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The Graffiti Drone

Baby Duck For the Swarm! (126 comments)

I will be more impressed by a dozens of drones simultaneously spraying, crossing streams to make more colors.

about a week ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Baby Duck Backdoor to Woe-land (364 comments)

Until that ambulance, fire truck, or police cruiser comes by, spontaneously changing the light.

about two weeks ago

Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

Baby Duck Close Call (256 comments)

Whew! Live-viewing with a special analog, optical "periscope" is still permissible!

about a month and a half ago

Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

Baby Duck Except It Doesn't (56 comments)

This does not change how we think of the brain. We've know for decades from synesthesia that sensory cortices have no choice but to process any inputs they receive.

about a month and a half ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Baby Duck WTO will prevail, unfortunately (131 comments)

If the MPAA loses here, they'll just appeal to the WTO to override US law. If the US doesn't comply, the WTO will slap even bigger penalties at the US.

about 2 months ago

Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Baby Duck Feasible in more ways than one (374 comments)

Unfortunately, it's also highly feasible as a terrorist target. How are you going to patrol the entire span of the cable for kamikazes?

about 2 months ago

Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

Baby Duck Bad Assumption (139 comments)

"When you hear a friend's voice, you immediately picture her ..."

Nope. I do not. I might visualize an abstract, inky blob, but I most certainly do not picture the person.

about 2 months ago

It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

Baby Duck Young Minds with Lots of Knowledge (206 comments)

The counterargument would be to pit healthy 20-somethings against other healthy 20-somethings with vastly different amounts of accumulated knowledge. Does a young rabbi who can recite the whole Torah verbatim have less fluid intelligence than someone who never read a book? Do trained London cabbies with immense knowledge about routes (and who have objectively larger brain structures after they commit all this rote memorization) have less fluid intelligence than their age-peers? The "old people just know more" argument won't hold up if people the same age with verifiably different knowledge stores don't show differences in fluid tasks.

about 3 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Baby Duck Re:Sci-Fi to watch... (514 comments)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177/)

about 3 months ago

Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

Baby Duck Boo :-( (73 comments)

A star IN a star? Now I can't make fun of Sunshine anymore.

about 3 months ago

Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

Baby Duck tent.io (169 comments)

How does this compare to tent.io?

about 3 months ago

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

Baby Duck Re:So? (572 comments)

1. Korean War is the longest cease-fire in world history. It is still ongoing. Neither side won. Neither side lost.

2. The Iraq Wars, whether considered the same war or different wars, were handily won by the USA. I don't recall our leader being hung in the end. Theirs was.

3. Afghanistan was a loss? Now you're just trolling.

about 4 months ago

Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

Baby Duck Too Far (246 comments)

I'm 37 and robots still can't perform the simple things I wanted them to do when I was 4

A robotic arm that can attach to drywall and is light enough to not need drywall anchors or drill into a stud. It is mounted above and/or behind the door. With the push of a remote, it opens/closes the door. I shouldn't have to replace the whole damn door. The robotic arm should adapt to a traditional door.

Robot, find my keys. No, the keys do not have an RFID tag. I know you don't know where they are right now. Systematically search for them without trampling pets or trashing my shit.

Shave me. Don't poke new holes in my face. No, I didn't need to shave when I was 4. Was just thinking about the future.

Scan every girl in the club. Breakdown the odds each girl could get pregnant tonight. Weed out those menstruating. OK, yeah, I definitely did not think about that when I was in 4. The tricorder fantasies came later.

about 4 months ago

First Hard Evidence for the Process of Cat Domestication

Baby Duck Re:Not entirely mutually beneficial... (144 comments)

There hasn't been a single case of toxoplasmosis in humans where they couldn't rule out the vector was tainted pork. Granted, cats do help spread it from pig to pig.

about 4 months ago

How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

Baby Duck Changing, Not Destroying (507 comments)

The title is awful and misleading. It should read How Big Data Is Changing The US Healthcare System. The denial of coverage criticism is made moot by the Affordable Care Act and addressing it was a major impetus for the law being created in the first place.

about 6 months ago

First 'Habitable Zone' Galactic Bulge Exoplanet Found

Baby Duck EXO my ASSO! (48 comments)

Can we just call them $^@&ing planets and moons and not resort to EXOPLANETS and EXOMOONS?! Seriously? If we find a gas giant with large spherical rocks revolving around them, yet be within its atmosphere, we can call those f--kers ENDOMOONS. You didn't call the humongous bright thing an EXOSUN or EXOSTAR, so let's have some consistency here.

What next? "A long, long EXOTIME ago on an EXOPLANET far, far away"

about 6 months ago

What's Lost When a Meeting Goes Virtual

Baby Duck Wrong Title (96 comments)

Misleading Title. Should be: What's Lost When a Conference Goes Virtual. Nothing of value is lost during a meeting because meetings are near worthless!

about 6 months ago

Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

Baby Duck Fat Cat Nerds (157 comments)

Should say "real hardcore nerds who coincidentally also have access to tons of capital." Not many are so lucky. It doesn't strip them of hardcore nerd status.

about 6 months ago


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