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Comment: Event Scheduling (Score 1) 116

by Scottingham (#47975399) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail
The only legit reason I continue to use Facebook is that it is good for keeping track of upcoming events (parties, concerts, etc). G+ did not have any comparable feature. If it did, and did so cleanly without all the other FB-esque trash that went along with it, I'm sure many (of at least my)people would have dumped FB.

Comment: Brain in a jar! (Score 1) 456

Personally, I'd like to survive long enough to be able to extract my brain and place it into a self-contained support system. It'd of course have to have a substantial sensory input/output system to allow me to interact with my 'surroundings' ie a networked virtualized world. I think this is the only realistic way to 'download' your consciousness to a machine. The brain is simply too complex to abstract to a computer...why not just preserve and support the brain itself? It'd solve all the strange philosophical problems of consciousness transfer and whatnot.

There's nothing requiring breaking the laws of physics for this to work. Obviously it is technologically quite a ways away from today. Given that we're accelerating our technology at an exponential rate, I don't think it is totally out of the realm of possibility that it could be available within the next 50-70 years. It'd certainly cut down on energy/space requirements for me (and possibly billions others), and also allow me to 'live forever'...kinda.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (Score 1) 65

by Scottingham (#47957339) Attached to: New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect
Thanks for the tip about the Mill CPU!! People have been bitching about how Slashdot has gone down the shitter since I was in High School (~2002). There has always been a variable signal to noise ratio, but the signal has consistently proven to be worthwhile enough to come back. Case in point: this.

Comment: Worse than it seems. (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by Scottingham (#47930563) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response
This pandemic is almost certainly worse than it seems. For every reported case there are now likely a dozen unreported.

I have a feeling that all this effort from the US and others is to make the folks back home feel safer in that we are 'doing something'. In all likelihood the only thing that'll stop the spread at this point is stricter quarantine around the infected countries(!). Refugees would need to go into quarantine to make sure they are not carrying the disease.

This disease, and the corresponding collapse of infrastructure, will likely kill hundreds of thousands of people before its over.

I hope I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 2) 391

by Scottingham (#47930161) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Scrapping the entire car? No way! The chassis, interior, and motors will still likely be in great shape. Electric motors have a WAY longer lifespan than reciprocating engines. If anything, replacing the battery every 5-10 years or so should be seen as a good thing. The tech will have improved, so your range for the same car will improve accordingly. While the battery may no longer be good for electric car demands, they can still live a long life for grid smoothing or surplus renewable power storage.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James