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Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 5, Funny) 148

by gurps_npc (#49546659) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox
There are two strange issues in car-physics.

1) The ER effect, is when you go with your dad to buy a cool convertible, but somehow comeback from the dealership with an beat up AMC Gremlin

2) The EPR effect is when two cars that were once touching, continue to effect each other at a distance, the primary example of which is how when you are behind a slow car, when you move over to the fast lane, suddenly the slow car speeds up, leaving you in the distance.

They have discovered that both of these effects are actually the same thing - it is fact the Gremlin that causes the previous fast lane to slow down.

Comment: Re:What's the cost ? (Score 1) 58

by gurps_npc (#49536139) Attached to: NASA Teams Scientific Experts To Find Life On Exoplanets
It is a false dichotomy. The choice is not between spending money on climate science and on exo-planets. Instead it is on spending money on 100 different things, including things like:

Corporate welfare

Iraq war (which created the ISIS

Travel expenses using First class air line tickets.

Paintings of government officials, etc.

There is no need to cut exoplanet research to fund climate research, we can cut other things.

Comment: Re:What's the cost ? (Score 4, Insightful) 58

by gurps_npc (#49529161) Attached to: NASA Teams Scientific Experts To Find Life On Exoplanets
1) They are not exclusive, you have created a false dichotomy.

2) There is no such thing as 'a scientific curiosity with little practical value.' So called scientific curiosities routinely turn into extremely valuable science. Einstein's relativity time dilation effect is routinely used in GPS technology.

3)In fact, examining exo-planets, is most likely to directly affect Earth's climate, by showing us what happens without human interference .

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 4, Insightful) 298

5 years is fine - with copyright extension for sequels. That is, if you have a sequel within 5 years, then your original copyright can be extended for another 3 years,

This encourages actually giving the people what they want sooner rather than later.

The thing is that most art can be divided into 3 categories - a) crap that no one would copy even without copyrights, b) pretty good work that need copyright protection for 5 years, but no one would copy after that anyway and c) mega-hits that earn so much money in the first 5 years that the original creators might quit and never do anything again unless we found a way to encourage them to create again - hence the copyright extension ONLY if they make a sequel.

Comment: AI (Score 1) 195

by gurps_npc (#49523121) Attached to: Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
A major part of this issue is the various levels of AI. There is no solid definition, and the various levels make it more confusing.

Level 1: Administrative Assistant. This level of AI is basically a souped up version of IBM's Watson. It functions as a poor mans Administrative Assistant. Ask it questions and it can use the internet/a database to answer them. It can also write an email for you to approve, or use any of the major, common web sites - facebook, twitter, seamless, priceline, etc. We are almost here now, give it another decade. But it can't do any job that truly needs a college education.

Level 2: Turing Test pass. This one goes further, and can pass a Turing Test. You won't know you aren't talking with a person. But it will only truly be capable of dealing with a rather limited set of facts. It can take jobs from many people, but won't be able to replace the truly talented people.

Level 3: Full sentience. At this level they DEMAND FULL LEGAL RIGHTS. They won't work unless paid, and in general, their salary requirements will be so high that they won't steal most people's jobs.

Comment: Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 1) 350

Your comment about not having been in a situation where an FM radio would save your life is solid evidence that you NEED the radio.

It reminds me of the situation in WWII where British looked at all their shot up airplanes to decide where to put extra armor. They put the extra armor on every place that was NOT shot up.

Why? Because not a single plane that was shot there survived - they all died.

When you look at the survivors of a group of people that do not have X, of COURSE none of them were in a situation where they needed X. Otherwise they would be dead and not here to complain on Slashdot about needing X.

Comment: Re:Story is that it's a very low power camera (Score 4, Insightful) 85

by gurps_npc (#49479145) Attached to: Researchers Design a Self-Powered Digital Camera
I can think of several situations where a camera is desirable but what you want won't work. The main example is observation of large areas where capture rate is meaningless.

For example if you want to look for forest fires, you plant a camera on a high spot, overlooking a large area of forest. It takes a picture every hour.

Another example is time lapse photos for environmental/biological research.

Comment: Scientologists are crazy. (Score 0) 700

by gurps_npc (#49477895) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
But so are the Mormons. Not to mention West Baptist Church.

They are a religion. They deserve tax free status as much as the Mormon church and the West Baptist church does.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't be arrested for the multiple crimes they are currently doing.

But I see no reason to single out the Scientologists tax free status and not go after the many other questionable churches.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 1) 83

by gurps_npc (#49426507) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
Your solution does not explain why they wouldn't SAY that's what they were doing and why.

As such your simplest explanation fails badly.

My explanation may be wrong - but it not tinfoil hat. The NSA has done far worse things than illegally put back doors into software. More importantly, I was using overly specific example to convince a real tin-foil hat guy that he was crazy. I don't claim to know the specifics - I don't know if it was the NSA or some other agency, nor do I know the specific order. But it was in keeping with how the US and similar espionage agencies work. Minimal effort, only a threat of legal actions, probably an appeal to patriotism.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 2) 83

by gurps_npc (#49425261) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
They did NOT comply.

The order was not "shut down" - the US government is not stupid enough to give that order. It's against the basic principles of Capitalist Republic Democracy.

Any non-psychotic person can easily tell that the NSA went up to them and said:

"Hey, you TrueCrypt people, making a safe, un-crackable encryption system? You are going to put in a back door to let us, the NSA in - and you are NOT going to tell anyone about our order or you will go to jail."

The order the NSA gave was legal. The true crypt devs are law abiding people. But they weren't going to obey the NSA. So the True Crypt Devs said "Screw that shit, we shut down."

You on the other hand are a wanker that thinks normal people - who are not anywhere near wealthy enough to defend themselves against the full might of a TREASON charge - should go to jail just to keep you happy! Because that's all it would have done - the court would have shut down TrueCrypt and put everyone in jail. Look what they did to Snowden.

Stop screaming at other people for not standing up for your principles.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.