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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

NanoGator Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (391 comments)

> First, there is no reason to believe that we can built robots that can reproduce themselves.

What? This is exactly the technology humans are trying to reach! We're already a significant way down this path!!

> Second, there is no evidence that we or anyone else can build intelligent machines, as the original story seems to presuppose.

Nature did it. We can do it.

> Third, biological organisms are so many orders of magnitude more efficient and flexible than machines that it barely makes sense to put them into the same qualitative category "form of life".

This whole conversation is about extrapolating on the cosmic scale. If you look at the path robotics has taken in the last century it does, as pointed out, actually support the premise of this article.

> Hint: A human consumes only about 2.9 kilowatt hours per day, the equivalent of 1-2 light bulbs ...

Not relevant. Once machines are replicating and repairing themselves they'll do exactly what we do and find other sources of energy.

Frankly I agree with you that it's hard to picture Transformers inhabiting the universe, but OP did make a really good point that extrapolation isn't even in the ballpark of refuting this clown. Honestly I'm shocked he didn't come back with that XKCD cartoon.

about a month ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

NanoGator Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Just wanted to thank you for the links. I was especially pleased to find that Python is supported!

about 4 months ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

NanoGator Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Thank you! You've given me reason to sit up and pay attention when 3 rolls around, I appreciate that.

I would recommend against showing the more diehard Photoshop fans that link, though. It won't get you anywhere because what it really needs to be is a list like this:

- GIMP has a plugin/feature for automatically generating normal maps from elevation data.

- GIMP has a perspective correction feature that is superior to Photoshops in that it...

- GIMP's 'save all layers' button saves all of the layers in your file into seperate files.

.. or something like that. In the list you gave me, points 1 through 4, and 7, are irrelevant if somebody already has Photoshop. Given its de-facto marketshare, that is likely.

5 is horribly overrated. Lots of artists can script, but few (if any) can make actual plugins or modify the source code. (Even if they do dig in to the code how do they maintain those features when a new version of GIMP comes along?) I do want to mention, though, that there's another reply to my original post that seems to have covered the scripting point. I haven't checked it out yet but given that scripting is something I do, I'm certainly interested in trying that out.

6 needs an extra line, something like: "its better than Photoshop's Batch feature because...."

10... actually this is a really good one. In fact, just before this thread started, I went and found the portable version and downloaded in. Why? Welp, if the scripting that Culture20 posted a link to turns out to be worthwhile for me, coupling that with a portable version of GIMP is *awesome*. What that means is I will be able to automate certain tasks AND keep a fresh install on my DropBox account so I can even use it off-site. This is 1 out of 9.5 (I gave partial credit to the source-code bit) and, as you can already see from other replies you've gotten, most are refutable.

I'm a little worried you might read my post and think that I'm trying to perpetuate the GIMP vs. Photoshop debate. I'm not, instead I'm trying to explain what needs to happen explanation-wise to get more Photoshop people to try GIMP out. I think there's this mentality that people should switch to GIMP and that's simply not true. If you got the professional Photoshop users to start using GIMP for certain tasks, you may find that some studios may find it worth their time to invest some development time into improving it. Given how Adobe has been dicking around with the licensing, this would be a good time to get that ball rolling. Start touting the unique features it has that shave man-hours off a project. If those features don't exist, then the team needs to start talking to people like me and finding out what else they need.

about 4 months ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

NanoGator Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Care to run off a list of ways that "GIMP doesn't come close"? If it's really so bad, it shouldn't be that difficult to name at least a dozen or so... In actuality, I expect that enumerating the shortcomings of GIMP will not be in quantity, but in terms of a relatively small number of particularly desirable features that many may perceive as critically important in such software.

Hi, professional artist here. Your latter point, at least from my perspective, is correct. I know Photoshop really well, but since I make my living doing this work I am not biased in a way that'd prevent me from using a free tool. Let me be extra clear: It would hurt me to be fanboyishly loyal to be any particular app. I do pick up and mess with GIMP from time to time, but it has two critical omissions from Photoshop that make it unusable in my field. First, it lacks adjustment layers. Second, it lacks Smart Objects.

