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Comment Re:A purpose for Google Glass? (Score 1) 80

You're absolutely right, but the two systems could work together to increase transcription accuracy. I can hear perfectly well, but it still helps me to watch a speaker's mouth when I'm trying to understand them in a noisy environment. And yes, this would be awesome as a tool for the deaf and for live language translation, but it would also be useful in auto closed-captioning of video.

Comment Re:Crop spraying by UAVs (drones) (Score 1) 278

Yes, exactly. It won't be long before we have cheap robots that can work 24/7 and recharge themselves like Roombas. They can be constantly measuring soil properties, pulling weeds, killing individual pests and constantly update a map of the individual state of ripeness of everything on the farm. This will allow some very intensive use of the land, including no-till agriculture, interspersing complementary crops to minimize soil damage, etc. Basically the robots will have the luxury of babying every square meter of land so that it is maximally productive. I can even imagine that with enough crop species growing together, farms of the future could start looking more like wilderness and might actually be nice to hike through.

Comment Re:Food supply for bats (Score 1) 470

I would love not having them around, however be aware that mosquitos are a staple for bats.

Oh yeah? What bats? What percentage of their calorie intake consists mosquitoes? I know you didn't actually look this up before you posted, because then you never would have said what you said. Just because you don't know the research doesn't mean you get to just make up facts. Get used to the fact that lots of science happens without your awareness. Maybe you should pay attention to more of it.

Comment Re: Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 0) 470

Alright Dr. Smartypants, I think it's time you drop some of that "knowledge about nature" you claim the previous poster doesn't have. Just what did your condescending insightfulness discover will happen if we kill the disease-transmitting mosquito species? Are you also opposed to killing off the Guinea Worm for the same stupid reason? Polio? Just what animal relies on mosquitoes as its food supply? (I actually know the answer, which is why I know you're talking out of your ass, and you had better look it up before you make another moronic post.)

Comment Re:I did check the qoute (Score 1) 706

I think once the source is dead, the duty to protect the source becomes a lot less important. But it seems Assange now holds key evidence to what must be an on-going murder trial. He really should turn that over to the police and make an appropriately scrubbed version available to the public. If he cares about justice for this sources, this is what he will do. If his source really was murdered for leaking, and the perpetrators get away with it because Assange withheld key evidence, that adds to the danger of all the future whistleblowers. But if Assange contributes to catching the murderers, that should deter would-be murderers of future whistleblowerrs.

Comment Re:Given that the shuttle program... (Score 1) 237

Absolutely right. In Carter's position I would have made the same call, because I'm sure somebody at NASA would have convinced me that reusable must be inherently cheaper eventually, and that we need to go through these growing pains to debug the technology. But in hindsight it was the wrong call, and it set space exploration into a malaise from which is has not yet emerged.

Comment Verizon and international standards. Ha! (Score 1) 44

It seems that Verizon only talks about international standards when it's trying to impose its will on others. To actually follow global standards is another thing entirely. In the heady cash-by-forklift times of the early Iraq occupation, Verizon was almost given the contract to do Iraq's cellular network... in CDMA, of course. Nevermind that every other country in the region was GSM. I think this says a lot about how Verizon thinks about standards.

Comment 600 Americans emit 10,000 tons of CO2 per year (Score 2) 126

If the "upscaled" project sequesters 10,000 tons of CO2 every 2 years, that offsets the emissions of about 300 Americans. But there are lots more of us, and we're not even the biggest polluters. This will only start making a noticeable difference if it could be scaled up further, by a factor of one million.

Comment Every subject taught in school is too shallow (Score 4, Insightful) 369

Of course one computer science class is not sufficient to turn students into programmers. Their history class is also not going to make them into historians. After all, there is nobody forcing kids to search archives for original documents! By professional standards, everything taught in school is fluffy and watered down. Harel noticed that only now, and she's outraged?

Comment Re:Mobile Atom was a dead-end anyway (Score 1) 170

The big selling point for Atom is that it's almost as efficient as ARM but it runs REAL WINDOWS with all those x86 programs we love. What killed the market for Atom is that people aren't that eager to have Windows on portable devices. Intel went through contortions to implement all the x86 instructions on low-power chip, to support all the legacy software that's written for x86. But with iOS and Android, ARM seems to have all the apps that people want, and they just don't pine for the legacy stuff.

Comment Re:"Unlimited nights and weekends" (Score 1) 145

My usage is very similar (streaming, youtube, twitch), and in April I'm well past 600GB - actually, that's for two people in my apartment. To be fair, I do feel like I've been hogging bandwidth this month, and making it past 1TB seems unlikely with anything I do now, but if Twitch or Netflix started streaming in 4K, I'd be over that cap every month.

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