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Comment: Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 612

by RicktheBrick (#49709207) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

In 1980 I was working for a computer manufacture. I was selling hard drives for a thousand dollars a megabyte. Those hard drives are worthless today, even if they worked. I think that even hard drives of today will be worthless for the average person since we will replace them with ssd and the cloud. The point is what people value today will become trash in just a short time even if they still work perfectly. Self driving automobiles will make ownership of automobile outdated. Robots will probably build houses underground. The houses will be cheap to make and will last through even the most severe weather since they will be underground. I see people living in mostly free housing and transportation. The problems will not be poverty but will be that a lot of people will not know what to do most of their time. People with a lot of spare time usually just get in trouble.

Comment: Re:Never (Score 1) 181

by RicktheBrick (#49456111) Attached to: Autonomous Cars and the Centralization of Driving

i want a vehicle that when I started it, it will communicate with a cell tower along with every other vehicle in that area. I want a computer in that tower to know where every vehicle is and controls the speed at which that vehicle is travelling. By controlling the speed of all the vehicles it should be able to prevent almost all accidents. I can see freeways where every vehicle is travelling at the same speed. No need to worry about blind zones since no one will ever pass anyone. Everyone would still have to drive their own vehicle but for most trips one would not have to use either the acceleration pedal or the brake until the very end when one is looking for a parking place. There should be a monitor in every vehicle that would have a map of the area and display all the vehicle in that area. If for instance a snow storm or fog blinds everyone, the computer would tell all the vehicle to slow down at the same time thus avoiding collisions. It should not be much of a problem to ensure that everyone is obeying all traffic laws.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

Your changes are minor compared to what I see.
First most shopping will be done on the internet and the products will be delivered. This will result in a huge reduction in the need for commercial property. Think about it. Just the fact that a parking lot will not be needed will reduce the need by over half and then the store will be able to use all of its space efficiently(shelves from the floor to a 20 foot ceiling since robot will stock and remove items from them).
Second meals will be cheaper than buying food and cooking them so they too will be delivered.
Third most homes will therefore not have a kitchen or a garage. This will result in a reduction in residential property.
Fourth Parking an autonomous vehicle will be considered a waste of that vehicle as it will probably have a waiting list of people to transport to their needed destinations.
Fifth Close to 30,000 Americans will not lose their lives every year do to accidents.
Sixth. There will be a reduction in traffic since one delivering truck will replace hundreds of individual vehicles.

Comment: Re: Welcome. (Score 1) 391

Two super intelligent beings are talking.
First one. I am smarter than you.
Second one. No! I am smarter than you.
First one. Well I can create a being with half my intelligence and it still would be smarter than you.
Second one. Well I can create a being with a third of my intelligence and it still would be smarter than you.
Several seconds later.
First one. I can create a being with intelligence one billionth of mine and it still would be more intelligent than you.
Second one. Okay go ahead.
First one . Okay that planet over there looks good. I will create a being on it and we will revisit it after a million of it revolutions around its sun to see how intelligent it is.

Comment: Re:Sound like... (Score 1) 80

by RicktheBrick (#48602051) Attached to: Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

The whole bloody point of the show was showing the caring relationship between the midwifes and their patients. It showed women helping each other and their patients. The odds that their would be 4 beautiful young midwifes is less than the odds that they would find 4 non-smoking midwifes. How could the smoking midwife maintain her clothes and buy her makeup and still have money for cigarettes? The smoking doctor had a son who would have been my age at that time. Did they show that boy waking up in the middle of the night because his father was coughing uncontrollably? No! it did not. I know I did and I experienced the fear that it gave me. The midwifes lived together in very modest home. It would have taken just one time where the smoking midwife fell asleep with a lit cigarette to burn that home down. It happened and is still happening today. They chose to show smoking but they also chose not to show any of the negative effects of smoking. It could have shown the smoking midwife at a store choosing to buy cigarettes instead of buying makeup, clothes, or even a birthday present for a fellow midwife or even a member of her family. If they chose to show accuracy, people would have not watched it. The question is whether more people would have watched the program if they left out the smoking than watched it because of the smoking. I think people watched the program to see the midwifes dedication to their patients and to each other and not because one of the midwives and the doctor smoked. I know I did.

