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

virtualXTC Re:which are not 'ai' (447 comments)

That's because Alva Noe has no clue about what it's talking about. I have programmed and used biology much like we do a computer, and just because we prefer our computers not use basiean inference to give us answers to problems, which is arguably the way that we think, doesn't restrict us from programming them that way.

4 days ago

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

virtualXTC Re:It's an issue of free-will (447 comments)

You only believe that because you are convoluting consciousness with sentience.

I'm not exactly a neuroscientist but at this point feel it's pretty safe to say that consciousness is just he sum of electrical impulses though a weighted connection of neurons and it's correlative magnetic field (a bunch of wires with amplifiers and resistors and electricity running thought them); and depending on your philosophy, this may also require that some (or most) of the electrical input be triggered in response to an environment. Given that computers respond to key strokes, they may well be conscious. Either way (brain or computer) no electrical activity = no consciousness. Sentience on the other hand is a bit harder to pinpoint, and there is even scientific rational that children under 5 may not be fully sentient (with respect to adults), or conversely most animals with fur are sentient as sentience is often reduced to be ones ability to experience pain and pleasure based on environmental input, rather than be strictly reactionary to that input.

4 days ago

Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

virtualXTC The article is trolling; this is barely news (105 comments)

As it's already been said, Wallet NFC and the user app are not going anywhere. It just makes no sense to have a product that takes a cut from vendors, when you can now send mony by email (via Wallet) to anyone for free. Thus a dedicated api for 3rd party purchases no longer makes sense.

about two weeks ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

virtualXTC Re: I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

Why isn't this modded up? China is exactly where all the talent will go if they decide to stay in the field...

about a month and a half ago

Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

virtualXTC Re:DJ (137 comments)

Perhaps this is exactly why they created a "Re-Micks", as now there is definitely some overlap!

about 3 months ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

virtualXTC Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

Ditto. Textual information trapped in a linear non-searchable video has always pissed me off.

Your complaint seems wildly off-topic as there's an easily searchable transcript that can be read / searched via the "hide/show transcript" link right below the video.

about 5 months ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

virtualXTC Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

Too long, didn't watch.

I want to read my information, not listen to some windbag read it.

Err... have you tried clicking on the "hide/show transcript" link right below the video?

about 5 months ago

Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

virtualXTC Re:Good idea (42 comments)

It has nothing to do with the Constitution? They want a Constitutional Amendment, for Christ's sake!

Just to clarify, while an amendment would be nice, it isn't necessary to put some of the proposed fixes, such as the the voucher system, in place.

about 5 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

virtualXTC Re:Well... (493 comments)

Yes, this is just misplaced paranoia. Vaccinations are legitimate public health information.

Just yes. That is to say, yes they are legitimate public health information. And yes, it is paranoia.

Paranoia says registrations of one kind or another are extremely prone to government abuse. And it isn't valid to say "I know my government representatives and they would never do such a thing." Because you do not know all future government administrations and whether they would do such a thing.


Further, thouse who's health cannot tolerate vaccanation are exempt from vaccinations for schooling and don't have any place in the milatry. It is unfortunate that madated vaccines are the only way to get us to the ciritical mass that can protect those who cannot be vaccinated, however it's fear mongers like you are what's keeping us below that critical point.

Moreover, intentional fallicies like this call into question your ablity to think critically and rationally:

And if you genuinely cannot imagine how government could conceivably abuse this information, then you shouldn't be speaking up at all. Should everybody be vaccinated?

If you cannot articulate your actual fears are so that they can be addressed, then you are just paronid. I personally can think of very few ways the list could be abused, and none of the abuses outweigh the risk of another Polio outbreak.

about 5 months ago

Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?

virtualXTC Re:They've been pushing this angle for a while (362 comments)

I'd be more pissed about the auto bail out if that were really the case. However, the government wasn't actually propping up the failed business model of GM, they were propping up the failed business model of Goldman Sachs.

about 6 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

virtualXTC NO (190 comments)

Tech innovation hubs are centered around bleeding edge academic institutions because start-ups need academics to consult for them. Sacramento does not offer this.

about 6 months ago

Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

virtualXTC Read the FAQ!!! (193 comments)


Costs: the idea is that this would cost less than building normal solar pannels AND roads; Moreover, they would also replace the need for powerlines as they are inteded to be part of the distrubtion system. Thus price for new developments shouldn't be an issue.

