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Comment: Who Killed the Electric Car? (Score 2) 659

by davecotter (#47001357) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?
Did you see the movie? The oil companies and other incumbents want it dead. They bought all the patents they could get their hands on for the components of electric cars but the much of the proverbial cat was already out of the bag. However, they already own just about everything related to hydrogen fuel and it's pipeline. So they're pulling out all the stops to kill the electric car.

Comment: Myst series, FEZ (Score 1) 669

by davecotter (#46283763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
With Obduction coming out (next year?), I thought I'd go play the entire Myst series. And can i just say WOW? MYST was great. Then RIVEN was BETTER! Then (skipping 3 and 4, not on steam) "End of Ages" was AWESOME, then OMG "URU: Complete Chronicles" just makes my head explode with awesomeness! And if you like 8 bit platformers, and insanely difficult puzzles, then you'll love FEZ.

+ - Please sign so Obama must take a position on warrantless email/text searches->

Submitted by davecotter
davecotter (1297617) writes "From Cory Doctorow via BoingBoing: Holmes from Fight for the Future writes, "Think local police in America should be able to read your emails and texts without a warrant? No? Well right now they can. Want to fix that? Then please sign this 'We the People' petition asking Obama for a response. It's at 70,000 signatures and it needs 100,000 by tomorrow for a response. It's tantalizingly close. Once the petition hits 100,000 signatures, Obama must take a position, and movement in Congress becomes much more likely.""
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Comment: Time (Score 1) 532

by davecotter (#44974179) Attached to: I'd prefer my money be made of ...
Time is money, right? I like the notion that i can barter with time. Here's a 1-Hour note, redeemable directly by me. What do you want me to do? Fix your network? Do some gardening? Clean your fridge? Or you can spend it to get something else, then i owe someone ELSE 1 hour. You dig my well, i'll fix her solar panels, she installs your carburetor. It seems to me that everyone's *time* should have equal value, whether you're babysitting or programming a nuclear reactor.

Comment: depends on what you're going into (Score 4, Insightful) 656

by davecotter (#43874521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
if you're going into app development or IT, probably not much math needed. i've been in app dev for a long time (and quite successful). Those times that i actually need math? I just look it up, program it, then forget it. I never have needed much math. However, if you're going into some CS field that requires math, well, obviously, it's worth your while to study it.

Comment: Re:The Three Laws (Score 1) 694

it's meant to just stimulate discussion, not meant as set-in-stone rules upon which to found a new society. i think if we would all just stop hurting each other we'd be a long way toward a better society, and codifying some rational form of "don't violate anyone's free will" moves in that direction. eg: a rule like "don't be a dick" means just about the same thing to most rational, clear-thinking, honest, nice people, but if you ARE being a dick, you can totally argue a million ways in which it's not very clear.

Comment: Re:The Three Laws (Score 1) 694

you're not allowed to override the free will of another, but you're required to override the free will of a third party who is overriding the free will of another.

yes, that's the hairy part. those who for selfish reasons override the free will of another give up their right to free will, enabling "the rest of us" to step in and prevent their harming others. yes, we're then overriding the free will of the harmer, but as a harmer you've given up the protection of YOUR free will.

Comment: Re:The Three Laws (Score 1) 694

there is a resolvable conflict here:

you're not allowed to override the free will of another, but you're required to override the free will of a third party who is overriding the free will of another.

yes, that's the hairy part. those who for selfish reasons override the free will of another give up their right to free will, enabling "the rest of us" to step in and prevent their harming others. yes, we're then overriding the free will of the harmer, but as a harmer you've given up the protection of YOUR free will.

monsanto: they want to patent all seeds? remove heirloom seeds from the public's use? sue you for not using their stuff? they're willfully doing evil, which violates the free will of "the people" to grow their own food. under law 1, they'd have to be disbanded

monopolies: laws 1 and 2 both come into play because they by their nature violate the free will of "the people" who want choice and not a dictatorship, and also if they have all that power for the sole purpose of making more money and gaining more power, they're also required to "help those less fortunate". laws 1 and 2 totally trump law 3

secret deals? that is a bald-faced violation of my free will, as i require transparency and honesty. i think i am not alone in that.

the intention is to put up a straw man for discussion, not invite a cursory dismissal without any thought.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.

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