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Ray Kurzweil's Slippery Futurism

BerntB Self driving cars are not that far off (308 comments)

Self driving cars on the Highway are on the way, if the pun is excused. There are quite a lot of experiments and development. There is an EU program, etc. Sure, to get them on the roads (and integrate their systems with highways etc) will certainly take at least another decade.

The point is, the subject is not a joke, as the article insinuated.

That said, I'd not trust Kurzweil's claims on e.g. economics or cancer research. I might give some credibility to experts in those areas.

more than 3 years ago

Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

BerntB Why would I work hard for social change? (305 comments)

"He concludes that social media promote social 'weak ties' which are not strong enough to motivate people to take big risks, such as imprisonment or attack, for social change."

Call me a cynic (-: cheap flattery works :-), but I can't imagine anything that would motivate me for that much of social change. Mostly because most other societal systems are more or less as good/bad (inside a factor of two) as the where I live.

And if I did get motivated to change society, I would support (or maybe even join!) a political party and try to get into the parliament. Since that is allowed where I live.

more than 3 years ago

Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon

BerntB Dictators always need external enemies (415 comments)

American climate weapons fits in a bit too well with:
Dictators must have external enemies. And people in non-democracies tend to believe in conspiracies -- after all, they live in one.

Let us hope this is a crank, or we should be sad (and scared!) about where Russia is going... :-(

I assume it is the Russian oil's fault. Countries with too much of their export income from natural resources never become democracies, if they weren't one already. (See "Resource curse".)

more than 4 years ago

Kaminsky Offers Injection Antidote

BerntB Reference? (244 comments)

Linky linky?

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

BerntB Re:Do you know this expression? (791 comments)

He, you beat me ... with a decade. :-)

But that type of naivité which I mentioned is typical here. I'm not certain which place is worst, the difference might just be in style; a result from size differences and the Swedish' tendency to be group oriented.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

BerntB Do you know this expression? (791 comments)

You are probably right, because it would need a conspiracy to hide research results. But... remember the tobacco companies' bought research.

A while ago, I learned a new expression which I've never seen in my native Swedish media -- which do say something about at least Sweden's political trustworthiness:

Regulatory capture.

more than 4 years ago

It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

BerntB Re:Just got a Nook (684 comments)

Can the Nook handle password-protected PDFs? (Some publishers sells ebooks like that.)

more than 4 years ago

Lines of computer code written in my life:

BerntB Re:Not so much productivity as longevity (395 comments)

If you've written a million lines in 20 years, that means 50K lines/year. Which (with vacation, Xmas, Easter) means about 5K lines a month. Divide that by 22 for number of work days and we get about three pages of code a day. (220+ lines).

I write more than three pages of code/day -- but you beat my daily average for any year in my life (meetings, refactoring, tests, configuring/sysadm stuff, handholding newbies, etc). :-(

more than 4 years ago

New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance

BerntB Because I need to browse... (199 comments)

I don't understand these complaints about the response times for the screens on e-readers.

I want to browse, at least when not reading literature. Also, I want a full A4 with note taking for browsing code (my own and others).

more than 4 years ago

E-book readers ...

BerntB Wait and see if PixelQi delivers, then (503 comments)

Well, the e-ink ones aren't cheap. I'm a consultant these days and earn enough not to be that price sensitive, but I hold out anyway.

I wait to see if the PixelQi screens delivers in a quarter or so, mostly for faster screen update times. (Then I get a full page of code with Emacs at the beach! Just have to move to someplace with better weather, so I can go to the beach.)

about 5 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

BerntB Thanks for the laugh! (926 comments)

Quite a funny combination:

I'm the biggest Linux fanboi you'll ever meet [...] most of the time, if I just need to jump online, I boot to Windows.

The IE standard support can't be beaten, I guess... Pity you don't have support for Firefox or anything on the OS you're a "fanboi" for. :-)

Not a single on of their "sins" is immoral or unjust.

Thanks for the deep insight into monopoly economics and behaviour, like actively destroying standard compliance as a business practice.

about 5 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

BerntB Re:These people are delusional. (926 comments)

I thought I was quite obviously ironic to what I commented on. Sorry for the confusion.

about 5 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

BerntB Re:These people are delusional. (926 comments)

I understand your irritation -- FSF present Microsoft's standard behavior as if it were news. Wasted my time checking it out, too.

about 5 years ago

Alternative Orion Missions Proposed

BerntB Re:Pick a new name assholes (137 comments)

Not this one. The Russians make a point about being pissy about any details that shows them to not be the Soviet Union, anymore... :-)

(Excuses in advance if I mangled the slang idiom.)

All non-democratic states needs to get external enemies, so it is generally a good idea not to give them excuses. (Unless the local democratic leader also needs a conflict, sigh.)

more than 5 years ago

Alternative Orion Missions Proposed

BerntB I was thinking the exact same thing :-( (137 comments)

I was going to post the exact same thing. :-(

It would be hard to use for launches today, because it'd fry some satellites, but check this out, if you haven't seen it.

more than 5 years ago

What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?

BerntB Graphics are really, really important for an hour (506 comments)

Graphics are really important for an hour or two, then you turn them down to get maximum speed in the real goal -- killing your friends and unknown kids on the intertubes... ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Siemens, Nokia Helped Provide Iran's Censoring Tech

BerntB Re:Surprise surprise (280 comments)

One un-elected guy has godly powers. He can do anything he likes.

Totally wrong!

It wasn't him, but another group of priests that decided which 4 (out 450++) presidential candidates that could run for election. (Four times better than old, undemocratic Soviet!)

Besides, since all the cowardly real opposition left the country (to avoid being among the thousands shot), there probably wasn't anyone among those 450++ claiming Iran wasn't as close to Heaven-on-Earh as possible.

Anyway, the Grand Parent is obviously right, Iran is a good democracy that is just getting a bad reputation! I mean, after BBC was part of the British conspiracy against the great Iranian state and started riots in the streets with terrorists, they didn't even have the reporters shot -- just told them to get out of the country.

I think the above isn't even a parody on the official line... well, there should probably be something about Jewish/sionist conspiracy somewhere. :-)

more than 5 years ago



BerntB BerntB writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BerntB (584621) writes "There should be a feature to remove submitted stories.

I noted the same day I posted a story that you had chosen another (better written) submission, so I would have removed my story if I could. It is still pending.

Today there was a dupe published of the same story, by the way. :-)

By the way, don't publish this. It is submitted so you see it together with my previous submission and cancel it!"


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