Repair: Most road damage is due to heavy trucking and utilitys digging them up. The solar roads are designed to withstand and excess 250,000 pounds, and the pannels are modular, which means they can be removed and replaced if digging benigh them is required

Wear: there won't be snow plows going across them as they will have a heating element built in, loss of transparancy is currently thought to have a maximum reduction on output of only 9%, see repair (above) for more questions about durablity. Line Display: netherlands failure: used glow

about 6 months ago

How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

virtualXTC TL;DR for neophytes? (217 comments)

I'm sorry, but even my CCNA certified girlfriend is going to get hung up on the use of TL;DR. I doubt my parents would read past it.

about 7 months ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

virtualXTC Partent article is flamebait (582 comments)

Articles like this make me wish we could moderate the articles as well as the comments.

All heart-bleed proves is that C+ is a poor language to be programming security software in.

about 7 months ago

Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

virtualXTC Re:Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

NO! You cannot buy the sun. Solar power != commercially available nuclear fusion Moreover, just because Victorians could purchase steam turbines, doesn't mean nuclear fission was commercially available to them either.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

virtualXTC Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (134 comments)

The slashdot boycott must be working because slashdot is clearly falling apart; +5 Interesting?!!??!?! WTF???, I just wish someone would point me to wherever the slashdot fork is being set up so I don't accidently read another post like this. Anyway:

If you would just google your problem, in a fraction of the time you spent ranting you would already know all of the sharing features you want are available via google drive, and android auto-updates can be turned as a whole or on an app by app basis by going to Play --> right menu -->settings --> Auto Update Apps --> Do Not auto update apps or Play --> left menu --> my apps --> right menu -->unselect auto update app respectively.

about 9 months ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

virtualXTC Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

In what fucking universe do you exist in where this is a logical rebuttal to "I live in the real world, and my real world landlord doesn't accept BTC"? Right now, I can't buy groceries with BTC. I can't pay for parking with BTC. I can't take a friend out for lunch and pay with BTC. I can't buy a car from a local dealership with BTC, I can't go see a movie in the theatres with BTC.

I don't know where you live, but in Boston, my local coffe / sandwich shop accepts bit-coin; and one of my favorite restruant aggregators accepts bitcoin and actually lists a grocery store!

Futher, while I can't pay for parking, and would have to pre-purchase moieve vouchers to go to the cinema, a few of the local cab companies accept bitcoin, and you can buy concert tix with them.

Moreover, while you might not be able to buy a car from a LOCAL dealer ship (my dealer joked with me about taking bit-coin, but I never found out if they were serious or not), you certianly buy a car with bitcoin.

And as a landlord my self, I'd happly accept bit-coin, or what-ever semi-stable currency you want to give me as long as you pay on time!

For all other transactions you could just used a pre-paid credit card, but proably would get hit with exchange fees.

about 10 months ago

Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

virtualXTC Re:Other options (381 comments)

Yes, definitely to Chromium - chrome give me tons of white pages when I try to load heavy sites, and even crashes about once a month, but for some reason chromium doesn't. But I haven't noticed a difference between Iceweasle and Firefox, so for all intents and purposes they are the same. Personally, I use Chromium for google apps, like drive and gmail, but find firefox/iceweasel is more versatile at navigating the rest of the web. That said, when my x server is acting wonky, links wins hands down ;-)

about a year ago



North Korea (sucessfully?) Launches a long range missle at 0100 GMT

virtualXTC virtualXTC writes  |  about 2 years ago

virtualXTC (609488) writes "FTA: "North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.
North Korea declared the launch of a rocket and satellite a success, and state television planned a special broadcast about the launch at noon (0300 GMT)."
South Korea has confirmed the launch time, and Japan has confirmed that the rocket went over Okinawa, and two stanges of the rockets have sucessfuly avoided other contries and fallen into the sea. While it is still unconfirmed as to whether or not North Korea actually orbiting Satallite, it seems clarn that sancations have faild to curb South Korea's quest for nuclear wepony. Does this mean we headed to yet another war?"

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Harvard Makes College More Affordable

virtualXTC virtualXTC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

virtualXTC writes "With many Slashdotters ranting about how unaffordable higher education, I thought readers may be interested to hear that Harvard University has announced a "sweeping middle-income initiative" to lower the tuition burden. The new initiative frees any family with an income under $60k from contributing toward tuition, asks for a sliding 0% to >10% contribution from families in the $60K to $120K range, and flattens for family's earning $120K to $180K to not more than 10%.
Best of all, Harvard will no longer expect students to take out any loans when calculating their financial aid packages. Let's hope other schools soon follow."

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