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Comment: Re:IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 1) 676

by HBI (#49539565) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I hate sports, despite my father's best efforts. The cultural surround makes me recoil in disgust, more than anything else. Also, I think the very small percentage of people who enjoy it who aren't functionally retarded aren't representative of anything about the activity.

I happen to enjoy playing D&D on weekends with a group of adult geeks, but that doesn't make me automatically upset when someone refers to the activity as juvenile and a sausage fest replete with misogyny. My game happens not to be, but most are.

Comment: IQ, Standard deviations, and propaganda (Score 5, Interesting) 676

by HBI (#49537553) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

46 here. I work in the military-industrial complex. Snowden did us all a signal service.

Think about the limitations of the general public in perceiving this. Do you really think that people who think Kim Kardashian is interesting and like the NFL are really going to give this any serious thought? They'll parrot the line the government throws out.

The interesting part of the poll is that even a tiny percentage think that Snowden did the right thing. Not enough to give me much hope, but enough to surprise me.

Comment: speak for yourself (Score 5, Interesting) 33

by HBI (#49537323) Attached to: New Sampling Device Promises To Make Blood Tests Needle-Free

The whole design of blood testers for glucose militates using them on the hands or fingers. After thousands of sticks, it hurts worse. I already have to give myself 5 needles a day for insulin in places with adipose fat layers, like the lower arm, top of thigh or my belly. Doing 5 more sticks for tests is just ...bullshit. I won't do it. Maybe once a day, if that. Give me a technology that makes it less painful and i'll use it. If I can use it on an area of my body that doesn't usually get stuck (ass cheek? side of thigh? Anywhere where there is muscle behind the skin?) the pain level will be less.

Comment: I'm really interested (Score 1) 196

by HBI (#49523253) Attached to: Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

Where in the world are actual intelligent networks?
Where is the machine that can learn complex tasks?
Where is the bot that can pass a Turing test reliably?

More importantly, where is there a machine that uses something other than a human designed tree search to do things?

I hear this crap about machine intelligence thrown out without any significant exemplars of said intelligence.

Show me something smarter than Eliza.

Comment: Re:Well, after the series of murders post-Manning (Score 1) 190

by HBI (#49514027) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

Leaking current nation-state intel results in people dying. Fact of life - some agent will be compromised, and if you leak thousands of cables, multiply the deaths.

In comparison, corporate crap pales in significance. Even if you know the design of Acme's newest widget, how much difference could it really make in the short run? Not all that much.

Comment: How isolated? (Score 1) 53

by HBI (#49500895) Attached to: Resistance To Antibiotics Found In Isolated Amazonian Tribe

I seem to remember a National Geographic issue circa 1980 that was featuring Yanomami.

The last actually isolated tribe that I am aware of was in the New Guinea highlands back in the 30s. The rest have had more or less direct contact with civilization. Do you really think they were never visited by a missionary? Have you ever met one of those people?

You can write a small letter to Grandma in the filename. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS, University of Washington