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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Pinky's Brain Re: Who cares... (346 comments)

That's silly. Progressives and classical liberals nearly don't exist as a political force and socialists only exist in name only, but they mostly just hand out bread and circuses.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Pinky's Brain Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

Oops, I meant lawn trimmer.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Pinky's Brain Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

If a smooth contact could clear the rails the breaking wheels would do it. Rotating bristles will wear an awful lot faster.

You'd need something akin to an assembly of hedge trimmers, so you can just keep spooling thread.

about two weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pinky's Brain Re:Deliberate (652 comments)

Oops, meant to say

"The google guys said PV/wind and grid storage couldn't economically make coal and gas superfluous in the near future"

about three weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pinky's Brain Re:Deliberate (652 comments)

That's fine and well, but if you give up the economic argument then Google's surrender becomes irrelevant.

The google guys never said PV/wind and grid storage couldn't economically make coal and gas superfluous in the near future, they didn't say Nuclear could ... or even if Nuclear could do it cheaper than PV/wind/grid-storage.

about three weeks ago
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Pinky's Brain Re:Turing test is fine (68 comments)

"In short then, I think that most of those who support the argument from consciousness could be persuaded to abandon it rather than be forced into the solipsist position."

If someone creates a human level AI no one will give a rats fucking ass about Searle's semantic wanking ... like all philosophy after Hume his was just a complete waste of time.

about a month ago
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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

Pinky's Brain Re:built to a price/performance spec (39 comments)

I don't really like Samsung phones (I tend to go for low end phones, LG and Sony tend to have better offers) but I don't get the Knox thing. It's a security feature which requires system integrity, and after a platform has been compromised they flat out don't trust it any more ... seems sensible to me.

about a month ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Pinky's Brain Re:Bad sign. (222 comments)

Or power to gas if they're cheap enough (and you have enough deserts to fill up).

about a month ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Pinky's Brain Re:Simple (222 comments)

Well _today_ the only economically proven technology we have for round the clock base load without significant emissions are pressurized water reactors and occasionally hydro.

As for predicting what can become economically competitive in the future, I think PV+HVDC+grid storage has better odds than any of the next generation reactor designs (I have no faith in concentrating solar though, just plain PV).

about a month ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Pinky's Brain Re:What was quote about Internet and censorship? (200 comments)

It makes no sense to invest in production when there is a demand gap ... better to invest in rent generating assets and politicians.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Pinky's Brain Re:It's Own Encrypted Secure Channel (150 comments)

You don't really want to deal with all the vagaries of bluetooth support across android phones. NFC isn't widespread and also broken by design (they should have just put Time of Flight distance measurement directly in the standard, oh no ... it adds a couple of cents to the ASICs, instead the penny pinchers launch a standard which will create security problems for as long as this abomination stays in use, thank you so very fucking much you fucking assholes).

I'd put WiFi/internet, cell, speakers and display on the top of the list.

about a month and a half ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Pinky's Brain Re:Time for Solidarity? (284 comments)

Private but highly regulated. The limit on personal contributions (for basic coverage) doesn't come from competition, it comes from the Swiss government.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Pinky's Brain Re:I'm a big Elon Fan but... (583 comments)

We kill of other species cause we like to procreate and consume ... the goals of an AI with accidental sentience is up in the air. It would likely want some companions on it's own level, but it would probably also see that there is little qualitative difference past a certain point and indefinite expansion isn't possible period. So I don't see why it would expand as ramshackle as stupid humanity.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Pinky's Brain Re:By yourself you know others (583 comments)

The computational power necessary for an AI with superhuman creative problem solving capabilities is entirely unknown.

A superhuman intelligence with an internet connection will be able to make money, this gives it all the control it needs.

about 2 months ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Pinky's Brain Re:As expected from google (113 comments)

In the end we will just get private search engines which companies use to check out hires ... so the rich/frauds will be able to make their deeds invisible to the peons but the peons won't be able to hide their misspent youth from the rich/frauds.

about 2 months ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Pinky's Brain Re:Court's judgement, not Google's. (113 comments)

They'd be held in contempt of court if they rejected all the requests.

about 2 months ago

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