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Comment: Re:Why don't they use their money for good? (Score 1) 703

by AkkarAnadyr (#49577493) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

We've had the tech to do that for decades. Run the numbers (including costs of building the plant and fuel to run it) and see why nobody does carbon >> diesel with CO2 as a feedstock.

Now, if you took coal, extracted the thorium for energy, that reactor would give you the heat to do coal >> diesel directly, with some left over for the lights in town.

Doing that mainly consists of weaning the energy players off of nuclear tech that goes 'BOOM'. But they like their toys and Square-Jawed General act a bit too much, plus they're suckered by their sunk costs.

Comment: He's not afraid of Artificial Intelligence (Score 0) 294

by AkkarAnadyr (#49328063) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

He's afraid of Human Stupidity.

It's a rather jarring experience to look at human behavior when one can see obvious improvements based on simple reasoning.

The thought that 'I might be one of those dolts!!' chafes at a large ego, I'll speculate. Better to fantasize about Machine Greatness being some turbo-charged superpower condition rather than swallow pride and join the human race*.

*(h/t HHGG)

Comment: Re:Wonderful (Score 1) 138

by AkkarAnadyr (#47607791) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

My phone doesn't report to my employer when it knows I stop in front of a store.

That's only because the price of the data is too high. The economies of scale that IoT will provide will make it attractive for him to buy your data soon enough.

Or did you really think that such things "just don't happen"? First they had you peeing in a cup for them, then they demanded your Facebook password - why is this NOT next?

Comment: Want to get rid of those extra 'services'? (Score 1) 150

Just ask them to quote you the price. Even if they hem and haw about the price "varying between labs, subject to insurance adjustments" etc, the question alone has been enough to get my doc/NP to back down repeatedly in dictating which tests I should get. And if they shine it on that easily, I'm pretty sure it was non-essential to begin with.

Comment: Marketing Madness (Score 2) 150

Erm, in what spittle-flecked, buzzword-fueled delusion does *any* soi-disant 'businessperson' imagine that anyone would subject themselves to this? Even the clueless will be ripping this stuff out of their walls pronto once the (obviously irresistible) media sideshows get started.

Comment: Unhappy Programmer (Score 1) 121

by AkkarAnadyr (#47363455) Attached to: Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

(1) providing a better understanding of the impact of affective states on the creativity and analytical problem-solving capacities of developers, (2) introducing and validating psychological measurements, theories, and concepts of affective states, creativity, and analytical-problem-solving skills in empirical software engineering, and (3) raising the need for studying the human factors of software engineering by employing a multidisciplinary viewpoint.

Buzzwords make me sad.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming