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Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 416

by bug1 (#49771325) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Sometimes you get so close to something you lose sight of whats happening around it. Like the saying 'Cant see the forrest for the trees', or people arguing if the best editor is Vi or Emacs.

To be objective is really difficuly, you need to be able to see the details without losing sight of the big picture.

If the only book you read is the Bible, i would say you most certainly can NOT be objective about the bible.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 494

by bug1 (#49556659) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I hate these islamic extremists at least as much as anyone here. But it isn't just islam that is capable of such things.

Heraclitus believed the only way to avoid being an extremist is to contradict oneself. (according to my understanding).

Most people are probably extremists, we can only really understand the world based on our own experiences, so anyone who is an extremist like us wont appear to be an extremist.

Also capitalism rewards specialization, which is a very constructive form of specialization.

At basic training in the military the process of team building involved breaking us all down as individuals and building us up as a team. First they went after any way you appeared or behaved differently, then they went after the "normal" people because not being different is being different.

Looking for differences, or extremists is a witch hunt, easy enough to find one if you abandon objectivity.

The real enemy is those who think they have the right and ability to judge others objectively (unless they are an actual judge, those deserve respect).

Comment: GEOIP transparency; User hosted crawlers; (Score 1) 276

by bug1 (#49501863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Search engines should shine a light on sites that show different results to different users, maybe its for commercial exploitation (GEOIP blocking), or political propaganda or whatever.

Search engine show allow users to run crawlers in coordinated distributed manner, this helps users have privacy, it adds extra noise to surveillance systems, it might give users deniability as to their intent to access subversive material. It it should help with the first problem.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell