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Comment: Re:Obviously not many biologists here at Slashdot (Score 1) 340

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: "X-Wing" style? (Score 1) 85

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.

Comment: Re:Let me get it straight (Score 3, Insightful) 112

by wonkey_monkey (#48424807) Attached to: Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

If a crafty person prints $20 bill on the printer, he is a criminal and a counterfeiter.

When central banks create money by simply changing the numbers in the computer, it is called quantitative easy.

Yes. That's how money works.

It's no less weird that we have rules like this than it is to agree that little bits of paper are worth anything at all in the first place.

Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl. -- Mike Adams