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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

sharknado Art (153 comments)

51% agree with the statement: "Computers will be able to create art as well as humans."

I wonder if people realize that this requires an AI so advanced that it's indistinguishable from the human brain, with fine motor skills to match. I see this as highly unlikely.

At least, it's far less likely than controlling the weather, which is something we can do already: http://www.geoengineeringwatch...


Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

sharknado Re:I Pay (324 comments)

Internet. Interconnected networks. No where does that mean unlimited bandwidth or even guaranteed connectivity from network to network. It is not Comcast's responsibility to provide enough bandwidth for you to stream a 3rd party software at maximum bandwidth, just like it's not their responsibility that you have 10 ping to a Counterstrike server in South Korea. Cogent is just as much responsible for this as Comcast. Cogent is serving as Netflix's ISP and they are not providing enough bandwidth to Comcast end users.

And if they're the only option?

4 days ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

sharknado Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

Yes, copper heat sinks get hot fast because they have high thermal conductivity. But once they are hot, they don't cool down very fast. The limiting factor is the copper-to-air interface, not the CPU-to-copper interface. Why do you heat sinks are designed to maximize surface area? Why do you think case fans are so important? Because these improve the heat transfer from the metal heat sink to air. Copper's thermal conductivity obviously isn't the limiting factor. Water cooling is far superior because water has a very high thermal capacity, so it stays cool over a much longer period than a metal heat sink. In addition, the warm water is pumped out and replaced with cool water constantly, so the thermal differential stays high (where in a metal heat sink, once the metal heats up to 70 or 80 degrees, it loses its ability to cool the CPU).

about two weeks ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

sharknado Re:Traffic congestion (544 comments)

If a philosophical joke whooshed clean over everyone's head, is it still a joke?

If a Tesla hits a mime in a carpool lane, does anyone care?

about two weeks ago

Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

sharknado Pluto (63 comments)

For those wondering, Pluto has a diameter of 2302km and ranges 30 - 49 AU from the sun. So these rocks range from 2 to 20 times as far from the sun as pluto, and the one mentioned in this post is about 1/133 the volume.

about three weeks ago

Alibaba Confirms Plans To Offer IPO In US

sharknado ebay? (93 comments)

Well if this gives Ebay a run for its money, I'm all for it.

about a month ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

sharknado Re:not a hero, not a villain (335 comments)

They're the foot in the door for Big Pharma, in which both the foundation and Gates are heavily invested.

Actually, he sold his big pharma investments in 2009: http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Maybe you should try reading the ingredients on the Kool-Aid before you drink it. >.>

about a month ago

Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

sharknado Re:Won't do any good. (264 comments)

I wouldn't say it will do 'almost nothing', since the stats clearly show otherwise.

Still, if police were *required* to submit video evidence for any trial that involves an officer or have the case dismissed, it would certainly cut down on police corruption. Police wouldn't be able to use the 'oh, my camera was broken' or 'I forgot to turn it on' as an excuse.

about a month ago

Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

sharknado Ed McMahon (116 comments)

'I hear from developers all the time about this,' says Ed McMahon.

I thought he died...

about a month ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

sharknado Tesla (330 comments)

I wonder if Elon Musk would donate a Tesla as the presidential car. One the one hand, it could be great advertising. On the other hand, the thing might catch fire on the highway.

about a month ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

sharknado Re:LOL (413 comments)

Maybe. But don't forget that the analog to digital conversion is itself a lossy process, so the only REAL way to listen to music is to carry around a record player in a briefcase. That's what all the real audio hipsters are doing.

about a month ago

Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

sharknado Re:Bled Alive? (159 comments)

At least he's not misusing apostrophes when making fun of someone's spelling. :)

about 2 months ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

sharknado Re:Change (742 comments)

Because duopolies generally are worse than monopolies.

Interesting...why do you say that?

about 2 months ago

Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

sharknado Re: Why? (269 comments)

I was referring to the 99.9% who eat mass produced eggs :) But your point is valid.

about 2 months ago

Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

sharknado Re: Why? (269 comments)

We're talking about vegans here, though, and if they enjoy their breakfasts so much, why do they need fake eggs?

Most vegans I know talk about how hard it was to give up eating meat (especially bacon), eggs, butter, etc. They do it because they believe that abusing animals for food is unethical. Not because they don't find it tasty. Fake eggs lack the ethical baggage, which is fine for ethical vegans who still want to eat eggs, or for the general population who continue to eat meat and animal products because they are so tasty, but feel guilty that animals are harmed in the process. If you had the option of choosing eggs which didn't result in harm to animals, would you, assuming that the eggs are identical, and the price was the same?

about 2 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

sharknado Re:That doesn't seem right. (628 comments)

That's not even remotely true. A couple months ago I attended a lecture by Paul Nicklen from National Geographic, and he talked about his experience photographing a female elephant seal (one of the most aggressive creatures on the planet). I would say more, but you could just watch this instead: http://gizmodo.com/5405892/nat... I'm willing to bet this is very common behaviour in the animal kingdom, especially with mammals who learn empathy because they have to raise their young.

about 3 months ago



Illegal anal probe during routine traffic stop results in a federal lawsuit

sharknado sharknado writes  |  about 5 months ago

sharknado (3217097) writes "Police in New Mexico ordered an illegal anal cavity search against a New Mexico man after he failed to stop at a stop sign. The anal probe was ordered because the man was believed to be "clenching his buttocks", which the police believed indicated that he was hiding narcotics in his anus. After more than half a dozen medical procedures, including 3 enemas, 2 x-rays and an anal probe under general anesthetic, the narcotics were nowhere to be found. The New Mexico man did not consent to any of these medical procedures, the warrant was executed illegally (in the wrong county, and after the expiration of the warrant), and the man is now suing the police in federal court."
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Reaper Miniatures Launches another Kickstarter

sharknado sharknado writes  |  about 7 months ago

sharknado (3217097) writes "If you're like me and you're into D&D and painting miniatures, then you've probably heard about the massively successful Reaper Minis kickstarter from last year, which gave out ever-increasing rewards the more money they raised.

Well, if you missed out on last year's deal, or want to add to your collection, Reaper has launched a new Kickstarter — this time with a new set of bones and bonus rewards. If it's anything like last year's Kickstarter, expect your hundred bucks to net you a whole lot of minis...more than you will probably paint in your lifetime."

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