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Comment Re:Soon... (Score 2) 304

I'm with you on the lost tolerance for ads. Whenever I go to my parent's house they all they a kick out of how repulsed I am at the TV commercials.

As for telemarketers, especially for Time Warner who try ever few months to sell me a cable package I love pointing out how much of a ripoff it is. 'So you're telling me for $100 dollars a month I get to watch TV with 5 minute commercial breaks every 15 minutes? If I watch an 'hour long' TV show 15 minutes of my life was wasted on ads. And I have to pay for that?' I'm usually met with 'wow, yeah when you put it that way...um....have a nice day'

Comment Re:People need a real sense of PURPOSE. (Score 1) 1116

There's plenty of work to be done, just not enough jobs.

If there was a basic income...why NOT spend all your days planting flowers along the highways? Or tutoring children? Or hanging out with old people who no longer have any family?

A basic income could usher in a new CCC of sorts. A organized network of unpaid volunteer positions to help provide meaning, structure, and purpose into people's lives.

Education

The 'Human Computer' Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman (thedailybeast.com) 269

Reader bricko writes: The 'Human Computer' Behind the Moon Landing Was a black woman (video). She calculated the trajectory of man's first trip to the moon by hand, and was such an accurate mathematician that John Glenn asked her to double-check NASA's computers. To top it off, she did it all as a black woman in the 1950s and 60s, when women at NASA were not even invited to meetings. And you've probably never heard of her. Meet Katherine Johnson, the African American woman who earned the nickname 'the human computer' at NASA during its space race golden age.

Comment Network feedback (Score 2) 572

I wonder how much of this was caused by the intensity of the 'echo chamber' effect these sub-groups seem to exhibit. If they AI was supposed to be like a teen girl, they were thinking such echo chamber effects would be present in pop culture topics. While that may be true, it may be MORE true for these conspiracy/hate groups. Self-validation and isolation is pretty important for those groups. So any time anybody says '9/11 was an inside job' there are tons of retweets and 'hell yeah!' sorta remarks from within that group.

From an AI point of view, the two groups would be indistinguishable. It then would proceed to tweet stuff that would get the best response from its peer groups. Which would provide *more* of a following with validating comments...racist shit or some banal statement about Beiber?

Japan

16 US Ships That Aided In Operation Tomodachi Still Contaminated With Radiation (stripes.com) 170

mdsolar writes: Sixteen U.S. ships that participated in relief efforts after Japan's nuclear disaster five years ago remain contaminated with low levels of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, top Navy officials told Stars and Stripes. In all, 25 ships took part in Operation Tomadachi, the name given for the U.S. humanitarian aid operations after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011. The tsunami, whose waves reached runup heights of 130 feet, crippled the Fukushima plant, causing a nuclear meltdown. In the years since the crisis, the ships have undergone cleanup efforts, the Navy said, and 13 Navy and three Military Sealift Command vessels still have some signs of contamination, mostly to ventilation systems, main engines and generators. "The low levels of radioactivity that remain are in normally inaccessible areas that are controlled in accordance with stringent procedures," the Navy said in an email to Stars and Stripes. "Work in these areas occurs mainly during major maintenance availabilities and requires workers to follow strict safety procedures."

Comment Re: Sobering distance (Score 1) 193

I've thought about this a lot. Once a person/society goes 'relativistic' there's essentially no going back (at least to a recognizable land).

There could be other ships/societies that are also relativistic and you could potentially meet them somewhere in space-time. One ship goes 20% the speed of light and the other goes 15% to get to the same space at the same time.

How the relativistic societies would communicate is still somewhat of a pickle though, as there's be some pretty huge delays, even with the signals going the full speed of light.

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