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Comment It is called nitpicking. (Score 1) 438

Take a look at Les Misérables. The film is goes south very quickly at the end.
After Jean Valjean becomes wealthy why did he become mayor? He was still a wanted man after all. That was a stupid risk to take.
Why after escaping and saving Cosette why did he still stay in France? He seemed to have access to much wealth so why not go to Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, or Canada? I mean how stupid was this man?
Simple... It would have made for a terrible story.
Most if not all the "errors" in Gravity were to make a good story.

Comment Re:what about the data format? (Score 1) 204

Well probably the first step would be to create a rosetta stone for them. Encrypt something that will probably be around for for a very long time in multiple languages. I would suggest three religious texts the bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita.
Follow those by various texts on language, science, math, and history.
Next I would document all the data formats used in the rest of the data.
Then I would include things like all the patents and so forth.
Then store copies of all the data in lots of places. Places like monasteries, castles, forts, national parks, the dry valleys of Antarctica, the tops of the highest non-volcanic mountains of each continent, the Atacama Desert, the great pyramids, several of the Mesoamerican pyramids, Stonehenge, and finally Ísafjörður and Neskaupstaður Iceland. The last two are near the mid atlantic ridge but not near active volcanoes. With the seabed spreading at the mid atlantic ridge that land should be around the longest. Maybe it should be an ongoing project. Every 100 years each of the data stores gets updated.

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Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops 182

Lucas123 writes "This past week at Ft. Benning, weaponized robot prototypes from four robotics companies — Northrop Grumman, HDT Robotics, iRobot Corp. and QinetiQ — demonstrated their abilities to traverse rugged terrain, fire machine guns and take out pop-up targets from a distance of 150 meters. 'They're not just tools, but members of the squad. That's the goal,' said Lt. Col. Willie Smith, chief of Unmanned Ground Vehicles at Fort Benning. For example, the Northrup Grumman's CaMEL (Carry-all Mechanized Equipment Landrover) can run for 24 hours on three-and-a-half gallons of fuel, and can be equipped with a grenade launcher, an automatic weapon and anti-tank missiles. The CaMEL also can identify targets from three-and-a-half kilometers away, using a daylight telescope or thermal imaging. The robots have also demonstrated their ability to be air dropped behind enemy lines or into remote terrain."

Comment Re:"hawkguy is at nycc" vs. their lies. abused acc (Score 2) 150

NYCC's mistake was to jump ahead to what they'd be able to get away with in a few years. If they'd kept the tweets "benign (and true)" as you suggest, people would've squawked briefly, but gotten over it and accepted it as "the new normal" for businesses to tweet bland ads in their feed. (One step beyond what Facebook already does with their "Ray Morris likes Starbucks" ads.) Then, in 2 or 3 years, when the ads started to get more huckstery and misleading, they'd probably get away with that too. The secret to boiling a live frog is to turn the temperature up slowly.

Comment Re:JIT Education (Score 1) 745

You forgot to mention that we will default this month. And while I can't tell you how people will recover from it, I'm fairly certain that the future of the United States of America will no longer be "united". Old Glory is about to get a change in star count sooner than we all think.

Comment Re:yep...practically 'never' (Score 1) 472

Even assuming that the technology becomes good enough for it to be safe and practical, "most" is going to require more than half of the current driving population to retire from commanding an individual motor car. There will be exceptions in both directions (older early-adopters and young luddites), but in general, people who've learned to operate a vehicle themselves just aren't going to feel comfortable letting a computer do it. It won't be until at least half of the car owners on the road are people who've just always done it that way and see it as "normal" that they'll outnumber the rest of us.

Comment Re:transcranial direct current stimulation (Score 1) 291

Shock therapy. Nice... Not that I'm against it. In fact, I heard it does wonders for depression (it's actually quite safe unlike what Hollywood portrays it to be) . But no, I'd rather be monitored by a professional that do this to myself. Last thing I'd want is to trigger some form of epilepsy that I never knew I had.

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