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Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 311

Every other artificial sweetener tastes ... artificial. I can't taste anything but unpleasant chemicals.

I suspect what you're tasting isn't 'artficiality'. For example, if you taste glucose, sucrose, and stevia, they taste remarkably different, even though they are natural sweeteners. On the other hand, if you compare items sweetened with Aspartame and those sweetened with stevia, you'll find that they taste similar. It seems that the 'very sweet' sweeteners have that kind of cloying sweetness that you can taste all down your throat and that leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, even when they are diluted so the sweetness is equivalent to that of sucrose.

There's a whole science and a lot of experimentation behind sweetness profiles in things like soft drinks. Whatever Coca-Cola did with Coke Zero makes it enjoyable for me to drink, although I can still immediately tell that it's not sweetened with regular sugar. But I still can't drink Diet Coke - the taste makes me wince, and the aftertaste is worse.

Comment I hope they don't waste it in the US (Score 1) 104

For at least the duration of Trump's presidency, it seems almost certain that 'net neutrality is done like dinner, government surveillance will increase unchecked, and attempts to cripple encryption will continue unabated. It might be best to spend the money in countries where they have a better chance of getting some traction, at least until some sanity returns to Washington. Or should I have said "New York"? It's so hard to tell these days.

Comment Re:Slashdot is officially worse than breitbart now (Score 0) 191

With the sensational leftist tabloid boogeyman headlines and clickbait articles, this isn't the site for me anymore. You've jumped the shark /. kindly go fuckoff and join all the other extremist sites while I go search for tech news that matters.

Your shrill little tirade would be worth discussing if you hadn't posted as an AC; but since you couldn't be bothered to log in first, or were so embarrassed that even pseudonymity wouldn't do, then good luck, and good riddance to you.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 4, Insightful) 553

I agree with everything you said, but recommend caution with regard to the following:

... If you want actual research on pot you have to leave the US. You'll find a different view in any country outside the US, so you have to approach any study in the US with very very high skepticism. I'm not saying its wrong, but you know its biased from the start, so you have to be careful to pick out the facts from the implications...

I would say that you have to approach any study ANYWHERE in the world with high skepticism. Yes, the US has a huge economic stake, (and the concomitant ideological stake), in proving the evils of pot. On the other hand, other jurisdictions have ideological stakes in proving pot's harmlessness. They also have economic stakes; for example, here in Canada where we're about to legalize pot, the government stands to make a lot of money from its controlled sale and distribution.

I would say that the American government's position on marijuana has the same level of ignorance, fear, and fervor as the typical fundamentalist religion. That doesn't mean that other more liberal, more moderate countries are neutral and without agendas on this issue.

Comment Re:Gotta love the Employee Improvement Plan... (Score 1) 387

Let me guess: you work for the government now in a cushy IT contracting job because that is all you could get?

... I'm in my 22nd year of my technical career doing computer security in government IT, making 50% less money than my Silicon Valley peers because I serve the taxpayers.

I'm impressed by your CV, but I'm sorry you felt you had to justify yourself to the fuckwit troll you were replying to. I already knew you were a better man than he based on your previous posts in this thread.

Submission + - Cerber Ransomware Using Tor Network to Hide

Trailrunner7 writes: Ransomware authors have adopted a number of new tactics recently to help avoid detection and stop takedown attempts, and the latest move by the gang behind the Cerber malware is the use of both Google redirection and the Tor network as evasion and obfuscation mechanisms.

Researchers from Cisco’s Talos group have come across a new version of the Cerber ransomware that uses these techniques, combined with pretty rudimentary email messages to trick victims into clicking on links that lead to the malicious files. Typically, sophisticated ransomware crews will use well-crafted emails with malicious attachments that contain the ransomware. But this Cerber campaign isn’t using any attachments in its spam emails and instead is relying on trickery to entice users into following the links, which are obfuscated and lead to sites on the Tor anonymity network.

Submission + - The answer to everything is now N=2^i–1 (futurism.com)

technology_dude writes: A theory posits that the all of our thoughts are a function of a basic algorithm, N=2^i–1.
This development may be huge for AI, since artificial neural networks operate much like the brain, applying this formula may be the key to true intelligence.

