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Comment Re:What danger ? (Score 1) 367

Legs are definitely better, more force. However, the biggest impediment to breaking a car window is improper form. Most aim for the center of the window. This is, unfortunately the wrong place to hit. The edges of the window are where it is easiest to break. The center is designed to be the most resilient to pressure and damage. I have seen car side windows endure multiple hammer hits in the center. I have also seen a small magnet tossed casually at the edge of a window and it shattered instantly.

Scoring the glass can help as well. Any sharp metal, or even a diamond/other hard gem stone in a ring, that can make marks on the glass will result in a window that is substantially easier to break. Also, if you have some ceramic on hand the deal is as good as done. Score an X mark, tap the center of the mark, exit the vehicle.

Comment Re:Well there would be a lot of it (Score 1) 67

One of the best! (Maybe spoilerish!)

Explores the relevance of consciousness to intelligence and highlights the possibility that alien life is so different from us that our mere attempts at communication could be considered an assault.

If you haven't read his other works I suggest the Starfish/Rifters series in it's entirety. Almost all of his works are free on his website www.rifters.com by the way.

Comment Neural modeling made easy (Score 2) 68

This seems to say that by interlinking subsets of binary decision modules you can simulate (or create?) a silicon based system that will approximate the decision tree of a biological entity. Toss in an additive memory system that enhances pattern recognition based on past experience (machine learning compatible?) and you have a system that will grow in discernment the way biological systems do. The trick would seem to be in modeling the appropriate type and number of these underlying modules, designing them to revise their output based on the relevant memory experience, and then assigning priority to the outputs from those modules, giving self preservation and threat detection precedence for instance.

(Half cocked speculation) I can see custom cores designed to evaluate input based on their own narrow realm of specialization (food, friend/foe, threat/non-threat, shelter, etc. could be analogous to other machine relevant inputs) and with their own memory stores of experiential reference material. These feeder cores would process input with regard to their own specialization and then hand off their individual result to another coordinating core designed to integrate results from the feeder cores. The coordinating core would have a prioritization system to weight the inputs and handle conflicts. The coordinating core would also build an experiential database comprised of inputs from the other core modules and the results of the decisions made from those inputs and the viability of the decisions.

Emergent phenomena and complexity would seem to be a logical result of the combination of a large array of interacting modules provided the output space is varied and robust.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 4, Insightful) 588

Nice post. It seem that modern journalism, instead of informing the public, is selling our biases back to us in a mad rush to produce page clicks. The result is an echo chamber effect on a national scale that balkanizes the electorate into self-selecting political entities, blind to the overall facts and hopelessly spun in the direction of their original predilections. See also the rise of Facebook as an adjunct to the news media, where users control what news they see by blocking uncomfortable or non-congruent sources.

Not only does this create division, but the inherent bias that draws in the targeted groups serves as a mental barrier to entry for non-aligned groups. As long as there is a safe harbor for intellectually and politically similar ideas from one news source, and other sources violate the entrenched norms and standards with biased reporting designed for another group, mobility from one ideological clade to another is limited. Plainly stated, when news outlets produce content which is canted towards a politically limited audience the underlying facts are presented in a way that prevents consumption by individuals with non-aligned ideals. This produces extremely polarized individuals, not only blind to any other interpretations of the issues, but also belligerent to representatives and outlets that contradict their viewpoints.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1054

Those childless couples, regardless of their sexual predilections or ability or decision to reproduce, are paying for the basic intelligence of the people they interact with on a daily basis with those taxes.

Do you want a cashier that can count your change? How about a taxi driver (omit obvious joke about international drivers please) that can read street signs? What about neighbors that have been exposed to the cultural implications of lawlessness and violence through studying history? Maybe even the expediency of using actual spoken English to conduct business in your workplace, instead of various dialects and pidgins based around different localities in the US?

You can thank our education system for that. If you don't want to participate in civilization I suggest you move somewhere without taxes. You pay your taxes and in return you receive civilization. Thinking that the education of the citizens of the US is merely the responsibility of the people who have them is so incredibly moronic and short sighted I can't even believe you would utter that nonsense in public, even on a relatively anonymous board like this.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1054

I remember enjoying sexual play with both males and females from the age of around 4 onward. I certainly don't remember choosing to enjoy looking at both male and females as attractive, yet I do. I certainly do remember all of the snide comments about homosexuality, all of the subtle pressures and expectations wrapped in coded language fomenting heterosexuality, and all of the overt actions and words used by parents and peers that conveyed a heteronormative presupposition. All of that could be considered cultural hypnosis, a psyche mold forced on to myself and others without the knowledge of the ones doing it or the consent of the ones they are doing it to.

If you are used to going with the flow, following the herd, and submitting to authority I can easily see how you would not see a choice there. You would do what was expected of you, as most do when presented with pervasive subliminal persuasion compounded by cultural norms and standards. I have been distrustful of humans and authority since I was very young - that I did not choose. As for my sexuality, I still haven't "chosen." Also, just because you don't remember your imprinting doesn't mean you didn't participate in it.

A further example: A friend of mine was raped at gunpoint by a man most likely in his mid 20's to early 30's. He was 17 at the time and identified as heterosexual and had heterosexual experiences with young women. As he relates the experience he enjoyed the rape so much that he now identifies as homosexual. He has not been with a woman since and has had, by his account, innumerable sexual encounters with men. He is in his 40's now. He calls it a choice. Who am I to question him?

Comment Sick (Score 1) 412

If the judge gets a stiffy from pictures of your kids, HE should be the one going to jail. I can remember my mom showing off some of my childhood pictures to an early GF that contained embarrassing shots of me bathing at a very young age. Maybe I can hold her hostage for some home made cookies for Christmas.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 412

Viewing a site that has virtual pedophilia or pictures of woman over 18 doctored to look under age is illegal in some places. I believe GB is one of those...
I totally agree with you, a crime should require some overt action, just a passive browsing or even being openly sympathetic to a cause is hardly grounds for criminal action in my opinion.
Freedom to express your opinion is the corner stone of a free society, but it becoming as rare as chicken lips these days.

Comment Re: Valid (Score 1) 590

I could have stopped you early on. My jokes are bad and just keep getting worse the longer I go. The baseline you took could be indicative of the highest quality available from this source. To whit, your responses were infinitely more humorous than what I can generate. I particularly like the "since it's pure shit and didn't even make me twitch" part. I have no ego when it comes to my lackluster attempts at humor and I do appreciate a good roast.

It could be said that the funniest thing about my whole post is where I refer to Trump as the president elect. Hopefully its a lot funnier over there in Germany. Here its just sad and baffling. Kind of like my humor.

Also, props on your username.

Comment Re: In other news... (Score 1) 227

Another lens to view this through:

The one commonality between religions of all types that kill people and political pursuits that also kill people: people that kill people.

Funny how stupid humans point out religions and political ideas as the definitive reason that people are persecuted and killed throughout history. When someone does this they prove they are compromised mentally. Humans strive to create power structures that allow them to do as they wish without recourse. The ideology changes constantly. The behavior stays the same. That is a human quality, not a result of some external force.

Even religions that say "Don't kill people. Love all humans. Treat other humans as you would treat yourself. Love your enemies" have resulted in power structures that wage war, commit genocide, murder, and destroy. Only the ignorant would attribute that to a religion that specifically forbids it.

You want a definitive reason why these terrible things happen? Look in the mirror. Quit passing the buck. Realize this is what humans do.

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