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Comment: Awesome picture (Score 1) 136

by cyn1c77 (#48433651) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

The best part of the listed articles is the picture of the sheriff pointing a gun at the dalek with his finger on the trigger, while two employees stand directly on the other side of the robot!

Awesome: 2nd article, go to last picture.

Maybe this is a cunning advertisement by Knightscope to demonstrate why police need to be robotized.

Comment: Re:Oh no (Score 1) 297

by cyn1c77 (#48357371) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Here we go, endless posts about how it's all down to pure willpower and entirely the fault of the individual. Maybe we could try looking for more practical solutions and simply berating people this time?

Um, if you read the article, you would know that it is entirely the fault of the individual.

If you are not willing to swap fecal microbes, you won't be able to change your body weight as easily.

Thus, like most things in life (work, pleasing your spouse either physically or metaphorically), good things come to those who bend over and bear it.

Comment: Re:Just cheating themselves (Score 1) 438

by cyn1c77 (#48353491) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Sadly, most people learn this little gem of wisdom too late in life. Cheating only harms the cheater. It may mildly harm those who employ these people, but it doesn't take long for others to see despite your piece of paper, you're just an idiot who knows nothing, when you cheat.

So I say, if that's what they want to do, let 'em. It'll bite them in the butt soon enough.


This isn't true at all. Cheaters get better grades than many fair students. The cheaters then get better jobs and make more money, while the fair students may miss out. If this issue corrects itself, it can take decades, during which the fair students have missed out.

I also have a theory that cheaters that can't hack the workload as a regular worker just become managers to better hide the fact that they can't "do." Thus, these people are more likely to company leaders. This may be why you see such poor ethical behavior at the highest levels of any company.

The only way to even remotely try to fix this issue is to not give a degree to any cheater.

Comment: Re:Thanks fracking (Score 2) 334

by cyn1c77 (#48343491) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Start looking at how to adapt to climate change instead of some fantasy of avoiding it.

The way to adapt is by retiring the internal combustion engine.

Yes, then we can charge up our poisonous battery powered cars from coal.

But we are also supposed to stop burning coal, so I guess we will charge them from nuclear power.

But Congress shut down Yucca Mountain, so now nuclear power is not sustainable as we cannot safely store the radioactive waste. Instead, we should use wind, water, and solar power to charge them.

But wind, water, and molten-salt solar generators kill animals, require toxic emissions to mine the necessary rare earth metals, and don't generate sufficient power for the world's needs.

Thus, the only remaining solution is to reduce the earth's population back to a sustainable level: Will you volunteer?

No? Then I guess we'll both have to go back to the drawing board and think up a practical solution.

Comment: Re:Jeez, just come clean (Score 2) 146

by cyn1c77 (#48290925) Attached to: A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

Actually, the orbits are 4-dimensional trajectories of various structures. In orthonormal basis, the spatial dimensions are usually referred as x, y and z, and the t is known as 'time'.

The GP's point was that satellite orbits are elliptical and thus can be specified with less than four dimensions.

Comment: Re:Here's why (Score 1) 468

by cyn1c77 (#48285545) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Real political change is brought about by lobbies. If someone wants to do something about the state of things, he either founds a lobby or supports an existing lobby that champions his cause (and by "supports" I mean "gives cold hard cash to.").

There is no evidence for that. In fact, it's pretty clear that the primary concern of politicians is pleasing their voters. Politicians listen to lobbies only in areas where voters don't care.

The problem is that most voters simply don't know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.


Lobbies buy ads that tell YOU what you should care about. You then vote for the politician that they put money into.

Most people do their political research by watching TV ads, so this approach works well.

Comment: Re:Time for a Layman's TOR? (Score 1) 95

by cyn1c77 (#48267293) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

What would it take to produce a seamless, idiot-proof, and completely secure and encrypted Tor for every layperson to pick up and use?

A lot, given that most people don't even encrypt or password protect their smartphones.

Government oversight would likely be required to enforce its usage!

Comment: Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by cyn1c77 (#48252979) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Windows 7 64 bit

I think Windows 7 is going to be the last Microsoft OS I'm going to buy. Linux is free. Hell, even OSX is free. Yet MS wants to keep gouging customers $100+. Uhm, no thanks.

Especially since you can use the Safe Boot > Repair Computer > and this batch file to have "unlimited" time to "register"

reg load HKLM\MY_SYSTEM "D:\Windows\System32\config\system"
reg delete HKLM\MY_SYSTEM\WPA /f
reg unload HKLM\MY_SYSTEM

Oh, you pay for the Linux and OS X, just not directly.

OS X is free on Apple hardware only, so you pay the Apple hardware tax.

Linux is free because it is open source, but that can have its own associated restrictions (associated with the time input required to it to a certain level of functionality, depending on your Linux expertise.)

So Windows is the only OS that directly charges you.

Comment: We're really not a decade away for driverless cars (Score 1) 320

by cyn1c77 (#48244935) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

I don't know why the OP thinks that the "legal framework" is an issue? The government has been ignoring legalities for over a decade now.

The lobbyists will decide when driverless cars will be legal.

My guess is that it will all be sorted out right after the mainstream US automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) have their self-driving cars ready to go.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1, Informative) 372

by cyn1c77 (#48218399) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

IMHO, either Ebola is easier to transmit than we are being told _OR_ these Ebola doctors who get the disease are FSKING IDIOTS

if it is so damn hard to get, how the hell do Doctors who should be the best at following procedure can get?

i think people are just morons, no matter what degrees they have

The only people telling you that Ebola is hard to transmit are the ones that want you to stay calm so that you are easier to control.

Most viruses (even HIV) have low transmission rates (below 30%) when the virus is exposed into the body. Relative to other viruses, Ebola seems to have an exceptionally high transmission efficiency. So if you perform any protocol wrong, you will likely contract it.

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 2) 384

If the CDC had descended on the hospital like a ton of bricks and the first inkling of Ebola they might have prevented most of that from happening then people would be complaining about Federal overreach.


If the CDC had clamped down on that hospital, the only people complaining would have been the hospital staff.

Instead, the CDC has lost most of the public's trust.

Ebola is a deadly virus. With deadly things, you are expected to be proactive, not reactive. Once you react, people are already dead.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.