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Comment Orlando Shooter was a rent-a-cop (Score 5, Informative) 660

CNN article: http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/1...

For what it's worth, this has been down-played in media (haven't seen it blasting twitter and stuff much)

So basically NONE OF THE PROPOSALS would have prevented him from getting a gun.

As a voter, I'm sick of intelligent and informed voters being sidelined by media and legal cowboy politicians.

Comment This is a problem with CORPORATE identity (Score 3, Interesting) 97

Unlike authors, corporations live forever. They don't give a flying crap in the accounting department how many old fans get pissed off, because fans die. Revenue streams are forever. All they have to do is sit on a trademark (brand name) or copyright (of which Star Trek is both) until things die down. They'll give placebos to the fans a little, but honestly Axanar isn't well-known enough yet to hurt them over the long haul.

They'll just outlive any displeasure.

My biggest argument against all of this is that Axanar is a completely new story in a fictional universe that they bought the IP rights to. It's a social idea hook. It's LONG past the original 35 year copyright span.

The point of that original span was to be the lifetime of the exclusive ownership of a body of work for a reasonable time as defined by the following criteria:
1.) The lifetime of an author to enjoy the rights to his labor without theft.
2.) A reasonable compromise between cultural saturation and ownership. Over that amount of time it is unreasonable for any owner to expect any popular work to remain under their sole control due to the nature of human society.

Star Trek is now a cultural meme. It is a consistent fictional universe with a life of it's own. Attempting to extend ownership of an idea in perpetuity is a lucrative corporate wet dream, but it flies in the face of the way human society works. We evolve based on our shared dreams, desires and cultural ideas. Parents have now introduced TWO GENERATIONS to Star Trek without marketing based on an old ideal created by a now-dead author. Most graduates from high school have watched NONE, NOT ONE of the series of STTOS, STTNG, DS9, Voyager and even Enterprise has only been watched by a few. Ask them.

IP isn't just about the works anymore, it's about language and meme... owning the memories and cultural identities of huge segments of the population... for profit.

Nothing good comes from this.

If this holds up, then William Gibson should have a right to sue Microsoft for trademark infringement, as well as the Wachowskis. After all, their cultural memes came from Neuromancer.

Comment Why all the double-talk!? (Score 1) 299

I read it. Then I read it again. I can't help but laugh.
The paper doesn't address the main problem: that of conservation of energy. Why? because it doesn't explain where the photons are gaining directional mass-to-thrust equivalence. 180-degree separation along a probability curve should, even given their equations, result in a net thrust of 0 or close relative to the atom that emits the photons.[1]

In essence, they are suggesting the same kind of 'free energy borrowing' from the vacuum as is suggested for the explanation of CP-symmetry violation in the low-order probability variant of Kaon decay. Zero point energy. Also quantum gravity.

1 Taken from the 'What is Gravity' section of the publication. Paper 'glosses over' the fact that gravity is being conflated with the surface of EM drive without explaining how or why. See the explanation of the equation (labeled (3) )

This paper needs a LOT of additional theoretic explanation before it's going to be even close to explanatory.

Comment Better algorithms will lead to better news... (Score 1) 159

Once RNN reaches a point of being able to validate sources and use human comment input from social authorities (individuals with high reputation for wisdom, education and intellect) then people will gravitate more. Trust in the major networks has declined over the years. http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...

Submission + - Towards A Global Network Of Neighbourhoods And Cities Rejecting Surveillance

Presto Vivace writes: Connect with other rebel cities and collectives

To free ourselves from surveillance and other repressive and authoritarian forms of power that this opens up, we must immediately activate the mechanisms of law that allow us to oversee the functions of mass surveillance systems in our cities. And do this collectively, in coordination with other cities affected by the problem. Just as there are Smart Cities networks we should form our own Rebel Cities networks where surveillance is rejected and participatory democracy is affirmed, a democracy framed in respect for human rights and diversity, focused on collective solutions, which is the true path to safer cities. Not cameras.

We can then simultaneously activate collaborative mechanisms to prevent their expansion. Make freedom of information requests for public information detailing their costs. Demand studies on their results. Take serious legal action in face of possible illegal uses of surveillance for discriminatory policies. Demand from authorities protection of personal data where it exists, and where it does not, demand that human rights authorities undertake feasibility studies, weighing the impact on individual guarantees before installing systems. Democracy begins and ends there. In its exercise.

This is why it matters who gets elected to city council.

Comment Cutting through the legal muckety-muck (Score 1) 106

At the core of the argument is the irreducibility problem. APIs combine high-level wrappers around functional pre-requisites dictated by the way computers operate on information. Most of these concepts are just semantic wrappers around set operations or popular methodologies. Examples for this are the terms 'threading' and 'multiprocessing' surrounding algorithms for scheduling, messaging and the distribution of resources at fixed offsets, 'database' around a separate organized data retrieval system (even IBM Sterling is called an XML database, although it's more of an XML REST API on top of DB2).

During community development, the names for API libraries are often built from micro-memes (ideas disseminated through a development group as semantic hooks to link together discussions).

An API doesn't solve a problem, it builds an INTERFACE that has been reduced as much as possible (for usability) to the absolute minimum exchange of information necessary to execute an algorithm. Attempting to declare intellectual property ownership over the format of an API is, simply put, a giant greased slippery slope.

Let's consider this as a symmetry experiment by swapping the IP owner out with another IP owner, such as the public domain. If we do this, then we should also be able to assume that public domain information that is used in proprietary IP requires that the IP become public domain. Solutions from mathematicians that are public domain (published in journals but accredited to them) would therefore mean that if the algorithm is used in a solution then by extension the algorithm is public domain and any API interface to the implementation is also public domain. That is to say, IP patents would all become null and void. Copyrights would apply, but only for distribution and marketing purposes.

