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Comment Re:air doesn't provide feedback (Score 2) 151

In Snowcrash Neal Stephenson describes how professional swordfighting works. He explains that it is very important to stop just a few centimeters after you have gone through your opponent so the sword would not get stuck, which is what would happen if you tried to do this in real life.

Comment Re:It shouldn't be mandatory (Score 1) 273

Everyone can benefit from a basic knowledge of carpentry and automotive mechanics too. Would you like to make those mandatory as well?

At least in Sweden basic carpentry is (was) a mandatory course. Basic automotive mechanics are learned when taking your driving license. Your point?

Comment Re:Still not a sport, try as you may.. (Score 1) 351

In a good RTS game the loser loses because he could't foresee an event or he could't figure out fast enough how to stop it. In most sports there may be strategy, but often the better team looses because the other team had one lucky point. How could the losing team foresee that lucky point?

Comment Re:Still not a sport, try as you may.. (Score 2) 351

I guarantee that if I'm at the bar watching a White Sox game, and somebody turns it off in favor of some video game, there's going to be hell to pay.

If the video game supporters outnumber the 'real sport' supporters, I would think not... Instead of a game of who can be the smartest*, you prefer a sport where the luckiest win first and the best win second. * Where smartest here means the one who can outsmart the opponent, is better at strategy and can think faster.

Comment Re:More clear (Score 1) 63

No built in mechanism no, but that is where genetic algorithms comes in. Say one would build this into a cell, that could multiply, and then you designed a virus that only let those you want to survive which you can kill by another chemical, then you would have a very cheap platform that can learn anything. Just make a tank of food, put a single of these cells in it. Wait a little, put some viruses in, wait a little, put some virus killer in and repeat.

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_