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Comment qualifiers (Score 1) 296

I feel like all the comments could be parsed out better if people could identify if they are young or old first, and if they have ever been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or are somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Maybe also if you actually think (as the guy writing the original article did) that spoiling the end of a book somehow makes it better.

Seriously....those saying they watched pretty much anything at greater than the intended speed are just freaking me out right now. I can't even conceive of why under any condition I would ever watch something like this; the enjoyment--the experience--would be destroyed by the accelerated playthrough.

Quaifiers: I'm middle-aged and have never been diagnosed with any disorder. And I hate spoiling a book's ending; knowing the ending of a work of fiction usually leads to me putting the book down at that point.

Comment The Deceiving Demon strikes again.... (Score 1) 951

Actually it technically goes all the way back to Rene Descartes and his "deceiving demon" scenario. The principle is exactly the same, but Descartes is at least grounded in reality...he recognizes that there's a consciousness/experience issue, and that while one cannot assert that reality is not a fabrication/illusion, you can assert your own personal existence (cogito ergo sum). The computer simulation is just the latest feasible model for suggesting we cannot trust our experiences to represent actual reality. For this to be a computer simulation, knowing what we know, it implies at least the following: 1. the simulation can not only simulate the physical world, but can also simulate consciousness 2. Our definition of consciousness as simulated excludes the existence of external awareness, suggesting we're all part of the program. But if the program is being experienced by programmers/users anyone reading this who is not a progammer or user is likely not "real" in the conventional sense 3. However, since we know we are conscious, or programmed to think we are, then it raises questions about the definition of both this awareness and actual sentience. In fact it cascades into a whole mess of questions that soon leads to the same line of thought about how our universe works, how we relate to it, and where it came from. It is almost tautological, in fact.... 4. Leading to the notion that if a simulation is sufficiently indistinguishable from "the real thing" then how do you recognize when you're in the real world vs. the simulation? 5. And if it is a simulation, all it proves is that there's an operant higher level of reality which we haven't ye developed an empircal method of detection for, and may never be able to due to programming issues 6. And if that's true, then we're back to square one, with Descartes' demon, realizing that the only certainty we have is that we are able to perceive our self-awareness --even if that self-awareness could be a simulation, it is still something we each indelibly hold in our personal experience to be the point of definition for who we are, regardless of our sensory experiences. ....So yeah, from the philosopher's view all Elon Musk has done is reframe the question Descartes already posed with a more contemporary framework.

Comment Re:Stupid Question... maybe? (Score 1) 138

The damage to the carcass would be distinctly different if the wounds were received perimortem vs. postmortem...and much more so if it was 10, 000 years later to a frozen carcass. Basic forensic anthropology; I haven't RTFA but it would be really, really difficult from an archaeological perspective to confuse damage to a frozen mummy with perimortem injuries. (Not a practicing archaeologist, but I did get my degree in the subject).

Comment Re:Lucas not having control to do what he wanted (Score 2) 424

That is all quite cogent and true, but please remember, most people would love to have those money management problems. Not the typical problems salaries under $100K tend to have, like running short on rent, being unable to afford basic utilities, constant medical or school debt that will haunt you for decades, and the never-ending risk that one major health issue or bad accident will put you in poverty and reduce your quality of life from a square meal to ramen, or worse, hand-outs. I feel your pain, and wish I had it; the stress of money management with a $250 million fortune is something I would gladly take in place of worrying daily about the perpetual risk of losing it all due to one bad week.

Comment Re:Educational toys (Score 1) 375

Your story is great, but unfortunately has never been typical of the education children receive at any point in the last 60-odd years. What you're describing can and will happen when parents care enough to invest in their children and their education....but that is not typical of most families.

Comment Simple: (Score 1) 375

Owning both, I've found that the technical merits are mostly smoke and mirrors....with the caveat that a few games do run better on the PS4 than the Xbox One, and I tested this out on at least one title (Shadows of Mordor) and noticed that while it plays fine on the X1 it's performance on the PS4 was noticeably smoother. Beyond that.....Xbox One's two main advantages I've found are: you can add an external hard drive and run games from it (huge plus) and it has the Halo and Gears of War franchises if you're into that (which I am). Also, it's got backwards compatibility now (limited, but focusing on titles most people probably have or would want). PS4 however, is a smoother OS, better hardware, has the Uncharted series, and I love the newer Ps4 controllers, which are dramatically better than the old PS3 controllers. Miles of difference on the controllers (for me, anyway). That said, the X1 controllers are actually pretty decent as well. Owning both, what I do is get the "big, serious" games I plan to invest time in on the PS4, (such as Fallout 4, Destiny and CoD:BO3) and everything else I am slightly less serious about on the Xbox 1 since it has the space for it (ironically, I got Batman: Arkham Knight, Mad Max and Star Wars: Battlfront on the X1 and have been playing them to death). All other differences are superficial.

Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 1) 781

Reading these comments are enough to indicate there's a problem. Jesus Christ....does no one also associate "bro" context with the frat boys who dunked you all in the punch while dishing out painful wedgies? It's not just women who should find the term's an affront to everyone except man children, essentially.

Comment Re:hard to imagine it wouldnt happen. (Score 1) 138

As others have pointed out you appear not to be from the US. In the US you do get unemployment for being laid off, but not for being fired. One of the many reasons that lay-offs happen is actually due to the fact that in order for a company to fire you it has to demonstrate some level of employee malfeasance, which means arbitration in court if the employee disputes the accusation. I've been through and initiated both processes (and I've been laid off twice and was unemployment-eligible both times). In fact I had an ex-employee who left for personal reasons try to get unemployment compensation by claiming she had been terminated. In actual court she admitted she hadn't and that she thought the fact that the other job prospect (which she did not tell anyone about curiously) had fallen through so she felt she deserved the unemployment. My defense was, "We were happy to help you out in the tough times you stated, and would have rehired you if you'd come back to us." Judged ruled in my favor.

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