Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'
Could have been a couple million stone-age people, or it could have been a freaking comet.
Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Well, psychopathy is believed to affect about 1% of the population and be primarily a genetic abnormality, so that means about 3.1 million in the USA.
Enough to fill up Youtube.
Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Exactly. Elliot Rodger’s was a textbook psychopath, probably somewhere between ASPD and NPD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_B_personality_disorders).
That he had hang ups with women was a product of his brain not being capable of the normal range of human emotions, not because he was an introverted nerd.
How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
Google seems to be focused on automating commuting, but really isn't the goal to eliminate accidents due to all forms of human error? That means driving while drunk, texting, tired, etc.
The technology is getting better rapidly, but until someone can legally flop wasted into their back seat, at 4 AM, shout "Take me home!" and drunk text their ex-girlfriend like they currently can in a taxi, it's not going to get much traction.
So I'd say we're less than 10 years out from a tech perspective, and n years out from a legal one.
Kepler-62 Has 2 Good Candidate Planets In the Search for Life
Well then all we have to do is wrap the earth in a sheath of exotic matter that warps space-time to the point that a single second in the sheath on earth is 1000 years outside of it. Then just send out swarms of self replicating robots programmed to track down habitable planets and encase them in similar sheaths. After that build worm holes between the habitable worlds, easy-peasy!
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(novel) (it's a great book)
Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013
Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets
Actually all the ad money comes from Google. Turn off adblock, hover over an ad, right click, hit "inspect element".
MS, Apple, etc might pay Google for advertising, but I don't think I've ever seen an Apple or MS banner ad on Google (probably because as a general rule businesses don't pay for their rival's services if the don't have to).
Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person
I've never seen the word "penurious" before:
1 extremely poor; poverty-stricken: a penurious old tramp.
characterized by poverty or need: penurious years.
2 parsimonious; mean: he was generous and hospitable in contrast to his stingy and penurious wife.
--New Oxford American Dictionary
Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam
The US allows a margin of inaccuracy of 10%, plus or minus. That only applies to factory cars. Once someone has made a DIY modification (for instance changing the rim size) all bets are off.
Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads
"Let your viewers make the content and make money" was Web 2.0.
Web 3.0 is "Don't make money no matter who builds the content."
China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction
No need to Godwin yourself. Checkout what the Canadians were up to (with a little funding from the CIA):
Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist
It sounds to me like he might just be getting blocked due to not having SPF records set up properly for all his domains that he's mailing on behalf of. Many mail servers block email from domains that don't bother with SPF.
Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic
Green lasers are the most expensive, not the least. Compare: http://www.wickedlasers.com/arctic $400 for 1.25 W vs http://www.wickedlasers.com/krypton $1000 for 750mW.
MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store
I don't think most Mac users are too aware of it either. I've used it twice, for the last two OSX upgrades, but that's it. I suppose it's fine for Apple software, but it wouldn't occur to me to go there instead of the internet for 3rd party software. The App store seems to me just a half-hearted attempt to try to recreate the formula that made them so much money with iTunes and iOS.
The alarmist predictions that OSX will go the way of iOS are off base. iOS is consumption oriented, whereas OSX is production oriented. The bottom line is that they simply don't have the leverage to turn OSX into a walled garden. They tried that back in the 80s and nearly went out of business. If Apple loses sight of that the Mac will die, and Apple will effectively be withdrawing from the PC market. I wouldn't put it past them to one day kill the Mac, their consumer electronics division is way more profitable than their computer division, but I don't see that day coming soon. A powerful development platform is still a key to their brand.
Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?
I imagine that in urban areas nothing will change. Highways on the other hand, the speed limit will probably go up.
That is one of the major selling points of autonomous cars, they can respond way faster than a human driver ever could. Back in the 80s when science magazines predicted autonomous cars, they were always predicted to be going 200 mph, bumper to bumper. I don't think 200 mph is really feasible, even race cars require minute to minute maintenance at that speed, but 90-100 mph is probably doable.
Though there will need to be advances as far as power sources. Gas would be too expensive at that speed and modern batteries wouldn't be able to cut it for more than an hour or two.
Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?
Well she was the bisexual type of gay not the homosexual type of gay, so your fan fiction avatar could still have a shot.
Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?
Sunlight didn't hurt Dracula in the book, he's just not as powerful by day. It's also unclear if Dracula is truly undead in the sense that he died and was resurrected as a vampire. It's suggested that he transformed himself into a vampire using sorcery.
Drones, Computer Viruses and Blowback
I'm not sure why US commentators can't see this.
Commentators are propaganda, they are paid to justify those actions.
Many people in the US do see this, but we can't effectively intervene (due to a lot of things, the discussion of which would get off-topic).
Will IBM's Watson Kill Your Career?
Speaking of robotic doctors, I've always predicted that AI and robotics would eventually specifically replace surgeons. Well, replace might not the right word, maybe: augment to the point that the human surgeon's job would just consist of monitoring the AI driven robotics in case it does something catastrophically wrong.
A robot or team of robots driven by an AI (one advanced enough to react to unexpected circumstances) could be better in the operating room than humans. They're easy to sterilize, they can make more precise movements and manipulate smaller tools, they don't get stressed, they don't get fatigued, they could more accurately calculate probable outcomes, they could be faster, etc.
How far off an AI that is reliable and capable enough for that is another story, but I think it will happen somewhere down the road.
Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. People who live in NYC are on the whole thinner than people in the rest of the country, mostly because they walk everywhere. But some do have beer guts because since they walk instead of drive, they really, really like to drink.
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