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Comment: Re:Can Political Correctness please wake up? (Score 2, Insightful) 200

by Whiteox (#49761501) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

A. The study hasn't been published yet. This is a preview only.
B. It's a psychological study and not sociological. That makes a significant difference as the question only relates to the generic meaning of science, the methodology - or some part of it, is trickery, swapping answer keys randomly, thus getting statistical data for keystrokes.
C. A sociological approach would be more considered and break science down to various disciplines where I feel that results would be different.
The study makes the assumption that science is hard coded physics (for example) and classifies female with liberal arts and so on.
So far I can see a few problems with this and seems to fail in the testing design with a lack of understanding by the study's authors.
The sort of thing I would like to see if there is a corollary between "Men hunt, women gather" and the disciplines of science.
In my expanded family, I have 2 female scientists (organic chemistry) and 1 male - (medicinal chemistry). The 2 females became scientists because they couldn't become engineers which had the stamp of a male profession because it was physical work as well as mental. Holding test tubes over a Bunsen burner doesn't take much physical strength. Hmmm.. Maybe THAT has got something to do with it?

Comment: Re:This is how organized religion dies (Score 1) 424

by Whiteox (#49760295) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

The best thing to do is let church be a church, and have civil issues outside it - like what happened in this case

Well written. I agree with you. Let it be. Many people find comfort in church and as a Roman Catholic (the Western Rite), I have more respect towards the Eastern Rite religions like orthodoxy because they are much more community oriented, they allow their priests to marry and generally are more traditional, closer to apostolic faith.
As far as I'm concerned, we should all accept (therefore not deny) everyone's choice to follow and act with any belief system they wish, as long as it doesn't interfere with the choice of others.

Comment: Re:"Deep Learning"...?? (Score 1) 59

but we don't seem to run an actual program as such.

Perhaps an interdisciplinary pov might be of help here. We do run programs based on hard wired (unconscious) programming.
Principally it is self-preservation, from biological respiration to environmental choices. That's the core programming from which all other extensions spring from. Replication is group preservation, so is war for survival, hunting and gathering, society, friendship, love, art, recording of knowledge etc.
The fact that AI is not concerned with that basic tenant is bemusing to me.

Comment: Re:This is what else matters. (Score 1) 59

There has never been a benevolent godlike human in any culture without fault. That I postulate would be impossible.
One approaching fallacy is that humans have free will without constraints. That is obviously not true and humans in their environment have finite responses for any real situation. They are no different to robots. We all operate within natural law.
For humans to be other than that which they are would mean some kind of transformation and thought and philosophy has totally explored most of that for thousands of years, rehashed it countless times with pretty much no result, either in thought or reality.
Philosophically, the origin of this was the Garden of Eden, the story of how humanity became separated from Godhead, or so they say. The end of this lies in the future. In the meantime, we create robots and give them intelligence because of some ingrained impulse?
Personally that's why I became interested in computers and automata. A machine created by humans to do work that humans can do.

Comment: Re:Prior Art? (Score 1) 88

by Whiteox (#49759465) Attached to: Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear

It goes way back to an old sci-fi short story. About a youngling with teddy bear who speaks to her (?) and controls her. Eventually she abandons it and is picked up by another child. I recognize elements of the plot in a few modern vids. It's hard to determine prior art as there were a few stories that were written on the same theme by different authors.

Comment: Win 3.0 and 3.1 (Score 1) 351

by Whiteox (#49756591) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

Congrats to you and Windows.
I was more into Apple series and Macs at the time, but occasionally I was asked about IBM PCs and clones.
I had to reinstall Win 3.1 from 3.5" disks - I think there were 11 of them (?) or it could be more.
One of the disks had a fault and I found the .cab files for it, but no matter what I did, they would never fit on a blank. It was only after I got a cloned copy (bit for bit I presume), that it worked.
So how did they cram those cab files in the first place? How did duplication work?

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