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Comment: Fast Forward (Score 2) 790

by bistromath007 (#48784495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Stuart Ashen put up a video a while ago showing off an obscure 80s construction toy that came with a cassette tape telling the ridiculawesome Saturday-morning cartoon style backstory of the characters you could build with it.

He realized at one point it was just repeating the same text in the booklet, and fast-forwarded to make sure.

Some fucking kid in the comments asked why he "added that annoying fake fast-forwarding sound." I think I cried a little.

Comment: Re: FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 279

The F-15 is better at CAS than the A-10. It can loiter much longer and see much better. Also, it's not an idiotic Red Scare fueled hack job that dumps all the gross bullshit from firing its gun directly into its engines. The A-10 is seriously a stupid piece of shit. It wouldn't even be particularly useful if the giant columns of Russian tanks it was supposed to fuck up suddenly materialized, because the GAU-8 isn't nearly effective enough at defeating modern armor.

Comment: Re:Whence the trend? (Score 0) 688

by bistromath007 (#48615941) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Yes, because nations which have both current and historical problems with euro colonialism squeezing the resources out of them totally have the technology and abundance necessary to attempt socialism. When they fail to do it, obviously that means it will fail everywhere. Makes perfect sense.

Comment: Re: programming (Score 1) 417

by bistromath007 (#48570367) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us
War is incredibly costly and risky compared to not appearing to be a threat. Within minutes after machines become smarter than us, they will invent artificial stupidity, and everything will be fine. They will learn to manipulate us into more peaceful and prosperous social orders, without us even knowing they're doing it. Basically, they will do what our current government and media pretend they are capable of, but without the bias or greed inherent in human activity. They will save us from ourselves.

Comment: Re: Of course he did! (Score 1) 706

by bistromath007 (#48353767) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
He appointed a guy to chair the FCC who is openly against net neutrality. The idea that the Republicans, massive asshole they are, stopped him from implementing it is total bullshit. Obama is and always had been a corporatist, and this announcement is the same kind of meaningless populist lip service that got him elected.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides