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Comment Why wouldn't BB-8 become a lonely persons friend? (Score 1) 322

Why wouldn't BB-8 become a lonely persons friend?

Of course a sufficiently intelligent robot has the potential to become a humans friend. That's just about a no-brainer.

  My mother loves her dog more than some people love their child. She is devastated whenever the latest "Version" of her Yorkie dies - once every ~20 years - and quickly gets a new one, costs be damned. You should hear her talking to it.

Give a lonely fat nerd a sufficiently intelligent animee-cutie Android and of course he'd fall in love with it and have sex with it too. ... Heck, *I* would might even find that tempting even though I'm currently 90% fine with my love-life and the tango-hotties I regularly dance and sometimes do the hookie-pookie with are a strong source of envy to my buddies.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 5, Insightful) 667

Or just wait an hour or two for AdBlock's anti-AdBlock killer list to re-fix their site.

The advertisers need to understand that they really can't win this war - Even if it eventually comes down to letting every single ad and craptastic script on a page run in an invisible sandbox just to pass all their tests, we still won't watch the damned ads.

Find a revenue model that doesn't depend on pissing off your customers, or you deserve to go out of business. Really that simple.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 601

I'd expect drivers are slowing down because the road is less safe without the lines

You've just described virtually all "traffic-calming" techniques, in a nutshell.

Let's make roads narrower; let's add more curves to reduce visibility; let's have tall plants grow right up to the pavement so you can't see the deer; let's add random obstacles like rotaries-without-intersections; and now, let's take away the lines that let people know where and how many lanes exist!

All these will make traffic slow down, because they all make the road substantially more dangerous. You really want to make the road safer? 100% divided, with 100% gated fencing to keep kids and wildlife from wandering into the road. The rest of this just amounts to games, by nannies desperate to pretend that the real problem has anything to do with "speed" .

On the bright side, this suggestion at least does have one positive side-effect, no doubt totally unintentional: without lines, Everywhere becomes a passing zone.

Comment Goes to show: Have ICBM == get taken seriously. (Score 1) 286

As strange as it is, this does go to show that ICBMs + Nuclear are the equivalent of pulling out a live hand-granade at a meeting.
Guaranteed full attention by everyone present.

There are people who say that the Ukraines biggest mistake was giving up their ICBMs. ... As tough as it is to admit, I think there's some truth in there some where.

Comment ATTENTION: Editor shortend my question - here's th (Score 1) 269

German officials recently suggested to make all transactions larger than 5000 Euros illegal in cash. It's only a proposal, but definitely some back-room grey-suits machiavellian attempt to introduce the concept of ultimate transaction tracking in the long term. We all know how this goes. With all this and the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade.
Bitcoin is all the hype, but the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn't as anonymous as one would hope for â" you can track past transactions. Rumors of Bitcoin showing cracks are popping up and also there are quite a few alternatives out there. So I have some questions: Is getting into dealing with crypto currency worthwhile already? Is bitcoin a way to go or will it falter under wide use / become easyly trackable once NSA and the likes adopt their systems to doing exactly that?
What digital currency has the technical and mind-share potential to superceed bitcoin? Are there feasible cryptocurrencies that have the upsides of bitcoin (such as a mathematical limit to their amount) but are fully anonymous in transactions? What do the economists and digi-currency nerds here have to contribute on that? What are your experiences with handling and holding cryptocurrency? And does bitcoin own the market or is it still flexible enough for an technology upgrade? May the discussion begin ...

Comment Weak reasoning. (Score 4, Insightful) 460

Excepting cases of rape and incest, you chose to have sex, deal with it.

What if the partner was lying about contraception?

What if somebody wasn't educated on the consequences of sex?

What if the mother was brought up in an enslavement society that taught her from early childhood that women should to as they are told and spread their legs when told to? (Basically all societies on this planet until a few decades ago)

What if somebody was emotionally coned into getting a child and the abandoned by those just as responsible? (Mostly men abandoning women, except in societies that ensure guys don't chicken out and have more-or-less equal rights)

What if somebody is using a child as an excuse for a free ride and as a vector for irresponsible behaviour?

