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Comment: Re:Sand in our Brain (Score 2) 105

by master_p (#46681713) Attached to: Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

Could it be that neurons simply don't store new information except the first time and that all experiences are stored as an incremental backup, i.e. it's only the changes that are stored?

This solves the stability-plasticity dillemma: the first experience that comes is stored as a whole, and then similar experiences are only stored as a delta from the initial experience - thus allowing the brain to maintain some 'forever' experiences like touching a hot stove but also be flexible enough to remember new experiences.

This can also account for the deja vu effect - recalling experiences that are similar.

Comment: Re:Russia != Communism (Score 1) 870

by master_p (#46583195) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

The problem is that Communism only works on paper. In practice, greed can easily kill it.

Capitalism can be killed too by greed, but at least in Capitalism there are enough conflicting forces to slow down the process.

In Communism, there is only one force, the Communist Party, and so everything can go to hell really fast.

Comment: DRM is fine. Piracy is theft. (Score 1) 281

by master_p (#45713585) Attached to: DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea

The basis of our economic system is our right to sell our products in the way we see fit. Thus, content providers have the right to put any DRM system they want on their products. If we don't like DRM, then we simply shouldn't buy those products.

We don't have any right to pirate content, because piracy is theft: for any pirated product in use, the creator is missing a certain amount of money.

The argument "a pirated product is not a lost sale" is a bad argument, because it is a tautology: "a lost sale is a lost sale".

Comment: Re:We've all seen the pie chart. (Score 1) 246

by master_p (#45570733) Attached to: Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Holding a gun to people's heads and demanding money does not make you liked.Finding what they like is tough, and getting tougher every year

So, according to you, it would be ok to get a Ferrari, ride it for as long as I like, then dump it because it did not like it after all, withouit paying a dime, right?

Comment: Re:Surprised people still use... (Score 2) 192

by master_p (#45563967) Attached to: AI Reality Check In Online Dating

My experience is different. I had a lot of dates with women from dating sites, and I met my wife that way. I have a kid, after 5 happy years of married life.

I think what matters is the initial approach. Many men go for an impressive opening line, but women don't really want that. My approach was very simple. My initial message was: "hi, how are you?." Most women replied back, and then the conversation started.

Comment: So why everyone still uses C-style buffers? (Score 1) 165

by master_p (#45343305) Attached to: Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks

I would have expected, in this day and age, where computers are supposed to be much more powerful than needed for the majoirty of users, that C-style management of buffers would have been a thing of the past, especially in major software like Office and browsers.

But, judging from your post, it seems that is not the case. People still use raw buffers without bounds checking.

The principle "peformance first, safety second" has not done good. The majority of problems like this come from the programming language C which does not mandate bounds-checked array access.

Comment: How this doesn't contradict Relativity? (Score 1) 530

by master_p (#45216971) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

Since time is an emergent property of entanglement, and since particles can be entangled no matter what the distance is between them, then there exists a common clock for entangled particles, thus proving that the theory of Relativity is wrong, since these particles can be light years away.

If the above is not correct, then entanglement must break at the point of one of the particles exiting the light cone of an event, and after that there cannot be a common clock between them.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.

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