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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Awesome picture (140 comments)

The best part of the listed articles is the picture of the sheriff pointing a gun at the dalek with his finger on the trigger, while two employees stand directly on the other side of the robot!

Awesome: 2nd article, go to last picture.

Maybe this is a cunning advertisement by Knightscope to demonstrate why police need to be robotized.

4 days ago

Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

cyn1c77 Robot tipping! (140 comments)

So, if I push it over, can it get back up?

Because that thing looks like it was made to be pushed over.

4 days ago

Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

cyn1c77 Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Here we go, endless posts about how it's all down to pure willpower and entirely the fault of the individual. Maybe we could try looking for more practical solutions and simply berating people this time?

Um, if you read the article, you would know that it is entirely the fault of the individual.

If you are not willing to swap fecal microbes, you won't be able to change your body weight as easily.

Thus, like most things in life (work, pleasing your spouse either physically or metaphorically), good things come to those who bend over and bear it.

about two weeks ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

cyn1c77 Re:Just cheating themselves (438 comments)

Sadly, most people learn this little gem of wisdom too late in life. Cheating only harms the cheater. It may mildly harm those who employ these people, but it doesn't take long for others to see despite your piece of paper, you're just an idiot who knows nothing, when you cheat.

So I say, if that's what they want to do, let 'em. It'll bite them in the butt soon enough.


This isn't true at all. Cheaters get better grades than many fair students. The cheaters then get better jobs and make more money, while the fair students may miss out. If this issue corrects itself, it can take decades, during which the fair students have missed out.

I also have a theory that cheaters that can't hack the workload as a regular worker just become managers to better hide the fact that they can't "do." Thus, these people are more likely to company leaders. This may be why you see such poor ethical behavior at the highest levels of any company.

The only way to even remotely try to fix this issue is to not give a degree to any cheater.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Echo Chamber

cyn1c77 Re:Failure Matters (112 comments)

Ipod(the old crappy ones)?

Ah yes, we remember the crappy ones. No wireless. less space than a nomad. Lame.

You call them crappy now, but they were insanely popular amongst non-/. folk when they came out.

about two weeks ago

Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

cyn1c77 Re:Thanks fracking (334 comments)

Start looking at how to adapt to climate change instead of some fantasy of avoiding it.

The way to adapt is by retiring the internal combustion engine.

Yes, then we can charge up our poisonous battery powered cars from coal.

But we are also supposed to stop burning coal, so I guess we will charge them from nuclear power.

But Congress shut down Yucca Mountain, so now nuclear power is not sustainable as we cannot safely store the radioactive waste. Instead, we should use wind, water, and solar power to charge them.

But wind, water, and molten-salt solar generators kill animals, require toxic emissions to mine the necessary rare earth metals, and don't generate sufficient power for the world's needs.

Thus, the only remaining solution is to reduce the earth's population back to a sustainable level: Will you volunteer?

No? Then I guess we'll both have to go back to the drawing board and think up a practical solution.

about two weeks ago

A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

cyn1c77 Re:Jeez, just come clean (146 comments)

Actually, the orbits are 4-dimensional trajectories of various structures. In orthonormal basis, the spatial dimensions are usually referred as x, y and z, and the t is known as 'time'.

The GP's point was that satellite orbits are elliptical and thus can be specified with less than four dimensions.

about three weeks ago

Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

cyn1c77 Re:Here's why (468 comments)

Real political change is brought about by lobbies. If someone wants to do something about the state of things, he either founds a lobby or supports an existing lobby that champions his cause (and by "supports" I mean "gives cold hard cash to.").

There is no evidence for that. In fact, it's pretty clear that the primary concern of politicians is pleasing their voters. Politicians listen to lobbies only in areas where voters don't care.

The problem is that most voters simply don't know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.


Lobbies buy ads that tell YOU what you should care about. You then vote for the politician that they put money into.

Most people do their political research by watching TV ads, so this approach works well.

about three weeks ago

Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

cyn1c77 Re:Time for a Layman's TOR? (95 comments)

What would it take to produce a seamless, idiot-proof, and completely secure and encrypted Tor for every layperson to pick up and use?

A lot, given that most people don't even encrypt or password protect their smartphones.

Government oversight would likely be required to enforce its usage!

about a month ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

cyn1c77 Who is going to resolve my payment dispute? (631 comments)

When I have an issue with my CurrentC bill, should I expect fair service on a payment dispute from a corporation owned by the company that is screwing me over?

How about in the case of stolen CurrentC credentials?

about a month ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

cyn1c77 Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (242 comments)

Windows 7 64 bit

I think Windows 7 is going to be the last Microsoft OS I'm going to buy. Linux is free. Hell, even OSX is free. Yet MS wants to keep gouging customers $100+. Uhm, no thanks.

