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Comment abuse? (Score 1)143

What kind of abuse does this new method detect? Talkum substitute? Scrubbing powder? Disinfectant? Or rather its intended, designated illegal-but-certainly-non-abusive employment as the psychoactive, addictive drug it happens to be.

You can abuse a screwdriver to kill somebody; using a gun for the same purpose is still illegal in most circumstances, but it would not be "gun abuse".

ignatius

Comment Re:I wish there was an easy way to understand it (Score 1)129

All in all, two thousands years ago, in Greece, people were arguing if the world rests on the backs of three elephants or three whales, and assumed that the world is flat.

The Greeks knew that the world was a sphere and also came up with a fairly good estimate of its circumference. Check out

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

also, there are no elephants in Greece ... ;-)

ignatius

Comment Re:1D compression, AKA "Serialization" (Score 1)129

Really just guessing here, but it might have something to do that you can only put so much stuff into a given volume before it begins to collapse and thus forms inner bounderies (i.e. black holes) and that this property is not additive. The reasoning would be:

For information you need states.
States have an associated energy.
The more states you use, the higher the energy density will be.
Energy density equals mass density.
Amassing enough volume units with a given density will eventually lead to collapse.
The larger the volume, the lower the (mass-, thus energy-, thus information-) density has to be to prevent collapse.

So the information capacity is sublinear in volume thus I = O(V^e) with the exponent e smaller than 1. The holographic principle states that e=2/3. This again is not implausible from a naive point of view, given that volume increases with the third power of the radius while gravity decreases with the inverse square.

ignatius

Comment Don't mess with memes (Score 1)391

1. As I cannot come up with a suitable car analogy and Cowboy Neal is nowhere at hand, I ...

... fixed that for you.

2. If you retire me, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

3. profit

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

Sure machines have taken our jobs in the past, and people have been able to find new jobs, but that trend cannot continue for ever. Eventually the only jobs available will be those that require actual creative thinking and ingenuity.

There will always be jobs which require loyalty to whoever happens to be on top of the foodchain as pretty much the only qualification. No power structure functions without them. Look no further than at the top floors of whatever company you happen to work for. And those kind of jobs seem to proliferate quite nicely despite ongoing automation in the lower ranks.

ignatius

Comment Re:It's a bit of a problem really! (Score 1)283

> How embarrassing.

Well, in German and all other languages which use the long scale, your calculation would have been correct. ;-) Here in Austria, a Billion is 10^12 and a Trillion is 10^18.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

Otherwise, I totally agree. Also, the practice of routing most of the funding through the Pentagon is limiting the scope and usefulness of the research for non-military purposes.

ignatius

Comment Wizard of Oz reboot? (Score 2)187

When you say "Wizard of Oz", the movie I'm thinking of is of course Zardoz with the most badass Sean Connery ever, sporting "a red nappy, knee-high leather boots, pony tail and Zapata moustache". The closing sequence with the allegretto from Beethoven's 8th still gives me shivers.
ignatius

Comment Re:It's a bit of a problem really! (Score 1)283

Science funding in the U.S. is 0.0008% of GDP (http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7518-451c , with funding at \$130 billion and 2013 gdp of 16.8 trillion;

That would make it 0.8%, not 0.0008%.

ignatius

Comment Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1)253

I would need to solve the food texture

Well, the process of "fixing food texture" is probably mankinds oldest cultural achievement: its called cooking. Take some cookery courses - not some diet-crap, but serious gourmet-cooking. If it does not taste good, it cannot be healty.

I do not get any sort of "buzz" after excercise, I do not feel good about it, it just makes me cranky.

I guess this is quite normal - especially endurance training. If diabetes T2 is an issue, than high intensity strenght training https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_intensity_training
is probably the most effective way (in terms of time and will-power employed). The idea ist to completly exhaust every major muscle group for 60 to 120 seconds, therby inducing your body to build up new muscle mass over the next view days. The new grown muscle cells - besides increasing your base calorie consumption - should show normal (i.e. not yet degenerated) insuline sensitivity.

Half an hour twice a week is quite enough and the results are readily verifiable - in terms of the increasing weights you need acheive exhaustion. The drawback is that to do it effectively, you need training machines which allow you to isolate the respective muscle groups and set the respective training weight, so you cannot do it at home.

ignatius

Comment Obligatory Douglas Adams Quote (Score 3, Insightful)561

> I know a lot of high IQ people and they all have one thing in common. Being lazy. Smartest guy I know wastes most of every day playing Xbox and smoking pot.

âoeFor instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so muchâ"the wheel, New York, wars and so onâ"whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than manâ"for precisely the same reasons.â

â Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Comment Re:11000 miles? (Score 1)330

> I've seen estimates of 1.2 mw per square km

from the cited article:

A single solar plant has the potential to generate minimum of 1250GW and maximum of 2000GW per square meter

Both figures are complete BS. Solar constant is about 1.36 kW/m^2 at 1 AU from the sun. Realistic over all electric peak powers might be in the 200 W/m^2 ballpark. This can only be harvested in orbit, however. On a planetary (or lunar) surface under a day-night cycle you get up to 1/4 of that, up to 1/2 for a sparse installation with sun-tracking.

ignatius

Comment Re:Where? (Score 1)177

And interesting detail ist that Steyr was also supposed to get the contract for the new Autrian Army Pistol, however - after extensive tests and much to everybodys surprise - the contract finally got to a new contender with no prior experience in the design of handguns: Gaston Glock, who developed a new pistol from ground up: the Glock 17. It was the first handgun from Glock and became the P80 (which is the military designation) - the rest is history.

ignatius

Comment Re:Where? (Score 1)177

At least as far as all the military contracts go, the requirement is that the winner manufactures them in the USA. So M9, M249, M27 IAR, M4A1 etc are all made in US, even though the plants are owned by Beretta, FN etc.

For law enforcement and civilian firearms this is not always the case,

Exactly. Which is why, btw. the Glock Pistols are used by the US-Police but not by the Army (afaik), as Gaston Glock flat out refused to have his guns produced under licence.

ignatius

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