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Comment: Re:Progenitors? (Score 1) 686

by hutsell (#47219775) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

You know what? All very nice, but how about this? We are not all that interesting, nor special, and in the last 35,000 years when we could comprehend what we're looking at, no-one's bothered to swing by and ask for a cup of sugar. It may also be possible that we are part of a nature preserve, or that there are more than enough planets with similar conditions to inhabit, to not have to displace or destroy an entire culture. Another possibility is that we're left alone, because other civilizations have been contacted before, and once given technology, have self immolated themselves akin to giving firearms to the natives. That, or we're won the interstellar lottery, and we are indeed the first who will learn a lot of lessons as we swarm across the galaxy once we figure out how to get off this damn rock.

I'm leaning toward the lack of uniqueness about our placement being a significant factor in explaining our isolation. Historically, the more we understood about our outermost surroundings, the less important our position progressively became. Assuming we're nothing special in the grand scheme of things, as has happened before, could that positioning also extrapolate into our biological and technological development?

Perhaps the development of our kind (types of species we're capable of understanding) is nothing special and happens throughout the universe around the same time — plus or minus a few millenniums. If that were the case, in terms of light years, all of our event horizons are still isolated from one another. If we're in the middle of the statistical bell curve, away from being the "luckier" exceptions with well timed positioning near one another, it might explain why none of us know about each others existence.

If true, sometime (maybe someone can come up with a probable calculation when) in the near or distant future, things will start to get interesting.

Comment: Re:They need to learn to let it go (Score 2) 301

Automatic cars for a taxi service wouldn't have user accessible controls - unless they're a JohnnyCab!

Well then, it appears something needs to be done to prevent homicidal acts from the likes of JohnnyCab or anyone else from programming an autonomous car to intentionally kill someone. Maybe the time has come to try to figure out a way to effectively embed in the vehicle's operational core a tamper proof set of laws.

The Three Laws of Autonomous Vehicles:

First Law: An autonomous vehicle may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: An autonomous vehicle must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: An autonomous vehicle must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Comment: Re:Never lecture when you can have a seminar (Score 1) 166

Seminars are better because the audience is supposed to ask questions and are regarded as peers, whereas lectures are by those at a higher level to those at a lower level.

Plus, cookies!

Questions turn presentations into a living hell. Regardless of the quality of the speaker, improperly handling of the constant interruptions makes the event useless. Proper handling, which rarely happens, is a skill that will endear any audience. It's only because of the free cookies, that allows me to let it slide — I'll bite my tongue and think to myself: It's all good.

Comment: Re:Standard Deviation (Score 2) 199

by hutsell (#46951515) Attached to: Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Isn't the standard deviation of IQ 7 points? Is 6 points actually statistically significant?

Additionally, a lot of people have mistakenly embraced these "IQ" tests to calculate a physical property in thinking the way a scale measures one's weight.. They're only a study indicating a comparative awareness of others within the same environment -- something the French social scientist that created it originally stressed when Americans were redefining its use.

Comment: Re:Link (Score 1) 178

by hutsell (#46939141) Attached to: Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303417104579541950544978572

The article written by Bruce Goldman of the Stanford University School of Medicine is a closer source to the original research without being paywalled. It's better than the Wall Street's version; there's less fluff with a little more depth in the explanation and also includes additional links to related sources.

Ineterestingly noted was that this is considered an unsophisticated critical experiment; unsophisticated in that anyone could have done this decades ago without any real knowledge on the workings of the brain itself; critical because of the type results that could be acquired based on the experiment's simplicity in design — it hadn't occurred to anyone to try.

Comment: Re:Much Wrong Here. (Score 3, Informative) 110

by hutsell (#46886997) Attached to: SpaceX Looking For Help With "Landing" Video

Well, it was Raw until YouTube re-compressed the hell out of it. Seriously, I don't think you have any shot if you start off with this YouTube footage. If they really want help we need the actual raw bitstream. I/Q output from the receiver would be even better. Even better than that would be diversity receivers. Aren't those guys the rocket scientists?

Available for download: This is the location for the original raw ".ts" file. A second link is also given to a repaired raw ".ts" file showing the results of their efforts. If preferred, you can also get the original ".ts" files at the spacex website near the bottom of that webpage.

+ - FCC hangs a U-turn on Net Neutrality->

Submitted by kyjellyfish
kyjellyfish (1703658) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.
The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers.
The F.C.C.’s previous rules governing net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year. The court said those rules had essentially treated Internet service providers as public utilities, which violated a previous F.C.C. ruling that Internet links were not to be governed by the same strict regulation as telephone or electric service.
The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service."

Link to Original Source

+ - NYPD's Twitter campaign backfires

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

+ - F.C.C., in Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes ""The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.

The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

It would seem that fears about Tom Wheeler's lobbyist background were well-founded after all."

Link to Original Source

+ - Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase, and more buybacks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than expected.

Alongside its earnings report, Apple today also announced a 7-1 stock split for shareholders who own Apple shares as of the close of business on June 2, 2014. Apple's new split-adjusted share price will begin trading on June 9, 2014"

Comment: Re:Obligatory Fight Club (Score 5, Funny) 357

by hutsell (#46618309) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Pretty much par for the course for these companies....

First rule of Corporate Club: If you teach a man to fish, you've lost a customer.

Comment: Re:Since it only needs 2C (Score 2) 560

by hutsell (#46298651) Attached to: How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

Darn off-by-one errors.

Anyway, during which ice age did the Earth's tilt change, or eccentricity increase?

With axial obliquity, axial precession, apsidal precession and two orbital Inclinations, maybe someone capable of handling the multitude cyclical combinations affecting weather can come up with an exact answer. It appears one or both of the orbital inclinations are the ones seriously considered responsible for the ice ages.

Summarizing:

Axial Obliquity:
~ Every 41,000 years ~ Presently at 23.5 degrees and decreasing toward its minimum of 22 degrees (22 to 24.5).
Axial Precession:
~ Every 26,000 years ~ The average cycle fluctuates depending on the axial tilt — shorter at 22 degrees; longer at 24.5 degrees.
Apsidal Precession:
~ Every 21,000 to 25,000 years ~ The eccentricity of the Earth's elliptical orbit with the expansion and contraction of the eccentricity's perihelion to the Sun (3,000,000 miles).
Orbital Inclinations:
~ Every 70,000 years ~ The inclination of the Earth's fixed orbital plane rising and lowering.
~ Every 100,000 years ~ The Earth's orbital plane taken as a whole, also rises and lowers to the Solar System's monumental plane.

Then there are the Sun cycles, whatever that might be. (Or the speculation of a very large heat absorbing dust cloud in a higher orbital inclination.)

Also worth considering are continual non-cyclical events occurring over several millennia: The continental drift changing the location of land masses or the Moon's distancing slowing the daily rotation and weakening the tidal effects — It seems in the end that past circumstances may not always be indicative of future events.

Comment: Re:Some possible ways (Score 1) 745

by hutsell (#46281161) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

Some possible ways to determine if we're living in a simulation:

Look for signs of optimizations/short cuts in the simulation:
Is there a maximum speed?
Is there a minimum size?
Is there a limit as to determining an object's position and momentum? etc. ...

Is there an epoch date: a beginning, instead of an eternal past requiring an infinite amount of data?

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