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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
Current location: US
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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How are things in UK these days ? Getting better slowly or worse ?

Sincere question, as always. Thanks.

Steve

at the risk of sounding all 1945 corny.....

why not be kind, when you can ? Yea, sometimes I'm in a bad mood or sick, etc, and being kind is just too much, I can barely be civil. There's no such thing as too much kindness. IMHO.

Norway, top score in 2013 on The Economist's Democracy Index

http://www.eiu.com/Handlers/WhitepaperHandler.ashx?fi=Democracy_Index_2013_WEB-2.pdf&mode=wp&campaignid=Democracy0814

(you have to register to see that link)

here is a png of it:



Our much vaunted democracy ranks 19th, below Mauritius.

Any comments on this ?

Steve

Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/stephen_hawking_says_ai_will_supersede_humans/

Professor Stephen Hawking has given his new voice box a workout by once again predicting that artificial intelligence will spell humanity's doom.

In a chat with the BBC, Hawking said “the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful, but the I think the development of true artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Hawking argues that “once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate.”

“Humans limited by slow biological evolution cannot compete and will be superseded.”

Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/google_moves_beyond_text_puzzles_with_no_captcha_recaptcha/

Google has developed a new CAPTCHA-like system to allow people, and not automated software, into websites with only a single click.

The "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" offers a tick box for humans to check rather than distorted text to decipher. It's designed so that automated spam software is still fooled by it and gets stuck on the page, whereas humans can tick a box and continue through.

CAPTCHAs1 in all their various forms have been a feature of the web for years. The technology is designed to protect websites from spam and abuse by attempting to weeds out genuine visitors from robots and abusive scripts.

Users have typically been obliged to confirm they aren't robots by reading distorted text and typing it into a box.

video at link

I feel very bad for Eric Garner, his family, his friends, NYC and the AA community....

I admit, I don't know enough about that case, but it seems to be a 100% travesty of justice!

This must stop, now. Forever. No more cops killing black men.

eta: And of course, JUSTICE FOR ERIC GARNER AND MIKE BROWN!


Steve

Best non-American film of all time, in your opinion ?

Non-American = Was entirely or almost entirely made in another country besides the USA, and the director is not American-born nor a resident.

I have no nominations. I flunk at this part of film school.

-44 F, lovely brisk fall morning for Shepherd Bay, Nunavut, CA

http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:00000.1.71911

One of the very best disco songs of all time (imho).....

All-time low for Pago Pago, American Samoa: 59 F

14 degrees south latitude, amazes me it got that cold there.

Elevation 30 ft (9 m), so that's not the reason.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pago_Pago#Climate
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