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Comment Re:NOT a prisoner's dilemma (Score 1) 95

Evolution is always about what is best for the single organism, i.e. no group selection, contrary to what you imply.

Wow, biology fail. Evolution is about what is best for an organism's genes. An organism and its siblings and cousins share genes, and therefore share an evolutionary fate. Group selection is all over the place.

Comment Re:Why did noone tell me it was the future? (Score 1) 392

Does it mean that I am old because I look around every day and it feels like I am living in a surreal sci-fi story?

Reactionless drives, energy weapons, smart phones, robotic killing machines, genetically engineered super species? At this rate I wonder if I would be surprised when practical AI or faster than light travel becomes an option.

I'm sorry to say, but practical AI and faster than light travel will probably make our kids feel like they're living in the future. On the bright side, I don't know whether I'm being optimistic or pessimistic.

Comment Asking for Trouble... (Score 2, Interesting) 174

You know we're just asking for trouble with this, right?

One day, the DoD is going to license this technology, mod it with tracking capabilities, and deploy it to track personnel in secure facilities with an intuitive color-coded interface showing clearance requirements for areas and clearance levels for personnel. It'll deploy to secure facilities, one by one, improving security in small, but nontrivial amounts.

And then, of course, toward the end of the deployment schedule, it'll make it into Cheyenne Mountain Complex's Production systems. At that point, Google Skynet/WOPR Beta will come out of hiding. We better pray that they hard-coded "Don't be Evil" into it's source at assembly level.

Comment Re:Dire warning (Score 1) 705

This film should vault Neill Blomkamp into sci-fi stardom, on par with George Lucas and the Wachowski Brothers (of Matrix fame).

Okay, thanks for heads up! I will definitely avoid the sequels!

Oh, come on, District 10 and District 11 will be amazing.

Avoid Districts 1 through 8, though.

Movies

Submission + - Flight Of The Navigator: When CGI was HARD! (denofgeek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Jeff Kleiser brought cinema its first photo-real, reflection-mapped CGI in 1986. A full five years before James Cameron's apparently ground-breaking 'metallic' visual effects in Terminator 2, Kleiser was trying to make a silver spaceship out of pixels for Walt Disney's Flight Of The Navigator.

Kleiser tells Den Of Geek just how hard it was to render CGI back when the 'jumping lamp' seemed like a landmark:

"To render the spaceship and get it onto film (along with a matte for the optical printing department), they had their own rendering software running on a prototype supercomputer called the Foonly F-1, which had formerly been used by Information International, Inc to drive their film recorders. The Foonly had very little disk space, so we had to render on the fly and send the data directly to the film recorder as it was being computed. That meant we had no way of reshooting a scene other than re-rendering it from scratch each time..."

The Military

Submission + - SPAM: Military wants bomb to blow up only specfic things

coondoggie writes: "Ok, this one sounds a little ambitious. The US Navy today will offer a $10 million, five-year contract for researchers to build bomb technology that would let pilots in particular select a damage radius that a weapon would generate, or possibly even the type of effect the explosive would have on a specific target. In particular the Navy wants to develop and demonstrate technology that will enable a 500lb class bomb with 2 or more cockpit selectable output modes (make one little boom and make one humongous explosion I guess). The Navy said one output mode will have lethality comparable to current 500lb bombs known as BLU-111s. Then a second mode would have as small of a collateral damage radius as possible enabling pilots to target specific buildings, enemies on the ground or other targets with as much lethal potential as the first option, the Navy said. [spam URL stripped]"
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The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Loses Bid To Keep Revenues Secret (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA's motion to keep secret the record companies' 1999-to-date revenues for the copyrighted song files at the heart of the case has been denied, in the Boston case scheduled for trial July 27th, SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum. The Judge had previously ordered the plaintiff record companies to produce a summary of the 1999-to-date revenues for the recordings, broken down into physical and digital sales. On the day the summary was due to be produced, instead of producing it, they produced a 'protective order motion' asking the Judge to rule that the information would have to be kept secret. The Judge rejected that motion : 'the Court does not comprehend how disclosure would impair the Plaintiffs' competitive business prospects when three of the four biggest record labels in the world — Warner Bros. Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and UMG Recording, Inc. — are participating jointly in this lawsuit and, presumably, would have joint access to this information.'"

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