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Comment Re:no plans to allow software upgrades what autodr (Score 3, Insightful) 445

They'll fix dangerous bugs, same as they do now. It's called a product recall. On cars, it usually amounts to taking your car to the dealer and waiting while they replace a part. You won't get the software update that makes lane changes smoother on next year's model, but you'll get the bug fix for the issue where the car sometimes mistakes the ditch for the middle of the road.

Comment Re:There's prior art (Score 1) 199

No, see, this is different because it's on a social network now. Take all the patents that were granted in the past 20 years that were obvious but had 'on the internet' appended and start appending 'on a social network'. That'll be the next 10 years of crap patents.

Comment Re:Forward Looking Policy? (Score 5, Insightful) 473

You're counting the cost of construction of renewables, and ignoring the cost of mining and processing the uranium for the nukes. Unless you know of some 0-carbon mining process the idea that nuclear creates 0 carbon is BS. Wind and solar are actually 0-carbon once built. This is +5 interesting why?

Comment Re:summaery cubed: fusion is a waste of time (Score 3, Insightful) 138

We built the LHC, a massive expense, for no reason other than basic science. There is, to my knowledge, no goal for the LHC that will directly justify its cost, but we built it anyway because basic science is important. This is no different. Maybe it won't work, that's fine. But we'll learn something in trying, we'll have a better understanding of what it required, maybe we'll figure out some new materials to get us closer to a working reactor, maybe we'll just end up with a lot more data to examine. If we don't keep trying what do you think will drive the other technologies required for fusion? Saying we shouldn't do it because we could put the money elsewhere is just as dumb as saying we shouldn't explore Mars because people are starving in Africa.

Comment Re:Three T's my ass (Score 1) 157

I was more disturbed by the article and how the lady was just determined to hate her censor.

I didn't get that out of it at all. What I read was that she didn't want to be buddies with her censor. She understood that she would want to push back against the censorship at times, and that's a hell of a lot easier to do if you aren't going to meet up for dinner after work. You see the same thing in most companies. Development and QA aren't generally too close, or QA starts ignoring minor bugs rather than pestering Dev. Sales can cause huge problems if whoever is in charge of product requirements doesn't feel like they can say no to requests because they go golfing with the sales guy. That's not to say there isn't mutual respect and a common goal, just that the individual people need some professional detachment in order to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Comment Re:Church and Einstein (Score 1) 414

It's only unusual if you only consider it and Christianity. In fact, it would probably be more correct to say that the offshoots of Judaism are unusual for their interest in converting the masses and disliking nonbelievers. I've never known a Hindu to try to convert someone. Or a Buddhist. I've never met someone into Zoroastrianism or Confucianism, but I've never heard about them being pushy. I've talked to native Americans about their spiritual beliefs and they were happy to talk, but certainly didn't try to make me share their beliefs.

Comment Re:D-Wave might actually be legitimate (Score 5, Interesting) 73

That depends on the problem. I assume the CIA wants it for breaking encryption, which means they want it for factoring large numbers. That's a problem that is really hard for a normal computer to do, but really easy for it to verify. If factoring a 1024 bit number takes 10000 tries, and each try takes a second, you're still several orders of magnitude better than the current state of the art and you've rendered many of the current common encryption schemes useless.

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