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Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 151

I iive in Masn County, Michigan. A while back there were rumors that the state of Michigan was going to build a data center by the pumped storage plant that is located in the county. The hope was that after the state built a data center here, that others would follow. There are several good reasons why they should build there since there is power from the pumped storage plant and from 56 windmills also in the county.There is also cold water most of the year that is pumped out of Lake Michigan that possibly could be used to cool the data centers. As one can see by this article ( that the project fell through. I believe we are still waiting to see if anything will be built. The point is that there are places that would welcome data centers in their backyard.

Comment Re:A Hitchcock (Score 1) 78

I would think that there are plenty of ways a clerk at a bank could set off an alarm that would notify the police and take air samples around a thief. One could put a piece of cardboard under the hundred dollar bills. If under duress one could just remove the cardboard with the bills. Or maybe the bank would take air samples from everyone just in case of a problem. There are probably ways of defeating this. If one were to wear a air and water tight garment and take a shower in it soon before attempting the robbery but this would significantly increase preparations for the robbery.

Comment Re: When will my car be able to take me home from (Score 1) 34

Your mom will not miss walking around a store to pick up a few items and than waiting in a check out line to go home again. I would think that she would enjoy shopping on the internet and having the items delivered in a self driving vehicle. I think that self driving vehicles will obsolete almost all or our present commercial areas. It will eliminate a huge number of jobs. It will also save 10's of thousands of death each year and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. It will also save hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage each year. This also will eliminate a huge number of jobs.

Comment Re:Same reason we're looking for earth-like life (Score 2) 275

Right now you are right about not wanting contact with a lot of our fellow citizens. But suppose that one day you are so powerful that no one could possible harm you in any way. Suppose that you could provide them with almost infinite amount of power so that they could build huge areas with a constant temperature of say 70 degrees and 40 per cent humidity. Suppose just by living in those areas that they would be free from the suffering of either excessive heat or cold. Now don't you think you would be welcome as a hero? Now suppose that in your present country you are not considered as anything special. Suppose that you can not even reproduce since it is the law that someone must die for every new birth. Would one do almost anything to get to this new world? I would think that the more barbaric we are the more appealing we would be to someone who hopes to be a hero. It is an appealing thought that one day millions of people would remember my name as their savior.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 123

It should also be a cable modem to so one could connect your coaxial cable to it. It should be a weather prove box so I could put it on the outside of my house. Therefore I should not have to put coaxial or ethernet cables everywhere in my house. My television set should be able to be placed anywhere there is electricity since it should be able to connect wireless to the router. I should be able to connect the tv to cable tv or to my desktop computer. I should be able to buy wireless speaker that have a remote so I can by wireless either connect them to the television or a stereo system or a desktop computer. Almost everything in my house should be connected. For instance my bedroom door should be connected so when I close it after using it in the morning my computer would know to either reduce the heating or cooling in that room until a half an hour before I would use it again. I should be able to attach a ssd drive to it and have several computer be able to boot from it. This is just a small start as there are a lot more things a smart router could accomplish.

Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 1) 190

You are watching a porn site when you decide that you have to get ready for your hot date. Since nothing is going on you just turn your monitor off and forget about it. You convince your date to sleep with you so you get naked and watch as your date does the same. Except an ad for viagra starts paying on your computer. You get up and turn the monitor on and now your date sees what you have been watching. She turns to you and says "I am not enough porn for you. Forget it. I am leaving". Your evening is ruined except for the fact that it was just a dream and the ad has awaken you from your wet dream.

Comment Re: Flying Car (Score 1) 158

According to the article
The benefits extend far beyond convenience and avoiding traffic jams. The opportunity to not just reduce, but eliminate, car accidents will translate to saving more than one million lives every year in the U.S. alone. This means saving $300 billion in economic costs due to car crashes, and reducing annual CO2 emissions by as much as 300 million tons, just in U.S.
According to the CDC there are about 2.5 million deaths each year and about 130,000 accidental deaths each year. So I very much doubt the 1 million figure. The 300 billion dollars saved is about a thousand per person so that would have a significant effect on our wealth.
But with a million less funerals each year, it would definitely effect the funeral homes bottom line. It would also mean a lot less cars being destroyed each year so it would mean a lot less would have to be made each year. Every dollar saved is a dollar less for paying other people's wages. Maybe we will spend some of the savings by travelling more since it will be safer.

Comment Re:Slashdotter Template (Score 1) 193

Its been almost a month now since I got 10 on this 8 computer. I have a 7 computer and it would not even attempt to get 10 until a couple of days ago. It still fails on every attempt to download 10. I have a vista computer and I am grateful that they will not allow me to upgrade it to 10. I used to use real player to download video off the internet. Ever since I installed 10, I get the message that there is no video on this page even though I am watching it play. My internet speed is suppose to be around 30 megabits per second but it is not fast enough to get me a good quality experience when watching a lot of video. Even cnn video is not good enough for me as it is jerky a lot of the time. So I like to download some video and play them on my television set. It works a lot better there. My vista computer still works with real player. I would think that if someone provides free video they would appreciate when someone downloads that video rather than making them download the video multiple times.

Comment Re:"Heat death"? (Score 1) 199

If the universe eventually dies than it implies that there was a beginning too. This would imply that there is something special about the few trillions of years between the beginning and end. If the universe and time are both infinite than I doubt that there is anything special about the few trillions of years this universe is in existence. If the universe dies than it should have died an infinite numbers of times before now. Our memory of any existence before now is lost at the time of death and rebirth. I see no other explanation for our existence.

Comment Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 280

1. They will know who used it last so if it is not right just take a picture and send it to the authorities.
2. The people will either pay a huge fine or never able to use a car again.
3. The car would probably do this as a precaution. It would take a picture of the inside and outside before and after each trip.
4, If the car is attacked by an outside force of people than the occupant would call and report it to the police.

Comment Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 3, Interesting) 194

How about the young people in this country? They are struggling now. With every recession they are being laid off and than they have to start all over again. That means they get the lowest pay, least amount of vacation and other benefits. But hell lets throw another bill at them. Democracy will not suffer when we demand that people pay to be informed. When I was a child I could look at the nightly news at 6. Rabbit ears would get me at least 4 channels. Now I would have to spend at least a thousand dollars to have a tower build for an antenna to receive those channels. The nearest broadcasting station is around 70 miles away. I believe that digital tv is uhf and that does not travel as far. I guess the young can rely on billboards to even know who running for president let alone what their policies are.

Comment Re:We're in it together (Score 1) 367

I think in the near future we will all live underground. Our homes will last for centuries and will be a lot more energy efficient. They will be self cleaning and have virtually no maintenance. All transportation will be automated from door to door. There will be no commercial district as most products will be delivered from the factory. All those jobs will just disappear. Tourism will also disappear as virtual reality will be far more interesting and easier to accomplish.
We will live in homes that are extremely comfortable all the time. We will be safe from insects, sunburn, bad weather, and even other people. For most people there will be no incentive to leave their homes. Conversation will be with computers. Drugs that make us feel far better than sex and a lot safer will be invented. Most people will have almost no interest in any other human as all their needs and desires will be met by machines. A lot of countries do not reproduce enough to replace its present population. The United States would not increase its population if it were not for immigrants. I believe that in the year 2100 the world's population will be closer to what is was in the 1900's than what it is today.

Comment Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

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.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert