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Comment: What we generally do - in this country.... (Score 5, Insightful) 403

(that being the USofA) is to worry about how far we can go on a tank of fuel. This is a throwback to the days when trips of any significant distance could easily leave you stranded between fueling stations (which used to be as much as hundreds of miles apart)

In that case, knowing distance per unit of fuel is more important than fuel per unit of distance.

In Europe, where distances are SIGNIFCANTLY shorter it is much more interesting to worry about the cost of the trip, especially when public transport options are close competitors in price. In this case the unit of fuel per unit of distance makes a much easier comparison.

Comment: Re:Same as humans ... (Score 1) 165

by OneSmartFellow (#47925377) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics
...the first true AI will be able to churn out billions of lines of code ...

Let's hope not. I'd be satisfied with it only generating a few dozen, as long as they were truly bug free.

Given a billion lines of code, the correctness would have to be above %99.99999999 in order to have a chance of being error free. That's a pretty tall order, even for automata.

Comment: Start Button ? (Score 5, Funny) 210

by OneSmartFellow (#47889527) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers
Them: Hello, this is Microsoft. We have detected a problem with your computer.
Me: Really?
Them: Yes of course. Do you see your "start" button?
Me: No
Them: It's in the lower left corner.
Me:The lower left corner of what ?
Them: The lower left corner of your computer.
Me: The lower left corner?...........when viewed from where ?
Them: From the front.
Me: OK, let me see.....All I see is a little sticker that says Intel Inside on the lower left corner.
Them: I don't understand.
Me: The computer has a little sticker on the lower left corner. but no start button.
Them: No, I mean the lower left corner of your monitor.
Me: Wait I'll have a look..........I don't have a start button on the lower left corner of my monitor either. I do see a little sticker that says "Infant Optics" (it's a baby monitor) Them: click

Comment: Re: Two words: (Score 1) 215

by OneSmartFellow (#47806449) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones
I fail to understand why everyone assumes that drones will be flying over their property.

I automatically assume that delivery drones will be required to fly not far above existing roadways. I guess that this probably increases rather than decreases the likelihood of injury should the drone fall out of the sky; but let's face it, Roadways are already damned dangerous, so adding to the danger increases the excitement level.

Comment: Re:Yeah, so? (Score 1) 143

by OneSmartFellow (#47719639) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

...but completely different properties ...

Properties that as yet we have not encountered, have no way to experience, or measure.....possible, sure. But then if they did, this would introduce a different classification system. So rather than refer to these things as Elements we might call them Smelements...........

Hmmm, I think you're on to something here.

Comment: Re:Yeah, so? (Score 1) 143

by OneSmartFellow (#47719575) Attached to: How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

There might be another lighter element between lithium and hydrogen that we don't know about.

Number of Protons/Electrons: 3
Number of Neutrons: 4

Number of Protons/Electrons: 1
Number of Neutrons: 0

You are correct, there are quite a few possibilities for elements in between (whatever that really means), Many of those we call those Ions, but some are such unstable configurations (if they can exist at all) that as far as we are concerned, they don't really exist

Some of those possible combinations we refer to as Helium (or its Ions)

Welcome to 9th grade Chemistry.

Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.