Especially since you can use the Safe Boot > Repair Computer > and this batch file to have "unlimited" time to "register"

reg load HKLM\MY_SYSTEM "D:\Windows\System32\config\system"
reg delete HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\WPA /f
reg unload HKLM\MY_SYSTEM

Oh, you pay for the Linux and OS X, just not directly.

OS X is free on Apple hardware only, so you pay the Apple hardware tax.

Linux is free because it is open source, but that can have its own associated restrictions (associated with the time input required to it to a certain level of functionality, depending on your Linux expertise.)

So Windows is the only OS that directly charges you.

about a month ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

cyn1c77 We're really not a decade away for driverless cars (320 comments)

I don't know why the OP thinks that the "legal framework" is an issue? The government has been ignoring legalities for over a decade now.

The lobbyists will decide when driverless cars will be legal.

My guess is that it will all be sorted out right after the mainstream US automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) have their self-driving cars ready to go.

about a month ago

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

cyn1c77 Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

IMHO, either Ebola is easier to transmit than we are being told _OR_ these Ebola doctors who get the disease are FSKING IDIOTS

if it is so damn hard to get, how the hell do Doctors who should be the best at following procedure can get?

i think people are just morons, no matter what degrees they have

The only people telling you that Ebola is hard to transmit are the ones that want you to stay calm so that you are easier to control.

Most viruses (even HIV) have low transmission rates (below 30%) when the virus is exposed into the body. Relative to other viruses, Ebola seems to have an exceptionally high transmission efficiency. So if you perform any protocol wrong, you will likely contract it.

about a month ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

cyn1c77 Re:Politics (384 comments)

If the CDC had descended on the hospital like a ton of bricks and the first inkling of Ebola they might have prevented most of that from happening then people would be complaining about Federal overreach.


If the CDC had clamped down on that hospital, the only people complaining would have been the hospital staff.

Instead, the CDC has lost most of the public's trust.

Ebola is a deadly virus. With deadly things, you are expected to be proactive, not reactive. Once you react, people are already dead.

about a month ago

A Look At Orion's Launch Abort System

cyn1c77 Re:Would this kind of system have saved Challenger (44 comments)

Second, the boosters cannot be shut off. That's the big safety drawback of solid rockets - you light them, and they aren't going out until they're out of fuel.

*sigh* This is one of the biggest pieces of misinformation about solid rockets floating about out there, spread and repeated by shuttle detractors in a cargo cult like fashion until it's now regarded as a law of nature. What most people (including engineers who should know better) don't realize is that you don't need to shut them down in the first place- you just need them to produce net zero thrust. This is done via blowout panels in the front dome, and sometimes by blowing off the nozzle as well. And it's not like this is a new fangled technique either...

Actually, you can do even better!

It has been known for many decades that you can quench a burning propellant by subjecting it to a rapid pressure decrease. (The conductive flame structure cannot rapidly adapt the the decrease pressure and goes out.) Thus, blowout panels could actually be designed to quench the solid boosters. And this knowledge existed when the shuttle was designed.

But there is a finite price on human life and, like the ejection seats or parachutes on the shuttle or passenger airplanes, losing a few dozen astronauts is cheaper than accommodating safety systems.

We make it seem like it would be impossible to have these safety systems, but it isn't impossible. It would just be less efficient for the company or government... who only really cares how much your death costs them.

about a month ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

cyn1c77 Is the metric gender or weight? (399 comments)

Do small men also burn more calories than small women?

I was surprised to not see that point considered in an article attempting to be credible.

about a month ago

More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

cyn1c77 Re:how pretty (209 comments)

"It is difficult to keep a straight face and state that OSX is stable. Xcode crashes all the time, Qt software crashes all the time, visualization software works much better on Linux."

I play with the same tools - and I experience no instability like this on OS X. Xeon and Core Ix series hardware.

Agreed. Same here.

If you are having serious instability issues, you have something wrong locally with your machine.

Especially if it is crashing with that "classical" software.

about a month ago

The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

cyn1c77 Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (200 comments)

Had NASA in the late 1950s had a huge pool of qualified female test pilots and no qualified males, they would have gone with women and added men later.

NASA most definitely would not have done that! You are totally taking history out of context.

The US was a high discriminatory society in the 1950's. Women had only been allowed to vote 30 years earlier and the Jim Crow laws were still in effect until 1965.

There is no way that anything other than a white male would have been approved by NASA at a time when the majority opinion was that a woman's place was in the kitchen and a black's place was in the back of the bus.

about a month ago

Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live

cyn1c77 I have a really big telescope! (33 comments)

However, most of us in the Northern Hemisphere will not be able to see the comet at all, experts say, no matter how big a telescope we've got.

What if my telescope is both bigger and more curved than most?

Will I then be able to see the comet around Mars?

about a month ago


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