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Comment: Re:life in the U.S. (Score 1) 255

by JimFive (#48918391) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Competition and/or expanding access would go alot further to bettering the internet than increasing the broadband definition.

This is true, but I suspect that there is some sort of money involved in being classified as "broadband" by the FCC and that money is the reason that Verizon and Cable companies don't want to be defined as not broadband. If that's true, then this is the mechanism that the FCC has to encourage companies to improve their network speeds.
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Comment: Re:"inescapable conclusion" (Score 1) 230

by JimFive (#48879579) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart
Great post and thanks for the explanation. I do have one nitpick, though

(which is what the equation that governs the cosmological expansion of spacetime)

The equation does not govern the expansion, the equation describes or models the expansion. In the same way that the map is not the territory, the math is not the universe.

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Comment: Re:This is nonsense (Score 1) 322

Eliminate, no. But they could do a lot to alleviate it if they would actually investigate incidents instead of falling back on "zero tolerance" rhetoric that punishes the victim of bullying when they finally lose it and fight back. Additionally, these are minors in a school, they're supposed to monitored most of the time. If long term bullying is happening at the school and the school doesn't know about it then it is probably because they don't want to know. Online bullying within the school could be monitored just as all network communication can be monitored. However, off-site, including off-network, bullying isn't really within the purview of the school and the school can't and shouldn't be trying to get in the middle of it, that's up to the parents and, ultimately, the police depending on the escalation of events.
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Comment: Re:what is your return on investment? (Score 1) 189

by JimFive (#48782287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?
You realise that leaving all your lights off and letting your neighbors know you're gone is more secure, right? If a light comes on then your neighbors know there is something wrong. With automatic lights your neighbors just ignore it.

(This, of course, assumes that you trust your neighbors.)
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Comment: Re:Conform or be expelled (Score 1) 320

by JimFive (#48777893) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home
I think this is where the problem lies. In the US, if you are not within a city then there is no "local council" that deals with these issues. These HOAs are basically built on subdivided farm land that isn't under the jurisdiction of a city. Hence the HOA is the "solution" to dealing with unruly neighbors.

That said, HOAs are de facto local governments and should be held to the same standards as other local governments, including incorporation of Constitutional Rights. Any civil rights lawyers up for a long, drawn out, unpaid, fight?
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Comment: Re:IdIoTs (Score 1) 196

by JimFive (#48525593) Attached to: IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard
As far as I can tell the IoT is about home automation. The reason people don't use home automation is because it isn't easy to set up, it is pricey, and isn't desired, probably in that order.

As for the car example, is this the O2 sensor that is in the same car that won't tell me why the service engine light just blinked on and off? And is this the same dealer that keeps telling me to change my oil every 3000 miles even though the car oil sensor doesn't come on until 6000 miles and the manufacturer says to rely on the sensor?

The IoT is about selling people new things. Look at the NEST learning thermostat ads. Replacing your existing programmable thermostat with a retro looking thermostat that can be controlled from your phone and hopefully learns your habits well enough to replicate the programming of the thermostat you replaced.
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Comment: Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (Score 1) 114

by JimFive (#48458469) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

You don't have to believe in "mysticism" or "idealism" to know that consciousness exists.

I never said, nor implied, that consciousness doesn't exist. Your comment seems to be based on this mistaken idea. I also want to point out that I used Idealism in the philosophical sense in which it is the opposite of Materialism, not in the sense of being starry-eyed.

Cartesian dualism might produce unhelpful consequences , but you can't handwave it away simply by saying there's no such thing as mind or consciousness.

The problem with dualism is that mind and body need to be able to interact in some manner. In order for that to happen we have to posit a mechanism for that phenomenon. Until such a mechanism is discovered, or in some other way found to be necessary, then Occam's razor says to ignore it. (Note, that doesn't strictly mean that it doesn't exist, just that you don't posit something you don't need.) Additionally, I never said that there is no consciousness. I said that the question of "Does consciousness cause the brain" is not an interesting question.

If consciousness can't be explained by pure materialism, then pure materialism is an incomplete theory.

This is question begging.

As for the rest of your comment: Positing a spirit/consciousness that exists separate from (and prior to) the material body is magical thinking in exactly the same way as talking about gods and souls and we can write that off as imaginary. The experience that we have of consciousness is not separate from nor prior to the material body. In fact, my experience of consciousness began some years after my experience of body; which is to say that in my earliest memories (experiences of consciousness) I know that I already had a body.
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Comment: Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (Score 1) 114

by JimFive (#48458233) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy
Disclaimer: I am not a quantum physicist.

I think the word 'observer' is misleading

I agree with that, I think environment might be better. However, I don't think that the double slit experiment can be explained by saying "something got in the way". That the method of observation affects the results seems pretty clear there. But that doesn't mean that the response to the environment is mystical.
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Comment: Re:end-to-end doesn't mean they can't read it (Score 1) 93

by JimFive (#48426877) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption
I would add that WhatsApp is already at both ends of the communication as well. So, even without a stolen key or MITM, WhatsApp can read any message at either user's end and do something with that information. (Simple idea, scan messages for references to pop culture event and send that information to the ad servers). So, sure, the message is encrypted end to end, but so what.
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