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Ancient Shrimp-Like Creature Has Oldest Known Circulatory System

invid Re:It did "a whole lot of thinking"? (35 comments)

Now you've done it! Now we have to define "thinking". And thinking is required to define thinking. Or is it? Because I haven't defined thinking yet.

about a week ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

invid Re:Wearable device feasibility (180 comments)

Oh yeah, and understand natural language commands and stream ultra high-def video.

about two weeks ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

invid Re:Wearable device feasibility (180 comments)

I wear glasses, and if they suddenly had a HUD that was smart enough to keep out of my direct line of sight unless I wanted it, and if they had a camera and could understand some basic hand gestures from me, and make a virtual keyboard if necessary, and if they had headphones integrated into the part that rested on my ears, and if they were a smart phone and GPS and video camera and web browser, and if they didn't cost more than your average smart phone, and if they looked like normal glasses, I would be ok with that.

about two weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

invid Re:Um no (224 comments)

I want to do away with this base 10 nonsense and institute a base 12 numbering system. Try evenly dividing your primitive base 10 system into thirds!

about three weeks ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

invid Re:NASA needs SpaceX. SpaceX doesn't need NASA. (292 comments)

It would make a great platform for space observatories. Imagine a grid of radio telescopes on the dark side. It would also probably be a good place for a gravity wave detector.

about a month ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

invid Re:Looser immigration (303 comments)

Just wait until the foreigners start building robots to immigrate into America for them. Then we'll be in trouble.

about a month ago
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Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

invid Virtual World (497 comments)

Of course it will never be settled. Even if we are capable of comprehending all the laws of the universe and we do eventually figure them out to explain all observable phenomenon, it will always be logically valid to say there is something we haven't observed yet. Induction does not lead to logical truth. It is even possible (but unlikely) that the universe is actually completely chaotic with no laws, and what we see as gravity and the other forces just a really big coincidence.

about a month ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

invid Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

The failure of Linux to become the dominant operating system before Android didn't mean that an open source operating system wasn't viable. It just need the right platform to thrive.

about a month and a half ago
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Ancient Chinese Mummies Discovered In Cheesy Afterlife

invid Re:And Modern Chinese have no Native Cheese (64 comments)

My advice to Americans is to avoid dairy while in China. Every American I've known who ate dairy while in China was incapacitated with violent vomiting and diarrhea. Some needed to be hospitalized. The dairy technology and culture there isn't what it is in the west. I once asked a Chinese co-worker why he didn't like cheese. He said it was the smell. If I never had cheese before and then was confronted with a pile of feta I probably would feel the same way.

about a month and a half ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

invid Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

When I took computer classes there were plenty of people who just didn't "get it". Pointers and memory addresses seemed to be a major road-block for those people. Of course, with high level languages these days pointers aren't a major concern. My suggestion would be that a computer class is mandatory, with a "Computer Fundamentals" class that just taught a little basic architecture and how to be a smart user for those who don't want to learn programming. Programming really isn't for everyone, but you need to know what a computer is and how to use it to be functional these days.

about 1 month ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

invid All Positive (921 comments)

My step-son owns Google Glass and he went with us on a cruise recently. All the reactions I saw were very positive. He allowed other to wear it and demonstrated how it worked to anyone who was interested. If anything, it added to his popularity.

about 1 month ago
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Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

invid Re:Can someone explain this theft? (232 comments)

You buy a virtual car online.
You store your virtual car in a virtual garage.
The virtual garage collapses to virtual rubble, and all the virtual cars that were once inside are now gone.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

invid Re:Looking back at the rollout of the future... (293 comments)

Connections effected my view on the nature of the world more than any other single work.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

invid Re:Bladerunnner (293 comments)

Ubik is my 2nd favorite P.K. Dick novel, after A Scanner Darkly, which is the one I would recommend for its study of identity and surveillance.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

invid Re:The Father Thing (293 comments)

The Father-Thing isn't much more than an Invasion of the Body Snatchers story. If you want to add a P.K. Dick story, I would choose Pay for the Printer which explores the consequences of 3D printers (although in this case the printers are alien beings.)

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

invid Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

+1 Insightful to the above.

about 2 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

invid Re:No, who's on first! (280 comments)

If I throw the ball to first base then who gets it?

about 2 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

invid Re:How do they break even? (280 comments)

Once you attain a certain level of wealth, money is no longer money. It's just weight that you throw around.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

invid Re:Wow (888 comments)

The last valuable commodity shall be fame.

about 2 months ago

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3-D Stop Action Created with Kinect and Minecraft

invid invid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

invid (163714) writes "Watch out Ray Harryhausen. A programmer has turned the Kinect into a 3-D scanner used to create stop-action movies in the Minecraft. All the source code is available for you do-it-yourselfers who want to place giant statues of yourself or your pets in Minecraft, or any other object you care to have made into block form."
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