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  1. For example, we have learned via the Ogle Mole Network that ImageNet Consulting – an Oklahoma City-based “Information Technology Solutions” firm that sells high-dollar copiers, scanners, and IT services to companies all across the country – wanted their remaining employees to forfeit a portion of their April paycheck that is equal to the amount they will receive from their government-issued Coronavirus stimulus payment.


  2. 19 minutes ago, billvon said:

    Some FOX insiders are starting to worry that FOX could be sued by people who lose family members to coronavirus because they believed the FOX claims that it's a liberal hoax, and that all the precautions were just a hysterical overreaction.

    That would be a shame.

    This is the same Fox whose owner called off his birthday party out of concern about COVID-19 while the Fox talking heads were calling it a hoax, right?



  3. 5 hours ago, jakee said:

    Why do you want to constrain other people's customs and traditions? What have you got against America being the land of the free?


    I think you've mixed up the definitions of 'patriot' and 'fascist'.

    For most of my life I thought "patriot" meant someone who loved their country and wanted to defend it.  But over the last 4 years I've learned there are people who actually think it means someone who wants to abolish democracy and its freedoms, replace it with a fascist autocracy/theocracy, and banish anyone who is the wrong color, or religion, or has the audacity to believe data and facts override faith and dogma.

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  4. 9 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

    Yup, not all roadways. Just major ones. And that gets into why I believe that fully autonomous vehicles are both far into the future and will be limited in scope. They will work best and most efficiently when on a support grid. The economics will favour the use of "driverless" vehicles on fixed routes long before full AVs are practical.

    The Cadillac "Super Cruise" uses LIDAR to assist GPS in pinpointing immediate location, and works only on major highways that have been previously mapped by LIDAR. I think that is more economical approach than trying to make the highways smart.


  5. In conclusion, while both tobacco and cannabis smoke have similar properties chemically, their pharmacological activities differ greatly. Components of cannabis smoke minimize some carcinogenic pathways whereas tobacco smoke enhances some. Both types of smoke contain carcinogens and particulate matter that promotes inflammatory immune responses that may enhance the carcinogenic effects of the smoke. However, cannabis typically down-regulates immunologically-generated free radical production by promoting a Th2 immune cytokine profile. Furthermore, THC inhibits the enzyme necessary to activate some of the carcinogens found in smoke. In contrast, tobacco smoke increases the likelihood of carcinogenesis by overcoming normal cellular checkpoint protective mechanisms through the activity of respiratory epithelial cell nicotine receptors. Cannabinoids receptors have not been reported in respiratory epithelial cells (in skin they prevent cancer), and hence the DNA damage checkpoint mechanism should remain intact after prolonged cannabis exposure. Furthermore, nicotine promotes tumor angiogenesis whereas cannabis inhibits it. It is possible that as the cannabis-consuming population ages, the long-term consequences of smoking cannabis may become more similar to what is observed with tobacco. However, current knowledge does not suggest that cannabis smoke will have a carcinogenic potential comparable to that resulting from exposure to tobacco smoke.

    Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277837/

  6. 5 minutes ago, gowlerk said:

    That looks like the "million dollar highway" in Colorado. US 550. Not a place to test your fancy cruise control. I drove it once south bound to Durango. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started down it in a semi. The south bound side is the cliff side. Best drive ever.

    I think we have a winner. Same photo here: 


    And here: 


  7. 11 minutes ago, mbohu said:

    I think it may have been the original 2016 one that is referenced in link a) (but not the one the article is about)

    Hell, I didn't realize that two different Tesla's have crashed into a tractor-trailer broadside. I only recalled the 2016 incident. This article has a couple image captures from the cars camera a moment prior to impact in the 2019 crash:


  8. 22 minutes ago, mbohu said:

    In fact, wasn't the widely fatal accident with a Tesla caused by exactly that? The system misinterpreted what exactly it was seeing and had determined that it wasn't the type of thing that needed to be avoided?

    Which accident are you talking about?

    a) https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/02/i-was-just-shaking-new-documents-reveal-details-of-fatal-tesla-crash/

    b) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43604440

    c) https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48308852

  9. 2 minutes ago, mbohu said:

    Yes, you could program the car with the instruction "don't hit the person". But then, if that is simply not an option (a person to the left, 2 to the right, 10 in front, 3 passengers in the car--all too close to brake in time) then--if you left it at that--your algorithm is now in an error condition. Will it do nothing? Brake as hard as it can even though that doesn't help? be stuck in an infinite loop as it calculates each option and gets a "no" each time because of the instruction "don't hit a person"?)

    Like I said, the programmer can choose to not program an option for this error condition, but that is a choice as well. As for "income potential", etc. Sure: That is not a good metric, nor may be "pregnant woman", "old man", etc. but "car passenger" (=paying customer) versus "other people" may well be one where there will be pressure to consider it. (as in the example of current SUVs built like tanks to protect the paying customer over the "other less relevant people"--sure we can pretend that this is not the reason we build them like this and advertise their safety potential to the paying customer...but that doesn't make it true.) There may be other metrics, once the sensors and software are smart enough to potentially consider them. Just imagine the pressure from "mothers-against-babies-killed-in-accidents.org"

    You keep talking about "programming algorithms". Have you actually studied how neural network AI works? It is all matrix mathematics and calculus, as opposed to humans writing code.

  10. 1 minute ago, nigel99 said:

    In case you’re in doubt those special characters are formatting control codes to display on a website, they are NOT hidden messages from Q


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  11. 1 minute ago, Phil1111 said:

    "It was less than 24 hours ago that Trump was phoning in to Fox News to tell Sean Hannity that New York didn’t need the 30,000 ventilators they requested."..

    I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Mr. Trump said, discussing an urgent request from Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. “You know, you’re going to major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, can we order 30,000 ventilators?”

    That is such bullshit. I spent 7 years working at a little 160-bed hospital in IN, and I could not tell you how many ventilators they had. So how would a visitor know? But I can guarantee they had more than two, because I saw more than that operational in ICU on numerous occasions.