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Comment: Re:But, as the feminists say.. (Score 1) 333

Picture twins, brother and sister. Sister gets to play with the lights at the whitehouse but brother does not.

Now picture a group of friends with half girls and half boys. Same problem: You're saying to the boys that it is OK to exclude someone because of their gender, kind of not the message that you want to send when trying to improve gender equality.

Comment: Re:No programming? (Score 1) 200

by bane2571 (#48399847) Attached to: A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body
From what I can see, the neural map resembles a set of logic gates. X input pass through the net and produces Y output. It's damn cool but I personally cannot see how it is in any way different from existing robotic constructs using integrated circuits.

As they say in the article, the key will be in scaling the system. Will it be able to replicate complex and/or learned behaviours, I'd love to see a robot with a built in reward system similar to dopamine and the ensuing pavlovian responses.

Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by bane2571 (#48375219) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
Why would the constitution need to be amended to allow regulation of the right to bear arms?

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Seems that regulation is baked right in.

Comment: Re:And to allow the NSA/Austrailian gov access to (Score 1) 142

by bane2571 (#48331037) Attached to: Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA
As an example: Magic the gathering cards. US site: AU site: So with a $65 difference I'll happily take that $30 shipping hit. Note: Good games is one of the biggest games store franchise in the country and their prices are about the lowest you'll get.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700

by bane2571 (#48208263) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Actually, it is perfectly reasonable in the case of electronic devices because the behaviour is different than expected when compared to an original chip. This causes the legitimate manufacturer to be placed in a bad light if the counterfeit chip does something catastrophically unexpected. Better for this to happen in the controlled environment of a driver update than when you're wherever these chips are in operation.

The true car analogy is if your car needs an oil change and the dealership discover counterfeit parts, they will void your warranty and likely declare your car not roadworthy if the parts are known to be bad - essentially bricking it.

And before you say the fake chips work perfectly fine, the fact that they can be bricked by the manufacturer of the original without bricking the legit version immediately reveals that to not be true.

Comment: Re:What an asshole (Score 1) 305

by bane2571 (#48079087) Attached to: The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown
It's this attitude that I don't get. Because of this guy, Facebook are reviewing a newly demonstrated to be unfair rule that they have always had in place.

All this guy did was force Facebook to generally apply a rule they were until recently applying selectively. The real ire should be directed at Facebook for having a stupid rule rather than at the guy who caused them to actually enforce it.

I guess though his stated reasons for wanting the rule enforced are bigoted so perhaps the hate levelled at him is justified in that sense.

Comment: Re:Swapping Mr. Pigou for Mr. Magoo (Score 3, Informative) 291

by bane2571 (#47479803) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
AGL are reporting that their most polluting coal fired electricity plant(s) is now $186M less profitable due to loss of government funding provided entirely by the carbon tax. Essentially it was funding pollution, not penalising it. PEr the AFR: (paywalled, but the summary say it all) The carbon tax never did anything due to a ridiculous number of exemptions and pay-back subsidies designed to protect labour voting areas - one of which the above coal fired plant is in.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441

by bane2571 (#47348169) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year
I'm willing to accept the 35% on face value as it is referenced. I still can't find what the total GW cost of each turbine is according to the paper, nor any method for calculating it.

The main claim the media is making about the paper is the energy return, but that seems to be a very minor aside as opposed to the full environmental impact the paper is actually discussing.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 2) 441

by bane2571 (#47347603) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year
I've just spent my lunch break reading this paper, and I like what he's done as far as calculating the environmental impact. I don't think I've ever seen something like this and wish more was published in the media.

I suck at reading scientific literature though so I can't find where he defined the total energy cost of the wind generators. Could you please tell me which page it's on? I'm looking for the GW number that was used to compare with your quoted GWh number to give a payback time.

Comment: Re:You know ... (Score 1) 358

by bane2571 (#47311511) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones
I've heard mention multiple times of studies that state driving on a cell phone is more dangerous from a drive competence point of view than driving while under the effects of alcohol,

Now I don't have any facts to back that up and I assume that is low range DUI rather than high end but it definitely rings true for me. This is not an endorsement for pushing the limits on drunk driving by the way, as a non driver I strongly believe everyone should operate any kind of vehicle only while stone cold sober.

Comment: Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (Score 1) 208

by bane2571 (#47311061) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>
Unfortunately that is not the case, The computer gaming demographic may have shifted somewhat in recent years but it's still approximately a window of 5-10 years. In such a small window you can keep making the same mistakes and people that get sick of it are going to be leaving out the top of the age range anyway. There will always be new, young audiences that come in at the bottom.

Best case scenario is you draw a line for yourself and live happy ignoring companies that aren't doing what you want. The overall landscape of the world won't change but you only need to see the parts you like.

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