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Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 108

This is all reminding me of an episode of Odyssey 5 where Ted Raimi portrays an AI that learned everything from those aspects of the internet and was inadvertently housed in a synthetic body instead of the nastier AI the body was intended for.

He turned out not to be the villain that the Odyssey 5 crew had been expecting.

Comment: Re:Uh oh, this isn't good (if it works) (Score 1) 162

by Coisiche (#47620931) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

Well, not really. See, the elite are not actually going to use those tests on themselves or their offspring so there are always going to be incompetent cretins put in charge of things because being born into privilege is divorced from any natural ability. They're not interested in making themselves better, only richer.

What this is really about is that they need an easy way to identify skilled workers. There is not going to be any state education so they need to be able to identify potential candidates from within the uneducated 99% and if a machine can just scan someone then that's their ideal solution. Something that's easy to use and gives results that are easy to interpret, obviously.

Comment: Plot idea for them (Score 1) 121

by Coisiche (#46868749) Attached to: Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

Media Wars: The executives of established media feel they aren't getting richer fast enough and some Johnny-come-latelys who initially made their money through technology are stepping on their lawn.

  • Be reduced to tears when you see the legislative ideas they come up with to protect their turf
  • Gasp at the amounts spent on bribery, I mean lobbying

Comment: Simulating meat does seem bizarrely common (Score 3, Interesting) 466

by Coisiche (#46854267) Attached to: Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

In the UK, Quorn is the main faux meat mycoprotein. I'm not a vegetarian but I have tried a few of their products and they are, without exception, all about simulating meat.

The simulated chicken pieces are probably the most realistic; so much like the real thing in terms of appearance, texture and taste it's uncanny. The steak strips aren't as good texture wise, nor is the lamb cutlet, but both are ok taste wise although to visual inspection the lamb one is obviously artificial. The sausages are good but since the meat content of real sausages is questionable anyway, I don't think there's much comparison to draw. The biggest fail is the Quorn bacon rashers. You have to wonder why they bothered trying. Nothing can compare with real bacon and we can't help vegetarians who chose to give that up.

Comment: Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score 1) 115

by Coisiche (#46793933) Attached to: NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Fortunately, if there Is a real God, I suspect "he"s not going to be that hung up on whether his creations beleived without evidence or not.

My opinion too. For the record I don't believe any intelligent entity was involved in the creation of the universe, but if there was then after 14 billion years I don't think they will give a toss about what any of the multitudinous lifeforms that inhabit it think or do.

Comment: More than just Tucker (Score 4, Interesting) 242

by Coisiche (#44471235) Attached to: Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of <em>Doctor Who</em>

Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

Comment: Re:Trucking? (Score 1) 91

by Coisiche (#44440799) Attached to: Full-Size Remote Control Cars

Yeah, freight seems a good justification for this. However I expect that the majority of road use is about moving people between locations so remote control seems a bit pointless.

Or maybe it's a growth opportunity. I guess you could hire a chauffeur in another country to drive the vehicle for your commute to work while you read the paper. Or maybe drive it home after a night on the town. "Yes officer, I'm completely drunk but I'm not driving the car. I've hired a guy on the other side of the world to do it."

Comment: RIP Iain (Score 4, Interesting) 141

by Coisiche (#43953611) Attached to: Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59
Farewell Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry; that's the Culture style name he gave himself once. I don't think there will ever be a fictional place that I wanted to live in as much as your Culture.
I encountered him a few times at Edinburgh Book Festival events and other signings. It was handy being able to say "Make it to Iain, spelled the same way".

Comment: Re:But I'm telling you... (Score 1) 105

by Coisiche (#42946089) Attached to: Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

90 these days. And gearing up from heroic instances is enough to get you into Mogu'shan Vaults LFR, although being flung in with 24 other random people can be a bit of a trying experience.

Anyway, you wouldn't need to be in the same raid, any toon on the same realm could whisper the raiding lawyer (or any realm if said lawyer had responded to your RealID request).

Comment: Re:The reporter does not like electric vehicles (Score 3, Interesting) 609

by Coisiche (#42911341) Attached to: NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

Male motoring reporters don't like electric cars. Simple fact.

In the UK Top Gear program, the only presenter ever to make a grudging positive comment about an electric vehicle is James May, nicknamed Captain Slow by the others. I suspect there might be an agenda at work there.

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce