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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Stormy Dragon Re:That's interesting data but.... (152 comments)

On the other hand, you could argue that since the middle aged parent has much less productive life remaining, letting them die reduces the oppurtunity costs to society vs. letting the teenager die.

yesterday
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Stormy Dragon Re:Ads (324 comments)

Thus, it's a 1B premium, meaning that they value the profits per year for the following years at 150-160M, which is very easy to reach with that license.

Is it? Minecraft has doesn't really have characters, game universe, lore, etc. that would emotionally tie players to that specific product line. All it has is a concept, and you can't IP a game concept to prevent competitors from making their own sandbox building games.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Stormy Dragon Value is Not Intrinsic (880 comments)

The problem is that value is not intrinsic, so it necessarily ends up varying from person to person in a largely arbitrary way. Attempts by atheists to universalize value invariably end up just creating a new god like "humanity" or "progress" that serves the exact same function as a traditional religion, merely in a more subtle fashion.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Stormy Dragon Re:Well, not surprising ... (211 comments)

That's fine; I just have a peeve about the misuse of the word invest to rationalize putting money into things that are clearly not actual investments.

4 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Stormy Dragon Re:Well, not surprising ... (211 comments)

It's not charity, it's an investment. And if you have nothing to invest in, you get no money.

No, it is not an investment. No kickstarter project is offering any sort of return on your contribution.

5 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Stormy Dragon Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Germany didn't have the power to vaporize most of the planet with the push of a button.

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Stormy Dragon Re:Casting bricks in place? (202 comments)

Limestone is a segimentary rock. Are we sure they didn't quarry limestone aggregate that just turned into limestone blocks because of all the weight on top of them for hundreds of years?

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Stormy Dragon Re:Wrong (202 comments)

When you have an absolute monarch, the entire population is slaves for practical purposes, even if they're not formally slaves in the sense we mean the word today.

about three weeks ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

Stormy Dragon Re:could've sworn this was not the case (130 comments)

That's the schools PR spin, but it's undermined by the fact the policy itself specifically says it applies to students:

Northern Illinois University information technology resources, including the electronic communications network (NIUnet) on the NIU campus and off-campus education and research centers, computers attached to this network, and any associated computational resource or service are for the use of persons affiliated with Northern Illinois University, including faculty, staff, emeritus personnel, and students in good standing. Information technology resources are provided by the university to further the university's mission of research, instruction, and public service. The use of these resources should be consistent with this mission, this policy, and the University’s other use, security policies, and other applicable regulations including the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (SOEEA). Pursuant to the NIU Electronic Mail policy, the email system may be utilized for personal messages subject to the limitations set forth in these and other applicable policies and to the extent that personal usage does not interfere with assigned responsibilities. By using NIU services, all individuals, including, but not limited to, employees, students, customers, volunteers, and third parties, unconditionally accept the terms of this policy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Stormy Dragon Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Unions are themselves corporations. Private sector unionization has stagnated because being in a union to often just means you end up with two corporations screwing you over.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Stormy Dragon Re:Whatever games they chose?? (419 comments)

Bah, mowing is easy. Now weeding, there's a chore I hated doing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Stormy Dragon The Digital Yorkshiremen (637 comments)

Yeah, well I'm sick of people learning CS in C. They don't know about manually managing the stack like they would if they'd learned in assembly.

about a month ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Stormy Dragon Re:They are the rich (442 comments)

Sheldon doesn't trust banks because he believes that ATM machines will be the first wave of the robot uprising.

about a month and a half ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Stormy Dragon Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

String Theory has made testable predictions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

The problem is that all of them either require particle accelerators that are far beyond our current ability to power or require measuring some aspect of space that we haven't come up with a device to measure yet.

about a month and a half ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Stormy Dragon Re:String theory is voodoo physics (259 comments)

The theory of relativity wasn't testable when it was first proposed. Part of the reason Einstein never got a nobel for it was that it wasn't until the 1970's that there was real firm experimental evidence for it.

There's a distinction between something that can never be tested and something that can't be tested now due to technological limitations.

about a month and a half ago
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Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience

Stormy Dragon Poe's Law Strikes Again (113 comments)

The Candlestick Makers' Petition by Bastiat:

We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion (excellent diplomacy nowadays!), particularly because he has for that haughty island a respect that he does not show for us.

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bull's-eyes, deadlights, and blinds — in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun is wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries with which, we are proud to say, we have endowed the country, a country that cannot, without betraying ingratitude, abandon us today to so unequal a combat.

about a month and a half ago

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