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Comment: Re:Origin of *Species* (Score 4, Interesting) 249

by Shimbo (#49072387) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

You fall into the common error of equating the selfish gene with selfish individualism. Life is more complicated than that. There are times when protecting your family or the wider community at the risk of your own life is absolutely what is best for the survival of your genes.

And for sure, 'dove' is a lousy strategy in iterated prisoners dilemma. Hit him if he hits me first works fairly well though.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 211

by Shimbo (#48891717) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Voyager 1, which is the operative craft that's been in service the longest and receives the least amount of heat from the sun is, after most of the heaters have been turned off to conserve energy, running at around -80C temperatures.

Yes, but it has a nuclear power cell onboard. Given sufficent plutonium, it's pretty easy to keep warm.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 320

by Shimbo (#48242925) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

One of the biggest issues is going to be insurance and who will pay when one of these cars causes an accident.

I doubt this will be a big problem. Insurers will sooner or later offer policies for self-driving cars, and if the statistics are good, they will eventually be reasonably priced; you can only price fix for so long. What will take longer is for governments to relax the criminal liability of the driver.

Comment: Re:Waaah. (Score 3, Funny) 338

by Shimbo (#47735373) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Somehow we get along just fine, residential or commercial, with pretty much the same as what this limit allows. /me awaits some Brit who's come to explain how their 240v 13A outlets allow them to suck the carpet right off the floor with their cleaners.

Actually, we use them mostly to take out drones and deflect NEOs into a safer orbit.

Comment: Re:Is IPv6 "perfect" or will there be an IPv8? (Score 1) 248

by Shimbo (#47663331) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

I'll admit to being willfully ignorant of IPv6 other than seeing it as enormously more complicated than IPv4

I think seeing it as way more complicated is a mistake. They took IPv4, fixed a few problems, and unfortunately introduced a few others. Sure, they could have done a little less.

Couldn't they just have added a couple of extra bytes to IPv4 to come up with something that worked like IPv4?

That fairly much describes IPv4; the other proposals floating around were far more radical.

node addresses are MAC addresses plus the network address

This is covered by RFC 2462 - IPv6 Stateless Address Autoconfiguration. However, privacy concerns have made this go out of fashion.

Comment: Re:LOL Itanium (Score 1) 136

by Shimbo (#47578169) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

I'm sure someone's crunched the numbers and this makes sense on paper, but seriously? Porting to Itanium before x86? I know HP wants to prop up its teensy niche CPU server line, but I just can't see how to justify that.

The reason is they hardly have to do any work for Itanium; they just have to QA a 8-core system instead of a 4-core one. The original port was done over a decade ago. With 20/20 hindsight it was a wrong move, the right one being presumably to tell Intel to shove it and wait a few years for the x64.

Who's going to migrate software from old VMS systems to a new one on very highly vendor-locked hardware?

Someone that has a 2 or 4 core processor Itanium system already. If anything is a non-starter it's the x86 version.

There's no future in time travel.