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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 three weeks ago
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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 three weeks ago
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$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 a month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

leonardluen Re:The bigger picture (765 comments)

i mostly agree that 200 accidental deaths of youths is nothing, but exactly what right do you think is being trampled?

Do you even know the purpose of the 2nd amendment? how do you plan to overthrow an oppressive government that now has the worlds best equiped standing army and has control of multi-million dollar war machines? you need to face it the 2nd amendment is outdated. Unless we the citizens can also own and operate our own tanks, fighter jets, and armed UAV's we really don't stand much of a chance.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

leonardluen Re:Need Smart Gun Owners (765 comments)

7) just like you always assume a gun is loaded with rule #2, don't ever assume the features of a "smart gun" will prevent it from firing unintentionally and so always treat it as a fully operational gun.

about 3 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

leonardluen Re:The bigger picture (765 comments)

this page sites a 2002 study stating there were 214 unintentional deaths of children 0 to 19 in 1999. and 83 where they could not determine intent.

about 3 months ago
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Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

leonardluen Re:Good to know (179 comments)

field was powered by whatever it was protecting the occupants from

that doesn't sound like a very good idea...sure you can't destroy them, but couldn't you indefinitely imprison your foe in their own shield by just keeping some sort of high powered laser shining on it? or put it inside a magnetic field and pump plasma into it...like the shields from the article...

about 2 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

leonardluen Re:Pay per pixel? (347 comments)

ISP's seems equally as greedy as the MPAA, do you really doubt they won't find a way to charge them for letting people download the movies?

did you forget about comcast and verizon charging netflix so they can stream faster to customers?

about 3 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

leonardluen Re:I guess they were wrong (146 comments)

so...to paraphrase, what you are saying is that tax law is excessively more complex than it needs to be and should be simplified greatly.

i mean no offense to you, but taxes should be simple enough so that people like you aren't needed for the majority of people to complete their taxes. and for that matter tax software shouldn't be needed either.

about 3 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

leonardluen Re:At the risk of being flammed into oblivion (146 comments)

since when has taxes ever had any relation to how much the government spends? (at least for the US)

never in my memory, they have been talking about the budget deficit since at least the 80's

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

leonardluen Re:WHAT? (737 comments)

every abandoned car on earth would have an alternator. just need to rig something to spin it and you have electricity, say make a windmill.

heck all the cars also have batteries i would have to imagine at least some of those would still work as well.

electricity wouldn't be too hard to get.

about 4 months ago

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