top The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots
Two super intelligent beings are talking.
First one. I am smarter than you. Second one. No! I am smarter than you. First one. Well I can create a being with half my intelligence and it still would be smarter than you. Second one. Well I can create a being with a third of my intelligence and it still would be smarter than you. Several seconds later. First one. I can create a being with intelligence one billionth of mine and it still would be more intelligent than you. Second one. Okay go ahead. First one . Okay that planet over there looks good. I will create a being on it and we will revisit it after a million of it revolutions around its sun to see how intelligent it is. about a month and a half ago
top Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display
The whole bloody point of the show was showing the caring relationship between the midwifes and their patients. It showed women helping each other and their patients. The odds that their would be 4 beautiful young midwifes is less than the odds that they would find 4 non-smoking midwifes. How could the smoking midwife maintain her clothes and buy her makeup and still have money for cigarettes? The smoking doctor had a son who would have been my age at that time. Did they show that boy waking up in the middle of the night because his father was coughing uncontrollably? No! it did not. I know I did and I experienced the fear that it gave me. The midwifes lived together in very modest home. It would have taken just one time where the smoking midwife fell asleep with a lit cigarette to burn that home down. It happened and is still happening today. They chose to show smoking but they also chose not to show any of the negative effects of smoking. It could have shown the smoking midwife at a store choosing to buy cigarettes instead of buying makeup, clothes, or even a birthday present for a fellow midwife or even a member of her family. If they chose to show accuracy, people would have not watched it. The question is whether more people would have watched the program if they left out the smoking than watched it because of the smoking. I think people watched the program to see the midwifes dedication to their patients and to each other and not because one of the midwives and the doctor smoked. I know I did.
about a month and a half ago
top Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display
I watched a series on Netflix from the BBC called "Call the Midwife". It was a story about midwifes in the late fifties. One of the midwifes was a chain smoker and even smoked around children. I find it hard to watch a program where it shows people smoking as it does not in my opinion add anything to the story. It just shows their almost total disregard of their advertising of cigarettes. It is also a sell out to the smoking industry.
about a month and a half ago
top Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times
The female does not consciously decide to miscarry any fetus. So some part of the female brain is monitoring the status of a fetus and deciding who can live. Is that part infallible? I would think not, so with modern health care humans can probably do better than that part of the female brain. So maybe some abortion are done because that part of the female brain just failed to miscarry that fetus. There are probably more fetus being miscarried by some part of the female brain than are being aborted by some doctor. The point is there is no way one could possibly hope to stop this type of abortion and that abortions are a natural part of humanity.
about a month and a half ago
top Overly Familiar Sci-Fi
Most stories whether they are sci-fi or not are based on past stories(Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella) and are basically just two steps).
1. Find something or someone to hate. 2. Rejoice when they are defeated. There is not much difference between Harry Potter and Star Trek since they will say a few words and use some device to produce a desired result. In both cases the viewer or reader does not even need to understand why they produce any given results. As for sexual commentary one only has to look at Playboy of the sixties or earlier. One can see just as much today on the beaches of Spain since Playboy did not show much of the virgina back then. Even now my spell checker does not know the spelling of virgina. I have two old large dictionaries that do not have it. They must maintain the sexual norms of today or they will not be seen or read by a larger per cent of the population.
top Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts
One will pay one way or the other. Lets compare the cost of a free crt monitor to that of a $150 lcd. The crt will use more electricity to use so it will cost the $150 or more in just a couple of years unless one uses it an average of less than an hour a day. I use my computers a lot more than the average person since I do volunteer work for World Community Grid but a 6 core computer at a given speed will easily outdo 12 single core computers. I have run a 4 core computer now for more than 6 years and a 6 core for more than 2 years. The 6 core computers has done more work than the 4 core. So if one uses a computer for a significant amount of time it is cheaper to buy new. I buy old computers at thrift stores and garage sales. One can not even give them away anymore. For good reason as windows xp is not supported anymore and its the only one that will run satisfactory on even 1 Gigabyte of ram memory. Try to find that much memory of pc 100 or even ddr memory. One will pay a lot more than anyone would be willing to pay for the computer. People will ignore a hard drive of less than 500 Gigabytes. I installed a hp laser jet printer and it took over 200 Megabytes just for its drivers and software. I also run Ubuntu computer and it is not uncommon for it to have more than 100 Megabytes of updates. It is almost impossible to run those unless one has a modern computer.
