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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

GoodNewsJimDotCom I've come up with lots of good ideas (148 comments)

I've come up with many ideas on my own that others have made millions or billions on. The execution is the hard part. There's a quote from someone who eludes me that says,"If you're on the right track, but you're standing still, you'll be run over." The comforting thought you get when this happen is that you come up with good ideas.

My theory for coming up with good ideas is simple. Look at new technologies, and try and apply them to the world. Look at a lot of the first electrical devices, they're just an application of applying spinning motion to a tool creatively. The Internet when it first started getting released to the public, a lot of people figured there would be graphical games, instant messaging, and online stores, but when it first came out, it didn't have those yet. You always look at a new technology and figure how it will change the world.

The Internet still has lots of applications to still be made that people haven't thought of. I think someone's eventually going to make a Real Estate application where anyone can list their place, and have a search for places, and they do the transaction on their own, with some way to confirm the transaction and only charge 200$ for the whole ordeal. So undercutting realtors could be a huge thing. No one has made an application that caught on as the defacto ap for listing your house as a flea market because if so, people could link to their smart phone when they're within X miles of one. There are probably new social media sites that haven't been made. One site I've been thinking of, but can't come up with how to do it right is for PC video gamers to register on to keep in touch with long lost teammates.

So the most common way to invent a new thing is think how new technologies can make life easier, but sometimes prayer works too. I have always been fascinated with AI since the 80s with the movie TRON and stuff. Everyone thought AI would be a computer algorithm go out of control maybe on networks to learn and use the memory. Other people thought AI would be when science invented a pseudo brain. Neither of these are viable ways to start an R&D project because you have no way to gauge progress towards success and failure is almost assured. So I asked God how to make AI. Instantly I thought of a computer that holds a world state in memory that it gathers in through cameras and sensors. Then it can identify the objects in the world, and interacting with them via goals is almost trivial once you have the data in mind since that's how sandbox video games work. I have an AI site here which shows the building of AI is doable for anyone who would be willing to fund a team Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if we had AI in 15-30 years if someone started now. I just thought it was cool that I came up with this AI algorithm instantly after praying for it.

3 days ago

Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

GoodNewsJimDotCom My suggestion for Apple (251 comments)

Standardize your joystick API so us devs can make joystick games on ipad/iPhone. Joystick games on Android tablets is just taking off now, and might be a small portion of the market, but the people who do it like it. Anyone can see a touch screen is no way to play a reflex action game, the controls just aren't there.

about a week ago

Favorite clickbait hook?

GoodNewsJimDotCom New science study uncovers something incredible. (238 comments)

I always find myself rushing to read the comments as to why the claims aren't possible, the experiments were done wrong, why it isn't incredible, or of course if the new science sounds legit.

about a week ago

Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

GoodNewsJimDotCom Its all PR (218 comments)

Realistically we should be making a new Nuclear Power utility every 20-40 years just to keep up to date with our technologies. More realistically: People are guaranteed to have health problems with coal furnaces, but only a chance that people get hurt by nuclear.

about a week ago

Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:That's okay.... (986 comments)

I'm not bald and old is relative but "Good News, everyone!"

about two weeks ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Flash (547 comments)

Except for the fact that it is the best language to develop for mobile.

Its a very easy language to write in compared to C/C++, and it ports to Android/iOS/Web/Desktop(Linux/Mac/Windows).

The people in the know are writing cell phone/tablet aps in Adobe AIR now

Its actually quicker, more efficient, and you get more done in it than if you tried to code natively in Android or iOS.

Flash developers really have an unfair advantage to developing aps :) But you guys just keep saying its dying.

about two weeks ago

The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:George Jetson's (151 comments)

That design at least has one believable thing going for it,"It needs to be light weight."

about two weeks ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

You sound like you're just taunting the next Dr. Evil. "Oh, sure you're a seismologist, but you couldn't actually cause earthquakes to bring cities to their knees. You just don't have it in you." That's the type of talk that encourages super villians. We should be encouraging people to be super heroes. Sure you don't get hired for a real job, but thats okay, just keep working for humanity. That's the type of talk we should be doing.

about two weeks ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

GoodNewsJimDotCom Standard STEM problem (283 comments)

Lots of STEM talent, not enough STEM jobs.

about two weeks ago

Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Number of Letters (57 comments)

They probably sent Twitter a bunch of letters, but Twitter objected at the 141rst one.

about three weeks ago

Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

GoodNewsJimDotCom LOL Belkin, color me surprised (191 comments)

I've bought like 3 products from Belkin, everyone of them had catastrophic failure. To me, Belkin is synonymous with failure.

My favorite brand is Logitech. Their stuff is cheap, high quality and lasts.

about three weeks ago

MIT Study Outlines a 'Perfect' Solar Cell

GoodNewsJimDotCom Re:Optimal rather than perfect (110 comments)

Well at first it was better than perfect. He was actually getting 150% energy from the sun converted into electricity. He was actually creating energy, but he looked at the ramifications of having too much energy on Earth and figured heating the atmosphere wouldn't fly with environmentalists. And the people who read his scientific paper wouldn't take him serious if was claiming that his device created energy. So he cut back some features and now its only perfect so it pleases everyone.

about three weeks ago

FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

GoodNewsJimDotCom Blackouts are from the idiots guide to marketting. (135 comments)

Okay, our team is unpopular, how we going to fix this?

I know boss, lets prevent people from watching the games.

But won't that mean we'll have less fans in the long run?

No, we figure our team is just going to lose and we don't want anyone to see it .

Genius! Black out the game!

about three weeks ago

Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

GoodNewsJimDotCom Econ 101 (488 comments)

If energy is cheaper from another source, your energy company is going to have competition and not rake in crazy profits.

