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Comment: Already done (Score 1) 208

by Livius (#49501495) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

We more or less achieved that when large numbers of people had phones that included cameras. And it didn't matter that lots of people weren't carry those phones, as long as we had a certain critical mass.

And even that has potential for abuse when incomplete recordings were taken out of context.

But that's not what the surveillance society 'debate' is about. And Garber knows that.

Comment: Duh (Score 4, Interesting) 320

by Livius (#49500459) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

"We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness."

This I think comes from identifying 'genius' as someone with special ability but not a popular, cool ability. Exceptional athletes, musicians, and actors are just as much outliers as 'geniuses', but their talents are never liabilities, and only rarely does society genuinely encourage any humility on their part.

Comment: Re:Confused: 2 Big bangs ? (Score 1) 120

by Livius (#49499863) Attached to: The Origin of the First Light In the Universe

They're confusing two meanings of the Big Bang.

The theory covers the first few minutes of the universe's existence, until normal, well-understood laws of physics are the only ones in effect. The *light* should come from the particle interactions during all of that time, so not actually a single moment.

The moment of actual 'bang' would be time zero, or time Planck time, or possibly something else because we don't know how physics would work at that point.

The ideas are 10 or 15 years old, so of course 'journalists' haven't got the story straight yet.

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research. -- Wilson Mizner