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Comment Re:Consciousness is not the same thing as free wil (Score 1) 279

Willpower is a limited resource, at least for most humans. In my case, I can only resist so much temptation of certain types. Put me through stressful situations with dark chocolate available, and I will eventually eat some. Assuming free will exists, this makes the issue more complicated.

Determinism and free will are not necessarily incompatible, depending on how you define free will. If I'm hungry, suppose you offer me two pizzas, one of which is sausage and mushroom and one of which is veggie that includes green pepper. I will, of my own free will as I experience it, eat slices of the sausage and mushroom one. Is that free will, determinism, both, or neither?

Comment Re:Somebody didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 279

For example in a SigGraph (computer graphics) paper they might discuss a new algorithm. Without the ability to independently verify the results this means we have to take it on faith. That's not proper science.

You read the paper. If you're interested, you implement the new algorithm. You check it independently. That's really the only way to do it.

If the paper provides the software and the data, and you compile the software and run it on the data, you'll get the results in the paper. That tells you almost nothing. The software might be implemented wrong. The data might be unrepresentative. Simply compiling and running will tell you none of this. Writing your own implementation of the algorithm will tell you a lot more, and running it on your own data even more.

Comment Re:The DNC overlords always get their way (Score 1) 644

I went to the USSR once as a tourist. There's a lot of neat stuff there. It may not have been a good value (although the exchange rate with ordinary people, as opposed to people I thought likely in law enforcement, was pretty near the official one). (I remember the guy in the car with a US flag on the antenna, wearing a sweater with a red, white, and blue pattern, offering rubles really cheap. I think that if I'd taken him up on it it would have been my last day in the Soviet Union.)

There are favorable things to be said about Castro, depending on who you're comparing him with. Batista was no prize either.

You seem to be determine to categorize until it gets the result you like. I've seen no indication that Sanders is a communist, and he's running as a Democratic Socialist, so he's not hiding his politics. It's not true that anyone who's left enough to be centrist in many other democracies is a liar.

Comment Re:Protecting your rights (Score 1) 212

Yeah. I'm using myself as an example, because I'm familiar with the details.

I suffer from depression. I do not expect it to be cured, ever. It's well under control now, and I'm not dangerous to myself or others, despite suffering from a mental illness. I'd like to think I still have some Constitutional rights.

And you're right in wondering why people in general should be restricted from things criminals seem to have no difficult acquiring. I don't see any point in banning handguns (although there can be safety restrictions) and semi-automatic rifles.

Comment Re:real reason for this story? (Score 1) 465

What I am saying is that Google does not necessarily have any account other than his account that will get a message to him. If I didn't have my own domain, which I use for email, Google would know only my gmail address. I'm not saying that the blog and account should or should not have been deleted, but that Google's only halfway reliable method of sending someone an email is their own email system.

We recently set my mother-in-law up on gmail, and she didn't have a pre-existing email address. It was apparently not required.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 360

In the first place, I don't believe you. There's a lot of nonsense going around about Trump.

In the second place, being consistent in your political opinions for thirty-six years suggests some form of dementia rather than logical thinking. The world has changed since Reagan was elected, and we've learned things.

Comment Re:Auto pilot is not... (Score 1) 329

What I am saying is that lots of people think an autopilot means the pilot doesn't have to pay attention, and that if there's enough of them who notice the word "autopilot", have this false belief, and don't bother noticing or retaining anything else, they endanger me. If I'm in an accident, I can suffer (and have suffered) even when the other person is completely to blame.

Comment Re:Auto pilot is not... (Score 1) 329

Lots of people believe that an autopilot on an aircraft can fly the plane so it doesn't need a pilot. Lots of people don't pay much attention to warnings. Lots of these people drive on the roads I drive on. We're not talking about people making bad assumptions and screwing up and getting their Darwin awards here, we're talking about people taking other people with them.

If Tesla encourages bad driving around me, it's my concern.

Comment Re:How many accidents has it avoided? (Score 1) 329

If you make a left turn when you don't have the right of way, and your maneuver will force traffic with the right of way to brake sharply, you're screwing up and should be taken off the road until you can drive competently. I really doubt the autopilot sped up into the accident. Autopilots can screw up, but that's not a normal screw-up mode for them.

In other words, we aren't talking about kamikazes (and you should drive as if some of the drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians do want to kill themselves, if you want to stay out of accidents). The autopilot almost certainly did as well as a human would have, considering that humans get distracted momentarily a lot.

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