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Comment Re: Tiny black holes (Score 3, Insightful) 137 137

Man creates fancy cancer causing agent, lets call it ... agent orange. Did God create cancer?

All those "carcinogenic" substances you hear about don't cause cancer -- they increase the rate of mutation, which wouldn't ever cause cancer if the cells were better designed. To put it another way, if people didn't naturally get cancer it would be almost impossible to design a substance that would give them cancer. If an engineer had designed human DNA, then that engineer would be blamed if random mutagens would routinely cause cancer -- that's why we have fail-safes and error-correcting code. Human cells also have fail-safes and error correcting code, but they're poorly designed.

Just as an example, the naked mole rat has additional fail-safes and so is almost immune to cancer.

Comment Re:Obvious deflection. (Score 1) 232 232

Because it happened with computers so it must be more dangerous because I do not understand computers.

No, because computers allow for auto-targeting, self-deploying weapons. Though soldiers are notorious for unquestioningly following orders, computers really do unquestioningly follow orders. Imagine if there were a large army of robot soldiers and some crazy hacker got control of them -- or worse, a politician.

Comment When killer robots are outlawed (Score 1) 311 311

When killer robots are outlawed, only outlaws will have killer robots.

But seriously,
a) There is no way to really stop this, it's just a combination of standard hardware and some programming
b) While drones might allow for lower collateral damage (because the drone won't be afraid of death), a drone also will not object to illegal or immoral orders.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

Here's how it works:
Court decrees Facebook doesn't have standing to challenge the warrant, because even though they're going through Facebook's stuff the warrant is for a specific person.
Court decrees the person who was targeted by the search warrant doesn't have standing to challenge the warrant, because they can't prove that they were even served the warrant because Facebook was also given a gag order.

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