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Comment Re:How is this a "robot" (Score 1) 39

Wow, we were having a polite conversation about terminology usage and then you bring in bowel movements and wanking. You really think that added anything to the conversation? Chill out. Everyone is wrong occasionally and we all have to learn to deal with it. Lashing out is not the correct way. I will chalk it up to you having a bad day. Hope your tomorrow is better.

Comment Re:Smashing idea (Score 1) 140

Calling these things 'unsinkable aircraft carriers' shows just what a daft idea this is, militarily.

Maybe you are thinking to literally. A better description might be "very big, reasonably cheap, immovable aircraft carrier". They are designed to base aircraft and some troops.

You wouldn't use one of these to fight an actual war.

True but they will be very useful in other ways. The most important one being a base for maritime patrol aircraft. That can send patrols out to locate and identify ships entering "Chinese waters" and vector ships to intercept them. That way they can exert de facto control over the area.

The only reason why they would do this, is so that they can call it sovereign territory, and to game international border rules to their own benefit.

That is exactly what they are doing and it is quite important economically.

Comment Re:How is this a "robot" (Score 1) 39

It's a robot locomotion design.

So is a wheel, track, stepper motor, survo, etc. It is also a locomotion design that may have nothing to do with robots.

It's impressive as hell to anybody with the slightest clue.

I have said it is impressive. Things do not need to be robots to be impressive.

Are you happy now, or do you want to litter slashdot with more of your nonfunctional tripe?

Sorry but I don't see calling someone on the misuse of terminology on a technology website as "nonfunctional tripe". Wrong terminology just muddies the water.

Question: when you have trouble with your bowel movement does it eventually come out if you really try?

So when your arguments do not hold up under scrutiny you get angry and attack the person making the counter argument. I have nothing against you personally. I just think that the arguments you put forward are incorrect and I believe I have shown them to be so. Maybe you need to learn to take these discussions a little less personally.

Comment Re:How is this a "robot" (Score 1) 39

It is a prototype of part of a robot.

So we agree it is not a "robot". Much in the same way an actuator may be a "part of a robot" but not, in itself, a "robot".

does not claim that it is completely finished.

It claims that they have built a "robot" when they have not.

Since Biblical times, people have been fascinated with the idea of walking on water. Now researchers have built a robot that can jump on it.

If you pretend not to be impressed with what they have demonstrated so far then you must hand in your geek card.

How does calling them on misuse of nomenclature have anything to do with whether or not I am impressed. It is an very impressive machine but not a robot.

They could have said "Since Biblical times, people have been fascinated with the idea of walking on water. Now researchers have built a machine that can jump on it" That would have been accurate. The only reason to use "robot" instead of "machine" is to make it sound interesting. Robots are seen as more interesting than machines.

Comment Re:How is this a "robot" (Score 1) 39

On looking further it is not even computer controlled.

The new robot jumps by using a simple, light clasp (almost the entire body of the robot) that snaps shut via a heat-reactant spring after being zapped by an outside pulse of heat.

So someone hitting it with a heat gun would set it off.
It can only do it once.

A flea-inspired jumping system called a torque reversal catapult launches the robot from the surface of the water up to 14.2 centimeters in the air, which is similar to water striders. At the moment, the strider-bot can only jump once, and can’t land upright.

It is a machine not a robot.

Comment Re:That's how the law usually works. (Score 1) 330

This is a red herring. Here is why your scenario works.
1. Both England and Scotland are part of the same country;The United Kingdom. So an Englishman and a Scot are nationals of the same country. Differentiating England from Scotland just makeit the statement seem more complex.
2. Many countries claim jurisdiction when their nationals are accused of crimes in another country. They therefore try those nationals in their home country instead of extraditing to the other country.
If you want to have a more accurate statement it would be as follows;

A citizen of the UK can be tried for a rape committed in France instead of being extradited to France

That is very different than requiring a company to operate in one country under the laws of another country.

The main problem is that laws which protect Google's property - especially IP - are global, mostly thanks to international treaties.

Those treaties pertain to IP and not other laws. The point is that the "right to be forgotten" is not international law and there are no treaties to apply that law internationally. Therefore, Google does not have to apply that law internationally.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

This isn't a question of right or wrong so much as a question of if google wants to operate in France, they have to make their worldwide operations acceptable to the French.

It is about right and wrong. It is completely wrong for one country to try to extend it's sovereignty into another country by extending their laws to that other country. It is also not about the people of France making this decision as the question has not been put to the people. This is the opinion of the CNIL, a bureaucratic organization, and has no force of law. The court system and/or politicians are yet to be involved. I bet if this ever went to court, even in France, this "ruling" would be thrown out.

Comment Re:Push comes to shove sooner or later... (Score 1) 330

You missed a very important question. When do the laws of one country trump the rights of the people in another country? Why should the censorship laws of China trump the freedom of speech in Canada? Not all countries have the same views on freedom.

If it is between the people and anybody else, some countries even pretend to talk about "We, the people ..." and they should ALWAYS be priority number one.

I agree that the people should be number one within their country. That does not mean the restrictive views of the people of one country should override the more open views of a second country within that second country.

If it is inconvinient for a company, fuck that.

It has nothing to do with inconvenience. It is about keeping the internet as open a possible while still following the laws of individual countries within that country.

Comment Re:Missing the big picture (Score 1) 330

Seems that libel statues would apply that you should direct at the content publisher not the search engine.

The fact that someone was accused/arrested/went to trial for some offence is not libel or slander; it is a fact. There is no way libel/slander laws can take down facts. The judgement someone else makes based on that fact can be a problem. For some people a mere accusation is enough to create a negative judgement.

Comment Synching (Score 2) 484

From this article;

You can deactivate that by hopping into settings, but I’d argue that it should be opt-in rather than on by default. Many users won’t get round to turning it off, even though they would probably want to.

I would argue that most of the people who have an issue with the default sync option are the ones that would know how to turn it off and would do it. Conversely, most of the people that would benefit from the sync, that being most of the users of Windows 10, would not know it exists and/or how to turn it on.

Microsoft had to choose whether to cater to the average user or the security conscious user that does not trust Microsoft. Microsoft chose the former.

Comment Possible solution. (Score 4, Interesting) 54

The issue seems to be that while conventional surgery requires help from students robotic surgery does not. It becomes very difficult for a student to do part of the surgery and thereby learn by doing. A possible solution would be better simulations so that a student can learn by doing. I think it is a very different than working on a cadaver or simulated patient using conventional methods. The main one being that there is already a separation from the patient by the machine. Every image and feedback that the doctor gets through the robotic surgery device can be simulated by software. It can be programmed to simulate problems so the doctor has to deal with more realistic issues. In effect a flight simulator for surgery.

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