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Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 1) 218

by nherm (#45555833) Attached to: Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

I think you hit the nail. Just like Don Quixote, you have to appreciate how different this book is from other works of that time. We are talking about 1605, a few people could write, read, and most of the book were about religious stuff and natural philosophy.

I finished reading The Catcher in the Rye just yesterday. I think teenagers can appreciate that book just like I enjoyed reading The War of the Buttons by Louis Pergaud when I was twelve.

Comment: Submarine (Score 1) 283

by nherm (#45432565) Attached to: In an arcade with only the following games ...

I'd play Midway's Submarine.

I played this rarity only once, when I was a kid. If I had a wish, I'd choose to have one, not only for playing, but also to take a look at the intrincate mechanical simulators of waves and clouds. HD graphics are impressive, but there's nothing compared to actually grab and look through a real periscope. But I suppose I'm just being nostalgic.

Back to my memories, the visor in the periscope could get some cleaning though, after countless greasy foreheads of nerds.

Comment: Re:TLDR? 4 minute video. (Score 1) 127

by nherm (#44488555) Attached to: NASA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip

"TLDR" ?? :)

This recent 1-h presentation from Helen Mason at the Royal Institute is extremely informative

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbI6TDHCfe4

From the article:

"Changes to the field's polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space."

Expect new announcements about Voyager 1 reaching interstellar space in the next 3 to 4 months :P

Comment: Perfect machines? (Score 1) 244

by nherm (#42718349) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology
Ray, since humans are not perfect beings, any technology created until now have vulnerabilites introduced by human error. Do you think that, after the Singularity, a machine will be able to overcome and correct these vulnerabilites, becoming a perfect entity, or the capabilities of the superintelligence emerging by technological means will be bounded by errors inherited from their creators?

This is an unauthorized cybernetic announcement.

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