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Comment Re:Things that do not require creativity for $100 (Score 1) 164

Figures that a guy named 'erroneus' would posit that human brain "errors" are the reason we're creative...

FWIW, I disagree. And I don't think either Answers.com or Reference.com quite hit it on the head, either. For example, what is the definition of "imaginative skill"? Sounds like Answers.com is pulling that one right out of their ass.
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Scientists Create Programmable Bacteria 117

wilmavanwyk writes "In research that further bridges the biological and digital world, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco have created bacteria that can be programmed like a computer. Researchers built 'logic gates' – the building blocks of a circuit – out of genes and put them into E. coli bacteria strains. The logic gates mimic digital processing and form the basis of computational communication between cells, according to synthetic biologist Christopher A. Voigt."

Comment Re:Idealist (Score 1) 120

For certain kinds of information, perhaps mostly of the civil kind, I would agree wholeheartedly. But we cannot simply say "information" like we intend to mean all information. We must qualify the statement, define the scope, or we're simply being too ambiguous...

Four-Star General John Example has just learned of some vital strategic or tactical information in an ongoing conflict. He has two obvious choices: He can keep this information secure and not tell everyone, for however long it takes, or, he can tell everyone and render his information useless.

Which one do you expect him to choose?

Comment Re:I, deal list (Score 1) 120

From Dictionary.com:
"hoard"
–verb (used without object)
3.
to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.

To hoard does not imply to never use.

And of course there are exceptions. This is the reason I called her an idealist in the first place. Idealists see no room for exceptions. They don't live in the real world where perfection is defined not as something with no flaws but as something with as few flaws as we can practicably achieve.

Comment Idealist (Score 1) 120

In TFA she is quoted as saying,

“Governments shouldn’t hoard information. The information is there and it belongs to the people,” she says. “Information and the manipulation of information is the key to power. Those who can control the information can influence society enormously. The more accurate the flow of information the more productive we can be.”

By her own logic, governments should hoard information, at least in the traditional sense, to keep it hidden from other national governments. Unless you think every nation in the word should have the same information as every other, then you agree with the general concept here.

And how exactly are governments supposed to not hoard information, keeping it hidden from even their own citizens, if they expect to be able to keep it hidden from other governments as well? I don't see how it's possible. Either the government hoards information and by necessity keeps some hidden from its people, or the government is completely transparent and every country in the world knows everything.

She's advocating an idealist point of view, one that is not tenable, at least not in terms of national security.

Comment Yeah? (Score 1) 449

Supposing this is true, how is it significant? Development and research will still be done on PC, workstation, cluster, or supercomputer, etc. None of which interface with a 4" screen and crap keyboard. And somehow I find it incredibly unimportant that someone who uses such methods has a smartphone for MS Outlook. Something tells me they collaborate with peers in a more... effective manner.

Maybe the only way this is important is if you're into the stock market and you time it right. Go short some Dell stock or something. That is, of course, if you don't think Dell is agile enough to join the new 'era'.

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