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Comment From recent experience, robotic pizza a nonstarter (Score 1) 208

I have not eaten pizza for quite a period, however, just in the past several weeks I have been introduced to pizza with tastes markedly superior found at the even good local pizzerias I patronized in the past.

The first was a pretty small chain that had a crust that had a taste and consistency new to me. Moreover, I found it superior to previous experience. The store was just out side of D.C. and the pricing was in the premium range for a slice. But it was worth it [perhaps unfairly assessed, in neither case did I pick up the bill].

The second might not be a chain or franchise operation at all, but it was even better than the one described above. Here one walks through a line with an individual preparing a custom created pizza to your choices of flour, sauce, cheese, toppings: vegetables and meats along with a selection of final touches after baking. For those skewing to the mass market versions, robotic pizzas will suffice and probably win on price. However, for those with a more functional palate higher quality particularly when combined with personal choice will win out. Nonetheless, the latter will sadly be the smaller market albeit perhaps the more profitable. [This time I paid the entire bill and I look forward to a return visit.]

Comment AI may be our only gift to the future. (Score 1) 417

I wonder, we may not have any other choice than to rush towards an autonomous AI entity. Otherwise with our patently psychotic tendencies for mass murder and destruction all other traces of humanity could potentially disappear. One need only look at our tepid response to too visible emergencies (other than our self serving fear) to the on going medical crisis (e.g. Ebola, drug resistant bacteria, self inflicted bad food / drugs ...choices ) and climate change to perceive that AI could well arrive too late to destroy humanity.

Perhaps it will be wiser than we have been.

Comment Re:Still a niche company barred from your state? (Score 1) 111

Look how many supposed supporters of unbridled capitalism, opt to impose state rules making entry nearly impossible via compliant state legislative acts. Could, just by chance, your state allow sales only through dealerships? If so that might partially explain your not seeing them, I know it took a very long time before hybrids were common in this area.

Also could the implicit antipathy be due to its association with belief that climate change is both real and mostly due to human sources?

Comment Re:Maybe your logic is wrong...Like insanely wrong (Score 1) 83

    • I am astounded of your ignorance of Americans, when I know you should be saying U.S.A.(ians).
    • However, you are to be excused, because we know we really are the only Americans that count.
    • Furthermore, we know the Earth is the Center of the Universe and the U.S. of A. acts as its bull's eye.
    • Moreover, we know that scientists are feeding us phony facts. Who cares if some third world contiries are flooded out - it's God's will or it would not happen.
    • Another fact, unlike the ignorance shown by all those not living in this World leading bastion of Freedom we knell to no one. We might bow a little to finance another war, but we are doing it for you and a bit of oil to lubricate our economy.
    • Finally, where else would you find the honesty of our political parties? We once had a party called the Know Nothings and we are proud of it and its a principle we stick to.
    • Now that should correct your ignorance.of us and the U.S. of A.

Comment Re:Headline is wrong. (Score 2) 122

Agreed, the number I heard on CNBC was Tesla saying they would deliver 60K while the production rate would reach 100K* at the end of the year.

* Slightly below 100K, since the number quoted was 1,900 per week, which for the 52 weeks comes to 98.8K. This presumes no down time (weeks) or other unexpected production delays / stoppage due to unexpected causes.

Comment Many of the comparisons to other systems are bogus (Score 1) 162

NYC system has a 24 hour schedule, the last I heard.

I think even the London may operate more hours than does the Hong Kong system (the link I found on service hours for H.K. was imprecise, i.e. [approx.] early morning to late at night every day of the year], which at worse comes close to the London hours of service.

Both NYC and London systems are both near one hundred or more years older, which means they are more maintenance intensive. Moreover, the former (and presumably the latter) are comprised of an amalgam of irrationally constructed competing systems that have been only partially made a more rational whole by closures, by new construction and by attempts to connect lines.

I know this does not address the supposed A.I. aspect, but a system built much later has advantages in the tools they employ.

Comment Re:Red state (Score 2) 470

To cite a Fox News site as you hurl the acusation that the other party is ignorant and needs to be educated implies you are the one with deficiencies that will not be remedied by any call to reason or logic. Only a true true believer can give Fox News as a source that delivers unvarished truth . Thus, cease with the name calling unless and until you are willing tol stand behind your words with a real identity, even then do not expect rapture to follow.

Technology

Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."
The Internet

Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Technology

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."

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