In Python one has collections and in Java one has collections, but essentially the APIs are just common semantics around very similar ways of handling sets of information and performing combinatorics with that information.

This all comes down to the 14th amendment and the concept of equal protection. Build a solution, not a business plan of extortion that depends on sophistry and inherent lack of understanding among the lawyers and judges. Once one cuts through the semantics, we're really talking about the fact that IP patents are centered around a concept of 'first to market so we own the whole market' rather than true innovation.

And we wondered while the publish it now, make it work later trend is getting worse?

Comment A non-traditional response to the FP (Score 2) 559

Consider this: particle physics shows us that entangled observation (not to be confused with human or intelligent observation) ties past and future events together into a causative vector of influence.

Extrapolating from this using entangled observation similar to Einstein-Rosen bridges between quantum events suggests (mathematically) that there is a correlation between frames of references in real-space once a chain of events is initiated.

This would have the effect of linking independent causative frames such that the 'arrow of time' would diverge, probabilistically, between relative frames.

Or, attempting to explain this analogically:

The light from a distant star contains a tremendous amount of observable information about a star, and a limited amount of information about exoplanets (Doppler shift, chronographic direct imaging, etc...). As technology advances, however, it should be possible to tease out (observe) direct evidence of extrasolar life from this meager data due changes over time to how life changes a planetary atmosphere (specific to biome, but similar divergence vectors).

Depending on how one interprets causative entangled observation, this could actually have a strong anthropic effect on life. Evidence that alien life, intelligent or not, exists on an exoplanet would strongly influence the actions of any intelligent species towards visiting and exploring the planet. This would be very close to a strong motivational influence towards any intelligent social network, yielding a high probability outcome of events.

Depending on distance between planets and assuming that technological development is generally rapid, there becomes a high probability chance that any technological species would, inadvertently, directly affect the development (probably adversely) of all emergent evolutionary biomes within observational range.

As a species matures, they would probably realize this at some point, and take one of two divergent vectors: Some level of apathy (no empathy, just settle habitable planets or destroy competition) or avoidance (let them develop, don't interfere). Extrapolating those two motivational vectors, it's likely that there are those that would visit for nefarious reasons, and likely that there are those that would seek to prevent that type of interference due to social morays based on the above principles.

Comment this is in keeping with (Score 1) 146

the interpretations of QM-influenced infinite universe models. (modified QRE-based. One example: http://www.sciencedirect.com/s... )

My own personal interpretation of the model is that gravitational thinning between galactic clusters can encourage energetic decay (as-in particle decay) in thin regions between galaxies in order to create new galaxies. Once enough hydrogen has formed to create new stellar mega-nurseries stars form rapidly in proximity, drawing in more void-hydrogen and thus creating more stars. Of course this is purely mathematical since we would be unable to see these extra-galactic nurseries with any current technology.

Of course, I don't buy into Dark Energy or Dark Matter as invented by big-bang cosmologists. Let's face that simple reality right off, BBCs just invented the idea when required by their model breaking under observation by the Hubble telescope. A small modification of the QRE to account for ultra-low mass in neutrinos and photons allows for a higher probability of decay into a stable isotope of hydrogen when gravity and mass are worked in as order-of-magnitude vectors causative to quantum field interactions.

DISCLAIMER: Most of this stuff isn't anywhere near solid enough for publication. I'm no math genus, just barely smart enough to putz about with my own models.

Comment Let's see... (Score 1) 951

Argument from ignorance. It's a pseudo-religious approach.

Could we be in a perfect simulation without knowing it? Yes.
If we were, could we prove it? No way to know, depends on its complexity and our technical sophistication.
There is no point to the premise.

The whole point to the philosophies of Mathematics and Science are to prove what we can prove through statements which can be verified and proven true or false in order to build a firm foundation of understanding.

More rich people need a minion (slaves are sooooo uncool these days) to follow them around and remind them they are only human. Memento mori.

Comment Re:My father flies for Copper Valley Air in AK (Score 1) 216

Very few pilots would risk that in AK. I'm sure a few do it, but I asked him about IFR flying in AK and he said that there aren't really enough transponders for IFR flying and they don't do a lot for mountains. You can fly under or over the weather, but flying in clouds is just a good way of becoming intimately familiar with a bugs life on a freeway. Snowcaps in white clounds at 8k-15k tend to be hard to see, and the weather can change pretty quickly.

Fail to file a flight plan and get into trouble and you're in for a very interesting, and probably quite long, vacation.

Also, the FAA keeps pretty close tabs in AK. Planes taking off regularly without flight plans are bound to attract attention. It's bad business for the hunting/fishing/tourism pilots and the forestry, oil, power and cell contracts are religious about it. About the only pilots I could see having any interest in blowing it off would be the conspiracy theory anti-gubment types and they tend to stay off the grid, which means no Uber.

Comment Re:My father flies for Copper Valley Air in AK (Score 1) 216

Private charter to a private mail depo, not a post office. It's covered under section b.) 1.) if I understand it correctly. The charter is a private charter for a private delivery by the town of McCarthy. He has to also be a US mail carrier to pick it up legally, but once it's picked up it's in a kind of legal limbo and not really the U.S. mail anymore. Not sure of all of the regulations though.

Probably has something to do with the fact that the US Mail no longer owns or operates small craft, and there is literally no public highway to McCarthy (only a private bridge and road except for one federal walk bridge open to 4-wheelers).

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