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Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 1) 378

> First, there is no reason to believe that we can built robots that can reproduce themselves.

What? This is exactly the technology humans are trying to reach! We're already a significant way down this path!!

> Second, there is no evidence that we or anyone else can build intelligent machines, as the original story seems to presuppose.

Nature did it. We can do it.

> Third, biological organisms are so many orders of magnitude more efficient and flexible than machines that it barely makes sense to put them into the same qualitative category "form of life".

This whole conversation is about extrapolating on the cosmic scale. If you look at the path robotics has taken in the last century it does, as pointed out, actually support the premise of this article.

> Hint: A human consumes only about 2.9 kilowatt hours per day, the equivalent of 1-2 light bulbs ...

Not relevant. Once machines are replicating and repairing themselves they'll do exactly what we do and find other sources of energy.

Frankly I agree with you that it's hard to picture Transformers inhabiting the universe, but OP did make a really good point that extrapolation isn't even in the ballpark of refuting this clown. Honestly I'm shocked he didn't come back with that XKCD cartoon.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 573

by postbigbang (#48626921) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Mod parent up.

Imagine: hundreds of admitted terabytes go out the door, and no one notices. La dee dah, hey where's the coffee?

There's a bunch of PHBs that need to fall on their swords @ Sony. This has all the lulzsec hallmarks of some clever, but not brilliant artists.

And to those that aren't reeling, your assets might be next. It's not an attack against allies, it's a total, shameful embarrassment that's a wake-up call to read your damn logs and hack yourself. Terabytes and terabytes. TERABYTES!

Comment: Re:Turf (Score 1) 139

by postbigbang (#48626825) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

There are SO MANY WARRANTY repair claims that dealers can't handle them all, anyway. Between GM, Toyota, Honda, and others, there is a crush of waiting lists.

Will they do subcontracts to shorten their queues? No. Dealers are fiefdoms. They claim to be interlopers on behalf of their clientele, but they're actually a buffer between manufacturers and their pissed off clientele.

Don't get me started on the commercials.

Comment: Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (Score 3, Informative) 216

by postbigbang (#48623269) Attached to: What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Embrace, extend, destroy. Sun Tsu's book isn't off their shelves just yet.

That said, Microsoft needs revenue, and moneyspenders tired of the BS, the poor quality, the BS, the proprietary nature, the lock-in, and more. The veneer of openness still means that Microsoft is looking for revenue, and their seeming love for open source is designed to follow the market, not some sort of philosophical shift. They're still in it for the revenue.

The trends in software and administrative support still favor strong static infrastructure, and Microsoft's IT management has a generation of schooled people that know dot-net, SQL Server, and desktop products. They learned AD, and how to make stuff the Microsoft Way.

Licensing models can't be easily ignored, and embracing them doesn't stop their principal need: more and lots of revenue, and at least some harmony. Their QA still is hideous, but it's improving, which is damning with faint praise. If they want to competitively and actively support open source/FOSS, fine. They could change that battleship of theirs tomorrow. Licensing wouldn't matter as there are armies of closed source coders dying for revenue, too. It's just that community-sourced armies of passionate coders can be not only faster, but equally as effective-- or more. It's the revenue. Follow the revenue. It's all about the revenue.

Comment: Re:vintage communication (Score 2) 14

by postbigbang (#48587285) Attached to: Tour the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum - Part Two (Video)

I fear that a younger generation has little appreciation for the experimenters and "makers" of the last century. Until you take away the i-stuff and wifi and the Internet itself, you're not going to get anyone's attention with old radios.

Today's hams are limited to slow, unencrypted media, although they have more combined frequency to play with than anyone else save the governments. Yet their speed is hobbled, channel sizes a joke, and ancient technologies still rule radiosport. It's a lesson.

Comment: Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (Score 1) 184

by postbigbang (#48578151) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

The US government isn't about dignity. It might have been, but it's no longer.

FWIW, I've had the Canadians and the Germans ask me to turn on devices. They all worked, of course, so this technique isn't unique, and I don't think it's particularly productive, either.

Comment: Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (Score 1) 280

by postbigbang (#48561629) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Not really flat, but not growing as it once did. The utilities missed business in the communications game but the UTC.org was moving in the right direction.

Utilities could get in to the solar game themselves, but think more like telcos and other utility monopolies. At some point, all commercial monopolies fail, dying ugly deaths after trying to buy protective legislation.

Oh, wait.....

Comment: Re:Comcast Business Class (Score 1, Insightful) 291

by postbigbang (#48561573) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

The electricity still gets used, and the resident still foots the bill. Best to find a DOCSIS 3X modem that's compatible, and use THAT. Then update the modem's firmware, fast. Then use the weirdest longest WPA2 string possible to encrypt it. Then: stay paranoid.

Comment: Re:Law of unintended consequences... (Score 1) 33

by postbigbang (#48551639) Attached to: The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers

Everyone wants to throw their hands up, powerless to do anything real about the big slurp data problem because we feel we're powerless against our government, lest we be traitors, seditionists, or get put on a no-fly list. Blacklisted, barred, or simply fucked in the data mines.

The Koch Bros are financing even more, see http://www.politico.com/story/... for questions, so that we can all be individually profiled beyond what we're already hooked to.

Breaches and security can't hold back the lakes and oceans of data we're amassing and hoarding, and sooner or later (if it hasn't been already), various of your personal events will be conflated to something that puts you on a radar screen somewhere. Liberty is in the crapper, and the hacker groups are financed by taxpayers, who are unwitting or willfully ignorant of the influence of big money on their legislatures. Behavior analysis will be light and soft, but the consequences deep. Just wait and see.

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