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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

retech Re:Fast Forward (69 comments)

Both are cool. But the FF episode would have had to have been from 1980-81. The memory we're talking about for me, takes place in my bedroom which would put it in that time frame. I know FF ran previous and post this time period. But I'm relatively certain the ant robot episode ran from around that time. Also recall it having a posterior much like an ant that was solely for the batteries. While the head had a few limited sensors and the main controller was in the abdomen.

about 2 months ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

retech Re:Fast Forward (69 comments)

I'm guessing on the 2 feet. But based on the room, chairs, table, etc. I think between 12 - 24 inches is the range.

It was one of the few untethered machines they had in the episode and I thought it amazing because it had no centralized intelligence. It had a core command set that told it to "walk". Or more according to them, gave it the desire to walk. How it did that was up to it.

They disabled it by flipping a switch on the back that shut it down. And it was stunning to watch it learn to stumble then walk.

I really wish this show was in the archive.org. It would be a fantastic reference point. And a great search item, that so few people do seem to do.

about 2 months ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

retech Fast Forward (69 comments)

There was a show in the 1980's from the CBC in Canada called "Fast Forward". Every week it focused on different tech innovations and where they'd go. One week they had learning robots. For the most part these were all simplistic things. But they had an "ant" that was about 2 feet long that was autonomous. The MIT crew that had created it realized that a centralized brain was just too big and power draining to build into the robot. So they had a system of sensors with rudimentary data and needs (leg=up, down, forward, backward, touching, not, moving or not, etc). If they shut it down it lost the memory of how to do anything it learned that day. They turned it on for the camera and it was a flailing ball of legs. Within 5 minutes it not only learned how to walk but circumvent objects, falls, danger. It still sticks out as amazing. Watching this video, I wonder what ever happened to that bot from nearly 30 yrs ago and wonder why does this spider seem to have actually gone back in time?

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

retech Re:Hope their hull is bulletproof. (80 comments)

Used to. The published numbers just do not show the reality. Between friends and family in B-ville and McAllen and knowing the number of shootings and car bombings they've witnessed, not one of them get's to the news. Hell, at my job down there, (worked for the state) we were told to NOT post any stuff on social media like: "OMG there was a shooting outside the mall today." One morning there was a shootout at the mall, 3 ppl hit. I thought surely this would make the news. Not a word of it anywhere.

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

retech Hope their hull is bulletproof. (80 comments)

Took a job in Brownsville. Left Detroit. Flew down there. In the course of 6 months... The university campus was closed because of a cartel fight that saw bullets crossing the border and hitting classrooms. The daily headcount of dumped bodies (on either side) was greater than Detroit's. Crossed, over to go out to eat. The building across the street had two grenades lobbed into it while we ate. Mind you, this was less than .5 miles from Brownsville.

The area that they want to build (actually have been building for a while now) is flooded during spring break with high school and university kids. It's cheap, beach, and poorly patrolled. If you work for them, you'll have to live in Brownsville and deal with the beach crap for 6 weeks a year.

I really cannot think of a less desirable location to build this "space port".

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

retech Re:What's the big deal? (561 comments)

Since there's a high probability they'll have a dullard as well that would be the funniest case scenario. Then those two could go at each other blaming and shaming since that average child could never be theirs.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

retech Re:Possible... (208 comments)

Cool. I really didn't know that was out there. Very cool to know. Any recommendations on tutorials? Applications? etc...?

Thank you.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

retech Re:Possible... (208 comments)

Cheers. Just a thought, what if 3 of the 5 got together prior to death?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

retech Re:Possible... (208 comments)

It works for anything.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

retech Possible... (208 comments)

You could send them an encrypted file (#1) now with all the info you wish to share with them. Along with a password for a file that will arrive when you die. Then set up a service like deathswitch.com and have another encrypted file sent to them (#2). The password they already possess unlocks #2 and that contains the password(s) for #1.

about 3 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

retech And Yet (311 comments)

The Feds won't fund a national MagLev.

One is feasible and lowers carbon footprint.

The other is too costly and uses enormous amounts plastics.

about 4 months ago
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eBay Compromised

retech Re:link? (193 comments)

As I stated, NO ALERTS in my account. So perhaps you should learn to read. Since you missed the major portion of what I wrote.

This may indicate that a specified group of ebay users are affected and is NOT site wide. But you'll miss this too since it's obviously implied and not spelled out letter by letter.

I appreciate that you're an asshole and Aspergers makes it hard to communicate. Perhaps 4chan is more your thing.

about 4 months ago
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eBay Compromised

retech Re:link? (193 comments)

Better yet, just logged into my ebay acct. and there's NOTHING in the communications there either.

