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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

leonardluen Re:First step to SkyNet (108 comments)

1) history shows that humans absolutely destroy anything that ever threatens us.

2) robots don't need oxygen to breath.

instead of trying to kill humans it is most likely that robots will just leave the earth. humans won't easily be able to chase them so then the robots can live on their own and mine some asteroid or moon for resources and not have to compete with humans.

3 days ago

Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

leonardluen Re:150 kelvin = -189.67 F (39 comments)

if you are converting miles to 16ths of an inch you are doing something wrong.

really there isn't much need most of the time to convert between miles and inches or even feet and miles. the only real reason for that is to compress the number when you write it down. there is nothing stopping you from using deca-feet or kilo-feet.

typically when you are working in miles you aren't measuring down to the foot. so you would say something is 3.5 miles not 3 miles and 2640 feet or 3 miles and 880 yards.

the imperial system is designed around construction. using either feet or yards as our base unit for construction we can easily divide it into many different factors using inches. want something to be 1/3rd of a foot? easy that is 4 inches. now try doing that with metric.

really the imperial system (for distance) has multiple different measurement scales it just so happens that we designed them so we can easily scale between them. metric only has one. the meter with multiple prefixes we can attach to it. i will grant you that metric is far better for most scientific measurements. and when you get to relativistic speeds and stellar distances the imperial units mean nothing to me, i need to see it in metric to get a proper sense of scale.

now i am not by any means against metric, i just don't loath the imperial system.

however at relativistic speeds and stellar distances your precious metric system sort of breaks down. how many kilometers in a light year? you can use a calculator, and good luck. :P

*well i guess light year isn't really a metric unit but it is a commonly used scientific unit of measure, and does not easily convert to meters.

3 days ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

leonardluen Re:progress (97 comments)

i agree with you.

how hard is it to put up a damn network? and then i don't have to put up with these bastard lizard pricks ruining everyones fun.

3 days ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

leonardluen Re:Diplomatic pouch? (299 comments)

Too bad the venezuelan's don't have anyone to smuggle out...isn't he at the Ecuadorian embassy?

about two weeks ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

leonardluen Re:They are clueless... (232 comments)

And I do...just trying to give a tip that some people may find useful

it's also generally not a good idea for your manager to think "damn it does he ever come to work?" if you wait until Monday morning to turn off the auto reply and he often sends emails before it gets turned off in the morning, he may see it and mistakenly think you still aren't there. turning it off Friday evening (assuming you took the previous week off) means 3 less days of advertising you are a no good slacker that is always on vacation...unless your manager typically expects you to respond to emails on the weekend, or prior to the time you arrive to the office in the morning,

about two weeks ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

leonardluen Re:They are clueless... (232 comments)

Why not have the auto-reply end at the end of your normal business hours the previous work day? typically no one is expecting you to work then anyway and then on Monday morning before 9am they aren't still getting the auto-replies.

about two weeks ago

Processors and the Limits of Physics

leonardluen Re:Duplicate article, ignore. (168 comments)

remember 512k is good enough for everyone.

we aren't quite there yet...

about two weeks ago

Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

leonardluen Re:We've had flying cars for decades now... (143 comments)

I believe part of the concept of the flying car is that flying it be as easy as driving a normal car. helicopters fail in that respect.

Other than everyone dreaming about flying cars there really isn't much need for them. what problem do they solve?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

leonardluen Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

I think people take the view that Microsoft writes the operating system but fail to understand that Microsoft needs to hire someone to do this rather than rely on the shoe-repairing gnomes.

given the UI for windows 8 and server 2012, those shoe-repairing gnomes might be a better choice next time...

about three weeks ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

leonardluen Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

well, good thing they will have a dome to protect them!

and maybe people will finally stop talking about Atlantis.

about a month and a half ago

Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

leonardluen Re:Good news though (74 comments)

it wouldn't be an issue if the SSN didn't have to be kept secret. there should be an easily changeable pin that goes with the SSN that you use when you need to apply for a loan or something.

or treat it more like credit card numbers and make it easier to get a new one if it becomes public.

another option issue one time use numbers like some credit card companies do.

there isn't necessarily anything wrong with having a unique identifier for people. the current implementation however is the problem.

about 1 month ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

leonardluen Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

i know you were joking.

but we never will get flying cars, and it has nothing to do with the technology, but entirely to do with the FAA/Govt.

just look at the issues they are having with civilian operated drones right now as an example.

about 2 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

leonardluen Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (220 comments)

HPC computing has never been efficient on a cost per performance basis. you pay a large premium for the extra performance. but then certain problems can't be solved with simple commodity hardware.

Heck you can even see this in pricing for consumer level hardware. a certain processor may cost you $x but if you want to upgrade to another one that is just 10% faster it will cost you $2x. do you really need that extra 10%? some people certainly think they do.

as for the guy that stole $150k in computing time to make $8k in bitcoins, i am sure he wasn't paying for the running time on the computer, so why does he care how efficiently it is mining?

about 3 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

leonardluen Re:hmmmm, seems familiar.... (230 comments)

The irony being that Tesla's system (AC) is now powering everyone's home, but Edison's system (DC) is powering the car named after him.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

leonardluen Re:Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

you don't like the word soul, fine, i guess what i am trying to get at, is does your consciousness transfer? or were you destroyed and a clone that thinks its you and acts like you created.

The real problem is there isn't any evidence to cite on either side of this argument. and defining the "soul" is heavily philosophical and often religious. for the purposes of this argument i guess i am mostly saying it is your thought stream/consciousness. if you stop it on your original body does it resume after you are teleported, or is that just a copy?

i would say this is all related to the ship of theseus even if teleportation of real objects isn't really feasible today, this topic has been debated for centuries.

i know being a TV show this isn't really a good source but Sheldon on Big Bang Theoryunderstands the issue.
i had already formed my opinion long before seeing this.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

leonardluen Re:Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

yes so if you make an atom by atom copy of your brain does your consciousness transfer.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

leonardluen Re:Could the soul survive? (202 comments)

a soul i still an important concept and good area of debate if we ever develop star trek style teleportation. if you strip away all the various religious crap, your "soul" is basically whatever makes you, "you". it is what is controlling your body, thinking your thoughts. there doesn't need to be any magical spirit involved in this concept.

when you come out of a star trek style teleporter is it actually you that comes out complete with your stream of consciousness? or is it just a really detailed copy that looks like you acts like you and thinks it is you and the previous you was destroyed and no longer exists? i don't know about you, but i definitely wouldn't ever voluntarily use a teleporter, except as a last resort. either it transfers the "soul" and everything is fine or what comes out is a very detailed duplicate that looks and thinks exactly like you. this duplicate since it has all your memories would think it had worked even if the original you ceased to exist. i am not really afraid of death but that also doesn't mean i want to cease existing. teleportation just seems too risky.

i think it is more clear if someone were to make an exact clone of you including your memories. this duplicate isn't you, you don't control it you don't hear it's thoughts. it may look like you and think like you but it isn't you.

about 3 months ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

leonardluen Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

But they do have your name. you do realize it is encoded on the magnetic strip? and most regular customers will live within a rather small radius of the business. so if they want your address they can take your name from your card and then look you up in an online phone book so they can send you ads next time farscape is on sale

about 3 months ago


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