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Comment Re:Cost of wings in space (Score 1) 70

What you thought that it doesn't cost anything to lift those very heavy wings into orbit? Do you think there are a lot of prepared runways on Mars or the Moon?

Even if there were, wings would be utterly useless due to the near non-existent athmosphere. Venus might work, otherwise not many places to go. Also, wings are not just mass but they're also drag otherwise they wouldn't be very good wings. But to be fair with the Space Shuttle designers they made something that can land and not parachute down as a capsule, that's not trivial. But the way SpaceX nails landings lately they should just install a rollercoaster deck on stage one, make sure the return arc crosses the 100km line to call yourself an astronaut and sell tickets to the wildest 8 minute ride you can get. It probably wouldn't cost "much", they lift nearly 100 tons to stage separation so a 100 kg person + chair = 0.1% = $60k or so. Life Insurance not included.

Comment Re:Curiously... (Score 1) 599

...none of them had an agenda to support Trump.

Supporting Trump is obvious, attacking his opponents is almost as obvious, supporting his opponents in ways that make them look like assholes is far less obvious.

The notion that they put $80k into this just suggests how little they expected of it.

It shows just how fucked America is right now economically that a mere $80k will buy you that much agitation.

Comment Re: The x86 PC and security. (Score 1) 213

Windows 98 was not appreciably more stable than Windows 95. I bluescreened it plenty. Windows 2000 is dramatically more stable than Windows 9x or NT4, which let's face it was a bit of a crapfest. 3.51 was much much better than 4 in terms of reliability, though I will concede that its 2GB filesystem limit meant that there was really no choice but to upgrade.

Comment Re: The x86 PC and security. (Score 1) 213

"Then came the Win95 era", and the Pentiums, and id Software, and 3DFX, and Sound Blaster.
And then it was all about what could run Windows the fastest.

I'd suggest that the watershed moment wasn't actually until Windows 2000 in the enterprise, or Windows XP on the consumer desktop. Before that, it still seemed like there was a point to [classic] MacOS, for example, and the Unix workstations were still more powerful than a PC.

Comment Re:wtf? (Score 1) 335

These people apparently only considered the possibility that large people would be discriminated against. It never occurred to their prejudiced little minds that some people are interested in seeking bigger people to date.

They know damned well that some people are interested in that. However, the feature is way more likely to be used first to exclude fat people, second to find fat people to fetishize and treat like a fat fuck doll, and only third because someone just happens to prefer fat people.

However, it's also a truth in advertising feature, and if nobody is forcing you to accurately select your body type, no one is being harmed against their will. So waaaaah. Which, frankly, is how most of these discussions should go.

Comment Re:How do you stop them? (Score 1) 105

There really should be big fines on this sort of irresponsible collection of sensitive data.

This would have an unintended consequence of giving companies an even greater incentive to cover up security breaches. They only have to pay the fine if they get caught.

Make the fine ten times larger if they don't come forth in a timely fashion and admit it themselves. Hand 1/10 of the fine to the whistleblower.

Comment Re:Fragmentation is not a good thing (Score 4, Interesting) 76

Well project Treble is supposed to make it so that they can update Android separate from the vendor implementation, from what I understand one side effect is that all phones could run stock Android. Whether vendors will let you is another story, but hopefully at least now you'll get timely and long lasting updates.

Comment Re:So basically Intel is SkyNet.. (Score 1) 43

1. By far most game AIs are not "learning" in any sense of the word and since learning is essential to intelligence calling it AI is really a misnomer. They do what they do, when you've found a flaw in the algorithms you can just exploit it over and over again and it'll never change or improve.
2. There's no such thing as "perfect play" in any game more complex than tic-tac-toe. Even chess computers only do "good enough".
3. Cheating is orthogonal to AI, there's nothing inherent to AI about "use information the player doesn't normally have".

The main reason we don't use machine learning is that it's bloody hard. If that was easy, we'd just bog it down with disadvantages until it was a good match.

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