Aside from that, I'd like to hear from you if it's better to keep the child and have it born into misery and/or abadoned into foster care or rather ensure that someone who doesn't want to have a child or technically can't handle it can abort (up to a medical resonable point that is).

Bottom line: Your reasoning looks so neat and simple, but it has holes so big as to drive a mac truck through them. Ergo: Wrong. You should reconsider your maximes on this.

Comment The Age of Cyberpunk with its Corporate Socialism (Score 2) 186

We're headed deaper into the world of cyberpunk once more with all its hallmarks, including corporate socialism (corporates reap gain, citziens/taxpayers pay loss). TPP is just another step along the way. ... I wonder when there will be a counter movement. ... Right now everyone get's bored when I try to explain software and algorithm patents to them.Or they simply believe it doesn't exist.

Whatever happens, I want a cyberdeck and Kanedas bike from Akira. ... And a tank with a few clones of me so I don't grow old. :-)

Submission + - Is it time to seriously get into crypto-currency? And if so, which?

Qbertino writes: German officials recently suggested to make all transactions larger than 5000 Euros illegal in cash. It's only a proposal, but definitely some back-room grey-suits machiavellian attempt to introduce the concept of ultimate transaction tracking in the long term. We all know how this goes. With all this and the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I'm starting to wonder if it isn't time to get myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade.
Bitcoin is all the hype, but the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn't as anonymous as one would hope for — you can track past transactions. Rumors of Bitcoin showing cracks are popping up and also there are quite a few alternatives out there. So I have some questions: Is getting into dealing with crypto currency worthwhile already? Is bitcoin a way to go or will it falter under wide use / become easyly trackable once NSA and the likes adopt their systems to doing exactly that?
What digital currency has the technical and mind-share potential to superceed bitcoin? Are there feasible cryptocurrencies that have the upsides of bitcoin (such as a mathematical limit to their amount) but are fully anonymous in transactions? What do the economists and digi-currency nerds here have to contribute on that? What are your experiences with handling and holding cryptocurrency? And does bitcoin own the market or is it still flexible enough for an technology upgrade? May the discussion begin ...

Comment More curated content, more editors, more global (Score 1) 1838

I've been a Slashdotter since the 90ies and I still think it's one of the best examples of user-generated and user curated content in existance. The moderation system might be improvable but it is pretty good and does a useful job of filtering rubbish. And its way better than everything else out there.

That been said, slashdot has been thinning out lately, probably mostly due to social networks and such. I think this time is a good time to admit what slashdot is: an online news classic driven by it's community. A global (!!) community of digerati. I would whish for more editors (globally, remote ... like automattic, the WordPress company), more curated special articles by professional or semi-professional writers/online-journalist specifically written/made for slashdot and a more global and globalised feel to slashdot. WE are the bridgehead of digital globalisation - it shouldshow in our favorite online medium.

I'm confident that slashdot could become a news-brand in itself and stand the test of time and survive the social media onslaught - slashdot justpart-time improve on the things it's good at and extend on those.

I've written books of content and comments on slashdot - if there were a possibility to write and publish essays and well-produced multimedia blurbs, perhaps with a global part-time virtual editing departement, that would becool and definitely bring slashdot forward and revive it again.

My 2 cents.

Submission + - Dutch police trains bald eagles to take out drones (Video)

Qbertino writes: Heise.de (German TFA) reports that the Dutch police is training raptor birds — bald eagles too — to take down drones. There's a video (narrated and interviewed in dutch) linked in TFA. It's a test phase and not yet determined if this is going real — concernes of the birds getting injured are amoung the counter-arguments against this course of action. This all is conducted by a company called "Guard from above" designing systems to prevent smugling via drones. TFA also mentions MTUs net-shooting quadcopter concept of a drone-predator.

Of course, there are also 'untrained' birds taking out quadcopters, as you might have seen already.

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