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Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

tsotha Re:Not practical as contact lenses (99 comments)

The latest infrared goggles actually integrate infrared and normal vision. Probably be awhile before we can fit all that processing into contacts, though.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

tsotha Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (449 comments)

In the actual real world (outside of your worker's paradise) having companies lay their own cable works better, because otherwise there's no incentive for the company that owns the cable to keep overhead expenses down. That's the way it was done in my town, and it works quite well.

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Re:Any actual police work? (234 comments)

Can you imagine a scenario where an FBI informant would be able to lead a principled gun control advocate down the path of importing machine guns and rocket launchers? Can you imagine a scenario where a clean politician is even associating with the head of the SF Chinese mafia?

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Re:Any actual police work? (234 comments)

Is anything real? Are you?

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

tsotha Did anyone read the idictment? (234 comments)

it's wild. Apparently the guy running the show was the "Dragonhead" of a tong in San Francisco. Seriously? They still have titles like that? It's like a freakin' Bruce Lee movie.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

tsotha No (704 comments)

We should use the ability of our medium to show players the issues first-hand, or give them a unique understanding of the issues and complexities by crafting game mechanics along with narrative components that result in dynamics of play that create meaning for the player in ways that other media isn't capable of.

No. I do not want to be preached at while I'm gaming, and if you put that kind of crap in the game I won't buy it.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

tsotha Re:Fanboy Glee (302 comments)

The problem is while the java platform is extremely important to you and me, it costs money for Oracle to maintain and they don't see much benefit from it. I don't blame them for trying, in some small way, to monetize it.

about a month ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

tsotha Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

The Nazis started in with the anti-Jew stuff long before they had the opportunity to take anyone's freedom away.

Do you think the North Koreans have health scares like the antivax stuff or allow news exposes on doorknob bacteria? They may natter on about foreign threats, but I doubt as a Nork you hear anything about local threats like crime, disease, and environmental contaminants.

about a month ago
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New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

tsotha Re:Incorrect. (86 comments)

Several civilisations have had dominant concept of communal property, and every civilisation has limited concepts of communal property: air, grazing ground, sea, health service, roads, etc.

Sure, but the idea there would be no private property just doesn't work. Even the Soviet Union backed of of that piece of silliness within a year or two, if not de jure then de facto.

And sure, there have been civilizations with a "dominant concept of communal property". Failed civilizations.

about a month ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

tsotha Re:Turing Test (122 comments)

My question is: if your {AI | robot} can't be distinguished from a real human, why can't you just use a (cheap, ubiquitous) human?

Where did you get the idea humans are cheap? Robots will only become household items when they're less expensive than servants. That's the whole point.

about a month and a half ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

tsotha Re:A better way to put it is: (122 comments)

Might be, but in our living spaces there are other considerations as well, namely aesthetics. I don't want a robot track in my ceiling. Besides, that ceiling track won't be very handy for outside chores.

about a month and a half ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

tsotha Re:We already make robots without legs (122 comments)

As a businessman I think he is right, the human body is extremely complex because it tries to be a one size fits all solution to everything.

That would be a pretty handy design feature in a robot as well. I don't want to buy a half-dozen robots to do different things if I can buy one that does everything.

about a month and a half ago
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iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm

tsotha Re:Different jobs, different needs (122 comments)

But a 50% increase in limbs will raise the cost of the robot.

about a month and a half ago
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New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

tsotha Re:"my assets" (86 comments)

No. Alternatives have been tried and found to be monumentally disastrous.

about a month and a half ago
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New Blood Test Offers Early Warning for Alzheimer's Onset

tsotha Re:As a neurologist. (86 comments)

He can get away with "propability" as long as he's not writing.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

tsotha Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

I live in the country with the freest press in the world, so you'd expect there to be less fearmongering.

Quite the opposite. I would expect to find less fearmongering in less free countries.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

tsotha Re:Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (148 comments)

Likely it won't be a few, but many, however that can not be proven either.

There's no reason to believe this is true. The LNT model is known to overestimate cancer incidence, and even using LNT we get "few" and not "many".

about a month and a half ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

tsotha There's no shortage. (333 comments)

I'd just as soon "Peggy" found something else to do. The entire "shortage" is a mythical construct of tech companies engaged in their biannual attempt to raise the H1-B cap.

If you need to be convinced to take up programming you probably won't be very good at it anyway.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

tsotha Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

I broke out MOO2 the other day and was a little worried it might not hold up. It does. Somehow they got everything just about right in that game.

about 2 months ago

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