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Comment: Re:Enough Already ! (Score 1) 67

by mkarcher (#30769062) Attached to: Scientists Measure How Quickly Plant Genes Mutate


This is the construct. It's our loading program. We can load anything from clothing, to equipment, weapons, training simulations, anything we need. But if you want to read a Science article linked from Slashdot, you'll have to get on the bus and nip down to the local library.

Wasn't that the entire plot of the movie? They couldn't jack in from their comfy cave complex.

Comment: Re:NOT a prisoner's dilemma (Score 1) 95

by mkarcher (#30478680) Attached to: Bacterial Prisoner's Dilemma and Game Theory

Evolution is always about what is best for the single organism, i.e. no group selection, contrary to what you imply.

Wow, biology fail. Evolution is about what is best for an organism's genes. An organism and its siblings and cousins share genes, and therefore share an evolutionary fate. Group selection is all over the place.

Comment: Re:Why did noone tell me it was the future? (Score 1) 392

by mkarcher (#30459004) Attached to: How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

Does it mean that I am old because I look around every day and it feels like I am living in a surreal sci-fi story?

Reactionless drives, energy weapons, smart phones, robotic killing machines, genetically engineered super species? At this rate I wonder if I would be surprised when practical AI or faster than light travel becomes an option.

I'm sorry to say, but practical AI and faster than light travel will probably make our kids feel like they're living in the future. On the bright side, I don't know whether I'm being optimistic or pessimistic.

Comment: Asking for Trouble... (Score 2, Interesting) 174

by mkarcher (#29599309) Attached to: Google Wants to Map Indoors, Too

You know we're just asking for trouble with this, right?

One day, the DoD is going to license this technology, mod it with tracking capabilities, and deploy it to track personnel in secure facilities with an intuitive color-coded interface showing clearance requirements for areas and clearance levels for personnel. It'll deploy to secure facilities, one by one, improving security in small, but nontrivial amounts.

And then, of course, toward the end of the deployment schedule, it'll make it into Cheyenne Mountain Complex's Production systems. At that point, Google Skynet/WOPR Beta will come out of hiding. We better pray that they hard-coded "Don't be Evil" into it's source at assembly level.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.