I do NOT welcome our new robot overlords.

ISS

Spinal Fluid Changes In Space May Impair Astronauts' Vision, Study Finds (sciencealert.com) 77

A condition called visual impairment inter cranial pressure syndrome (VIIP) that has been impairing astronauts' vision on the International Space Station is believed to be caused by a build up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in their brains. The long-duration astronauts had significantly more CSF in their brains than the short-trip astronauts. Previously, NASA suspected that the condition was caused by the lack of gravity in space. Science Alert reports: The researchers compared before and after brain scans from seven astronauts who had spent many months in the ISS, and compared them to nine astronauts who had just made short trips to and from the U.S. space shuttle, which was decommissioned in 2011. The one big difference between the two was that the long-duration astronauts had significantly more cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in their brains than the short-trip astronauts, and the researchers say this - not vascular fluid - is the cause of the vision loss. Under normal circumstances, CSF is important for cushioning the brain and spinal cord, while also distributing nutrients around the body and helping to remove waste. It can easily adjust to changes in pressure that our bodies experience when transitioning from lying down to sitting or standing, but in the constant microgravity of space, it starts to falter. "On earth, the CSF system is built to accommodate these pressure changes, but in space the system is confused by the lack of the posture-related pressure changes," says one of the team, Noam Alperin. Based on the high-resolution orbit and brain MRI scans taken of their 16 astronauts, the team found that the long-duration astronauts had far higher orbital CSF volume - CSF pooling around the optic nerves in the part of the skull that holds the eye. They also had significantly higher ventricular CSF volume, which means they had more CSF accumulating in the cavities of the brain where the fluid is produced.

Comment Re:Version 2.0 (Score 1) 147

You might note that as the drone "returns to home"...

You seem to have missed the part where Mister Binary said "ISIS Drone 2.0 now contains differential antennas and will, when losing all communication, follow the source of the jamming signal". The drone could be modified and re-programmed to seek the jammer and drop a bomb when the signal strength maxes out. The operator would have to turn the jammer off to save his own ass from the drone he's trying to bring down. Of course, if that happens, deployment of decoy jammers will soon follow.

Comment Re: i bought nothing friday (Score 2) 163

I bought three Nike Golf polos on Kohl's website yesterday for $50. I'm not a big Nike guy, but those shirts are awesome for work, and normally cost about three times that price.

#buycott

So let me get this right - you paid ONLY one-third the normal price for the 'privilege' of allowing Nike to use your body as a walking billboard? Good for you my man - way to grab a bargain! I suppose it never occurred to you that if you were advertising for Nike on a building you own or a magazine you publish, THEY would pay YOU for advertising for them.

Why should plastering a company's logo on your body cost YOU money?

Comment Re:Sickdays==Lossofprofits, can't have those! (Score 2) 193

He may not fully understand why it seems bad, but it is part of a trend to value human life as well as almost everything else in terms of money alone.

Complaining about people measuring value in money is like complaining about measuring sound volume in decibels. The sound's not going to get any louder or quieter just because you''re squeamish about assigning a numeric value to it's current volume.

Complaining about people measuring the value of human life in money is like complaining about measuring temperature rise in decibels. FTFY.

Different things have different units of measure; some of us understand that money is a wholly inappropriate metric for the value of human life.

Comment Time to create a distinction? (Score 2) 80

As I was reading TFA, it occurred to me that the ability of a machine to lip-read does indeed qualify as artificial intelligence. I then thought about all the posts I expect to read that say "No, this isn't AI". So maybe it's time to create a new term, "Artificial Sentience". This would distinguish between machines simply doing very complex tasks that used to be exclusively human endeavours, (such as lip reading), and machines that have self awareness and can independently, and with purpose, initiate actions toward goals defined entirely by and within the machine. I know that this rather goes against Turing's definition of AI, but I think it would add both clarity and granularity to the discussion.

Further, I would add that Artificial Intelligence is a necessary-but-not-sufficient condition for Artificial Sentience. I don't know that Artificial Sentience will ever exist, but I'm pretty sure in my own mind that Artificial Intelligence has already arrived.

Then there's the matter of whether anything truly sentient can be regarded as 'artificial' - but that's a whole 'nother question.

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