Things will absolutely go crazy the moment some company makes a cheap hybrid plugin electric car. Up until now you can get like 100,000 free miles of gasoline for what you'll save by not buying one. Once there is an economical reason to get one, everyone will want one. They'll use grid electricity at first, but then realize the benefit of having solar panels at their homes, and people will be buying solar arrays. This boom will all be triggered when one of these hybrid plugin cars or maybe even Tesla makes a chap electric car.

Think about the craziness of how even stores being unable to do their promotional deals. All the poor people with more time than money will simply drive from store to store and shop instead of telling themselves,"There's no point in shopping around because I'll lose more in gas money than I'll save."

about three weeks ago

New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

GoodNewsJimDotCom I caught mastery of programming after 22 years. (192 comments)

I'm not exactly sure how many hours it took or when it clicked, but after programming video games for 22 years, I finally can code anything I want very rapidly. While I can't grant you all the insight into how I do software architecture, I found one really cool method. If you design your memory structure(data structures) first, all your methods should write themselves. When I started coding games, it was the hardest thing I ever did mentally, way harder than even physics when they do rocket science. But now the only mental challenge I have when coding is thinking,"Is anyone even going to want to play this when I'm done? Is it worth putting time in if I get nothing back?"

It's been discussed before that the ap stores are like lotteries where you input time, and then hope to win money. It is very discouraging, but when I think about it, I can't do anything quite as well as code, so isn't time where I'm not coding wasting my skill? So this code warrior rides on.

about a month ago

Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

GoodNewsJimDotCom I like Turbine, and I expected a new MMORPG (50 comments)

MOBAs are easier to make yes, but to attract a player base, you need to be special, have flair, and a little luck. I think Turbine should have just made a new MMORPG as they're skilled at to play it safe. Can you really make a MOBA attractive when there's only like a dozen or two DC characters to select from, and you still have to unlock a majority of them? To me, it seems like Turbine is attacking the MOBA scene like it knows what it is doing, but they probably don't. I'd like to be kindly surprised as I'm a Turbine fan, but their mainstay is good quality MMORPGS

With Blizzard doubling down on WOW and cancelling their MMORPG, there's no MMORPGS on the horizon that I know about that could be any good. I wish Turbine would make Asheron's Call 3 and not even consider it being a WOW killer. Just go through the motions, make a successful and big MMORPG with modern graphics, and you're going to get a player base as Turbine.

I bet Turbine would be a great place to work at, but none of their projects seem interesting right now. If they have deep pockets, they should be making more games than just a single game.

about a month ago

How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

GoodNewsJimDotCom It all comes down to bias. (795 comments)

Science done in a vacuum means they have no point to prove going into the study. Corporately sponsored science means you need to find something positive for your sponsors product or they're not going to keep funding you. It doesn't matter how minor it is positive, as long as something positive, you're fine. I once saw Lucky Charms marketed as a health food because of the oat pieces. Oats are good for your heart, so by extension they said Lucky Charms is a health food. Its like saying,"Nuclear waste is good for your face because it gives it that healthy glow."

Even if they don't sponsor the science, the marketteers can scan science articles for the most minor thing that is good about their product and they go,"Science proves our product is superior!"

I'm all for science, but the way it is used now is disingenuous. Every day you hear about a new "super" food that will reduce your cancer risk.

about a month ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

GoodNewsJimDotCom How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun dun (71 comments)

How long until companies realize they can save 15,000-30,000 on paying their software engineers that telecommute. It is silly to require a programmer to be on site anyway. You gain some extra time out of him each day because he doesn't have to commute, and less distractions mean you get more productivity. If you don't trust your coders to do work, just set up a version control repository and make sure some stuff is done each day.

about a month ago

Developing the First Law of Robotics

GoodNewsJimDotCom The sad truth is that robots will likely kill (165 comments)

I hate to say it but the first AI controlled robots will know their environment and be able to interact with it.

They'll get goals from their owner in natural language format.

The thing is, the easiest application to task them with will be war. It is almost harder to design AI that is unable to kill than to develop AI itself.

about a month ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

GoodNewsJimDotCom Thankfully we don't have Bill Gates lobbying (533 comments)

He'd let us know 640kb/s is enough for anyone.

Korea is now getting 8000 Mb/S, which is like 200x faster than 4mb/s.

I thought we were supposed to be a first world country. Why can't we compete with Korea?

about a month and a half ago



Microsoft takes down NOIP claiming cybercrime

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about 4 months ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "Hello,

I just released a game yesterday that used NOIP and today people can't use the cloud saves because Microsoft took down NOIP.

Cybercrime on Microsoft windows wouldn't be a problem if Microsoft just designed their Operating System to be virus resistant.

From what I can tell, Microsoft acted without a court order."

Slashdot reader just finished a video game: Throne and Crown

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  about 4 months ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "You can play a free video game: Throne and Crown HERE
I spent 4 years on the engine, and 1 year on this game. Explore around a bunch. A weakness of the game is that people aren't finding the early zones easily. I overestimated how much people would be jazzed up about general exploration. The game just got published today. I hope you enjoy it. ,Jim"

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Hyperdemocracy anyone?

GoodNewsJimDotCom GoodNewsJimDotCom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) writes "Hyperdemocracy is a system where all the citizens of the country vote for the decisions of the country instead of having elected officials. Can someone make a site with encryption and security that could confirm users as unique citizens? Or is this impossible to do? I think if you made a site like this, you could make it go live, and use it to track to make sure Congress is doing what the people want. Finally in an unstable world as we have today, this hyperdemocracy might even be adopted by new regimes."


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