Slashdot, now with less actual news and information, but nearly 100% sensational!

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

retech Ministry of Misinformation (164 comments)

So why not use it but with wrong info? I caved because I was losing contact with some people that only network via social media. They got tired of emails and were impossible to get on a phone. My profile has nothing of importance. No location info. And all the data I did put in is wrong, grossly wrong. I never message directly with detailed info, I will just reply telling them to swap to email. This works for both of us. And harvesters have a very good set of data on me. It's just all wrong.

about 5 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

retech Not what the masses want. (139 comments)

It'll be way too expensive to have a build your own phone. And it's not what the majority of consumers want. Apple has proven this time and time again. An unserviceable phone, an unserviceable tablet, and now unserviceable laptops. None of which have the simplest of battery swaps available (hell even the ram is soldered on board now in the MBPs). They've built the largest computer (mostly mobile) empire on hardware that is idiot proof and has no options. This is what consumers want. A build your own phone would be fun, but just not practical and way too expensive.

I'll get slammed, I know. Fanbois unite and all that. Oddly enough I'm typing this on a 5yr old MBP that I will lament when it finally goes. I don't like ios and most likely will never upgrade since I do not like their new models. I know this one has been through a lot with me and performed flawlessly. I've done some hardware hacks and it's been fun.

about 5 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

retech National Enquirer buys Slashdot. (271 comments)

I guess my grandma reads /. now. Since that seems to be the demographic you're targeting.

There was once a time that I got about 65% of my news from /.. I enjoyed the topics and the discussions were often as informative as the stories, sometimes more. This is just not the case anymore. /. has degraded to just an old grocery store check out line rag. Very little actual content. Scare tactic headlines. You know the drill.

about 5 months ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

retech Real Names? (93 comments)

Is there ever a reason to actually register one of these products with your real name and info? Unless it's my bank, DL, or passport, I see no point in giving any of these companies real info.

about 5 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

retech Re:Wait for it.... (336 comments)

Detroit gets its water, power, sewage, and some emergency service from the surrounding areas. Detroit is doing the disservice. I'm just pointing out what a shit hole the place is.

about 5 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

retech Re:Hipsters generally do ok (336 comments)

LA and Detroit are two entirely different beasts. Unless you have a dead body of some kind a cop does not respond in Detroit. It's been policy for decades. Car accidents and robberies are reported by the victim downtown. They used to have a specialized response team nicknamed the Big Four. That was a good deal of ass kicking if that car showed up. But budget issues did away with them in the late 80's. Detroit's police are not as well armed as the citizens.

I just wonder about the ensuing hipster massacres and if they'll post it live to tumblr as they go down?

about 5 months ago

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Prisoner tells all via FB Page.

retech retech writes  |  more than 2 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "An inmate doing 30 yrs shows the world via facebook just what it's like to do hard time. Of course this is with a bong, a stash of weed and all manner of party items that prisoners are not supposed to have."
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Which ISP should I pick?

retech retech writes  |  more than 4 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "I've been living outside the US for over 3 yrs now and have a job offer in southern Texas. I'm moving back in a few weeks and have immediate needs that I must meet. The biggest of which is access. Since the /. community would be the wisest to ask, here then is my query: who would you pick? My parameters are simple: fast access, 40+gb/month, NO-filtering, no (known) monitoring of content. I've lived in NZ mostly and have gotten quite used to not having a mobile phone. I used to be fused to one and will most likely never go back to one again (unless only the most basic of devices with just a few scant calls a week). I will not be needing tv services either. I may be interested in a phone service, but skype seems to be working out well enough for my needs.

So people of /. what company would you recommend?

cheers

Addendum: I realize you'll ask why TX? Trust me, not an easy decision. I've loved my time in NZ but creative choices for me set a precedent over location. As for my access... I've lived with service that is akin to a 14.4 modem for a long time with draconian caps in a closed market. Currently traveling in China makes me remember what a quick connection is like (albeit massively filtered). I'm just looking for some honest opinions from everyone to help sort this out."
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Gizmodo Editor gets Raided by the Fuzz.

retech retech writes  |  more than 4 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "Jason Chen of Gizmodo (Gawker Media) did push things a bit too far with the stolen iPhone prototype he bought. A California judge issued a search warrant and the police raided his home while he was away. He's claiming journalist immunity... not really sure how well that will work out when he's admitted to purchasing stolen property and refusing to return it."
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The Universe may be a hologram.

retech retech writes  |  more than 5 years ago

retech (1228598) writes "Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois has posited that black holes may prove that we are in one gigantic hologram. From the article in newscientist:

The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

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