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Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49451701) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
How do you know what is right? 100 years ago people would have said that they were on the right side of history when they excluded gays. Now we look back and say that they were mistaken. But perhaps in 100 years our descendents will look back at us and say that we were mistaken to think that we were on the right side of history. We like to think that we are on the right side of history, just as our ancestors did. But we might be just as mistaken as they were. So claiming that we are on the right side of history seems disingenous at best.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49449753) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
But how would you know that? What if gay rights had never progressed? You would have most likely would have believe at this time that people's beliefs 100 years ago were right (since they match what you currently believe is right) and therefor they were on the right side of history. This smacks of confirmation bias.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by irrational_design (#49449185) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
So "right side" refers to ethics/morals. But what about the history part? By definition history is in the past. So how do you know that what you think in the present is moral will be considered moral by historians of the future? That is what I mean by wishful thinking. Someone who uses this phrases is basically saying "I think that this action is moral/ethical and I hope that future historians agree with me so that when the future history books are written they will show that I was on the right side of history." I just think that no logical person can use the phrase "the right side of history". Though most of the people who use this phrase are politicians who are pretty much the antithesis of logical.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1, Insightful) 116

by irrational_design (#49447027) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple
"on the right side of history" This phrase has always confused me. Unless you are a prophet or time traveler, how do you know you are on the "right side" of history until a significant enough time has passed? And what does "right side" even mean? Is this about winners and losers? Was Stalin on the right side of history since he was a winner (in a manner of speaking) while Hitler was on the wrong side of history since he was a loser? Or is this some kind of moral/ethical rightness? But how do we know what will be moral/ethical at a point in the future that our time is considered to be history? 100 years ago I'm pretty sure the average person wouldn't have considered someone who supported gay rights to be on the right side of history. Again, until enough time has passed, how can you know that you are/were on the right side of history? It sounds like wishful thinking to me.

Comment: Discrimiation in his own backyard (Score 1) 653

I think the real hypocrisy is that Tim isn't speaking out to the same degree about the discrimination in his own company/state. The widespread discrimination against women and minorities is well documented, but I guess as a white male those kinds of discrimination aren't worth talking about, even though he really could have a significant impact on these issues that go well beyond a speaking point. And he could help a lot more people. What percentage of the population of Indiana is gay, a few percentage points? What percentage of Silicon Valley is female or non-white? A whole lot more than a single digit percentage.

Comment: Re:Not only possible but easy (Score 1) 394

by irrational_design (#49394439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?
I sort of don't have any social media accounts either. I have a fake facebook account with 0 info that I use once a year or so when one of my kids wants me to look at something on their facebook accounts. I have a fake twitter account that I set up at a conference I was attending to enter a contest. When I won the contest the presenter sounded very confused since my entry for the contest was the only content on my twitter site. They were obviously confused as to how that could be ;-)

Comment: Doppelganger (Score 1) 90

by irrational_design (#49293149) Attached to: Google: Our New System For Recognizing Faces Is the Best
I so frequently see people who remind me of someone else. Similar facial features/hair/skin coloring/etc. It would be interesting to have it run thru millions of faces and group them by similarity to see if there is a sort of finite number of different face "types". Also, it would be fun to give it a photo of my face and find my doppelgangers.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky

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