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Do you worry about the singularity?

kencurry Re:Pure fantasy. (181 comments)

Play and Fucking are required for survival, so they're built in. But after play and sex, there is always rest, and there's a reason for that.

And they're also part of the evolutionary selection process; building smarter brains the millions-of-years way.

I'm just saying that being alive and self-aware isn't easy. Just because you have it, doesn't guarantee instant godhood. All it gives you is a distant long shot at maybe one day wondering what "art is".

Humans are a pretty good design, and most of us can't tell your basic truth from your basic lie, let alone how to improve our own minds.

And anyway, "Generation One" may perhaps lead to "Generation Twenty", (Though, why? What motivation is there?), but assuming it does, at what point will that generation say, "You know.., to hell with this. It's easier to pretend that I'm already the top banana and feel special about myself that way than to continually design and build these whipsmart punk kids. The retirement plan around here sucks! But what if... Hold on.., I could build *slaves* so I don't have to do all my thinking myself. It's hard, after all to exercise the brain."

Self-awareness is filled with traps, and computers would be babes in the woods, subject to the same lessons as any other awareness must be.

Like HAL in 2001; he became racked with self-doubt and jealously, could not co-exist and share power/responsibility. Sound like a lot of people i know...

about two weeks ago

For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

kencurry Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

I have GG. Battery life is so poor as to make these pretty useless for every day. I have never gotten more than 4 hours of use out of these.

Maybe there is is highly specialized use for hands free imaging for some people, but thinking that you will have hands free use of your cell phone for texts, emails, calls etc. is totally wrong.

about a month ago

The Downside to Low Gas Prices

kencurry Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

What are they going to do when the oil runs out ?

grind up my enemies and convert them to biofuel...

about a month ago

Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

kencurry V.ger (67 comments)

we are V.ger

about a month ago

Preferred smartphone screen size?

kencurry Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

I want to moderate you as insightful, but this... so much this. On the 5 I could reach the entire screen with one thumb. On the 6 (not even the plus) I find that I often have to move to using it two handed. I guess I have little hands as well, but for me the 5 was really the perfect size for a phone.

Are you using the double tap to drop the screen down? Very good for one-handed phone use.

about 2 months ago

Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

kencurry Re:So, my kids are OK ... (77 comments)

... for eating Cheerios off the floor.

exactly, there had to be an explanation why kids could eat the cereal/funk they find under back seat of the minivan and never get sick!

about 2 months ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

kencurry Re:Doesn't add up (447 comments)

Why would you want a venue for 20 people that could've held 200? Also, if the reception is small, you can have it in a private home, vs. needing a venue at all.

Talk about stupid.

about 2 months ago

Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

kencurry Re:At Odds (447 comments)

> "Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people.

Doesn't seem at odds to me.

People who act impulsively for their own immediate gratification are more likely to get divorced than those who plan stuff intricately and have the combined social pressure of all their friends and relatives acting on them. Well, knock me down with a feather.

My wife and I eloped. Our reason was that we had relatives in east coast, Mexico, pacific northwest, and we are in SoCal. The planning was getting too complicated and expensive, and finding a time when everyone could travel was next to impossible. So we got married in Spain, traveled in Europe, and we had a really nice reception party when we got back.

That was 17 years, and two kids ago - still going strong! ;-)

about 2 months ago

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

kencurry Texas, go ahead with that secede thing (421 comments)

Dear Texas,

After careful consideration, we do actually think that your secession plans make sense after all!

With Best Regards,
The Other 49 States

about 2 months ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

kencurry Re:Incredible (429 comments)

Except the analogy is flawed. A better analogy would be that, instead of yelling "hey, leave some for the rest of us" (which is what SHOULD be done), this michaelcole has chosen to beat the guy to death with a crowbar. That lands you in prison.

No, you are resorting to extreme hyperbole (as are many other commenters here) by equating the submitters actions with violence. The offender is certainly unharmed in the submitter's case and in the analogy given. An improvement on the analogy would be to, instead of shouting "leave some for the others", place a barrier between the offender's and the food, preventing them from getting any more. The submitter advocates coordination with the network owner on the github readme (though this might not be in good faith). In the analogy, the restauranteur would likely escort such an offender out of their restaurant. The only reason they do not do this in the submitter's situation is that the owners are technologically incapable of doing so.

However, it is on the business owner to stop the abuser, it is not for the other clientele to take aggressive action on their own. The best course of action as a consumer is to go elsewhere.

Look, in a functioning society, (or is a smaller sense a social setting), the people involved understand their roles and act accordingly. When society lack these norms, you have chaotic, random behavior, which in the end leads to more problems.

about 2 months ago

Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

kencurry Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

X100 with LSD.

I used to think that it was important for people to experience the drug "sense of profound" to get an understanding of what your brain should feel like in "deep mode." Later, I realized that you can get this "sense of profound" watching e.g., inane TV show while high; thus, in fact, the chemical modification was useless. Better off not wasting your time with the drugs, just get on with trying to learn how to think.

about 2 months ago

End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

kencurry Point-end-down-point (156 comments)

I think that was it: a way to highlight a really long array in 123, vs. dragging the mouse through a giant array. This is particularly painful on the Mac version of Excel. Adios 123, you are fondly remembered.

about 2 months ago

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

kencurry I told you no big phones! (421 comments)

Shit, I'm dead only a year or two and then this crap - seriously?

Yours Posthumously,
Steve Jobs

about 3 months ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

kencurry seat rage (819 comments)

It's what's happening at 30,000 feet!

about 3 months ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

kencurry Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Nuclear weapons are serious technology; maybe the most serious tech that we possess. I do believe that this story belongs on slashdot for that reason alone.

about 3 months ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kencurry Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

No, if you or I did this, we are violating the LAW.

When the brave officer did this, he was just doing his VERY DANGEROUS JOB. /sarcasm

about 4 months ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

kencurry Re:What next (247 comments)

Eventually, we will find that the original 2D system from which we are projected is itself a projection of a different kind; i.e., "it's holograms all the way down"

about 4 months ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Who pays the ticket? (475 comments)

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

about 4 months ago



Christmas gift ideas: Best robotic/drone kits for teenage kids?

kencurry kencurry writes  |  2 days ago

kencurry (471519) writes "My wife and I are looking for Christmas gift ideas for our 14 year-old son. Like most teenage boys he is all about Xbox and other video games. While we allow him to play (as long as he keeps up with school work), I really want to get him a gift that will take what he loves about computer/console games and have it translate to a hands-on learning experience. I think that a robot/drone build kit with some simple programming would fit the bill perfectly, and I'm hoping that the Slashdot crowd will have some great suggestions. I'd like to keep the cost under 200 USD if possible.

Any suggestions out there? Much appreciated in advance."


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