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Comment Re:Landmines (Score 2) 213

Autonomous weapons have been around for about 70 years probably starting with the German T-4 torpedo that they could fire in the general direction of a convoy and it would seek out a ship to sink. If you count landmines it is at least 100 years.
This is just a chance to make news and get attention.

Comment Re:Excess (Score 4, Informative) 289

"That space of land could feed over 6,000 people [farmlandlp.com] if properly arable, or house 2.8 million people. "
But it is not arable and no one lives on it.
I personally am pro nuclear and I am even getting optimistic about fusion thanks to the Lockheed High Beta reactor and the Pollywell.
BTW this is a thermal solar plant and not photovoltaic.

Comment Re:Excess (Score 3, Insightful) 289

Maybe the price of land. Maybe Morocco gets fewer cloudy days. being that close to one another does not mean they have the same conditions, Maybe the cost of labor to keep the mirrors clean. And just maybe Morocco had the will to build it while Spain did not.
I am very sceptical of the claims of solar but this is interesting. I hope it works out well.

Comment Re:I can understand small first batches (Score 4, Interesting) 111

I see the Zero a bit different. It is a full linux machine which the ESP8266 is not. It has HDMI out which the ESP8266 does not.
Put a USB wifi adaptor on it and you have a linux box that you can put on the back of a monitor have it work well for signage or other displays.
Very different devices for different uses. the ESP8266 is great for say a weather station, maybe a simple robot. The Zero is for projects that need full Linux and maybe a display.
Even combining an ESP8266 with a zero is an option as well using the ESP for IO and Wifi and the Zero for processing.

Comment Re:Bill Gates has a chance to step up here (Score 1) 182

Yea he is just paying all of those people to work on the project. Paying for lab space, equipment, paying for netting in 3rd world nations.
Making sure that those researchers feed their families and pay for housing....
And of course he saw a massive problem and put resources in place to try and solve it.
Next you will be saying MLK, and Gandhi did nothing but set up marches and give speeches.

Comment Re:Some of this has already been said, but my top (Score 1) 1838

I disagree that it is pointless, it would stop the a lot of the trolling ACs but not the hard core Trolls.
Personally I would like to see no ACs and no profanity on Slashdot. The problem is that many users don't agree with me. They for some reason think that not allowing ACs to post would prevent some profound comment from being made. Same thing with limiting profanity. I have never seen a single post where profanity increased the informational value of the post. However a large number of users think that would be a terrible idea.

Probably best to keep the ACs and profanity vs the potential loss of community members based on principal.

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