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Comment: Hear it comes (Score 1) 263

by Adustust (#37353842) Attached to: DoT Grants $15M To Test Car-To-Car Communication
If they want to make roads safer, then they need to work on better automated driving. Vehicle to Vehicle communication is just going to be used to tell others exactly how shitty their driving is. If you think road rage is bad now, think about what it'll be like when someone can talk back and tell you to go fuck yourself and stay the same speed in front of you.

Comment: Re:So they are smart ... (Score 1) 785

by Adustust (#34819404) Attached to: Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?
I agree with this. Given the circumstances, it would seem that dolphins are at a disadvantage to developing any type of society greater than the small pod communities they have now. Early humans were able to develop civilization, but first they found caves, they discovered wood, branches, etc, could build homes. Dolphins will never be able to develop shelter, communities, anything. Even if they were to try to live in underwater caves, they would still have to constantly rise to the surface to breathe. Humans never have to leave their homes. Again, dolphins can't cultivate, they cant grow food, or raise cattle, they live in a 360 degree environment, how would they ever develop a large food supply for a massive community? It seems to me that it's pretty obvious that we were only so fortunate to have just the right things to allow our culture to evolve to where it is today. If the planet were all desert with nothing that enabled us to manipulate our surroundings, we would be just as nomadic as they, wild animals with an ability to understand local community and self. Oh you could teach us tricks too.

Comment: Insurmountable Obstacles (Score 1) 241

by Adustust (#34697832) Attached to: Living Earth Simulator Aims To Simulate Everything
In order to achieve an accurate simulation, we'd have to know all of the different species of, well, everything on this planet. Like one of the posts above, not only do we not have the computational power to handle all of the random things that happen on earth, but I doubt we have enough scientists on the project who have the time to add the data required. Keep in mind that if they want to have a chance at a realistic simulation, they would undoubtedly need to add genetic code to the system. It would have to account for genetic variation for every new generation of EVERY species on the planet. We could literally predict the potential evolution of the planet by fast forwarding everything at that point. A great idea in theory, but so is peace on earth, or colonizing mars, or hell, even recycling. Suppose it's worth a shot. I guess these scientists were pretty upset with how badly SPORE ended up being.

Comment: Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (Score 1) 340

by Adustust (#33678764) Attached to: UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act
I would agree with you that this is a possibility, however, I thought the point of an identification chip was to identify where the dog should really be. If the new owners intended to return the dog, I have a hard time believing that the company would have decided against disclosing the information.

Comment: Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (Score 2, Informative) 340

by Adustust (#33675346) Attached to: UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act
I'm sure the case would probably end the same, but I think the chip only held client data. It wasn't a locator chip, and the only reason they called him 3 years later about his lost dog was because the new owners were trying to update the address on the chip. To me, it's a real dick move to try to change that info and then tell the company not to give out your info to the owner who's trying to find his dog.

Comment: Signs of AI (Score 1) 452

by Adustust (#33341152) Attached to: Look For AI, Not Aliens
It's not like the only thing we're looking for are radio transmissions. We use a wide variety of filtering techniques as well as object tracking. My question would be - If you were looking for an advanced race of AI beings, what signs would they give that were any different than ours? Aside from looking for radio and organic atmospheres, I think that our search for life is a more limited by our technology than by how we're looking. On another note, I know that if I had the chance to put my brain in an artificial body, I would. If I did, I would live on this planet probably the same as I do now.

Comment: Training time and costs... (Score 1) 1213

by Adustust (#32510968) Attached to: Time To Dump XP?
Are just another way of saying they're too cheap/scared to move forward. Especially if the license fees aren't an issue. More likely than not, this same company is still running on P3, P4 CPU's, too. Correct me if I'm wrong, but for most people and their day to day activities on their workstation, the changes made from XP to Win7 would take less than 5 minutes to get familiar with and a few days of monotonous 8 to 5 grinding.

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