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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

pubwvj He doesn't have very good hearing... (87 comments)

"Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground."

He doesn't have very good hearing. Real animals can be a lot quieter than his motors. His robots are making sounds - he just isn't hearing them.

Furthermore his future goal of 30 mph is pretty slow. I have dogs that run twice that. Real cheetahs run almost three times that.

Not to diss his achievements with his robots but he should stop spinning the PR so hard. Exaggeration isn't necessary.

8 hours ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

pubwvj Bad Fake Science Alert (103 comments)

"When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying viruses release toxins"

Too bad SlashDot isn't a science web site...

(Antibiotics aren't used for viruses.)

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

pubwvj Outrage? (594 comments)

Save your 'outrage' for something real and meaningful. This is not a real problem. You have not been harmed. Get over it. It has been normal for decades for music players to come with free sample songs.

yesterday
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

pubwvj Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

If you're limited to three dimensions then I'm sorry but you won't be able to understand. Here... ... did you get that?

2 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

pubwvj Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

Yes, this is happening and judges sometimes throw it out as government gone too far. Hopefully the trend of government getting their knuckles knocked will intensify.

3 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

pubwvj Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

Hmm... then your world is a subset of the real world. How fascinating to meet you.

3 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

pubwvj Re:What are the bounds of property? (163 comments)

Actually, "how high above the dirt you own" is already well defined, both in law, regulation and court cases. What is happening at the ground and a bit above on your property is yours and you can even own copyright on it. Government and individuals are not supposed to snoop on you. Fliers are not supposed to fly below 500' above you in rural areas, higher in urban areas. The result is that if someone is peeping on you in a situation where you can reasonably expect privacy you can sue them and they can also separately be fined and imprisoned by the government. The government itself is supposed to get a warrant to view you.

Just as importantly, the other logical question is how far down below the surface do you own. This is your mineral rights.

Typically in the eastern United States you own all the way down, let's say to the mantle. The exact depth doesn't get too much precedence since deep drilling hasn't been done but fracking may be changing that soon.

Out in the western United States you may well not own below your surface soil, you may well not own your mineral rights, you may well not own your water rights and you may well not even own the rain that falls upon your land. Check your deed and your state laws.

In the fourth dimension of space you own nothing. That is possibly reserved for the alternative owners who may or may not own the land you own in this variation of the multiverse. This will not appear on your deed.

In the fifth dimension (time) your ownership started at some point in the past delineated by your purchase and will end at some point in the future marked by your death or other event. Again, check your deed for the particulars.

3 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

pubwvj Liberals are waking up? (163 comments)

How interesting that she, a liberal, is just now waking up to this. May they all wake up, on both sides of the spectrum, and realize the dangers.

3 days ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

pubwvj Easier than you think. (119 comments)

Lip reading is a lot easier than the original poster thinks. There is a lot more data available, especially within context.

3 days ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

pubwvj Re:Double-edged sword (110 comments)

No, not at all. People were making innovative software long, long before software was patented. It didn't used to be that patents were applied to software. Patenting of software is a relatively new thing and should not be done. Hopefully we'll see the end of it. The entire patent system is abused and abusive. Time to scrap it and reset.

4 days ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

pubwvj Such a lack of imagination is rarely seen. (63 comments)

Such a lack of imagination is rarely seen. Remember: "Nobody will ever need more than 640KB of memory" by Bill Gates?

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

pubwvj Re:Legacy Support (729 comments)

Apparently you missed the Apple quote that was quoted. Relax. You'll have a stroke.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

pubwvj Payments over phone or internet? (729 comments)

So the new iOS has payment abilities to store my credit cards but it sounds like that is for when I'm physically at a store. 99% of my 'shopping' does not involve going to a physical location but is over the web via my laptop computer or in a few cases over my landline phone. There is no cellphone service around here. I never shop via my iOS device. I very rarely shop in person. I would rather just give my credit card number to the sales person over the phone or web. I've almost never had a problem with fraud and in the extremely few cases the credit card company took care of the issue. That's what you pay the fees for.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

pubwvj But is the increase meaningful? (427 comments)

Long term records show the levels have increased and decreased before. What does it mean? Is it bad? Or is it just a distraction. There is a very real issue of toxic pollution that gets ignored in the hype over CO2.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

pubwvj Legacy Support (729 comments)

'Legacy apps "just work".'

