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Robotics

The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots 390

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-destroy-all-the-remaining-copies-of-Battlebots dept.
Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 3, Insightful) 1128

by apparently (#48454741) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
Wilson shot Brown in the car, which has never been disputed. How does blood in the car or on Wilson's clothes indicate in any way, shape, or form that the shots that generated that blood loss were justified? Your genius logic is now stating that a cop can shoot a person point blank for any reason, and the fact that the person's blood splatters on the officer's gun and clothing proves that lethal force was justified.
Businesses

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man 342

Posted by timothy
from the that-trick's-not-so-weird dept.
Any gathering of 65,000 people in the desert is going to require some major infrastructure to maintain health and sanity. At Burning Man, some of that infrastructure is devoted to a supply chain for ice. Writes Bennett Haselton, The lines for ice bags at Burning Man could be cut from an hour long at peak times, to about five minutes, by making one small... Well, read the description below of how they do things now, and see if the same suggested change occurs to you. I'm curious whether it's the kind of idea that is more obvious to students of computer science who think algorithmically, or if it's something that could occur to anyone. Read on for the rest; Bennett's idea for better triage may bring to mind a lot of other queuing situations and ways that time spent waiting in line could be more efficiently employed.

Comment: So Consumer Reports didn't test the actual issue? (Score 4, Informative) 304

by apparently (#48009657) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed
One analysis suggests that Apple's testing procedure only puts pressure on the middle of the phone, which doesn't sufficiently evaluate the weakened area where holes have been created for volume buttons.

One analysis? Every documented case of the issue shows that the bending occurs at a specific weakpoint that is not in the middle of the device. What fucking idiot would test for this weakness by only bending the device in the middle?

Consumer Reports' test presses on the middle of the device as well. Oh joy, a whole team of professional fucking idiots.

Comment: Re:Historicaly accurate (Score 1) 330

by apparently (#42698843) Attached to: Steve Jobs Movie Clip Historically Inaccurate, Says Woz

It will never happen because the hero worship that is going to sell this movie would die if people knew the real Steve Jobs. You know the guy that stole other peoples ideas, actively suppressed worker wages, humiliated employees and random people he met, screwed over Steve Jobs, refused his own daughter for years, tore apart people's life work, disrespected other companies intellectual property and then started World War P.

You could fill this thread with war stories from the people that Steve Jobs burned. That's now what's going to sell this movie at this time, give it a few years and someone might be willing to do so, but until the idol worship tempers down it simply wont sell.

It will never happen because the hero worship that is going to sell this movie would die if people knew the real Steve Jobs. You know the guy that stole other peoples ideas, actively suppressed worker wages, humiliated employees and random people he met, screwed over Steve Jobs, refused his own daughter for years,

Steve Jobs screwed his own daughter for years

Comment: The logic of dumbasses (Score -1, Flamebait) 379

by apparently (#42087953) Attached to: Search For "Foolproof Suffocation" Missed In Casey Anthony Case
Dear dumbass, In one scenario, if future evidence is discovered that exonerates a person who was wrongfully convicted, the innocent person can be removed from their sentence. In the other scenario, there's no takesy-backsies. Can the dumbass figure out which scenario is which?
Desktops (Apple)

New Targeted Mac OS X Trojan Requires No User Interaction 322

Posted by Soulskill
from the cursed-by-popularity dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Another Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted in the wild; this one exploits Java vulnerabilities just like the Flashback Trojan. Also just like Flashback, this new Trojan requires no user interaction to infect your Apple Mac. Kaspersky refers to it as 'Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a' while Sophos calls it at 'SX/Sabpab-A.'"

Comment: Unless you're wearing a hoodie and buying Skittles (Score 2) 301

by apparently (#39682109) Attached to: Why Your IT Spending Is About To Hit the Wall
and then it's still open season in the land of the free.

Stop watching the news media reporting on crime 3 states away and realize that urban violence and murder rates are at historic lows in the cities of America.

Please accept my sincere my thanks for your service to our country that has protected us from imaginary foreign threats while we're still stuck dealing with domestic threats that refuse to accept losing a civil war. I am envious of your bandwidth.

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