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Comment Atlantic Currents (Score 5, Informative) 411

With that much fresh water being added to the North Atlantic, we ought to be talking about the health of the Atlantic Ocean currents that are energized by the temperature difference between equator and polar regions, and the deep water exchange, which is driven by the difference in salinization. Most important of these currents is the Gulf Stream. It stopped several hundred years ago, over the course of a single lifetime, and caused the Little Ice Age in Europe. I've already heard some reports about the speed of the current slowing. An awful lot depends on those currents, and we've heard nary a peep about the implications.

Comment Re:Why civil? (Score 3, Interesting) 606

Sure. Go ahead. Make corporations 100% people. Give them all of the rights they've been lusting after, and once they've grabbed that carrot, shut the door behind them and give them the responsibilities and the punishments as well. I fantasize about this sort of thing on my blog. This one launched a series:

Submission + - SPAM: Bullying, not in my schoolyard

An anonymous reader writes: Developing emotional intelligence in children will help irradicate bullying and Australian mother of eight says.
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Submission + - Military Drone attacks are not "hostile" (

sanzibar writes: Not satisfied with the legal conclusion of the DOJ, the Obama administration finds other in-house lawyers willing to declare a bomb dropped from a drone is not "hostile".

The strange conclusion has big implications in determining the Presidents compliance with the law. If drone strikes are in fact hostile and he continues his Libyan campaign past Sunday, he may very well be breaking the law.

Comment Cover (Score 1) 119

I would imagine that s group of some later version of the bird could fly cover for a single (remote or actual) piloted aircraft. That strategy would insinuate human judgement into the mission, while freeing the robots to do what they need to within those restrictions. Of course, hijacking the flight of robots would then require only gaining control over the piloted craft and changing the mission definition. When do we start seeing these things in movies?

Comment Be careful what you tell them, then (Score 1) 97

This has potential. They'll start teaching each other things, and pretty soon those robots will be sporting what some people might refer to as 'artificial' intelligence. Of course they might get a bit touchy [ ] about us calling them that, though. And at some point, the lies we tell them will come back [ ] to bite us. But hey, these are just stories. Fiction. Well, at least they were when I wrote them. Now I'm not so sure.

Comment Re:Any time you need to ask the question... (Score 2) 826

>>>> Nature didn't select for "non-competitiveness"

Actually, it does. Nature selects for survival, and that can be achieved by finding ways to avoid competing for the same resources. For example, staking out a different plot of ground, or an unoccupied tree, or eating your second-favorite food because you don't have to fight over it.


Submission + - Julian Assange Arrested, Threatens Leak (

healeyb writes: Julian Assange today turned himself into London authorities to submit to questions against a Swedish arrest warrant for charges involving sexual crimes. With intense international pressure forcing Assange out of hiding, it has been revealed that he has setup a reserve of information that supposedly has terribly damning evidence related to the BP oil disaster and Guantanamo Bay, amongst other things. In the event that he is permanently detained, censored or killed, this information will be released to the general public via a group of fellow hackers...

Comment Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (Score 1) 685

Not Tesla, Farnsworth. According to the time traveler from Westercon 100 that I met at the Seattle Westercon 50 Science Fiction Convention in 1997, Philo T. Farnsworth not only invented TV, but in 1927 he invented the time machine. If you don't believe me, ask Dr. Robert Forward; his grandson from the future was on some of the panels.

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Comment Re:Oh, just great (Score 1) 841

This sort of thing can be spun either way, so any attempt to investigate it further could be hazardous to the researchers and publishers. In fact, I explored the potential side-effects of doing so in one of the political short stories at my blog, called 'Forced Inquiry'. Pop the following into your browser and have look.


Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats 343

__roo writes "In a bizarre case of life imitates the Simpsons, New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own."

Texting On the Rise In the US 468

frontwave links to this stat-laden overview of trends in text-messaging among Americans, citing a few of its findings: "The average teen (even including teens without cell phones) sends and receives five times more text messages a day than a typical adult. A teen typically sends or receives 50 text messages a day, while the average adult sends or receives 10. Fully 31% of teens send more than 100 texts a day and 15% send more than 200 a day, while just 8% and 5% of adults send that many, respectively."

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