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Comment: evidence of RECENTLY existing life: on the tires (Score 2) 142

by fikx (#48760137) Attached to: Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos
I keep waiting for the report that evidence of past life was found on the tire treads of one of the rovers.
"Look: proof life used to exist on Mars! Quick, send a command to rotate the tire some before the press notices we ran over the last one on the planet..."

Comment: not a weak projector, think big-screen laptop (Score 1) 44

I assume the projector can't light up a screen as well as the big ones, but a small shift in thinking makes me wonder if this has some use: if you do business travel, would this make a good large-screen laptop? With the bonus of being able to project for small groups? Would you need to bring some kind of screen to project on for daily use? or would a cube wall work?
the only disadvantage I see for this use is no battery, but I usually plug in anyway if it's available (and it usually is). Still need a keyboard but with the size, not much added to the travel bad for a small one, and more ergonomic (lot of people do carry keyboards nowadays anyway with a laptop because of ergo concerns).

Comment: Re:Hell Yes! (Score 1) 251

by fikx (#47072305) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return
the space orb was much better, ask my old roommate from college days. He hated mine since I could keep the crosshair on him while not pausing in flying through a chamber...nothing like casually navigating a complex room and just taking him out in passing while heading on...
OK, time to dig up some old discs now...
the space orb may be the other controller you're thinking of: although it has 6 buttons at least, can't remember if there are more than that.

Comment: 3 likely scenios with built in solutions (Score 1) 189

by fikx (#47029777) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale
1) AI will be emergent and the communication/interaction method will emerge as well
2) AI will be designed with the interaction/communication method part of the design
3) AI will be simulated and likely be slower than real time since the real world is already running flat-out as fast as it can and simulating a real "thing" will always have at least a lag and most likely a slower clock speed than real life...that makes the problem backwards from what the summary talks about and easier from our point of view...might be frustrating to the simulated person if they notice, but easy enough for us to buffer and playback the slow responses

Did I miss any?

Comment: Re:Oh just feking wonderful... (Score 1) 279

by fikx (#46494503) Attached to: U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration
The phone system technical details that allow different systems to connect are one thing. Governing a world-wide existing system is another. Not too mention policy over content (which is essentially what DNS dips into BTW) which IS the big concern in Internet governance..
Phone and internet are not the same thing , especially in this case.

Comment: Re:Google more restrictive than Microsoft (Score 1) 194

by fikx (#46440697) Attached to: Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?
More restrictive? Let someone put MS Office on Android and see what happens...
Of course Google won't like it: This is about the app market. MS would LOVE products like this since it gives Windows users an instant app library. But this is about the market place for Google. To compare apples to apples, see what MS does when their lock-in titles are ported to another platform (breaking the lock-in)...
Not that Google is handling this right, but apples to apples and all that...

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.