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    Re: ' ... trouble in conversation some times getting words I know to come out of my mouth.' I think this happens to most folk. Mostly it's a PITA when making small talk. But, if you're seriously concerned, see a...
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    Re: ' ... the whole bountiful neurodiversity thing is maybe sort of useful for people within a few STD of the mean, ...' I think that that was the intent for promoting the diversity thing: too many people were being...
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    Re: 'I get that ALL THE EFFING TIME ... bugger'em says I, ...' Okay - so thanks to Morris dancing and fencing, you picked up some people-reading skills. That's half of a conversation. Why not learn the other half: how...
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    Re: '"no accommodation without publicising a formal diagnosis"' Yes - it can end up like this if the prevailing culture is that of shaming any 'difference'. In my mind, I tend to see this (communication style/ability) as another aspect of...
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    Re: ' ... it was the way you said it".' Yeah - that can happen with anyone for any number of reasons. Tone, speech speed, emphasis on different words in a sentence, body language, etc. - they all contribute meaning...
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    Re: ' ... because OBVIOUSLY I should see when something was hurtful to someone else and not do it,' This is what I'm trying to wrap my head around: I don't have ESP, how am I supposed to know? If...
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    Re: 'All we need is some consideration and common decency.' More public awareness/education would help. Years ago I supervised a youngish (25-30ish) new hire who could do the specific job he was hired to do, but ... . I couldn't...
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    Re: 'Yes you can tell what country your data is in, if you want to. Why wouldn’t you, aws is all region based anyway which maps to physical countries ?' Ahh ... So outfits like FB can tell you outright...
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    Re: ' ... excuses that let you...' Denial is easier esp. via the fractal maze of numbered co's whose ownership is impossible to track down. Too bad crypto-currency (accounting) is so energy-intensive, could have been useful in tracking down ownership/liability/taxes....
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    Re: '... up to factorial in the number of 'components'.' Basically: Guaranteed to fail. Hmmm ... haven't noticed many stories suggesting that maybe the computer industry should take a pause in pursuing greater complexity for some applications. (There's precedent in...
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    Re: 'But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations.' And maybe pharma to the extent that in the EU, regulators actually expect senior pharma execs to sit down with them and answer questions....
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    Re: 'Several of the commentators have *surely* been reading those documents.' Yeah, that's my guess, hence the questions....
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    Re: AI & incorrect IDing (wrongful arrest) Found the below article discussing some of the likely legal issues related to level of confidence in using a new tech in a court of law. Keep in mind that courts can be...
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    Re: 'Merely baffling bugs were too numerous to count.' Do the bugs scale ... up/down with anything including but not limited to data size, number of procedures/processes, processor ... quantum kittens?...
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    Interesting article. Folks here will probably be able to guess some of the weird screw-ups/flaws. Frankly, these examples make me wonder how and to what extent already in-use AIs are being fooled. The examples in the article skew toward visuals...
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    Re: '"what I told it to do", not always "what I *meant* for it to do"' Yeah - that's the catch! :) So which is the more typical reaction: (a) This incantation/potion has a bug in it. (b) There's something...
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    Re: 'Even more random delays waiting on something in the chain slowing things down for random periods of 5-60 seconds at random intervals.' Have been wondering how such random slow-downs (out-of-syncs) might affect programs including whether this could erroneously toss...
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    Re: ' ... their devices are inhabited by living spirits that must be mollified in order to deliver boons to humans.' Agreed ... it's the app demons that must be mollified! Give it another 20-30 years by which time AIs...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Re: Pressure & room temp super-conductivity True, they don't mention performance or device integrity at 1 atmosphere. Two million atmospheres' pressure to operate at room temp kinda limits applications. (Unless there's a cheap way of generating atmospheric pressure?) Anyways -...
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    Re: Room-temp superconductor & EM source Saw this in a Nature Dec 2018 issue: 'Russell Hemley, a materials chemist at George Washington University in Washington DC, first announced evidence of superconductivity at −13 °C in May, and then revealed hints...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Pols vs. polls I get the feeling mostly from media reports of public opinion polls that the electorate and their elected representatives are growing farther and farther apart wrt to what's most important in their relationship, i.e., career/making money, raising...
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    Re: Android Okay - I'm not a techie so don't get why the hate-on for Android. Looking at global market share though shows that Android has over 75% share, Apple 22% and the rest less than 0.5% share (max, each)....
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    Re: 'Canada is considering one in the current election ...' Saw some headlines about Greta Thunberg in Montreal --- 500,000 people marching to protest/demand changes in gov't policy re: environment. Was surprised by such a large turn-out and clicked on...
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    Re: 'So you agree with me that the emphasis is on building infrastructure, not taxes specifically?' Nope! - Taxes are the funding source. Emphasis on infrastructure - social, medical and not just physical (roads, bridges, airports - which is what...
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    Re: 'Nixon showed them that they could take control.' Not heard that before - can you give an example because all I know/remember about Nixon is his 'I am not a crook' quote/claim: he had nothing to do with Watergate,...
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    Re: 'Taxing the rich could support growth if the money is spent in ways that promote economic opportunity across classes. But where should the emphasis be?' Healthcare, education, working/reliable infrastructure (non-fossil fuel dependent), paid vacations, reasonable working hours/conditions, etc. Translation:...
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    Re: 'The Server With Incriminating Secrets, etc.' Wonder if Drumpf deliberately times his more lunatic war-mongering outbursts to certain buy/sell orders. A secret server would be handy for getting these orders through/under the radar. Back in 2016 there were a...
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    Re:'The impeachment inquiry looks like an obstruction of justice trap.' I'm looking forward to arguments that (re-)define: executive privilege, presidential veto, emoluments clause, etc. Am of the impression that there is an understanding that since POTUS' Oval Office Secretaries have...
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    Re: Jon Stewart/comedians -- best sources of Trump news Try the site below. Itemized morsels of socio-political-economic-moral ineptitude. FYI, they cite sources/reference media articles. Treasure trove for future historians. https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/ A similar site for Brexit would be useful - for...
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    re: Biggest Battery Breakthrough Since Breakfast Buzzword Bingo Game! What most interests me is how many times the scientific research community has explicitly shown that there are other ways of greening high tech manufacturing. It's up to these manufacturers -...
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