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Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 388

by catmistake (#48672219) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

But I'm working on Strong AI - and I can tell you definitively that while it is very difficult, it is not impossible. Consciousness is only impossible if you don't understand it.

You don't understand it, and even if you did, your strong AI will never ever ever be conscious. It may fool you into not being able to tell if it is conscious or not, but we know it can never be --the same way we know a dead human brain will never ever be conscious again. Consciousness is an effect of living brain. You're not going to get that in a clever subroutine. And if you can't realize that, you have deeper issues. Strong AI is a worthy pursuit, just as is, say, developing fast propulsion.. but those engineers that ultimately build the fastest engine know what the speed limit is... in an ideal sense, light speed. True artificial consciousness is your light speed... you can never quite get there.

Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 388

by catmistake (#48644339) Attached to: The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

You mean like manned flight, the atomic bomb, or travelling faster than light?

Not really. None of those things you list are philosophically impossible. No matter how smart you think your AI is, it is never conscious, but cleverly responding to stimulus as programmed. Weak AI is ready for commercialism. Hard AI is impossible.

Comment: Re:False Falg? (Score 1) 236

The more this unravels the more I smell false flag.

Only now do we feel the loss of President Ronald Reagan. The moment President Obama failed to dispatch Senator Fred Thompson with an elite-ops "A" team including Candice Bergen and Vice-President Dan Qualye, to deal with this egrigious crime, I smelled something, too.

Comment: Re:So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by catmistake (#48639275) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

the UEFI standard which is nothing to do with Microsoft

Since its inception, Microsoft has ever been trying to control open standards, and UEFI is merely one example of their success at doing so. If you think Microsoft is not actively attempting to control every standard conceivable, you're a shill or an idiot, and probably the latter. I understand software is complicated, but Microsoft intentionally mandates their vendor lockin with every single thing they release, from new versions to updates to patches. I'm not going to bother with providing a trolling AC with examples, because since the 1980's there must be thousands if not tens of thousands of examples of Microsoft pushing this anti-competitive agenda. I'm not anti-MS, either. There's a lot of great software they have. But Microsoft is BAD for EVERYONE because of their business practices. Adobe, IBM, Apple, and Google have many examples of similar shenanigans, but all pale in comparison to what Microsoft has done and continues to do. We can only imagine how good Windows could be if Microsoft wasn't obsessed with fleecing everyone.

MS bad

Comment: Re:The Legit Bay (Score 1) 79

by catmistake (#48639163) Attached to: Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

if you think you can just suck the MONEY out of the system

This isn't stealing bread from a starving family. The sales inventory at all the studios remains constant. Explain to me how all the non-enterprise copyright violators cost production studios or entertainers even one cent? Theft it is, but it is not the same as crime because the victim has NO DAMAGES.

Comment: Re:So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by catmistake (#48592011) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

but it certainly does not BLOCK it either:

To put it politely, Microsoft does have a knack for "inadvertently" yet periodically breaking competing and usually free technologies in enterprise, and recently... competing OS on consumer hardware. The Linux guys keep up with them and fixes role 'em out, but I doubt the home user will fare so well. I don't even know if its possible to purchase new hardware that I can do what I want with, thanks to Microsoft.

Comment: Re:One good turn... (Score 1) 235

by catmistake (#48569501) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

You cannot debunk what he said by just calling it racist.

It is far easier to debunk on its face: race does not exist in hard science, but only in sociology. Genetically, there is no "race trait." Biologically, it is not a characteristic that is used. Its really a crap concept and eventually we'll stop using it. But I have deep concern for them because most people find that biologists are not as smart as other races. (See? I can talk nonsense, too!)

Comment: Re: Better known as... (Score 2) 45

by catmistake (#48540685) Attached to: A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos
I also think they're underestimating cats. But If they're connecting deep learning systems to telescopes (which is not explicitly stated), when a cat is positively identified, perhaps somewhere millions of light-years away and hundreds of thousands of light-years across, I guess we'll be sorry.

Comment: Re:obviously they should track the sun (Score 1) 327

by catmistake (#48512849) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South
you're right.. I see the flaws in my proposal. thanks... esp. the part about how "Crazzy Eddies Plastic Clockwork Solar Tracker Hacked OneOffs" might not market so well, nor do such good business compared to doing it right with safety and the economics of the homeowner in mind, not the cheapest possible solution.

You know you've been spending too much time on the computer when your friend misdates a check, and you suggest adding a "++" to fix it.