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Comment: Re:Obviously not many biologists here at Slashdot (Score 1) 361

It is obvious to the extreme that computers don't think, and aren't aware of anything.

Why is it obvious?

Also, "don't" does not mean "never will."

An amoeba is aware of its surroundings because it is alive.

For a particular definition of "aware" which seems rather circular, perhaps. Is a robot which can hear the name of an object being spoken, identify that object within it's visual field and pick it up with a robot hand aware of its surroundings? It's certainly capable of acting as if it is aware - and taken to an extreme, that's about all I can really say about other people.

Comment: The problem with exponential growth... (Score 1) 361

by tyme (#48446919) Attached to: Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

is the constants. If your process doubles in the measured quantity in 20 days then you have something that might be worth worrying about (assuming that it won't hit some other limit, so long as that limit isn't you), but if it doubles in 20 years you have some time to consider and prepare. Whenever I see talk about the singularity it seems like the growth people are talking about either has a very short doubling period (which it probably doesn't) or the growth is actually super-exponential (the doubling period itself is chchanging with time).

In either case, innumeracy will be our downfall before the singularity gets us.

Comment: "X-Wing" style? (Score 1) 89

Grid fins are stowed on ascent and then deploy on reentry for "x-wing" style control.

X-Wings fly like planes in an atmosphere (come to think of it, they fly like planes in space too). They don't drop vertically and use the wings to steer. So, what's this got to do with X-Wings?

Comment: Re:Unnatural aspect ratio (Score 1) 311

by wonkey_monkey (#48441393) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

In fact, I'm a bit surprised that Philips Ultra Wide monitors didn't catch on as they're even better for our eyes than the 16:9

What makes you say that? Why should wider than 16:9 necessarily be "better" for our eyes?

I thought that 16:9 was chosen as the widescreen standard (partially) because it was close to our "natural" viewing range.

the movies at the theatre are much wider and when you get it on a DVD or Blu-Ray/streaming etc

Movies are almost always released on DVD/Blu-ray at the same aspect ratio they were in at the cinema.

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...