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Comment: Re:question from a kid (Score 4, Funny) 25

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48640633) Attached to: How a 3D Printer Let a Dog Run For the First Time
Well kid, I'll try to put this in terms that you understand: Imagine that this rock here is your 'build plate', except that it already has some hardened gunk on it from where the filament had a bubble in it and your last project kind of got fucked up while you weren't watching it.

Now, this other rock, hold it in your hand and move your arm stiffly, like it's controlled by a couple of cheap servos. That's going to be your 'extruder'; but imagine for a minute that this extruder is like a 'negative extruder' that subtracts material by, um, extruding antifilament or something.

Ok, now just start mumbling g-code under your breath really fast and bash the 'extruder' into the 'build plate' until all the hardened gunk covering the shape you wanted has been removed from the extruder. That's pretty much all there is to it...

Comment: Disgusting! (Score 5, Funny) 82

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48620237) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone
It's repulsive the sort of tactics that commie chinamen will stoop to, putting backdoors into their products like that. Why, here in America, those are 'features' that you consent to by opening the package, as documented on page 46 of the EULA, as interpreted in mandatory binding arbitration by the company's legal team! It must suck to live in such a benighted, unfree, country, where your cellphone is probably spying on you and may well come preloaded with malware...

Comment: Well, shit. (Score 4, Insightful) 658

Now, I'm no optimist on the imminent-coming-of-strong-AI; but this I do know: The University of Chicago does not specialize in producing lefty-pinko-economists. They have departments with a much stronger liberal bent; but econ sure as hell isn't one of them. It's pretty much the altar of Milton Friedman, the school that made the 'Chicago boys' of Latin American, um, repute. If the UofC says that robots are screwing the proletariat, I'm going to err on the side of caution and suspect that the proletariat is screwed...

Comment: Re:How about electronic drugs? (Score 3, Interesting) 88

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48613989) Attached to: Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?
It's definitely a consideration, the question is whether it's a giant downside, or the absurdly amazing upside:

If your neurology-fu is good enough, you should be able to produce a stimulus of essentially unimaginable desirability. After all, while we (currently) have to do various things in order to experience pleasure, 'pleasure' is something that the brain does, not something we absorb from a wife, 2.5 children, and a golden retriever in the suburbs.

If you could bring to bear all the available apparatus devoted to the experience of 'pleasure' you could skip all the grind and go right to the reward.

Aside from the practical problems of getting people to work when they could be experiencing timeless ultimate bliss, I suspect that this prospect will strike many as somehow creepy or dishonest.

On the other hand, what innovation could possibly contribute more to the happiness of mankind than a direct supply of dis-intermediated happiness, delivered fresh and pure right to the brain?

Comment: Umm, why? (Score 1) 88

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48613627) Attached to: Brain Stimulation For Entertainment?
If you are going to directly stimulate the brain, why bother with the 'entertainment'? We bother with that because our direct means of stimulating the appropriate brain regions are not exactly ready for prime time on health and safety grounds.

There might be some affect states that we can't reach without both electrical and chemical stimuli; but if you are even approaching that level you certainly won't be paying much attention to your environment.

Comment: Ah, all better! (Score 3, Insightful) 76

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48611509) Attached to: Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy
So, in a predictable (honestly, surprising they made it to this market cap without doing it already) part of the maturation process; Uber is claiming that they'll rein in discretionary access to personal information by their frat-bro-asshole management, and instead put full database access to all the data ever in the hands of their advertising and customer analytics weasels.

That's the unpleasant flip side to a story like this. Yes, as it happens, Uber has some of the most punchable management shitweasels one could ask for. The very idea of one of them using 'god view' on you makes you want to take a hot shower and scrub yourself until the uncleanness is gone. However, while opportunistic assholerly is repulsive, it is also unsystematic. Once they grow up a bit, and put those data into the hands of solid, value-rational, systematic, people who aim to squeeze every drop of value out of it, then you are really screwed.

Comment: A matter of procedure... (Score 4, Insightful) 137

Surely there is some analog to 'extradition' for search warrants, isn't there?

The idea that any nation you happen to have a presence in can demand something you have in any other nation seems like an obviously dangerous shortcut to most-abusive-common-denominator law; but being able to black-hole anything just by shifting the VM across the border presents its own problems.

Is there actually no such instrument, and this sort of thing somehow hasn't come up enough to be settled, or did the Fed prosecutors just demand first and try tact later because they aren't exactly lacking for arrogance(or, in fairness, lacking for reasons to be arrogant, given how often they get away with it)?

Comment: Re:good question (Score 1) 110

True, I was assuming a copy of Visual Studio and the various other windows dev trimmings included in "exactly as MS would have recommended". You can make do with less than that; but it won't make your life any easier. In any event, doing an OS-level port is going to be somewhere between brutal and impossible, so either going native with your win32 skills, or going 'native' by using the device as an SSH/VNC display mechanism is the option of preference.

Comment: So... (Score 3, Insightful) 43

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48599579) Attached to: SpaceX Set To Create 300 New US Jobs and Expand Facilities
Is this the local-chamber-of-commerce estimate for 'job creation', to be totted out when whoring for subsidies, or the actually shows up in the 'help wanted' section number?

I have nothing against SpaceX in particular; but it is not exactly a secret that "Will create(or, sometimes, if you are a horrible human being 'grow') eleventy-zillion jobs!!!" is the earliest and most ubiquitous claim for any and all plans looking for tax breaks and zoning variances. Hell, when assorted professional sports teams are demanding that taxpayers build their stadiums because, um, reasons, they invariably manage to produce numbers alleging that a few janitorial and hot-dog seller positions will somehow be god's gift to the local economy, and totally worth the several hundred million dollars.

Comment: Re:good question (Score 1) 110

Unfortunately, while such devices are undeniably cool(and I don't covet several or anything), they are a minority among 'Pocket PC' devices. The questioner mentions Windows Mobile 5/6, which (while they do support x86, see HP's thin client lines among numerous other embedded uses) are late enough that ARM and the occasional other non-x86 had pretty much entirely annihilated the DOS/x86-based minature PCs.

Now, a 3-600MHz ARM might be as fast, if a DOSbox port is available, as the HP you mention; but that style of 'Pocket PC' died some years before what TFA is about. Sadly.

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1) 157

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48591395) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia
Oh, I'd be the last to argue for Putin being a nice guy, or not having KGB-filled visions of a rebuilt Soviet Empire; my point was just about the economic/intelligence strategy at play, though.

As best I can see, the treatment of foreign web companies is a somewhat less polished version of the Chinese one(and, given how closely tied the economy and state budget are to oil prices, probably something they'd be wise to turn into a more polished version of the Chinese model sooner rather than later).

In military terms, Russia is more saber and less rattle than China(China does have some questionably-acquired territories and disputed islands and things; but all are either old enough that only idealistic college students still talk about them, or new; but haven't gone hot), with a greater willingness to actively invade nearbye former soviet republics; but somewhat less enthusiasm for tech demos of mysteriously-similar-but-cheaper-and-possibly-actually-on-time next-gen weapons systems.

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.