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Comment: Re:No thank you (Score 1) 203

by hoggoth (#49665377) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport

I usually fly out of JFK, but recently I had a flight out of LaGuardia. Imaging a system of bureaucracy designed by Kafka and Terry Gilliam and you'll be close. Every interaction is perfectly honed to create the maximum frustration possible. To top it off, the staff of every business present has become so numb to misery that not a soul gives a f* or will lend the slightest assistance in any way.
I would rather a 2 hour trip to New Jersey to fly out of Newark instead of going to LaGuardia.
Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 197

by hoggoth (#49349957) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

Ok fine. The proportions are off. So let's do some guesstimates based on the total energy. According to this http://www.geologyinmotion.com... the 2011 Japan tsumani had somewhere between 31 and 3100 KILOTONS of energy. That's equivalent to the energy in 1 to 100 Hiroshima nuclear bombs. So I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out how to power a line of giant squirt guns that deliver the equivalent of between 1-100 Hiroshima nuclear bombs of energy as a directed stream of water.

While you're at it, I think the military might be interested in your nuclear water cannon.

Comment: Re:Ugly Solution (Score 1) 197

by hoggoth (#49346755) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

Why don't you try a mythbusters style experiment? Scale everything down. To simulate the tsunami wave, you will go to the beach and find a nice 4 foot wave. To simulate your massive high pressure water pump you will use a squirt gun. Use one of those "monster cannon" squirt guns. Wait for wave. Aim squirt gun. Fire. Record how you totally dissipated the wave's evergy, or not. I'm sure Japan is eager to see your results.

Comment: Re:"Singularity" is a horrible term. (Score 1) 71

by hoggoth (#49121487) Attached to: Facebook AI Director Discusses Deep Learning, Hype, and the Singularity

The singularity is the point at which we can no longer "see" (predict) future growth or trends, ie: the point at which we lose the ability to make predictions about the future because the A.I.'s have grown and are growing in intelligence faster than we can comprehend. In that way it is similar to a black hole singularity, in that we cannot "see" past the event horizon.

Comment: Re:Just treat it like any other insecure device (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by hoggoth (#49028749) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner.

I have a "smart" LG TV. I didn't plug in the ethernet and I didn't configure my Wi-Fi password. All of my 'Smarts' come from the Chromecast plugin and the XBMC sitting under it. I'm not trusting the TV with a connection to the outside world.

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.

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