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Comment Re:The problem with strong AI. (Score 1) 145

There's probably a level where it's hard to know if it's conscious or not, but so far we haven't even gotten close to that level.

Incidentally, if you could define consciousness, you'd probably be really close to creating it. I think it's more important to figure out how the human brain stores information, though.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 359

The reality is clear. It sucks to have a mistaken belief about reality that interferes with your daily life, but that doesn't change the reality. Also, realty is rarely what we want it to be, but retreat from reality in the face of that is unhealthy - heck, it's the source of a wide array of mental illnesses.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 359

Assange is the press. Unlike the MSM (which I assume, correct me if I am wrong, you call the "press"), which is nothing short of political democrats wrapped up in faux "Impartiality". The difference is, Wikileaks has a PERFECT record of reporting actual "Facts", while the MSM is still lying to us about "Russian Hacking" the election.

AT BEST, Russia hacked the DNC and Democrats, and they came out looking like the assholes they are. IF that influenced the election, the DNC and Democrats have nobody else to blame but themselves. And guess who is helping cover up the ineptitude of Hillary, the DNC, and the rest? The complicit MSM was also implicated in the massive collaboration to derail Bernie even before Trump got the nomination.

Wikileaks just published everything it had, didn't hold back info, and has a perfect record of not getting anything wrong on things it has "leaked". So, if you want to compare Wikileaks to the "press", I am sure you'll find the MSM press lacking. Unless you're a democrat douchebag bootlicker.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 3, Insightful) 359

Does any of it matter? She wants to be referred to as "she", so unless you have some particular reason to be a asshat towards her why not just do it?

When talking to him directly? Sure, it's only polite to call him "her". Heck, I've been to enough cons - if someone wants to be a Klingon ship captain, sure, I'll play along if they're there and in costume. But they still aren't Klingon, and I'm not going to think of them as Klingon, or refer to them that way in normal conversation.

There's a quote sometimes attributed to Lincoln: "How many legs does a dog have if you call a tail a leg? Four - doesn't matter what you call it, it's not a leg".

My sympathy towards anyone with a mistake belief about reality that interferes with their daily life - psychoses suck. But I'm not going to participate in their reality.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 0) 359

Lets deconstruct the terms, so that we have understanding.

Gender = Social constructs (societal roles). Not scientific.
Sex = Biological and Physiological reproduction characterizations (Scientific)

Manning was born Male (XY). Had functional Male parts (penis, testes).

Society said he was a Man, science said he was male. He participated in life as a Man, joined the Military as a Man. Only when his/her life went to shit did his mental state appear to change. Anything he said about how he "felt" growing up is irrelevant to any discussion, because there is NO way to verify any of it.

Science is about proof. There is NO proof that s/he is anything but a fucked up mentally ill man. You can blame it on Genetics or whatever. In nature (natural) there is no "fix" for this. Scientifically we can kind of sort of make things appear differently, but that doesn't really change what facts we have. Pretending that being Transgendered is some sort of hero state by default may be doing a HUGE disservice to someone that is mentally ill (if that is what it is). But being politically correct is more important than facts.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 2) 359

Huh? Manning was convicted - hence there was a trial. What use would another trial be?

She pled guilty, so there was no trial. She was not allowed to use the defense that her actions were justified, and in the best interests of her country. That is/was not a permissible defense, and the jury would not have been allowed to hear it. So she had no choice but to plead guilty and go to jail. So much for a "fair trial".

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 3, Insightful) 359

One, Compelling a person to say things is kind of tyrannical, isn't it? We have completely disintegrated as a society by placing the "feelings" of everyone above everyone else's feelings. Sorry cupcake, but YOUR feelings do not trump (no pun intended) my feelings.

I have no respect for Manning, because he deserves none. She has got exactly what it wanted out of his surgery, sympathy from a sycophantic cult of "Gender Identity", who view her as some sort of "hero" for having some gender make believe surgery. I don't care if it wants to be called anything, traitor is what he is.

Snowden and Assange deserve the pardons.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 209

Sure, but of all the movies you've watched, in any format, in the past 3 years, how many do your kids watch continuously like that? Streaming is fine for that vast majority that only need to be watched once. DVD (or ripped copy thereof) for the rest.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 359

Since the alt-Right media doesn't know the difference between a commutation and a pardon.

The practical effect is the same: she gets out of jail. She is still technically a felon, so may lose the right to buy a gun and vote, but since most Americans don't own a gun or vote, those aren't big concerns. She can write a book, be a consultant for the "Collateral Murder Movie", etc.

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