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Comment Re:Massive failure from all involved (Score 5, Insightful) 82

"If we can't even properly reverse engineer an extremely simple deterministic computer chip using fault modeling, it's extremely unlikely that we can infer the mechanisms of an extremely complex non-deterministic processor like the brain."

But that logic only makes sense if microprocessors and brains were similar enough that comparable methods could be used to attempt to understand them. But that isn't true. That is like saying you can't understand how to plow a field with a horse if you don't understand how a tractor engine works. Although horses and tractors have some similarities, understanding how one works doesn't really help you with the other.

Comment Re:It won't work for long (Score 2) 102

They'll stop reacting to what he says because it is just noise.

That is not how the stock market works. Traders will react because they think other traders will react, and they want a first-mover advantage. Other than tweeting, it doesn't matter what Trump does or doesn't do. He just needs to trigger the feedback loop.

Comment Re:He's off his rocker (Score 2) 102

1. As a senator, Hillary voted for the Iraq war.
2. As secretary of state, she supported the intervention in Libya.
3. She advocated for deeper American involvement in Syria.
All of these have been unmitigated disasters for America, so her judgement doesn't appear to be so good.

I expect Trump to be a terrible president, but his preference for non-interventionism in foreign affairs is one of his few good points. Another good point about his presidency is the entertainment value. Popcorn sales should go way up. Hillary would have been dull.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 1) 267

high schools with large numbers of low-income students tend to have under-staffed guidance offices

That was my situation last year when my daughter was applying to college. So I spent several thousand on an outside consultant who coached her on SAT techniques, helped her apply, and even co-authored her essays. She got into a very good university that was the best that we could have realistically hoped for. It was money well spent, but not many low income families could afford that.

Using my money to basically buy her way into a good school felt wrong, but when it is your own kid, you do what you gotta do.

Comment Re:Fuck off amazon (Score 1) 27

you don't get to try to patent it and lock others out.

It is unlikely that is their goal. Most likely they are collecting SDC related patents to help them negotiate a patent pool with other SDC developers (Google, Uber, etc.).

SDCs will almost certainly lower delivery costs, and will be a huge benefit to Amazon, so it would be silly for them to impede progress by hoarding patents.

Comment Re:Who isn't working on self-driving cars these da (Score 2) 27

won't pan out for at least a decade due to regulations and liabilities.

So far the regulations are keeping up with technology. Tesla Autopilot and other driver assistance and self-steering and self-braking is legal in all states. Many states have streamlined approval for SDC testing. By the time SDCs are available to the public, they will be legal in most places.

The liability situation doesn't change much.
Before SDCs: The insurance company pays.
After SDCs: The insurance company pays.
The big difference will be that, instead of the driver buying insurance, the cost of insurance will be built into the price of the car.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 1) 267

Paying the way for 'one of the good ones' doesn't mean there is not still a huge classism problem in these schools.

Of course. But the problem is NOT that they are qualified but can't afford it. The problem is that they are not qualified. So the solution is not "more aid" or "more loans" but maybe fixing inequality in K-12.

Comment Re:Positive feedback? (Score 1) 267

Smart parents --> high earnings
Smart parents --> smart kids (doesn't matter if you believe that's due to nature or nurture, both are at play)

This is a consequence of feminism. Two generations ago, lawyers were men and they married their secretaries. Doctors were men and they married nurses. Today, lawyers marry other lawyers, and doctors marry other doctors. Smart/rich people pair up, and dumb/poor people pair up. This is causing economic inequality, since it is not individual, but household income that is measured.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 3, Informative) 267

Overly complicated explanation. Poor people can't afford top colleges.

Not true. Top schools have huge endowments, and way more alumni donations, so they can offer more aid for poor students. Most do not consider ability to pay during the admissions process. If you are talented but poor, a top school is likely more affordable than a second tier school because of the more generous financial aid offered.

Comment Re:Work and cars (Score 1) 127

Have you seen the average farmer, who works heavily all day long?

I have. My parents are farmers. They sit on a comfy seat in the air conditioned cab of their tractor. Modern farming has very little "heavy work", and rural people have the highest obesity rates in America.

Comment Re:Work and cars (Score 1) 127

I spend almost as much money on my bicycle a month as I would spend in gas a month.

I bought my bike for $100 on Craigslist 5 years ago, ride it every day, and my only expenses during that time have been a set of kevlar tires and a bell. If you are regularly spending $600 for a new set of wheel hubs, then you are doing it wrong.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 127

Research results are unclear. Some studies have found a link between sitting and bad health, and also found that exercising doesn't offset the sitting. Other studies have found a much weaker correllation, so maybe sitting all day isn't that big of a deal.

Disclaimer: I have a stand-up desk in my office ($39 folding table from Costco with 4 sections of PVC pipe to extend the legs, and a 2 inch thick anti-fatigue mat to stand on), and I use it about 4 hours per day.

Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 141

90% or more of the content available on Netflix is produced by those networks

But, according to the summary and TFA, fewer and fewer people are watching that content. People are mostly watching movies and Netflix original content, not traditional network content, and the proportion of Netflix original content is growing fast.

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks. It would mean less garbage I need to wade through in order to find something worth watching. They could use the savings to make more of their own shows, which tend to be higher quality, since they are designed for viewers rather than advertisers.

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