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Comment: Re:It's that time... (Score 1) 270 270

Why? Just make it so that as far as the machines are concerned Gorillas are a subset of humans. And then keep the actual gorillas away from them.

You've got a reasonable point for more advanced machines, but for now I'd just as soon that they also avoid squashing dogs and cats...or, pretty much anything protoplasmic over, say, 5 pounds. Or 4. Slaugher house machines don't need to be intelligent, and shouldn't be. Not until things are FAR more developed.

And, really, wouldn't you just as soon that your car avoided running over that skunk? So if you adopt a variant of the precautionary principle, you can get most of the advantages without waiting for perfection.

+ - Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists->

An anonymous reader writes: In a deceptively drab black crystal, physicists have stumbled upon a baffling behavior, one that appears to blur the line between the properties of metals, in which electrons flow freely, and those of insulators, in which electrons are effectively stuck in place. The crystal exhibits hallmarks of both simultaneously.

“This is a big shock,” said Suchitra Sebastian, a condensed matter physicist at the University of Cambridge whose findings appeared today in an advance online edition of the journal Science. Insulators and metals are essentially opposites, she said. “But somehow, it’s a material that’s both. It’s contrary to everything that we know.”

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Comment: Re:Goodness (Score 1) 251 251

Unfortunately, in this case the pain spreads around. The sluggard isn't necessary the one who suffers for it.

ISPs get stuck dealing with NAT because too many servers are only reachable via v4, servers get stuck scrounging v4 addresses (possibly at great expense) because too many ISPs don't support v6, etc.

Comment: Re:He answered the most boring questions! (Score 1) 159 159

Or are you simply alergic to the d,e,m,s,t and y?

You've obviously never worked on an embedded system. Sometimes in that space, you throw out absolutely anything and everything you don't absolutely positively have to include. That's why busybox exists and has a config menu that lets you choose exactly what commands to support. Likewise, dietlibc for when glibc is too big.

Comment: Re:Wasn't this originally predicted (Score 3, Informative) 251 251

No, it wasn't. It was predicted that IANA would soon run out of blocks to hand out to the regional registries unless allocation policies were tightened up. They were tightened, but in spite of that, it ran out in 2011. IANA was last predicted to ruin out on July 5th this year. They almost made it.

For that reason, only Africa has addresses to hand out now, but that will be exhausted in just a couple years.

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1) 121 121

No, it exploded because an edict to run the test came down from on-high and heads would roll if it was delayed. So, to get things done within the deadline, it was assigned to the poorly trained night operators rather than the better skilled day operators. Then they did every don't in the book to avoid having to report failure after making a mistake. It was that final mistake of withdrawing all of the control rods trying to burn off the xenon poisoning that made it blow.

Hold on to the root.