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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

wonkey_monkey Glass half-empty much? (219 comments)

Bitch, whine, moan. Autonomous cars are a work in progress. Didn't anyone think they weren't?

Would you buy a self-driving car that couldn't drive itself in 99 percent of the country?

Of course not. But then, no-one's selling them yet, because they're STILL DEVELOPING THEM.

12 hours ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

wonkey_monkey Re:Time to travel 11 light years (86 comments)

Something I've wondered about is why we don't see more relativistic protons hitting earth or the ISS. So where are these missing showers on earth right now?

Are they missing? Why would you expect more than we get?

Is the relative velocity of everything in the universe extremely low? I don't think so.

Why not? The relative velocity of most things nearby - the solar system, the Milky Way, Andromeda - is all quite slow relative to us, isn't it?

yesterday
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

wonkey_monkey Re:Time to travel 11 light years (86 comments)

Note that this is also Faster than light can make the round trip.

Not from the light's point-of-view!

http://www.convertalot.com/rel...

I put some numbers in and got almost exactly 4 on-board years for the half-way trip, so 16 for the round trip.

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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

wonkey_monkey Re:Bad business practice (131 comments)

The time you lost complaining also cost you more than the $10 you are claiming back.

Perhaps the satisfaction in, in some small way, causing trouble for a company that has treated him unfairly is also worth more than $10 to him.

2 days ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

wonkey_monkey Re:Actually... (123 comments)

Suppose the activation potential of a neuron is a quantum mechanical quantity that is probability driven

Or let's not suppose. Is it or isn't it? Even then, ultimately everything is probability driven, but that doesn't stop us doing very accurate simulations of physical phenomena. Balls interacting on a pool table touch and collide because they have molecules and atoms, but you don't need to calculate the position of every one of those to achieve realistic simulations.

Your computer can't model that to arbitrary precision, the probability density function is continuous, analog, not discrete.

Then model it with an analogue component - if you really do need such accuracy. It only really needs to be good enough that end result (consciousness in this case) is achievable.

Yes, a quantum model of your brain might choose vanilla where the real one would have chosen chocolate. Doesn't mean it's any less conscious.

All rather moot in any case, since the technological singularity only specifies that an intelligence beyond man's will come into being. Doesn't have to be human. Doesn't even have to be conscious in any sense that we'd recognise it.

2 days ago
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

wonkey_monkey Re:Against a *doubleclick* technique (35 comments)

So we let douchebags get away with being douchebags because we don't like the douchebags they're being douchebags to?

What could possibly go wrong?

2 days ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

wonkey_monkey Re:Real Reason for funding this (126 comments)

Or maybe they do just want to do what they say, and they don't have a shadowy agenda.

2 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

wonkey_monkey Re:TFA is incorrect (163 comments)

Yeah, they meant composite.

Also, these are not "better graphics." They're the same graphics, upscaled differently.

bad integrated TV upscalers

They're not bad, they're just meant for - wait for it - upscaling TV pictures, not console games.

2 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

wonkey_monkey Re:I wish HDTVs were 240p-aware (163 comments)

I don't know why the hell they omitted 240p/line doubling mode from HDTVs. It's truly a pain in the ass.

Because it's only a pain in the ass for a tiny proportion of users.

2 days ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

wonkey_monkey Re:Well color me surprised! (62 comments)

The conditions may not be so "new" to the species. They might have evolved this developmental plasticity precisely because they've been exposed to this same variety of conditions in their evolutionary past.

2 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey Re:Particle state stored in fixed total # of bits? (246 comments)

Oh yeah, I know it's not a paradox, that's just its name. It's just a Weird Thing.

I guess if you have two clocks, and you accelerate one away from the other, you should be able to tell which one accerated and which didn't.

One will have more bugs splattered on it.

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey Re:Isn't this obvious? (246 comments)

Nuclei, atoms, molecules all vibrate (if not more) all the time.

What about individual particles, like lone protons or neutrons? Or photons?

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey The idea is older than 2009 (246 comments)

Back in 2009, researchers theorized that space could be a hologram.

The idea is older than that. From the very link, they "bolster[ed] the proposition" - they didn't come up with the idea.

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey Re:Just a thought (246 comments)

You are absolutely right.

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey Re:Particle state stored in fixed total # of bits? (246 comments)

If you move though space faster, you necessarily move through time more slowly.

Sort of... but what about the twin paradox? The travelling twin ages less. Couldn't you argue that actually they have moved through time faster? They find themselves in the year 2525 while their twin, who stayed at home, has only got as far as 2015 while experiencing the same amount of local time.

I thought sqrt(x^2+y^2+z^2 -t^2) (not +t^2) was the constant... but it all gets very tricky when you try to consider the amount of time travelling through time takes.

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

wonkey_monkey Re:Flip the switch (246 comments)

And that this may have already happened.

3 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

wonkey_monkey Re:Illegal (181 comments)

Same reason I'm not allowed in the reptile house at London Zoo any more.

4 days ago

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