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Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 131

"...if there's one thing education is about, it's ensuring ideas are never shared with others."

Seems like it. The whole point of education is to learn from what others have already figured out, and move forward from there. But if all ideas are owned and guarded, then there is nothing to learn from.

What will be in the CS textbooks: Algorithms, Data Structures, Numerical Recipes, Networks, Operating Systems, Architecture, ...? They can all be replaced with a list of patent numbers owned by huge corporations and trolls.

Even if you happen to come up with an idea on your own, it still might belong to someone else and be off-limits. So much for progress.

Comment Yeah, Right. (Score 4, Insightful) 176

The actual non-clickbait article says: "For example, we estimate that activities consuming more than 20 percent of a CEO’s working time could be automated using current technologies."

That's called a tool, rather than a threat to a CEO's job.

Comment Re:Biggest seen since we've been looking (Score 1) 273

I'm saying that they are not yet accurate enough to predict that it would hit LA or NYC in time to evacuate. They might be able to predict that it would hit earth somewhere, but that's about it. And they are still letting some sneak by, like the one in Chelyabinsk . And if a really big one is heading our way, there is still nothing we can do about it but pray. We have the technology, but lack the desire.

Comment Re:Biggest seen since we've been looking (Score 1) 273

The numbers I've seen for smaller (and more likely) meteors are on the order of a few nukes. If we knew when and where they would hit, it's perfectly feasible to evacuate the area. Coastal towns do this all the time when a hurricane is about to hit.

Chelyabinsk received no warning when it was struck by a meteor. That rock exploded with the energy of around 500 kilotonnes of TNT. It sure would be nice to know if that was going to happen in your neighborhood.

For the really big one, we don't hear much about Project Orion much any more. But given the right circumstances, it might still have some merit.

Comment Re:Biggest seen since we've been looking (Score 0) 273

Alarmists have an advantage over deniers. Fire and brimstone rhetoric is good for getting people all worked up. But there is a lot of power and money to be had by keeping people scared and obedient.

It's too bad that the government is spending billions on climate change, with no hope of changing anything in the real world. Meanwhile, we are completely unprepared for something like this: "NASA just discovered a massive asteroid that will zoom past Earth on Halloween night" If one of those suckers happens to hit near LA or NYC, millions of people get to meet their maker. It sure would be nice if we could predict/evacuate the impact area. Better yet if we could steer them out of harms way.

As the parent said: "could we please concentrate on serious, non-politicized science?"

Submission + - Predicting your next move ... by a robot ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: So a lot of humans are still saying that they are smarter than the bots

Years from now, when a robot outdraws you in a gunfight, a 2015 algorithm may be the reason why

The algorithm, by two University of Illinois researchers, opens the door to software that can guess where a person is headed—reaching for a gun, steering a car into armored gate—milliseconds before the act plays out

To test the algorithm, they gave a joystick to five men and three women between the ages of 24 and 30. The subjects were instructed to reach out with the joystick 730 times under various conditions, including ones that obstructed their motion. The tests proved the algorithm’s ability to infer, within tenths of a second, where the subject was headed

Although the authors stress the important of the algorithm against potential "terrorists" it won't surprise anyone that the same algorithm will be used on ordinary people as well, particularly if a government that has turned rogue, and the people are rising up in opposing the rogue government

Skynet, anyone?

Submission + - The first successful collision attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm

Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression function.They describe their work in the paper "Freestart collision for full SHA-1". The work paves the way for full SHA-1 collision attacks, and the researchers estimate that such attacks will become reality at the end of 2015. They also created a dedicated web site called ironically The SHAppening.

Perhaps the call to deprecate the SHA-1 standard in 2017 in major web browsers seems belated and this event has to be accelerated.

Comment Re:Put your money where your mouth is (Score 1) 382

Conservatives should purchase beach-front property if they are so confident in hoaxing. Some is already selling at a discount due to climate change risk.

Can we get a citation on that? I don't have a lot of cash, but I'd love to buy some beachfront property if it is cheap. And I'd be willing to adapt to the ocean rising 0.13 inches per year. That should give me enough time to move my lawn chair.

Meanwhile, don't forget that Al Gore spent $8.87 million on his beachfront getaway. But what does he know?

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 2) 237

If the earth is so fragile and chaotic, you'd think it would have destroyed itself over the last 4.5 billion years. Maybe some of those feedback loops are negative, creating stability rather than chaos?

Anyone who thinks that the weather should stay exactly the same, hasn't been paying attention to what's been happening since forever.

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