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Comment Re:Why Fight It? (Score 1) 133 133

If you're going to lie to try to convince me of something, give me a little credit and make it a plausible lie.

They aren't trying to convince you, they're trying to confirm their beliefs. They're making a big show about believing absurd propositions because they think - rightly, in all likelihood - that they'll be rejected by their peer group if they deviate from its dogma, and also because they get ecstasy - feelings of transcendence - when fighting their chosen enemies. That's the downside of secularization: people transferred their religious feelings into nations, ideologies and political parties, which thus gained the power religion once had, thus explaining 20th century.

In other words, Religious Right is exactly what it says in the name. Bengie was just doing their religious "y'all sinners gonna burn in Hell" trolling duties, and simply being lazy about it.

Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 195 195

Note that the problem with taking things out when shooting straight up is that human's are really pretty crappy at judging distance directly overhead. Which makes judging the lead you give the target pretty much guesswork...

That's why you don't lead the target. Instead, you sweep the barrel. Get the bead moving with the target and pull the trigger. Then you don't have to guess. Humans are pretty crappy at gauging distance in general. We use tricks to compensate.

Comment Obligatory (Score 1) 60 60


If we look back into the shrouded mists of time, we see that Moblin begat Meego begat Tizen.

Moblin was Linux with a cool OpenGL interface from Intel on which Intel spent most of their effort ripping out the parts they didn't need.

Meego was the effort to put those parts back and make something useful on more than just intel hardware.

Tizen is the attempt to convince you that this zombie project has life lift in it. It doesn't. It's dead. Stick a fork in it.

Comment Re:Intelligence is Dangerous (Score 2) 189 189

One could argue that 'natural' intelligence developed in humans is the worst thing to ever happen to the planet's inhabitants as a whole.

One could, but one would be wrong. Developing intelligent life is the only way for Earth's biosphere to avoid complete extermination.

Comment Re:Obvious deflection. (Score 1) 189 189

Law is what is enforced. And the ban on land mines is not enforced.

So does this mean it's okay for the Government to ignore the Constitution, since any violations mean the violated parts are no longer laws since they weren't upheld at that particular time?

Law is law. Perhaps criminals and traitors have somehow managed to gain temporary power and suspended the rule of law in part or entirely. That's the citizen's cue to start a resistance to liberate their country, not roll over and accept the treacherous narrative of "might makes right". Or, at the very least, stop spreading it - perhaps everyone can't be a hero who refuses to serve evil, but everyone can be lazy and stupid when serving it.

Unless, of course, you'd rather be remembered as the Vichy France than French Resistance.

Comment Re:Obvious deflection. (Score 2) 189 189

Why is the ethics for an autonomous killing machine different from a non autonomous one?

Because "autonomous" means "non-manned". A drone has no dreams, hopes or an anxious family back home waiting for its return. The only thing getting hurt when one is shot down is the war budget, and even that money lost turns into delicious pork in the process.

If you don't have to worry about your own casualties, it changes the ethics of tactics - which, like it or not, matter a lot in the Age of Information - quite a bit.

To me that sounds just like another case "it happened with computers so it must be more dangerous because I do not understand computers".

It is, to Elon Musk. He's high up in the current system, and thus has little to gain and a lot to lose from any changes to status quo.

Figure out a way to raise humans so that they don't turn out bad. Then apply the same method to other neural networks.

If you don't go out of your way to abuse children, they usually turn out okay. The problem is, society is more than just a collection of individuals. A decent person still has limited personal strength and thus can give in to peer pressure, and once they have, their compliance - or at least silence - helps put pressure on others, which is how places like North Korea can persist, at least for a while. Nor can peer pressure be simply judged an unfortunate defect and eliminated from the design of any artificial intelligence, because it also helps keep various not-so-decent impulses and urges under control, and also because it's not possible to upkeep a technical civilization if you can't make any assumptions about the behaviour of someone you've not met before.

Comment Re:The Intel memory management unit (MMU) .. (Score 1) 98 98

Remember this is Slashdot, so if someone cites "design flaws" without any more detail I'm going to assume they don't understand the design space and are unreasonably expecting perfection along an arbitrary line that represents some specific use case of theirs that most people don't even care about.

Remember this is the internets, and if you can't use google, you're gonna have a bad time.

I searched "flaws in intel mmu" and got these results back in the top ten. Perhaps you should learn to internet, coward.

Comment Re:My upgrade strategy (Score 2) 173 173

However OS X and Windows, is less struggling for hardware compatibility. Linux seems to be hit or miss, unless you invest a lot of time trying to determine if it is compatible enough, as many of discussions on such hardware fail to state if it works with a distribution or not.

IME the big stuff is iffy on Linux, the small stuff on Windows. But there's a user in this thread finding that Windows 10 refuses to install on his Core 2 Quad. Maybe Linux actually has better hardware support than Windows? I think it does. I think if you took a windows disc and a Linux disc and tried to install both on every single PC on the planet, that you would have better luck with the Linux disc. In the trial, you are permitted to install only authorized packages, meaning drivers either direct from the OS distributor (from the package archive, from windows update, on the CD) or from the OEM or ODM (e.g. Compaq or Atheros.)

I think you'd have less machines that just outright refuse to install, and you'd also have more working peripherals at the end of the day. For example, all but one of the scanners I have ever owned, I got cheap used because they weren't supported on newer versions of windows even though the same scanner protocol was still in use; the manufacturer simply removes support for the old hardware from the new version of the driver, even though the new driver is perfectly capable of operating it. HP is especially horrible about this, never ever buy a scanner from them and expect to use it through an OS upgrade. Same for all-in-one imaging devices. But everyone does it. Meanwhile, SANE just keeps adding support for more devices...

Comment Re:MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 1) 268 268

.BAT files on DOS / Windows provided that functionality too, but unless you aggressively restrict yourself to a subset of the shell language it's very hard to check a .sh / .bat file and see exactly what command is going to be invoked.

Almost. There's no way to prevent (or cmd.exe) from popping up a window when you run a batch file without using the shortcut settings. Whereas on X, you don't get GUI output unless you explicitly ask for it.

unless you aggressively restrict yourself to a subset of the shell language it's very hard to check a .sh / .bat file and see exactly what command is going to be invoked.

Hence comments

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 64 64

I think instead of relying on "data" which are just numbers, you should ask somebody who is an expert in the field, like me.

Oh yeah, I really want to know what "Noah Haders" has to say about... anything. The only identity you've provided is that of a Slashdot troll. No one has any reason to believe anything you say. I certainly don't believe you're an expert at anything but trolling.

Comment Re: Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 81 81

Hey, stop the scaremongering. It works very much differently. You don't add value to this discussion.

You add so little you didn't even log in and be counted, because you know you have nothing useful to add. But that didn't stop you from being a hypocrite, did it?

Most people Can be scared to hell by a few ex marines taling them in the local shopping mall. For life!

Yeah, for me it was all the times my not-just-a-dry-drunk alcoholic ex-marine father told me he knew a shitload of ways to kill me, when he was drunk and pissed off. Guess who's anti-military?

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.