Sorry about that little flake-out there. I do that, from time to time, when work gets really busy. When I hit the low end of the cycle, I sometimes just get up in time for work, then get home just in time to get to bed, particularly when I end up working weekends.
I'll try to stay a little more on top of things. I think my energy levels are back up a bit, and I don't have to work the next few weekends.
Sorry about the delay there. I've been having a crazy week, and I'm just crawling back out of my hole. I think I fired off one or two quick responses to things on here, from my phone, but that's about it. The phone is just completely insufficient for these responses.
I have difficulties with the concept of the police using electronic mind-influencing devices, not because of implausibility but because of necessity. We've had a rough field research going on with the psychology of interrogation since at least the middle ages, probably much earlier than that.
Torturers from centuries ago (millennia ago?) knew how to make someone confess to something. Modern interrogators use the same techniques, in milder forms. Many of them might even convince themselves that they're getting the truth with those techniques.
I wouldn't be surprised if the technology exists, although I doubt it's as reliable as we might want/fear. I just don't see the need for it. I can't imagine that it would be worth the cost, when the old methods have been developed to such a degree.
Yeah, I do I.T. work. I'm in desktop-support, right now. Basically, it's the tier after the primary help desk people. Those are the ones who reset passwords and do basic user account maintenance.
Sometimes, they'll also handle basic support, which can be done by remoting into someone's machine. Sometimes there's a separate tier of people who handle the real troubleshooting and remote support, depending upon the company.
When it's a more complicated problem that can't be handled right away by the help desk, or if it's something that needs to be physically looked at, the help-desk people will transfer the ticket off to desktop support. Those are the people who actually walk over to the machine and start fiddling with things until they get it working properly.
It can involve anything from hardware configuration/replacement, messing around with the cabling and switching in the networking closets, software installation and configuration ...
Basically, it's kind of a catchall, end-of-the-line situation, where we have to deal with everything that the lower tiers couldn't figure out. There are different teams with different specialties, but we all pitch in together to get the problems sorted.
I know what you mean about the thinking processes of most religious sorts, when they talk about religion. I've read a LOT of Christian apologetics books. They never seem to be written in such a way as to prove anything. They just ... they rely on tricks and simplistic rhetorical devices to try to shut down any rational argument that the other person might try to bring.
That's why you get all sorts of catchphrases, like "If humans came from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" "Second Law of Thermodynamics disproves evolution!" Shit like that.
Pretty much everything that evangelical types use is just intended to shut the other person down, long enough to preach at them and somehow reach the God-shaped hole in their heart. It's pretty freaking obnoxious.
Yeah, I've read the Bible straight through, myself, although it's been several years.
I've heard excuses from Christians about the inconsistency, to the effect that it was written by many different people, so you're going to get stylistic differences, since God only inspired them, rather than dictated word-for-word.
Ummm, no, that's not the issue. We don't rag the Bible for stylistic issues. We rip it apart for utterly changing what God wants from us, from one book to the next. The issues are with the content, not the style.
I remember a thing here in Durham. We had a major problem with a guy named Nifong, I think it was. I think he was also a DA. This was several years later, though, I think in the 90's. I don't remember for sure.
I thought that was who you meant, at first, when you said the name Ninjo.
At least all of the brain-to-brain interface stuff you're talking about is only through some major technology. You'd have to put the stuff in your head, in the first place. I can see how it would be possible, but there have to be major hurdles for actual mind-reading, given the different ways that different people's brains work.
As long as we have control over the stuff, the technology could be useful. It's just a matter of keeping legal controls in place. I just don't think that the American public is up to the task of voting in their own self-interest and voting for people who won't abuse that sort of technology.
Oh, and now I just scanned up the page to your last few comments. I see you did mean Nifong. Heh. It turns out I was able to read through your typos. There's evidence for the brain-to-brain contact. ^.^
Which phone do you have? The newer ones that have come out in the last few years have had major improvements in their interfaces. I have a Galaxy S4, myself. The S3, S4, S5, and the Notes made a huge leap forward in the interfaces. I still hate using them for composing anything of any length, but it's a massive improvement over the phone I had before I got my S4.
Previously, I had an HTC Evo 4G, which was pretty grossly under-powered. It was part of the last generation of phones to have a single-core processor. When you have one phone with a 1.0 GHz single-core, and the next phone to come out has a 1.2 GHz dual-core ... if you're on the wrong side of that massive capacity-jump, it sucks to be you.
Since then, it's stabilized a little. Even the difference between an S3 and an S5 isn't huge. They all have quad-core processors, just stepping up a little with each version, from 1.4 GHz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.5 GHz, in the S3, S4, and S5, respectively. They're all very overpowered for basic phone functionality and web browsing.
Plus, if you go with a Galaxy Note, the screens are freaking HUGE. That has to help. It might be a little too big for a woman to use properly, though, unless you're really tall for a woman and have long fingers.
I haven't seen anything sketchy from anyone on here. No one has said anything to me about you. I think you're sufficiently, stealthed with the alias, that they're not following you on here, whoever that is.
Sorry, I only had the time to fire off one quick comment to that one thing, before running off to work, yesterday. Last night was then pretty busy, and I only got home well after midnight. My schedule is pretty erratic, from day to day, most weeks.
I got all of those messages when you sent them. I just hate dealing with web-forms like this, on my phone. I've had too many incidents of hitting something wrong and wiping 15 or 20 minutes of slow, painful typing. E-mail is a bit more manageable, since e-mail apps are good about saving drafts.
