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Comment Re:Fickle as the wind (Score 3, Insightful) 87

Hillary Clinton voted for the war; that's a bit more serious.

So did most of congress at the time and they did so largely based on bad data from our intelligence agencies and the Bush administration.

BS. Most of the politicians voted for it because the war was very popular with their constituents at the time.
Most wars do tend to be more popular before they start than after they drag on for 10 years.

Comment Re:From the article (Score 1) 341

It's steam, even if it's below the boiling point of water. Saying that you're not seeing steam just because you're seeing the droplets of re-condensed water vapor rather than the gaseous water molecules is awfully pedantic. And you are not seeing "droplets of water coming off the condensate that has come out of the condensors [sic]". The cooling towers are not condensers - they don't condense water, they evaporate a portion of the water to cool the bulk of it - and the condensate from the condensers never comes in direct contact with the cooling tower water. The condensers are heat exchangers that separate the open cooling tower and the closed steam system.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

Sensors aren't the issue, you need EXCELLENT software.

Unfortunately, they are planning on using neural net software, which, while it may be Excellent at being a neural net, cannot be proven to be fool-proofed, as they relies on training in such a way that the actual calculations are not determined ahead of time.

Comment Re: But . . . (Score 1) 430

.... every time I have filed my taxes I have gotten back more than I paid until I started making near $100,000 per year.

I call bullshit. Getting back some of the money that was withheld, sure, depending on how many exemptions you claimed for withholding. But getting back more than was withheld? No way, unless you're double dipping with some seriously aggressive loopholes.

Comment Re:Feral or nurtured (Score 1) 76

I don't think you understand human learning very well at all. Most human learning is not conveyed through some sort of "rules," but rather is extrapolated from patterns humans notice.

It seems all you've done is move the rules from something handed down to you to something you figured out for yourself. When it comes down to it, it seems obvious that anything you know has to be figured out by yourself, at least at the most basic level. But when learning for yourself, it's pretty handy to have someone who's already been figuring things out to give you a leg up on the learning process by explaining the rules they've already come up with, which you can then judge for yourself.
Though you do make some good points, nonetheless.

Comment Re:Feral or nurtured (Score 1) 76

I can see that this has application in some areas, but to be a good member of society shouldn't we want certain aspects of co-existence, values and social behaviour to come from rules, rather than each person or computer coming too its own conclusion about co-operating?

No, not for most people, anyway. Read Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments. (Twitter version: People instinctively empathize. From that naturally comes a sense of right and wrong.) Rules handed down from authorities do not do the job half as well - the rules can't possibly cover all situations, sometimes get things wrong, and do not have the same influence in people's hearts and actions that a person's own moral sense has. That said, Adam Smith does seem to dismiss what we would call psychopathic people a little to easily, and spends too much time justifying the class system of 1700s Britain. But he also has some insights into why people fawn over "successful" people like Trump, showing how people tend to admire others with wealth and power, because when they observe the wealthy or powerful, ordinary people tend to see themselves in that situation.

Comment Re:Do me a favor, open the door and let 'em in. (Score 1) 287

Witness the conflating of democracy with a political party's selection of a nominee that is an actual member of that party, and not an independent socialist.
See also the Republican party's current dilemma for an example of a nominee that does not actually agree with the philosophy of the nominating party.
What the election process needs is to let the parties choose whoever they want before the government holds a non-partisan primary election where the top vote getters go on to the general election regardless of party nominations.

Comment Re:A question for westerners (Score 1) 566

White female teacher has sex with 15 year old student. Gets a slap on the wrist.
White male teacher has sex with 15 year old student. Gets life ruined, sex offender, and a lengthy prison sentence . . .

The issue seems to be less what the gender of the offender is, and more what the gender of the victim is. (Though homophobia would possibly work against a same-sex offender even more)

Comment Re:Proof her perf evaluations weren't fair (Score 1) 566

Bernie Sanders isn't a Democrat, anyway. He was, and is, an Independent that decided that he could get more traction running as a Democrat. Nobody should be surprised that an Independent, especially a self-avowed socialist, would not be favored by the Democratic Party officials.

Comment Re:Translation... (Score 1) 87

Much of what you're saying seems to be right, but sentience does not equal intelligence or self-awareness. In spite of Star Trek TNG's misuse of the word when dealing with Data, sentience means the capacity to feel or sense, as opposed to the capacity to reason that a person has or the incapacity to feel that a rock exhibits. And I'm not certain that self-awareness would be required for intelligence, at least not for the lower levels of intelligence that many animals exhibit, though self-awareness certainly seems to raise humans' intelligence level above that of less-aware animals.

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