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Comment: Re:Steps (Score 1) 160

by Iamthecheese (#47560751) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
Meaty? Read it, this couldn't be more toothless. Besides adding permission via "emergency order", countless opportunities for judicial review to be used to overturn any part of it, enshrining 180 days holding of records without any review or consequence, and the two hops thing the bill has as many loopholes as could possibly by inserted. Unless by "meatless" you meant this abortion, in which case I completely agree.

Comment: plaster over a gaping wound (Score 2) 160

by Iamthecheese (#47560605) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

This bill is entirely superficial. It's nice as a first step but the "two hops" bit makes it essentially meaningless pending further significant reform. It can be twisted to allow the level of surveillance we see today and it can be twisted that way in secret courts and closed meetings by bribed and blackmailed politicians. This is not the real reform that we need.

Ends the secret courts. Ends the closed door meetings. Establishes new definitions, clear ones to be used across all laws to stop the bullshit about "keeping America safe" by abusing its freedom. We need real reform not this lip service for the masses shit.

I would support a bill that

  • Does everything this bill does
  • Eliminates bullshit about hops, replacing it with a laborious per-item review and a per-item declassification requirement.
  • Requires judicial review by judges outside of the political process for every state secret
  • Guts the Patriot act
  • Recognizes metadata as private information when used in certain ways
  • Forces a real human to press the button on every bit of surveillance done eliminating dragnets.

Hailing this as an effective law on its own is a mistake and the freedom of the United States is in serious jeopardy. Let's not step off that cliff.

Comment: Re:How many broken parts trying to spin up? (Score 1) 218

by Iamthecheese (#47515681) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
If for reasons of cultural sensitivity they wanted to stop the explosion at our smallest common* unit of time they would use 1 second plus expansion time. Now a soccer ball is 11 cm in radius. If we assume the expansion to that size is done at light speed it will arrive there in .00000000003669 seconds. So they'll stop the experiment at t-1..00000000003669 seconds. They must use very precise clocks.

*yes I know bout clock ticks, just go with it.

Comment: Let me count the ways (Score 3, Insightful) 960

by Iamthecheese (#47511939) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

anecdotes

Prove very little and when published in a form like this prove even less. Sexual harassment and assault are highly politicized and in many cases overstated. When the mere accusation of sexual harassment in the form of making dongle jokes in a private conversation can end careers it's blatant sexism to claim it's not taken seriously enough. Sexism? yes: spreading fear that men are abusive and dangerous.

Ive personally never heard of a man in the games industry getting rape threats for having an opinion.

Death threats are every bit as common. Being a different gender means the hatred may be sexualized. "No rape threats against men" is a piss poor measure. How about coming up with some actual numbers reflecting the supposedly heightened hostility against women? Because no I won't take your word for it.

Many men believe women have no worth in the games industry beyond appearance.
The video game industry is particularly egregious at only representing women as sex objects. As such, many gamers are trained to only see women in that context.

Would you care to back that up with facts? A survey maybe? Because it sounds like you pulled it straight from whence many of your other claims come. One sexist asshole does not a culture make. There are many games with strongfemale characters. And don't say sexy clothes prove gamers are sexist unless you want to talk about the thousands of hulking, musclebound men in games.

This kind of harassment leaves long-lasting damage. It affects our friendships, and can cause us to be distant from others.

So your overly sensitive friend proves that the same hatred is worse when leveled against women? Equality means standing up for yourself. If you want to be a damsel in distress you don't want equality.

Women in the industry are told by men what is valid for us to feel.

No, women in general are told they're special and need everyone to cater to them. Then the gaming industry didn't cater as much garnering feminist ire. You can feel whatever you want but so can I.

Comment: AI just isn't up to it yet, (Score 3, Insightful) 102

by Iamthecheese (#47494813) Attached to: "Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In
Natural communication? In a crowded airport with a machine? Pull the other one, it squeaks.

Artificial intelligence is nowhere near good enough to translate "I want an isle seat for my son and TIMMY STOP POKING YOUR SISTER, sorry, An isle seat for my son and I have a Delta flight from Dallas, can you make sure it will arrive in time to connect?" That's the kind of thing human attendants can cope with easily. The best kind of interface for ticketing is an unintelligent wizard on a touch screen with big icons and a "help" button for an attendant.

Comment: Re:Really people? (Score 4, Insightful) 139

You're right: absolutely nothing is free. Except Linux and Chrome and Internet Explorer and Java and TCP and pictures of the Alps and FreeCiv and Libre Office and Wikipedia and the RepRap design and CERN data and the open hardware repository and NIH publications and water filter designs and Acura NSX blueprints and clothing patterns and Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive and don't even think about saying they're "not really free". In all cases we're talking about voluntary contributions of work. Games are as digital as all of these others and claiming no game is free in that context is total bullshit.

Comment: Re:Why is the term "Intelligence" used ... (Score 1) 69

by Iamthecheese (#47476325) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence
The only relationship between consciousness and intelligence is that the latter is needed before the former can present itself. Actual artificial intelligence has been created already and is used to solve chess problems, schedule subway maintenance, and answer Jeopardy questions. If your definition of "intelligent" includes "we don't know how it works" then one day you'll wake up to find yourself unintelligent. We're answering the question of how brains work at a rapid pace.

So ignorance is not an antonym of consciousness WAAAIT A MINUTE I'm being trolled aren't I?

Comment: Broader implications (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by Iamthecheese (#47476277) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence
What real-world problems are best suited to the kind of programming used to manage the subway system? That is to say, if you had unlimited authority to build a similar system to manage other problems which problems would you approach first? Could it be used to solve food distribution in Africa? Could it manage investments?

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by Iamthecheese (#47468853) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..
No, no, no, no, NO. Whether or not you think the size (or existence) of my car, the size of my refrigerator, or other thing I like that raises my standard of living is harmful the only thing you'll accomplish by preaching that is to waste your time and spin your wheels. People will NOT be willing to make real sacrifices for an externality. To actually accomplish something push for only the reforms that are a net benefit all around like nuclear and solar power, the insulation you mentioned, and battery research.

Your program is sick! Shoot it and put it out of its memory.

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