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Comment: Re:Why can't I just use a social network... (Score 2, Insightful) 52

by biocute (#28479855) Attached to: Social Networks As Gaming Platforms

Most if not all social networking services are free, and they have to somehow making a living.

So users are like batteries and they will think of million ways to squeeze the last juice out of us.

Same thing is happening to YouTube and Twitter. Once they have enough users, they will start thinking how to make money off those users.

Comment: Re:Robot Wars and the Three Laws (Score 1) 105

by biocute (#28091191) Attached to: Robot Warfare Going Open Source

I think you're talking about Cyber Warfare, which I agree is a great way to end a war.

However the article here is about Robot Warfare, mostly unmanned machines engaging in battles.

My question is still the same -- If we want safety of the Three Laws, how do we, in your word, dominate the enemy with these robots?

You can have Ravens flying overhead all day, but if it's not going to destroy lives, it can hardly achieve anything, it can't even destroy buildings with lives in them.

Comment: Getting to ISS (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by biocute (#27934843) Attached to: Minor Damage Found On Space Shuttle

If something goes wrong on this mission, Atlantis's astronauts will not be able to shelter on the International Space Station (ISS). The station orbits at around 350km (220 miles) above Earth, while Hubble occupies an orbit about 560km (350 miles) up.

Can someone speculate the feasibility of "dropping" to meet ISS?

I mean, does NASA have equipments/knowledge/training to do such maneuver?

Comment: Still the cheaper option? (Score 2, Interesting) 160

by biocute (#27920933) Attached to: Spirit Stuck In Soft Soil On Mars

Does anyone know if managing the twins is still cheaper than sending a new rover?

This occurs to me recently when I had to copy a 600MB file via USB1.0 port to thumb drive, which would have taken about 20 minutes.

I decided to stop the copying, took out my laptop, connected to the network, mapped drive and copied that file in 2 minutes, altogether less than 10 minutes.

Comment: Scores vs Rankings (Score 4, Informative) 206

by biocute (#27917753) Attached to: The Electronic Police State

I downloaded the raw data. Some countries are missing, and the results are quite different from the PDF:

59-China
54-United Kingdom: England & Wales
53-Singapore
53-United States of America
52-France
52-Germany
51-Malaysia
50-Ireland
49-Netherlands
49-United Kingdom: Scotland
48-Israel
48-Russia
45-Australia
45-Belgium
45-Japan
44-Austria
44-New Zealand
43-Norway
41-Italy
40-Denmark
40-Taiwan
39-Canada
39-Greece
39-Hungary
39-Switzerland
38-Finland
38-Poland
38-Slovenia
38-Sweden
37-Cyprus
37-Estonia
37-Latvia
37-Lithuania
37-Malta
36-Czech Republic
36-Iceland
36-Luxembourg
36-Portugal
36-Spain
36-South Africa
34-Argentina
33-Romania
32-Thailand
31-Bulgaria
30-Brazil
28-Philippines
27-India

Comment: Re:Sports addiction = games addiction (Score 2, Insightful) 300

by biocute (#27595635) Attached to: The Real Story Behind Gaming Addiction

people don't die from playing sports for 18 hours a day.

Actually they can die from playing sports for 18 hours a day, but they won't because they will get tired before they can kill themselves.

Like smoking, it's a slow death because it's so subtle and enjoyable. I don't think any smokers would enjoy living in a room full of smokes though.

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