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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

invid Re:Caryatide expert here (92 comments)

DM: "You walk into an underground chamber. At the other end of the chamber is a large chest with a lock. On either side of the chest is a marble pillar carved into the shape of a woman. The woman on the left has a sword and the woman on the right has a battle ax."

Thief: "I take out my lock-pick and walk to the--"

Magic-User: "Don't move! Those statues are going to come to life!"

Thief: "What makes you think that? That sounds quite unlikely to me."

Magic-User: "You're new around here, aren't you?"

5 days ago

Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

invid Re:I'm sure this is just poor wording... (170 comments)

Astronomers expect a certain amount of lithium based on current theories of element formation in the early universe. Apparently they are wrong, bringing about, as Asimov observed, the most exciting phrase in science, "Hmm...that's odd,"

5 days ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

invid Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Hmm, interesting. That's not how I interpret the phrase "It's reasonable to expect..." at all. I interpret it as "Reason tells me that a certain outcome is the most likely to occur." I think we should take a poll to see which is the most common interpretation.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

invid Re: Her work (1262 comments)

It's reasonable to expect all people to refrain from credibly threatening the lives of others.

Sorry, but it really is unreasonable to expect ALL people from credibly threatening the lives of others. After all, these are people we are talking about. Maybe you don't have a lot of experience with people, but some are really messed up. Since we are talking about credible threats, it's reasonable for us to kill anyone who makes these credible threats.

As a disclaimer I'll point out that the above threat is not credible.

about three weeks ago

NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

invid Re:free electricity! (201 comments)

If you live near a star and you have solar panels, you won't need expendable fuel.

about a month and a half ago

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

invid Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

Unfortunately, for most people's everyday online activities, they can get traced back by a sufficiently informed an connected agency and are not truly anonymous anyway. I see a future where anonymity and privacy are going to fade away, and most people will just shrug and say 'meh'. We give away privacy for convenience ever time we use a credit card. We do it every time we use a smart phone. Currently, it only exists for those who actively try to be anonymous.

about a month and a half ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

invid Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

The only way the Russian's can "win" this propaganda war is if they can somehow convince those Europeans who make decisions about sanctions that they had nothing to do with the downing of the passenger jet. People will want to know where that Buk missile launcher came from, who gave the order to shoot, and where that missile launcher is now. If there is any evidence that the Russians had any direct involvement with this, no amount of propaganda will help them outside of the regions where they have complete control of the media.

about 2 months ago

Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

invid Re:21 feet (55 comments)

But can you ride on it?

about 2 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

invid Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

They have a 'bit' of a smog problem in Guangzhou, but the hotel I was at had an excellent breakfast pho bar.

about 2 months ago

Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

invid Weak Currencies (115 comments)

Hold on a sec ... is he trying to say that bitcoin can help rectify problems caused by weak currencies?

about 2 months ago

The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

invid Free Light Bulbs! (196 comments)

My uncle gave each of his relatives a large variety pack of energy efficient light bulbs for Christmas. Not a bad gift actually. Not flashy, except for in a light emitting way.

about 2 months ago

There's No Wind Chill On Mars

invid Re:Wind chill on a space suit? (110 comments)

So I'm not going to be able to walk around in shirt sleeves after taking an oxygen pill? Bummer.

about 3 months ago

Toyota Investigating Hovercars

invid Scrapheap Challenge (186 comments)

I was going to build one of those after seeing them made on Scrapheap Challenge (aka Junkyard Wars).

about 3 months ago

Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

invid Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (93 comments)

I'm going to assume that intelligent civilizations are much more rare than natural resources in the galaxy. Since intelligent civilizations probably develop in radically different ways, we would be far more valuable as objects of study than as a source of minerals. It would enhance the survival of a star spanning civilization to understand how other intelligent civilizations evolve.

about 4 months ago

The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

invid Re:Relativity (129 comments)

Like you said, "everything is relative". For astronomers, two million years is a pretty short time. Unless you're waiting in the coffee line.

about 4 months ago

Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

invid George Carlin (136 comments)

Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

~George Carlin

about 4 months ago

The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

invid Re:It's all about ME, ME, ME. (255 comments)

The robot should give priority to its owner. If the robot has to consider all humans equal, it will have to deal with ambiguity and uncertain intention in the external environment, which can lead to some disturbing possibilities. Consider the possibility that a robot could be manipulated into committing murder by having two pedestrians step out in front of a car on a narrow bridge. The car has no choice but to turn off the bridge, because two people are worth more than one. Or turning away from pedestrians (who are more likely to die) and instead going into oncoming traffic (where the oncoming car may or may not even have a passenger, or it may be a school bus). By always maximizing the survival of the passenger, I suspect that overall deaths will be minimized.

about 4 months ago

How Predictable Is Evolution?

invid Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

The word "perfect" is meaningless outside of mathematics.

about 4 months ago



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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