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Comment: Re:This is an overreaction (Score 1) 464

by Quinn_Inuit (#48596325) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

While I agree that this is an opportunity for politicians to discredit Greenpeace.. its not an issue of ENVIRONMENTAL damage.. its an issue of preserving National and World Heritage. The government of Peru is not worried about plants and animals in this case.. it is worried about keeping these ancient grounds for future generations.

What they did is the equivalent of pissing on the Mona Lisa.

Don't give them ideas!

Comment: If it's as easy as that "Turing Test" was... (Score 1) 285

by Quinn_Inuit (#47421653) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

...then all the computer will have to do is string together a series of random English words till it puts together something that sounds like a short story written by a Hungarian first-grader for whom English is a second language.

I don't care what they call the test. It's useless if the grading rubric is rigged to allow any idiot to write something that passes. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see if I can talk ELIZA into writing me something that would function as an epistolary novel.

Comment: Google's not stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 583

by Quinn_Inuit (#47106629) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel
If you take the set of people who might be willing to buy a self-driving car (a set underrepresented on /.), few of them are going to want to do it if they're on the hook for whatever the car does. If that's the case, you might as well drive yourself. Google doesn't want that, either, and just put out a statement to that effect. My guess is that they're going to try to get the relevant laws changed, but, in the meantime, what better way to protect your users from liability than to make it impossible for them to have had any control of the vehicle?

Comment: Re:WhatsApp is not evidence of a bubble (Score 1) 154

by Quinn_Inuit (#47090051) Attached to: Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.
I think this is an excellent point. The current state of affairs lacks the massive public exuberance of the tech bubble or the real estate bubble. Remember what Joe Kennedy (Sr.) said about knowing it was time to cash out when the shoeshine boy had hot stock tips? I'm not hearing hot stock tips from the modern equivalent of shoeshine boys right now, not like I was about real estate ca. 2004 or tech ca. 1999. Plus, gold is too high. How can we have a proper bubble if a lot of the "air" is still elsewhere?

Comment: Re:Not really much here (Score 2) 258

by Quinn_Inuit (#46988215) Attached to: What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?
Does anyone find it weird that they looked and found 26/29 just happened to be dated incorrectly? I'm assuming that different groups dated the sites originally (depending on who excavated them), and then this group comes in and discovers that they're almost all mis-dated in ways that support their hypothesis. That strikes me as amazingly convenient.

Comment: Re:As someone currently dealing with athlete's foo (Score 1) 63

by Quinn_Inuit (#46504517) Attached to: Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders
My allergist isn't a big fan of zinc pyrithione. Selenium sulfide shampoos, OTOH, have worked far better for my seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (also possibly caused by a fungus...specifically, a normal member of the skin ecosystem that gets out of control on some people) than zinc pyrithione ever did. I've noticed it works even better when used in concert with a prescription topical steroid. You want to absolutely minimize use of the steroid, but the one-two punch is strong enough that I can get away with only using the steroid once a month.

Comment: Failure condition? (Score 2) 846

by Quinn_Inuit (#46012701) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
I understand that one can't just cherry-pick a period of low temperature growth and claim "LOL n0 w4rmZ!", but when the period picked runs through the present, I think it's reasonable to start asking when it becomes long enough to force a re-evaluation of the relevant theories. I'm not claiming that it's long enough now, but I'm curious if anyone knows at what point a failure condition is triggered in the major relevant documents, e.g. the IPCC AR4 or 5.

Comment: Lagrange Points (Score 2) 143

by Quinn_Inuit (#45924311) Attached to: Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7
Just throw a few communication satellites in the Earth-Sun L3 and L4/L5 (or both, for redundancy) points and finish developing that interplanetary internet protocol for them, then call it a day. This really should be trivial with existing tech, once the protocol is finished and if someone wants to fund the rocket launches. Seriously, if we can do the STEREO mission, we can do this.

Comment: So from 10% to 12% of GDP? (Score 4, Informative) 634

by Quinn_Inuit (#45160825) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care
And that's assuming no GDP growth during that time. Actual GDP percentage will probably remain constant or rise only slightly. As a resident of a country (the USA) that spends more like 17% of its GDP on health care for outcomes that are no better (and arguably worse), I still think the UK is getting a great deal. Citations:

Comment: Billionaires, megacorps, what's the difference? (Score 4, Informative) 143

by Quinn_Inuit (#45151201) Attached to: Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)
Why am I supposed to worry about Jeff Bezos having more of an effect on the editorial direction of the WaPo than I am on, say, Disney affecting the editorial direction of ABC News (or Gannett, if you want to stick with print)? The only difference that I can see is that the latter is answerable to shareholders and so might tolerate fewer losses on the business. IMO, this horse was out of the barn years ago, and the nouveau riche* are the "same as the old boss" at this point.

*Sorry, I couldn't resist.

The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.