top US Midterm Elections Discussion
The whole system is wrong. The combined population of Alaska and Wyoming is still about 15% of the population of Michigan and yet they will probably elect two republican senators to the one democratic senator from Michigan. The difference between the number of votes for each senatorial candidate in Michigan will probably be more than the combined votes for the winners in both Alaska and Wyoming. Wyoming does not have enough people to rate even one representative in the house. So Michigan with nearly 20 times the people of Wyoming gets 16 representatives to Wyoming's 3 so they must be at least 4 times more powerful. The United States will almost never see the will of the majority rule. I would think that would be the test of a democracy.
top Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
I use to have the triple bundle from charter(tv, phone, and internet). They will tell you that you can get all three for less than you are paying now but they do not tell you that after a couple of years you will be paying more. So I went to internet only for around $65 a month. That is a little high but at least I know that in a couple of years I will not be paying $150 a month. Early this year charter made everyone who gets tv get a tuner box. They did this because they could not block all tv reception from me as I could get around 30 channels without paying for them. After they installed the tuner I could not get any channels. I now get my tv through netflix and my phone through magicjack. I am satisfied with both of them so I am not interested in any of charter's plans.
top The Future According To Stanislaw Lem
Life in the year 2100.
The entire population has moved underground. The planet looks more like it did before human arrived than it did today. One lives in a apartment that is totally secure and sound proof. There is a totally automatic transportation system in underground tubes. One can not even visit an address unless one has permission from the occupant. The apartment will not have a kitchen since all food will be centrally cooked and distributed. The rooms will always be at a certain temperature and humidity. Each room will be able to transform itself into a different room at the touch of a button. A bedroom can be a living room in seconds. All rooms will be cleaned daily with hot steam without ruining anything. One will wake up very early as there will be a pill to enhance sleep. One will go to their bathroom where the toilet will measure everything about the occupant and will recommend what foods and exercise they should do that day. One will than go to the exercise room where one will do their daily exercises. One will go to the eating room where one will find their recommended food. One will go to the communication room where one will watch over automatic production of products to ensure they are being done correctly. Some will be hired to reproduce. They will have to go to several years of training to be hired. Most will not even want to reproduce since one can talk to a computer without knowing it is a computer and there will be pills that make one far more high than sex could ever do. Everything will be free and since a pill will take the place of sex there will be very little interaction between any two humans. Human conflict will almost disappear so there will be little need of government.
top Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support
What the hell? I recently did a google search for chrome to install it. The very first entry on the list was a download that first installed a so called optimizer malware protector program. If one executes the program it will tell one that they have thousands of problems. Just send them some money and they will fix them for you. How am I suppose to know that the program did not install the problems and than ask money to fix them? It is the same as having people come to your door and tell you that your windows are not broken so pay us some money and we will ensure that they remain unbroken. If google will not help protect us from these people than how can I trust them to write a problem free browser?
top National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments
IBM advertises cloud computing. Why would they care if I know about their cloud? At the same time IBM is a sponsor of World Community Grid. WCG is the opposite of cloud computing as it is distributed computing. IBM ask for volunteers to give them access to their computers to solve a given problem. I think this is wrong since the total cost of all the volunteers to do the computing is more than IBM would spend to do the same amount of computing. I know that the cost per billion flops for a super computer is far less than I pay for on this computer. IBM does not pay for the computing since they are volunteers. If IBM could ask the volunteers to give them even half of the expenses that they have by volunteering their computers, than both would be better off. But how would it look if IBM asked for donations to support their cloud computing? IBM should build enough computing power in their cloud so that they could continue WCG without asking for volunteers. By doing that they would show prospective users that they have the power to solve any of their problems.
top Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Did you ever get woke up in the middle of the night because your computer is playing an advertisement? Slashdot is a big offender in this regard. Leave your computer on with an active browser with slashdot on one of the tabs. It does not even need to be the active tab either. It use to be that one had to allow the audio to start but now the audio will start even if one does not do anything to show any interest in the product. It is so bad that chrome will show a speaker on the tab where the audio is coming from. Does anyone think they can force interest in their product? I like some advertisements as some are informative but when some are trying to force one to watch or listen to them, I instinctively shut them off without giving them a chance.
top Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?
In the future most if not all products will be produced by robots. I doubt that the robots will be demoralized enough to quit. I think people will live underground in almost 100% secure buildings. The shell of these buildings will last for centuries and require less than half the energy of today. Every need will be delivered to the occupants. It will not be utopia since there will be little need for the occupants to leave their dwelling. They will become bored with their existence since there will be no problems that require their assistance to solve. Drugs will be used to alter the reality and there will be a demand for the drugs to be dangerous so that there will be an excitement in taking them. People will soon see little need to reproduce and the population will quickly be reduced.
top Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?
