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Comment Frightening thought (Score 5, Insightful) 202

It's a chilling thought that the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism is also pioneering drone and robotics technology. I guess some bright spark somewhere decided he can get around international law by just having the machines do the killing, because "there's no law against machines doing it, right?"

Most Americans turn around and say "what law are we breaking?". How about this one, from the UN General Assembly: "No State may use or encourage the use of economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights or to secure from it advantages of any kind. Also, no State shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive, terrorist, or armed activities directed towards the violent overthrow of the regime of another State, or interfere in civil strife in another State." Don't even get me started on "targeted killing" or "extrajudicial killing", which is just summary execution without trial. Even Goering got a trial. Even Eichmann got a trial. And then you have the nerve to call yourselves a "free country"? Wake up, people, put your shiny iPhones down.

Comment Re:HowTo (Score 1) 268

Nobody understands gravity but we're still capable of making highly accurate predictions of orbits of comets and asteroids far, far into the future. Not bad for something that's not "understood". If you want to be pedantic about it, no one understands subatomic particles or electromagnetic radiation, either. I mean, not really understands. Sigh.

Comment Re:No PC yet (Score 0) 396

I'm a PC gamer and, nahh, it's not really my type of game anyway. I prefer something that requires a little more thought, like "Europa Universalis (IV)" or something. You won't see that on a console ever, the 12 years old would simply not understand what's going on (wait I press speed 4 and everything is exactly the same nothing is moving no one is shooting at me!).

Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 285

Banning LUA because it's a munition. I did not know that - rofl - but it sure sounds like America. Just ban a language. That has already been "exported" and has many programmers and companies perfectly adept in it. Please everyone, unlearn LUA now! Anyway I'm in Central America (Costa Rica) - I was just joking about the routers. But yeah good idea to stay as far away from American tainted merchandise as possible I guess.

Comment Re:Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (Score 1) 600

Math is a tool, nothing more. The universe doesn't give a damn about math - that's an abstract human model that happens to simplify things for us so we can understand abstract concepts. No, the universe follows its own set of rules and proportion, and we make math to describe it to ourselves.

Comment Re:hmmm.... (Score 1) 600

Yeah, it's like chemistry. Geometry, the actual shapes of molecules, sizes and charge distribution/volume of atoms, all of these affect chemical properties. We've gotten to the point where we can easily predict certain reactions merely by thinking a little about a given molecule. One day maybe we'll find out what's behind the geometry that's forcing the basic stuff of matter to fit together the way it does.

Comment Re:42 (Score 1) 600

Yes and no. If it's a machine then it's a very badly assembled, and shoddily coded machine. It keeps interrupting itself, it hardly ever stays focused on a task without a great deal of training, it produces irrational thoughts and sometimes even causes its host to act upon them. One advantage, however, is that it is capable of 100% never been seen before "creativity" once in a while, as well. Code me a machine that can do all that, and I will agree you have reproduced a human brain.

Comment Re:AMD multi-display problems (Score 1) 148

I understand, and it must be a PITA for you if you absolutely must have the latest tech, bugs and all. But the software and even firmware industry now have a policy of "release THEN patch". I've always thought this irresponsible since the trend started in the 80's (before that programs were usually shipped bug free and fully tested - of course they were simpler programs too). With the advent of the internet companies got even sloppier. I mean, who DOESN'T have an internet connection to download a patch nowadays? Sigh.

So while it's not unreasonable to insist on getting value for your money, it is unreasonable to assume that the software industry responsible for your drivers will change habits that have been entrenched for many years, just to keep you happy. Their answer will be "wait a couple months and there'll be a patch that addresses this issue".

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