Comment: Re:Sound like... (Score -1, Redundant) 80

by RicktheBrick (#48593125) Attached to: Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

I watched a series on Netflix from the BBC called "Call the Midwife". It was a story about midwifes in the late fifties. One of the midwifes was a chain smoker and even smoked around children. I find it hard to watch a program where it shows people smoking as it does not in my opinion add anything to the story. It just shows their almost total disregard of their advertising of cigarettes. It is also a sell out to the smoking industry.

Comment: Re:It's the production line (Score 1) 113

by RicktheBrick (#48580983) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

The female does not consciously decide to miscarry any fetus. So some part of the female brain is monitoring the status of a fetus and deciding who can live. Is that part infallible? I would think not, so with modern health care humans can probably do better than that part of the female brain. So maybe some abortion are done because that part of the female brain just failed to miscarry that fetus. There are probably more fetus being miscarried by some part of the female brain than are being aborted by some doctor. The point is there is no way one could possibly hope to stop this type of abortion and that abortions are a natural part of humanity.

Comment: Re:It's done on purpose (Score 1) 368

by RicktheBrick (#48542295) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Most stories whether they are sci-fi or not are based on past stories(Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella) and are basically just two steps).
1. Find something or someone to hate.
2. Rejoice when they are defeated.
There is not much difference between Harry Potter and Star Trek since they will say a few words and use some device to produce a desired result. In both cases the viewer or reader does not even need to understand why they produce any given results.
As for sexual commentary one only has to look at Playboy of the sixties or earlier. One can see just as much today on the beaches of Spain since Playboy did not show much of the virgina back then. Even now my spell checker does not know the spelling of virgina. I have two old large dictionaries that do not have it. They must maintain the sexual norms of today or they will not be seen or read by a larger per cent of the population.

Comment: Re:clock speeds yes (Score 1) 197

One will pay one way or the other. Lets compare the cost of a free crt monitor to that of a $150 lcd. The crt will use more electricity to use so it will cost the $150 or more in just a couple of years unless one uses it an average of less than an hour a day. I use my computers a lot more than the average person since I do volunteer work for World Community Grid but a 6 core computer at a given speed will easily outdo 12 single core computers. I have run a 4 core computer now for more than 6 years and a 6 core for more than 2 years. The 6 core computers has done more work than the 4 core. So if one uses a computer for a significant amount of time it is cheaper to buy new. I buy old computers at thrift stores and garage sales. One can not even give them away anymore. For good reason as windows xp is not supported anymore and its the only one that will run satisfactory on even 1 Gigabyte of ram memory. Try to find that much memory of pc 100 or even ddr memory. One will pay a lot more than anyone would be willing to pay for the computer. People will ignore a hard drive of less than 500 Gigabytes. I installed a hp laser jet printer and it took over 200 Megabytes just for its drivers and software. I also run Ubuntu computer and it is not uncommon for it to have more than 100 Megabytes of updates. It is almost impossible to run those unless one has a modern computer.