Apple needs to apply this to the MacOS as well. We should be able to run all legacy applications back to MacOS 1.0 and frankly iOS and MacOS should be merged such that we can run applications on either. A lot of people aren't upgrading Mac hardware because we need access to older data which is used by older applications that Apple no longer supports.

We need Legacy that Just Works.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

pubwvj Re:Consensus is not Correctness (768 comments)

Consensus does not make for good science. It just happens that the current consensus supports your personal views so you like it. If the consensus was against your views you would not be so happy. I prefer hard core science, consensus be damned. Science is not a popularity contest.

As to the other answers, they're just Me-Taoism: the argument that my culture did it to, did it earlier, did it better. It's as bad as political correctness.

about a week ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

pubwvj Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Government doesn't get it. They don't control it. Sure, I would like to regulate the orbit of the planets but that is outside my realm. Likewise, the Canadian government is not just impotent but incompetent to think they could actually control foreign entities. Bozos.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

pubwvj Consensus is not Correctness (768 comments)

There was a time when the scientific consensus was that the Earth Was Flat and that the Sun Rotated Around The Earth as well as many other things we now consider quaint or just plain dumb.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

pubwvj Re:Powershell (727 comments)

"- strings terminated by a binary zero rather than their physical size." ...
"I program in ... Assembler to avoid that mess."

I take it you never never worked in tight memory situations of the early processors. Just about everything people cite as example has an explanation related to the environment it occurred in. Very evolutionary. Things make sense when you understand the context. If you try you might.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

pubwvj Lack of Emulation (635 comments)

Apple and other makers are screwing themselves up by obsolescing older software. I need access to my data. The applications that access my data won't run on the newer hardware on the newer operating systems. The result is I don't upgrade my hardware - I just keep making do with old hardware. I buy used computers for our businesses and family needs. I know of other people in the same boat. If the new hardware and OS can't let us use our older applications then we don't buy new. Apple and other vendors of hardware and OSs loses a lot of sales that way. They make nothing when we buy used.

Emulation is not that hard.

Keeping operating systems compatible so old software runs to give us access to our data isn't that hard.

We need backwards compatibility to move into the future.

about three weeks ago

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Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 4 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."
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FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 5 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes "Following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act which will band the feeding of pre-consumer food wastes to livestock and stop the practices of composting food wastes the FDA has taken the next step by eliminating farming and food production altogether. Once this operational change is implemented all food will be synthesized safely in the industrial settings. See FDA press release at attached link.

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/fda-ba..."

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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pubwvj writes "A small Vermont company has mad major advancements this year in the burgeoning field of Organic GMOs which play to the all natural food markets. The claim that crossing pigs and spiders they have been able to produce the worlds first eight foot hogs that offer longer loins and more hams and shoulder pier pig. (photo). Perhaps more importantly is that the longer body length of the engineered swine have resulted in a more efficient grazer that does not require the high grain feed inputs normally associated with pork production. Pasturing in turn means true green eggs and ham. Note that this is the same company that several years ago released the egg laying pigs although production levels were never found to be economical."
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BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pubwvj writes "The Journal News in New York provided a shopping list map to burglars of where to find guns. Now at least one burglary has been tied to the Journal News map."
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Robots are Revolting - Tourist Killed

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "In Denmark the robots are revolting, killing and maiming innocent bystanders. "Police in Denmark say an American tourist was killed and four people were slightly injured when hit by a runaway electric vehicle on a Copenhagen pedestrian street. ...the small garbage collecting vehicle started rolling by itself after the driver had stepped out to empty a trash basket... the tourist was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several yards. Four other people sustained minor injuries Wednesday.""
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Apple & EPEAT Mend Fences

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "Apple Boycotted EPEAT because EPEAT standards were lagging and hampering creativity. EPEAT announced they'll work with Apple. Apple announces they'll return to the EPEAT friendship circle. In other words, Apple's boycot worked. EPEAT is now willing to change to meet Apple's needs for design improvement. All of this was to force EPEAT to update the standards and it worked."
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Bad Asteroid Art

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pubwvj writes "This Reuter's Report: U.S. doing little about asteroids story on MSNBC has perhaps the worst artist rendition I have ever seen. The asteroid is said to represent the one of 65 million years ago. Yes, it was big, but it was not 300 miles high and the flames did not start while it was still in outer space. The artist should have done his research and should take full responsibility for such exaggeration. Things like this destroy science. Next the editors and fact checkers need chucking."
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