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Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

Xeth Re:who pays for maintenance? (366 comments)

The trailer appears to show the people on Earth forced to work for scraps in factories (presumably making things the people on the station want), with order being enforced by autonomous/remotely-controlled humanoid drones.

about 9 months ago
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Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

Xeth Re:They saw this coming for ages... (235 comments)

It's neither; it's factually inaccurate. GOES-R is alive and well, and likely to deliver on schedule (launch and operations in the 2015-2017 timeframe). The reason the article listed the expectated lifetime of the satellite was 2015 is that it should be replaced around then.

about a year ago
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OUYA Console Starts Shipping To Kickstarter Backers

Xeth Re:What a Scam? (110 comments)

Factually incorrect. Project organizers have a legal obligation to deliver what they promise, or refund the money. I recall at least one case where the organizer did not deliver, and was successfully sued and forced to declare bankruptcy.

1 year,19 days
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

Xeth Re:Better answer (572 comments)

Five years from now, just two categories of game will be made: Multi-player for consoles, solo (with multi-player functionality) for mobile devices.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the "gaming by the numbers" studios and publishers move that way. But I can guarantee that the people pouring millions of dollars into independent Kickstarter and greenlight games, and getting DRM-free software written by devs who care in return, will still be doing it in five years.

1 year,19 days
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Aaron Swartz Prosecution Team Claims Online Harassment

Xeth Re:And yet.. (429 comments)

Prosecutors have discretion. They are not required to prioritize every case and put forward the largest number of possible charges.

1 year,20 days
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JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

Xeth Re:what? (268 comments)

What would you recommend?

1 year,28 days
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Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

Xeth Re:Sorry to be frank but what did he think (308 comments)

Sure, but I think that's a grave mistake. Certainly, no console game can match the depth of the very deepest PC games, but there are still plenty of games that require strategy, knowledge, and reflex to complete (or be competitively successful). People aren't popping out a few minutes of Halo IV on the train to work.

about a year ago
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Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

Xeth Re:Sorry to be frank but what did he think (308 comments)

Casual games are the biggest market in the same sense that Lego is the biggest tire manufacturer. Based on some quick googling, it looks like the casual game industry has revenues of about $3 billion, versus $78 billion for the video game industry as a whole.

about a year ago
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Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

Xeth Re:Bad Patent (211 comments)

You speak of the ultimate end, I spoke of the local mechanical one. Both are correct; patents are intended to allow you to profit, in the hopes that the profit motive will drive innovation.

about a year and a half ago
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Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

Xeth Re:Bad Patent (211 comments)

Hm, serves me right for assuming the patent linked in the summary was the one the lawsuit was actually about. It appears that the one linked to has no actual relation, based on looking at the demand letter.

about a year and a half ago
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Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

Xeth Re:Don't innovate, litigate! (211 comments)

I think you may be misunderstanding GPP. It was a simple (somewhat pedantic) statement about how the traditional definition of a patent troll is someone that doesn't have a product. Since they have products, they're not a patent troll.

about a year and a half ago
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Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

Xeth Re:Bad Patent (211 comments)

It's possible you're right. Inuitively, one would think that removing a possible incentive for spending a lot of money in R&D would reduce money spent there (which, in general, probably reduces results). There are things in this world that it takes a lot of money to find out. Generally, that means a profit motive (which might not exist if you can't necessarily capitalize on your own discoveries), or government funding (which makes sense for things like medical research, but not necessarily for things that are less essential, like consumer luxuries). I really don't think that if you remove that motivation, the amount of results would be the same. But if you happen to have any hard evidence (both of us are making claims derived from reasoning and extrapolation), I'd be interested to see it.

about a year and a half ago
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Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

Xeth Bad Patent (211 comments)

The purpose of patents is to ensure that people can spend a lot of money on research, with some kind of general guarantee that it can pay off for them. Making support struts thinner at the point of contact doesn't really strike me as something that resulted from a protracted compaign of research, but rather an isolated flash of insight. Those flashes of insight aren't irrelevant; they're important to making things move forward. But they don't need to be patented; people will have them anyway. In order to encourage the progress of science and the useful arts, I think one really only needs to protect the things that require a great deal of effort to discover.

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. In Danger of Losing Earth-Observing Satellite Capability

Xeth Re:Those are just the U.S. Government satellites (258 comments)

No, it's not. Every single one of those satellites is visible, maybe with some near IR. I couldn't see a single one that can observe wavelengths longer than 1 um. That makes sense for commercial satellites, but it's not even close to sufficient for climate science.

about 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Xeth Re:There's this little problem with Ender's Game (1054 comments)

I agree to a certain extent; we need to be careful what we portray as normal, because people will see it that way if it approaches saturation. But I feel the particular act in Ender's game we're talking about really wasn't seen that way. It wasn't something that happened regularly at Battle School, and I seem to recall it being very clear that Ender had done something wrong, and there were very particular reasons as to why he wasn't being punished (though my memory of the book is getting rather old).

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Xeth Re:There's this little problem with Ender's Game (1054 comments)

Card is certainly unsavory, but I am curious why you think it shouldn't be promoted as a young adult book. Many of those books involve violence, often without consequences (e.g The Lottery short story). I personally think that scene makes a great discussion point; people should understand why Ender wasn't punished, and that could frame an interesting ethical discussion. I think the target audience for Ender's Game is old enough that they can understand that not everything that happens (in a book or reality) is just.

more than 2 years ago
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Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste

Xeth Re:More mdsolar pseudo-factual trolling (138 comments)

No, they're not. But there's no reason to suspect they can do more damage here than disposing many of the other nasty, non-nuclear things that need to be cleaned up.

more than 2 years ago
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Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste

Xeth Re:wait (138 comments)

I'm not fan of a regulation-free environment, but what the hell does that have to do with this situation? The linked article talks about how the Yakuza are tightly linked and will likely be brought in on a contract. How is that at all a conflict between regulation and the market? I suppose one can say, in the general sense, that the concentration of wealth in the hands of crooked individuals allows them to use dirty tricks to expand that power, but the only kind of government regulation that could address that would be some kind of cap on wealth.

more than 2 years ago

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Cutting-Edge AI projects?

Xeth Xeth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Xeth writes "I'm a consultant with DARPA, and I'm working on an initiative to push the boundaries of neuromorphic computing (i.e. artifical intelligence). The project is designed to advance ideas all fronts, including measuring and understanding biological brains, creating AI systems, and investigating the fundamental nature of intelligence. I'm conducting a wide search of these fields, but I wanted to know if any slashdotters knew of any neat projects along those lines that I might overlook (I liken it to asking around the local CS department lounge). Maybe you're working on a project like that and want to talk it up? No promises (seriously), but interesting work will be brought to the attention of the project manager I'm working with. If you want to start up a dialog, send me an email, and we'll see where it goes. I'll also be reading the comments for the story."
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Poll: Favorite living author

Xeth Xeth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xeth (614132) writes "Poll: Favorite living author
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Joe Haldeman
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Vernor Vinge
  • Gene Wolfe
  • I attend CowboyNeal's book signings
"

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Cutting Edge AI projects - Responses

Xeth Xeth writes  |  more than 5 years ago It's been two days since the story went live, and I think I've gotten the bulk of the responses. I was surprised by how many, and I will be making responses over the next few days. Thanks to everyone who wrote. I'll be posting again once I've gone through them all.

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