* Posts by ~mico

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AI boffins turn to StarCraft to train future neural networks

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Alert

Train an Overmind AI...

...what can possibly go wrong?

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Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

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Black Helicopters

it's 2004 all over again?

> can be exploited by simply opening an image file

MS16-106 looks surprisingly like the good old MS04-028 to me. A very convenient backdoor, at least till it lasts (and I bet the fix will reintroduce it in some other place). C'mon, Microsoft, admit it - ... wait, what's that light outside?

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Cassini probe teases with intimate Enceladus snaps

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Black Helicopters

if they detect unstable organics there...

... they won't tell us

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Prior art

I will just leave this here:

http://www.st-minutiae.com/graphics/photos/100407_PADD.jpg

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Boffins: We know what KILLED the DINOS – and it wasn't just an asteroid

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Alien

Re: Fools

Oh man, that was one hell of a safari!

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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

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Alien

Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

>can it produce a CPU?

You'll probably need a mini-fab for chippery, a couple of 3d-printers and programmable routers for parts, a chem lab to produce the raw materials, and a few assembly robots humans to put those parts together. The equipment in question should be ready-made on earth from parts only made by the first generation of this machinery, to avoid a sad case of "wait, we didn't plan on being able to make that gear wheel!".

Of the above, the only problematic part is the mini-fab, with high-purity compounds it requires, therefore chips, as an exception, and being small, can be shipped from earth as a supply. They're also quite cheap.

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Boffin

Re: Like having a Carrier Group without a nation state to support it

>nanoassemblers

While nice for large-scale conquest of the universe, they're an overkill for solar system base, or even first bases elsewhere. A more conventional replicator will do: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clanking_replicator

>portable fusion

Totally unnecessary on the moon (where solar power is highly available). Could help on Europa and other water/light element worlds, but much less on Mars, which doesn't have too much water. On the pretty dry Moon those are almost useless (though I realize the colonists will have hydrogen as a by-product of oxygen generation, at least before they establish a closed carbon cycle).

>genetic design

Useful for terraforming, but i predict it'll take some time till humans readily undergo genetic manipulation themselves. Theoretically, one can design a space-capable body, complete with solar cells, closed oxygen/carbon/nitrogen cycles, vents to absorb interstellar gases and even jet engines or solar sails... In a few million years that's what we can become, if that's the path we choose.

>human-level AI

at this point, why colonize? Just send pieces of "computronium" anywhere, they don't care where they land, the AIs there (and uploaded humans) will exist in simulated realities having no dependence on actual physical surroundings. That's the alternate path, but it too is way in the future.

No, I believe we could create a self-sustainable base using modern-day technology alone. Some of the necessary machinery already exists, some will need to be developed, but those are engineering, not technology problems. And cost, yes, the cost.

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Boffin

Re: Downvote bait.

Better arguments? I've got them.

>what can a human do that machines cannot do (and very much better).

1. Control the machines. It takes several minutes (10 - 30) to send a signal there from Earth, which is too late for most sorts of even minor emergency, and our robots are only good at turtle slug speeds of 1 meter per hour and with all 6 wheels firmly on the ground. Which brings us to...

2. Scale the terrain. There's probably no other mechanism on Earth, hand-made or biological, that can climb from hundreds of meters below water to the summit of Everest, with very little equipment. Machines won't be there for decades.

3. Improvise. When tackling the Unknown, a machine can be designed for many contingencies, but a small stone lodged here, or a wire torn there, or a drop of oil clogging that - and it's disabled. A human on site can fix in minutes or hours, what ground crew at NASA will take 5 years (and a new mission) to handle.

In short, with currently available technology, a permanent base on Mars can perhaps be developed, if humans are on site, but probably not otherwise. Sure, we can land some ready-made habitats there, but nothing more permanent or safe. It would be tin cans all over again.

