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Comment: Re:Often the comments *are* better (Score 1) 267

by kencurry (#49060349) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You
The comments say a lot about the site readership. Slashdot trends better on average, I think a reflection of that fact that many people on here have taken time to educate themselves about life in general, beyond just their careers. OTOH, I am always appalled at WSJ on how badly thought out the comments tend to be.

The other phenomenon I see is that for enthusiast sites for autos, watches, etc., the comments tend to all come from the same few people with thousands of posts.

Comment: Re:touch it to the door on the way out (3rd grade) (Score 1) 168

by kencurry (#49006019) Attached to: Employees In Swedish Office Complex Volunteer For RFID Implants For Access
Some people (like myself) use different transportation on different days. I'm pretty organized and careful, but there are plenty of times I show up to work without my fob because it's on my other key ring, or in my "bike gear" backpack and I drove today, etc.

I've said in the past that I would volunteer to get the chip if it were ever available, but that was easy talk when I knew that it was not. Now that I could actually do this, I have to admit I would think about it carefully. A lot of potential to go wrong here.

Comment: Been a long time coming (Score 2) 294

by kencurry (#48994693) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy
Many years ago (like late 70's, early 80's) Radio shack was a place you could walk into, browse electronic components, and talk to and meet knowledgeable people to help with home brew projects. Then they expanded like hell, employed stupid corporate business policies like charging people to pay for store catalogs, ridiculous "i need all your personal info" so I can sell you a resistor, etc.

Haven't been in one of their stores in probably 20 years, surprised that it took that long for them to fail. In retrospect, they were so poorly managed, they weren't even good at failure.

Good riddance (and yes, I'm still pissed about the time you assholes tried to charge me money to send me a catalog of your stuff!!)

Comment: micelles (Score 4, Informative) 15

by kencurry (#48943751) Attached to: Scientists Float Soap Bubbles As a More Effective Drug Delivery Method
FTFA - "The soap bubbles—formally known as functionalized catanionic surfactant vesicles—are made of a combination of soap-like components that have an affinity for each other and spontaneously form capsules when mixed together." I think they mean to say micelles; they just needed to fancy it up for the patent apps, board meetings, and press releases.

Comment: adios Explorers (Score 3, Insightful) 141

by kencurry (#48824487) Attached to: Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass
Got my official "see you later, dude" email today. quick takes:

The Good:
Display was quite good.
No visual acuity problems for far-sighted eyes
Good for hands free access to your phone

The Bad:
Terrible battery life
Poor public image
"Google vs. Apple" crappy tactics i.e., poor iPhone integration [We are trying to break new ground, why do we need that sh*t involved?]

Comment: does sentience bring about self-preservation? (Score 2) 258

by kencurry (#48796519) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines
Ethicist should weigh in. If robots have no sentience, they would not know that killing was different from any other task. As creatures who value self-preservation (most of us anyway) we don't kill because we don't want to be killed. I assumed always that our self-preservation came about because we have consciousness. A robot without self-awareness could follow a rule but would not have any internal feelings about that rule. Without those feelings, rules alone won't work. Philosophy majors take over this discussion...

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