I live in a small city of around 10,000. In my lifetime, I have seen virtually all of the commercial business move from the city to just outside of it. There are big box stores with parking lots with more area than the stores. Just by eliminating the parking lots, it would save half of the area needed. By timing things well, one could even have the products be unloaded from the trucks to the self driving cars and totally eliminate the need for the stores. One could totally use all of the space in a store as one could store items 20 feet above the floor with very narrow isle. Robots would retrieve the items. So I see self driving cars reducing our need for commercial areas by at least one half. When we decide that building underground will save energy and life, than self driving cars will be so much easier to program as there will be almost nothing to get in their way. So I can see eliminating around half of our transportation needs, thus giving us a lot more idle time that we will have to fill with something.
top Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
I can make a case for my hometown, Ludington, Michigan.
1. We have cheap labor hear. 2. We are close to several large cities(Chicago is only about 250 miles) and Universities(Michigan State, University of Michigan) 3. We have one of the largest pumped storage plants in the world for power. 4. A very small part of that water could be used for cooling. The temperature of Lake Michigan is still under 40 degrees. 5. We have 56 windmills in the county. There is a large potential area in the center of Lake Michigan for a huge number of windmills. There is a lot of wind there and no one lives there. 6. We have a harbor for recreational and commercial boating that has access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. 7. We have a large state and national park and a lot of small inland lakes for recreation. 8. Lake Michigan keeps us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the rest of the state. 9. We do not worry about hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and even tornadoes as they are either never here or extremely rare.
top Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
I am sure that every thief would risk life in prison or even death over a phone. Than there is my case. I was walking in a park and happen to notice a phone on the trail. It was in three parts(phone, battery, and cover). It was wet so I took it home and used a hair dryer to dry in out. After I put it back to together, it worked. It did not have any identification on it so I called the numbers in the contact list. One of the contacts did call the owner who did call me. I answered on their phone and after finding out where they lived I drove over there and gave them back their phone. I did not get any reward of any kind so I did all of this out of the kindness of my heart. In the vast majority of the cases, I would think they would end peacefully but is it worth the risk even if it is one out of a thousand cases that end up bad?
top Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom
No matter how far in the future a show pretends to be in, the people will still have basically the same attitudes, desires, and morality of the people today. They will not get enough people to watch it if they do not keep it so people can understand it. Most people do not even want to learn something from watching a show so everything must be familiar to them. Almost everyone of the sci-fi shows just continue our present conflicts into the future. I would hope that someday we can settle both personal and national conflicts without resorting to violence. Therefore for most of the show, the time could be today. They will probably mix some computer generated videos of some futuristic travel and weapons but those will be a very small part, time wise, of the show.
top Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test
To be fair one should compare the price of cooked chicken since they are precooked. Are the chicken breast both skinless and boneless? If not than one has to subtract the weigh to both of these to figure the true cost of the meat. I am sure that their product is much easier to prepare and serve. If one values their time than one would consider that too. I would think that one could microwave them and put them out with some sauce in no time at all. I would assume that they do not need to be refrigerated too so they would be much easier to store at home too.
top Netflix Pondering Peer-to-Peer Technology For Streaming Video
How much of a television show is the same for every show? I think at least 10%. The opening theme song and closing credits take at least 4 minutes of the 43 minutes for each hour long show. Just by allowing a local cache for those times would save a huge amount of transmitted data. Than there are movies like "Blue is the warmest color". I am sure there are plenty of people who have stopped the movie just after the hot sex scenes. I am sure that they will start them over again and rewind them to the begging of the sex scene to watch them over again. Allowing them to save parts or all of a movie would again save tremendous amounts of bandwidth. But this would mean giving away content for almost nothing and would probably destroy the dvd movie business of both renting and selling them. If I have a local cache of any content than I should be able to watch that content off line. If and when I got enough content, I might decide to quit netflix and just watch that content over and over.
top SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon
I regret the large amount of space on my hdd. This computer is around 6 years old and it had a 500 gigabyte hard drive. When it was going bad, I looked into replacing it with a ssd. I had less than 100 gigabytes on the hard drive but even after making an image of the hard drive and booting from a flash drive the program would not copy the image onto a drive that was less than 500 gigabytes. I ended up buying another hard drive and got lucky since both were Seagate the program provided by Seagate did copy the original hard drive to the new one. Buying a ssd means one has to start over. This means one has to have a dvd with the ability to do a clean install of windows to the ssd. Most new computers do not have this option. Even then one has to reinstall all of ones programs and know where all the data for them are stored so one can copy them from the old hard drive. Lets take Realplayer for an example. It will allow one to download video from the Internet. But copying the video from one drive to another and having a clean installation of it recognize the video is a pain. Especially if one has renamed them. Look at the new computers at Walmart or Staples and one will not find one that starts with a ssd so until one can easily transfer everything from a hard drive to a ssd they will not be a option for the average computer user.
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