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Comment: I wrote my own book! (Score 1) 164

by StonyCreekBare (#49102655) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?
Do You Fear the Singularity? 'Chromosome Quest' is a light-hearted, fun-loving Science Fiction Adventure to save all of mankind from a runaway intelligent, all-powerful computer, taking a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the idea of 'The Singularity', as has been discussed by Ray Kurzweil, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk to name but a few who have raised the topic. Interplanetary travel via Hyper-Dimensional Portals, a stone-age society, dinosaurs, castles, a buxom red-headed heroine and more, Chromosome Quest is an entertaining read with humor, adventure, danger, titillation and a few surprises, as well as thoughtful reflection of the risks of rampant technology. Available as an eBook from all major eBook stores as well as a Lulu.com Paperback. Web Page: http://www.chromosomequest.com... YouTube: http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s

Comment: Re:Could argue the exact opposite (Score 1) 532

by StonyCreekBare (#49097547) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression
Ok, Hawking is a brilliant physicist, I give him that! But... He has made numerous pronouncements on many topics he is not an expert in. Recently, the climbed onto the Kurzweil bandwagon of the Singularity, (Which I might add, I took as a macguffin in my novel 'Chromosome Quest' {please check youtube: http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s }) and now this. Perhaps he should spend his energy in his field of expertise, and leave other fields alone... I admire him greatly, and it pains me to see this sort of silliness.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

by StonyCreekBare (#49097517) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression
Ok, Hawking is a brilliant physicist, I give him that! But... He had made numerous pronouncements on many topics he is not an expert in. Recently, the climbed onto the Kurzweil bandwagon of the Singularity, (Which I might add, I took as a macguffin in my novel 'Chromosome Quest' {please check youtube http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s }) and now this. Perhaps he should spend his energy in his field of expertise, and leave other fields alone... I admire him greatly, and it pains me to see this sort of silliness. Stony

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Submitted by StonyCreekBare
StonyCreekBare writes: Chromosome Quest, a lighthearted, fun, fantasy romp, with Castles, Dinosaurs, cat-people and many other classic Science Fiction staples, presents an only slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the very real and serious risks inherent in trusting entirely too much in intelligent machines. Chromosome Quest releases February 15 at eBook merchants everywhere. A short two-minute video introduction to the novel awaits your YouTube viewing! http://youtu.be/IZlGvgKZh1s
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Comment: Re:External Harddrive (Score 1) 251

by StonyCreekBare (#48916761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
Also, safe deposit boxes are all too easily invaded by the state, or even the feds. Always assume that anything in a bank safe deposit box can be taken away at any time.... At minimum, any media stored in a deposit box should be securely encrypted, and another copy should be accessible elsewhere.

Comment: Maybe I'm missing something (Score 3, Interesting) 461

by StonyCreekBare (#48531413) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies
But all I see putting the Utilities business model in jeopardy is inept management and political pandering. Rooftop solar and battery storage cannot even begin to compete with efficient central generation and distribution. Utilities however have no incentive to run an efficient organization. For decades that have been drunk on the power of captive rate-payers, with no competitive pressure to be efficient. Rooftop solar and batteries threaten to bring that competition to the game. Modern utilities are so bloated and inefficient that the rooftop solar and battery combination is a threat despite being much less efficient. So yeah, utilities are scared, but not for the reasons, or in the manner the Solar proponents claim, but scared they will have to grow up, and abandon the monopoly model and actually run an efficient business. Competition always frightens the monopolist.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 175

by StonyCreekBare (#48014171) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
You're old enough to own LPs and Cds?? Wow, you must be ancient!! ;) I have records that go back to pre-1920, many having reached the century milestone, (I have one from 1908) and they still play fine. I transferred them to digital, and with a little tweaking, they sound even better than they did on my wind-up Victrola! Oh, yeah, my wind up Victrola dates from the 1920's and it still plays fine. Can't say the same for my many cassette decks, DAT decks, CDs, CD Players, DVD Players, MP3 players or computers... I'll take the "Limited Lifetime" of early phonograph records over that of a cellphone any day. I agree with you wholeheartedly about wanting choice though...

Comment: May not be worth it (Score 1) 201

by StonyCreekBare (#46909315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?
I went thru this a couple of years ago. I had hundreds of movies on VHS I had bought over many years. I had a very good VHS deck to play them on. I spent several weeks playing them into my computer, using Pinnacle Studio to trim the beginnings and ends and remove some of the noise, and Handbrake to further transform them to MP4 files on my Plex server. The result was OK, if not spectacular. Since them I have found many of my favorite movies in the DVD bargain bin at Walmart, at much better quality than my VHS originals, and many more popped up on TCM or Cinemax, where I could capture a nice clean copy. In the end, many of the VHS files on my Plex server got over-written with better copies. I also discovered I could simply watch many of the same movies on Netflix, negating the value of owning a copy at all. For example, many years ago I bought a VHS release of the freshly restored "Vertigo", one of my favorite movies. A couple of weeks ago, TCM aired the same print, much better than VHS quality, and of course it is also on Netflix. The effort I spent making my own MP4 of my own VHS copy was a waste. I still enjoy the movie, but rather the low quality of my own Plex copy, I just watch it on Netflix. Think carefully about what videos you want to copy, and you may find that there are few, if any, you really want to bother with.

Comment: Specialization is for insects (Score 4, Insightful) 737

by StonyCreekBare (#46736561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -Robert A. Heinlein

Comment: Re:Education does not qualified make... (Score 1) 491

by StonyCreekBare (#46351865) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
I call BULLSHIT! I know several well qualified STEM workers, myself included, who are unemployed, desperately trying to find jobs, and can't get to first base with people like you. You have a preconceived stereotype, and I don't fit it. My skills, experience, ability or willingness to work mean nothing. Believe me, I KNOW from hard-won personal experience.

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