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Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 415

by schlachter (#47806643) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

what concerns me more is that cops will end up with compromising videos, even of innocent people, and they will be exposed to leaks, hacks, or blackmail. there will be other unintended consequences....but the trade off may be worth it.

it's not a political issue, this is just a step towards more professional behavior.

Comment: Re:*drool* (Score 1) 179

by schlachter (#47792017) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Maybe not doubling every 18...but the general trend is there...

WiFi speeds are about 100x faster than 10 yrs ago.
Boot times are about 10-20x faster than 10 yrs ago.
Battery life is about 4-5x longer than 10 yrs ago

Meanwhile, prices are about 1/4 what they were 10 yrs ago.

I'll take that over speed increases.

Comment: Re:*drool* (Score 3, Insightful) 179

by schlachter (#47786703) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

there was a time, back in the 90's (rapid progression of 286/386/486/Pentium) where you needed to upgrade your computer every 2-3 yrs or you couldn't even run the latest software...and i'm not talking hard core games...even simple stuff like word processing or the newest ver of windows.

seems like now you can get by with 5-6 yr cycles, esp with the introduction of an ssd and more ram.

Comment: suspended animation (Score 1) 89

by schlachter (#47785909) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

people are forgetting that no one's going to be awake or likely aging during this flight. suspended animation will be required for a trip like this and likely possible in the not too distant future (100 yrs?).

so it doesn't really matter so much if it takes 13.3 yrs or 100 yrs.

the hardest part will be that people don't do well at funding and executing projects that last more than a life time. the organizations and countries and people that launch these missions will be long gone by the time the crew arrives. there's a high chance they won't even know the mission existed and will not have the (ancient) equipment to communicate with the crew.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.