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Comment: Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by mjm1231 (#49261103) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Being wrongly convicted and dying in a gas chamber due to organ failure is different from being wrongly convicted and dying in a cell due to organ failure how, exactly?

If there is no difference, then surely we can remove the phrase "wrongly convicted" from this formula, and there is still no difference? In that case, why expend the extra effort and cost to create one? If you believe this, then by your own logic, there is never any reason to perform an execution.

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 564

by mjm1231 (#49172883) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's too late. I have seen countless Windows users who have been trained to double click. As a result, they double items in the Windows task bar and links on web pages. Some of them take it in stride, and some of them get annoyed that their application or link opens twice or hangs and freezes trying to. This does not seem to cause them to unlearn this behavior.

Comment: 1964 must have been a short year... (Score 1) 57

by mjm1231 (#49159467) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

“The British did not start the American revolution of 1964,” they say.
The team say the data clearly shows the revolution underway before The Beatles arrived in the States in 1964...

The American music revolution of 1964 must have happened awfully quickly. The Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show on Feb 9th, three weeks after their first single hit the US charts.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 5, Insightful) 631

by mjm1231 (#49140221) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Given that this ideal world is completely imaginary, and the things that the free market is supposed to do in it never actually happen in the real world, why imagine a world where it's specifically free markets that have these magical powers? Why not an imaginary world where these things happen without free markets? Why not one where elves come in the middle of the night and solve everything?

Or, if this ideal world you've imagined doesn't map to the real one, why not try to imagine one that does?

Comment: You are all wrong (Score 1) 531

by mjm1231 (#49140125) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I keep skipping all these threads because of the one stupid underlying assumption that the arguments always center around. Why is it always assumed that an AI will be an artificially human intelligence?

This particular question shines a light on it in an interesting way. Why isn't the reverend proposing that all dogs be converted to Christianity? Or all dolphins, pigs, rats, or flatworms?

Comment: Re:Price matters. (Score 1) 26

by mjm1231 (#49096291) Attached to: Tim O'Reilly On Big Data, CS Education, and the Future of Print

"I think that the willingness of people to pay for things that delight them will not go away."

That's an interesting theory.

Tell everyone that ad-supported hardware will be going away, and that new fancy cell phone will cost $900 on top of the contract.

T-Mobile, for one, already does this. They offer plans with no contracts and no subsidized phones. You can purchase any phone they sell through their stores and have the price divided up into monthly payments. If you don't like any of those phones, you can purchase any compatible phone with a sim card slot, from any seller you want. I've used prepaid monthly plan phones from Wal-mart, and at one time I was using a jailbroken iPhone 4 made for another carrier. I've got 5 phones on this plan, and I think the last contract subsidized phone I purchased was probably 4 or 5 years ago.

User hostile.