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Comment Re:hell, it's not just AI (Score 1) 146

There's a ton of aspie freaks online that can't seem to figure out sarcasm or humor in general, either.

I don't know if it's just me, but I seem to have as much trouble having irony understood by others.

e.g. when I was in sea cadets, we spent a night in cabins on a small isle within a channel. The caretaker told us that there had been something of a tradition of midnight raids between our group and another local cadet group, called Nimrod (I kid you not), and he was keen to see the end of it. He told us we were to keep the cabin doors locked, not to open them should we hear anything.

So I pipe up, "would it be all right if we just have a quiet raid?" Dead silence, everyone in the room looking at me, and the caretaker sternly intones "you obviously don't know anything about raids, because they are never quiet".

Comment Re:She's a dumb woman who drove HP into the ground (Score 0) 577

This is what happens when you give a dumb, emotional woman the reigns. I'm not saying all women are like this (please don't burn me at the stake, libtard SJWs). I'm just saying she was a dumb woman who sucked at business management. Dumb men can be bad leaders too (again, for clarification to all libtard SJWs)

I think you are casting aspersions on women generally. If your post was reworded replacing "women" with "conservative", I expect you'd think it was casting aspersions on conservatives generally, e.g.

This is what happens when you give a dumb, emotional conservative the reigns. I'm not saying all conservatives are like this (please don't burn me at the stake, RepubliNazis). I'm just saying she was a dumb conservative who sucked at business management. Dumb liberals can be bad leaders too (again, for clarification to all RepubliNazis).

Comment Re:Science Coverage is Not Thoughtful (Score 1) 1838

There is a common pattern with aggregator sites today which deal with scientific press releases to simply regurgitate press releases that other sites are posting.

Isn't that the nature of aggregation?

Why not try a bit harder to educate the tech community on some of the most vocal critics of both science and tech?

Like democracy, science is the worst at what it does, aside from (at least) everything else that's been tried. Devise a better system, then use it to discover something significant and verifiable about the world, that science has not discovered, and I'll be interested.

In the mean time, would you like to hear my ideas about what's wrong with democracy?

Comment Re:Tested in the courts (Score 1) 130

It looks like you can search US patent applications, and submit documents relevant to a patent application, for a fee.

To search patent applications:

  • Go to Patent Full-Text Databases.
  • Under Applications (right-hand side), click Advanced Search.
  • Enter the Query: PD/20151126 AND (CPCL/G06F OR CPCL/H04L)
  • Click Search.

This will give you the 1,247 applications relating to Electrical Digital Data Processing or Transmission of Digital Information that were published last week. (Applications are published on the Thursday of each week.)

To submit documents relevant to a patent application:

The submission process could no doubt be easier, but on the other hand, this might create more work for patent clerks, having to read through more low-quality submissions. I'm not really sure how much high-quality community involvement is likely here, because reading patent applications and searching for prior art just doesn't sound like a fun way to spend free time.

Comment Re:Fuck Israel (Score 1) 529

So the Nazis weren't really racist? The death camps were more of an anti-religion kind of thing?

Actually, sort of, to an extent. From Wikipedia (which references other sources):

Anyone with three or four Jewish grandparents was to be exterminated without exception. In other genocides, people were able to escape death by converting to another religion or in some other way assimilating. This option was not available to the Jews of occupied Europe,[29] unless their grandparents had converted before 18 January 1871 [the day the German Empire was proclaimed]. All persons of enough recent Jewish ancestry to be considered a Jew were to be exterminated in the German occupied territories.[30] The Holocaust

This is clearly not a purely religious classification (as converting away from Judaism is not relevant from 18 January 1871 onwards). However it doesn't seem to be a purely racial classification either, on the face of it, since the lineage is traced back to people who were adherents of Judaism on the 18 January 1871 (unless I've read it wrong).

That said, I guess that would be adherents of Judaism according to some official record, and people may be unlikely to officially denounce a religion their parents believe, even if they don't believe it themselves, so in practice the point may be somewhat moot.

Comment Re:Plenty people in power should be hanged.. (Score 1) 486

Religion, not just islam, is the root of all evil..

While I'd agree that religions are the root of much evil, I think this statement probably overgeneralises in several ways. For one, it seems to tar all religions with the same brush. While Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a common heritage, many smaller religions developed independently (and many of them were wiped out by these three). I don't think it's fair to assume all were evil. Also, some ideologies were evil without having any supernatural components, so don't qualify as religions (e.g. Soviet Communism). Finally, I think some people just manage to be evil independently, without needing any particular religion or other ideology.

Comment Re:Plenty people in power should be hanged.. (Score 3, Insightful) 486

Islam is a mono-cultural ideology that by definition tolerates no other cultures on basis of equality.

