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Comment and what ? (Score 1) 769

Even if it's the russians, or the chinese, or the devil himself - they don't deny that the mails are real, and that is what matters. Who leaked them is an interesting academic question, and it might have influenced the timing, but that's about it.

They are crooked and corrupt and criminals, and no amount of fingerpointing changes that - but given the state of the media and the attention span of the public, it might work anyway.

Someone posted something the other day that was interesting. In essence, the "lesser of two evils" argument doesn't work for Hillary or the Democrats this time.

Comment Re:Consciousness is not the same thing as free wil (Score 1) 285

It's only in the last decade or so that experiments have shown our thoughts can and do have a strong influence on of the dna that builds and maintains the brain and nervous system. In other words our thoughts can turn our genes on and off, when it gets the switches stuck in a self-destructive combination it drives us towards extreme behaviours which we call "mental illness". Philosophically I think Hofstadter's "I am a strange loop" and "Godel, Escher, Bach" present the most convincing model of consciousness as an emergent property of the mind boggling complexity of the feedback mechanisms in a living organism. He also makes a very strong case for the impossibility of a mind that's even theoretically capable of fully understanding itself.

Comment Re:Somebody didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 285

Well said, I would actually be more concerned if radiologists never found any systematic errors in their models. From the summary it sounds like a very interesting experiment, I think the "free will" angle is just click bait. What they appear to have done is use a clever mental trick to help them understand how the brain responds to and controls the two big optical sensors hanging off the front of it

Comment Re:No intention to subscribe for one show (Score 2) 161

Both Voyager and Enterprise share one other thing in common, they were largely run by two Paramount executives Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Not even Manny Coto's surprising good final season of Enterprise could pull the show out of the nosedive that Berman and Braga had put it into.

Personally Enterprise failed because it got everything wrong. Wrong tone, wrong characters, wrong plots, wrong settings, wrong acting, wrong characterization, wrong logic, wrong common sense.

My personal pet peeve is episodes that just didn't make any sense. For example, there was an episode where they could have transported a crewman and an alien up to the ship, but they couldn't change the temperature in the transporter room to match the temperature on the planet so the alien would have died from the temperature change? What they don't have thermal blankets they can use? WTF? So they decide to send a shuttle down instead, but it took them something like 20 hours to adjust the shuttle so they could put the heat up high enough on the shuttle (WTF?) and the pair on the planet nearly died from dehydration while they waited (WTF?). If the transporters were working, so why didn't they transport a bottle of water down? If they couldn't do that, why didn't they send a shuttle down early, drop off some bottles of water, some food, and a tent so they could arrange a shelter? Why risk the death of the crewman and alien by doing nothing whatsoever to help them while they were waiting for a stupidly long plot device? I know the answer is "narrative" but it should still make some god-damend sense. This was endemic to first few seasons, stupidly obvious plot holes that would leave anyone with a lick of sense wondering how such amazing huge incompetents ended up running a starship*.

Actually, according to the pilot episode we know why Archer was pilot, his dad designed the ship. And the rest of the crew was hand picked by Archer. Good old nepotism. Of course that begs the question of why anyone would ever do something so stupid as put the son of the designer in charge...

Comment Re:Why do us Canadians always get screwed? (Score 1) 161

I'm pretty sure you're wrong on both fronts, from what another poster put up, Bell Canada has licensed the show for their stations and included exclusive digital distribution rights in the contract. No CBC or government involvement at all, just plain old corporate greed and one-upmanship.

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