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Comment Nihilistic Philosophy (Score 1) 418

When I first heard about this idea of our existence being nothing more than a computer simulation and was then given some credibility by other technological luminaries, I assumed that the original idea started with physics. To my surprise, I learned here today that the notion started with a philosopher. There's nothing wrong with philosophy per se, but this particular thought experiment strikes me as particularly nihilistic in nature. When Christians and humanists debate the meaning of our existences, it becomes a question of whether we are working hard in this life to save our souls, or to save each other. The philosophy of simulation would seem to inherently mandate that neither argument from Christians or humanists is in the least bit relevant, as our existence is nothing more than a lie. I have to believe that Nick Bostrom is likely a very depressed human being who proferred a notion that fits with his world view but is unable to support it with any verifiable evidence.

The physicist mentioned in this article is at least saying that such an extraordinary claim requires some sort of evidence to demonstrate that our lives are perhaps not worth living.

Comment Re:This month? (Score 3, Insightful) 131

The OP's comment was mean to be taken as funny, and it was. Your solution to put it in quotes is helpful, but then it suggests somebody at Samsung made an explicit statement matching what you put in quotes. Ironic that you should then indict the American educational system given your solution is a little bit sloppy. A better title might have read, 'Samsung to reveal this month the cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires"

Comment Re:DB query optimization matters more for my usage (Score 1) 218

Not sure why this person's post was modded down. It seems a reasonable approach to optimize db accesses and limit those he does perform in order to reduce latencies, assuming the rest of his code isn't particularly complicated.

Comment Finding myself more saddened than passionate now (Score 5, Insightful) 497

Choosing not to reveal my political affiliation here, my neutral statement on the state of political discourse in this country is that it has for too long deteriorated into something that is sad, deplorable, innately violent, and frankly shameful. There is no leading political voice in either party who after uttering anything no matter how high-minded wouldn't be skewered for his or her position. The hate on both sides is rabid and irrational, and big thoughts have been replaced by cheap taglines on Facebook meant only to score cheap political points rather than argue for policies and positions that will lift all of us up. The culmination of this behavior has led to a death-spiral that has fake(?) death threats serving as a proxy for joking, or maybe not joking. America has become a nation participating in the Jerry Springer show. We need another enlightenment, and I seriously doubt there's one waiting for us on the horizon or anybody left who is willing to join in it.

Comment Neat concept, but competes with smartphones (Score 1) 269

Here's what I see happening with this outdoor lifestyle that the linked YouTube video was driving at: people will figure out very quickly that now they have to tote *two* devices around instead of one. People can play some pretty excellent games on their Android / IOS devices, and those games are DIRT CHEAP. Now Nintendo has decided that in the war of consoles, the killer advantage is to turn the platform into yet another item that must be lugged around along with your cell phone. Sounds like a logistical PITA, and I believe people are smart enough to have the same realization.

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