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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 three weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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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 a month ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

invid Re:21 feet (55 comments)

But can you ride on it?

about a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

invid Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

The word "perfect" is meaningless outside of mathematics.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

invid Re:Code Complete (352 comments)

Agreed. I recommend it to all our new programmers.

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

invid Re:Always? (104 comments)

Personally I like the idea that the underlying reality of the universe is random. I find the idea that the universe is a deterministic clockwork to be depressing. Of course, the universe is going to be whatever it is no matter what I think. Unless, of course, I'm the one who collapses the wave function.

about 3 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

invid Re:Always? (104 comments)

I guess you're not a fan of the Copenhagen interpretation. From Wikipedia:

The Copenhagen interpretation - due largely to the Danish theoretical physicist Niels Bohr - remains the quantum mechanical formalism that is currently most widely accepted amongst physicists, some 75 years after its enunciation. According to this interpretation, the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics is not a temporary feature which will eventually be replaced by a deterministic theory, but instead must be considered a final renunciation of the classical idea of "causality".

about 3 months ago
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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 4 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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