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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

seven of five Oblig. BBT (138 comments)

"Penny?" knock knock knock. "Penny?" knock knock knock. "Penny?"

3 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

seven of five REO Speedwagon (243 comments)

Time to eat a fly...

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

seven of five Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (225 comments)

Also: How do you keep a 30 kW laser, at any frequency, from blinding everybody in the general direction of the target?

Some of these things work in IR so scattered/reflected light might burn your head off but it won't blind anybody.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

seven of five Re:Expert? (414 comments)

Here's a question: if self learning were possible to the extent we're talking about, why haven't we seen it yet?

about a week ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

seven of five Stories readers can relate to (368 comments)

On the one hand, an SF writer wants to challenge the reader's beliefs, but if you take things too far, the characters become unrecognizable. How do you write dialog, for example, between beings with digital RF implants instead of speech? And let's face it, with advanced technologies, the human body itself will likely become obsolete in a century, tops. Stories like this are not only a huge challenge to write, readers won't know what to make of them. People read for escapism, and to have their perspectives stretched, but they're also looking for morality tales where good triumphs and order's restored. They want characters they can relate to, even to a small degree.

about two weeks ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

seven of five Re: Honest, honey... (189 comments)

One good lawsuit would give Zoosk some motivation to cut the crap.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

seven of five Re:Unlikely (454 comments)

Yeah, but every time you engage the manual mode, your insurance company will ding you 500 quatloos.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

seven of five Cars will be luxuries... (454 comments)

The continued collapse of the middle class will mean fewer and fewer will own cars outright... the self-driving aspect means you can tell a car to pick you up and take you to destination X, maybe with less hassle and delay than with present-day cabs, for those few occasions you really need one. Less car ownership means less revenues to the state, which means they'll REALLY have to jack up the fees to make up for it. Electric and hybrid cars have already given states fits because of less fuel taxes paid, and now they're trying to come up with per-mile-driven schemes.

about three weeks ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

seven of five Re:violence solves everything (98 comments)

why would anyone pay the fine?

If you're a student, guess what? The university can suspend your grades and privileges till you cough it up.

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

seven of five Re:Life + 50 years almost everywhere (55 comments)

Like how much should I have paid for a movie when it was just released or how much should I be paying for it now, 20 years later.

Check out the $1 videos at any garage sale.

about 1 month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

seven of five Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

Sorry, the "red scanner" was Gort, also from Day the Earth Stood Still. At least Larson watched movies...

about a month ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

seven of five Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

I agree. The writing was terrible... total hack job. There was a scene in one episode (second season?) where the two space jockeys from Galactica were showing off their math skills on a computer to a journalist on Earth. It was totally ripped off of Day the Earth Stood Still. And that robot dog and the kid --- agh!! And the cylons with the red LED scanner, just like that Knight Rider car thing (and Gort... hmmm).

Not to mention Automan and Manimal :(

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

seven of five Re:A cost equation (203 comments)

It doesn't exclude me from being a libertarian. I'm just not one. Before you rub your hands in glee at the thought of robots taking over people's occupations, please create decent (and by decent I mean not half-assed) social programs so displaced workers don't starve/lose their homes FIRST.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

seven of five Re:A cost equation (203 comments)

No, I'm far from Libertarian now, I'm a progressive crank who thinks robots will eventually be the answer to everything. When I see a headline that says "beyond a robot's reach," I think, "Oh, really?"
You could make a robot competent for the job, but it would be much more expensive than a person. That won't always be true however. That's my point.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

seven of five A cost equation (203 comments)

Human window washers must be cheaper than self-cleaning glass or robots. For now.

about a month ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

seven of five Re:Pinky swear? (98 comments)

What the carmaker says or doesn't say is virtually irrelevant. The mere possession of customer data means somewhere along the line it will leak, whether intentionally, though incompetence, accident, change of corporate heart, outside malice or other reasons.

about a month ago
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Does Watson Have the Answer To Big Blue's Uncertain Future?

seven of five Magic 8-Ball Says: (67 comments)

"Outlook not so good."

about a month ago

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Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

seven of five seven of five writes  |  about 2 months ago

seven of five (578993) writes "Two Norwegian lawmakers have jointly nominated National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, they said Wednesday on their party website.

Snowden has "revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance," and by doing so has contributed to peace, said a joint statement by Bard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen of the Socialist Left Party.

Nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize — whose previous winners include such figures as the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama — close on Saturday, with the winner announced in October."

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FAA Computer Glitch Causes Widespread Delays

seven of five seven of five writes  |  more than 4 years ago

seven of five (578993) writes "From the AP, A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays.A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays."

Anyone out there caught up in this?"

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