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Forum: Diavlog comments 02-10-2008, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,028
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Science Saturday: Special Valentine's Edition

I don't put myself in that category. I spent 30 years working to make new things exist, and working to teach people both above me and below me new ways of working and thinking that would ensure...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-09-2008, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,028
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Science Saturday: Special Valentine's Edition

I guess I don't understand the value of blogging at all. I don't know any CS bloggers, and doubt I would read them if I discovered them. CS and AI are my field, but I think the odds of somebody else...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 02-08-2008, 05:30 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 18,695
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Roll over stuff on the main page

I've been programming for 35 years, and for about 10 in the middle there, working on medical devices, military weapons, CIA listening devices and army battlefield communications, people's lives...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 02-08-2008, 08:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,977
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Here is why you shouldn't be a libertarian

I don't see that at all. Arguments about marginal utility and psychological drivers for economic behavior are simply ridiculous if they do not drive policy; Neither I nor libertarians are content...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 02-08-2008, 12:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,977
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Here is why you shouldn't be a libertarian

I don't advocate that, either.



It depends on what you mean by "feminism", but I am cautiously on your side. Some feminists seem to think they should vote for Hillary because she is female and...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 02-06-2008, 06:31 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 18,695
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Roll over stuff on the main page

I still hate the redesign. Including roll-over crap, but primarily the comments section now totally sucks. I read less, and comment less, because now I have to do a ton of work to maintain my place...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-05-2008, 08:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,112
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: One way manned space missions?

Perhaps counter-intuitively for some, it would have to be, simply because it would have to be so huge. Very little can protect against cosmic rays, it takes like dozens of yards of rock or water to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2008, 10:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,112
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: One way manned space missions?

Well, presumably technology will be advanced enough to create a large vehicle like that; so you can have a city full of people going someplace together with all the comforts and escapes of both a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2008, 06:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,112
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: One way manned space missions?

Yes, but living with the four and five sigma types, I can testify that they get bored and restless when nothing seems to be working either. Given the current rate of technological advance, within a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2008, 04:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,112
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: One way manned space missions?

Turning inward seems most likely to me by far. As technology increases, even if people do not become immortal, the opportunity to engage in virtual worlds absent any constraints by the laws of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-04-2008, 08:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,112
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: One way manned space missions?

Visit is persuasive, but we can communicate at the speed of light. If there is intelligent alien life, the chances of it being at the same technological sophistication point as us is vanishingly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-01-2008, 07:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,232
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Race, Gender and the asterisk *

I never thought the day would come when I would agree with PISC. Bill Clinton is a liar, quite probably a rapist, a cheat and an egomaniac. And speaking of welfare reform, his "reform" quite probably...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-01-2008, 04:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,232
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Race, Gender and the asterisk *

I hope Obama wins. Not only is Hillary divisive in the general election, so is Bill. There are a lot of republicans that still think he is the lowest scum on earth for the Lewinsky scandal.

If...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-30-2008, 12:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,859
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: HUP = Headache Upload Process

It is accepted as a fundamental property of quantum mechanics, but there is still dispute about it. In particular, the 2001 Afshar Experiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afshar_experiment) is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-29-2008, 11:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,859
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: HUP = Headache Upload Process

That is pretty much the point of HUP!

I believe the real point is that in the equations, the uncertainty in the position of the particle are related to the inverse of the uncertainty in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-29-2008, 08:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,859
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Science Saturday: Eternal Return

From The Future of Geothermal Energy (http://geothermal.inel.gov/publications/future_of_geothermal_energy.pdf), done by MIT under the sponsorship of the US Department of Energy in 2005:



That...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-29-2008, 08:13 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: George Wallace Inaugural, 1963

I guess anybody that ever feels persecuted for any reason compares their opponents to Nazis, and when that becomes cartoonish, to fascists. When that becomes cartoonish it will be terrorists. That is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-28-2008, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,859
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Science Saturday: Eternal Return

Not necessarily; you are forgettting (as almost everybody does) the possibility of geothermal energy. Throughout the USA, if we drill down 2-4 miles, we have sufficient heat to generate clean...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 04:06 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Liberal Fascism Edition

As usual, accusing your enemy of your own shortcomings and claiming their virtues as your own. This book is for people with an exceptionally narrow information horizon that think all liberalism is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Reply to David_PA and Wonderment:

Well we know he has Internet access, but the question remains; why would anybody from the real world talk to him? I still don't get it. And I'm not sure institutions should permit their charges to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 08:33 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Who wrote Jonah's book?

Fair enough. I concede. I once listened to Stephen King give a rather lengthy interview on the craft of writing, and there and in his book on writing he always uses first person singular. "I had this...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 08:21 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Who wrote Jonah's book?

Thanks, Wonderment.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-23-2008, 08:18 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Reply to David_PA and Wonderment:

How would you know? Seriously, are you now in communication with somebody from the real world?
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-22-2008, 12:03 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Who wrote Jonah's book?

I don't care for the completely impersonal style, but as somebody that reads a lot of academic papers, I think I do prefer the plural instead of the singular. I know that psychologically it shouldn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-22-2008, 10:49 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 89,416
Posted By Wolfgangus
Re: Who wrote Jonah's book?

In academics it is common practice in papers and books to use the royal "we", even if there is only one author. Jonah Goldberg is an idiot, but perhaps he picked up this affectation from some...
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