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Comment Re:Unforseen? (Score 1) 108

I'm honestly struggling for what information you'd want to overlay over reality that you can't get quicker, easier and less obtrusively by just holding the same device in your hand and looking at it.

Wow, then you REALLY need to get a bit more imaginative. Big hint: don't just think of basic GPS, think about all possible sensory inputs to drive the AR data.

Here's a scary but entirely possible scenario in the near future: you hold up your phone and use the camera to scan the room. It automatically recognizes everyone you point at via facial recognition (Facebook already has something like 500M+ people's faces that it can use, and growing). That will tell you at *minimum* their name (which is highly useful in itself) and likely a lot more - possibly showing who in the group knows each other, whether they are married or dating, their musical or other tastes, political leanings, job, etc.

Less creepy but also useful, you could point at a business and it could instantly show you a detailed description, Yelp review, restaurant menu, hours, etc.

There ya go. And that took me a few minutes to come up with. I'm sure in an hour I could write a small book on potential AR ideas.

Comment So? (Score 4, Funny) 68

The chlorine-copper array is only stable in a clean vacuum and at 77 kelvin -- about the temperature of liquid nitrogen. Anything past that and heat will disrupt the organization of the atoms.

As someone who's been using dos/windows for the past 30 years or so.... THIS is the only problem you've got? Meh.

Comment Re:Now THAT is cool to know... apk (Score 5, Interesting) 96 If you want to see something mind blowing, watch that. The accent might be a bit difficult at times (obviously depending on what you're used to normally), but it's 17 minutes you'll want to spend doing the same thing over again. A couple minutes in it changes format a little and really puts us in our place.

Comment In other news... (Score 1) 255

One of Knightscope's corporate rivals in robotic security development, Omni Consumer Products, announced that it has had tremendous success with it's own product designed to assist in inner city law enforcement. In additional news, Omni Consumer Products thanked board member Mr. Kinney on his lifelong dedication to the company, and wished him a happy retirement.

Comment Re:It's how you define the 'utility function' (Score 1) 609

...and if the note i just wrote is true, the universe was formed by a 6 foot tall rabbit taking a shit. You're arguing that "if something is true," then it's the most important thing ever...except there has never, ever, in the history of mankind, even a shred of evidence, what-so-ever, that it's right. Ever. There is as much "far superior" truth in my 6 foot tall rabbit as there is for your judaeo-christian god.... the book you cite isn't knowledge, it's a dogmatic fantasy that's been a lodestone around the neck of humanity for 1600 years.

Comment Re:It's how you define the 'utility function' (Score 2) 609

Gay marriage/sex does nothing to perpetuate the species, therefore it is illogical to support it.

...and yet there are hundreds of higher species who exhibit same sex copulation on a regular basis. There is obviously an evolutionary mechanism at work that spans a very divergent set of organisms that are successful, therefor your analysis is at best myopic. If it served no advantage, it would not be so commonplace throughout the higher level animal kingdom.

Here again, because we don't know the how or why of something doesn't mean we need to fill in the blanks with complete and utter bullshit.

Comment the real problem (Score 1) 1010

Man there is a lot of fucking idiots on this thread.

The real problem here is that conservative politicians and mouth pieces have been lying like little bitches every time they've opened their mouth for years, preying on their fucking inbred base that couldn't find their ass with both hands and a map, and now that their lies have caught up to them the only way they can deal with it is to blame some giant conspiracy... which is ok, because that's all the capacity their fucking shrunk, ignorant, worthless fucked up brains can muster on a good day.

If the conservative base had any desire in the world other than to be lied to by the fucked in the head conservative politicians they elect, and the riechwing talk radio numbnuts, they wouldn't be so bent out of shape when reality steps up and slaps them in the face.

This whole bullshit thread simply reinforces the obvious: republicans are nothing more than reality challenged whiny little bitches.

Comment Re:planetary protection (Score 1) 131

Life has an interesting way of adapting. Sexual species spontaneously changing sexes to be able to reproduce; species around black smokers that have no use for us species constrained by that pesky dependence on photosynthesis; species that survive in environments that we never thought could support life.... there's too many creatures that live on the edge of what we believe is possible for me to discard the idea that something we send up there might find a better place to live than here, and that's the sentiment NASA has with some of these probes... hence the just-in-case crashing of that puppy.

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