 comments)

The competition among virtual currencies and their continuing evolution demonstrate their uselessness as stores of value.

Economic value is like potential energy: it only makes sense in the context of some system. A dollar, a bar of gold or unspent transactions in the Bitcoin ledger have no inherent value, but someone might accept any or all of them in exchange for something else. But economy is ever-evolving, and in fact currently going through a major crisis, so economic value cannot be reliably stored for any length of time. The best you can do is watch which way the changes are going and transferring value away from failing forms.

yesterday
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

ultranova Re:How would a stateless society handle such tech? (175 comments)

As long as there are cowards, there will be people selling insurance.

As long as some entities have a higher capacity to absorb temporary setbacks than others, they can trade on this ability like any other good. But I suppose that doesn't make as good a soundbite.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ultranova Re:Does the job still get done? (653 comments)

Unless they get employed doing something else.

Suppose you have 10 people and 10 jobs. One job is eliminated by technology. Now you have 10 people and 9 jobs. That 1 newly unemployed dude tries to get another job, but to do so he'll have to oucompete 1 of the remaining 9 employed people out of their job. So how will he compete? Why, he'll do the job for less money. So now we have 9 people with lower average wage, and 1 unemployed dude. This merry-go-round will then continue. Also, as wages fall so will the total buying power of the workforce, which creates further downward pressure.

Capitalism cannot handle a situation where labour is not the resource that limits production. It predates Industrial Revolution, almost collapsed as a result of it, and is heading back towards the cliffs now that true believers have managed to convince themselves that the fall of Soviet Russia means revolution is no longer possible and dismantled the compensating systems.

The only real question at this point is whether it'll collapse into a dystopia where the poor are kept down by brute force, or incorporate sufficient income redistribution to guarantee a middle-class minimum income. US is trapped to the former fate by the aftereffects of Cold War rhetoric, but Europe and Japan have hope. And China, of course, is a dystopia as is.

"Remaining jobs" need not decline and it's worth noting that they actually aren't declining at present.

According to the article they do. Also, when was the last time job market was good for the employees?

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ultranova Re:Does the job still get done? (653 comments)

Second thing, most examples given are low wages jobs, then the argument does not hold water if you pretend it is responsible for stagnation of the average wages, the average wages should go up if there is less people with minimum wages.

If you destroy a low-wage job, the workers who previously did it become unemployed, and their wage goes to zero. Also, there's more competition for the remaining jobs, thus even non-zero wages tend to fall.

2 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

ultranova Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

They wear glasses without any lenses, for crying out loud. No sane person would do something that fucking dumb.

No sane person would care if someone did.

about a week ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

ultranova Re:Let me guess... (166 comments)

I'm trying to think of a better word than "hypocrisy.

"Psychosis". That seems to be pretty much perfect description for condemning someone based on actions you imagined them taking.

about a week ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

ultranova Re:French politicians.... (166 comments)

Airbus, not the most efficient of global corporations, can remain a profitable concern only by making rational commercial decisions. If that means negotiating with a non-European supplier then the good French senator Alain Gournac ought to find out why Ariane 5 (or 6) were deficient and figure out how to make them competitive.

Airbus, a corporation, can only remain profitable by making rational commercial decisions. And France, a nation, can only remain prosperous by making rational political decisions. And since Airbus and France are not the same entity, their interests can and in this case do conflict. In this situation, the good French senator Alain Gournac is doing exactly what he ought: using the resources at his disposal to affect the outcome so it becomes more favorable to his nation. Whether the methods are ethical can be debated, as well as what, exactly speaking, constitutes the short, medium and long-term interests of France. However, simply asserting that Airbus's profitability should be an important concern for either Mr. Gournac, us, or anyone but Airbus stakeholders rises the question:

Why in blazes should a French senator put the interests of Airbus over France?

But that would require the Monsieur Gournac to pull his thumb outta his ass and do some real work.

He did. The very title says he "attacked" Airbus. That you don't agree about his methods doesn't mean they're not "real" work.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

ultranova Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

I work for a very large storage array manufacturer. Warranty length is *not* the only difference...

Thank you for clearly stating your biases. However, your statement is too vague to be either verified or taken into account in a decision-making process in any meaningful way. Either of these would require knowing at least some of the specific differences.

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

ultranova Re:blow their minds (81 comments)

If I ran a secret tor service site thing, I'd had 5 moderators and 1 administrator and they'd all be me just to mess with people's heads. That would prevent moles.

If I ran a secret tor site, I wouldn't publicly post my security practices, especially on a non-Tor site that doesn't even use SSL. That's the most important security...

Oh, crap.

about a week ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

ultranova Re:class act (171 comments)

quite why we're assisting Sweden in this farce I have no idea

The UK is not assisting Sweden. Both you and Sweden are assisting the US, which is trying to get revenge on Assange for exposing its dirty secrets.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

ultranova Re:Missing the point. (416 comments)

"If you sexually harass our students you're done, you're gone, and we don't give a damn whether you are the star quarterback, the uber geek or the processor emeritus."

How do trashed computers harass students? Through improperly wiped picture folder?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

ultranova Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

Governments can crash their currencies but they have a pretty big incentive not to. Bitcoin, no matter how big it gets, could crash just because anonymous18283@hotmail.com decides he wants to cash out and buy New Zealand.

Wall Street had every incentive to keep status quo intact, yet they crashed worldwide economy anyway. As long as you'll have markets, you'll have people who "win" and get into position to cause havoc. It's the very carrot/stick combo that drives capitalism and gives it efficiency: if you work hard, you might get to wield the whip rather than yield to it.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

ultranova Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

Tests can be devised to gauge many types or aspects of intelligence. You can measure an individuals aptitude and/or ability, and then use it to predict in a very general way how that individual will perform on various tasks that benefit from such intelligence.

You can measure how well someone performs a task, and use that to predict how well they'll do similar tasks in the future. But what has that to do with intelligence? Why does having this particular skill indicate intelligence, rather than practice?

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

ultranova Re:Nethack needs an upgrade (186 comments)

Make it robotic. Don't have people control their character directly, but instead submit an AI routine to make the decisions. Then simply impose a time limit on the AI, and make the command "wait" if it's exceeded.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

ultranova Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

It is like someone who rants about the evil of capitalism, then charges people a lot of money to go to his lectures to listen to him rant about the evil of capitalism.

Or complaining about the uselessness of the government on government-invented Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

ultranova Re:...and here we go again (184 comments)

There's no such thing as free.

So how much did you get paid for your comment?

about two weeks ago

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Finnish HIV vaccine testing to begin

ultranova ultranova writes  |  about a year ago

ultranova (717540) writes "FIT Biotech, based on Tampere, Finland, has developed a vaccine it claims will cut the cost of HIV treatment to 1/10th of its current price and might eliminate the virus entirely. The vaccine is based on genetic engineering and will enter clinical human trials next year."
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Firefox 4 released

ultranova ultranova writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ultranova (717540) writes "Firefox 4 has been released. However, 100% CPU usage bug seems to be back (and severe enough that I was forced to downgrade back to 3.6 after half an hour or so), and the new interface is just different enough to be annoying; for example, "Open in new tab" and "Open in new window" menu items have been swapped around for no apparent reason.

In short, I recommend you don't upgrade at this time."

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