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Comment: Chimps... George Bush... (Score 5, Interesting) 203

by bussdriver (#47943211) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

But seriously, primate research is worthwhile on it's own. You can't directly prove connections between us and them; but that is not unlike a huge amount of science which relies upon observation, statistics and expert judgement calls. When they act similar that can be a clue or merely a coincidence but it warrants further investigation. It's a technique that allows for faster probing of the problem space. BESIDES, if you think that observing chimps influences their behavior (as the "skeptics" denier fanatics always claim) just imagine trying to study humans! Humans are way more difficult to study without influencing their behavior thereby tainting the study.

The biological connection is obvious; any "insights" they do in the research with a biological connection become useful even if at 1st they seem unjustified. The work can be applied in new ways later on if one proves there is no connection.

As far as pure human nature study by primate research; well, that is based upon theories which may or may not be proven some day in the future. You have the classic old Feud work on "base desires" which think about the primitive instinctive aspects behind the manifestations; his work in this area is the basis for modern propaganda (WW1 and really big after the Nazis used it so well. Today, it controls most consumers.) Following that success, one could approach further from that perspective - making our relation to primates and their more primitive state ideal.

Ultimately, I think most the work in the area ends up with the search for biological parallels between us. Say that HATE is really just a manifestation of FEAR; can you ever prove such a thing? nope. not in a hard science way; it's all subjective. But if you can study primates you might find more concrete proof with them on a biological level. A Turing machine is a lame computer nothing like your CPU but it's useful to prove things (the difference being that you can concretely prove the CPU is equivalent to the Turing machine and you can't with a chimp since they evolved differently even if they are nearly the same DNA.)

As far as evolutionary pressures-- the best theory for human brains was we already made it to the top of the food chain being as primitive as chimps and what made the apes of the plains smart was that they had to war against each other for resources. Just like humans have always done; my tribe and me against you and your tribe. Given how we are the most evolved distance running animals on earth, territorial borders are meaningless. Your group isn't going to give up after running down a lion to exhaustion for 20miles simply because you ended out of your usual turf.

Comment: ISIS propaganda (Score 1) 947

by bussdriver (#47929573) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

ISIS seem like the perfect fit for US propaganda... Given history, one can assume a portion of what we hear is simply US propaganda. We could just ignore them, if they can't learn MATH they will become poor, broke and weak... How about we find an STD we can infect their goats with?

Perhaps for their American cousins, it should be "Fat Ignorance with Feet."

What has always baffled me is the inability to realize similarities. Change a few traits and somehow you can make a pig into a rabbit by adding bunny ears and a puffball tail.

Comment: Re:iTunes? one step? (Score 1) 319

by bussdriver (#47929273) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

No, a filesystem is actually complicated for many people. The metaphor is rock solid-- but haven't you known people who can't even manage their few real-world filing cabinets? If they can't handle the real world one, they are going to have trouble with the metaphorical one in the computer with relatively unlimited space.

iTunes started out less complicated. I don't know about iTunes leaking RAM on windows but it does include all the mac frameworks which make it take up more RAM. It's built-in browser can expand RAM use significantly, but it's not like they could have used Windows browser library... with IE being so broken. It's still a classic monolithic app (like most are) and doesn't learn from the unix it is designed to run upon.

Part of the problem is that they know there are millions of users who can't learn so they've shoehorned everything into their 1 app --- just like Flash had to do because getting people to use another plugin/app is a huge huge barrier, even if it works exactly the same-- getting it installed is the primary problem.

Personally, I've been looking for replacements since they started to bloat it up. I've not found any yet. Nothing compares so far. WinAmp doesn't either (plus I wouldn't go to anything that doesn't have a linux port.)

Comment: Rocket Science (Score 1) 186

What was that expression?? oh yeah, "It isn't rocket science" which is used to convey that everything is relatively easy compared to rocket science.

It's not an iPhone... even the iPhone is an example of the pinnacle of human manufacturing (note the use of "an" not "the.) A mass produced wireless super computer that fits in a pocket and understands the spoken word better than a congressman.

Comment: Re:iTunes? one step? (Score 1) 319

by bussdriver (#47920695) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

I think iTunes was an extremely well designed program. Since around version 10 or 11 it has gone backwards significantly. It is pretty good for what is a essentially a database front end with tons of records... and then it added a customized web browser... and other junk.

As far as making it hard to delete something; it isn't that hard and it shouldn't be too easy because you don't want accidental deletions... think of all the computer illiterate people out there.

Somebody at Apple needs to be fired... perhaps he was? Mr. Pseudomorph is gone so maybe iTunes 12 will undo the damage?? Also, somebody at Mozilla also needs to be fired as well-- or we just need to know which person is to blame so we can start an internet rumor about him being anti-gay so he can at least get fired...aka "resign."

Comment: Re:Some thoughts (Score 1) 612

by bussdriver (#47909961) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

4. Winter is turning to spring in the SOUTHERN hemisphere (where Antarctica is)
5. 2D surface measurements over a short period of time, over ocean, not land. Land you can possibly find evidence, while the sea washes it away.
6. Sea ice melts quicker and is not as thick as the land ice (which is a problem if it goes into the sea.)

