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Comment: Re:etc (Score 1) 120

by squiggleslash (#47414135) Attached to: CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

I find this comment somewhat scary.

If the reason people are pronouncing etc "ett-see" is because they don't know, here's the deal: etc is an abbreviation for "Et cetera", which means "and so on". You're supposed to pronounce it "Et centera" for the same reason that if I wrote "Brocolli w/ carrots" you'd read it and pronounce it as "Brocolli with carrots", not "Brocolli double-ewe carrots."

Comment: Re:Consciousness (Score 1) 284

by squiggleslash (#47399205) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

No, it doesn't.

Even if we reject religion, and, say, go for a "World is actually The Matrix" hypothesis (which, similarly, has human bodies controlled by observers external to the observed world", the best we can genuinely say about this region of the brain is that activating it disables "whatever controls the brain" (internal or external.) Unless the observers have an seperate memory (and why would they?), everything is consistent with that observation link being severed. The observers (be they souls or Matrix hook-ups) are no longer able to modify the brain's memory, to move the body, or in any other way interact with it. When that part of the brain is allowed to operate again, they can do so.

If we at least assume memory is local, which it has to be, there's no incompatability. If memory is not local, it's still possible there's no incompatability because the lack of communications between observer and avatar will result in no memory data being written.

On the other hand, the good news is that as you haven't proven the non-existence of God, you will be unable to prove that black is white, and thus will not be killed on the next Zebra crossing.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 578

by squiggleslash (#47370643) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

No, his argument is that driving should be allowed because driving is mandatory in most of the country. It is, with planners deliberately designing development areas to be impractical for foot traffic and uneconomic for public transport. If someone sucks at driving but they can't go to a job or store without driving, then however insane it is, it'd be inhuman to ban them altogether.

If you want this to change, start lobbying your county and State to allow more high density development. That's the real solution.

Comment: Re:Write your name with a pen? (Score 1) 82

I suspect, FWIW, the complete works of Byron are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free anyway...

(That said I'm aware that it doesn't matter. If I had a complete copy of the works of Asimov, signed by the good Doctor himself, I wouldn't want to vandalize it either.)

Comment: Re:This thread... (Score 1) 376

by squiggleslash (#47339765) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

You're right, it's an obvious dog whistle. I'd challenge the GP to come up with a case where any previous Democratic President or Presidential candidate had a Welfare-related term associated with him by a Republican.

I'm not sure what it is but I've seen a real increase in what might be called the resentment movement here, an assumption that white males have it bad because groups that, as groups, have historically faced socially (including legal, financial, etc) hurdles are finally being given a helping hand. If these attempts to bring equality were being seen as overwhelmingly successful, to the point that women were outnumbering men in high paying respected professions, I'd see the point. But Google's doing this precisely because women make up such a tiny proportion of its own workforce - and not because of any apparent discrimination at the hiring or supervision level.

Comment: Re:Cool solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 427

by squiggleslash (#47321313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I don't think there's much doubt that a watch that's sufficiently advanced in features will find a niche - it feels like not very long ago that watches did compete on functionality. The 1980s was full of cheap calculator watches and expensive chronometer/time-in-three-time-zones fifty-different-dials type watches. And they sold for a while.

Me though... I'd actually wear a watch if they weren't uncomfortable. I love the things, especially mechanical watches, so it's not the feature set I find a problem.

About the only thing that would make me wear one despite the discomfort would be in-built teleportation. That would be the killer app. I doubt Google is working on that though.






Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"