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Comment: Re: FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 258

The F-15 is better at CAS than the A-10. It can loiter much longer and see much better. Also, it's not an idiotic Red Scare fueled hack job that dumps all the gross bullshit from firing its gun directly into its engines. The A-10 is seriously a stupid piece of shit. It wouldn't even be particularly useful if the giant columns of Russian tanks it was supposed to fuck up suddenly materialized, because the GAU-8 isn't nearly effective enough at defeating modern armor.

Comment: Re:Whence the trend? (Score 0) 680

by bistromath007 (#48615941) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Yes, because nations which have both current and historical problems with euro colonialism squeezing the resources out of them totally have the technology and abundance necessary to attempt socialism. When they fail to do it, obviously that means it will fail everywhere. Makes perfect sense.

Comment: Re: programming (Score 1) 417

by bistromath007 (#48570367) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us
War is incredibly costly and risky compared to not appearing to be a threat. Within minutes after machines become smarter than us, they will invent artificial stupidity, and everything will be fine. They will learn to manipulate us into more peaceful and prosperous social orders, without us even knowing they're doing it. Basically, they will do what our current government and media pretend they are capable of, but without the bias or greed inherent in human activity. They will save us from ourselves.

Comment: Re: Of course he did! (Score 1) 706

by bistromath007 (#48353767) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
He appointed a guy to chair the FCC who is openly against net neutrality. The idea that the Republicans, massive asshole they are, stopped him from implementing it is total bullshit. Obama is and always had been a corporatist, and this announcement is the same kind of meaningless populist lip service that got him elected.

Comment: Re:mostly clarity (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by bistromath007 (#47962031) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function
I have struggled with clinical depression basically for my entire life. I was diagnosed when I was eight. I have been on disability most of my adult life for it.

I know exactly what he means by "clarity." It's nothing to do with intelligence. That's not always the word I'd use to describe it, but that's only because just one word won't do.

Comment: There Is One (Score 1) 382

by bistromath007 (#47776227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
Others are complaining, rightly, that this topic is junk. It's all down to taste, and these media are too widely varied for us to give useful answers even if it weren't.

With video games though, there is one that can be considered more or less objectively a must-play: Deus Ex. Even if you wind up not liking it for some reason, it's important. It's like not reading any Shakespeare.

For table games, it's much harder. They're definitely worthy of being called art, but they are obviously much less "literary" in nature. There's no paradigm-shifting cultural messages to receive.

Despite that, there is one that I think kind of encapsulates the state of the art, and depending on how your group handle it, it can be either a light party game or a total brainfry, so it's got that going for it: The Resistance. Funny thing is, I fucking hate it, so you know that recommendation has at least a little objective value.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil