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Comment: Security Through Obscurity (Score 2) 126

by mlookaba (#46433345) Attached to: NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company
That memo is a wonderful example of why exposing poor practices is difficult. The terminology is so dense that only those on the inside can truly understand it without a good deal of research. Most times people probably give up because they fear looking stupid for not knowing the lingo.

Comment: Re:Wasting Your Time (Score 1) 285

by mlookaba (#45801057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?
Let's try an experiment. We'll put 100 adolescent males in a room, and give them a choice of two gaming systems: One older "classic" system, and the latest high-tech thing available. We'll tell them "If you pick the older system, you'll be a better person someday", and "if you pick the newer system, you will regret it later". Would you care to guess what might happen? I don't know. I've not ever performed that experiment. But purely based on intuition, I suspect I know how it might go.

Go back to bed, grandpa, with your stupid "in my day" bullshit

Rather than debate something you disagree with, you turn to insults. You're a dick.

Comment: Wasting Your Time (Score 2) 285

by mlookaba (#45799853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?
I agree with your goals, but here are some of facts as I see them:

(1) Kids of this age do not have the higher thinking skills to appreciate sacrificing something for longer term gain.
(2) If you force them use an outdated or substandard system, they will resent you, be humiliated with their friends (or more likely, lie about it to prevent that).
(3) You're not really teaching them anything useful in a practical sense. Yes, I love the Atari 2600 too. It is completely irrelevant to anyone born after 1990 except in a historical sense.
(4) Desire to learn history has to come from the seeker, not the purveyor of that knowlege. It can be encouraged, but not forced.

Comment: There is no Magic Energy Fairy (Score 1, Flamebait) 327

by mlookaba (#45247157) Attached to: 8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars
Where do they think the power comes from? Those magic wall sockets most likely are connected to coal burning plants. There aren't enough sites for hydroelectric power to increase by a substantial amount, and solar and wind power aren't capable of supplying the "base curve" of the grid demand because of their unreliable nature. Either allow nuclear energy and/or fracking to supplement them, or STFU about renewable sources please.

Comment: Huge Obelisks (Score 1) 277

by mlookaba (#44185307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

Build huge obelisks that are inscribed with instructions for technology. At the very bottom, instructions about how to read that script using pictures. Further up, details on how to farm and build basic shelters. Higher still (and out of sight from the ground), things like electronics, power generation, etc. Even higher (not reachable by primitive ground structures) things like nuclear power and advanced topics. Thus the populace would have all the info handy to get restarted, but wouldn't be able to use the advanced stuff until they had gotten the basics right.

Disclaimer: Not my idea. Read it in a science fiction book years ago, but cannot locate the title at the moment.

Comment: Realistic? (Score 2) 237

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_program#Program_cost:

"The final cost of project Apollo was reported to Congress as $25.4 billion in 1973"

According to http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ that would be $129.47 in 2012. Now obviously we have the benefit of relatively inexpensive technology to help offset that. However we also have the burden of stricter safety standards and more expensive "available" technology as opposed to "required" technology. Hopefully the government would be pragmatic enough to select the "appropriate" level of safety. That means quantifying the numeric value of a life (factoring in all the publicity involved, future projects, etc) which is something people don't seem willing to do. I suspect that NASA is very gunshy about repeating a shuttle type disaster, and would not be able to give an upper bound to that number.

All it all, it seems pretty farfetched that this will happen to me.

Comment: Re:If it can be automated, it will be automated (Score 1) 368

by mlookaba (#43762689) Attached to: Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

Most jobs that involve sitting in front of a desk at a computer will be automated as AI improves.

Building an AI that can understand and implement business logic might be possible if the people making up that logic were somewhat logical. Or could even string together coherent thoughts.

I suspect that once we invent that AI, the 500th revision of the inconsistent and illogical "business rules" by some random jackass son of the owner will be the cause of skynet taking over.

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes. -- Mickey Mouse

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