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Comment Re:Ooh Oopsie (Score 1) 259 259

Do Slashdot users still need to be taught to "hold their beliefs up to experimentation"? And do they need to be taught this by a reality TV show?

My concern with pop skeptics is that they don't believe in holding their beliefs up to experimentation, and instead decide what is "woo" based upon their feelings.

Comment Re:I'll wait until (Score 2) 259 259

Until Mythbusters confirms it, I'll just say it's Plausible.

Mythbusters' pop skepticism is the very definition of junk science.

If you're waiting for confirmation from Penn Jillette or some other aging magician or Skeptical Inquirer, you missed out on a successful career as an economist.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 75 75

I've never heard of either Razer

Razer is one of the biggest manufacturers of specialty gaming hardware for PCs, including keyboards, controllers, mice, high-performance mousepads, and headsets.

They've been around since 1998 and have around 400 employees. Don't confuse them with a kickstarter campaign.

Comment Re:The feature I want in a monitor is ... (Score 1) 72 72

a little rumba that comes out and vacuums up the crumbs from my desk and keyboard.

Make it look like an official NHL hockey puck and I'm in for 2. Or, combine a miniature Roomba with a quadracopter so it could just hover over my desk and suck up the dirt. Wait though, I guess if it's hovering it's pushing air down and all that's gonna do is blow the dust everywhere and irritate my eyes and sinuses. OK, forget that last one. But a quadracopter that could vacuum up dust (if it was physically possible) would be cool as hell, and it would prevent my cat from trying to sit on my keyboard all the time because my cat hates those miniature quadracopters. I mean hates as in wants to kill them but is too scared to do anything but run under the furniture and hiss and growl.

Wait, what about a beer & wine cooler and a little arm that would serve me a fresh one or a refill? Innovation!

Or a little quadracopter that would freshen up my drink when it sensed the fluid level in my glass got below 20%.

There's got to be something I can do with a miniature quadracopter besides terrorize my cat.

Comment Re:I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 1) 254 254

Well, robbery would be a bit tougher than general mayhem. In the foreseeable future you'd probably need a human in the loop, for example to confirm that the victim actually complied with the order to "put ALL the money in the bag." Still that would remove the perpetrator from the scene of the crime. If there were an open or hackable wi-fi access point nearby it'd be tricky to hunt him down.

This kind of remote controlled drone mediated crime is very feasible now. It wouldn't take much technical savvy to figure out how to mount a shotgun shell on a quadcopter and fly it to a particular victim (if you have one). That's a lot less sophisticated than stuff terrorists do already; anyone with moderate technical aptitude could do it with off-the-shelf components. I'm sure we'll see our first non-state-actor controlled drone assassination in the next couple of years. Or maybe a hacktivist will detonate a party popper on the President or something like that.

Within our lifetime it'll surely be feasible for ordinary hackers to build autonomous systems that could fly into a general area and hunt down a particular victim using facial recognition. People have experimented with facial recognition with SBCs like the Raspberry Pi already.

You can forbid states from doing this all you want, but as technology advances the technology to do this won't be exotic. It'll be commonplace stuff used for work and even recreation.

Comment Re:I have my own promise (Score 1) 508 508

People I didn't mention that could be honest so far as I know:
Scott Walker
Ben Carson
Rand Paul
Ted Cruz
John Kasich
Bobby Jindal
George Pataki
Jim Gilmore

We can take them one at a time:

Scott Walker:
http://www.politifact.com/pers...

Carson:

"A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay."

Rand Paul:
http://www.salon.com/2015/02/1...

Ted Cruz:
http://www.politicususa.com/20...

John Kasich:
http://mediatrackers.org/ohio/...

After that, the list becomes too trivial to fact-check. "George Pataki'? Really?

Comment nice pivot. (Score 5, Insightful) 508 508

public: what about rampant police abuse of power?
the constant unending stream of shadow money into political campaigns?
the nearly endless war on terror and our secret torture prison in Cuba?
What are you going to do about the impending student loan collapse and the rampant US unemployment fueled by abusive trade agreements that are largely unreported?
what approach will you take to immigration reform?
How will you address the growing number of domestic mass shootings?
What is your approach to the continued neglect of social security? the highway trust? the Veterans Administration?
Clinton: Free solar panels for everything forever.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 2, Insightful) 508 508

Shouldn't we collectively agree on what is needed, before we collectively decide to pay for them? Is this a democratic republic?

You can have one or the other. You can be a "democratic republic" or you can decide things by "collective" agreement. Which one do you prefer?

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