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Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 3, Informative) 291

by Sperbels (#48652133) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens
I always thought the en-dash and hyphen were the same thing and the em-dash was the long one. Apparently there's hyphen, en-dash, and em-dash and the text of the book does indeed use the en-dash...and looks a little weird.

Fangs burst through her gums as her jaw elongated into a razor–filled [razor-filled] muzzle and her ears elongated. After less than thirty seconds, the woman had been replaced by sleek, muscular, brown–furred [brown-furred] monster.

Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 1) 482

by Sperbels (#48634661) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

What you can or cannot believe isn't important, the truth is that canabis can have a devastating effect on the developing teenage mind.

Then legalizing and age restricting it will probably make it harder to acquire. As I recall, when I was in highschool in the early 90's--with the "War on Drugs" in full force--it was far easier to acquire pot, LSD, and cocaine than it was to get beer. Now that's just sad.

Comment: Microsoft the pusher? (Score 3, Insightful) 217

by Sperbels (#48620027) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?
Give them a taste for free, then when they're hooked, gouge them.... Visual Studio and .Net do tend to be well received by everyone. The consensus is that it's a good product and a pleasure to use. The only problem with it is that you have to run it on Windows. So, perhaps the plan is to support .Net on Linux for a while, then yank the support for Linux away and force everyone back to Windows and SQL Server or rewrite their application for another platform.

Comment: Pointless (Score 1) 200

by Sperbels (#48617903) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
Venus will never be inhabitable until we can radically alter the atmosphere. Colonizing the atmosphere is pointless. Where are you going to get raw materials? It would be far easier to hollow out an asteroid and colonize the interior than it ever would be to establish a presence on Venus.

Comment: Re: This is not the problem (Score 1) 678

by Sperbels (#48617201) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Well it's clear you don't want to be part of the group. You can probably take your lunch tray from our little social microcosm and sit at your own table all alone and nobody will care. At least until you come back and shoot up the school because your self inflicted ostracization fucked you up mentally.

Comment: Re:Luddites (Score 1) 678

by Sperbels (#48617049) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The beauty of an AI system is the system can be designed from the ground up avoid the restrictions we have.

Any sort of sapient artificially intelligent program we "create" is almost certainly not going to be designed from the ground up. It will most likely be designed with the ability to learn, and it will teach itself.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 2) 448

by Sperbels (#48611637) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
Well, now that you got your rant out, I'm going to tell you that you missed my point.

I don't really care too much about making social commentaries or judgements. I just think it would be interesting to see how it affects you psychologically when you are a treated differently by society. I suspect that you'll quickly become a different person and behave and perceive the world like that other person. You might ever see yourself behaving in a manner that you despise in others. It would be quite an effective way make everyone a lot more tolerant of everyone else (not just black and white Americans) because everyone can empathize with everyone else. But more importantly....what an excellent trip toy.

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.