Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 813

technically design has to be performed by an intelligence

OK, generally fine, but what about programs that write (design) programs?

I couldn't figure out
Teleological, perhaps

"poor design" and "good design."
Somehow convincing, though '"poor design" by definition is intelligent' would sound odd.

Notice that these do not imply the presence or absence of intelligence.
This, as I see it, introduces an inconsistency if the former holds unless you allow an intelligence without intelligence.

The more I think about it, the more complicated this gets.


Comment Re:Terminology != Reality (Score 1) 292

Those of us under the age of 40 can conceptualize this "brave new world" quite well

I'd rather hypothesize that the ability to "conceptualize" is based on degree of education and ability to learning (think life long). Besides, "newromantic" would be a better adjective, as WE (hint: Semjatin) do more likely live in a more dystopian world.

Given that the idea of 'cyberspace' was coined in the mid 80ies and that a book on the history of networking was written as early as 1990 (The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide; John Quarterman), your age related statements have to be qualified as ignorant at best, if not discriminatory.


Comment Re:No. (Score 4, Informative) 292

But it's not 1993 anymore.

Just to put time into perspective.

Wikipedia:"The word "cyberspace" (from cybernetics and space) was coined by science fiction novelist and seminal cyberpunk author William Gibson in his 1982 story "Burning Chrome" and popularized by his 1984 novel Neuromancer."

That what we have today does in no way resemble what was envisioned then, thus the use of the term, to me, just denotes ignorance.


Comment Re:Barbara Streisand Effect? (Score 1) 700

Tesla being crybabies

You beat me to it.

For those who do not recall: "An English court has once again told Tesla Motors to take a hike and dismissed the automaker’s latest libel charge against the BBC, producer of the wildly popular (and equally irreverent) program Top Gear.

Tesla Motors sued the BBC in March, arguing Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear cohorts defamed the company by claiming the Roadster achieved a paltry 55 miles of range on the show’s test track. That is significantly less than the 200 miles or more Tesla claims for the car." ( )

Also interesting: "Tesla Motors' Devastating Design Problem"

Quote: "When a Tesla battery does reach total discharge, it cannot be recovered and must be entirely replaced. Unlike a normal car battery, the best-case replacement cost of the Tesla battery is currently at least $32,000, not including labor and taxes that can add thousands more to the cost." ( )

Not yet the time to buy one ... :)


Slashdot Top Deals

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.