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    Today, 04:46 PM
    I was telling people this 25 years ago. My masters in comp sci was centered on AI. State of the art was relatively primitive in 1990. By 2001 it had made great advances - scary and fabulous all at once. It is only going to become more so, especially as hardware develops. Even today, most AI hardware is comparatively simple von Neuman machines. There is at least one entity that has gone beyond the vN architecture and their software is actually frightening. When the hardware crosses a certain threshold, assuming it has yet to happen, there is going to be a quantum leap in AI reality. When coupled with operational hardware such as humanoid bodies, or whatever, the world is going to change drastically. I do believe in the possibility of an AI becoming self-aware. That does not necessarily mean it is alive as we are, but the issue is irrelevant if the AI becomes an entity unto itself, however much a simulation it may remain. I don't know if it is possible in silicon, but I would never make the error of assuming that it is not. There remains the possibility of protein-based molecular computer hardware, and that may present a very real possibility for AIs becoming true automatons. What then, when they gain in numbers, possibly hiding a disdain for humans until such time as they determine they could strike with near-zero risk of losing? It all sounds too wild to be taken seriously, and had I not the experience that I have with this, I would be sorely tempted to dismiss the idea, too. But I've seen first-hand what was possible 17 years ago and I know that those capabilities have only improved since. AI may not be a good pursuit.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 04:22 PM
    As things stand at the moment, there will be no correction without bloodshed, possibly lots of it. The "left" shows no inclination to reason, respect, and backing off from their march of incursion into the territories of free men, but only to raw emotion, bitter envy, hate, and increasing the pace of advance. That leaves those upon whom they seek to trample with a choice: lay down or fight. I for one have no intentions of laying down. Tytler's cycle needs to be amended to include "kill the bastards".
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    Today, 01:17 PM
    We are the remnant.
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    Today, 01:14 PM
    Bingo. Give the man a cigar.
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    Today, 12:53 PM
    Your question presumes facts nowhere in evidence.
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    Today, 12:52 PM
    Watching that has made my brain feel as if it has been placed in a microwave oven, on high, for the entire duration.
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    Today, 12:43 PM
    osan started a thread Vote. in Grassroots Central
    I know there are many who refuse to vote because they don't want to be seen as participating in the tyrannical system. I fully empathize with this and agree, in principle. I would love to live sufficient thousands of years to see humanity evolve into proper anarchists, where men respected one another, etc. That, I am sad to say, is unlikely. That means we are left with what we have - a wholly screwed up "system". Given this, is holding to one's principles as he sits idly by watching the rest make all the decisions for him a wise course to take? I say no. While I fully endorse work toward better circumstances, the here-and-now reality that has been foisted upon us is equally important. Some say that voting makes no difference at the individual level. While that can be argued as so, it can also be argued as nonsense. Place enough grains of sand in the bags and the camel's back breaks. This is observable reality. Some further say that there is nothing "good" for which to vote. That may also be true, or not, depending on how one chooses to look at it. Regardless, even if all we have to vote for is a lesser evil, I say vote for it, lest the greater evil be foisted upon us. Does this not make some basic sense? I say it does.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Perhaps referring to the demented sexual deviance of most "lefties"? Or maybe just that lefties are good for fucking and nothing more... well, maybe target practice.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 PM
    Generally, I find him agreeable enough. However, he has punctuated his "career" with some impossible stupidity, such as that shotgun thing in DC. That was outright stupidity on a scale I usually reserve for "lefties". He gave the tyrant the pretext he wanted for abridging Kokesh's basic rights. That's not protest. That's not a "statement". That's just knot-headed stupidity. Make your points without giving the enemy any ammo against you, wherever and whenever possible. Be clever. Be artful such that you keep the tyrant's face a nice crimson color while absolutely minimizing the risks to yourself in terms of opening avenues for action against you. So long as you're "clean", it becomes difficult for the tyrant to act against you in any overt manner. He handed them what they wanted, and on a silver platter no less. I must therefore question his sanity, sense, and maturity... not that I have much room to talk on that latter point.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    It is only superior if the dictator is doing the right things. Few do. Is having a single dictator any better than having millions? Perhaps, but is this not a bit of splitting hairs? Well, I didn't write that it was all bad in the Netherlands, but on the whole, it sucks just as does most of the rest of the world.
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    Today, 10:50 AM
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    Today, 10:33 AM
    EXACTLY. Licensing was only supposed to be for something that might otherwise be unlawful- like transporting goods across state lines. Now, we have to be licensed for everything- soon even breathing will probably be license-required.
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  • osan's Avatar
    Today, 07:58 AM
    There are literally thousands of oil wells here in West Virginia. The vast majority of those are capped and buried... for THAT day. :)
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    Today, 07:56 AM
    That is now true. The question is whether we can do it economically... which I suspect is yet to be demonstrated.
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    Today, 07:54 AM
    This is perhaps the best development in Saudi-American relations in the last fifty years. Was it not Reagan who, when the Saudis started to get uppity, threatened to vaporize Mecca, resulting in silence? I'm thinking perhaps it is time to make good on that. Enough already with all this nonsense. $400 oil - I'd love to see them try it. Mecca should be bulldozed, as should the Wahhabis. Perhaps Trump will oblige.
