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Comment: Re:It has been done. (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#48626155) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

I live in a country where people have been prosecuted successfully for murder because they killed the driver of a car that had been trying to run them over, and the fatal shot was fired after the car had passed them - by inches.

It's called the rule of law. The judges are compassionate, court cases take into account mitigating factors, the prosecution service can and often do choose not to pursue certain cases.. but people are definitely held to account if they seek to exact extra-judicial revenge.

Comment: Re:Terrorists Win (Score 1) 563

by Cederic (#48624403) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Comically the BBC is currently getting bashed for supporting a book about assassinating a former British Prime Minister.

But verbal feedback is some way from threatening mass murder. I'm not sure that any movie justifies that, and particularly one that gravely offends some cunt with no sense of humour.

Yes Kim, I mean you.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 563

by Cederic (#48624389) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

that's why their so funny

Only to people that lack the wit to differentiate between "they're" and "their".

I'm not even joking. There's a whole class of hollywood comedy based around "stupid people being stupid" that just isn't terribly funny.

I prefer my comedy to be very dark (Old Boy - in Korean) or played straight (Blues Brothers or Monty Python) or situational (Ferris Bueller). Don't be giving me some badly scripted shit based on stupid people doing blatantly stupid things (Dumb and Dumber).

Comment: Re:DOCUMENTS? (Score 1) 249

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48620425) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

>The documents DEMAND that the the press DESTROY SONY!

Is this a joke that whooshed over my head, or are you hopped up on something? I'm thinking it's probably the former.

Information wants to be free. Sony demands. Anthropomorphism requires.

Q: If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?

Comment: the sociology of accidents (Score 1) 170

by epine (#48619309) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

The only "accidental" discovery in science is the discovery one could have stretched out over a great many more research grants if one had better anticipated the scientific windfall.

Of course, we do tend to refer to the outcome of bad planning as "an accident" concerning our hominid prime directive, so perhaps there's no help for language after all.

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 640

by epine (#48618993) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

You do realize that a narrative of this type can be fashioned around the prevailing conditions of all human societies at all points in human history?

America is an especially big and complex society, so one needs a correspondingly large and complex boogie man (though nevertheless, reductive to the core).

In the gospel of the one true fracture, defining yourself as against something only serves to throw more fuel on the fire. In reality, complex systems have hundreds or thousands of fault lines, and it's not always the case that the largest fault line is hovering around the supercritical state. Unless we all agree to obsess about it. Then the story self propels.

The slow march of AI is going to spin our a thousand fault lines. Get yours today!

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -- Elbert Hubbard