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Introducing Slashdot Deals

war4peace Re:Shipping limited to US Continental only (21 comments)

Yes, but after wanting to buy 3-4 things that I liked and being smacked in the face with "nope", I really don't want to settle to the "mini-drone".

1 hour ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

war4peace Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (597 comments)

Wind and solar are unsuitable for base load due to variability

Sahara disagrees.
http://www.desertec.org/

Not a perfect solution but a start. There are issues with desert storms and keeping the panels clean (currently done with water, dry cleaning isn't quite there) but if you think about how cars were in the early 1900s... there's hope, to say the least.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

war4peace Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (597 comments)

We're not talking about billion dollar problems, that's a severe underestimation.
Climate fuck-up and possible extinction (yes, it CAN get there, albeit not in the next few centuries, hopefully) can't be counted in dollars. It's actually reaching an infinite amount in damages.
So yes, if a solution costs trillions, then so be it. Do you think it's a lot? What's the total USA debt?

yesterday
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

war4peace Re:that's because (369 comments)

Japan's easy: Watch their shows; watch their ads; watch their music; watch their products. All, with very few exceptions, are way over the top.
China's really too big to be momolithic in this approach. It's a subcontinent by itself, to the extent that people from the North side don't speak the same language as those from the South, therefore one can't say "Chinese culture" without over-generalizing.
South Korea is gravitating toward extremes as well.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

war4peace Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (438 comments)

If they're told to.
That's the big difference. A human mind starts constructing a simulation by itself, a computer doesn't, nor do I see it doing so in the foreseeable future.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

war4peace Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (438 comments)

Already, computers are waaay more powerful than human minds

In which way?
If a computer can make additions, subtractions, multiplications at 0.00001% of the time we're capable of, this doesn't mean they're more powerful. It only means they're more specialized in a very narrow activity. Yes, very narrow, since a human being uses a very tiny fraction of their time performing mathematical calculations.

Humans are way above machines when we're talking about performing various activities one after another without extensive downtimes spent reprogramming themselves.
Here's an example: get up, dance, write a 50-word paragraph about eggs, clap hands, take a shower, hum the national anthem, name 5 random objects presented to you, understand a joke someone's telling you, smell a flower.

The list could go on. Intelligence is not about doing one thing very fast, but about doing many different things well enough. And yes, this includes animal world as well.

2 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

war4peace Re:that's because (369 comments)

It's not about countries, it's about cultures.
Some cultures (e.g. Western European culture) favor more serious subjects versus others. Some others (e.g. Northern American) favor lighter subjects (unwind-type). Asian cultures apparently favor explosive feeling-related and augmentative headlines ("It's SUPER effective!"; "AMAZING performance!").

Nobody's to blame, really, except companies not doing their homeworks and trying to vomit their own culture-specific successes over other cultures and promptly failing.

3 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

war4peace Re:Unnatural aspect ratio (328 comments)

Asians would feel offended by your remarks.
They definitely need slit monitors.

3 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

war4peace Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

My manager never gets involved into the development process except when there's an escalation, usually from me. He's there to help me overcome hurdles, nothing more. And he's been really good at keeping stupid people at bay.

5 days ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

...but when you compare it with the possibility you might not interact at all with someone from, say, Indonesia... it suddenly becomes infinitely richer :)

about a week ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

None of those activities is a waste of time. Cleaning for obvious reasons, but playing MMOs for less obvious, yet equally important ones.
I play MMOs because they allow me to closely interact, in real time, with people around the world. I gravitate towards global guilds/clans/communities which feature people coming from various locations and with various backgrounds. I learned a lot about other countries and other people simply by playing together.

about a week ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

war4peace Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

I listen to podcasts while doing chores, but I could listen to podcasts while I play my favorite MMO just as well.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

Dune was pretty good at the time. So were the movies derived from Arthur C Clarke's work.
I'm okay with adaptation, what I'm not okay is removing the fucking main character of the book from the movie (e.g. Riverworld which was a HORRIBLE movie).

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

There are so many great, GREAT books which deserve great, GREAT movies: Tuf Voyaging, A Fire Upon The Deep, Spin (by Robert Charles Wilson), Camouflage (which is really not difficult to put on screen).
If you really want to go crazy, Greg Egan's books are the thing. I'd be very much curious to see Schild's Ladder as a movie.
As for the sex-laden tendency of HBO as of late, they should simply take "Tous vers l'extase" written by Philippe Curval and be done with it - they don't even have to modify it :)

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

war4peace Re:Yes! (242 comments)

HBO = Heavy Boobs Office?

about two weeks ago

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