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Comment Re:There are some interesting ramifications. (Score 1) 157

Even if you connected a billion artificial (or regular) neurons together you wouldn't have a brain. We don't know how the brain works.

You're close to a contradiction between your two statements. If you don't know how the brain works, how do you know that connecting a billion neurons won't make a brain?

Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 1) 157

Computer main memory, even SSD drives, are faster than human memory.

The elementary parts that make up a brain can be emulated by digital logic. The connections and their changes can be emulated by digital logic. The appropriate question is not can it be done, but how can it be done and is it practical to do it?

Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 1) 139

Stark Trek has always been socially progressive, but that's NOT the same as SJW.

Socially progressive = being tolerant of all races, genders, creeds, etc.
SJW = lionizing certain races, creeds, genders while villainizing others.

And, sadly, ST:Discovery has all the earmarks of an SJW smug-fest. Notice how there isn't a single straight white (human) male in the crew? Nope, but you can bet they'll get plenty of the villain roles. In SJW-world, straight white males are ALWAYS the villains now.

This is especially disappointing as Bryan Fuller was once one of the most talented writers and showrunners in Hollywood. His Trek writing cred was top-notch. And most of his earlier shows ("Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" etc.) were fucking brilliant. But, like milk, every creative talent comes with an expiration date. And I think Fuller spoiled some time ago. Unlike his early works, this whole shows reeks of SJW fart-sniffing in its most smug and bigoted form. It's sad to see that come from Fuller, of all people.

It's possible that the show could still surprise us. But all signs right now point to a new Star Trek universe where the sign "Straight White Males Need Not Apply" is placed clearly in the window.

Submission + - Obama's Parting Gift to Trump: Expanded Surveillance Powers (

mirandakatz writes: In his final week in office, President Obama made several feel-good moves that played to his base. He transferred 10 Guantanamo detainees to Oman. He commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning. He donated his children’s swing set to a D.C. shelter. And then he quietly expanded surveillance powers—effectively handing Donald Trump a much easier path toward a frighteningly strong surveillance state. At Backchannel, Ben Snyder examines the legacy of public discourse affecting policy when it comes to surveillance, calling on the media, the tech community, and the public at large to insist that mass, warrantless surveillance is a problem, and demand that it stop.

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 3, Interesting) 329

The problem with 3D is the glasses - without the glasses, 3D would be a nice enhancement, much like color.

Well maybe... but if I'm watching a GoT episode do I really want to feel like I'm flipping from being 1m away from a combat scene to suddenly being 50 meters up in the air overlooking the battlefield and back down to 1m again in a matter of seconds? Just saying that maybe we want some kind of grounding that we're really watching a screen and not teleporting around.

Comment Re:Hands on Wheel? (Score 1) 174

Actually they don't. Severe shoulder, arm, and back pain is a big deal for truckers. I'm a massage therapist. I've worked on guys who were in "level 10" pain. Real agony.

I've seen issues with the muscles: Teres major, Teres Minor, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoids, Trapezius, Scalenes, Extensors and Flexors of the forearm, Triceps. (not the bicep very often tho), corocobrachialis. Oh and infra and super spinatus and levitor scapula.

Plus the muscles: gluteus max and min (but not med), multifidus, erector spinae/spinalis, quadratus lumborum and psoas major.

The best position would be in a comfortable char with your arms resting but not crossed watching the road attentively with little "attention" quizzes where you had to tap a button when a light came on. And with the machine observing you were in a capable state-- not falling asleep or looking away from the front for over 10 seconds at a time.

Comment Re:Distracted (Score 1) 174

I don't think there was any fire. He was beheaded I think. Pictures of the Tesla make it clear it went under the trailer and the top of the car was ripped off clean at the body of the car.

The car then continued driving and swerved right? to the side of the road and stopped against a tree (not sure if it was braking or if it hit the tree or both).

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 1) 174

The smart ones already had great driving records. It is the stupid ones you are protecting with this technology.

Being smart doesn't protect you from stupid people's actions -- you can be a perfect driver and still get rear-ended by someone who never saw you slow down because they were texting.

This technology protects stupid people and the smart people who have to share the roads with them.

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