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Look For AI, Not Aliens

unbug Re:Oh great (452 comments)

Don't worry, we'll get reality television with killer mutants soon enough.

about 4 years ago
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Look For AI, Not Aliens

unbug Re:It gets sillier all the time. (452 comments)

Nah. Thought is a function of me. Attempts to apply the term to figments of my imagination always result in nonsense.

about 4 years ago
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Claimed US Military Wikileaks Source Arrested

unbug Re:Feh (698 comments)

Seeing that might change the thoughts slightly on the pieces of video that were seen...

Lemme see ... nope, it doesn't. Also, screenshot or it didn't happen.

more than 4 years ago
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Claimed US Military Wikileaks Source Arrested

unbug Re:Feh (698 comments)

Do they have a rule that for every kid you don't fire at you get to kill two grown-up guys or something? Three if it was a baby?

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

unbug Probabilities (1015 comments)

What is the probability of aliens conquering Earth? What is the probability of an all-out nuclear war, an incurable virus getting loose from some lab or other similar niceties happening? Why should then anyone in their right mind actually be concerned about the former?

more than 4 years ago
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Could Colorblindness Cure Be Morally Wrong?

unbug Re:The rich become a different species (981 comments)

Imagine a society in which the rich lived twice as long.

You don't have to imagine it. The rich live significantly longer than the poor today. In fact, that has always been the case.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

unbug Re:Well, what did they expect? (667 comments)

Well, I didn't elect your government and I don't know if it's particularly qualified to do anything. I'm sure that it is the least qualified entity in the world to decide whether or not to release information which it would profit from covering up, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

unbug Re:dumb summary (667 comments)

air strike on some iranian military base? air strike on the twin towers?

see?

See what?

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

unbug Re:Well, what did they expect? (667 comments)

  1. Yes, and Wikileaks is one way of adding a bit of balance.
  2. Firstly, I'm not sure Wikileaks is bound by any US laws. Is it based in the US? Secondly, I don't believe these particular laws will ever be fixed but if that happens, it will happen because people will show again and again and again why they are bad. Which is what Wikileaks often does.
  3. I think Wikileaks' judgement tends to be quite a bit better than that of most governments worldwide. So they get tons of sympathy on those arguments.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

unbug Re:Well, what did they expect? (667 comments)

But is Wikileaks the entity that gets to decide what should and shouldn't be classified?

Which entity should decide this? Why would it be more qualified to do so than Wikileaks or anyone else?

Which is worse? Something not supposed to be classified NOT being leaked, or something SUPPOSED to be classified being leaked? I, and most people, would say the latter.

Well, tolerating the former leads directly to a system where people with the power to classify things are not accountable to anyone and where nobody knows what they do. Which, in turn, always leads to all sorts of utterly horrible things. The latter seems to happen quite often recently and what horrible things that have happened because of it? I don't know about most people but I quite definitely think the former is much much worse.

more than 4 years ago
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Israeli Border Police Shoot US Student's Laptop

unbug Re:Conveniently forgetting the details (929 comments)

Indeed. I'm constantly amazed at how people carrying Arab publications act all surprised when their laptops get shot.

more than 4 years ago
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Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

unbug I beat it ages ago (655 comments)

I stopped playing.

more than 4 years ago
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Haskell 2010 Announced

unbug Re:Concurrency? (173 comments)

Here is a philosophical view of the whole thing. You can think of effectful computations as functions from a World to a World where a World contains everything that we consider mutable (including RAM, the disk, the internet and so on). For example, putStrLn takes a World and a string and produces a World which is exactly like the old one except that the string has been written to the standard output.

Of course, the two Worlds - the one in which the string hasn't been output yet and the one in which it has - can't coexist. That is, once you actually output the string you can't go back to the old World. This means that if you apply putStrLn (or any other "World transformer") to a World you can't reference that World any longer, only the one that putStrLn gives you as its result. The programming language has to ensure that Worlds are accessed linearly - if you have a World and apply a function to it, you get a new World and can't reference the old one. If this is guaranteed, then World transformers like putStrLn can be evaluated simply by modifying the one and only real world. This doesn't make the language impure because the program can't detect that the old World has changed - it can't reference it.

This kind of linearity can be implemented through linear types (which is what Clean does) or monads. In general, monads don't have anything to do with side effects. But there is one particular type of monad, called state transformer, which provides linear access to an encapsulated state. And there is one particular state transformer monad (called IO in Haskell) whose state is the World. The standard library defines primitive World functions (like putStrLn) based on this monad and programmers write their programs by composing these primitives in interesting ways. There is nothing deeply magic about it.

more than 4 years ago
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Viacom Vs. YouTube, Beyond Privacy

unbug Re:rights owners? (197 comments)

And the bucks usually go to the ones the law sides with. Resistance is futile!

more than 6 years ago

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Bridge Champions To Be Banned For Anti-Bush Sign

unbug unbug writes  |  more than 6 years ago

unbug writes "Not all is well in the usually peaceful world of bridge. A small, hand-written sign reading "We did not vote for Bush", held up during the award ceremony at the World Championships in Shanghai by the winning USA women's team, has created a veritable thunderstorm. The culprits are now facing at least a one-year suspension and 200 hours of community service each provided they agree to apologize and say who came up with the idea in the first place. The United States Bridge Federation has threatened "greater sanction against anyone who rejects this compromise offer". The Federation is concerned that the team's action "reflects a complete disregard for the fact that the Chinese government, which does not exactly have a history of sympathetic views toward political dissent, provided the bulk of financial support for both the 2007 World Championship and the 2008 World Bridge Olympiad". The team members are mostly professional players who earn a large part of their income by playing in USBF and international tournaments."

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