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At issue as well: what happens with new evidence in a criminal case? States have also been reluctant to consider DNA evidence exonerating convicted suspects.

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July 14, 2013 at 12:32 am

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The only differ…

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The only difference between science and screwing around is writing down the results in your notebook.

by Alexander Jason, as quoted by Adam Savage. Source:

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May 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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They did what?

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Apparently the Pentagon used a boardgame to help plan Desert Storm:

With all the billions spent on computerized wargames since 1945, Americas most efficient military operation in this century was initially planned using a manual wargame (Gulf Strike) that could be bought by anyone in most hobby stores for under fifty dollars.

Via: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htcbtsp/articles/20130505.aspx

I have not been able to find independent verification that they actually used this board game in planning Desert Storm, but falling back on a working, usable method instead of an non-working “perfect” solution would be very typical of what I hear about what happens in wartime vs. peacetime in the military.

Update: There is another article, also at StrategyPage.com, with many more details about board games/simulation games being used to plan real military operations.

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May 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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Twitter-style

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Alternative theory: once the worst has happened, it doesn’t scare you so much. Personal experience. Caution, not fear, is better response, what practical people do http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/03/this-might-be-why-people-dont-move-away-from-tornado-zones/

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April 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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Games are not mean to reflect reality

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Games tell stories, they are not meant to reproduce reality (true, but not only true, of violence in games, but also realism in general in games).

 

At bottom, holodeck thinking implies that mimesis is the highest ambition of videogames. But games exist as more than reflections of reality: game places are not only representations of imaginary locations, but are themselves actual places, with all the characteristics of space as we know it; game systems are not only representations of life systems, but independent formal arrangements with their own terrors and joys.

From: http://brindlebrothers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/fuck-holodeck_28.html

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March 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

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A vision of the future, some small notes

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Some characteristics of seamless computing:

  • Audio through implants and/or hearing aid-like devices, which also pass through outside sound perfectly so they never need to be taken out
  • Visuals through retina projection or built into a contact lens, or even transmitted directly into the optic nerve through an implant
  • Sensors that can detect commands from movements of the body

We already have the beginnings of these technologies (bluetooth hearing aids already exist, and retinal projection and contact lens screens are in early development). The only remaining key technology is to develop some way to transmit commands silently – tracking eye movements, head, head or body movements, or an interface of some sort (keyboard, etc). Virtual interfaces will be infinitely customizable and will make physical ones unnecessary, though they will still be used in many well-defined applications (keypads, controls, etc). We need neural sensors and/or subvocalization of some sort to have silent interaction, and some sort of AI to help understand the commands.

The endgame is a computing ecosystem where we can do practically everything we can do with computers by thought (practically; a sufficiently advanced non-direct interface should be nearly like thought), like turning on the lights, changing the frequency on the radio in our car, or viewing an email.

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December 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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Lies, lies and damn history

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We remember the time of knights as if it’s some great thing, and forget the cruelties of the age. Perhaps it’s better this way, sometimes at least; but what would people write of us now? What great things would they write, and what lies would we  see them tell that, that we would recognize from our own rosy view of the past? The same lies that people back then would recognize in our view of them? Lies perhaps that are necessary, if a lie is to say that which is not rather then what is, to tell stories which represent the best of humanity and the world, and what we can imagine. Lies are crimes against reality just as challenging the established order is a crime against power. Reality can be changed, if not in the real world, in our minds and the stories we tell.

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December 5, 2012 at 12:08 am

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