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Comment what about more realistic displays? (Score 0) 176

Just like we have reached the end of usefulness for Gigahertz as the deciding factor for cpu, we're coming to a point where more pixels is pointless. I would much prefer more realistic displays. I want a display that can display an image that looks like you are looking out a window. There is still a huge difference between a window and a display. I'm waiting for the day where I can put fake "windows" in my house and look out over the grand canyon.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 91

Yes. It matters. Price also matters. If the price/performance gap is eliminated then major architectural changes are both possible and likely. We're already seeing this with tape vs harddrive where people are just archiving to an external harddrives instead of tape. Think about what would be possible if RAM was cheaper than harddisks and also non-volatile. Then everything could be in ram and even "saving to disk" becomes a thing of the past. Likewise, if SSDs becomes just as fast as ram, then why differentiate between ram and harddrive at all, just have "memory" which can be used or reused however you like.

Comment Re:Racism v. Bias v. Intelligence (Score 1) 444

intelligence is hereditary

Can you enlighten us with the specific genes pertaining to intelligence then please?

I ask you the same question. We know height is hereditary, eye color is hereditary, etc... What is so special about intelligence that
it doesn't have a genetic component. We KNOW it has a genetic component. We have tried and failed to raise chimps as humans.
They lack the capacity. It's a fact that the average IQ of the parents of smart kids is higher than the average IQ of parents of dumb kids.
How much is nature vs nurture is up for debate but it's pretty well assumed that it's a combination of both and as far as this article
goes, it really doesn't matter whether it is nature vs nurture that gives the kid the edge, the fact is that more children of smart parents
are getting into a program designed for smart kids because they are smarter. Whether other kids are being over looked which have latent
unrecognized potential is the only thing up for debate here.

On another note, the gifted programs in the US were started to address the problem of smart kids getting "bored" with regular school and
therefore struggling. In my opinion, it doesn't really give them an edge but rather helps them channel that extra energy somewhere.
My guess is that many of the poor kids who are accidentally getting skipped over probably have other places to channel that energy.

Comment Re:Racism v. Bias v. Intelligence (Score 4, Informative) 444

If you have a gifted child, one that is naturally smart, but can't pass these tests it probably shows a lack a parental involvement. Throwing them in a gifted program without that same support structure of the family would be pointless.

It's more than just support structure. Most gifted tests are biased but that's not necessarily bad. I have twin boys. One excels in math, the other excels in reading. Same parental involvement. The one who excels in logic/math scored higher on the IQ test and therefore got into the gifted program while his twin brother who is a better reader and probably more knowledgeable didn't. In the program's defence, although probably not completely intentional, my experience is that the ones who excel in math need gifted services more as they usually have poorer social skills than someone gifted in reading.
There are lots of reasons that someone doesn't make the cut. My son who didn't make the cut is also more hyperactive and therefore doesn't do as good on tests. He's also much less interested in puzzles than his brother, etc... This is in one family and even if I don't agree with it, I can clearly see why it happened. For poor families, the number of differences are greatly different. When I was in the gifted program, probably less than 10% of the class were from a "poor" family but again, intelligence is hereditary and if you're smart then there is a higher probability that your parents were successful.

Comment Re:Stay out of the sun, or wear clothing (Score 1) 113

Who the fuck stays outside in the sun with kids for 8+hours at a time?

After an hour I'm ready for the bar and a fridge full of cold beers.

Have you never gone to the lake, gone camping, gone to a fair, gone to disney world, gone to a water park, gone to an amusement park, gone canoeing, gone on a multiday hike, etc.... There are a ton of different all day activities that are spent outside.

Comment Re:Stay out of the sun, or wear clothing (Score 1) 113

I think we grew up closer to the "let your kids burn" side of the coin. We would go to the beach at a local lake almost daily when we were between about the ages of 5 and 12 and I think my mom would put whatever passed for "suntan lotion" in the 1970s on us, once, when first got there and never reapply.

I don't ever remember getting sunburned but I do remember getting a really dark tan.

This is the method I still use on my kids. I apply a high SPF sunscreen when we first arrive and never reapply. My kids have NEVER got a sunburn using this method. The only time my kids have every got close to being sunburned is when we forget to put it on at all. If we are somewhere all day for 8+ hours, I do occasionally do a second application at about the 4-6 hour point just as a precaution but even when I don't get around to the second application, my kids have never had a sunburn.

Comment Re:Best sunscreen... (Score 1) 113

Not sure if that was sarcastic, but OP is correct (with the addition of synthetic materials). I live by the ocean where the UV index is almost always extreme. Rash guards/wetsuits can cover most of your body and really are the best way to protect against the sun if you spend any amount of time in the water. It doesn't wash off and you don't miss spots (it's also it's better for the environment for those that care about it).

The first places to burn on me are my nose, cheeks, ears, and back of the neck, in that order. The stuff typically covered by clothes are usually just fine.
A wide brim hat might help a little but really doesn't work well when you are swimming. I hate sunscreen especially on the face but clothing really doesn't
work well on the face. I'm pretty sure everyone hates sunscreen and we really need to come up with a better solution.
My suggestions to get us started are:
      1) an umbrella drone that follows you around while you are swimming.
      2) release a ton of particle into the atmosphere that selectively block UV.
      3) some sort of full body lightweight bodysuit that covers the head and lets water in/out but blocks UV.

Comment Re:Robots first (Score 1) 211

Yes, that makes perfectly sense. Because as we all know sahara is immune to all extinction level events.

