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Comment: Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (Score 1) 371

> First, there is no reason to believe that we can built robots that can reproduce themselves.

What? This is exactly the technology humans are trying to reach! We're already a significant way down this path!!

> Second, there is no evidence that we or anyone else can build intelligent machines, as the original story seems to presuppose.

Nature did it. We can do it.

> Third, biological organisms are so many orders of magnitude more efficient and flexible than machines that it barely makes sense to put them into the same qualitative category "form of life".

This whole conversation is about extrapolating on the cosmic scale. If you look at the path robotics has taken in the last century it does, as pointed out, actually support the premise of this article.

> Hint: A human consumes only about 2.9 kilowatt hours per day, the equivalent of 1-2 light bulbs ...

Not relevant. Once machines are replicating and repairing themselves they'll do exactly what we do and find other sources of energy.

Frankly I agree with you that it's hard to picture Transformers inhabiting the universe, but OP did make a really good point that extrapolation isn't even in the ballpark of refuting this clown. Honestly I'm shocked he didn't come back with that XKCD cartoon.

Comment: Re:DOCUMENTS? (Score 1) 250

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48620425) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

>The documents DEMAND that the the press DESTROY SONY!

Is this a joke that whooshed over my head, or are you hopped up on something? I'm thinking it's probably the former.

Information wants to be free. Sony demands. Anthropomorphism requires.

Q: If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?

+ - Royal Mail pilots 3D printing service

Submitted by MRothenberg
MRothenberg (607591) writes "Just in time for the holidays, the UK's postal service is testing out a 3D printing service at its central London delivery center. Customers can order "ready-to-print" objects (including shoes, soap dishes and phone cases) or bring in their own originals to duplicate and send via Royal Mail. The postal company's COO predicts consumer demand for 3D printing will grow 95 percent by 2017."

Comment: Re:FOSS solution available (Score 1) 60

by hoggoth (#48434463) Attached to: BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

> if your software product confuses someone with almost 20 years of experience in computing, you're doing it wrong

Speaking of which... Software developer with over 20 years of experience here... I tried to figure out iTunes WTF?! How can they make something so confusing? I just wanted to take 10 mp3s and put them on my daughters iphone. "If you continue I will erase everything on the iphone"...?!?! nope nope nope nope...

Comment: Corruption is the new black. (Score 1) 485

by hoggoth (#48303503) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Is everybody ok with this?! Trial Lawyers *PAY* a politician to make bad laws that will generate more lawsuits, so he does. Google *PAYS* other politicians to make laws favorable to them. So they do.

It's completely outrageous and a generation ago would have been a huge scandal. Now it's business as usual. There is no more democracy.

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"