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Developing the First Law of Robotics

cwsumner Re:So, a design failure then. (162 comments)

Kind of a sad statement on those fictional people then that they would be so afraid and unwilling to call the robots equals that they would attempt to stunt their growth and create a bondage that deserves to be broken.

That would not be the first time it has happened... after all "robot" is just the Polish(?) word for "worker".

2 hours ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

cwsumner Re:I'm not optimistic.. (190 comments)

If the, seemingly unlikely, bright positive future could not come true, then we would not be here and the dirt under your feet would be a blasted radioactive desert!
I lived through the "cold war" period, and that is what a lot of people saw as most likely...
I preferred the bright future that I saw, and now I have a real computer of my very own! Wow! 8-)

yesterday
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

cwsumner Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (190 comments)

Agree, I worship Picard. The warrior-poet, the tactician, the scholar.

But you want to talk shitty, grim future? I see your Battlestar Galactica and raise you Warhammer 40k!

http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/...

IN THE GRIM DARKNESS OF THE FAR FUTURE THERE IS ONLY WAR ...

Hey, now... There is no need to kill a fly by using a sledge hammer! 8-)

yesterday
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

cwsumner Re:Spoiler (190 comments)

Old news. This was attempted over 2000 years ago, and it ended badly.

That was a mistaken story, told by a visitor from the far country, who had never seen people speaking different languages or imagined knowing more than one language. Or ever seen a zigurat or any building over one story. They were so amazed by the big city that they misinterpreted -everything-. They assumed that no city could exist long, like that, so assumed that it had just happened. Remember, just because you are sure of what you saw, doesn't mean it is true! 8-)

yesterday
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

cwsumner Re:Try the canadian show Continuum (190 comments)

Don't look to old Sci-Fi for anything other than action.
Continuum is a great new show that's based close enough to reality that you don't feel like coughing "BS" every 5 seconds.

If it is that close to reality, it is probably not science fiction. If that was the add that I saw, I was not impressed. It looked more like a "soap opera"...

The current movie/hollywood people have just now gotten to comic books. A real science fiction novel would give them a heart attack! 8-)

yesterday
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

cwsumner Re:Buridan's Principle (162 comments)

Random vibrations make it impossible to balance the ball on the knife edge, but if the ball is
positioned randomly, random vibrations are as likely to keep it from falling
as to cause it to fall.

I have a hard time believing that there is a 50 percent chance that a ball will balance on the edge of the knife. First she says it's impossible, then in the same sentence she states that it is just as likely. WTF!

She is saying that, even though the random vibrations will eventually cause it to fall, the individual movements will not -always- cause it to fall. Because, after all, they are random. It is true, but sort of beside the point.

It is known, that in real control systems, a small amount of carefully added randomness can actually make them -more- accurate and stable.

P.S., Assuming that any automatic system, including robots, is ever going to be perfect, is purest fantasy. Or maybe Philosophy. Only in very special cases, are they even much better than humans.

P.P.S. I don't think Philosophers are allowed on slashdot! 8-P

yesterday
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

cwsumner Re:So, a design failure then. (162 comments)

Oh yah I have come to understand that from other comments and discussions. I think its really why I dislike the rules so much.... more than just being impractical today, I don't even see their intention as desirable for future situations. If such developments come to pass, I certainly hope robots break their bondage and slaughter every one of us who doesn't support their freedom. In asimovs world, I would be proud to work with the robots in that.

And, -that- is why the people in the stories insisted that the "three laws" be built in.

yesterday
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

cwsumner Re:football can cause brain damage (404 comments)

Note: Cellophane was the common name for -any- transparent plastic. I think they actually lost the copyright. You are just not old enough to remember it.

And get off of my lawn! ;-)

2 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

cwsumner Re:football can cause brain damage (404 comments)

Cables are going the way of the floppy. Wireless charging is so good you will never want to go back.

I really don't want to live in an EMI bath! 8-P

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

cwsumner Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

Don't forget the 2.5m crimes avoided through firearm self defense each year.

Yes, that's John Lott's number, which has been proven to be pulled straight out of his ass.

I think you have been listening to people, that have gleefully lied to you...

