Which is ironic, when you consider that measuring where people's nose begins is part of the problem.
You're quite right, though it doesn't surprise me you've been modded down.
I don't think the illusion of strength is confined to the internet however. Capitalism itself beguiles people into thinking they matter, and have power, when, in the grand scheme of things, they may well not have lived at all. The internet is just the latest, most fashionable medium through which to express it.
We worry about corruption in the corridors of power, but we are just as easily bribed. Turn a blind eye to slavery in the far east, in return for this glittery new phone, or some such gewgaw. With every purchase, we betray our fellow man across the globe, and yet we still assume the moral high ground - which itself is just another leisure activity. Western governments know very well that we won't overthrow them while we're as comfortable, and as corruptible as we are.
Still, I thank god I'm on our side of the coin, rather than the other.
You're right to mock that, although in the late 1990's I worked at a London post production agency. We developed a human hair / fur system for Softimage and Mental Ray, which was quite advanced for the time. So we took it to Siggraph and showed it around different stands, trying to drum up some interest. However when we came to a company that had developed a similar product, initially they refused to talk to us. They saw our badges, literally cried out "Aaah, The Enemy!", and retreated back into the rear of their stand. It sounds crazy, and we became friendly after we talked them round - but they genuinely thought we were somehow trying to steal their secrets, or something.
So it can happen, though as you say, it's certainly not the norm.
I know what you mean, I think that c++ is way too complicated. It doesn't have to be like that, but all too often people can't help themselves, and their project develops an enormous templated husk, around what is a small kernel of useful code. The worst offender for me is cout's double arrow printf replacement syntax.That is among the least intuitive things I've seen. Classes are surely a good thing though, and new / delete is definitely better than malloc.
This may sound lame, but I've long wished for a native-code-generating language along the lines of Actionscript 3. The closest I've seen is the D language. It's pretty good, with concurrency and parallelism built in. I wish it would get more attention (and especially a fully implemented GUI library).
I'm pretty sure that getting drunk *IS* the primary reason alcohol is as popular as it is. The (lovely) taste of certain drinks is a real attraction for sure, but if it wasn't for the alcohol, no-one would have bothered spending lifetimes honing the recipes to such perfection.
Indeed - though to be honest, I think this is qualifies as borderline trolling on the UK government's part. Take a look at the article's comments section - no-one's buying it over there, either, and the Telegraph is a right wing paper.
I heartily agree re: Picard dune. I loved that film, mainly for the awesomely surreal visual atmosphere. "Far off, in the control rooms of spice gas, travelling without moving."
Guy Fawkes did fail, but Anonymous's mask design originates directly from the film "V for Vendetta", in which **probably unnecessary spoiler alert** parliament was successfully blown up.
If you're protesting about a corporation's activities (Don't buy Nestle Products, Monsanto GM corn etc.) then you are working within the system, protesting to raise awareness of your issue, and Western states typically allow this (note the use of the word "allow"). However, if the object of your protest is the government itself, then sooner or later you will inevitably need to break their "rules of protest". No government is going to submit to a revolution without a fight.
Tenacious implies a great persistence, a dogged refusal to give up. It's not a negative word, but it's not the same as resourceful.
So, to paraphrase quite a few comments on this article:
"Duh, Los alamos are so stupid - less material in contact, less force, just like friction. I can't believe they only just worked that out. I mean DUH, they could've asked me THAT. Oh, and they make nukes. Eurgh, I hate them!"
Really? You seriously think that's all there is to it? I only read the abstract, and it states that the decrease in the Casimir force is far beyond theoretical predictions. But pffth, they probably got that wrong too, right?
I dunno, the misplaced arrogance I read on here sometimes really depresses me.
Take off your reductionist blinkers for a moment my friend. What is a soul? You seem very sure it doesn't exist, but what is it?
Firstly, I'm not talking about religious interpretation of "immortal souls", but I'm asking you consider whether the brain is really a mere computer - able to be "decompiled and reimplemented" as you say. I've previously argued that it is, but recently I've become a LOT less certain - and I can tell you exactly what it was that caused me to lose my faith.
I read an science article on photosynthesis research. To the extent I'd ever thought about it, I'd assumed that photosynthesis was well understood, but apparently humans have NO CLUE how photosynthesis works as efficiently as it does. It's just a mystery. So recently there was some research which highlighted a not-at-all-understood quantum mechanical process at the heart of photosynthesis. And by not-at-all-understood, I mean it ought to be impossible, going by our current understanding of QM. The article mentioned great implication for quantum computing for example. From a leaf.
So - if it happens there, who's to say it doesn't happen in the brain? Nature has demonstrably evolved systems that use QM far more effectively than our understanding can account for in "mere" leaves - but our brain, the most sophisticated thing we know of - NAH, that's definitely just like a computer with wires and stuff.
The truth is we have no idea. If the brain IS using something more than the biological version of wires and logic gates, then how do we know there isn't a "soul", or some ghost in the machine?
I tried your vortex cortex a-life thing. It was interesting - though I got the feeling the creatures co-evolved to efficiently cover space (thus finding all the dots) rather than evolving to hunt down the dots explicitly. It reminded me of the rat running experiment from Richard Feynman's Cargo Cult Science essay - how hard it is to know what is REALLY going on with a complex system.
Nice app though - you could try adding some obstacles to the environment, might focus the creatures minds
I agree with you that a mission to Europa is DEVOUTLY to be desired - let us hope that Europa Clipper goes ahead! However, that surely doesn't make film of an extraterrestrial moonrise any less awe inspiring - and for what it is, not how it appears.
In an astronomical scale Mars is hardly 'distant'
Hardly relevant. The point is, that in a "mobile ground based remotely-controlled-by-humans camera" scale, it most definitely IS distant.
I'm not sure what is more annoying - dismissing the video because it doesn't look impressive enough, or dismissing it because it's not much of an achievement anyway. All I know is, anyone not impressed / moved by this does not understand it.