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Comment: Re:Flip the switch (Score 1) 247

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47784687) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

It's Searle's argument, which I did not fully appreciate as an AI pup. Consciousness, whatever it is, is a real, physical phenomenon, and therefore must arise out of real-world physics.

Interpretive symbol pushing is not such a process. We don't know what part of the brain's physics gives rise to consciousness as a real, physical phenomenon, but it isn't from an abstract interpretation of electrons or chemicals.

Note I am not saying you couldn't simulate consciousness, but said simulatiou would not actually be conscious in the sense of experiencing the greenness of green. I also don't think a perfect simulation of physics as we know it would give rise to simulated consciousness even. There is something else we are missing.

Comment: Re:1st post (Score 2) 259

Raise the price of water until people use something else? Oh wait, that's the capitalist solution.

No, that's the command-and-control socialist solution, the "rationer's rationalization" solution.

The capitalist solution would involve getting rid of red tape stopping capitalism from responding to satisfy a need. It's sad places like California have to generate needless emergencies just to temporarily get the government out of the way.

Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 244

It occurs to me terrorists could probe the system by attempting flights to determine the extent of monitoring of their activities and size of their circles. In this case, it is against government interest to ban them all.

Furthermore an overshooting to far too many people would partially mask this and engender a faix confidence in terrorists that the government was throwing spaghetti at the wall.

Hmmm, wheels within wheels and counter-strategies.

Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 244

Yeah, which is why the judge is asking to be allowed to review the material for constitutionality in private.

Is there any possible way that a 'No Fly List' could be constitutional?

Absent conviction of a crime, or wartime evidence of danger or collusion, ???

Taking the issues wihout hyperventillation:
- Yes, releasing thr rules would allow terrorists to avoid triggers and game the system.
- A judge may not be the best judge of applicability of state secrets, but the secret makers are a far worse self-judge. Dragging this in front of a nominally public court once in awhile is a core check and balance. It is the only kind of thing to do this.

The Internet

CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the my-kingdom-for-a-non-monopoly dept.
mpicpp sends word that CenturyLink has accused Comcast of restricting competition in the development of internet infrastructure. CenturyLink asked the FCC to block the acquisition of Time Warner Cable to prevent Comcast from further abusing its size and power. For example, Comcast is urging local authorities to deny CenturyLink permission to build out new infrastructure if they can't reach all of a city's residents during the initial buildout. Of course, a full buildout into a brand new market is much more expensive than installing connections a bit at a time. Comcast argues that CenturyLink shouldn't be able to cherry-pick the wealthy neighborhoods and avoid the poor ones. CenturyLink points out that no other ISP complains about this, and says allowing the merger would let Comcast extend these tactics to regions currently operated by Time Warner Cable.

Comment: Re:Beyond what humans can do (Score 2) 525

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47765323) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

I am fine being remembered for pointing out yet again we will be better off in 100, 200 or 300 years keeping the economy strong and forging ahead with technological advancement than slowing it by draconian clamps on the economy (there are many clamps beside environmental remediation).

100 years ago we barely had simple planes and no antibiotics. Horses were still common in the streets. Had they slowed down their growth to "help" us, well, thanks for nuthin', Gentleman Jim.

The best thing we can do for future generations is keep things going.

I remain confident it is the hyperventillation crowd that will be proved murderously dangerous idiots in the long run. I am fine going down on record with that prediction.

Comment: Re:Flip the switch (Score 0) 247

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47764999) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

We also have no reason to believe our simulated universe simulates physics as it exists in the "real" world.

In any case, your consciousness is a real phenomenon, and thus cannot be a result of simulated physics. A simulated consciousness would squeal when pricked, but would not have the subjective experience. A simulated consciousness would no more be conscious than a simulated fire would actually be hot.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 505

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47763849) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The day will come when politicians start to suggest forcing removal of steering wheels because human-driven cars are the only thing getting into accidents anymore.

This will accelerate as it starts -- people will drive themselves less, so they will have less practice and thus be worse, getting into even more accidents when they drive. I have some 20,000 hours of driving experience, putting me at an Olympic level of training. This will be a thing of the past.

Comment: Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (Score 1) 119

Quakeworld had limited prediction as an "improvement" over original Quake. It had a tough time with rocket jumping. More often than not the screen would freeze and a few seconds later, you'd find yourself running in a corner, the jump never having occurred, or missed badly.

Comment: Re:writs of assistance (Score 1) 207

Government, glomming on more power whenever it can, has long viewed your records and activities held by wire in companies as not private.

Yet as more and more of life is virtual, constitutional protections against search should travel along with you into cyberspace.

Why create a virtual world just to give government, hungry for power, a virtual world in which to establish a Panopticon?

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.