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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

kencurry adios Explorers (141 comments)

Got my official "see you later, dude" email today. quick takes:

The Good:
Display was quite good.
No visual acuity problems for far-sighted eyes
Good for hands free access to your phone

The Bad:
Terrible battery life
Poor public image
"Google vs. Apple" crappy tactics i.e., poor iPhone integration [We are trying to break new ground, why do we need that sh*t involved?]

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

kencurry Re:islam (1350 comments)

Very good point you make here regarding old vs. new testament. I wish more christians got that point.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

kencurry does sentience bring about self-preservation? (258 comments)

Ethicist should weigh in. If robots have no sentience, they would not know that killing was different from any other task. As creatures who value self-preservation (most of us anyway) we don't kill because we don't want to be killed. I assumed always that our self-preservation came about because we have consciousness. A robot without self-awareness could follow a rule but would not have any internal feelings about that rule. Without those feelings, rules alone won't work. Philosophy majors take over this discussion...

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

kencurry Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (258 comments)

well done sir.

about two weeks ago
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Belize's "Blue Hole" Reveals Clues To Maya's Demise

kencurry Re:Global warming! (80 comments)

Aha, so it was not the global warming that caused their extinction but the human sacrifices. Got it!

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

kencurry So much wrong here (282 comments)

1) No concrete evidence that a Sovereign County hacked into Sony, but POTS says he thinks they did anyways

2) Movie is probably total piece of sh*t anyways, who cares?

3) Even if NK did it, it is not an attack on US but a foreign corp with some US holding, but still a Japanese company, why don't they saber rattle instead of us?

4) The whole thing could have been PR stunt from Sony to advertise the movie

5) Why didn't POTS just tell Sony "get your sh*t together, improve your security - tired of this crap, dayum!"

about a month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

kencurry GTA FTFW (232 comments)

Can't wait for the network coverage.

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

kencurry Re:At a guess . . . (179 comments)

+1 on "adjust background color"

I changed my page color to sepia, and dim the brightness quite a bit. I like this better then the white on black inverted look.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

kencurry Re:ridiculously bad summary (285 comments)

I've been driving for a few decades and have seen many serious injuries and fatalities, but not a single serious injury or corpse in a rear-end crash...

You've never driven in heavy stop-n-go traffic on the freeway in SoCal then. I have seen cars so smashed you could not tell what the make or model of the vehicle was; sadly I saw a fatality just this summer, a mother and her kids on I-5; people just don't realize that drivers will slow and change lanes to take the exit at Camp Pendleton Traffic will back up there all the way up to the freeway lane.

Not sure why you want to believe that a rear-end accident is nothing to worry about.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

kencurry Re:San Diego (285 comments)

We still have them in North County. Vista is notorious for them, especially around the courthouse on Melrose.

about a month ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

kencurry Re:Study financed by (285 comments)

In our area, a red light camera ticket is $400.

about a month ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

kencurry Re:Supreme Leader (177 comments)

Exactly, if NK had half a brain, they would realize that Seth Rogen movies are on a pretty steep downward trend. Let it die, and look on with a little smugness, a little pity.

Also, Umm, Sony? could you do more to be idiots when it comes to security within and without your business groups?

about a month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

kencurry V.ger (67 comments)

we are V.ger

about 2 months ago

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

kencurry kencurry writes  |  about a month 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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