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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

qbitslayer Re:"Flying car" is absurd (96 comments)

Oh, I know alright. But this is my show, I make the rules and I say you're not worthy to receive this knowledge. Not yet. :-D

about a year and a half ago
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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

qbitslayer Re:"Flying car" is absurd (96 comments)

Understanding does not grow on trees and knowledge can sometimes be sweet as honey in the mouth but sour and bitter in the stomach. Besides, patience is an undervalued virtue. You only get a sniff for now, if you know what I mean.

about a year and a half ago
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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

qbitslayer "Flying car" is absurd (96 comments)

The idea that, one day, our cities will be filled with flying vehicles that push stuff downward to stay afloat, vehicles that lack the maneuverability and stopping power of wheeled vehicles, is absurd on the face of it. In other words, forget propellers, rockets, wings and all that other silly nonsense. Physicists will have to seriously retrace their steps to figure out where they went wrong because they will need to fully grok the nature of motion to solve this problem. Only a full understanding of motion can reveal that we are moving in a vast ocean of motive power, an immense lattice of energetic particles. No lattice -> no motion. Bountiful energy free for the taking, if only we knew how. Floating sky cities impervious to earthquakes, tsunamis and bad weather; New York to Beijing in minutes; Earth to Mars in hours. That's the glorious future of energy and travel. Read Physics: The Problem with Motion if you're interested. You don't understand motion even if you think you do.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

qbitslayer Re:Pseudoscientific Crap (278 comments)

You're modded down because you're simply ignorant,

Nah. I am modded down because I don't belong in the dirt-did-it religion. Pseudoscientific crap, all of it. Not even wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

qbitslayer Re:Pseudoscientific Crap (278 comments)

Even though you are being modded up by the usual suspects and I am being modded down, everything you said above is pseudoscientific crap. Sorry. Genetic algorithms have already shown that natural selection can operate on pre-life patterns? This is pure unmitigated BS on the face of it.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

qbitslayer Re:Pseudoscientific Crap (278 comments)

This non-chaotic-system that gave rise to complex life, what gave rise to it, and don't say it was just always there ...

There are two realms. In one, the physical realm, you find things that can be created and destroyed. In the other, you find things that can neither be created nor destroyed; they just are. The blue and red colors that you consciously sense and the flavors that you taste from food do not exist in the physical world, even if you think they do.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

qbitslayer Re:Stardust (278 comments)

indeed.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Are Cracking the Primordial Soup Mystery

qbitslayer Pseudoscientific Crap (278 comments)

Karl Popper is turning in his grave as I write. This crap is about as scientific as the flat earth hypothesis. The idea that a chaotic system can give rise to complex life is in the not even wrong category. I am not saying that the probabilities are small. I am saying that the probability is exactly zero. Why? Because, as any programmer can tell you, the beneficial code combinations are dwarfed by the destructive combinations by many, many orders of magnitude. Things can never get to the self-replicating stage because they are guaranteed to be destroyed before anything vaguely interesting can happen.

This is just propaganda crap for dirt worshipers. Sorry, the dirt-did-it crowd is much less credible than the aliens did it crowd.

about a year and a half ago
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Cyber Squatters Grab Up More Than 600 'Pope Francis' Domain Names

qbitslayer Re:Because the Vatican Has Its Own TLD? (73 comments)

A day will come when nobody will give a shit about domain names. I can't wait.

about 2 years ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

qbitslayer Re:The problem (205 comments)

I agree with you but if you don't get the public excited, you'll lose their support and their money. The public is looking to be surprised with discoveries that take their breath away. Even a new hypothesis that explains things in a different light would be more exciting then the Higgs boson. If the physics community cannot come up with something that blows everybody's socks off, they can look to further reductions in funding. Sorry. Telling it like it is.

about 2 years ago
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Why All the Higgs Hate? It's a 'Vanilla' Boson

qbitslayer The problem (205 comments)

The problem with the Higgs discovery is that it does not explain anything new. Why? Because only failed predictions lead to new and exciting science.

about 2 years ago
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Kinect Can Detect Clenched Fist

qbitslayer Why Kinect? (65 comments)

What is so special about recognizing a fist that requires Kinect? A cheap camera with some visual recognition software can do the same and probably better and quicker. Just saying.

about 2 years ago
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When Will We Trust Robots?

qbitslayer Re:Trust Robots? (216 comments)

The only way to gain trust in anything is to interact with them for a while. This goes for other people, robots and animals. We trust some animals and not others, even animals that belong to the same species. Some people will never trust robots because they suffer from robophobia. Others will have no fear of robots until they go through a bad experience. It will depend solely on the temperament of the robot. If it has a vile disposition, it will not be trusted, period. Propaganda is not going to do it.

about 2 years ago
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Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

qbitslayer Security was never about encryption (250 comments)

The use of encryption is only intended to provide a way for legitimate remote users to gain supervised access to the system without having to hack into it. The real culprit behind bad security is software reliability. Attackers look for and try to exploit the defects in the software. Why is software defective? Because (it's the bugs, stupid!) the Turing/Von Neumann model of computing is inherently insecure and unreliable. Why? Because timing is not an essential part of the model. I predict that this decade will see the end of the Turing madness and that the future of computing is non-algorithmic. There is no alternative and the sooner, the better.

about 2 years ago
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Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

qbitslayer Just More BS from Physicists Looking for Funding (421 comments)

This is just more chicken feather voodoo physics from a bunch of crackpots and con artists within the physics community who are facing the prospect of seeing their funding reduced. This is complete BS in the not even wrong category. Physicists are completely clueless as to the nature of the universe. Under the assumption that everybody else is just as clueless as they are, they feel they can safely conjure BS as of thin air and sell it to a credulous public as bona fide science. But not everybody is stupid.

Here is a simple test that will prove that physicists like Joseph Lykken are clueless. Ask any physicist, what causes a body in relative inertial motion to remain in motion? I guarantee you will come face to face with either ignorance or outright superstition. If physicists don't even know what causes motion (their denials notwithstanding), how valid are their pronouncements about the birth and demise of the universe? Not very much, in my opinion.

about 2 years ago
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US Joins Google, Microsoft In "Brain Race"

qbitslayer Unfortunately, this will not lead to true AI (94 comments)

True AI will appear on the world scene decades before these guys finish mapping anything and long before they even begin to understand what they have mapped. You could map a billion cortical columns but, unless you know what it is supposed to do and how it evolves during learning, you understand diddly squat. All you have is a gigantic map with no labels. The best way to understand the brain is by generating multiple hypotheses and principles that we think might lead to intelligence and writing algorithms to simulate biologically plausible models based on those principles. The principles are bound to be very few in number compared to the astronomical number of possible neural configurations that the brain can take during its lifetime or even while it is paying attention to some new patterns in its sensory space. Which of those configurations are we planning to map? The government is to be lauded for embarking on such grand projects but I think that, in this case, our tax money would be better served by taking a more sensible approach. Sorry.

about a year ago

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