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Comment: Obligatory Car Analogy (Score 1) 284

by bityz (#47398989) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain
No need to devise the obligatory car analogy, the article comes with its own!:

"I would liken it to a car," he says. "A car on the road has many parts that facilitate its movement - the gas, the transmission, the engine - but there's only one spot where you turn the key and it all switches on and works together. So while consciousness is a complicated process created via many structures and networks - we may have found the key."

Comment: Re:What are they really saying? (Score 1) 207

by bityz (#45681537) Attached to: Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

Bag: Should be avoided. Baby: Should be avoided.

Bag: May involve gently changing direction, do not brake erratically, do not disturb flow of traffic. Baby: May involve driving into the ditch, other traffic, making full use brakes, honking horn, etc.

And a bag with a baby in it?

You are missing the point - the system should not be trying to model the value of the thing on the road - at best it should model things for their expected behavior. Is it stationary or not? Is it likely to move or not?

Comment: Re:WD et al. (Score 1) 537

by bityz (#45551055) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes
Bitcoins are not infinitely divisible. They can be divided down to a satoshi.

If you have enough information to satisfactorily "report your lost Bitcoin", then you have the bitcoin itself.

For a bad analogy, think about a 20 dollar bill. You can't go into a bank and say "I a 20 dollar bill, can I have another 20?" and expect success. If you go into the bank and say "I lost a 20 dollar bill and I remember the serial number, can I have another 20?" you still won't succeed. If you could somehow go into the bank and say "I lost a 20 dollar bill and I remember the serial number, and I can prove that it is mine, and I can prove that I haven't already spent it, and that no-one else can spend it" then maybe you'd have a chance.

Once you can do all of that, you have enough information to "report your bitcoin lost"... but that means that you have enough information to rebuild your bitcoin.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer