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Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 472

by tehcyder (#48433387) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

How about we start with the fact that your senior MALE engineer doesn't disappear for several months (with pay) in the middle of a big crunch so he can be a daddy.

How about we start with the fact that without women inconveniencing business by having babies, there would be no fucking human race?

Comment: Re:Tech news vs. political news (Score 1) 472

by tehcyder (#48433305) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

"Social justice warriors" and the people in media trying to push a particular narrative point of view.

Yes, there's no possibility that the largely male tech people in well paid, interesting jobs simply aren't interested in whether female warehouse staff earn less than male warehouse staff for doing the same job.

Comment: Re:Traffic signals (Score 1) 70

by tehcyder (#48416533) Attached to: Collin Graver and his Wooden Bicycle (Video)
I'm fairly sure that here in the UK traffic lights are just on a set timing sequence.

Is it different in the US because you have a lot more infrequently used roads that require manual triggering?
That rather prompts the question of why you bother having lights at all at junctions where traffic is so infrequent.

Comment: Re:Check point starvation (Score 2) 107

by tehcyder (#48416357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

So how should people deal with video games that take 75 minutes just to get to the first save point, like Majora's Mask?

Is that seriously a problem for most 9 year olds?

I think the only thing my kids ever did at that age for 75 minutes without a break is sleep.

Comment: Re:Where is the seat of consciousness? (Score 1) 112

by tehcyder (#48416017) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

A very fundamental question that no one has answered yet and few people even ask is this: does the brain produce consciousness/mind/spirit or is it the other way around?

This is not an interesting question. You are essentially asking if the universe is based on physics or mysticism. Idealism is absurd, Dualism leads to unanswerable questions and Materialism seems to be working out pretty well for us.

It's not quite as black and white as you make out. You don't have to believe in "mysticism" or "idealism" to know that consciousness exists. Cogito ergo sum still seems true to me.

Cartesian dualism might produce unhelpful consequences , but you can't handwave it away simply by saying there's no such thing as mind or consciousness.

If consciousness can't be explained by pure materialism, then pure materialism is an incomplete theory.

There doesn't have to be a magical explanation for something that we don't (yet) understand, but that doesn't mean we can simply write it off as imaginary.

This isn't like talking about the existence of gods or an immortal soul. I have no direct evidence for them, whereas I do for my self.

Comment: Re:putting on my flame retardant suit... (Score 1) 112

by tehcyder (#48415939) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

The arrogance of science is astounding in regard to the certainty of the conclusions. The current so-called scientists that are insulted at even the suggestion that there is still a debate are laughable.

Ah yes, the ever-popular "but evolution's only a theory" argument used by pro-Creationists with no understanding of the scientific method.

Comment: Re:So much for human brain simulations (Score 1) 112

by tehcyder (#48415845) Attached to: Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

This just illustrates how ridiculous the current efforts to simulate a human brain in computers really are. Ancient humans would have stood a better chance of simulating a 747 had they put their minds to it. As far as the brain is concerned, we are still probably at a stage at which we do yet know the extent of our ignorance.

But, hey ho, we're still going to have Artificial Intelligence/the Singularity in the next twenty years, with perfect emulation of the brain, a virtual reality universe indistinguishable from the real one, and immortality. Ray Kurzweil says so.

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