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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Princeofcups Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

Science fiction has never been about predicting future technology.

Science fiction is about considering and exploring the human ramifications when certain aspects of reality are changed.


about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Princeofcups Coder? (471 comments)

The question is, why are you looking for a common coding job? You need to spend a bit of money with one of the exclusive headhunters, who can find you positions with trading companies, NSA (don't snicker), and other places where an average coder could never do.

about a week ago

Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

Princeofcups Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (91 comments)

Antarctica is the most comparable place on Earth, and we've not managed a large-scale colonization of it yet despite the easy access, regular resupply flights and air.

That's because short trips to Antarctica make more sense. When you are talking about Mars, you are talking about a very long trip, i.e. permanent.

about a week ago

Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Princeofcups Re:As a matter of fact... (408 comments)

it appears to be a very predatory way of doing business on my eyes.

I remember an article I read on the late 80's or early 90's about how some small companies of that era feared growing too fast and ended up catching the attention of Microsoft, that at that time was buying everything and everybody (prices are pretty lower at that times). Building something cool that Microsoft would need was the fastest way of going out ot business.

Completely different. Microsoft would find a company that had a product that they wanted. That company had two options. Sell to Microsoft, or get destroyed. Sometimes it meant Microsoft finding a similar company, or developing in house. But either way, the masses would get a free product from Microsoft that sort of did the same thing, or pay for one that they don't realize is better. One prime example is Netscape. Microsoft bought Mosaic, called it IE, and gave it away for free. Bill Gates was renowned for "declaring war" on small companies. He is absolutely ruthless when someone says no to him, and lashes out like Stalin on steroids.

What Apple did was buy some companies that could be used to make better products. Notice that the Microsoft ones were never, or rarely, better than the other guy. They forced it down your throat using their monopoly. These are also not competing companies, just those that have something that they want to use in house, not resell.

Apple is an evil company, as are all companies. Microsoft at its peak was a criminal racket, and history will look back with an unbiased eye, and shake their heads that we let them run rampant like we did. If you want to know why, check out the history on the trade deficit in the 70's and 80's. Microsoft was one of the few companies that sold abroad. Also look at their campaign spending. They practically own the Washington state legislature. Now it doesn't seem like a big deal, since that's status quo. In the 80's, back when the US still had some integrity and a Constitution, it was cutting edge evil.

about two weeks ago

Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Princeofcups Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

you joke but you are probably correct here. The issue is not that 71% of all women are being sexually assaulted. Its that 71% of all women "feel assaulted" Somehow in the past 40 years what someones feelings are trump what the actual actions are.

  Saying something sexual, is NOT sexual assault.

I disagree. The problem is that most men think that the way they sometimes treat women is not sexual assault, when in reality it is. This should be an eye opener for all men to take another look at themselves.

about two weeks ago

Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Princeofcups Re:"Keeping the grass short" is hugely expensive (178 comments)

But despite the veil of exclusivity, most really make ends meet by renting the place via their banquets office and low-cost "social" memberships that enable use of the foodservice areas. They need them to keep the place running.

Great spin there. No, that money is spent for opulence. No grounds should cost that much, nor any snack bar. The point is that golf exclusive golf courses are not supposed to make a profit. They are supposed to spend all their money on the course. The high fees and rentals are for increased opulence, you know, more gold faucets in the bathrooms, and another tenth of a millimeter off the putting green, cuter blond waitresses.

about two weeks ago

On Independence for Scotland:

Princeofcups Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

Scotland's independence, if it happens, is probably a bad idea. It'll cause all manner of short-term problems, and the long-term repercussions are hard to predict worldwide.

Get over yourself. This is Scotland, not the Soviet Union were talking about. Greece, Yugoslavia, hell half of Europe split off parts left and right, over the last couple decades and we survived. Just because they speak English suddenly it's a big deal. Macedonia? I guess no one cares if they speak Greek.

about two weeks ago

Dremel Releases 3D Printer

Princeofcups Re:Too expensive (105 comments)

You're not their target market. There are a lot of old-school tinkerers who are familiar with Dremel - and a lot of people who are familiar with Home Depot - who know nothing about 3D printing. Many of those folks would be very interested in 3D printing if they knew about it. So here we are.

I think Dremel is going to raise the stature of 3D printing in an entirely new market and that will quite frankly help every other company out there in this space.

This is the first 3D printer I'm seriously tempted to look at. Dremel makes professional tools for fine detailed work, and I have some faith that this device will work well. And it doesn't have that "maker" stench of unwashed wanna-bees. Not a device to "hack" or experiment with, but one to actually get some useful parts built for my current projects.

about two weeks ago

Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Princeofcups Re:At some point us intelligence changed (183 comments)

If I have a problem with US intelligence organizations(and I do), it's that their mission transformed from being pragmatic and getting useful, accurate assessments to military and law enforcement branches in the US to being paranoid about the theoretical possible threats that might exist to US interests in some way shape or form.

The problem is you believing that. The driving factor is money. The information is important to the ruling corporations to keep their profits up. Also, organizations need to find excuses to increase their budgets to hire more cronies onto the payroll, not to mention massively overpriced contractors. The opposite of an organization growing is shrinking, and those that are losing money, NSF, NASA, haven't found a way (or have too much integrity to go this route) to utilize fear and hatred. This has absolutely nothing to do with the organization wanting to protect citizens.

about two weeks ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Princeofcups Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).