Comment: Re:Party loyalty makes you irrelevant ... (Score 1) 401

by RicktheBrick (#48300913) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

The whole system is wrong. The combined population of Alaska and Wyoming is still about 15% of the population of Michigan and yet they will probably elect two republican senators to the one democratic senator from Michigan. The difference between the number of votes for each senatorial candidate in Michigan will probably be more than the combined votes for the winners in both Alaska and Wyoming. Wyoming does not have enough people to rate even one representative in the house. So Michigan with nearly 20 times the people of Wyoming gets 16 representatives to Wyoming's 3 so they must be at least 4 times more powerful. The United States will almost never see the will of the majority rule. I would think that would be the test of a democracy.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 392

I use to have the triple bundle from charter(tv, phone, and internet). They will tell you that you can get all three for less than you are paying now but they do not tell you that after a couple of years you will be paying more. So I went to internet only for around $65 a month. That is a little high but at least I know that in a couple of years I will not be paying $150 a month. Early this year charter made everyone who gets tv get a tuner box. They did this because they could not block all tv reception from me as I could get around 30 channels without paying for them. After they installed the tuner I could not get any channels. I now get my tv through netflix and my phone through magicjack. I am satisfied with both of them so I am not interested in any of charter's plans.

Comment: Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 196

by RicktheBrick (#47898809) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Life in the year 2100.
The entire population has moved underground. The planet looks more like it did before human arrived than it did today. One lives in a apartment that is totally secure and sound proof. There is a totally automatic transportation system in underground tubes. One can not even visit an address unless one has permission from the occupant. The apartment will not have a kitchen since all food will be centrally cooked and distributed. The rooms will always be at a certain temperature and humidity. Each room will be able to transform itself into a different room at the touch of a button. A bedroom can be a living room in seconds. All rooms will be cleaned daily with hot steam without ruining anything. One will wake up very early as there will be a pill to enhance sleep. One will go to their bathroom where the toilet will measure everything about the occupant and will recommend what foods and exercise they should do that day. One will than go to the exercise room where one will do their daily exercises. One will go to the eating room where one will find their recommended food. One will go to the communication room where one will watch over automatic production of products to ensure they are being done correctly. Some will be hired to reproduce. They will have to go to several years of training to be hired. Most will not even want to reproduce since one can talk to a computer without knowing it is a computer and there will be pills that make one far more high than sex could ever do. Everything will be free and since a pill will take the place of sex there will be very little interaction between any two humans. Human conflict will almost disappear so there will be little need of government.

Comment: Re:all that? (Score 0) 113

What the hell? I recently did a google search for chrome to install it. The very first entry on the list was a download that first installed a so called optimizer malware protector program. If one executes the program it will tell one that they have thousands of problems. Just send them some money and they will fix them for you. How am I suppose to know that the program did not install the problems and than ask money to fix them? It is the same as having people come to your door and tell you that your windows are not broken so pay us some money and we will ensure that they remain unbroken. If google will not help protect us from these people than how can I trust them to write a problem free browser?

Comment: Re:What do they mean by cloud? (Score 1) 25

IBM advertises cloud computing. Why would they care if I know about their cloud? At the same time IBM is a sponsor of World Community Grid. WCG is the opposite of cloud computing as it is distributed computing. IBM ask for volunteers to give them access to their computers to solve a given problem. I think this is wrong since the total cost of all the volunteers to do the computing is more than IBM would spend to do the same amount of computing. I know that the cost per billion flops for a super computer is far less than I pay for on this computer. IBM does not pay for the computing since they are volunteers. If IBM could ask the volunteers to give them even half of the expenses that they have by volunteering their computers, than both would be better off. But how would it look if IBM asked for donations to support their cloud computing? IBM should build enough computing power in their cloud so that they could continue WCG without asking for volunteers. By doing that they would show prospective users that they have the power to solve any of their problems.

Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 611

by RicktheBrick (#47720005) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Did you ever get woke up in the middle of the night because your computer is playing an advertisement? Slashdot is a big offender in this regard. Leave your computer on with an active browser with slashdot on one of the tabs. It does not even need to be the active tab either. It use to be that one had to allow the audio to start but now the audio will start even if one does not do anything to show any interest in the product. It is so bad that chrome will show a speaker on the tab where the audio is coming from. Does anyone think they can force interest in their product? I like some advertisements as some are informative but when some are trying to force one to watch or listen to them, I instinctively shut them off without giving them a chance.

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