Fleas on a dog arguing how much the land goes up and down as the dog breaths:
Short sighted flea: It's just the same natural cycle we've always seen.
Wise flea: There is a long term trend, the dog is getting fatter - if this continues it'll increase space but shorten the life of our home.

Comment: ignorance is bliss...short term (Score 1) 163

by bussdriver (#47902067) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

People openly TELL corps like facebook in less time more than an agent could get spying on them. You can fool some of the people ALL THE TIME! You only need to appease and distract a majority, they won't care about small groups unless they get a ton of positive media attention.

Monitoring all your technology data is passive and unobtrusive but when people just volunteer everything without any thought... growing up tweeting their every shallow vapid thought... to gain some kind of validation; as if they didn't have a family life or peers or community for that... (the technology tends to make what they do have further away, not closer... plus it makes all the interactions easily recordable.)

Companies actually engineer FOOD so it loses taste quicker because you are not eating it fast enough! I'm NOT kidding! It's to the point where experts actually have to tell the public to CHEW YOUR FOOD for your own health! Not to mention all the addiction related things they do on purpose-- causing people the most exposed to have weight problems. Eventually, they'll figure out how to get those thin people too...(or create exercise freaks; not that thin people are healthy, they overeat bad food too.)

Comment: ignorance is bliss...short term (Score 1) 163

by bussdriver (#47902023) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

People openly TELL corps like facebook in less time more than an agent could get spying on them. You can fool some of the people ALL THE TIME! You only need to appease and distract a majority, they won't care about small groups unless they get a ton of positive media attention.

Monitoring all you technology data is passive and unobtrusive but when people just volunteer everything without any thought... growing up tweeting their every shallow vapid thought... to gain some kind of validation; as if they didn't have a family life or community for that (and it would seem many don't! an the technology tends to make what they do have further away, not closer.)

Companies actually engineer FOOD so it loses taste quicker because you are not eating it fast enough! I'm NOT kidding! It's to the point where experts actually have to tell the public to CHEW YOUR FOOD for your own health! Not to mention all the addiction related things they do on purpose-- causing people the most exposed to have weight problems. Eventually, they'll figure out how to get those thin people too...(or create exercise freaks; not that thin people are healthy, they overeat bad food too.)

Perhaps when the robots kill most jobs that will be the solution! The marketing economy -- for eating and weight loss! robots can't do that for us; just everything else.... until they master marketing... then all we are is PETS to the system of machines. Eat and crap while the "master" can take care of us (and train us using marketing) to gain some bit of purpose. Sorry, pet owners.

Everything seems to be way too complex just to provide sugar to our bacterial majority living in our gut. Wouldn't that be funny, we evolved by random chance for the sole purpose of housing our bacteria; who are the actual god favored lifeforms?

Comment: Re:old person surrounded by old people (Score 1) 163

by bussdriver (#47901871) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

I read it multiple times in fact; it has the depth of thought that one simply can't grasp it all in one reading... well some people might. Having teens or even college students read it is NOT the right time, they are not ready to grasp it. It needs to be read later after some growing up and experience with humanity, plus some understanding of history. After reading Brave New World, again. These intellectual books of influence should have historical context - realizing the connections between Brave New World and 1984 changes perspective; it's an indirect rebuttal and while imaginative it's not on the level of BNW.

Animal Farm is great as well, but somehow the use of animals make people think it's a children's book and cartoon; oddly, adults who should realize animals are merely a device, make this mistake. This one is shown at an even younger age where it makes even less sense. It's hard for some adults to grasp the book; I've heard supposedly educated experts totally screw up on their comprehension of the book (on TV-- which as we know prefers entertaining frauds over competence, so that isn't saying much...)

Both books accurately reflect human nature and if they didn't model reality so well, they wouldn't be so compelling. Also, good ART "rhymes" like history does. It is vague enough to be interpreted and personalized but true enough in abstraction to convey something real (and hopefully meaningful.) Both realistically cover the brutal dark sides of human reality in politics but are different situations.

Comment: old person surrounded by old people (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by bussdriver (#47898329) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Old person explains something new to THEM or something THEIR peers are ignorant of but every younger person is aware of.... not news.

1984 wasn't about technology, it was about authoritarianism taken to the next level using primarily negative feedback. A realistic response (because history shows negative feedback is totally dominant) to the highly praised imaginative Brave New World which used positive feedback to control populations. It's a rebuttal based on historic human behavior. Both books need to be studied because techniques from both camps are used to control populations. Soft sciences make it more effective and technology is merely a tool.

When somebody has an epiphany; that is great, humor them for catching up. Then try to guide them to the next step and let them have another one. Technology isn't 1984; we have always been there as humans. Few societies are organized so well using the latest social science as 1984 did. It just allows things to go further and the technology allows for more micromanagement-- which is the holy grail for authoritarian systems... the end game solution. Oh, 1948 was the date of the book; 1984 is meaningless, just a future date taken from 1948 but close enough for people at the time to THINK about it.

