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Comment: Re:I hesitate to comment (Score 1) 204

by courteaudotbiz (#49172695) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

I hesitate to comment

For someone who "hesitates to comment", you have a lot to say! Even though I don't fully agree with your comment, cause Microsoft has turned some pretty good stuff into crap (Win7 > Win8, Win98SE > Win ME, Nokia > /dev/nul), I hope that your thoughts will materialize. They can do good if they put the right resources at the right place to do the job (Win Vista > Win7, Win2k > WinXP).

Comment: Re:The greens... (Score 1) 73

by courteaudotbiz (#49050115) Attached to: EU Preparing Vast Air Passenger Database

Sorry, I should have specified that the Greens are against any form of ARTIFICIALLY POWERED transportation. I have even heard a green saying that we should limit our physical activities because, you know, we have to consume more food when we do exercise, and food production puts great strain on natural resources.

Well, can't we just actually live and let Darwinism do its job?

Comment: Re:This is your computer on Windows... (Score 2) 136

Bricking an OS? It's just like the guy don't actually know what a brick is. Bricking something is to break an actual object to the point where its only use is to be a doorstopper. Thie is the Urban Dictionnary quote:

As verb: to brick something. This is the action of rendering any small-medium size electronic device useless. This can happen whilst changing the firmware, soldering or any other process involving either hardware of software.

I bricked my mobile phone when I tried to install Linux on it.

Haha! "When I tried to install Linux on it". Sounds funny reading that thread...


Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon" 583

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
An anonymous reader writes Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, said that artificial intelligence is probably the biggest threat to humans. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence." he said. "I'm increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don't do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we're summoning the demon. You know those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he's like — Yeah, he's sure he can control the demon? Doesn't work out."

First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon 107

Posted by timothy
from the you-stay-here-I'll-pass-the-message dept.
KentuckyFC writes Photons have many properties, such as their frequency, momentum, spin and orbital angular momentum. But when it comes to quantum teleportation, physicists have only ever been able to to transmit one of these properties at a time. So the possibility of teleporting a complete quantum object has always seemed a distant dream. Now a team of Chinese physicists has worked out how to teleport more than one quantum property. The team has demonstrated it by teleporting both the spin and orbital angular momentum of single photons simultaneously. They point out that there is no reason in principle why the technique cannot be generalized to include other properties as well, such as a photon's frequency, momentum and so on. That's an important step towards teleporting complex quantum objects in their entirety, such as atoms, molecules and perhaps even small viruses.

Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability By 2064? 121

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the sweet-robot-arm dept.
the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "As part of a 50th anniversary celebration, IEEE Spectrum magazine tries to peer into the technological future 50 years out. Its biomedical article foresees the integration of electronic parts into our human bodies, making up for physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. The article spotlights the visionaries Hugh Herr, an MIT professor (and double amputee) who wants to build prosthetic limbs that are wired directly into the nervous system; Helen Mayberg, who has developed brain pacemakers to cure depression; and Ted Berger, who's working on neural implants that can restore memory function."

Comment: Re:When will they realize (Score 4, Informative) 303

Why would someone want to buy or illegally download a book telling how to pass a polygraphic test, while there is one freely available. This books is called "The Lie Behind The Lie Detector", and it is available as a PDF here

I used this book back in the days to pass the polygraph test in the RCMP recruitment process, and I succeeded. I finally refused the job, but got through all the process pretty easily.

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