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Comment: Humans Also (Score 1) 165

by Zalbik (#47920349) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

Winfield describes his robot as an "ethical zombie" that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn't understand the reasoning behind its actions.

More and more research is hinting that humans may also be "ethical zombies" that act according to a programmed code of conduct. The "reasoning behind our actions" may very well be stories we invent to justify our pre-programmed actions.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 1) 239

by Zalbik (#47918701) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

I think the idea is that you pay the ISP for a "Netflix booster", and then your Netflix traffic gets un-humped into the fast lane. Meanwhile everyone else's Netflix is slow, and they're griping at Netflix about why they have to pay this extra fee, and Netflix eventually gives up and pays AT&T to un-hump all of its customers' traffic.

I also interpret it as allowing AT&T to offer their own streaming service at cheap introductory prices (perhaps free for 6 months), then shape traffic to prefer that service over Netflix as so many customers want it. Once enough people migrate from the crappy slow Netflix service, they start jacking the price on their own service.

It really seems like a scheme to charge customers extra for something they have already sold them.

Comment: What a shock! (Score 2) 182

by Zalbik (#47897087) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Creator of a service says competitors service is inferior! Shocking!

Note: The article is written by a founder of Thinkful....which offers online learning. The whole article reads as an advertisement for thankful and an indictment of what their competition is doing wrong.

In other words, typical Slashvertisement. Nothing to see here.

Comment: Re:More to the story? (Score 1) 441

by Zalbik (#47809127) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Well, there's also the school board's press release

I've tried looking into this more, and I keep coming back to the fact that nobody is given any indication as to why this guy was taken for "emergency medical leave". Everyone just refers back to the WBOC article, and the only thing the original WBOC article says about his writings are:

"Those books are what caught the attention of police and school board officials in Dorchester County. "The Insurrectionist" is about two school shootings set in the future, the largest in the country's history."

From this I can't tell if a fascist police chief went off on a crazy tirade or if the police found a stash of bomb-making materials along with manuscripts of this guys books.

Why is there no interview with the police chief? The principal? The guy's family / friends? His students? The ACLU?

Once upon a time reporters used to at least attempt to get the whole story prior to publishing. Now it's grab whatever looks like it'll cause a stir and publish that regardless of the underlying truth.

Journalism doesn't exist anymore.

Comment: Re:Now I just have to ... (Score 1) 441

by Zalbik (#47808943) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

But amid all the despair and hopelessness, people were working indefatigably to stabilise the nation and alleviate the prevalent tumult; and on 28 August 2298, the sedulousness of these committed inidividual was recompensed.

Ouch...that makes my brain bleed.

If this guy wrote poetry he could challenge a Vogon.

Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

by Zalbik (#47807605) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

When people have a strong will, they are healthy

Yep, good ol' Steve Jobs just wasn't strong-willed enough.

What a great scam though....convince people that this is the secret to long life, then you can dismiss any contradicting evidence by simply claiming those people weren't "strong-willed" enough.

Your post makes as much sense as Homeopathy, which is to say: none at all.

Comment: Re:In Soviet Maryland (Score 5, Insightful) 441

by Zalbik (#47807219) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

you can't necessarily blame the police or the school

Yes I certainly can; people who uphold bad laws are almost as bad as those who enact them.

And more importantly, unless there was evidence that this teacher was posing an immediate threat to children, they had no authority to arrest / detain him, regardless of any potential future litigation.

To put it simply, based on the current description of the situation, it appears the police did something both illegal and immoral and the school board did something immoral and possibly illegal.

Note: Every news story I find on this is pretty vague on the details. I suspect there is more going on here than initially reported. The news agencies have quite possibly left out important and pertinent information as it makes a great click-bait story.

Comment: Trolling (Score 5, Funny) 382

by Zalbik (#47775961) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

I like to play a game called "Troll the Internet"

You pick some category (music, books, movies, etc) and then ask a question along the lines of "Which is better?". You can even do it with entire categories (e.g. "What are the best songs to have in my music collection?" "What are the best books to read?")

It's hilarious watching the infighting and attempts to justify responses to a subjective question.

The game has gotten a bit out of hand though. I've even seen it being played on popular tech forums like "Slashdot".

Comment: Re:This is good! (Score 1) 528

by Zalbik (#47769841) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

that last sentence *is* pretty clear about forbidding intelligent design, or young earth, or anything like that being taught.

Really? I read that last line as:
"prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another political or religious interpretation".

I just wonder who decides what a "political interpretation" is?

Could a teacher teach the "political" interpretation that the fossil record implies evolution in favor of the "religious" interpretation that God created the fossil record to test man's faith?

It's just stupid legislation, likely crafted to show that originators stood up to Washington and their "common core" standards.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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