What type of global extinction level event are you talking about and how many people are you going to send?
Many of them would also affect mars and/or would not affect something at the bottom of the ocean.
Let's say by some miracle you get 1000 people to mars and they are self-sustaining. That's still probably
not enough to prevent extinction. Much better to spend the money to get launch cost down first before
wasting money trying to send a few dozen colonists to mars.
Kindof like sending a generational ship to the nearest star. Using current technology, it's likely that a newer
ship launched a generation later would beat you there.

Comment Re:Robots first (Score 1) 211

Right. And instead of visiting the moon they could have... But I'm glad they visited the moon.

Yeah, it put a feather in our hat but that's about it. That's why we haven't been back. But, more importantly, there is a HUGE difference between a one week trip to the moon and back and a 6 month+ trip to mars. I would much rather spend money trying to figure out how to make the trip cheaper than I would trying to get there with current technology. I think the first step would be to get launch cost to under $100/pound. A space elevator might be one alternative. If you could get stuff to space for $100/pound then building a proper vehicle with shielding, 24 months worth of air, an exercise room, private quarters, etc.. becomes a possibility.
Just for kicks, a carnival cruise line weights about 140 million pounds and holds about 2000 people. At $100/pound that would be about 14 billion to get a ship like that to space. Obviously way more than you need and still pretty expensive but definitely in the realistic realm for price versus current prices where my calculator can barely do the math. Using the cruise line example, that still comes out to about $7million a person but is still a much more workable number than the $2000/pound or whatever the current going rate is.

Comment Re:Robots first (Score 2) 211

The long-term goal should still be human habitation, but there is a huge amount of work that needs to come first.

This is the understatement of the century.
People came to america because it was "the land of plenty" (Pretty much the opposite of Mars)
People go work on oil rigs, the arctic, deep sea, etc... because it's "temporary misery for great (pay/research/experience)"
Mars is neither "the land of plenty" or "temporary misery for great pay".
In order to make a mars colony viable, then you need to make people WANT to go there and not just the few crazies.
Until then, you're much better off building condos in the sahara with nice swimming pools because that will be a a lot cheaper and a MUCH MUCH easier sell.

Comment Re:Foreign Crimes (Score 2) 19

Just how are we to deal with criminals who steal from us who live in nations that will not arrest culprits? Russia leaps to mind.

You don't need to arrest them, just stop the money from reaching them. A lot of current cybercrime are being transacted via credit cards, western union, etc..
You could eliminate most spam, most phishing, and even some of the illegal drug trade if you could make it more difficult to send money to the criminals.
Bitcoin will make it hard to eliminate all the illegal drug trade but my guess is most of the Viagra sold via spam is being purchased with credit cards and
if you can prevent the credit card transaction from going thru then you would eliminate many of those transactions.

Comment Re:As a victim of childhood bullying... (Score 1) 207

Any action that implies the loss of a relationship can have emotional meaning above and beyond the usual impact of such an action.

Yes, a loss of a relationship can mean feelings are hurt but are you honestly saying that I must be friends with everyone and I'm never allowed to terminate a relationship? Terminating a relationship, if that is all you do, is the opposite of bullying. Yes, it can hurt your feelings but so can not being invited to a party (still not bullying). Bullying is actively having a negative relationship with someone. Ignoring someone or having an indifferent relationship is not bullying even in the workplace. If I dislike someone in the workplace, then I'm cordial, keep any required interaction short and to the point, and minimize interactions at work (and especially outside of work) as much as possible. This is what you're suppose to do instead of bullying. It is not bullying.

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 3, Insightful) 435

No thanks. IPv6 addresses are a mouthful, typically 3x as long when printed. We should move to a version that makes them 1 byte longer.

IPv6 was a poor decision. It's like someone who ran out of toilet paper once so they went and filled their entire basement full so they won't accidentally run out again. compared to AB34:34ED:AB34:34ED:AB34:34ED:AB34:34ED
As we're now pretty much stuck with ipv6, they would be better off locking out all the later bits until the transition is complete and make the ipv4 directly translatable. I.e. becomes just FFFF:C0A8:1919 and all other ipv6 numbers are off limits until the transition is complete.
FFFF:C0A8:1919 isn't much more difficult than and would make the transition much simpler than giving everyone a ipv4 number and a completely different ipv6 address.
Doing it this way, everyone could still access the websites via either their ipv4 or ipv6, it would only be the higher order ones that you would need to upgrade in order to access. Similar things have happened with phones and websites. When new area codes were introduced or new top level domains, a few people had problems accessing the new areas with older equipment if the older equipment was hardcoded somehow.

Comment Re:Mainstream form of manufacturing? (Score 1) 101

Correct. And further, they'll never sell more than 640K of them...

Computers had computer programs and graphical displays as their killer app. Even if you found a "killer app" like a high efficiency battery lattice that can only be 3D printed, there is still no reason that it wouldn't be cheaper to have them printed at a factory instead of each person printing their own. Printing high quality food is the only thing that comes to mind as something that could possibly get a 3D printer to be a common household fixture. Either that or printing things like hammers on demand and then recycling them after you're done using them but both of those "killer apps" are years if not decades away from existing.

Comment What is the incentive to the uploaded? (Score 1) 278

I understand the incentive to watch a movie online but what is the incentive for someone to risk prison time to illegally record a movie
and upload it to pirate bay? What is the uploader getting out of it? Back in the BBS there was a barter system where you could get
credit by uploading something wanted that didn't exist yet but what incentive is there today?

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]