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Comment I have always wondered... (Score 5, Interesting) 114

...how all the technical and scientific capabilities of humankind cannot develop an antibody for a particular virus, but our immune systems do it in a couple of days, no sweat. Or rather, possibly lots of sweat, but they do it. One would thing that it would be possible to replicate the process somehow.

Note: I understand that, in the case indicated in the article, it goes beyond that, offering some kind of general-purpose antibody, probably targeting parts of the virus cover that are more hidden, and usually don't mutate. But anyway. That we cannot design that peptide, and must rely on the blind watchmaker to find it for us, is a bit baffling.

Comment Re:They had backups right? (Score 1) 143

Of course, but you keep all your noxious code always in the stack, rendered inactive by a script that you bring in your USB stick, and manually execute every six months. Then when you are no longer there to execute the script...

Much safer than having to hack the network to delete things and leaving a trail and all that. Of course it's a lot of work, and perhaps your wife is right, and if you had used all that work for the benefit of your company, perhaps they wouldn't have fired you.

Comment Re:Wish list (Score 1) 220

I'm on a roll...

- If the phone part is too difficult, how about making a phone that can be inserted into the expansion bay, and then share everything with the laptop, like converting notifications to emails, etc. The screen of the phone could be seen from the outside even with the laptop closed, and could be used.

- I personally couldn't care less about the laptop being thin and stylish, and light as a feather.

Comment Wish list (Score 1) 220

- A physical switch that cuts power to the camera and microphone.
- Another one for WiFi
- Lots of ports. If it's a Linux laptop must be mainly for nerds, and we have lots of equipment and move in lots of different environments. I want to be able to connect to an old monitor if needed. How many ports? Start adding and when you reach the eSATA, you may stop.
- It should be a phone, with SIM and all that, and should run Android in parallel with Linux, for phone apps. Good integration would be nice.
-GPS, Bluetooth. I'ts a phone too, right?
- I should have control of the phone part, like being able to trick the phone part into thinking that it's in another location, things like that.
- Multi purpose dock with possible extra battery, extra disk, DVD, or more ports.
- Many possible disk, M.2, SATA, etc.
- Docking station connection.
- 8 cores, virtual machines are all the rage now, and they like cores.
- Lots of memory, see above.
- I personally couldn't care less about graphic performance, or graphic pixel density, as long as it's reasonable for working.

Comment The problem is not big enough for most people (Score 1) 301

Most people may not like having their phones perused, but they also don't mind terribly, and don't travel so often.

If you do mind, you already have two phones, one for home and one for traveling. That's a safer solution, even if you have to keep both updated.

The real problem will come when not having a Facebook account will make you lose your flight, marking you as a suspect element.

Comment Re:oracle all over again (Score 2) 123

Well, if you are operating in twenty different countries, SAP will keep your accounting rules adapted to the intricacies of each one, yearly as rules change in every contry. And then offer you a consolidated view of all your financials.

It's in fact the only solid reason I know for going SAP, but, as the decision makers are usually financial people, it works mightily.

Comment A robot tax is mainly unworkable (Score 1) 72

How do you calculate a tax rate for robots? Does a completely integrated robotic factory (in essence just a robot with thousands of actuators) pay the same tax than a kitchen aid? What about vehicles? If they are AI driven then it's a robot and must pay taxes? Will you have to pay taxes for your Roomba? What if the robot is controlled remotely by a powerful CPU? What if it's not a remote CPU but a cloud of processing power, and more power is used if the robot's decisions are harder to make? The list is endless.

If a transport company fires all drivers and substitutes them by robotic vehicles, it will make a lot more profits (presumably), and so pay a lot more taxes (presumably). It's simpler and more efficient to tax these extra profits than any robot tax you could devise.

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