The micromanagement technology is arguably is required for an end game solution like 1984 because it's been tried thru out human history but eventually it fails because they can't control all the people all the time-- 1984 is the end game solution, where they finally can. Nothing is different except that it's permanent an unable to be stopped. No revolutions. Likely, there are no other nations to invade or conquer either (likely just a smokescreen.)

Terrorists like the founders of the USA would be caught early. No revolutions. Violent human struggles on the group level would end. ORDER is one of the top priorities of authoritarians. can't allow unrest. can't even allow protests -- you need a permit or it's disorderly --- we accept that despite it being in the 1st next to speech; we don't quite accept speech zones or permits for free speech... but we are not that far from it.

Comment: Groups suck. (Score 1) 182

by bussdriver (#47898149) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

The ideal group work maybe has people learn better.

I've never had a group project in my life where we all learned that well. Usually, a few of us did most or all the work and even when a functional group did happen, the work was distributed so each person had a part of the whole picture and was missing out on the other parts. It only works if people share and want to learn--- when the group finishes the task, hardly anybody is interested in picking up on what parts they were not exposed to. Perhaps one could facilitate the ideal conditions but that is never done and I'd not be surprised if we had little on how to properly facilitate the desired outcome (and I'm not talking policy solutions which is all people ever discuss, having students rank each other etc are policy BS that is extremely limited.) For example, an alternative approach could be to have a series of group assignments which force rotate their roles; or even better... you have them rank each other or you rank them... then next step you purposely put all the weak ones in the worst positions and grade them as a whole... that would force them to help each other!

I wonder how they study the benefits of group work because the studies seem to always back up the theory. If you measure it wrong you'll end up with the same results and it's entirely possible the common techniques used produce biased results until the day somebody proves they have better techniques to study such things... Before that happens, most people will continue to adhere to the conventions they learned in school and even religiously stick to them even after they begin to be dis-proven.

I'm skeptical group work is so great; also, previous experience tells me that even a valid result gets overly generalized and over applied. It's like telling somebody to reboot their computer when they have a problem so then every time their ISP goes down they reboot their computer until the internet works again. I had a client who called me every time (for years) their ISP was down because their website didn't work! I'd have to prove it each time by having Microsoft.com not work either. ("oh, well if microsoft doesn't work either it must be a big problem..." heard that a few times too!) Now imagine having somebody that thick headed in a group project...

The last group study I read was teaching programming. Showing that pairs of students do better. not 1, 3,4,5 but 2 people did best. I didn't feel confident in the results because I wasn't given any idea what they tested them on. Depends on the kind of work and the kind of metric used if working in pairs helped or not. If the test involved nearly the same kind of thing as the assignment then the poor student could just recall and BS their way to a better score from being exposed to the solution, without a greater understanding... it's understanding that is the goal. (or was trends seem to be in the other direction. thinking must be too dangerous.)

Your education SUCKS if you can't tell the difference between an online course and a classroom course. think about that. Also if your high school is offering college, it means your high school sucks and so does the freshman portion of a college education. I remember taking AP and testing out; I took the course anyway-- AP really is a scam... if you don't get it, then your unaware or your education sucked.

Comment: Serial Killers weap (Score 1) 288

by bussdriver (#47897867) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

All the sickos just becoming aware of these services because of the media attention are now going to have to go to another state.

I went from the south up to Disney once and I never noticed a car pool lane; I also could see why people would want to use their phones too... so much time is spent going nowhere during rush hour.

The objection is this is NOT car pooling because money is changing hands. This is really no different than the FAA rules about pilots, you can't take money for people rides in your plane and you can't even give people free rides in your plane if your only purpose is to transport them. You can take people along for the ride and that is it. As soon as you go out of the legal bounds you end up into the regulated commercial sector which doesn't want you hobby pilots messing with their jobs.

Comment: Mod parent up. (Score 1) 363

by bussdriver (#47872443) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

I object to GPS or MP3 while driving because what the apps are is not that important, people can't multitask and those apps also are a serious problem.

In my state, they regulate GPS apps so they can't have a distracting interface-- only then is GPS allowed and the cell phone ban applies to ANY TECH that is distracting. The exceptions require a law, like the GPS regulation.

MP3 and car stereos might be better now, but last time I looked into a car stereo (back when mp3 was new) I couldn't find a single car stereo that wasn't an example of horrible GUI... and they all were graphical with unlabeled buttons around the border (micro print does not count.)

Touch screen madness is everywhere today. That is distracting stuff; I want physical knobs and buttons back because they are provably superior under driving conditions. Oh, and animated diagrams prove these "UX" people are full of shit; if you understand interface design at all, you should be aware of the situation the thing is used. Nothing should move when driving except the child running out into the street you catch in the corner of your eye because your brains recognition system is BASED AROUND MOTION. no gps, app, billboard, TV should be in the peripheral.

Hopefully these laws restrict themselves to the DRIVER. Not that far from now the driver will be a computer and that day can't come soon enough for me. If you have to use apps and drive, learn to car pool and hand off your phone.

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