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Comment: the magic word is bio-concentration (Score 1) 114

by Videospike (#48363913) Attached to: Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless
No, the biggest risk from Japanese radiation is Godzilla. The collection and concentration of decaying radioactive isotopes within my body will likely result in mutant superpowers (I'm crossing my fingers for Teleportation) while a skyscraper-sized lizard that can walk and shoot energy beams from his mouth is extremely destructive and deadly. Use some common sense. SMH.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 720

Your argument is flawed. The part about kiosks being cheaper over time is correct, but consider: An increase from $7.25/hr to $10.10/hr, assuming they do not allow overtime, represents a gross income increase of $5,928 per year.

($7.25/hr x 40hrs/wk x 52wks/yr = $15,080; $10.10/hr x 40hrs/wk x 52wk/yr = $21,008; $21,008 - $15,080 = $5,928)

McDonalds is a corporation, and we can assume that they have accountants who are good at math. Those accountants know that $5,928 is the smallest yearly number up there. $15,080 and $21,008 are 2.5 to 3.5 times bigger. Why not get rid of the bigger cost? McDonalds will install kiosks because they can cut $15k from a store's yearly labor cost, not because another $6k makes burger-flippers to expensive.

In other words, automation is inevitable, because it lowers cost and increases productivity, which increases profitability. Raising the minimum wage just lowers the time until they realize a return on their investment.

Comment: Re:You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (Score 2) 292

by Videospike (#45832841) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
I agree that most people here don't seem to understand what this will eventually mean. They seem preoccupied by the notion that someone is videotaping them, when in reality pretty much everything they do is utterly boring to anybody but themselves. I'd be more worried about it recording my behavior; since Google seems to be a big fan of using aggregate data to model people. But all that will be trumped one day by the ability to look at something, Google it with optical pattern recognition, and see the results overlaid on your field of view. Glass is a first step toward augmented reality.

Comment: "SEM" Image in TFA (Score 1) 104

by Videospike (#44953913) Attached to: Scientists Build Computer Using Carbon Nanotubes
That is by far the most incredible scanning electron microscopy image I have ever seen! The colors are so vibrant! And what function do the column of nanoscale binary numbers on the left hand side do? Are they thirty-two 10-digit numbers or ten 32-digit numbers? Now hit "Enlarge" and BLOW YOUR MIND. Those white lines in the center of the colored areas are actually dots. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?? But seriously, when the image is enlarged you can actually see some of the very tiny edge imperfections between the characteristic SEM grey background and the false-color sections that were slapped on to the real image. They're the only indication that this is a real image and not a rendering. I really wish they hadn't "enhanced" it.

Comment: MacGyver already did it. (Score 1) 148

by Videospike (#44895811) Attached to: Crowdfunded Bounty For Hacking iPhone 5S Fingerprint Authentication
Season 2 Episode 1, "The Human Factor". Mac scrapes some gypsum dust off of a wall and blows it across the reader (a hand print reader, if I remember correctly) like one would dust for fingerprints. Then he wrapped his hand and pressed the reader - voila! It should work as long as the phone's owner doesn't remember to wipe down their fingerprint reader each time they use it.

Comment: Great news, but may be pointless... (Score 1) 101

So now we can find a lot more very dangerous space rocks. That's excellent. However, we can't really do much about them unless we can mass-produce space shuttles, clones of Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, and crappy Aerosmith songs. But if survival means a world with multiple Ben Afflecks and getting ear-spammed by more sappy Aerosmith power ballads whenever I turn on a radio, we'd be better off with the asteroid impacts.

Comment: Streaming also works for consumers... (Score 1) 221

by Videospike (#44243897) Attached to: How DRM Won
...because the large library of available content, whether that's legacy items like 80's TV on Hulu, or user-generated stuff from YouTube. Newer content competes with a vast amount of less expensive older content, which diminishes its value. Once "newness" becomes a content's major selling point, dramatic savings can be realized: I've finally managed to monetize obstinacy and apathy. A move ticket rivals the monthly cost of Netflix, where I can watch many movies a month, so all I have to do is wait long enough or not care and watch something else. Some of those "Classic" films are pretty good. Video games are fun too. When file sharing began, content lost value due to its availability from free sources. Then everything was put into digital, and now it has lost value due to the availability of other content. In this manner, media approaches its actual value: I'd really have to love something to want to own a hard copy, when realistically I'm only going to watch something once. So I think we really pay content hubs for breadth of selection rather than delivery. As long as the fees remain affordable and the advertising doesn't get too aggressive, it's an epic win for consumers. On top of all that, I still view entertainment as a luxury. I could get a hobby. Or read a book. Or go outside. Boredom may be unpleasant but it's not fatal, so all this stuff is only as valuable as I allow it to be. I can always just turn it off and walk away.

3500 Calories = 1 Food Pound