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Comment Re:more shit stirring click bait... (Score 1) 197

I think the big difference is the ability to prevent someone from seeing an ad. A TV advertiser cannot prevent an Irish man from tuning in to BET or Univision. Anyone is free to watch those channels as long as he or she gets the service. I may choose to not watch those channels and therefore not see the ad, but that is my choice, not the advertiser's.

If the facebook tool said that only those people looking at a certain wall could see an ad, but everyone who looked at the wall could see it, it would not be illegal.

Comment Re:Donald Trump is evil (Score 3, Informative) 857

It is true that he is careful never to say the word "All", but he definitely implies it. Here is a quote from his presidential candidate announcement in June of 2015.

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

Note that he makes a clarification that he assumes that some are good people, but that the border guards tell him that we are not getting the good people. In addition he implies that even the legal immigrants are bringing drugs and crime.

Comment Re:Donald Trump is evil (Score 1) 857

...so why are you choosing to totally ignore all the VERY much worse things that Hillary has done?

Who said I was ignoring her evil acts? Do you jump to conclusions often? Is that an Olympic sport where you are from?

Where did I state that Clinton wasn't evil? I stated why I thought Trump was evil, but this is not an either-or situation.

Just because I believe that Trump is evil, does not mean that I am pro-Clinton.

Comment Re:Donald Trump is evil (Score 1, Interesting) 857

He never said that all of the illegal immigrants are rapists. He said that a lot of them are, and a lot of them are drug dealers and criminals. He's not wrong.

I would like to see some citation to back that up.

Also, are we defining "a lot of them" as an absolute number? Or a large percentage? Or are we leaving it vague so I can claim anywhere from 2% to 98% depending on which position I am defending at the moment?

Comment Donald Trump is evil (Score 5, Insightful) 857

I don't know about why the GP labels Donald Trump evil, but I would label him evil for his hate speech against illegal aliens and refugees.

I can't forget about last year's interview when he stated that all illegal aliens are rapists and murderers. He then cited a Fusion Article that stated 80% of women coming to the US from Central and South America are raped along the way. When Don Lemon clarified that the article was about women being raped, not about illegal aliens, Trump replied, "Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?"

Trump was trying to stir up hatred against a group of people using half-truths and outright lies in order to gain an advantage in the election. In addition he went on record stating that we should not accept any refugees from Syria because there are terrorists among them. He also stated that we should ban any Muslims from entering the country. Just my opinion, but all that puts him over the 'evil' line in my book.

Comment Re:Summon into back of trailer mode? (Score 1) 408

In some states, AZ at least, it is actually city specific. For example, in Phoenix it is legal to park facing the wrong way, but in Glendale (a suburb of Phoenix) it is illegal.

As for safety, it really does depend on the local conditions. In the Phoenix area, most of the residential streets are wide enough and have a low traffic volume, so it is easy to tell if it is safe to drive off. Most of the major streets either do not allow parking on the side of the road, or have clearly designated parking spaces that make it almost impossible to park in the opposite direction.

Comment Re:Religion and determinism? (Score 1) 386

I find it puzzling that Christians in particular seem to be irritated by the idea of a lack of free will. More than once I've seen a religious person irritated when the notion of determinism came up in a discussion. What is the connection there?

People become irritated for many reasons. However, one possible reason is because determinism is a subtle attack on them and on their beliefs. They may not be able to articulate the attack, but recognize that it is one. They may not even be able to mount a defence or counter-attack and feel frustrated without understanding why.

Christians are told that they must a) Have faith and b) choose to follow Christ. (Many Christian sects differ on the definition of "follow Christ", but they all state that it must be done.)

If there is no free will, how can one have faith? How can you trust someone to reward you for your actions if your actions are meaningless? People choose to "follow Christ" in hope of a reward. By taking away free will, you are taking away their hope of a reward.

Determinism basically calls people stupid for making the choices they did, as well as takes away their hope of an eternal reward. Is it really surprising that they get irritated?

