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Comment: Cut off at the pass... (Score 2) 140

by MiniMike (#48433609) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

I was set to make a comment about how they should paint them BSOD blue- but they actually already did! At least that's how it looked in the video.

And then they make them look sorta like Daleks, and I can't really complain about that.

At this point all I can hope for is that they forgot to teach them about escalators or splash fountains, and wait for the inevitable videos.

Comment: I think this nails it (Score 5, Interesting) 171

by MiniMike (#48425327) Attached to: US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

FTFA, Dotcom's lawyer:

The issue is the government basically is looking to use the fugitive disentitlement doctrine as procedural mechanism to avoid arguing merits of criminal action.

The case seems to have no merit, they're probably reluctant to bring it to a trial. I think they were probably hoping for a plea in the first place, to avoid a trial and the associated oversight, and didn't think it would go this way or drag out this long.

Comment: Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (Score 1) 366

by MiniMike (#48159199) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

What about killing off girl embryos or blacks or obese, etc etc.

Are you suggesting that (presumably) white parents will be scanning their embryos to see if they'll turn out black?

While there may be some that do, I don't think there's any overlap between them and the ones who will be scanning for intelligence. Same for the ones who would select solely on gender or (again presumably) tendency for obesity, as that has a large component driven by lifestyle.

Is 15 IQ points a meaningful difference? How about 2 points? 30 points? At some point, it would obviously make a difference. Where that point is would vary from person to person. Part of the problem is that there are many factors that make up intelligence, and rolling them up into one number makes that number almost useless except in the most general sense.

Comment: Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (Score 3, Informative) 571

by MiniMike (#48150425) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

The amount of water (as the protium source) used for fusion would be minuscule compared to the volume of the oceans, even if fusion technology was widespread and used over an extended period of time. Most technically literate people would know this, which is probably why your comment was marked 'Troll'. But as not everyone knows everything, your question does deserve a legitimate answer. The volume of water used would probably be more than offset by the amount of water falling to Earth in comets/asteroids/dust/etc. If it did somehow become a problem (extreme emphasis on 'somehow'), we could bring in more water from asteroids as needed. But if we did somehow burn through that much water through fusion in any reasonable timescale, I suspect we would be killed by the waste heat.

Comment: Re:What A Weapon (Score 1) 478

by MiniMike (#48114329) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Do this to people's car door handles, door knobs, trash cans, doors in restaurants, the floor in public places, railings on escalators, the conveyor belt in a grocery store, etc.

All of those places are already covered in a layer of bacteria/viruses/???. IANAB, but I am curious as to how long Ebola would remain viable on those surfaces, i.e. how long until the other nasties destroyed it? Since it has not been listed as a transmission vector, I'm guessing that it would have a pretty short lifespan on a doorknob. Possibly anywhere where it would dry out would not be a place it could be transmitted.

Comment: COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (Score 2) 547

by MiniMike (#48102765) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

With COBOL still around, it's hard to take too seriously the claim that Perl or Ruby is about to die.

Why would you make that assumption? Have Perl or Ruby been suggested as replacements for COBOL? Is the future usefulness of a language based inversely on age? I'm not seeing the direct connection between the lifespans of COBOL, Perl, and Ruby.

Also, how can they not mention FORTRAN in the article? No self respecting article on the topic of "soon to be dead programming languages" in the last 30 years has failed to mention FORTRAN. I see it as a staple of these articles for years to come.

Comment: Re:Counterintuitive (Score 2) 356

by MiniMike (#47985503) Attached to: Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Nice.
Please explain how this hypothesis fits with the observed effects of breaking a magnet in half, and with related theories of electromagnetism.

Magtonians are not gay however

Are you proposing this as an explanation as to why we have not been able to obtain evidence of monopoles?

Comment: Did they try looking next to them? (Score 1) 269

by MiniMike (#47880305) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

So they were wrong in their hypothesis that these 69 sites on the genome are related to intelligence. This does not mean that other sites on the genome aren't related to intelligence.

On top of that, the three gene locations that did seem to have a stronger correlation weren't involved in development of the nervous system.

So they really don't have complete knowledge of this extremely complex system. Not surprising. Time to review their assumptions, and come up with a new hypothesis to test. They still gained knowledge (what doesn't work), it's just not the knowledge they were hoping for.

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