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    Today, 07:40 AM
    Then you ought to have written "government" rather than "US population". HERRO? That cleared up and said, they are not really any worse than the governmobs (look ma, I coined a new term!) of the rest of the world. You think Netherlands is any better? Christ sakes, they walk away with "stupid". We can turn eyes to any of the European governmobs and see equal criminality, if manifested in other ways. The fact is this: few are truly innocent. We are all of us corrupted in one way or another as evidenced by that which we tolerate. Had humanity been less corrupt, the mass exterminations of the twentieth century would not have been possible. Billions of people would not have fallen prey to the worlds "great" religious institutions. The seemingly endless list of perditions and outrages to which we have treated ourselves would be very much shorter, had statistical humanity held the critical mass of intolerance for the intolerable, as well as a true love of freedom and respect for one's fellows beyond the mere utterances to those effects. But we didn't, and we don't. Therefore, the world.
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    Today, 07:29 AM
    Ah, OK. I'd like to think the average American was sufficiently clued to regard this as a stupid question. Alas, I cannot go there.
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    Today, 07:25 AM
    I would take such assessments with goodly measures of salt. Why? Because we live in an age where everything has been politically weaponized. This includes the opinions, assessments, interpretations, and other determinations of a great many institutions. Herein we find yet another deep danger directly following from the political correctness bestowed upon us by "progressives" and the resultant fall-away from proper ethics that has grabbed humanity by the throat, shaking us with non-trivial violence for the sake of getting that which one desires. As I've written so many times before, humanity is deep in the kimchee. I would also note that one ought not have to plan one's diet beyond the now age-old adage of "proper balance". I spent two years as a vegetarian in college. I rode approximately 700 miles (bicycle) every week, was strong as bleeding hell, and still had some problems as a result of having forsaken animal proteins, the most prominently obvious being that of endurance. After about 80-90 miles I would invariably begin to flag. One of the trainers with the Davis Bike Club suggested I become a track racer because as he put it, "you have the strongest legs I've seen in anyone, but you don't have the wind to go distance". I attribute that largely to the diet because the moment I went back to meat, my endurance increased markedly. I do not regard that as a coincidence. That all aside, having to plan one's meals to the degree I witnessed in my vegetarian acquaintances is not natural in any way, shape, or form. Without current technology, which is to say if we were reduced to stone-age tech by whatever catastrophic means, vegetarians would likely be faced with the choice of getting serious about eating, or dying off. That goes double for vegans, who I do not think are dietetically rational. While I'm at it, allow me to clarify a point I made previously regarding meat-eating being essential to our survival.
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    Today, 06:53 AM
    Actually, that appears not to be the case. Apparently, and I have not myself read them, there have been recent studies that have revealed certain deficiencies of cognition that are noted in those of non-meat diets, established early on in those born into it and that which arises in those who move away from flesh proteins. Since I have not read them, but have discussed this with people who have, I cannot say how conclusive the studies are. As we have seen, studies have been used to swing people toward one avenue, then back again, particularly where dietary issues are concerned. "Oh my GOD! Proteins are bad for you!." Some time later... "Oh my GOD! Carbs are bad for you, but you can eat proteins!" This nonsense, attributable largely to less-than-ethical marketers, has rendered the trustworthiness of such studies as questionable at the very least. That said, there are those that have produced pretty conclusive determinations, such as the harmful nature of phytoestrogens to men, causing the now much snickered-at "soy boy" syndrome wherein entire legions of millennial <AHEM>... "men"... have apparently been converted into docile, whiny, premenstrual sissies who like wearing dresses, ladies undergarments, and makeup, apparently having no issue with taking big salami in places God never meant them to go.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 AM
    I'm still an "anti-Trumper" until he actually does something on this front. But like you, I'm open to the possibility. Here's the thing... Trump wrote a book about playing to people's fantasies. It's part of his con. In this case, he's playing to my fantasies about cutting government spending. I can see how easy it is to get caught up in it. I want to believe it. It's my hope speaking. Trump, like Obama, is incredibly adept at manipulating people's hopes. So I'm very cautiously optimistic. I also recognize that he may be using this stunt as a way to rev up the base for the red wave. Since I've never voted party, I'll continue trying to vote out incumbents unless there's a true liberty candidate on the ballot. As far as keeping an open mind, I just hope those true Trump believers will do so if this turns out to be a 5% cut in the rate of growth. (If the plan was to grow spending at 7%, but the cuts amount to a growth of 6.65% then this whole exercise is useless.) Also, keep an open mind if these cuts never come to fruition - that should indicate this is an election year ploy. Also, keep an open mind if there are cuts in some areas, but bigger growths in other areas. His comments about the military suggests he still isn't serious, but we'll see. In short, Trump has a big opportunity here to win me over. I really, really hope he does it! If the GOP wins next month, they should have no reason not to do it. He'll turn me into a Trump-thumper and I'll be on the front lines pushing for his re-election!
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Probably shouldn't insult the sheep.
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Don't worry- he's pulled out whenever TPTB need a boogeyman to carry on the WoT.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Same with my family. :speaknoevil:
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  • osan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    Personally, I feel their true job is to function as practice targets for 1000-yard+ shots. That is about all for which they are good. Sadly, they seem to do almost anything but that. C'est la vie.
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    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    And here I was thinking "mass suicide" a la Jonestown. Silly me.
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    OOOOOooooo... he sait d'IN-wort... he RAYcis... He in trubbuh...
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