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Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I was told that Utopia wasn't science fiction by an English master at school. One could add Erewhon, Brave New World, Butler and large chunks of Swift, Conan Doyle and Haggard to the opus of "something that passes the duck...
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    Er, no, sorry. The best we can say is that we can explain some phenomena, and will be able to explain more in the future. I have a friend who is a professor of immunology, we were talking about this...
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    No, we DO mean USA corporations. The topics in the 'deal' aren't about finance or, really, most of the areas dominated by genuine multinationals, though I agree some aspects are, but things like the following: Agribusiness, wanting USA rules on...
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    It's not new, but it wasn't always the case. Even as late as the end of the 1970s, software was engineered and its maintainers at least identified almost every bug/problem/'feature' they looked into. They didn't always FIX them, of course....
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    As the saying goes, in the 'west', most men die with prostate cancer, but only a few die of it. As I am sure you know, it's not a uniform cancer - the late-developing, slowly-progressing forms are best ignored but...
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    Even better, it wasn't simply in favour of Sinn Fein. Three voices for sanity, instead of one....
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    That is the reason. People whose blood does not clot well need clotting agents after any invasive operation to ensure that they start to heal promptly....
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    It wasn't just just the media! There was a concerted (and both expensive and undeclared) campaign from the nastier multinationals and oligarchs, and a lesser one from the cold warmongers, but the biggest and most effective one was from the...
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    https://www.oglaf.com/rectitude/...
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    Try WW I :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA730QtjOBE https://www.lyricsondemand.com/w/weesinglyrics/wereherebecausewereherelyrics.html...
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    You are correct. In the past, I have told people that there were massively parallel programs run in the 1950s and 1960s (mainly factorisation and primality testing) where the communication was via postcard....
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    Actually, that's not quite right about Gödel. It applies only to axiomatic systems that contain 'basic arithmetic' and are constrained in certain ways. For example, all diagonalisation proofs fall apart if the systems are based on uncountable sets, especially if...
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    Unquestionably those, but there were other organisations that were heavily involved in attacking Corbyn....
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    There is no truth in Brexit. A real moment of truth will come (assuming Bozo gets a majority) when the shadowy organisations he had backing him (by attacking Corbyn) start calling in their debts. Will he sell the country into...
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    However, that reason is more bureaucratic and dogmatic than anything else. The absolute level is pretty useless (except when extreme), but an increase in a particular person's level is much more indicative. And, for people like me, who have had...
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    What is it that you don't understand about the last paragraph of #871?...
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    Actually, since you teach such logic, you might be interested in the following question, and even consider giving a variation of it to your kiddies. Consider drawing graphs as a form of data analysis, as is taught in school -...
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    Actually, not quite. Subject to the Berkeley reservation, the phenomenon of evolution is well-proven - what is less solid is whether it is the (sole) cause. It's just like Hubble's theory of the red shift. The trouble with peer review...
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    That is correct, but it always was complete hooey. The extreme forms of the aquatic ape theory completely ignored just how badly adapted we are for life in water, in ways that adaptations almost certainly would have left traces. Some...
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    You really do need to change your thinking about scientific theories, proof, evidence and so on. It is NOT the case that only one theory can fit a set of data, NOR that theories are either proved or disproved. What...
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    The 'aquatic ape theory' is a name for a variety of theories, which vary between the highly likely and quite ridiculous. Elaine Morgan long ago accepted that her original ideas were mistaken (thus showing a vastly more scientific attitude than...
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    No, that isn't relevant. For well-digging, you need a reasonable flow, and water flows in streams, even underground, in many geologies. The appropriate definition of 'working' for such a technique (or drawing graphs!) is that it gives a higher hit...
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    Here are a just the first two links I found, which will give you an idea. It was seriously controversial at the time, and I can't explain the physics in detail because that area is seriously tricky. https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-physics-of-swimming https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/1/140115-bottlenose-dolphins-swimming-paradox-ocean-animals-science/ I...
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    Yes, personal experience, AND that of some archaeologists and people who need to locate pipes, AND that there are some employed by well-diggers, on the grounds that they have a better success rate than the geologists. As I said, it's...
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    You REALLY haven't understood, have you? No, I don't expect you to believe in its reality - I don't. That's not my point, and never was - I am railing against the blinkeredness and tribalism of most physicists. I AM...
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    I knew someone whose boss once told him that some papers in a cupboard were voting slips for communist candidates (in the 1960s), which were kept separately. It might even be true - the UK government is not well-known for...
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    Something that I often hear is "How could you possibly have known that?" To which the answer is that I reasoned from the data, and did not fit the data into the assumptions. I was and am talking SOLELY about...
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    Yes. Unfortunately Thatcher and, MUCH worse, Bliar have hamstrung the BBC and (effectively) forbidden it to contradict the government's or its allies' bullshit directly or act against its or their policies. ITV isn't QUITE so constrained, but it's close....
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    Some, yes, but the sort of thing that I read when younger is very poorly represented there - mostly for good reason. I have a task on my list to put something a LOT more important and mainstream on there,...
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    Yes. The travelogues I remember were all exactly the sort of thing that is NOT referred to on the Web, because they had been all but forgotten before it started. Some such things have got there because historians and researchers...
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