These are both features intended to do non-destructive editing of imagery. Let's say you have a tree with green leaves. You can create a Hue/Saturation 'adjustment layer' that will turn all the green pixels beneath it blue. If you put a picture of a different tree below that layer, its leaves would turn blue, too. If you took that tree and made it a 'smart object', you'd effectively be snapshotting that image and every operation you do causes it to regenerate itself. In other words, if you shrank a Smart Object down, then scaled it back up again, you'd get all its original detail back.

If you're creating imagery it doesn't take long for these two features to change your workflow in such a way that you gain a HUGE time savings. In fact I have created several templates to speed up the generation of images I do that I just plain cannot do in GIMP. Realistically speaking that is enough man-hours lost that I'd actually make a greater profit paying for Photoshop than I would saving the cost of the license in favor of GIMP.

With that said, I'd be *very* happy if you told me that version 3 would add these features. I'd also be very happy if somebody could tell me what GIMP does that Photoshop doesn't. It's free. if it shaves man-hours off my work, then load me up with the tips. I ain't gonna switch, but I ain't above using both.

about 4 months ago

Special Master Appointed In Jammie Thomas Case

NanoGator Re:Reason (147 comments)

I'm no fan of the RIAA either, but can we keep this "it's a jihad!" bullshit out of this? (Score:1, Troll)

Asking to show a little class is not trolling.

more than 4 years ago

Yahoo Music Shutting Down, Users Going to Real

NanoGator Re:Forcing badware on users ? (128 comments)

Parent poster, despite his language, has a point. Real Player vs. Rhapsody is like QuickTime vs. iTunes... only without the dual-installer. The wrong post is being modded down.

more than 6 years ago


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The Gripe Gripe Thread...

NanoGator NanoGator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I have lots of silly little complaints in the world that really aren't worth dedicating a whole thread to. I just like to get them off my chest, out in the open, and blow off some steam. Feel free to add your own gripes. If something's niggling at you, heck just let it out.

I'll start:

I hate the way people take silly risks while they're driving just to shave a few precious seconds to their destination. I was driving down a street tonight, and somebody pulled out of a grocery store lot and made a left turn, causing them to cross 3 lanes of traffic. Fortunately, it wasnt that dangerous, traffic was light and I didn't have to slow down a whole lot. But I still feel like that risk was unnecesary. Make a right turn, and a couple of lefts at a stoplight. Do you lose a couple of minutes? Sure. Are you going to get T-boned that way? Not likely.


I'm looking for a particular type of sensor, help?

NanoGator NanoGator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hi All,

I'm trying to find a sensor that I can implant in a device and have it detect how many degerees it's tilted. A mercury switch might work if there's a way of getting a degree angle out of it. Another idea was something gyroscopic...

Before I go off and invent this device, I'd like to know if anybody's ever heard of one. Help?


Man, some people are idiots...

NanoGator NanoGator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Heh. Today I had somebody call Lightwave 'bad software'. Their reasoning was pretty silly. Here's a link to the post:

Idiotic ramblings here...

What's really amusing is that my post was along the lines of "I did a cool hack to make animation faster." and this dumbshit tried to turn it into a "LW vs. Maya" debate. I got lightly suckered in, couldn't help it. When you spend so much time learning how to make effective use of a product, you can't help but make your time worthwhile.

Too bad he was an AC. I bet he never saw my response. Coward.


On line Television Series would be cool...

NanoGator NanoGator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I'm looking forward to the day when I can stream television shows off of a website on demand. I'm happy to sit through commercials if it means that I can watch a series like Deep Space Nine or Farscape in the order they were presented.

I think the plus side to this delivery model is that shows can be more complex, thus retaining a more faithful audience.

I'm not sure how much it'd cost to set something up, but damn it sure makes me want to go out and create my own series.


Bad moderation.

NanoGator NanoGator writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I wish there was a place where I could challenge moderation sometimes. Part of me wonders what would happen if everybody could moderate. I wonder what kind of chaos that would ensue, heh.

One thing that really frosts me is I have no idea who modded me down. So I can't even approach them privately and say "why did you think I was trying to be a troll?". If that were the case, I might discover that the tone of my messages is being interpreted differently than the way I see it. In that case, I can change my tone and not sound so abrasive.

Nope, I can't do that, and the moderators NEVER reply to my post and tell me why. So what do I do?

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