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Comment: Re:QWERTY Keyboard (Score 1) 275

I particularly like the one built around a generic 2x20 text LCD.

This one?

That's the uWatch, an open-source open-hardware DIY scientific calculator watch by Dave Jones of EEVBlog fame. He designed it simply because his old Casio CFX-400 calculator watch finally broke, and the only replacements were all basic 4-function models.

It also plays chess...

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 5, Insightful) 1037

by NoMaster (#46675507) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

If your 'knowledge' of the Bible only extends as far as an ignorant half-remembered version of Genesis, then yes.

Specifically, it's not "the fruit of Knowledge" - it's "the Knowledge of good and evil".

The Bible is actually quite encouraging of knowledge, even showing something of a kickarse attitude towards deliberate ignorance:

"An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions ... The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating ... Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. To answer before listening - that is folly and shame ... The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."

-- Proverbs 18:1-2,6,12-13,15

Comment: Hmmm... (Score 1) 118

by NoMaster (#45839713) Attached to: How To Change U.S. Laws To Promote Robotics

Hmmm... robots ... technological/social crossroads ... buzzwords/phrases ... open vs closed source ...

I see the Dice-a-matic automated headline generator is beginning to learn how to assemble the component parts of a Slashdot-centric clickbait story with minimal intelligent oversight.

On the downside, the human editors will soon be replaced by robots.

On the upside, Timothy & Soulseek will soon be replaced by robots.

Comment: Re:Missed the point (Score 1) 153

by NoMaster (#45757063) Attached to: How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

Confirmation bias. Asimov didn't write stories about the billions of robots who didn't jump their programming rails and cause problems, because that would've been boring.

Most of the ones he wrote about, with only a few exceptions (admittedly the most famous e.g. Daneel, Giskard, Andrew Martin, etc) were experimental or otherwise non-standard models.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun