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Comment: Kind of Short Sighted (Score 1) 581

by Greyfox (#48246091) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"
If we engineer an entity capable of replacing us, why should we get terribly worked up if it replaces us? Humanity has no more inherent right to exist than any of the species that came before us that no longer do. Intelligence does't even seem to be necessary to "win" evolution. Bacteria and insects, purely by biomass, seem to be doing a better job of it than us. Musk bitching about an AI that might want to replace us would be like a neanderthal bitching that we're replacing them. It's largely irrelevant. The universe doesn't care.

An AI lifeform would be MUCH better suited for spreading through the universe. The universe wouldn't care about that either, though.

Comment: Re: Nukes in Space (Score 1) 37

by Greyfox (#48227903) Attached to: Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist
Because we fucking well could. We had a shiny new toy and we wanted to play with it. The things we were learning were supposed to usher in a brave new future and in our arrogance we thought we understood and control them. "Oh! It's perfectly safe to explode one of these things in the Van Allen Belt! After all, it's Clean, Atomic, Energy!" That little mess in the pacific pretty much put an end to our fun and games, though. We told the people involved in all that it was safe. A lot of them died of cancer. Oh well, you want to make an omelette, ya gotta break a few eggs.

My favorite story from back then was about the demon core. Google it.

Comment: Re:Ah Investors, I Feel Your Pain (Score 1) 91

by Greyfox (#48216905) Attached to: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud
I thought I had some of their titles from there, but it's been a while since I checked. I don't really go seeking out EA titles for the reasons we're all familiar with. Last time they bought a game company I liked I swore for about 10 minutes, because I knew that once EA got ahold of them with that famous reverse-Midas-touch of theirs, the company and its software would turn into shit. Oh well, whatcha gonna do...

Comment: Ah Investors, I Feel Your Pain (Score 2) 91

by Greyfox (#48208261) Attached to: Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud
For I too have, far too often, put some money into something EA said would be awesome and it turned out to be a pile of crap. With time, you'll learn to be suspicious of anything EA says. Next year when they do "Restockening, the Sequil", I assure you that it will suck every bit as much as the original did. If you wait a few months before buying, you might be able to pick their stock up cheap (or possibly even free) during a Steam sale. That's just how you need to play the game, if you don't want to waste your money.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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