Isn't it conflictive to believe in an all-knowing and all-powerful deity while at the same believing in freedom of choice?

Not really. If there is an all-knowing and all-powerful deity, there must be a reason why we are here. After all, if this deity already knows who will be rewarded and who will be punished, why aren't we already in Heaven or Hell? If nothing we do makes a difference, why are we made to do anything at all? If you accept an all-powerful, all-knowing deity, then you must accept that there is a reason we are here. One possible reason is that we as individuals are important to this deity, and that we gain something by going through this experience. If we do learn and grow by making choices, it follows that this deity could allow us to make choices, even if the results of the choices were known in advance. Knowing what someone will choose is not taking away their choice.

Some people believe that an all-powerful, all-knowing being is forced to manipulate the out-come of all choices, thus removing free-will. Others believe that the same being is free to choose not to manipulate those choices. Thus, to them, an all-powerful, all-knowing being does not conflict with freedom of choice.

Comment Re:Different types of terms (Score 1) 175

So would it be "LAMEAN" perhaps? :)

Pretty sure that this is a deliberate attempt to make the project have a more appealing name. LAMEAN is likely to be pronounced with a bad Spanish accent, "La MEAN," or pronounced as two words, "LAME AN." I can hear someone saying, "That project was LAME AN' just not worth it."

Comment Re:Ok I'll try: (Score 2) 67

From what i can quickly gather from the article:

This is all based on magnonics, which in short - is the use of magnetic spin for binary storage and or logic. This device focuses on the later...

From what I could tell from the article, it appears to focus on both. The device allows them to quickly create and store a pattern. It then allows another pattern to be created and quickly compare the patterns.

It does this by constructing a matrix of magnetic nodes that are effectively interconnected to neighbours (moor?) via spatial magnetic-spin sensitivity, these interconnects form the dynamic logic processing ability of the matrix.

I think that this is somewhat like a (soft) convolutional artificial neural network for image recognition, these are constructed out of a 2d or 3d matrix of nodes with weighted interconnects in a moor-neighbourhood arrangement. The difference here i guess is that a) it's done with magnetic spin (i really have no idea why this is an advantage, maybe i'm all wrong about this) and b) being an application specific piece of hardware each node works in parallel (this is trumped as the primary reason for the speed potential in the article).

... Big disclaimer: I am massively speculating because the use case is not made super clear.

From what I could tell, the advantage of the magnetic spin is that with an 8 terminal node, it can quickly create a matrix of 1,000 bits of data. It can then compare that matrix with a stored matrix. With several nodes working in parallel, it takes the same time to compare 1,000 bits of data as 10,000,000. The potential (and right now, only potential) is that a computing device with this hardware integrated in could compare an image with a stored image much faster than conventional circuits could make the comparison and result in a better matching algorithm.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 101

Can you change the price?

From the article photo, it looks like the 'pump' is actually some sort of monitoring device used to track how much gas/diesel is in the storage tanks. I imagine that gets used by suppliers to anticipate delivery requirements.

I don't know if the same system is used to control the pricing at the customer pumps, and the article doesn't make it clear. I'd guess than since this was published there are going to be some who will be trying it out though.

Depends on the monitoring device. Some of the monitoring devices connect to both the pumps and the tanks so that you can compare how much gas was pumped vs how much gas is left in the tank. Although it is not 100% accurate, if there are leaks or pumps that are way out of calibration, the device might be the first indication that there is a problem. And yes, the major use is to track how many times a tanker needs to come by and fill up the storage tanks.

On systems with Pay-at-the-Pump that take credit/debit cards, the same device connects the pumps to the authorization systems. Sometimes this is over a phone line, but some deal with satellite or internet connection to the authorization centers. These monitoring devices have a lot more control over what is displayed at the pump, and sometimes you can change pricing through the device. The ones that have this kind of control are *supposed* to have better security, but having to type a pin or password each time you connect to it is "really inconvenient."

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