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Comment: Re:RIP, you cold cypherpunk (Score 1) 19

by cbhacking (#47790071) Attached to: Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies At 58

Yes, he was cryopreserved.

On the plus side, knowing your own death is coming and being at a hospital already gives the best chances for cryopreserving the brain before it begins to degrade. You can get a "standby" watch as the time approaches.

On the minus side, ALS is a neurological disease. It affects the motor neurons, not the ones responsible for cognition, but that includes the "upper" motor neurons... including the ones in the brain.

Maybe we'll be able to repair ALS-damaged neurons before we figure out how to safely reverse cryopreservation. Maybe we won't, but life support systems will be good enough it'll be worth bringing him out anyhow. Maybe we'll achieve brain uploading and ALS will be irrelevant. Any which way you look at it, though, he's going to need some work.

That's actually one of the (many) problems with cryopreservation research. We can't bring people out of full suspension right now, so cryopreserving a living person is legally considered killing them. Thus, it can only be done to people already legally dead. Legally dead people tend to have died *of* something. There just isn't any point to bringing people out of cryonics until we can repair (or replace) their bodies.

Comment: Re:*drool* (Score 1) 139

by Shinobi (#47788571) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

"When will CPU ever matter for gaming, unless your running some terribly-written Java game?"

When you have a game that does a lot of AI stuff? Sins of a Solar Empire and the Total War series both tend to hit the CPU quite hard when your fleets/armies become large....

To the point of "Don't zoom in, just let the fleet autoattack...." yet you zoom in anyway, and get 120 FPS thanks to the GPU, but no units doing anything except in a slideshow, due to the CPU being hogged... Of course, I probably shouldn't have enough carriers/drone hosts for 300+ fighter and bomber squadrons..... Nor should my opponent....

Comment: Re:*drool* (Score 1) 139

by Shinobi (#47788483) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

"Speed brings nothing to table in personal computing anymore (outside of gaming and i'm not and have been a gamer)."

That is just so stupid. Personal computing is not just about gaming or browsing or a bit of coding.

Many non-geeks do things that require way more computer horsepower than geeks do. Like 3D, video/movie, heavy graphics editing, music and the list just goes on.

Comment: Far more concerned about the terrorist watch list (Score 2) 234

by raymorris (#47783927) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

When this topic came up a few weeks ago here on Slashdot, I did a bit of research and found out that the "no fly list" would be better named the "no entry list", as the people are not allowed to enter or leave the country on a plane - they can fly within the country if they wish. It is a list of a few hundred citizens and a few thousand foreign nationals not allowed to fly into or out of the country. The Terrorist Watch List, on the other hand, has MILLIONS of people listed, mostly US citizens.

I'm far more concerned about the government watching millions of it's own people, treating them potential terrorists, than I am about them listing a few thousand foreign actors who aren't allowed to enter the US.

Comment: Re:Say what you will but this is cool (Score 3, Insightful) 52

by Dan Askme (#47783809) Attached to: Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'

No matter whether it is Google or Amazon who gets this technology running first, and whether it is banned in America for a while, but this is our sci-fi future happening now, and it is amazingly cool to watch.

If you consider "cool" as:
- You falling for Viral Marketing

Then yeah, i suppose its "cool". But to most of us, this is just a clear viral marketing attempt.
Its basic marketing, increase awareness for the company, increase profits.

Amazon did a few months ago, profits and awareness of the company increase.
But yet, wheres the drones or updates on them? Nowhere, why? Because everyone knows they just wouldn't work in our current world, let alone the laws that would prevent its flight.

This is clear viral marketing, dont be the fool and fall for it.

Comment: Re:Different situation (Score 1) 163

Actually, the Copper did allow you to sidestep hardware limitations too. Hardware-wise you were limited to a maximum of 12-bit palette, but the Copper effectively let you get, IIRC, 18-bit palette.

Also, there were plenty of tricks to get NTSC Amigas to play PAL demos, and vice versa.

Comment: It used to be a spoon. Okay, a blog/CMS (Score 1) 112

by raymorris (#47781525) Attached to: PHP 5.6.0 Released

I code in PHP for my day job. There's almost nothing I can't do in PHP. Millions of people use my PHP code. I also know several other languages, so I have some basis of comparison to say PHP 5.0 kinda sucked as a general purpose programming language, and I can tell you exactly WHY it sucked.

PHP was originally a blog / CMS script written in Perl. It was designed to be a blog, not language for general programming. In fact, it wasn't even supposed to be used by programmers at all. It was designed for webmasters who didn't know Perl and didn't want to learn. Up through version 4, it's roots were painfully obvious. Lerdorf has said "I know nothing about language design ", and he's right. Fortunately, he hired some people who do have a clue for the 5.4 versions, so it's getting better.

Comment: Re:Cut the Russians Off (Score 2) 800

by IamTheRealMike (#47777231) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

That's a rather one-sided view of what happened. Yes, the Soviet Union did invade Afghanistan as part of pushing its global ideology, much like the USA invaded Vietnam. But the stone age state of Afghanistan at the time of the US invasion in 2001 was a direct result of America supporting religious fanatics in a proxy war, the mujahideen, who after the war ended and the Soviet's were defeated went on to become the Taliban. That's why bin Laden is so famously a former ally of the US.

The USA is not only building an empire but doing so in plain sight of everyone. To quote Putin directly:

Our partners, especially in the United Sates, always clearly formulate their own geopolitical and state interests and follow them with persistence. Then, using the principle “You’re either with us or against us” they draw the whole world in. And those who do not join in get ‘beaten’ until they do.

This principle is most clearly visible in two acts. One is that the sanctions on Iran are built as a "you're with us or against us" model. Any country that is seen by America to be "undermining" the sanctions i.e. not joining in is itself sanctioned. And the second act is again sanctions based: every financial institution in the world is being taken over by Washington via a system of recursive ("viral" if you like) sanctions that require banks to obey the USA even if that would contradict local laws. The goal is to collect tax from American's abroad. It's called FATCA and it's resulted in many, many nations having to repeal their own privacy laws, in order to allow banks to become agents of the US Government. They were given no choice in the matter.

So the USA has found ways of forcing people in countries all over the world to: (a) engage in economic warfare against America's enemies and (b) pay taxes directly to America, all regardless of what the local government wants or how the local people vote.

Being able to conscript people to their fights and force payment of taxes is the very foundation of empire itself.

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