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Comment Re:Scientific Reports (Score -1) 121

“I have documents showing that the CIA invented the whole thing,” claims Edward Snowden. “Global Warming was invented to both scare people, and divert their attention from other human-made dangers like nuclear weapons. The CIA gave millions of dollars to any scientist who would confirm the theory, so many unscrupulous scientists did what they were told in order to get the money. Now, there is so much fake data to confirm that Global Warming “exists”, that they actually convinced everyone that it was real.”

Comment Re:I like the quotes (Score 0) 121

I mean, even if you're trying to play scare quotes, putting quotes around "multiple"? Really?

Because there were only 2, but Mann said it was "multiple". 2 is a multiple, isn't it?

Cuccinelli asked to see the measurements, but when he asked Mann just said "sue me". UVA students held a midnight vigil to honor the vaginally scanned.

Comment Re:Machines replacing bank tellers? (Score 1) 268

everyone to race to the bottom instead of having the ability (and the financial wherewithal) to be individuals

- yeah, I don't want any single person to benefit from any oppression of any other single person out there. Not one should be oppressed to provide anything to any one. To actually *earn* to be an individual is quite different from thinking you are an 'individual' because somebody was oppressed to provide you with this so called 'individuality'.

Whatever you said doesn't matter to me one single bit, I look at what you write here and I know exactly what sort of a monstrous prick I am dealing with.

Comment His Personal Business (Score 1) 1

This really is a shame. Whatever goes on behind closed doors between consenting adults is their business. Has any of this bled over into his professional life? It seems not. And yet, the Social Justice Warriors have come out to destroy someone's career for no reason other than to virtue signal. Pathetic.

Comment Re:And then there was Kinect (Score 1) 85

If that was their only problem, they could have recovered more easily. But they also had:
- $100 higher price to cover the cost of Kinect -- a device few wanted

Devil's Advocate: Microsoft thought (well, logically) that they could try and gain share by stealing some thunder from Nintendo (the Kinect was aimed at the Wii, not the PlayStation.) It made sense because the Wii ate Sony *and* Microsoft's lunch in raw sales (in spite of not doing HD, having a DVD-R that couldn't play a movie DVD, shit resolution, shit sound, etc...)

No arguments against the rest, though.

Comment Full article (Score -1, Troll) 99

Ok, so neither of those links were included in the summary when this was posted, but here is the full article:

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers
Startup from CEO of Tesla and SpaceX aims to implant tiny electrodes in human brains
Neuralink is pursuing what Elon Musk calls 'neural lace' technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.
by ROLFE WINKLER
March 27, 2017 3:24 p.m. ET

Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren't ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines.

The founder and chief executive of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has launched another company called Neuralink Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. Neuralink is pursuing what Mr. Musk calls "neural lace" technology, implanting tiny brain electrodes that may one day upload and download thoughts.

Mr. Musk has taken an active role setting up the California-based company and may play a significant leadership role, according to people briefed on Neuralink's plans, a bold step for a father of five who already runs two technologically complex businesses.

Mr. Musk didn't respond to a request for comment. Max Hodak, who said he is a "member of the founding team," confirmed the company's existence and Mr. Musk's involvement. He described the company as "embryonic" and said plans are still in flux but declined to provide additional details. Mr. Hodak previously founded Transcriptic, a startup that provides robotic lab services accessible over the internet.

Mr. Musk, 45 years old, is part businessman, part futurist. He splits his time between Tesla, which is under pressure to deliver its $35,000 sedan on time, and SpaceX, which aims to launch a satellite-internet business and a rocket that can bring humans to Mars. He is also pushing development of a super high-speed train called Hyperloop.

Somewhere in his packed schedule, he has found time to start a neuroscience company that plans to develop cranial computers, most likely to treat intractable brain diseases first, but later to help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.

"If you assume any rate of advancement in [artificial intelligence], we will be left behind by a lot," he said at a conference last June.

The solution he proposed was a "direct cortical interface"--essentially a layer of artificial intelligence inside the brain--that could enable humans to reach higher levels of function.

Mr. Musk has teased that he is developing the technology himself. "Making progress [on neural lace]," he tweeted last August, "maybe something to announce in a few months." In January he tweeted that an announcement might be coming shortly.

He hasn't made an official announcement, but Neuralink registered in California as a "medical research" company last July.

Mr. Musk has discussed financing Neuralink primarily himself, including with capital borrowed against equity in his other companies, according to a person briefed on the plans.

Neuralink has also discussed a possible investment from Founders Fund, the venture firm started by Peter Thiel, with whom Mr. Musk co-founded payments company PayPal, according to people familiar with the matter.

In recent weeks, Neuralink hired leading academics in the field, according to another person familiar with the matter. They include Vanessa Tolosa, an engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an expert in flexible electrodes; Philip Sabes, a professor at the University of California in San Francisco, who studies how the brain controls movement; and Timothy Gardner, a professor at Boston University who is known for implanting tiny electrodes in the brains of finches to study how the birds sing.

Reached by phone, Dr. Gardner confirmed he is working for Neuralink, but declined to elaborate on its plans. Dr. Sabes declined to comment. Dr. Tolosa didn't respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear what sorts of products Neuralink might create, but people who have had discussions with the company describe a strategy similar to SpaceX and Tesla, where Mr. Musk developed new rocket and electric-car technologies, proved they work, and is now using them to pursue more ambitious projects.

