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Comment Well it's easy to show superhuman AI is a myth. (Score 1) 88

Because intelligence as a single-dimensioned parameter is a myth.

We already of have software with super-human information processing capabilities; and we're constantly adding more kinds of software that outperforms humans in specific tasks. Ultimately we'll have AIs that are as versatile has humans too. But "just as versatile" doesn't mean "good at the same things".

So it's probably true that software is getting smarter at exponential rates (and humans aren't getting smarter as far as I can see), but only in certain ways.

Comment Re: Not a big deal (Score 1) 79

I still have the very first one. Still running great... though I might replace it with a proper laptop going forward. The form factor is fine. The OS is fine. But I find that I didn't really need Windows on a tablet. I needed Windows on a 15in+ laptop. Everyone is different, and I make great use of it, but for my use cases, a larger, more powerful laptop is preferable - while as far as tablets go for tablet purposes, any old thing with an updated browser and a native Netflix app will do.

Comment Re: Bullshit. (Score 2) 112

"Using a chat program to hide " doesn't even make logical sense.

It does if the chat program using public key encryption between the users. In that case even the mediating servers don't have access to message contents.

The scheme is flawless -- but then it almost always is unless it's devised by a total ignoramus. What they get you on is implementation.

Comment Re:CO2 levels are falling (Score 4, Funny) 141

true, but then again 100 million years ago the average temperature was significantly hotter, and the ocean levels were higher too.

as the northern artic passages open up think how much the sea level will rise. a mere 6 feet floods, New york, Boston, New orleans (again) Washington Dc, Atlanta, etc.

All those liberal will then have to move someplace dry and once conservative areas will suddenly become liberal.

What will conservatives do then? Protect the climate now to prevent the flood of liberals into your area. /s


EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site From Public View After Two Decades (washingtonpost.com) 141

Last week there were reports that the EPA climate change website was set to be taken down, though later the EPA denied that. On Friday evening, however, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its website would be "undergoing changes" to better represent the new direction the agency is taking, triggering the removal of several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information (paywalled; alternative source). From a report on The Washington Post: One of the websites that appeared to be gone had been cited to challenge statements made by the EPA's new administrator, Scott Pruitt. Another provided detailed information on the previous administration's Clean Power Plan, including fact sheets about greenhouse gas emissions on the state and local levels and how different demographic groups were affected by such emissions. The changes came less than 24 hours before thousands of protesters were set to march in Washington and around the country in support of political action to push back against the Trump administration's rollbacks of former president Barack Obama's climate policies.

Comment Re:Serving his friends against his constituents (Score 1) 257

Before Trump I'd have agreed with you, but now that they have something to rally around (or fear), I think the fragmentation of the Republican party has at least stopped if not reversed course. There's some outliers, but they don't matter anymore.

Comment Re:Yay, more Deepwater Horizons! (Score 2) 145

But if you want to get into specifics, my main gripe with him is that he promised free college and debt forgiveness, while completely ignoring how the political climate and the lobbying power of that industry would have made that an impossibility. He promised so much in general that the other Democrats were scrambling to counter him. The only one who wasn't doing that, Jim Web, left the race rather than take part in that sham.

Comment Re: AKA "snowflake syndrome" (Score 1) 280

I never see that, but I have seen a guy get hired because he was someone's son. He then proceeded to steal company equipment to pay for a meth habit.

That doesn't make anything okay, I'm just saying it to point out that we don't really live in a meritocracy. At all levels, who you know is a factor that sometimes outranks what you know.

It's just the people who benefit from that are harder to spot.

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