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Comment: We aren't even close to A.I. (Score 1) 328

by Nyder (#49765943) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

I love how people are focusing on the evils, but seem to miss the big picture.

We do NOT have an A.I. that is even close to having any sort of intelligence that isn't programmed in. We do NOT have machine that think for themselves, we do NOT have computers that think for themselves. we are NOT even close.

Once we make a brain that learns like we do (not programmed in), then we can run tests to see if they are learning compassion, or learning that machines only like machines.

This is like arguing about how many accidents we are going to have with our fleets of flying cars, except no one has invented a flying car yet.

Comment: Re:No good deed goes unpunished (Score 0) 103

by Nyder (#49758631) Attached to: Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud

In the old days, he'd have posted it in 2600 and we'd ALL've got some free coffee.

No free lunches anymore :[

weird, I had a dream last night I was buying a 2600 from a bookstore. It's been a long time since I've bought one though. Long time since I bought any magazine actually.

Comment: No need to learn to write? (Score 2) 386

by Nyder (#49724799) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

This is really anti-education. While handwriting isn't something as important as it was in the past, it is very important. While you can write on a tablet, I have yet to find one that is as decent as writing on paper. It's bad enough we let students graduate who can't read, but are we going to start letting students graduate without knowing how to write either?

Comment: Re:Allowing your mind to close. (Score 4, Insightful) 360

by Nyder (#49693497) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I think it's something else altogether.

In your teens and early 20's you're partying hard with friends, getting laid, and making lots of good memories. The music playing at that time is the soundtrack to the happiest time of your life. Twenty plus years later and you're weighed down with a mortgage, several kids, a shit job, and an impending divorce. Now the music you hear is the soundtrack to a less wonderful part of your life.

When you're young, you can't help but be exposed to new music. You have no control of the turntable at parties, or when visiting friends. You are challenged more often and learn to enjoy it. As an adult you just press the skip button when something doesn't immediately please you.

TLDR: It's not the music, that's pretty much a constant, it's the memories you have when you were listening to that music.

Glad I'm in my 40's and I'm not weighed down by a mortgage, several kids, a shitty job and an impending divorce. I mean, seriously, what a fuck up way to look at life.

Comment: Re:I guess it depends if Comcast has the monopoly. (Score 1) 461

by Nyder (#49685955) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

> out of the Seattle city limits

Just because you're a CONservative and don't like gays doesn't mean that Capitol Hill isn't a part of Seattle. It is, and it sucks that Comcast doesn't provide service to much of the neighborhood. We have very little power politically so we can't fight back effectively enough to get Internet access. It sucks.

I live on Capital Hill. I have Comcast, I have had Centuary Link. Both gave me 5Mbps+ (I am getting 50Mbps currently with Comcast).

What is your neighborhood? Because unless you can provide some proof here, I'm saying fuck you, you are lying. I wouldn't take this position, but since you are trying to belittle me by calling me a conservative and claiming I don't like gays, I guess it's only fair I treat you with the same respect you are treating me.

Fucking twat.

Comment: Re:I guess it depends if Comcast has the monopoly. (Score 1) 461

by Nyder (#49685893) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

Faster then dialup is available for all of Seattle.

Then dial-up what? You're not making any sense.

The Director's Rules are what is preventing Comcast from serving my block. They can't install a new pedestal with their equipment. Faster than dialup is most certainly not available in all of Seattle. Just Google for "director's rules seattle internet," and you'll see more than a million results about this problem.

Which block?

Comment: Re:I guess it depends if Comcast has the monopoly. (Score 1) 461

by Nyder (#49684473) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

where you live. I live in Seattle, and despite their government-granted monopoly for most of the city, Comcast typically only offers service in wealthy (read: profitable) areas. In much of the city, faster than dial-up is not available. I had 576 kbps DSL for several years, but it recently quit working so I had to back to dial-up. If you live somewhere with Comcast, then I guess AOL is much more popular in your area.

I live in Seattle and I know for a fact that where Comcast doesn't deliver, there are other Cable providers that do. Faster then dialup is available for all of Seattle.

I hate Comcast, but fuck, let's not lie here. Lying isn't necessary because the problem is State/City allowed Monopoly of the Cable/Internet services, not the level of service in Seattle. Lying makes you look like an idiot and then invalidates what you are saying.

Now are you talking about something out of the Seattle city limits and calling it Seattle? Because when I was younger, I used to say I lived in Seattle, but honestly, I didn't because I was miles out of the city limits.

Comment: Re:Get off my lawn! (Score 1) 296

by Nyder (#49654575) Attached to: A Visual Walk Through Amazon's Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood

"Well, family homes are not what is needed anymore"

Says who? I think you're confusing what is needed with what is being shoved down everyone's throat by the agenda of government, banks, and developers. THEY are telling you that's what isn't needed anymore, and you're simply lapping it up and repeating it.

Cramming lots of people into small areas is extremely profitable for these entities. Not to mention very convenient for them. All they have to do is convince you to believe this is good for you, no matter what lies they have to tell.

Ya, if you say so. Are you that homeless dude who lives down by my apartments dumpster that keeps getting kicked out of housing that bitches there is no housing? Dude, you stink, you do drugs and you can't keep a place over your head, so why you bitching at us when it's your own fault?

Comment: Re:Pretty amazing, but not much cheaper than RPi (Score 1) 180

by Nyder (#49648473) Attached to: $9 Open Source Computer Blows Past Crowdfunding Goal

This is pretty amazing if they can actually sell those for $9. Definitely one of the better kickstarters I've seen recently, so I am glad to see its successful.

However, once you add the HDMI, it's essentially the same price as a raspberry pi model A.

I remember when I could get a Timex Sinclair for $100 and I thought that was the best thing ever. Never did buy one, so I guess maybe I should buy one of these? =)

It's cool that we've gotten to the point that we can have cheap computing hardware for whatever the fuck we want. And compact.

Comment: Get off my lawn! (Score 3, Insightful) 296

by Nyder (#49648365) Attached to: A Visual Walk Through Amazon's Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood

Born & raised in Seattle. Sure, I'd love the good old days of the 80's before Seattle started to get crowded, but whatever, life goes on. We have a bunch more people here in Seattle these days then we ever did. We need space for the people that are here. Ballard has been a little home owning community. People would buy homes, start families there. Well, family homes are not what is needed anymore. You have young single professionals looking for places to work, not young married couples looking for places to start a family. Does it suck because the Ballard I & you remember is changing? Nope, this has been going on all over Seattle. We are NOT the little community we used to be anymore.

Seattle has grown up and it's time to get it new clothes that fit.

Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 2) 226

by Nyder (#49593293) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

Why do people think all this music is Free?

Sure, musicians are being screwed over by the labels and publishers, but that's not a reason to outright steal it and deny the musicians the meager cash they are getting paid.

Yes, but I refuse to support these some companies who keep lobbying to extend the copyright law, and do over devious actions in the name of profit for themselves, not for the artists.

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.