The mental disorders seem to be associated with creativity at least, yeah. Most artists lean heavily on either major psychological issues or narcotics. I guess I can be thankful that I won't have to abuse drugs, thanks to the mental issues.
Apparently, I've picked up the genetic markers for both Bipolar Disorder and OCD. Looking at my paternal grandfather, we have a classic, extreme case of OCD demonstrated there. Looking up my mother's side of the tree, the extreme Bipolar Disorder is obviously manifested there.
I seem to have acquired the genetic markers for both issues, judging from what my shrinks determined, during my teens. I haven't done any professional therapy, nor have I been on medication, since my teens. I stopped that stuff when I was legally able to refuse treatment, since I have a fairly mild manifestation of both disorders. I can deal with the negatives on my own, and I hate the way that the medications nullify the positives more thoroughly than the negatives.
I don't want my brain balanced. Balanced is slow and dull.
I think Justice Roberts's motivations are somewhat complex. On all economic and corporate issues, he falls heavily on the conservative end of things ... but on social issues, he seems to see where things are going and wants to be seen as being on the right side of history. Lots of pundits I've heard think that he would side in favor of gay marriage, when it finally gets all the way to the Supreme Court.
I guess I can appreciate that he isn't a complete ideologue, even if I disagree with the vast majority of what he stands for.
Scalia, though ... yeah. He seems more of a propagandist than anything else. I still can't imagine how someone like him passed Congressional muster. I know things were a bit messed up, in the 80's, but jeeze.
Chief Justice Scalia ...
Christ, I think I need to go lie down for a bit, until the shaking stops.
I was raised in the Chicago area, so yeah, I've been in very frigid climates. I know what it's like. The key there is being in a large city, in that sort of climate. Chicago, New York, Boston, Toronto, and the like are much better suited for dealing with the weather. Being in a small town, without sufficient weather-coping equipment, would be a completely different scenario. I don't think I would like that nearly as much.
For that matter, though, I think I would like the southwest much better than the southeast. It's the insane humidity around here that really gets to me. I think I could much better cope with 90 - 100 degree weather, if it wasn't coupled with 70+% humidity.
Oh jeeze, yeah. From what I've seen of Scalia ... yeah, sneering ... distain. Those are accurate words for the way he presents himself. He's a real piece of crap.
Some others ... Roberts, for example, seems to at least be a decent person who just doesn't think through what is actually best for society and is trying to run things based upon some crazy ideal that doesn't match reality. I don't get that vibe from Scalia, though. I think he just enjoys being an authoritarian asshole who dictates to the masses how things should be.
Thanks. I try to keep on top of things, not specializing too much, to the point that I ignore important areas that factor into the picture ... which isn't a very coherent image, now that I read back over that. I mean something like ...
Okay, take our picture of universal history. Our picture in totality is assembled from biology, paleontology, geology, cosmology ... just ... everything is a little piece of the whole puzzle. I think most things are like that, and if you exclude certain important details from related areas of knowledge, you'll miss a great deal.
It has to be valuable in a commentary sort of role, which is what I would like to get involved with, if I can get my crap together and get my YouTube channel up and running. I'm just having some serious inertia problems. Being bipolar doesn't help, sometimes.
I want to get the hell out of the I.T. field and do something meaningful with my life.
Ohhhhhhhh, I didn't know that about Finland. I knew that some of the Scandinavian countries have almost adopted English as a second language, but I can never keep them straight. I've never actually been to any of them, so I don't have an on-the-ground opinion.
Hell, same thing with Germany, right? I've heard from some people that there's a problem with German children starting to treat English more as their first language, instead of German, and some people are worried about losing their cultural identity, because of stuff like that.
That's kind of funny, with our climactic situations. You prefer the tropical, island climate, and you're in Massachusetts. I prefer the cold, and I'm stuck in the southeast.
Given absolute mobility, say if I could get to a point of living off of my YouTube channel, I'd definitely like to move much further north.
Scalia puzzles me. It's not like he could hold any political office, if he resigned from the Supreme Court. I can't imagine that he wants to resign, anyway. I've seen several interviews he has done, though, and he speaks like a politician.
Is he just trying to secure a legacy as the most bat-shit extremist on the Supreme Court in recent memory? Certainly he has to realize that 80+% of the American public disagrees with him about most of those things, right? The public isn't going to pay any attention to him, except for the most extreme fundie 10% ... and most of those think he's going to hell for being a Catholic.
Does he really want to take us back to the days when people could be arrested for having sex outside of marriage?
I'm showing one at 8:00 PM, one at 8:31, and one at 8:44, as I look at your page. Do you see all of those? Those are all of the ones that I sent since your last response.
You might have to request the desktop version of the site. AN's mobile version is a bit crappy. Of course, when you already have a bad cell connection, requesting the high-bandwidth version certainly isn't going to help.
Also, all of the times seem to be in Central time. I might have to check my account settings.
Heh, and I was just reading up on Lawrence v Texas, since I mentioned it:
Scalia wrote that if the court was not prepared to validate laws based on moral choices as it had done in Bowers, state laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity would not prove sustainable.
Ummmmmmmm ... and? That's a good thing. I think bestiality is out on other grounds, due to animal cruelty and the inability of the animal to consent.
The only other thing on the list that I have any issue with is adult-incest, and that's mostly on genetic grounds ... endangering offspring and such. The idea completely squicks me out, but I'm not sure that makes for legal grounds to outlaw it.
Besides that ... good, let's tear all of those laws down.
And did he seriously say that we should have enforceable laws against fornication? In the 21st Century? Seriously?