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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Andrio I don't get it (809 comments)

I must *really* not be a car guy, but I just don't understand the appeal of engine noise. I hear an ICS engine roaring and all I can think is "That ancient technology is really struggling with its task."

about a week ago

SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Andrio Re:Curiously familiar (248 comments)

Elon did an AMA on reddit last week. Someone asked what software SpaceX uses for their rocket simulations, and Elon responded: "Kerbal!"

about two weeks ago

Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Andrio Re:I don't get it (170 comments)

You are right on most things, however this put up a red flag for me:

"Then I'd spend the rest on awesome stuff."

Keep this in mind: Poor people spend their money on consumables. Middle income people spend their money on liabilities they think are assets. Rich people spend their money on assets that make them money.

Most "Awesome things", like cars, boats, electronics, etc, lose value pretty fast (Sorry if I'm putting words in your mouth, those were the first things that came to mind when I read "awesome stuff"). Eventually, you'll lose all your money. If I won 200 Million, I'd probably spend a tiny portion of it on buying nice houses for myself and my family, and use the rest to buy things like boring stock in boring companies. Boring, but secure companies that have been around for a hundred years and have offered dividends for decades.

about a month ago

Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Andrio Re:I'm betting on 60%+ of what we ask it to do (574 comments)

What your describing is more akin to a "virtual intelligence." Basically, a computer that's smart enough to have human reasoning. It would be like the star trek computer. You could tell it something like "Find me 100 different pictures of cats" and it would be able to do it as easily as a human could. (Ordinarily, getting a computer to perform such a task would be excruciatingly difficult and prone to false positives)

A true AI would be more akin to Data from Star Trek. It would have all the capabilities of a VI (virtual intelligence), but also have the self awareness, sentience, and desire for self-preservation that a human would.

about 2 months ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Andrio That's one big bill! (216 comments)

"A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 33 HD films — in a single second."

At Verizon's cost of 15 dollars per 1 GB (when you go over your data plan), 5G could then theoretically cost you 1500 dollars per second.

about 2 months ago

Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Andrio Re:Oh good (164 comments)

Yeah, I have childhood memories of watching the Discovery/Learning channel, and seeing so many documentaries and things about technology, science, and just plain learning.

That went away a long, long time ago.

  Discovery = Reality shows targeting men
  TLC = Reality shows targeting women

about 3 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Andrio Re:lol - WRONG!!! (631 comments)

I'm pretty sure that CurrentC will not use NFC. I think it'll do something like generate a QR code that gets scanned or photographed, or something like that.

Sadly, with backers like Walmart, they'll be able to offer sign-up incentives, like 10% off or whatever. They'll probably push it very hard.

about 3 months ago

Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Andrio Re:nearby, the cable co announced gigabit cheap (88 comments)

This is kind of what happened with webmail when Gmail came out. I remember at the time, in 2004, Hotmail was 2MB of storage and Yahoo was 3MB of storage. As soon as Gmail came out with its 1GB of storage, you saw the others suddenly start offering a lot more storage.

about 3 months ago

Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Andrio Re:Typical Rosetta (62 comments)

Even our most advanced space robots aren't immune to taking selfies.

about 3 months ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Andrio Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (549 comments)

Unless, of course, we one day create a computer so powerful it can figure out how to reverse entropy.

about 4 months ago

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Andrio Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

Of course they realize it. They realized it years ago, when they got rid of unlimited data.

about 5 months ago

Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

Andrio Re:Circular LCDs (87 comments)

Android Wear supports both round and rectangular screens. The reason for this is fashion, and fashion will always beat out pure function.

about 5 months ago

CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Andrio Re:Nationalize em. (110 comments)

We could carve them up like mabell, but that would just slow them down for 20 or so years while all the baby Comcasts recombine.

Just like the T1000 from Terminator 2.

about 5 months ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Andrio Re:Easiest Definition of Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Netflix should use their film-producing resources to make a pro-Net Neutrality documentary, and display it the main banner of their homepage (like they do with their original content).

about 5 months ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Andrio Re:This is the future Republicans want for all of (155 comments)

This mentality will destroy the country. Stop turning things into Republicans vs Democrats. Truth is they both serve the same corporate masters.

Under Obama, for example, a former Monsanto Exec became the head of the FDA. A former telecom lobbyist became the chairman of the FCC. I mean, what the fuck, right?

Basically, whether you vote Republican or Democrat, this kind of thing will go on. The two party system is just useful for distracting people, and getting them to vote in such a way where nothing will actually change.

about 5 months ago

New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Should be "OK"

I ran a 2GB netbook with Windows 7, and it was okay. Certainly felt the lack of memory, but it was usable. Windows 8 is supposed to have a smaller footprint than Windows 7, so maybe it'll fair a bit better.

about 5 months ago

New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

Except that you can forget about using any and all dark colors. Windows 8 doesn't change the window text to a light color (or, as Windows 7 does, have a white frost effect behind the text). The end result is that if you use a dark window color, you won't be able to comfortably read the window title.

I still can't understand how they let this happen, or how they haven't fixed it yet.

about 5 months ago

T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Andrio It's a marketing thing (147 comments)

Most people with "unlimited" data will probably use anywhere between 3-10GB.

But there are people, on the same unlimited plan, that will use 100 or 200 or more GB a month. Now, since they bought "unlimited" data, this is fine. They're getting what they paid for. Some might argue that they are abusing the service, but that doesn't matter: they bought unlimited data, so they're using it.

The result is that people who might use less than 10GB of data a month by streaming lots of music and youtube video, are put into the same service tier as people who might basically run torrents on their phone, or even use it as their home broadband, racking up hundreds of GBs of data a month.

I think part of the problem is that right now the data tiers are silly. Plans basically offer triers that look like this:

There's this huge spike.

People who will stream slightly mare than average, and people who intend to use their data for massive broadband demands will have no choice but to go with the unlimited plan. How about some more reasonable tiers? Something like

I lost track of what my point was supposed to be so I'm going to stop typing now.

about 6 months ago



Argentine Court Rules Orangutans are "Non-Human Persons"

Andrio Andrio writes  |  about a month ago

Andrio (2580551) writes "In an unprecedented decision, an Argentine court has ruled that the Sumatran orangutan 'Sandra', who has spent 20 years at the zoo in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom.

The ruling, signed by the judges unanimously, would see Sandra freed from captivity and transferred to a nature sanctuary in Brazil after a court recognized the primate as a "non-human person" which has some basic human rights. The Buenos Aires zoo has 10 working days to seek an appeal."

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