* or duck-like entity
Since we are setting parameters, I think it would also be wise to specify that ducks eligible for this metaphor must be able to fly, since only a flying duck a can migrate, and therefore be considered a traveller!
not if it's been cooked it isn't
Until that is, you go to cook the duck
worst analogy ever https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_theory_of_mind#Criticism
also, it's more like an autonomous hardware subsystem, firing an interrupt
Nope, 'subconcious' is a Freudian concept that refers to deeper currents of conciousness, well beyond what can be known or observable and such phenomena as dreams are ascribed to this. Unconcious may alternatively be described as 'inattentive' i.e. something you do without being conciously aware you are doing it (e.g. something that is well practiced such as signing your name, may be largely 'unconcious' whereas sketching a fruit-bowl might draw far more concious resources if you are not proficient in that area)
This simply seems like an extension of the cocktail party effect (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocktail_party_effect) or Priming (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priming_(psychology)) it's not entirely new, it does show that inattentive processing can be a little more sophisticated than previously thought, but it is not a game-changer.
In a society of such unquestionably uncorrupted morals and principals why is a non-repudiable currency even necessary?
I was stuck with this same conundrum 6 months ago: Need a computer, don't want vista, need windows for compatibility. I was going around all the shops looking for a small nifty laptop and as I went down the spec-list for each prospect my face would always fall where it said windows vista.
I believe the recent service-pack for vista fixed a lot of the issues, but at the time I knew from personal experience and that of my friends, that vista would take any nice hardware and reduce it by about 50% of what I'd get with XP. My brother, who's in Media and uses macs all the time said: 'get a mac, you can stick XP on it and you'll be set'
I went and got a beefy macbook, setup parallels with an old copy of XP I've had lying around and hey presto! I've even discovered that the compatibility problems weren't as pronounced as I thought and I've rarely had to boot into XP at all!
I reckon you might pay a premium of about 10-15% over standard high-end PC hardware, but for a completely integrated solution, with well-tested hardware, reliablility and no *major* compatibility issues, that's money well spent in my (mac) book!
(my only regret at this stage is that I didn't go the whole hog on a macbook pro. The standard macbook, tho beautifully designed, is a little 'girly' looking, and I cant help but feel a little self-conscious in meetings and on public transport).