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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 Re:Mmmmm (Score 2) 45

They do, unless he patents something completely new that builds upon existing technoogy. Now some European patent offices have the tendency to rubber-stamp everything and have the courts sort out the prior art when somebody starts complaining, so there is actually a way he gets his patents approved and create a hurdle for small outfits. In any case, if there is indeed prior art, you can submit objections and proof of this prior art during the approval process.

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