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Comment: Re:Environmentalists is why we still pump carbon (Score 1) 554

by war4peace (#48459351) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Wind and solar are unsuitable for base load due to variability

Sahara disagrees.
http://www.desertec.org/

Not a perfect solution but a start. There are issues with desert storms and keeping the panels clean (currently done with water, dry cleaning isn't quite there) but if you think about how cars were in the early 1900s... there's hope, to say the least.

Comment: Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (Score 1) 554

by war4peace (#48459273) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

We're not talking about billion dollar problems, that's a severe underestimation.
Climate fuck-up and possible extinction (yes, it CAN get there, albeit not in the next few centuries, hopefully) can't be counted in dollars. It's actually reaching an infinite amount in damages.
So yes, if a solution costs trillions, then so be it. Do you think it's a lot? What's the total USA debt?

Comment: Re:that's because (Score 1) 369

by war4peace (#48453169) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Japan's easy: Watch their shows; watch their ads; watch their music; watch their products. All, with very few exceptions, are way over the top.
China's really too big to be momolithic in this approach. It's a subcontinent by itself, to the extent that people from the North side don't speak the same language as those from the South, therefore one can't say "Chinese culture" without over-generalizing.
South Korea is gravitating toward extremes as well.

Comment: Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (Score 1) 434

Already, computers are waaay more powerful than human minds

In which way?
If a computer can make additions, subtractions, multiplications at 0.00001% of the time we're capable of, this doesn't mean they're more powerful. It only means they're more specialized in a very narrow activity. Yes, very narrow, since a human being uses a very tiny fraction of their time performing mathematical calculations.

Humans are way above machines when we're talking about performing various activities one after another without extensive downtimes spent reprogramming themselves.
Here's an example: get up, dance, write a 50-word paragraph about eggs, clap hands, take a shower, hum the national anthem, name 5 random objects presented to you, understand a joke someone's telling you, smell a flower.

The list could go on. Intelligence is not about doing one thing very fast, but about doing many different things well enough. And yes, this includes animal world as well.

Comment: Re:that's because (Score 4, Insightful) 369

by war4peace (#48445213) Attached to: Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

It's not about countries, it's about cultures.
Some cultures (e.g. Western European culture) favor more serious subjects versus others. Some others (e.g. Northern American) favor lighter subjects (unwind-type). Asian cultures apparently favor explosive feeling-related and augmentative headlines ("It's SUPER effective!"; "AMAZING performance!").

Nobody's to blame, really, except companies not doing their homeworks and trying to vomit their own culture-specific successes over other cultures and promptly failing.

Comment: Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (Score 1) 307

by war4peace (#48412607) Attached to: I'm most interested in robots that will...

None of those activities is a waste of time. Cleaning for obvious reasons, but playing MMOs for less obvious, yet equally important ones.
I play MMOs because they allow me to closely interact, in real time, with people around the world. I gravitate towards global guilds/clans/communities which feature people coming from various locations and with various backgrounds. I learned a lot about other countries and other people simply by playing together.

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