P.S. perhaps with an advent of 3d-printing, a proper concrete base could be created on Mars by machines... but it's still more fiction than science at this point.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Mushroom

Re: Theft is still theft?

Theft is still theft. Ad companies steal our internet bandwidth, electricity (yeah, those CPU cycles, they cost money), our brain bandwidth (when they flash, dance and sing) and our time (when they obscure the view). Or did they think only their time and bandwidth cost money?

I hereby judge them to perpetual adblock, no payroll.

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Farewell to Borland C++: Embarcadero releases Delphi and C++ Builder 10

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Re: We miss Borland..

It started back in Delphi 4 days. In fact, Kylix was Borland's answer to the budding project, in an attempt to preempt it. However, when the developers saw Kylix's going nowhere, Lazarus was revived. A very useful little gem, if you ask me, even though the IDE could use more polish.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

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Holmes

Re: It's not a software problem

Ah, if the ad brokers move to some tropical island or Siberian forest, then the websites that decided to use their services are liable. And if they too move there - at last, geo-IP blocking will become useful again.

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Mushroom

It's not a software problem

Nor is it a security issue. It's a liability issue. Ad company has hosted and served a tainted ad due to botched vetting process or lack of one? Pay up! A site or a hosting platform has contracted a discreditable ad company? Pay up! Believe it or not, a single class action suit against an ad broker will end this issue much faster than best new antiviruses and securest browsers.

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First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

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Boffin

Re: Trekkies understand the Laws of thermodynamics and mass conservation.

Babylon 5 was relatively huge compared to a galaxy-class starship, and, lacking holodecks, and being a civilian installation, had to provide recreational space as well. This explains the gardens. Also having lots of energy to spare (no warp engine to feed) helps.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Black Helicopters

With this amount of shaped charges...

...and an adversary knocking at the door, one wonders if charge application point was chosen correctly. Perhaps better put them on that door?

It's so windy in here sudde

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WHY did NASA probe go suddenly SILENT - JUST as it was about to send pics of remote ice-world?

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Coat

So, a mysterious failure...

...right after sending some mysterious photos of mysterious round objects on Pluto.

( http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27824-bestever-images-of-pluto-reveal-baffling-pepperoni-slices.html )

Not suspicious at all, really, i'll just take my coat with neurolizer in the inside pocket.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Angel

Demo impact level:

GODLIKE!

This must have been the security company's best demonstration ever.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Facepalm

Tablets are not suitable for work...

If the only tablet you've ever tried to work on, is iPad.

What, do you honestly believe all other tablets are poor man's copies of the awesome apple-flavored fondleslab? Some fanboi.

At least don't generalize. Some tablets out there, while not being close to a laptop in terms of productivity, are actually an usable alternative. hint: Android.

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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Re: The suspense is killing me!

It was an avocado adequate for an advocate!

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Teradata's Aster shows how the flowers of fraud bloom

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Boffin

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Our brains are hardwired to seek patterns and try to predict trends and developments. When they succeed, especially if the task was difficult, we feel pleasure of the accomplishment. That's why we like music with complex, hard to predict, but nonetheless predictable rhythm. Same goes for images.

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Embarcadero’s cross-platform XE8 RAD Studio targets iOS 8, IoT

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Gimp

Re: How much!!?

Both Delphi and Lazarus were, and still are, good for server-side development. True, most great libraries were 3rd-party (indy internet controls, were they called?), but the language/compiler supported 3rd-party memory management, full threading support and full OS API access, so, writing heavy-load servers in them was possible.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Boffin

Re: Reverse the Polarity

IF you make the beam rotate while it circles and IF the calculations on general relativity are correct, it might produce a reactionless gravity-like thrust along its major axis, due to unbalanced frame dragging in rotating spinning torus. This impulse drive is the closest you can get to star trek technology. If it works.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitoelectromagnetism#Higher-order_effects

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Holmes

@gnasher729 Re: Instant Karma

Obviously, I am using (and will continue using) "rounded corners" as an euphemism for all attempts to patent something painfully obvious, and then use it to prevent healthy competition. It is, indeed, a way of "cutting corners" in business, litigating instead of out-competing by creating a better product.

