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Comment: Re:Comforting to say, but matters not. (Score 1) 67

by Idou (#48306359) Attached to: China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

. . .same quality of life and level of consumption as the United States? The end of the world via ecological disaster.

I agree if you had only said "level of consumption" but "quality of life?" For instance, I believe the fastest growth of quality of life in the area of "lighting" is coming from the explosion of cheap solar powered LED lights. I would argue that such quality of life improvements have negligible ecological impact while significantly improving quality of life. I would also argue that it makes more sense to take such decentralized approaches at this point of human technological progress than the old and proven "dumb" way of centralized consumption.

Comment: Re:Not really true AI we should be worried about. (Score 1) 583

by Idou (#48241213) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

. . . creative thinking and ingenuity. There's a sizable portion of people that really can't produce that.

My experience has been contrary . . . I believe everyone I have met, irregardless of their job, has had their own unique since of creativity and ingenuity. However, making money from such things in today's economy also requires a set of very specialized skills and the scope of the type of creativity that can be useful to a given application can be quite limited. It seems like a more sophisticated economy should be able to support a wider range of creative thinking, but it would require a significant change from today's world of overspecialization. I suppose if everyone had access to their own AI that could fill in the gaps in their own capabilities while leveraging their strengths . . .

Comment: Re:hoooray (Score 5, Interesting) 75

by Idou (#47896551) Attached to: Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells
This is absolutely right, and I would go further to say that this kind of technology cannot be perfected without mass adoption. For instance, there is priceless value to the smart phone industry of having billions of "testers," an expansive variety of users that drives a healthy community of app developers, and a high enough density of adoption to justify wireless infrastructure investment. In the end, the economic value of the combined smart-phone user base is probably many times more than whatever resources the 1%ers could pool together to invent a technology that only they would use.

Now, consider the fact that medical treatment carries significantly more intrinsic risk to the user than smart-phone usage (though user born risk varies. . .), and it is hard to see why 1%ers would try to monopolize this technology. On the contrary, I think any rational person with significant wealth and interest would invest in ways to bring this technology to a large enough population in order to ensure related treatments could be confirmed safe at a statistical level.

Comment: Re:Erm, not so much. (Score 2) 142

by Idou (#47687543) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry
So flat coal consumption is misleading - this would imply coal is growing as a percentage of energy mix given the economic situation.

Actually, I think it is more complicated than that. For instance, a small decrease in electricity demand would not prompt Germany to start dismantling plants. Some plants can easily be used less, while other may not. Older coal plants designed only for base load face significant challenges when trying to operate to accommodate turbulent demand. Accordingly, a downturn in demand could result in a higher mix of coal vs gas, but only because the gas generators are more flexible than the coal plants.

Another point worth mentioning is that improved efficiency is also the cause of decreasing demand. Unfortunately I am not able to find an actual percentage breakout, but I would guess that it is not insignificant due to recent trends like LED lighting. Accordingly, I think it would be unfair to exclude the efficiency improvement portion from the mix and then say that Germany was getting less green because of an increased coal mix. We should be comparing the work accomplished by electricity, not just raw electricity production.

Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 1) 63

by Idou (#47387867) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
"Schmoozing is part of sales"
Exactly and when the regulated schmoozes the regulator, what else could the regulated be trying to sell other than various flavors of corruption? That is why, in this case, the schmoozing can only come at the detriment of society as a whole, and it is a significant example of how rampant regulatory capture is in our society.

"I've been invited to boxes by vendors before"
If I were a stock holder of your company then I would take issue with that because part of the price your company is being charged by that vendor covers such activities (which either reduces dividends or intrinsic value of the company). It is simply a form of wealth transfer to the corrupt and a textbook example of the principle-agent dilemma (unless you are both in this example).

Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by Idou (#47380817) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
I see, so because the poster (who could be supporting the agenda of either side) exaggerated, Comcast's invitation is now completely kosher (how many regulator have you schmoozed lately, regardless of the venue?), and the U.S. no longer has a regulatory capture problem that needs to be addressed. . .

You know, for awhile I thought it was the overwhelming power of the wealthy that prevented change, but now I get the sense that it is the underwhelming intellectual capability of people like yourself that are dragging us down. Happy 4th. . .

Comment: And now everyone has your DNA. . . (Score 2) 68

by Idou (#46550249) Attached to: Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA
Well, they always had access to it, but they just could not make it useful by mapping it to a specific identity.

I wonder how many unique individual DNA can be extracted on average by taking a sample of rain run-off from a busy city street? Let me coin the process here as "Gutter Diving."

Comment: Re:Worst Case Scenario (Score 1) 436

by Idou (#46492883) Attached to: Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Can you repost your scenario . . .

Sorry, I have never seen a "repost" feature on Slashdot (you appear to have been here longer than me, so perhaps you can clue me in on that feature).

Furthermore, NYC is the most populated, densely packed city in the U.S. If you are going to maximize human suffering from a nuclear blast (or MOAB, per other posters), that is the primary target in the U.S. Since the point of my post was that having your own 777 could allow you to pick the optimal position to maximize damage, I believe my choice of NYC was reasonable.

We need to divert the terrorists to somewhere else

I doubt Slashdot posts will be able to divert terrorists . . .

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