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  • A reply on Talk: Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

    Mar 12 2012: And yet the conclusions of this data is gravely inconsistent with that of the Vostok core samples.
  • A comment on Talk: Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

    Mar 12 2012: I disagree with a whole laundry list of assertions the speaker is trying to slip by as undebatable common knowledge. Seriously, I'm tired of people saying something is true simply because they can assert the notion of some concensus -- it's faulty reasoning, bad science, and an insult to people who would prefer to think for themselves.
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    A comment on Talk: Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

    Mar 12 2012: BEST. TALK. EVAR.

    I will be writing articles based on things from this presentation for a long time to come.
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    A comment on Talk: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Dec 8 2011: Why all the rediculous nonsense about exploitation? What if treadmills at a fitness center helped power the lights? What if filling out a survey results in better products that people actually want?

    There is no exploitation, only benefit from activities that provide value to the user and society. Do we really loose slepp at night thinking some action of ours might put a dollar in someone else's pocket? And they say Capitalists are the selfish ones ... geesh!
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    A reply on Talk: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Dec 8 2011: There are many other technical methods that do not require any user hoops, some working better than CAPTCHA. One example is a hidden field that a computer would not know NOT to fill out, while the user would not see it displayed.
  • A reply on Talk: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Dec 8 2011: No, for many reasons. First, you will notice that the CAPTCHA words are crossed out and waved. Secondly, it's not words but image variants of words that are being displayed -- it has nothing to do with a cracking programn having a full vocabulary.
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    A reply on Talk: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Dec 8 2011: So what if all those jobs are gone? Did the world end when the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage, or the elevator operators union disbanded?
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    A reply on Talk: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Dec 8 2011: Sorry, but that's a lot of "ifs" that I say will be proven "nots".

    (1) "unqualified crowds" created the most accurate and complete source of information in human history.

    (2) People can and will learn a language, so they are receiving a non-monetary exchange which the free market will determine to be fair

    (3) We all take responsibility for imperfections in all aspects of our lives, from professionals or otherwise, and it has been shown that mass collaboration does not even require individual accountability to work.

    Welcome to the open source world. Please leave your old assumptions about human nature at the door.
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    A comment on Conversation: Convert all church parking lots into community gardens (and later all churches into community gardens + food education centres + seed vault)

    Dec 1 2011: To answer your question:The local mosques were having open houses, and I respectfully asked to stay for services later that day. Ther was no hesitation, and it was made clear anyone was welcome to come and pray with them -- Muslim or not -- any day they have services. When people started flowing in, I recognized different people in the community, local clerks and business people, etc., and they were more welcoming than many churches I've been to, even my own, LOL.

    The interesting thing is that although Mulsims in general -- contrary to the wave of nonsesence out there these days -- have absolutely no problem with "People of the Book" (Jews and Christians), and don't think of them as "infidels". All the angst out there is about Zionism and Western influence poltiically, not religiously. The real beef is between Sunni and Shia, at each other's throats in most parts of the world. However, in America, no one cares whether a mosque is run by Sunni or Shia and everyone goes wherver they want, praying side by side.

    To be honest, though, some Christian Churches (Evangelical in particular) do NOT welcome outsiders except as potential converts. Some are more open than others, and share community projects, etc.. But the "National Day of Prayer" for example, would probably not in any given city invite an imam, and even the rabbi (locally) was a Messianic Jew, not from either of the two large local synagogues.

    My point was that today, especially in America, you may hear particular stories of hate crimes or whatever, but in general most of us just want to get along and are willing to do more than tolerate our neighbors, but become friends.
  • A comment on Conversation: Convert all church parking lots into community gardens (and later all churches into community gardens + food education centres + seed vault)

    Dec 1 2011: Bear, that does make sense, but not everyone would choose food over the intangibles. In the old days there were people who would rather go without a meal and buy a newspaper or book to read. It also reminds me of the Russian scientists during the revolution who gave up their own water rations and almost died trying to protect a seed bank of endangered regional grains for future generations.

    Sadly though, most people rather be fed, and it is the cause of so many totalitarian regimes rising to power. A Vietnam vet and professor I knew said in the end, they didn't care about Communism or capitalism -- the only thing that mattered was "Rice-ism"....
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