For the record, Samsung phones never looked anything like iPhones: square buttons, clearly visible Samsung logo, and, above all, usability and utility.

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Trollface

Instant Karma

Payback time, lol. For all the corners Apple rounded.

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ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

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>In fairness to the judge

The letter of the law is the Constitution. Sticking to some other arguments or secret laws instead of Fourth Amendment is his decision, not obligation. Or is there some secret amendment to the Constitution by now?

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Pint

Re: Those in glass houses, Sir Jony...

kudos for mentioning LG, I was actually considering it to become my first smartphone, but got Samsung blackjack instead. But of course, first touchscreen smartphones were by Microsoft/Compaq and Palm/Sony.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Facepalm

virus-proof

Traditionally, *nix servers were susceptible to worms, and Windows PCs - to viruses. The main difference is the former are "alive", and search and attack vulnerable systems autonomously, while the latter are "dead" and require user interaction in order to spread. This latest malware doesn't change the tradition: it's a worm.

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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

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Holmes

Non-obviousness

A patent must provide a solution, that is

1. working (solving a specific problem)

2. innovative (this problem hasn't been solved this way before)

3. non-obvious (not immediately applied by any specialist encountering this problem)

Clearly, we've got multiple failures in the third point here, that causes most of the patent wars and grievances over the past years. It doesn't mean the system is totally broken, it means it's not supervised properly. Hint: hire better experts to work at patent offices. Reject obvious/overbroad patents.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Cheaters!

Using this should get them banned from this server... wait... oh shi~

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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Boffin

Re: @James 47

The wiki article specifically states that non-US made chips can be free from this restriction and be marketed as such. And this shield is made in Russia, with components probably sourced in China.

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Mushroom

Re: I've just read the patent's abstract

Yeah, me too. Looks like "smartlinking" to me. Have seen it in some text editors highlighting e-mails since at least '98. Have seen it in most IDEs since about the same time, it's called "syntax highlighting/completion". Can I now patent a wheel please?

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

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Boffin

Cracked

It may be just me, but that crack (not the mazda one - the one going across the bottom left corner of the picture) looks awfully straight to me. They should just dust one of the corners to find the martian concrete company logo.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Pirate

Next on offer: free movies for the blind!

Also expect 50% discounts for one-eyed pirates and up to 20% for short-sighted, color-blind and 10% for those suffering from photosensitivity.

Cheating and pirate viewing will be prevented by DRM chips in glasses and obligatory curtains in viewing room. Contact lenses will be considered DMCA-infringing and their production and sale will be prohibited. Same goes for binoculars.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

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Facepalm

Re: There's one thing I do not understand.

Obviously, the endpoint ISP should prioritize the service that his clients use, that's why they pay for the internet access, after all. Oh the ISP doesn't have the capacity? So when it offered its users 100 mb/s, it lied? And now seeks compensations for that? How refreshing.

I am aware of data caps, they are part of the package for the service provider, both server-side (e.g. my 5$/mo included 100mb/s bandwidth, but 1tb monthly cap (which will obviously be exhausted after just several minutes of maximal load), and client-side (my mobile service has 1gb cap)). If I pay for more, I fully expect it will be available effectively, not on paper. Neither end-users nor service providers should accept overallocation, especially not codification of this fraudulent practice under laws and regulations. If it means more granular tariffs, that include QoS - so be it, but a service provider shouldn't be expected to get into separate agreements with all the planet's endpoint ISPs.

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WTF?

There's one thing I do not understand.

Every service provider (be it me with my VPS for $5/mo or CNN with its clusters or even Google with its private cables and data centers that span continents) have to pay for bandwidth. Smaller services buy it per Tb and per mbit/s, larger services... too.

What's changed?

