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Developing the First Law of Robotics

RoverDaddy So, a design failure then. (162 comments)

In both Asimov's story and this experiment, the real moral seems to be that somebody failed to specify the proper requirements, or run a reasonable design review. "If you can't save everybody, save who you can" seems like a reasonable addition to the program.

2 days ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

RoverDaddy Re:So it works then? (113 comments)

Totally depends on who's providing the news coverage. Fox news, yes. CNN, maybe. Space.com, not so much.
BREAKING NEWS: Media outlets are biased.

about a month ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

RoverDaddy Re: So it works then? (113 comments)

I agree. I am a big fan of Musk and SpaceX but there is no chance in hell that SpaceX would be developing these systems without self-destruct capability. Might as well praise Google for ensuring their self-driving cars have brakes.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

RoverDaddy Re:Try (170 comments)

Seriously man, it has run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.

THIS IS AN EX-PLATFORM!!

about 1 month ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

RoverDaddy One good sign... (176 comments)

I went to his Facebook page and it looks the like comments on this issue are about 30:1 against his position. He's really being hammered there as a sellout. Yeah, I know, he really doesn't give a damn, but I'm glad people are speaking up.

about 4 months ago
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New Shape Born From Rubber Bands

RoverDaddy Re:The usual story: flawed summary (120 comments)

The title is basically buzzfeed for science.

"Which Perverse Hemihelical Chirality are you? Take this quiz to find out!"

about 5 months ago
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Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

RoverDaddy Re:Pluto (63 comments)

My personal definition would be "if you can stand on it, it's a world". If you the best you can do is float next to it and even the slightest touch bounces you away, it's not a world. Hardly scientific, but it gets the point across.

about 6 months ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

RoverDaddy Re:Stacked RAM isn't anything new. (110 comments)

Edit: Thinking about it, an inverter on CS (Chip Select) might be more likely.

about 6 months ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

RoverDaddy Re:Stacked RAM isn't anything new. (110 comments)

I have a memory card from an original IBM PC from 1982, which has stacked memory chips. In fact, each pair of chips has ALL of their pins wired to the same contacts on the PCB. Although I have been unwilling to take apart the board to verify, this leads me to believe that the chip on top and the chip underneath are different. I'm guessing one of them has an inverter on an address line, so it will respond to even addresses, while the other responds to odd addresses.

about 6 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

RoverDaddy Re: I think I've seen this plan (330 comments)

Really? The moon orbits the earth. Is it eclipsed by the earth 50% of the time? Of course not. You're only thinking about satellites in -low- earth orbit, which are shaded by the earth basically during half of each orbit. Put the satellites in very high orbits (geosynchronous itself is pretty high), and they are exposed to sunlight far more than 50% of the time. Heck, put a satellite in a polar orbit and for much of the year it can be exposed to the sun -throughout- its orbit.

about 7 months ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

RoverDaddy Re: I think I've seen this plan (330 comments)

That still means at any given time 1/2 the panels aren't doing anything useful. It also means on every lunar day the panels go through massive temperature transitions from incredibly hot to incredibly cold.

Instead, you could place a ring of panels in high orbit around the earth and have -all- of them working nearly all the time. I guess there might be a tradeoff due to the need for microwave transmitters on every generating satellite (since wiring together sets of panels many kilometers apart in earth orbit is probably not feasible).

about 7 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

RoverDaddy Of course language centers were active... (161 comments)

while studying someone else's code. All the programmers were muttering and cursing under their breath, about what an idiot the programmer was and how much better they could have written the same thing.

about 7 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

RoverDaddy Re:"Cord cutting" (424 comments)

Some of us care about that $10 a month. In fact, I didn't get basic cable bundled with my internet until it actually -dropped- the cost of my internet (net cost of basic cable was actually -negative-).

But what happened next? Comcast decided to switch basic cable from analog to digital to save bandwidth. (Ok, no problem so far - that's actually a good idea). But what did they give basic cable subscribers then? A tiny box which converted the digital signal to 4x3 Standard Definition NTSC television (the old Channel 3 connection). In other words, crap. I could hook up an antenna to my TV and pull broadcast TV in 1080p HD, but the cable company puts me back in the 90's. You bet your ass I cared about that $10 a month. If adding basic cable to my internet connection cost me even one cent I wouldn't have been happy.

about 7 months ago
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$499 3-D Printer Drew Plenty of Attention at CES (Video)

RoverDaddy Re:Yeah yeah (155 comments)

I don't think I've burned out a CFL in the past 8 years, and they weren't that expensive to begin with. So, anecdotally, YES they can be cheaper.

about 8 months ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

RoverDaddy Re:Many eyes... (213 comments)

Sorry, posting to remove erroneous moderation. Me and my clumsy fingers. Consider yourself getting +1 Funny.

about 8 months ago
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Computers and Doctor Who

RoverDaddy Re:MacGuffins, all of 'em (maybe a spoiler here) (93 comments)

That was really the weakest point of that story and really completely unnecessary. Considering that Doctor Who established that a Weeping Angel is a -stone statue- that can't move at all if anybody is looking at it, it makes no sense at all. First, the Statue of Liberty is not stone, and second, is there actually any point in time where -nobody- at all is looking at it?

about a year ago
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NC School District Recalls Its Amplify Tablets After 10% Break In Under a Month

RoverDaddy Re:Obvious Solution (177 comments)

That's quite a generality. I've been to my daughter's high school and the teachers there don't appear to be lazy in the least, AND they seem to be leveraging technology in sensible ways. For example, the way my daughter can log in to a school web site and see every day's lessons and homework assignments.

about a year ago
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The Human Brain Project Kicks Off

RoverDaddy I think I know where this is going.. (251 comments)

"We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that at some point in the early twenty-first century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to AI.”

about a year ago

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