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Comment: Easy kid vs. Succesful adult (Score 4, Interesting) 283

by gurps_npc (#48652413) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
There are lots of things parents do to kids to make the kids easier to raise, that become extremely problematic in adults.

Many people want/prefer a less assertive/aggressive child. They do what they are told, instead of trying to invent/create new things to do on their own.

That makes for a less assertive/aggressive adult. They do what they are told, instead of inventing/creating.

Another clear example is the 'polite rage'. Studies have shown that the more polite a society, the more seething rage develops inside it. Where a traditional brash American northerner gets angry, but never fights for honor, a traditionally polite American southerner stays polite until you go to far and then goes for blood.

Comment: Fine - but not impersonate peolpe (Score 2) 198

by gurps_npc (#48652107) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts
I am (and probably most people) totally OK with the cops creating fake internet accounts to catch criminals. Nothing wrong with that. What is more troubling is the attempts of some cops to take impersonate actual living people on internet accounts and use THAT to catch criminals.

That should be illegal - at least without the express written consent of the people being impersonated.

Yes, the cops have done this and the person sued. I would love to hear what happened in that law suit, because impersonating someone else is a very different matter from creating a fake account.

Comment: Re:What Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 385

You do realize that every single cell in your body can be considered to be millions of years old, right?

Each cell divided from your original ovum/sperm combination. Those came from their parents, which came from their parents, etc. etc.

Cells have been proven to be able to divide into new ones FOREVER, given minimal changes. Telomeres and the other forms of aging are all just anti-cancer techniques.

You do however have a good point when you mention the brain.

But that is also not insurmountable. It's called gradual replacement. Kill about 1% of the brain every year and grow new cells.

Yes there will be some partial memory loss. So what? By that age, you already have memory issues. Personality and the 'soul' (if it exists) will remain the same. You ameliorate the memory issues by leaving personal recordings of important things - video, etc. Basically, you look at your own Facebook page [ ughh, I found a real use for Facebook :( ]

You are correct we will never win against entropy.

But you are wrong when you think the constraints are freer for artificial intelligence. They simply are not there. The 'weaknesses' of organic life are actually strengths that people do not understand. Things like blinking - it is an automatic health maintenance procedure, not a weakness in human vision.

Comment: What Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 385

The basic argument is that they can be: 1) Effectively Immortal 2) Upgradeable. 3) Information transfer.

My counterargument is simple: a) Genetic engineering and b) information transfer is a weakness

The main obstacle to medicine preventing aging is cancer. Aging started out as a simple way to prevent unlimited cell reproduction, i.e. cancer. Give us another 200-500 years and we will stop aging and cancer. We won't really be immortal, as humans will still die from accidents - but so will artificial life forms.

What few upgrades that are good ideas (for GENERALISTS, not specialists - don't give people tools that not all of us of need), we will be able to slowly work into the genome using the same genetic engineering.

Finally, high speed, unfiltered information transfer is NOT a good idea for life forms. It lets you be hacked. Any creature that has a simple way to upload a ton of data is susceptible to having a virus inserted into that data, which means they get stuck in low level jobs, not high level ones.

Comment: Re:I absoluetly bet it is Sex Blackmail! (Score 1) 576

by gurps_npc (#48630533) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
That's bullshit. Among other things, people would sue the theaters, not Sony. They could have released it to HBO, etc. Not releaseing it all is a huge mistake. Not just in lost revenue, not just in lost money spent creating and advertising for the movie, but a huge hit for their reputation. The money alone is probably far worse that any unreasonable jury award for situations like that. That is, if you were right (which I think is laughable), that a terrorist attack would end having Sony being sued and they had to pay out money, the amount paid out would be far less than what they are throwing away today.

Every single patriotic American is saying "what a bunch of pussies." Everyone is talking about how Sony caved to the terrorists. How N. Korea made Sony their b!tch.

Performers, directors, vendors, etc. are all thinking "Why should I work with Sony again when I can go work for someone that will actually PUT OUT the movie that will bring my carreer to the next level. If I waste my time with Sony - evenn if they pay me (not certain), it could be career suicide.

The damage for an attack based on the movie would be MINISCULE compared to the damage they have done to themselves.

Comment: Re:What should a smart watch do? (Score 1) 229

by gurps_npc (#48630487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
I am puzzled.

Step 1) Someone asks what they should get on their smart watch that they are considering buying.

Step 2) I list several features they should get.

Step 3) You point out that all the features I list 'already do that'.

But you seem to think that a list of features that alread exist is not appropriate response for someone looking for features on their smart watcH? Why?

Comment: What should a smart watch do? (Score 1) 229

by gurps_npc (#48628943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
Smart watches should not simply be small smartphones on your wrist. They should take advantage of their place on your wrist. To my mind that means any reasonable smart watch should do the following:

Sports applications - specifically it should measure the movement of your arm at the very least, if not the full exercise monitoring/recording of the fitbit and the similar items.

Medical application - specifically at least measure your pulse, if not full blood sugar, etc.

In addition it should have a good voice recognition and bluetooth capacity to make up for the small screen size.

Comment: Re:Should let them work inside parks. (Score 1) 68

by gurps_npc (#48627769) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC
Free speech is a constitutional right and has no business being restricted in any way. Similarly, flying aircraft - manned or unmanned is constitutionally totally unmentioned.

Which means that it is totally reasonable to restrict drones, but not at all reasonable to restrict speech.

What's next - you gonna bring up hitler?

Comment: Re:Republicans are NOT conservative (Score 1) 141

by gurps_npc (#48627703) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?
It doesn't matter when the laws were passed, it matters when the laws are interpreted. Any politician or judge can tell you that.

As for knowing what a car was, I new that 40 years ago - which not only means you were wrong about your probably, it also shows that you made a knee jerk assumption much larger than mine.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson