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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

Idou Re:Comforting to say, but matters not. (67 comments)

. . .same quality of life and level of consumption as the United States? The end of the world via ecological disaster.

I agree if you had only said "level of consumption" but "quality of life?" For instance, I believe the fastest growth of quality of life in the area of "lighting" is coming from the explosion of cheap solar powered LED lights. I would argue that such quality of life improvements have negligible ecological impact while significantly improving quality of life. I would also argue that it makes more sense to take such decentralized approaches at this point of human technological progress than the old and proven "dumb" way of centralized consumption.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Idou Re:Not really true AI we should be worried about. (583 comments)

. . . creative thinking and ingenuity. There's a sizable portion of people that really can't produce that.

My experience has been contrary . . . I believe everyone I have met, irregardless of their job, has had their own unique since of creativity and ingenuity. However, making money from such things in today's economy also requires a set of very specialized skills and the scope of the type of creativity that can be useful to a given application can be quite limited. It seems like a more sophisticated economy should be able to support a wider range of creative thinking, but it would require a significant change from today's world of overspecialization. I suppose if everyone had access to their own AI that could fill in the gaps in their own capabilities while leveraging their strengths . . .

about a month ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

Idou Like everything in life. . . (158 comments)

A healthy balance is important.

We could all complain here about the optimists, but the true pessimists would not be able to participate because they have all already killed themselves.

about 1 month ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

Idou Re:hoooray (75 comments)

This is absolutely right, and I would go further to say that this kind of technology cannot be perfected without mass adoption. For instance, there is priceless value to the smart phone industry of having billions of "testers," an expansive variety of users that drives a healthy community of app developers, and a high enough density of adoption to justify wireless infrastructure investment. In the end, the economic value of the combined smart-phone user base is probably many times more than whatever resources the 1%ers could pool together to invent a technology that only they would use.

Now, consider the fact that medical treatment carries significantly more intrinsic risk to the user than smart-phone usage (though user born risk varies. . .), and it is hard to see why 1%ers would try to monopolize this technology. On the contrary, I think any rational person with significant wealth and interest would invest in ways to bring this technology to a large enough population in order to ensure related treatments could be confirmed safe at a statistical level.

about 2 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Idou Re:Wow (152 comments)

(or whatever the Chinese version of lobbying is, they probably just call it bribery).

Interesting. A language with less redundancy must be more efficient.

about 3 months ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Idou Re:Erm, not so much. (142 comments)

So flat coal consumption is misleading - this would imply coal is growing as a percentage of energy mix given the economic situation.

Actually, I think it is more complicated than that. For instance, a small decrease in electricity demand would not prompt Germany to start dismantling plants. Some plants can easily be used less, while other may not. Older coal plants designed only for base load face significant challenges when trying to operate to accommodate turbulent demand. Accordingly, a downturn in demand could result in a higher mix of coal vs gas, but only because the gas generators are more flexible than the coal plants.

Another point worth mentioning is that improved efficiency is also the cause of decreasing demand. Unfortunately I am not able to find an actual percentage breakout, but I would guess that it is not insignificant due to recent trends like LED lighting. Accordingly, I think it would be unfair to exclude the efficiency improvement portion from the mix and then say that Germany was getting less green because of an increased coal mix. We should be comparing the work accomplished by electricity, not just raw electricity production.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

Idou Re:Say it ain't so. . . (63 comments)

"Schmoozing is part of sales"
Exactly and when the regulated schmoozes the regulator, what else could the regulated be trying to sell other than various flavors of corruption? That is why, in this case, the schmoozing can only come at the detriment of society as a whole, and it is a significant example of how rampant regulatory capture is in our society.

"I've been invited to boxes by vendors before"
If I were a stock holder of your company then I would take issue with that because part of the price your company is being charged by that vendor covers such activities (which either reduces dividends or intrinsic value of the company). It is simply a form of wealth transfer to the corrupt and a textbook example of the principle-agent dilemma (unless you are both in this example).

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

Idou Re:Say it ain't so. . . (63 comments)

I see, so because the poster (who could be supporting the agenda of either side) exaggerated, Comcast's invitation is now completely kosher (how many regulator have you schmoozed lately, regardless of the venue?), and the U.S. no longer has a regulatory capture problem that needs to be addressed. . .

You know, for awhile I thought it was the overwhelming power of the wealthy that prevented change, but now I get the sense that it is the underwhelming intellectual capability of people like yourself that are dragging us down. Happy 4th. . .

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

Idou Say it ain't so. . . (63 comments)

I suppose I could go into a rant and write a long post lamenting the influence of the wealthy on our government. However, I think I will just shut-up and do something about it instead by going here and doubling my pledge. . .

about 5 months ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Idou No, no . . . Archibald Buttle (275 comments)

It should have been: Archibald Tuttle

about 8 months ago
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Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

Idou And now everyone has your DNA. . . (68 comments)

Well, they always had access to it, but they just could not make it useful by mapping it to a specific identity.

I wonder how many unique individual DNA can be extracted on average by taking a sample of rain run-off from a busy city street? Let me coin the process here as "Gutter Diving."

about 8 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Idou Re:Worst Case Scenario (436 comments)

Can you repost your scenario . . .

Sorry, I have never seen a "repost" feature on Slashdot (you appear to have been here longer than me, so perhaps you can clue me in on that feature).

Furthermore, NYC is the most populated, densely packed city in the U.S. If you are going to maximize human suffering from a nuclear blast (or MOAB, per other posters), that is the primary target in the U.S. Since the point of my post was that having your own 777 could allow you to pick the optimal position to maximize damage, I believe my choice of NYC was reasonable.

We need to divert the terrorists to somewhere else

I doubt Slashdot posts will be able to divert terrorists . . .

about 8 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Idou Re:Worst Case Scenario (436 comments)

What if there is exactly just one flight left? How many repairs need to be made then?

Anyway, I think others have already put a lot more thought into this.

about 8 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Idou Worst Case Scenario (436 comments)

How hard would it be to make this plane "reappear" as another plane with a flight destination of New York City? It would seem like a legit flight (might have to make another plane disappear, but you have already seemed to master that trick once).

Of course, by then you have had time to retrofit the plane with your crude nuke you have put together (hell, you have the entire space of the 777 to fit the thing, so it could more primitive than the trinity test. . . ). You could then deviate the flight only at the very last minute to the best possible position to detonate for maximized damage (fighter jets would have no time to respond).

Probably being paranoid here, but why else would you need a 777 that could only be used for a short time before being discovered?

about 8 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Idou Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Math is a creation of the human mind

Are you sure? That sounds a bit geocentric to me . . .

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Idou Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Two things:

- Everytime we thought that a diety was responsible for something in our universe, we have been able create a mathematical model to replace that diety (e.g. Atlas).
- People can think of tons of crazy math that has no application to our universe.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Idou Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Alright, perhaps we need to inform all these countries that they do, in fact, not have currencies . . .

An unstable currency is still a currency (Just because a "thing" has some attribute does not mean we have to create an entirely new "noun." That is why the English language has "adjectives.").

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Idou Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Two things:
-Crypto-currencies can still be awesome without "long term inherent stability" (are you sure you are a "geek?")
-You do realize that math covers everything in our universe and BEYOND. Accordingly, I would be careful about what constraints you put on it. . . as it is statistically more likely that your mind is just creating artificial constraints.

Irregardless, thanks for the links.

about 9 months ago

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Please fire all the accountants. . .

Idou Idou writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If there is a lesson to be learned from this economic disaster, surely it is that putting middle men between financial data and the market is an antiquidated tradition that no longer serves the best interests of the public.

Before IT existed, accounting was the best way to get the most accurate information that could economically be produced and disseminated at the time out to the market. To do this, you needed mediators that could be trusted to summarize the data in a way consistent with an industry wide standard. It was not perfect and was subject to manipulation, but it was the best method possible at the time.

Here we are now in the 21st century, and no longer do we need to fit information on paper. Additionally, the market is far more complex now, and only being able to view information under a certain set of assumptions is no longer sufficient. It's time to start drinking from the firehose. I don't want someone else's fair value calculation, doubtful account reserve, or even cost capitalizations. Give me a feed to your raw daily transactions in an open standard like XBRL. I, along with other interested parties, will decide for ourselves whether or not your organization is making a profit or is even solvent.

It is time to get rid of the middlemen and replace them with direct access to the information. The technology is ripe and the data format standards are ready and able.

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