Christianity is hardly a beacon of equality either. According to Christianity, Christians will be rewarded with everlasting paradise, and everyone else will be punished with everlasting torture, and this is right and just, because they are evil and deserve it, and it is the will of an all-loving god. By no means does this view espouse equality. Granted, Jesus tells his followers not to be violent, while he'll bring an army of angels to cast the unbelievers into the pit of fire that they deserve. (Do as I say, not as I do.) That said, if a Christian should kill an unbeliever, they will be forgiven, and still go to heaven, while the unbeliever will still burn in hell.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34)

Christianity inspired the crusades, inquisitions, and witch hunts. (Seriously, if you think you've got the seed of Satan spreading evil among you, and they deserve to be killed, and you'll be forgiven for killing them, would you not?) The practice of religious tolerance in the West began begrudgingly in response to wariness from over a hundred years of Christian infighting in the European wars of religion. Modern liberal Christianity (the "don't be such a literalist, when Jesus said non-believers deserve to be burned, it was a metaphor for something nice" variety) draws its morals from the Enlightenment (atheist thought), not Christianity, although it steadfastly refuses to acknowledge it. Modern liberal Islam is relatively benign mental masturbation in the same vein.

Comment Re: Problem with Artifical Stupidity: discriminati (Score 1) 386

Apparently we need better software, designed to be able to prove it is non-discriminatory. Furthermore, we probably should require this software to be transparent, enabling us, as society, if we think the grounds are acceptable.

I expect the algorithms are likely to be closely guarded secrets, because they are surely a big part of the way credit companies try to gain an edge over each other.

Thus we could lead discussions like this, is it acceptable policy to deny heavy drinkers a loan.

It sounds reasonable to me. It seems likely that it would be a predictor of the ability to repay debt, and it's something that, in some sense, people have the ability to choose, leaving them in control of the outcome.

With regard to race, I would be surprised if it was a useful predictor of the ability to repay debt. It would be a losing proposition to offer credit to someone solely on the basis of their race, and if credit history was available, I can't imagine that a person's race would usefully supplement this information in any way. Not that this would necessarily stop people from using it though, I guess.

Comment Re:SAFE secure SPACE there is your problem. (Score 1) 618

Yeah, I kind of figured they wouldn't be available world-wide, but the links contain enough details (season 19, episodes 1 and 5) that you should be able to locate them on, shall we say, "other" sources.

I'm not sure what it's like in other places, but in New Zealand, copyright law requires ISPs to disclose information about accounts used for P2P, and account holders can be charged without trial. Law to fight internet piracy passed

I expect there are ways around this, but I tend to try to adhere to copyright law, even if I don't agree with it (while some other people I know seem to have it the other way around--go figure).

Comment Re: SAFE secure SPACE there is your problem. (Score 1) 618

I moved to the EU a few years ago, so now I just pay for a VPN service. Most are very affordable, and I don't have to put up with those invisible internet boarders anymore.

Thanks, but it seems likely that this is illegal in New Zealand. ISPs used to offer access to geo-blocked content, but this was challenged by the television companies, and ruled to be illegal (violating copyright law by importing without distribution rights, I think). Global Mode goes dark - broadcasters win legal fight

This probably wouldn't be an issue for VPN in practice, but I'd rather adhere to the law anyway, even if I don't agree with it.

Comment Re:SAFE secure SPACE there is your problem. (Score 1) 618

Thanks for the suggestion, but no luck, unfortunately.

Sorry, currently our video library can only be watched from within the United States

Hulu is committed to making its content available worldwide. To do so, we must work through a number of legal and business issues, including obtaining international streaming rights. Know that we are working to make this happen and will continue to do so. Given the international background of the Hulu team, we have both a professional and personal interest in bringing Hulu to a global audience.

Comment Re:SAFE secure SPACE there is your problem. (Score 2) 618

South Park has been covering this stuff brilliantly this season. ...

Sounds interesting, and I have some time to kill.

Sorry New Zealand
Full Episodes Coming Soon
We are working hard to resolve our pre-existing contractual obligations and bring you Full Episodes as soon as possible.

So it seems I can't watch it, but at least I can feel the progress of science and the useful arts being promoted as I don't.

Comment Re:Same applies to so-called "climate science" (Score 1) 213

Sorry, just checked this thread.

I'm not very well read on this topic, and thought I'd better read something before responding, so had a browse through the Wikipedia page on the hockey stick graph, but don't feel I know a great deal more, except that it all sounds rather complicated. (Thanks, BTW, I didn't know what the AC's "45-degree slope" referred to--I assumed it was some temperature prediction, and had heard of the hockey stick graph, but didn't make a connection.)

My "understanding" of climate models still basically goes no further than: People are putting more CO2 in the atmosphere, and atmospheric CO2 traps heat. I guess it's the sceptics' view that this effect is relatively minor in the scheme of things?

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