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Comment Re:Gouge the middle class to make them poor (Score 1) 265

My early childhood was in the 1950s, in a blue-collar neighborhood in Southern California.

Of course, the nuclear family of the 1950s had: a 1200 (not 2200) sqft house, formica (not granite) counters,

We had ceramic tile counters, which were quite common at the time.

stainless steel appliances,

Really? Almost everyone I knew had white enamel, and the ones that didn't, had yellow, pink, or turquoise. Blecch.

automatic dishwasher,

Only well-off people had dishwashers in the 50s. They became common in the late 60s.

automatic dryer,

LOL. We had a washing machine with a wringer on top. The "dryer" was a clothesline in the back yard. I remember how happy my mother was when she finally got a real automatic washer with a (gasp) spin cycle.

*might* have had a TV (not a 54" LCD),

Yep. A 10" Admiral console tv with chronic vertical sync problems; perfect for watching George Putnam's evening news broadcasts. Replaced circa 1957 with a 17" one. My parents finally got a color tv in 1966.

car without multiple built-in DVD player, infotainment center, ABS brakes, half a dozen air bags, computer controlled *everything*, 2000W stereos, computers, smartphones, game consoles, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

Comment Not good enough! (Score 3, Funny) 255

I want him to roll in the additions from Cilk++, Aspect-Oriented C++ and FeatureC++, the mobility and personalisation capabilities of Occam Pi, the networking extensions provided by rtnet and GridRPC, full encryption and error correction code facilities, everything in Boost, and a pointless subset of features from PL/1.

If you're going to do it all, might as well do it in style.

Seriously, though, Aspects would be nice.

Comment Re:News for Nazis (Score 1) 1536

Apparently Romney and other Republicans also boycotted Obama's inauguration, apparently for the specific purpose of planning obstruction to anything he was going to do. Still trying to hunt down specifics though, but it hardly seems they are doing anything surprising.

I don't know about Romney, but let's say he boycotted. Rick Perry is the only other Republican I can verify as having boycotted (Obama's 1st inaguration). Neither he nor Romney were sitting members of Congress at the time; I'm not clear on how they could implement the obstruction you mentioned.

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 5, Insightful) 168

The point of the argument is to challenge the implicit assumption that current neuroscience methods work as well as people think they do. If you just assume your research methods work, you are resting on blind faith in your methods. One step in showing the need to challenge those foundational assumptions is to use this example to //illustrate// how then can fail. Using microprocessors allows is the luxury of total knowledge as to what we are investigating, at the expense of being quite different to the brain. The quoted bit needs fixing:

"If we can't even properly reverse engineer an extremely simple deterministic computer chip using fault modeling, it's extremely unlikely that the same fault modelling will work reliably with something extremely complex like the brain."

It does not show whether or not 'fault modelling' works or not for the brain, but gives good justification for the claim that we cannot take the efficacy of 'fault modelling' for granted when studying the brain.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 2) 558

He wanted to avoid being handed over to Sweden because, once in Sweden, he feared the US requesting extradition, and then treating him like they did Chelsea Manning. Now Trump is coming in, who the fuck is going to grant him any clemency?

Comment Re:Linux OS tuned for Intel hardware on emulated h (Score 1) 24

They're not emulated. They are confined by hardware virtualisation (which is in many ways like another tier of process memory protection). Virtualised apps run on the bare metal processor, just as userland processes do. The only difference is that the kernel the userland processes on a virtualised host sees is also like a userland process, so far as the bare-metal processor is concerned.

Comment Re: Bradley Manning needs a HOSTS file (Score 2) 382

Yes there is. It's not a right-left test, but there's a near-perfect match between gender and specific neurological features. In a higher than expected number by chance, people who think they are mentally female are female in structural and functional studies. Likewise, people who believe themselves male have a male brain.

I try not to get too annoyed at dogmatic statements, but unless I specifically defer, I have a comprehensive archive of published literature from high-standing sources. Don't rip on me unless you know either my interpretation is wrong (it happens) or you plan on publishing a peer-reviewed rebuttal on each particular of relevance.

The first of those has happened a few times. Let's see if you can bring it up into double digits. Feel free, but remember that you're dealing solely with article facts and my interpretation. Where I used other sources, pick any peer-reviewed paper that covers the same basic aspect of brain development concerned (i.e. neuron type is indicated by chemical transmitter, it is not hardwired into the genome. Doesn't matter if it is the one I used or not. Falsify it. Better yet, falsify it and get the scientist or magazine to retract it for further work.

Ok, you should now be at the point where you accept the data sets I used. That just leaves two options. If the seat of the mind is in the brain, then a female brain must have a female mind, regardless of Y chromosomes, appendages and birty certificate.

The only other option is to falsify that, to argue that the mind is independent of brain. If you choose this, please choose to announce it at a medical school outside the brain surgery department after a very taxing practical, shortly before exams. Contrary views are nothing to worry about.

Finally,You can just let the basis be, the chain of reasoning be, but then you have to accept the conclusion.

Let me know your preference.

Comment Re:Blockchain != trustless p2p (Score 1) 109

Importantly, Bitcoin is vulnerable to one party gaining control of over 50% of all hashing. With banks trusting each other, and nobody else allowed to produce hashes, this problem is essentially no longer there. I'd quietly commented to friends it was only a matter of time before banks start doing something like this.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 796

As far as I can tell, there are no formal US charges pending against Assange. There aren't likely to be any charges either, because he's done no more than the NY Times did with the Pentagon Papers. Unless, of course, the Justice Department wants to start indicting newspapers for publishing this sort of thing.

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