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Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:

When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"

Comment: Re:Great. Low-quality evolutionary "solutions" (Score 1) 84

by baKanale (#46110749) Attached to: Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

What's more, there are some apparently void elements in the circuit, but still the circuit stops working when these elements are removed.

Sounds like the textbook definition of the GP's, "[...] this bio-inspired stuff cannot easily be improved incrementally from seeing how it performs in practice.". I think that being able to improve things in that way is important, too, since these kinds of evolutionary processes are like rolling a ball down a hill to find the lowest point; it's good at finding the local minimum, but you don't know if you've found the best solution globally.

Comment: Re:Too. Fucking. Early. (Score 1) 248

by baKanale (#45438087) Attached to: Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon
The Moon is rather big, and therefore would take an enormous amount of energy to de-orbit or destroy it. If we ever get to the point, technologically, where we could do something like that then you'd have to be equally worried about that same catastrophe happening on Earth and ruining everything down here.

Comment: Re:Not gonna happen (Score 1) 185

by baKanale (#44841151) Attached to: Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

So are you saying you don't understand that drugs cost huge amounts of money to research, develop, test, and approve?

You should go to Wiki and look up the Fallacy of Sunk Costs.

You should go to the Wiki and look up "Why the fuck would they bother investing money in all that to begin with if they plan to exsanguinate themselves by operating at a loss from the start". The sunk cost fallacy means "Don't throw good money after bad", not "Throw your money in the garbage plan because you'll never make anything out of it anyway".

Comment: Re:Seems like a resource, not a threat (Score 3, Insightful) 416

by baKanale (#44523329) Attached to: How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?
From what I understand methane is a more efficient greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so if one believes that the methane is going to enter the atmosphere anyway then it would make sense to convert as much of it it to carbon dioxide first, with the obvious benefit of energy extraction.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.