No silly rabbit. The people they rule are not allowed to have any learning. This is nothing more than a return to society a couple hundred years ago. The leaders will still have "western style" educations. That's how they stay in control.

about two weeks ago

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Princeofcups Re:Natural immunity (122 comments)

After I did this, I have no more stomach problems, and no more wheat allergy. Of course you may want to consult a doctor before doing this.

Allergy. I don't think you know what that word means. Gut bacteria has absolutely nothing to do with your histamine immune system reaction to certain proteins. I think you may mean "it gave me the runs." That is NOT an allergy.

about two weeks ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Princeofcups Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

Americans might look on with bemusement; I can understand that. I guess it's a bit like Florida choosing to break away from the US, having a pro-Florida political party endlessly demonizing "them" (the rest of the US) as causing pretty much every economic and political woe Florida has going for it.

We have a Scotland, but here it's called Texas.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Princeofcups Re:Free market (232 comments)

If employees stay while working 18-hour/day, 6 day/week, it's because they are unable to find a better job.

That's called blaming the victim.

about two weeks ago

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Princeofcups Re:More restrictive (292 comments)

Sure, if you don't know how to make an AI then your only choice is only multiplayer.

Look at any major game development and there will be a sea of people working on graphics, cut scenes, animation. And there will be the one guy in the corner who codes the AI. I want games that are the opposite. I have no problem with the original Sim City, Civilization, etc. graphics but after a couple of years of serious AI development to teach the computer how to play a good game, like the old days when people used to code chess and go programs. I know, not going to happen.

about two weeks ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Princeofcups Re:Urban Fetch (139 comments)

The documentary about, e-Dreams, is both fascinating and painful to watch. These guys went through a breathtakingly huge pile of money in a very short time, trying to do exactly this sort of personalized delivery.

Not quite. They lived the high life for a couple of years off of that money, while pretending to have a business that actually did something. I was with a similar company back then, and contrary to their press releases, they never intended to be successful. Success means oversight and someone has to account for the spending. "Start up" means champaign and prostitutes billed to "miscellaneous expenses."

about two weeks ago

Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Princeofcups Re:Don't lie (499 comments)

Just so.

Look, basically three things get you into trouble during a government background check:

1. You *currently* participate in an organization trying to harm the United States Government.

2. Anything about yourself or your family life leaves you vulnerable to blackmail.

3. You conceal relevant truth, lie, or exhibit a pattern of deceit and/or theft.

Pretty much nothing else disqualifies you for work for Uncle Sam.

Bzzt. Wrong. Put down legal marijuana use in the last year, even if you have quit, and you are automatically disqualified from pretty much anything. The point is that the government (national, state, local) have more and more leverage to discount people for their LEGAL practices and viewpoints. In the 70's people would have been up in arms about this kind of thing. Now you quietly accept it as the status quo.

about three weeks ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:The obvious solution (348 comments)

The obvious solution is to return to traditional methods: establish an independent income, then take up scientific research as a hobby.

Sad but true. My only friend who made it to being a teaching professor can sustain himself because he was rich going in. He donates his teacher's salary checks to a charity or some such, and lives off his investments. He teaches science and does a bit of research because that is his passion. No way he could make it otherwise.

about three weeks ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:Tax patents/royalties to fund basic research (348 comments)

Enter into a licensing deal on a drug patent? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund grants.

Great in theory; does not work in practice. Look at Hollywood. Every film ever made loses money for the studio. Their accounting says so. The drug companies would just adopt the same scheme, and never pay a penny.

about three weeks ago

When Scientists Give Up

Princeofcups Re:If you think medical funding is bad (348 comments)

In college I started out as a physics major. Then I realized "holy shit I'll never get a job" and switched to engineering.

I'm sorry you bailed on your real potential. Not as a physicist, but the training helps make you a better IT prospect than anyone who learned coding in college. Let's see:

myself - physics major, now a rather well paid systems/storage analyst for a fortune 500
friend 1 - physics major, astrophysics major (ABD), now a systems admin and IT director for a major hospital
friend 2 - math major, now a highly paid database admin and IT director for a major health care firm
friend 3 - biology major, now a high priced coder/architect for one of the big business consulting firms
friend 4 - history major, philosophy PhD, now IT director for a major law firm
friend 5 - physics major, now owns a successful IT consulting firm
friend 6 - dropped out of college, now a high paid systems administrator
friend 7 - physics PhD, now a junior professor at a small midwestern college

With an engineering degree, you are just one in a million. With a more intense intellectual degree, you will be picked to lead, not follow. Friends 6 and 7 buck the trend I guess. :-)

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Princeofcups Backwards (471 comments)

People are looking at this backwards. It is not a piece of tech to wear on your wrist. It is a watch that has tech features. If you do not currently own a watch, then you do not want one. Who own's watches? Guys who wear expensive suits and guys who are dressing up to impress women. They are quite willing to spend several hundred for a nice piece of bling. My wife has been asking me to get a watch for when I dress up, and I'm seriously considering getting one of these.

about three weeks ago


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