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Comment: Re:it wont change anything (Score 1) 237 237

News at 11: 3 federal judges, from the second circuit court, found by NSA to be the masterminds of a terrorist plot.

Some guy from a black helicopter stated "We knew they had something to hide when they ruled against our metadata collection."

Comment: Re:Um... How will it change society? (Score 1) 477 477

why won't people own cars? just because the car is driverless it doesn't change my need to regularly commute to work, or go to the store for groceries. it really doesn't change my usage pattern for a car a whole lot. it may change where the car will be parked when i am not using it.

people say it will make taxis cheaper...wouldn't that be comparable to renting a car today? you can rent cars now without a driver attached to it and last i checked it is still cheaper for me to own a car than to rent one. and the advantage of owning it means it is always available to me. if you always rent your car and make an unscheduled trip, you run the risk of having no cars available when you want one. even if you schedule your trip in advance you risk that the rental business could already be out of cars during the time slot that you need one. ever been bumped from a flight or hotel that has been overbooked? the companies running these will want the minimum number of cars to maximize their profits, they will want to overbook them with the assumption that a certain percent will cancel their ride at the last minute, because a car sitting idle is costing them money and not making them any profit. so what if that means 1 customer is going to be late for work that day?

renting cars will have to be a lot cheaper than owning before people give up ownership, especially if they use it nearly every day like they do now.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477 477

2. Not every place everyone will want to go is paved or mapped, and mapping is not 100% accurate, so you still need periodic human intervention, or you have an arbitrarily limited car, that many people will be unlikely to accept.

if every car is equipped with GPS and other sensors, and they share the data they collect, then the quality of maps are going to improve by very quickly.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 2) 576 576

given either enough time or distance anything not specifically prohibited by the laws of physics is happening somewhere.

if the universe were something like 10^10^100 light years across then there would be an exact duplicate of "you" somewhere in it. because there are only so many configurations and quantum states that a specific volume of space can take.

granted we don't believe our universe is that large, only i think about 10^26 light years., but given a universe that is large enough then some seemingly unlikely things could be happening in it somewhere.

Comment: Re:The whole idea is crazy (Score 1) 288 288

Imagine you're a CPU and your perception of time is in clock cycles. Would you be able to give an ordered sequence of events of all the things that happen before your clock generator starts, e.g. voltage ramp-ups, etc?

That is a perfect example, and i think it illustrates a few things.

For the CPU time started on the first tick of its clock, but the tick of that clock is still tied to a time dimension in its parent universe. the term "Before" still makes sense when describing the sequence of events as the power button is pressed and then the electrons race through the wires to cause that first tick of the clock. now the CPU may not have adequate terms to describe this or understand what a power button or electrons are, but it is readily apparent to us as outside observers.

Being stuck inside the CPU would have a very difficult time figuring out the mechanisms that drive it. however some of our theories of quantum mechanics allow for higher dimensions and for structures to exist outside of our universe. And we even have experiments set up to look for evidence of some of these structures. such as polarization in the cosmic background radiation. if our universe isn't the outermost layer and is a brane in a higher dimensional universe, such as some versions of quantum mechanics suggest, then time may exist in some form outside of our universe. how this time works may not be entirely recognizable to us, but saying "before the big bang" could still have some meaning.

maybe another example. if i travel to the south pole of the earth i can't go south any further. however i can still travel further away from the north pole by jumping. by jumping i may not be any further south, but i could be considered less north. so what is before the universe? i don't know, lets climb to the bottom and jump and see where we end up.

Comment: Re:So can a flock of starlings (Score 1) 139 139

what you don't realize is that the AC in the GP only started posting these comments next week!

but because he is a non-divisible person and not a flock of starlings, or something like that, the posts are going back in time and being attached to random articles about quantum mechanics.

Comment: Re:No Kidding (Score 1) 220 220

i could do the same. not only that but i could often also tell who had originally trained that person because often part of the trainers style often leaked into their style.

i work at a university and we hire 100 level CS students. so we generally assumed they knew nothing and trained them from scratch.

Comment: Re:why the fuck (Score 1) 101 101

Google owns a lot of fiber. something they might be able to provide to Sprint and TMobile that other MVNO's don't is some additional backbone internet bandwidth. if they ink the deal right, this could end up benefiting all 3 companies. Sprint and TMobile could get cheaper bandwidth and Google gets a last mile connection to more devices.

Comment: Re:good grief (Score 1) 217 217

i like messing with Joe from "The windows corporation". last time he called i wasn't even sitting at a computer and tried to see how long i could play along with them. even described the event viewer screen to them from memory so they could verify i was on the right screen. Only hung up on them because i ran out of time and had to go somewhere.

I'm still waiting for the advent of the computer science groupie.