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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pinky's Brain Re:Deliberate (494 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"

6 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Pinky's Brain Re:Deliberate (494 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.

6 hours 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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Pinky's Brain Re:Bad sign. (219 comments)

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

5 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Pinky's Brain Re:Simple (219 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).

5 days 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 three weeks 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 a 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

Pinky's Brain Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

Picking on the LGBT community with this is probably the most effective way of combatting the policy ...

about 2 months ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

Pinky's Brain Re:I'm glad SOMEBODY finally said this (227 comments)

For which highly educated jobs are women still non self selectively disenfranchised?

Maybe at the top level where the old boys network outweighs positive discrimination, but they're all lizards any way ... gender is irrelevant.

about 2 months ago

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