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Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 487

Just like government power over people leads to mass murders and genocides.

I agree. That's why I find it extremely worrysome that the 1% now holds over third of all economic power in the US, wields it unelected and answering to nobody, and is getting more powerful by the moment. Do you have any specific ideas on how to adress this threat before it extinguishes the last remnants of freedom?

But to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Indeed. The for-profit industrial prison system holds more victims than any country in the world. Even Comrade Stalin and his gulags have been superceded.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 487

When you hire a consultant to tell you what's wrong with your organization, it's bad practice to hire the same people to do the cleaning up; it creates a perverse incentive.

What's almost always wrong with a dysfunctional organization is that people are either afraid and thus focus on covering their asses rather than working or in worst case sabotaging each other to make themselves look better, or just plain hate you.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 2) 487

Climate scientists aren't qualified to answer most of those questions; you need to hire economists and agronomists.

Economists aren't really useful for anything except propaganda, because you can always find one who'll tell you what you want to hear, no matter how stupid. The combination of nigh impossibility to isolate variables and high economic stakes makes the whole field a bad joke.

Comment Re:Be careful of what you wish for... (Score 4, Insightful) 41

Their goal was to make a system capable of mimicking the knowledge and intuition of human security analysts so that attacks can be detected in real time.

That boils down to letting the expensive firewalls do their job and checking the log files later on. Meanwhile, back to minesweeper.

No, it boils down to having the computer check the log. Meanwhile, since your skillset has now been automated, back to McDonald's.

Comment Re:Shit (Score -1, Troll) 327

How is the UK acting "shitty" here?

The UK is helping the US punish Assange for airing their dirty laundry, in order to intimidate anyone else who might, so the state can keep its citizens from exercising democratic control over its actions by keeping them ignorant of said actions. In other words, the UK is assisting the US in a coup against their own populations.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1832

Add a disagree mod.

Because we don't have one, people use mods like troll and flamebait inappropriately. We need an explicit "disagree" mod to allow mods to express their intent.

Their intent is to bury content they don't like. Using a "disagree" mod would not achieve that intent as well as "troll" does. Thus people who abuse the moderation system now would still abuse it with a specific "disagree" mod.

Also, what's the point of just expressing "I disagree"? Write a reply and explain why. (Dis)likes are for Facebook.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 0) 667

From what I've seen in the news, universities and colleges have become places where whiny little kids demand they only be shown a fair and just world which conforms to their worldview. Too damned bad.

Excellent, actually. You're describing the rebirth of student activism. The West has been adrift since the Cold War ended. We've been sitting on our metaphorical asses, getting fat and weak while basking on our past accomplishments. It's high time we began trying to improve again, rather than just mindlessly hoard stuff. Stagnant societies die.

Comment Re:Dear black and whiter (Score 3, Insightful) 582

The residential street is 100m from a 35mph four lane avenue. No fence, no limits. What stops the same careless kid to step onto the avenue to the left, instead of the street in front?

The fact that it's a four lane avenue rather than a residential street. Kids aren't generally stupid, just inexperienced about entitled assholes who think they're above the law.

Following the "think of the careless children!" reasoning, we'd either have to:

No, we don't "have to". We also have the option of simply enforcing existing speed limits with a special emphasis on residential streets and other low-limit areas. Just make the fine proportional to ((speed - limit) / limit) and unwillingness to enforce shouldn't be an issue anymore.

Comment Re:Gibberish (Score 1) 121

The neuro-"scientists" have this little problem that consciousness does not fit their models at all.

What specific neurological models does consciousness contradict and how?

They assume physicalism as ground truth and that is a religious approach, not a scientific one. Actual scientists would realize that the question is still open at this time (but the more we know, the more it goes towards "some kind of dualism", although certainly not a religious one) and would search in both directions.

What non-physical entity do you propose is paired to the physical brain, why do you think it's there, and why should it be considered non-physical?

Interestingly, quantum-physics has the concept of an "observer", but the observer seems to be extra-physical as it can do "magic" and drag superposed quantum-states into a definite state. No purely physical object should be able to do that and yet it seems human beings can.

Any kind of interaction between two particles that allows a particular property of one of them to be measured changes (if needed) the particle's state so that that property becomes well-defined and the complementary property becomes undefined. There is nothing extra-physical about it.

Comment Re:Survival of the bribiest. (Score 1) 90

Socialism is worse than crony capitalism because crony capitalists only do evil things that they can make money from.

Such as slavery, polluting the environment, building a dangerous factories in the middle of a city, locking your employees inside so they'll perish in a fire...

Also, I really don't see why you assume a capitalist - crony or otherwise - wouldn't be just as hungry for power in all its non-financial forms as everyone else.

Socialists will do any evil, and money is no object. In fact, they'll happily run their own national economies into the ground with their schemes. It's sad.

Evil schemes such as universal healthcare, free education up to and including university level, social security...

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510

The sad thing is that the conservatives were right about the fall of communism. Marx said that the state would wither away, conservatives argued that this would never happen because people are basically selfish and lazy, and Marx was essentially predicting that human nature would change. It didn't, and communism failed as an economic system.

The irony is that the state is withering away under globalization. Modern nation-states are bound together with ever stronger economic and cultural ties while the cost of war and rebuilding continues to rise. As a result, they're slowly but surely integrating through various international arrangements. Just look at Europe: even if the EU were to fall apart, that would simply start again European wars, which would grow until they forced a new attempt at unifying Europe.

Also, while the first attempt at communism failed, that failure did nothing to resolve the problems - exploitation and uneven distribution of power - that cause dit. As the generation that fought the Cold War dies off, capitalism will either evolve into a less oppressive form or gives birth to a new generation of revolutionaries.

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