These people say the first products could be advanced implants to treat intractable brain disorders like epilepsy or major depression, a market worth billions of dollars. Such implants would build on simpler electrodes already used to treat brain disorders like Parkinson's disease.

If Neuralink can prove the safety and efficacy of its technology and receive government approval, perhaps it then could move on to cosmetic brain surgeries to enhance cognitive function, these people say. Mr. Musk alluded to this possibility in his comments last June, describing how humans struggle to process and generate information as quickly as they absorb it.

"Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away," he said. "This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data."

Others pursuing the idea include Bryan Johnson, the founder of online payments company Braintree, who plans to pump $100 million into a startup called Kernel, which has 20 people and is pursuing a similar mission.

Mr. Johnson said he has spoken to Mr. Musk and that both companies want to build better neural interfaces, first to attack big diseases, and then to expand human potential.

Facebook Inc. has posted job ads for "brain-computer interface engineers" and other neuroscientists at its new secret projects division. And the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing $60 million over four years to develop implantable neural interface technology.

The technology faces several barriers. Scientists must find a safe, minimally invasive way to implant the electrodes, and a way to keep them stable in the brain. It also isn't yet possible to record the activity of millions of the brain's neurons to decode complex decisions, or distinguish when someone wants to eat a bowl of spaghetti or go to the bathroom.

Then there is persuading people to get elective brain surgery.

In comments published by Vanity Fair on Sunday, Mr. Musk said "for a meaningful partial-brain interface, I think we're roughly four or five years away."

If Mr. Musk indeed takes an active leadership role at Neuralink, that would raise more questions about his own personal bandwidth.

Tesla is building the largest battery factory on the planet to supply its forthcoming Model 3 electric vehicle, and it will need to produce hundreds of thousands of cars to meet its goal and justify its lofty market capitalization, which is approaching that of Ford Motor Co.
SpaceX has struggled to launch rockets fast enough to send satellites into orbit for its customers. Ultimately it wants to launch an internet-access business powered by more than 4,000 low-earth orbiting satellites, ferry space tourists to the moon and then bring astronauts to Mars.

Even so, Mr. Musk has proved many naysayers wrong. Traditional auto makers said he could never sell a popular electric car. Military-industrial graybeards scoffed at the idea he could even launch a rocket.

Write to Rolfe Winkler at rolfe.winkler@wsj.com

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 263

The serialized shows are a double edged sword. They might encourage me to stick with a series, but they also discourage me from starting one, especially if I don't start until Episode #5.

Indeed... and as a corollary, if episode #1 of a season totally turns me off or I decide that it's crap, I may just decide to not bother with the rest of the season. If I change my mind later and decide maybe to give it another shot, I'd immediately think 'why bother? I'd have to catch up first, and I'm not really sure if it's worth the time to do so.'

Best example I can think of is The Walking Dead, when they killed off a character at the end of last season that a huge chunk of viewers really liked, and they did it with a megaton of gratuitous violence. I'm willing to bet that AMC lost at least 10-15% of their viewership for the show right then and there, and most of them probably haven't come back.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 5, Insightful) 263

Hollywood hasn't had a new idea in decades.

You can thank the terms "Intellectual Property" and "Monetization" for that. Seriously - when creative works are locked-up tight in literal century-plus copyright term lengths, and are bought and sold like commodities under that condition? There's little wonder that Hollywood is trying to see some kind of ROI on the stuff they bought, as opposed to coming up with (or at least taking a risk on incorporating) original stuff.

Drop copyright term lengths back to 25 years (retroactively, BTW), and I bet you'll see Hollywood get their shit together again... because then they won't have a choice but to do so.

Comment Re:IN 1...2....3.... (Score 2) 154

It all looks the same on my IDE.

Spoken like someone who has never seen an H1b's code or just doesn't know what good code looks like.

I'm talking about the color of the text, not the quality of the code (which is variable).

PS: I've seen some mega-shit copypasta-outta-stack-exchange code come from guys paler than freshly-fallen snow, and I've seen code gorgeous enough to make a grown man cry come from guys who positively reek of curry, so that ain't it either.

Point is, race/culture has fuck-all to do with code - it's the quality that counts (and not just "holy shit it compiled!", either.) That's the metric you use when you decide who should write for you, and who should not. It is true that the low-bid stuff almost always has low-bid quality, but you get what you pay for... something the aforementioned megacorps haven't quite figured out yet.

Comment Re:IN 1...2....3.... (Score 3, Insightful) 154

....Waiting for the first chants of "Racist/Racism".....

These aren't a bunch of white guys...you can't take this way about them or their talents.....

What color is the skin on their code? It all looks the same on my IDE.

(and worse, it ain't the color brown that makes them attractive to megacorps - it's the color green.)

Submission + - Prominent Drupal and PHP dev kicked from the Drupal project over Gor beliefs (techcrunch.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal and PHP communities, “to leave the Drupal project.” Buytaert claims he did this "because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project.". A huge furor has erupted in response — not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield’s unconventional sex life. Buytaert made his post in response after Larry went public, outing himself to public opinion.

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