Will this new set of rules require service providers to pay twice (to their ISP and to their endpoint user's ISP)? Theoretically, it should be up to my ISP to make sure the bandwidth I pay for is accessible to my clients, not up to me. And clients pay to their ISPs to have access to the Internet, not to their "favorite servers". The proper solution to net neutrality should be a mechanism for ISPs to re-distribute their incomes so that used bandwidths sum up, not new ingenious ways to extract money and make the already uneven playground totally inaccessible.

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Holmes

IrDA

Speed: 2.4 kbit/s to 1 Gbit/s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared_Data_Association

What did he invent again?

Can I please file a patent on wheel? Please?

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IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

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Coat

Re: Paris?

I'll take Hilton. The hotel, of course. Yes, this is my coat.

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Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

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Firewall

Don't use internet without it. And I don't mean software/firmware firewall, I mean a standalone box. Good luck sending those packets to bios.

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Reg snaps moment when Facebook turned air Blu: 1PB box for unloved pics

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Joke

If used primarily for offline storage, however...

Then, FaceOff.

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Joke

A more appropriate name...

Given it's developed for Facebook, and is used for backup, I would call it FaceLift.

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

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Re: Shivers...

It might yet live to see its makers land, pick it up and put in a Mars History Museum...

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ALIEN WORLD Beta Pictoris snapped by Earth's Gemini 'scope

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@GrahamT

Oh no, the scientists are quite positive there is no advanced/intelligent life in Solar system. including Earth

I believe, that a technical civilization of our or better level can indeed be detected from light-years distance. Unless, of course, their data compression techniques have made all emissions look like white noise, in which case the scientists will discover another "hot gas giant", "micropulsar" or some other weird astronomical creature.

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Amazon floats 'Prime Air' drone delivery plan

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Holmes

ECM then.

Given that Amazon drone is autonomous, and chaser drone is likely RF-controlled, a nice burst of radio jamming on proximity would do the trick.

Of course, it can be avoided by smarter drone tech. There's one small problem though: you can do far more illegal stuff if you own a well-equipped drone, no need to chase Amazon drones carrying worthless iPhones.

redacted the rest of the post: I won't give you drone crooks any ideas :3

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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Trollface

Re: Update

The spacecraft is Trolling them.

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A steam punk VDU ?

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Good one

I was thinking along the same lines, too.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Coffee/keyboard

Thank you, sir!

Now i need a new keyboard.

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Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

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Mushroom

I wonder...

Do they have legal basis for their Cease&Desist letter? Is it illegal to merely express an idea nowadays? I think their USB driver needs rebooting...

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Fearless slayer of lawsuit-lovin' patent trolls steps forward from shadows

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Coat

lobbying spending

Is this how they call "bribery" now?

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Deploying Turing to see if we have free will

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Re: Free from what, exactly?

@AlexV, the answer is both simple and complex.

Simple answer: Free from strict causality.

Complex answer: Not having free will simplifies lots of currently intractable physics paradoxes. Grandfather paradox of time travel? No problem, this was set to happen since Big Bang, and is not more paradoxical than that bang itself. Quantum entanglement? No problem, the tests carried on entangled particles were entangled as well, since the experimenters were pre-determined to carry out those exact measurements they did.

Having free will means we're (potentially) free from limitations imposed by our own laws and theorems we discovered: halting problem, Godel's incompleteness theorem, etc. Having it means also, that brain can never be replaced/simulated by a Turing machine, because it is a hypercomputer.

Also, there's an ethical distinction. Not having free will, a murderer will still stand trial and punishment (because his judges and executioners have no free will in the matter as well), but he shouldn't be considered any more guilty than the knife or gun he used.

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Headmaster

Re: He/his, she/her, they/their

I use "one's" in such cases. But that's only because English is not my native language.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

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Facepalm

Is it just me or...

... writing on curved surface would be awkward, and this is a Note series product?

I'd say, someone forgot to run it through usability study.

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