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Comment Go ahead and run for office (Score 1) 90

I look a the difference between Kim Dotcom and other media moguls. Am forced to say it's just connections to people in power. You-tube founders didn't go to prison and it was also used for piracy when it started. The difference is that Google bought Youtube and not Mega.
Also, who is paying the sock puppets on this site. Fix the roads guys. The guy let people share files online and that makes him a terrible criminal, I miss ./ . He's clearly worse than Binladen because he's fat crass and let people pirate files on his service instead of pirating though other channels.
Politics is about pitting one set of scoundrels against another set of scoundrels so they don't let each other get away with things. The peasants get a little bit of freedom in the wash because the scoundrels are in competition for votes.

Comment Price difference more that the lifetimes gas. (Score 1) 904

When I was shopping for a car last year, I looked at the electrics available.
The Tesla costs more than a house so it was right out.
The price difference of the cheapest electric cars was larger that a lifetimes worth of gas for the the comparable gas vehicle. That is even neglecting the cost of electricity. This needs to be fixed or it doesn't matter what tipping points are posted in the blogs.
Electric cars price most people right out of the market.

Comment Re:I thought Hawking said we should avoid aliens.. (Score 1) 208

Yes, clearly Earth is the best place to get resources. They certianly would want to venture down it to our gravity well to get out water ( ) and our precious metals ( ). They may want to eat us ( , ). But maybe these are all the stupid ideas of stupid primates. They are just as likely to visit for our political and religious ideas.
      The most likely explanation for lack of contact is that there is nothing but pain to be experienced by dealing with us. We still degrade form old age and die from cancer. We murder each other over stupid plants and petty territorial squabbles. If aliens know us they wouldn't want contact.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

"Don't you have laws against unlicensed people fiddling with brakes?" That's all we need, some buracracy telling me I need a piece of paper to repair my brakes. We already have enough certificates that mean absolutly nothing.
So instead of putting my car on jackstands and switching out the pads and bleading the system my self for $80. I go to a "Certified" loser and pay $8,000 for a guy to mangle up the fasteners and use substandard parts. But that's ok, I have a piece of paper saying it was done so I am leagle.
P.S. I'm selling oil change insurance, would anyone like to buy?


Video Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video) 25

25-year electronics veteran Conrad Lee noticed that commodity multi-channel security DVRs have both more channels than a typical household needs and more capabilities than their makers advertise -- at least, with some creative re-use of their video feeds. With a home-grown controller hooked up to an otherwise unused video channel, a run of the mill security DVR can be used as a command center for household items, like lights, locks, thermostats, cameras, or whatever else you think of) by means of controls both old-fashioned (the ubiquitous X10 devices, some of which you probably have stashed in a drawer) and new (Z-wave). He showed off his system at last month's Maker Faire -- take a look (video below) at what his clever hardware re-use makes possible, and at Lee's controller. It means giving up one (relatively) inexpensive channel, to gain capabilities that would cost quite a bit more in a ready-built system, like smart-phone control and pan/tilt control for cameras. (Alternate Video Link)

Comment Errors? (Score 1) 230

"does the same result apply to biological networks?"
Of course we just rely on other parts of our brain and use logic to throw these out. I once saw an old carpet rolled up on the side of the road and OMG it looked like a rhino. But I knew this was not a rhino.


Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars? 437

Hallie Siegel (2973169) writes "From the Open Roboethics Research Initiative: Earlier this month, when we asked people about your general thoughts on autonomous cars, we found that one of the main advantages of autonomous cars is that those who are not licensed to drive will be able to get to places more conveniently. Some results from our reader poll: About half of the participants (52%) said that children under the legal driving age should not be able to ride driverless cars, 38% of the participants believe that children should be able to ride driverless cars alone and the other 10% also think that children should be able to drive autonomous cars with proven technology and specific training."

Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics 176

malachiorion writes "Have you heard the one about the Christian college in North Carolina that bought a humanoid robot, to figure out whether or not bots are going to charm us into damnation (dimming or cutting our spiritual connection to God)? The robot itself is pretty boring, but the reasoning behind its purchase—a religious twist on the standard robo-phobia—is fascinating. From the article: '“When the time comes for including or incorporating humanoid robots into society, the prospect of a knee-jerk kind of reaction from the religious community is fairly likely, unless there’s some dialogue that starts happening, and we start examining the issue more closely,” says Kevin Staley, an associate professor of theology at SES. Staley pushed for the purchase of the bot, and plans to use it for courses at the college, as well as in presentations around the country. The specific reaction Staley is worried about is a more extreme version of the standard, secular creep factor associated with many robots. “From a religious perspective, it could be more along the lines of seeing human beings as made in God’s image,” says Staley. “And now that we’re relating to a humanoid robot, possibly perceiving it as evil, because of its attempt to mimic something that ought not to be mimicked.”'"

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