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Comment Re:Seems like a piece is missing (Score 1) 102 102

This is what's absurd.

It is not absurd, and they will probably get away with it. America is the only nation powerful enough to stand up to China, and America is unlikely to go to war to defend Vietnam's or Indonesia's territorial rights. The only American ally with claims in the SCS is the Philippines, but their claims are rather modest, so China can compromise with the Philippines, and take the rest. Who is going to stop them?

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 107 107

Can emotion be reduced to a few simple formulas, some generic algorithms?

Yes. Emotional connection is not complicated. Many people felt a connection to Eliza, which was a trivial program.

This works:
1. Look people in the eye, and smile.
2. Agree with what they say.
3. Instead of talking about yourself, ask other people questions to show you are interesting in hearing them talk about themselves.
Follow this formula, and you will be popular.

I'm not convinced.

Have you ever gotten laid?

Comment Re:Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 2) 44 44

And every secure facility I ever worked in had video surveillance built in, so I don't see how glass is more creepy than that.

GG should be much less creepy, since it does not, and can not, continuously record. Most of the complaints about GG came from people that didn't actually understand what it was.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 861 861

The service model can be readily adopted in cities where shared car usage already exists in the form of taxis or uber/lyft/etc.

90% of the cost of taxis/Uber/Lyft is compensation for the driver. Vehicle non-ownership is only cost effective in urban cores. Self driving cars should make on-demand car renting far cheaper, and make non-ownership a viable option for far more people.

Comment Re:CPR dates back to the 1700s. (Score 1) 43 43

And you can be damned sure that the use of CPR in its modern form has saved a tremendous amount of lives.

No, you can't be sure about that. In movies and fictional TV shows, CPR is depicted positively, with 75% of CPR recipients getting up and going about their lives with no ill effects, often within minutes. In real life, most CPR recipients die, and those that survive the procedure often have severe brain damage or debilitating injuries to other organs. Many are confined to bed or a wheelchair for the rest of their life. Less than 5% have a good quality of life outcome.

About 80% of the public say they would want to be aggressively resuscitated. For emergency room doctors, about 10% say the same.

Comment Re:Not to be taken seriously (Score 1) 109 109

I'd say cryptography is still secure if the time complexity is something like n^80.

You are underestimating exponential complexity. If you are using 1024 bit encryption, then 1024^80 is way, way, way, way smaller than 2^1024. The difference is more than that between the a single planck time and the age of the Universe.

Comment Re:Or not (Score 2) 109 109

Oh, and the answer(s) may not even be right and has to be checked using classical methods anyway.

One of the primary characteristics of NP problems is that solutions are hard to find but easy to verify. It will take longer than the lifetime of the universe to find the best solution to a thousand city travelling salesman problem. But it takes less than a millisecond to verify that it is better than the previous best known path.

Comment Re:Not everyone is interested in STEM (Score 5, Informative) 132 132

1. There are already more STEM graduates than jobs.

No. STEM fields have an unemployment rate of about 3%, compared to about 5% overall.

3/4 of STEM workers leave the field due to poor pay and working conditions compared to other jobs.

Nonsense. About 75% of ALL college grads work outside their major. STEM majors are more likely to work in their major, and those that don't frequently work in other STEM fields, such as physics majors working as programmers.

If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.

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