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Comment Re:Math is fine! (Score 2) 92

Well, it's a long term gripe that society as a whole would be much better served devoting to intellectually elite student's education just a fraction of the money spent making sure every last clown can calculate change by the time they graduate.

But you know, political memes and "them elites don't need it! >:-( "

And that was before all this privledge meme shit hit the fan. Try it today.

Comment Re:Things that I wish wouldn't keep getting repeat (Score 1) 237

So Potassium is a great example of internal radiation, which is in biological equilibrium with your body almost always.

What really freaks laypeople out is when you tell them that radioactive potassium in their body gives off anti-matter. For the curious, K-40 sometimes decays to Ar-40 by emitting a positron and a neutrino.

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 334

No, it doesn't work like this. A disconnected rotor acts as a parachute with the same area as the area swept by its blades. It's usually (always?) not enough to slow down to survivable vertical velocity. To actually survive the landing, a pilot has to reduce the pitch of the blades to speed them up and then just before crashing increase the pitch again, trading the stored kinetic energy for a burst of thrust. And you need to have enough altitude to pull this off, so all helicopters that I know of have this nice fun "you'll certainly die" zone.

Comment Re:Sexual Assault (Score 1) 483

I think it is a reasonable thing to do to.... give people a response, which is what they are looking for.

Frankly, I think people read WAY too much into all this. "The AI was asked on a date" "the AI was abused".... fuck, have none of these people ever spent an hour with ELIZA? Within about 5 minutes it becomes a game of "What can I get it to say?"

People are playing with a toy looking for a response....any response works. A response which acknowledges what they are doing, in any way, is exactly what most were probably looking for.

If anything, this would encourage the behaviour because "look, she talks back too..."

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