One slashdotter's sig sums it up nicely "The act of censorship is always worse than what is being censored. Always."
This sounds like an anti-pattern in programming. I wonder if the pattern/anti-pattern based design approach would work for politics.
If we meet aliens, they won't be flesh. They will be machines.
What, precisely, is the difference?
And anyway, what's the benefit of going metal over just tweaking the carbon to our liking? Think about it. If we go metal we throw away a vast life support system. If we stay squishy, we get to keep relying on an ecosystem that:
- Gathers and converts the most abundant energy in the solar system into a portable, stable, compact form.
- Produces the catalyst needed to unlock said chemical energy.
- Mines Carbon and other elements we rely on from the environment, putting it in easily absorbed forms right next to the energy molecules that we already spend time harvesting.
- Has built-in mechanisms for automatically concentrating said energy and nutrients into even more concentrated (if sometimes hard to catch) forms.
- Is easily manipulated into convenient arrangements.
- Recycles our waste products.
- Tunes itself to the environment, even if the environment changes.
- Does its own design and QA.
- Builds its own redundancy against design faults.
- Actually fixes its own design faults.
- Won't go Skylab on us.
Recreating all of that out of silicon and metal is...nontrivial. Delving into our genetic code to fix the stuff we don't like seems like a far more productive use of our time.
Read that again, 500,000.
German immigrants aren't the problem.
It's not racism, it's reality.
even if this system could detect the bullet the instant it was fired and then somehow compute it's exact trajectory in that same instant and then figure out how the target must move to avoid it, do you really think it would be physically possible for a person to move fast enough to dodge not one but multiple shots in that kind of time frame?
And how could that suit possibly find out about the velocity of his car? However, don't let us forget that this seems to be an absolutely new technology. Give it twenty years and it will be usable.
Use less energy.
That's so stupid. We have so much energy out there. Why should we use less? We need to advance our technologies to gain more energy out of the sources we already have.
Don't ask me why I would time something so stupid in my day to day life, but I pride myself at quick withdrawals. Wait a minute...
Me too. Because I get sick each time I see someone using the device for at least 5 minutes.
How about you just do your job?
It's not about that we'll do it, it's about the fact that we'd like to be able to do it.
What it really means: This would be good for girlfriends wanting to know where their boyfriends are [..]
Hehe nice! But this would also give me the perfect excuse. I would reverse engineer my GPS device and let it send bogus data!
Fine, then please check Google Maps if you don't believe me!