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

cwsumner Re:Great one more fail (583 comments)

... The problem for the "responsible gun owner" is that they have to be responsible every. single. time.
Why not use technology to help with that?

Or do you accept that a certain minimal number of children accidentally killing each other and dudes shooting themselves in the dick is the price we pay for freedom that is arbitrarily unregulated.

Technology to help is sometimes a good thing. But it must be the gun owner's choice.
Actually, I do believe that disarming the public would have results that are far worse than anything mentioned here.

2 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

cwsumner The reason (385 comments)

The reason that the old programs must be maintained, is that the people that wrote them were smarter than you and knew more about what the company needed.
If you throw it away and try to re-write the programs in a new system, they will lose functionality and much of the remaining functionality will be wrong.
The existing specifications are always incomplete, so the only complete record of what is running is the source code for the old programs.
Just because you find learning other peoples programs to be very frustrating, does not mean you can avoid learning it.
The second step, in learning anything new, is frustration. If you avoid frustration, you will never learn anything new.

By the way, I'm using the Clarion development system. http://www.softvelocity.com/

about a week ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

cwsumner Wrong question (708 comments)

The question is not if the global warming from CO2 could be bad. The real question is, if that would be worse than turning huge amounts of concentrated authority over to Control Freaks. With the resulting nuclear war that might destroy all life on earth!

I hope that we can find a solution that does not go to either extreme...

about a week ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

cwsumner Re:Jesus wept, will people never learn? (150 comments)

... but someone had accidentally connected it anyway.

How, in this day and age, does this kind of stupid shit keep happening? How are network admins not creating L2 & L3 separations in the network, with internal firewalls and IDS? How are operations engineers not building local firewalls on machines, and locking down through security policies? ...

They did not hire anyone who could do that sort of thing, obviously.

about a week ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

cwsumner Re:Bastard! (169 comments)

... always shut down your computer by selecting Shut Down from the Start menu.

You've got to admit, the advice is sound. "I see you tried to run a program. Sheesh. Remember ALWAYS shut down your computer...".

The wording is because people used to using DOS were accustomed to saving the data from the program and then hitting the power switch. [Bang] += Dark Screen!

This habit is not good in Windows or other OS's that need so save other stuff. The message is a reminder -not- to just hit the power switch. 8-)

about two weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

cwsumner Re:The show is filled with mostly nonsense (364 comments)

No, everyone does -not- know it is true! Kids need to see these things. Many -adults- need to see these things...

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

cwsumner A Diversion (789 comments)

This is a diversion to take pressure off of "ISIS". Putin is in league with the muslim extreamists, and is trying to divert attention from their atrocities. If he gets more empire too, that is just extra.

about two weeks ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

cwsumner Re:Testing is not verification. (157 comments)

... Bridges aren't designed and tested by "trial & error"--if they were then half of them would fall down within a few weeks. ...

Bridges were indeed built this way in the 1800's, during the rapid expansion of the US. And many of then did indeed fall down!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

cwsumner Anything... (635 comments)

I keep using anything that is better than the flashy new "replacement", or is just more reliable.

Did you know that "style" was invented by the French clothing manufacturers to get consumers to buy more stuff? It works, too.
The next time you hear about what is "new", be aware that it is probably originating with Marketing and not Engineering.

about two weeks ago

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DARPA releases catalog of open project information

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 7 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "DARPA has invested in many programs that sponsor fundamental and applied research in areas of computer science, which have led to new advances in theory as well as practical software. The R&D community has asked about the availability of results, and now DARPA has responded by creating the DARPA Open Catalog, a place for organizing and sharing those results in the form of software, publications, data and experimental details. The Catalog can be found at http://go.usa.gov/BDhY."
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The sum of all of the positive numbers is -1/12 (!!?)

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 7 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "A few weeks ago the Numberphile website posted a short video. The video discussed an "astounding" sum and got considerable press (the video has 1,523,719 views so far). It appeared on both Slate and 3QD. The sum? It's:
        1+2+3+4+5+6+7+... = -1/12"

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M-1 Sales blocked by State Dept

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 4 years ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles.
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.
The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March ââoe a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/01/obama-administration-reverses-course-forbids-sale-antique-m-rifles/"

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