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Comment: Re:You realize... (Score 1) 153

Extinction is not bad, nor is it good, it simply is. It is evolution.

No, it's not. Evolution is a process where species diverge. It can only occur when one species splits into two, and/or a species radically changes as an adaptation to the environment.

It isn't 'survival of the fittest' or any other moronic thing they taught you in third grade.

The fossil record shows that there were sabre-tooth marsupials in South America before the land bridge at Panama connected the two continents. There was no 'evolution' at play when the land bridge occurred and sabre-tooth cats moved into the range and out-competed the marsupials. There was only extinction. There were then fewer species living on the planet, for better or worse.

Comment: Re:You realize... (Score 1) 153

I gave two separate and specific contexts where extinction is a clear loss to humanity

That's a very anthropocentric way of looking at things. It's really sad when even the people 'defending' the natural order feel the need to shape their argument in a way so that 'people' benefit.

It always strikes me that at least some of the scientists say 'damn, now how will I get tenure!?!' when an extinction event happens before they can study something.

It's worst with Archaeologists, whose goal in life is to root up everything and use 'the most modern techniques possible' to tear apart the historical evidence, then deposit some of the 'good bits' in modern steel and glass buildings.

Comment: Re:Why not just kill them all? (Score 1) 115

by Bing Tsher E (#49772175) Attached to: Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases

The effects would probably be worse than DDT.

It wouldn't be difficult for the effect to be worse than DDT.

DDT was a problem mainly because it came out in the moronic era when any new 'miracle chemical' that came out was spread as widely as possible. It was dispersed so widely that it became a real problem. Selective and very controlled use of DDT is effective for controlling mosquito problems. It's simply a boogeyman thing, like 'nukes' for a lot of people.

Comment: Re:No difference (Score 1) 208

by Bing Tsher E (#49768165) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

Hey. I still use FVWM on my X11 desktops. Once you have a good working .fvwm2rc there's no need for anything more.

Except for where I use the Tab Window Manager (TWM), which has the advantage of being as default a part of X11 as the Xterm program.

Sometimes you just want to get stuff done with your computer.

Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 391

by Bing Tsher E (#49766551) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

To be fair, everything that Musk has done in the last decade just reeks of him begging our forgiveness for creating PayPal. Also, he's terrified of the possibility that he might wind up being the latest Paul Allen.

Musk knows what a nerd is, he even knows how to give nerds money. He is not a nerd. (if you're on Slashdot because you are an 'IT' person and the very idea of being called a 'nerd' scares you, please just go away and stop ruining this site for the rest of us)

Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 2) 391

by Bing Tsher E (#49766539) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

To look at Bill Gates' code you just have to disassemble it. Most of his work is in Assembly Language. For instance, he wrote the Word Processor component of the software in the TRS-80 Model 100. In Intel 8085 Assembly Language. He's probably not as good at whatever abstracted monster language is trendy this week. Back a few decades ago I remember reading he enjoyed dabbling around with Visual Basic 3.0. But he wrote the Basic interpreter in everyone's computers more than a decade before that, so he was entitled to some fun time.

Go sling some Drupal or whatever. Maybe they'll promote you to making the salads later on.

Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 391

by Bing Tsher E (#49766525) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Well, go ahead and get carried away describing the 'method' that you apparently think will be the most successful.

Don't discount the idea, though, that sooper dooper fast 'stuff-we-already-have' might not provide the breakthrough.

Super biga gigahertz is just stomping all over a huge data set with statistics. How boring. It's really disappointing how much of that shit goes on these days in the name of 'science.'

But it gets grant dollars, yessirre.

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.