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Comment: Re:What blows my mind (Score 1) 208

by Hartree (#49146973) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

It stems from a very general human response to want those they don't like to die. Even if it means those they love die sooner.

Whenever this subject comes up, there always seem to be comments like: "We can't let this $group-of-bastards escape death!"

That, of course, ignores that $group-of-bastards is usually a small minority compared to the larger number of people who would benefit.

This very argument was made when our now fairly common transplant surgeries were first attempted.

Comment: No left menu on user page: (Score 1) 82

by Hartree (#49144749) Attached to: The Only Constant is Change

And no obvious replacement for it, for some things.

I can get to journal pages, friends, foes, etc by typing in the url, but if someone doesn't already know that, it'll be hard to find. These links were in the left menu on the user page, but they're gone now as well as the left menu on the main page.

(Maybe I'm missing something obvious.)

Comment: Re:Should be damaging (Score 1) 430

by Hartree (#49123705) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

"other than Alberta"

Well, Alberta's politics don't fit well with a lot of Canadians. However, it fits quite well with our western states just to the south. So, strictly as a favor to help you out, all us US-ians would be happy to take it off your hands for a small handling fee. We'd even guarantee no pipelines to be built on Canadian soil.

Deal?

Comment: Re:"Singularity" is a horrible term. (Score 1) 71

by Hartree (#49121675) Attached to: Facebook AI Director Discusses Deep Learning, Hype, and the Singularity

"They really should have come up with something other than the infinitely dense point at the center of a black hole."

It was coined by Vernor Vinge, a sci-fi writer (and professor of CS) for a scifi story. It's a bit much to want absolute accuracy from something he didn't know would become a meme.

+ - 'Shadow biosphere' might be hiding strange life right under our noses->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If we came across alien life, would we even know it was alive? All known life on Earth fits a particular mold, but life from other planets break might free from that mold, making it difficult for us to identify. We could even be oblivious to unfamiliar forms of life right under our noses. Scientists are now proposing some new things we should look for when it comes to identifying life in a “shadow biosphere”—an undiscovered group of living things with biochemistry different from what we’re used to."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:More of the same: (Score 1) 215

by Hartree (#49051983) Attached to: New Encryption Method Fights Reverse Engineering

I admit I haven't looked into it deeply yet, but I suspect it may be able to switch in and out of this mode. Else, you'd have to precompile every thing you run in encrypted form and not be able to use any shared libraries. The binaries would be pretty tubby and performance would suck for the reasons you give.

Run the license checks and some of the key code that's not very compute intensive in the encrypted space, and then shift context to run things you call to do the heavy work in unencrypted space.

Comment: For myself: (Score 2) 645

by Hartree (#48999167) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

I don't know if there is journalistic purpose in this. I only know what I feel about it. I've not watched it (or there other videos) and have no desire to.

I've seen people dying and badly injured before in real life as well as video. I'm not very squeamish about it, but it's unpleasant.

ISIS desperately wanted people to see this and have it burned into their memory. I have no desire to help them get something they want. The couple of stills I saw from it simply confirmed my opinion of them.

Beyond that, I have neither time nor memory neurons for either them or their "snuff" videos.

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