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Randy Reed

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  1. haha, dammit. Nah, we'll probably just have hot dogs and beers at the game, I don't think they have that.
  2. Okay, got 6 tickets for the first home Reds playoff game, which obviously leaves 4 available. As it stands right now it would be here on Friday, Oct 8th, We'll know more in the week to come. They were $65 a piece and are on the right field line 4 rows from the field so they should be great seats. I'll give ya'll some time to decide and try to work out a road trip. Any questions on lodging or who gets to snuggle with me can done by PM's.
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthne...n-thoughts.htmlBrain scans 'could be used to snoop on thoughts'The use of brain scanners must be regulated in order to prevent them being used to invade privacy and threaten civil liberties, a legal expert has warned.By Rebecca Smith, Medical EditorPublished: 7:25AM BST 07 Jun 2010Researchers have concerns that brain scans - already used in some death row trials in the US - could be used by British police to determine whether a suspect is lying, or has planned a crime they have yet to commit.Dr Burkhard Schafer, of the University of Edinburgh, will say that if left unregulated, scanners could threaten people's privacy. They could, for instance, be used by employers to test the honesty of an individual's CV or by commercial companies to analyse the subconscious preferences of their consumers.Experts from around the world will gather at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Glasgow today (Monday) to debate the issue. Delegates, including neuroscientists, policymakers and judges, will discuss whether cutting-edge brain imaging could be exploited to read people's thoughts and preferences.Researchers also warn that scans could reveal undiagnosed brain conditions in some individuals, causing unnecessary anxiety to them and their families, and that repeated scanning might even carry health risks.Brain scanners - already an effective tool in diagnosing disease - are now so advanced they can be used to determine people's likes, dislikes, anxieties or fears.When viewed through a scanner, different areas of the brain 'light up' when they function. This can be interpreted to read an individual's thoughts and determine whether, for example, a person likes or dislikes an image they are being shown.At present there are no guidelines on how brain scanning information should be used or what protections should be in place to ensure the rights of vulnerable people.The two-day event is part of a programme hosted and funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies. The programme organisers are the Scottish Imaging Network (SINAPSE), the Scottish Futures Forum, the Institute for Advanced Studies, Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh.It will include a public lecture by leading expert in law and biomedical ethics, Professor Hank Greely of Stanford University, on Monday.Burkhard Schafer, of the SCRIPT Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology at the University of Edinburgh, said "After data mining and online profiling, brain imaging could well become the next frontier in the privacy wars. The promise to read a person's mind is beguiling, and some applications will be greatly beneficial. But a combination of exaggerated claims by commercial providers, inadequate legal regulation and the persuasive power of images bring very real dangers for us as citizens."The task ahead is not just to ensure that the use of brain imaging in courts or by other decision makers is scientifically sound and reliable. We also need to ensure that the law protects what is the innermost core of our privacy, our thoughts, deepest wishes and desires, from unwarranted intrusion."Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Professor of Applied Neuroimaging at the University of Edinburgh, said: "Brain imaging has emerged at astounding speed in the last decade and it is an extremely powerful method of finding out about how the brain works. But currently, once outside the medical or scientific arena, the use of imaging is completely unregulated."Is it right that someone should be convicted of a serious crime, or let off, on the basis of evidence coming from brain imaging? We don't think the technology is ready for that yet, but we need an open and frank discussion to decide where we go next."The public are also invited to take part in a survey about the ethics of brain imaging - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/neuroimagingsurvey.
  4. Pretty awesome you get the vacation time before the job starts, because then, well, you know, life and well, you'll get old and end up putting lots of commas in sentances.
  5. Sorry, I hacked Loogie's account and it didn't turn out funny.
  6. So awesome. This will never get old.
  7. Awesome, you should be FCP CFO
  8. So, is anyone going to defend the pope? Anyone? No one has a problem if we shackle him and send him off to prison?SB- I was so glad you did a quick search and came up with the BG quotes so I didn't have to. I am interested to see if he'll answer or avoid this because you bring very good points. The only thing is most Christians be it, Protestant, Catholic, Babtist or whatever doesn't really have a clue as to what or where the history of their religon is, let alone what the actual beliefs are.I mean we know arresting the pope isn't going to happen and the throngs of idiots will go on believing in the voodoo but let's pretend it did and people left the church in droves and ending Christianity as we know it. Is that a good thing for society. Is it worth keeping around for the uneducated and morally bankrupt that need a fantasy to give their life meaning and guidance?
  9. Uh no. that's got to be shittier than an amish funeral procession. I'm sure i've done more acid than than everyone here combined and thusly approve of this study and am not surprised of the positive results. Yes, yes it does!
  10. I am having a hard time with this book. I usually read before bed and sometimes before work if I have a little time, that's like 2 pages with this book. I often just find myself not messing with it. I probably need to carve out a few hours to do some damage to it. I'm around 110 pages and still don't have a friggin' clue what the hells going on. It's also very tedious writing and I often find myself re-reading lines and text to see if I missed something or if there was anything that might be remotely important about it. The footnotes suck as well. They often are obvious, explaining a medical symptom or something. Others are 6 pages. BTW, there is a massive footnote that's a dozen pages or so, #304 that has been noted already under #304sub. Should I read that whole thing now or wait? Please to god I hope this picks up because I have a stack of books calling my name.
  11. Hey, their side teed it up, he just swung.
  12. whoa, come again? I thought Christians lifes weren't relevent since they have to foresake this life and pray there is another one? An athiest is much more likely to appreciate the human experience for what it is. The moments and time here are alot more special since there is no promise of an afterlife. Well, unless they don't agree with your Christian view. Then you can spite and murder them. Religon divides and separates people just like borders and incites them to ignorant behaviour much like Westboro Babtist loonies.
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