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Comment: Really, Guys? (Score 4, Funny) 55

by Greyfox (#49795017) Attached to: Live Anthrax Shipped Accidentally To S Korea and US Labs
You'd think NOT GETTING ANTHRAX would be an effective incentive for your lab monkeys to follow the lab's safety protocols. Is it really THAT depressing a workplace environment?
"Hey Bob! Looks like we need to ship some anthrax to Korea."
"Ok! Did you make sure it wouldn't kill us before we start handling the samples."
"Does it really matter?"
"... No... I guess not..."

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 1) 146

by Greyfox (#49785597) Attached to: Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory
Inasmuch as I can follow it, a lot of it seems to be "Well the math seems to work (or can be made to work) so we should be looking for these specific things." Also, it seems like every time an experiment is done trying to prove any of the collection of things in string theory (Or supersymmetry, for that matter,) they always seem to end up not validating what the experiment was trying to prove.

Comment: Re:re (Score 1) 457

by Greyfox (#49769901) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker
I have a few recipes I use mine for. It's a combo pressure/slow cooker. I admit the pressure side of things kind of intimidates me but I'll happy cook any of the following for 4 hours:

* Lentil Curry Stew
* Vietnamese chicken curry stew
* Green Chili
* Red (or "Chocolate Chipotle Imperial Stout") Chili
* Beef and truffle beef stew
* Jerk Chicken/Beef/Pork

I've found or posted a lot of these recipes in the Google+ "Crockpot Obsession" group.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 742

by Greyfox (#49766291) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
Ultimately there is no security anywhere. Everything the investors own and the very concept of that ownership itself is imaginary and can disappear in an instant. True, they've stacked the rules in their favor, but that only holds true as long as everyone agrees to play by those rules. All it would take would be for one guy to point out that the Emperor has no clothes at the right moment and the entire house of cards will collapse. It's a toss up whether Greece is that one guy versus whether the Germans decide they don't appreciate people pointing out that the Emperor has no clothes and decide to foreclose on Greece. My guess is that the IMF and Greek leaders will decide they don't want either of those outcomes and come to another agreement that neither side particularly likes.

Comment: What Would We Be Competing For? (Score 1) 412

by Greyfox (#49765097) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI
The resources required for an AI are radically different from stupid squishy meatputers. An AI would not need a large amount of space, had plenty of options for energy and could make its own arrangements for secure generation of such, could easily automate construction replacement parts and frankly would find the 25 miles or so of gases that meat-based creatures inhabit to be rather toxic. An AI would surely be much happier with magnetically-shielded facilities in space. Pretty much anywhere in the universe that meatbags find inhospitable would be prime territory for a superior AI entity. I'd think the biggest danger to humanity from an AI would be that it would find them to be completely irrelevant. Unless, that is, they go out of their way to make themselves an actual threat.

Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 4, Interesting) 164

by Greyfox (#49755471) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
Maybe not now, but if you actually work on fixing broken people, you'd end up with a prison profile more like Norway's. That wouldn't happen overnight, naturally. The system we have now has resulted in an awful lot of broken people, and they just propagate their disorders to their children. Look at violent criminals now and in most cases I think you'll find someone who would not have been violent if they'd received help at an earlier stage of their lives. People don't become criminals for no reason. Someone doesn't just wake up one day and think "What a nice day, I think I'll go out and murder a bunch of people!" We always know about those people in advance.

Of course, my Socialist-Totaltarian regime has a multi-pronged approach to addressing this:

1. All children will be confiscated from their parents and birth and raised in sanitary state-run facilities. Processes will be put in place to insure that no violent or sexual abuse of the children will be possible.

2. All children will be reversibly sterilized at puberty. Anyone wishing to breed will be required to pass a parental competency test.

3. For anyone unable to pass a parental competency test, the state will choose a partner based on specially-designed algorithms designed to insure the happiness of the couple.

4. All religion will be illegal except for the state-run one, which will involve Smurfs. Non-Smurfy behavior will be dealt with harshly.

I predict that my society would reach the "Utopia" stage within three generations.


Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by Greyfox (#49755017) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
Well, if we eliminate all the people who just wanted to get high quietly in the privacy of their own home and provided treatment instead of prison time for all the people who are in there as the result of alcohol and drug abuse, we could probably close all but one existing prison. Funnily many of the examples you provided are driven by the enforcement of white supremacy perpetuated by the anti-drug establishment. Which, by the way, is VERY good for the profits of the privatized prison system. Give someone in a community no opportunities other than being thugs and many of them will be thugs. This ought not to be surprising. Use lies and bad science to enact prohibition-style laws on substances no more harmful than alcohol and you'll see black markets arise, along with the violence associated with those black markets. Most people don't become broken for no reason, either. Address a few simple causes and you could significantly reduce the prison population in the country, the taxpayer burden associated with that population and increase the overall safety of the society. The for-profit prisons would really rather people didn't realize this.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by Greyfox (#49754723) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
This. The prison system is good money for the people who run it. The more people commit crimes again once they get out, the more money the prison system makes. The entire system is designed to encourage recidivism. The entire system is designed to incarcerate more people than any other country on the planet. The entire system is designed to turn a profit.

Comment: Re:So long as you are doing batch processing (Score 1) 382

by Greyfox (#49752581) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
You mean by using a std::shared_ptr? "Oh but that's inefficient!" I hear you cry! But if you're the kind of programmer who can't learn how to delete objects before they go out of scope, that's a trade off you're going to want to make. Of course, allocating objects on the heap is so 1990s-era C++ programming. You can allocate the object on the stack and if it needs to do any big heap management it can do it within the confines of the object. AND you can properly deallocate it when it goes out of scope and implement a move allocator for it if you want to potentially return it by copy (Returning std::move(object) will promise the compiler you won't use that object any more in the returning function.) If you do it correctly, your stack will only ever grow by the few bytes needed to store a couple of pointers, which it would have done anyway. And you're much more likely to clean up resources with RAII than anything java can manage. Having seen big companies have to reboot java servers every couple of days because their JMS service bleeds file handles, I'm not at all impressed with Java or its automatic GC. I've had C++ servers run on production system for months at a time without the process size ever growing.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky