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Comment Re:Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 370

I'm impressed with people who see the absurd level of technological advancement humanity pulled off in mere 400 years of the scientific method, and think "gee, we'll never surpass nature's trial and error process!!!"

Come on. Unless you think in Biblical time scales, what we did so far was many, MANY orders of magnitude faster than nature managed to do in any equivalent time frame. Human engineering is astoundingly fast. We fly over nature's rate of problem solving. 400 years and we're on the brink of creating artificial brains. Whether it takes us 40 years or 400 more, it's still an eye blink compared to the alternative.

And afterwards things will accelerate even more.

Comment Re:Default yes is a bad idea (Score 1) 445

Whether you agree with a particular faith or not, there are some that strongly oppose organ donation and even autopsies. They should still be respected.

I'm gonna have to disagree there. If you place more value on a sack of meat that's just going to rot in the ground than saving another person's life, your opinion should not be respected.

Giving people some kind of monetary compensation for rights to their corpse both sets a dangerous precedent and is stupid -- $5 every five years is a pittance. I'm willing to respect a person choosing what happens to their own body after they're dead, but if they haven't expressed any preference, letting living people die because of their families' religion is absurd.

Comment Re:Asking the wrong question (Score 1) 370

It's simple. Do you know how, once we applied human brain power over the problem of flying we managed, in a matter of decades, to become better at flying than nature ever did in hundreds of millions of years of natural selection? Well, what do you think will happen now that we're focused on making AI better than brains? As in, better than any brains, including ours?

AI is catching up to human abilities. There's still a way to go, but breakthroughs are happening all the time. And as with flying, it won't take thousands of centuries of research and development until we make that happen. It'll take decades.

And once that happens, bye, bye, relevance of human brains for problem solving. AI will have solved it before you managed to articulate the problem.

Comment Re:As if this is new (Score 4, Insightful) 370

The problem is that AI is becoming faster at learning the new job opportunities than people are, thereby gulping them before people even were there to be replaced. And this speed is growing. You cannot beat an exponential growth with a linear one, or even with just slightly slower growing exponential one.

Comment Re:I hope those in power learned (Score 1) 442

Take a look at the county breakdown map where 90% shows Trump winning. Tell me we don't need the electoral college.

If you believe that the amount of land somebody owns should make their vote worth more, then sure, we need the electoral college. It sure is doing exactly what it was intended to do.

It's a shame we don't live in a country where each person's vote is worth the same as everybody else's.

Comment Re:That sounds good to me (Score 1) 158

A few hosts offer pay-as-you-go models for both storage, CPU usage and bandwidth so you can host anything you want and pay almost nothing or a lot, but still something fair. One I like a lot, targeting technical folk in particular (no wizards for anything: you get a shell account, a BSD jail, an SSH account, and move from there) is NearlyFreeSpeech.net. As the name implies they also have almost no content restriction, the only one being that it must be legal under US law.

I guess I should point out I have no relationship with them other than the fact I host a few Wordpress sites with them.

Comment Re:Visual Studio C++ equivalent? (Score 1) 137

Then again, although eclipse has java in its name

... No it doesn't. If you're going to try to make a useless semantic argument, at least get your semantics right.

Eclipse works fine...

If you don't mind massive memory consumption, painfully slow auto-completion, random crashes, and awful CMake support, sure. Have you ever actually used CLion or Qt Creator?

Comment Re:Visual Studio C++ equivalent? (Score 1) 137

If you're willing to pay money for an IDE, CLion is fantastic.

If you're not willing to pay money, Qt Creator is also pretty good, and despite having "Qt" in the name it is perfectly good at working on non-Qt projects.

Anybody who tells you to use Eclipse can't be trusted.

Comment Re: I'm going to make a prediction (Score 1) 230

Where is the end product? Why isn't it available?

Because it costs several billion dollars to create the whole infrastructure needed to make any of these things at an industrial scale, while the infrastructure for Li-Ion one is already in place and can be cheaply adapted to new improvements on the already proven technology. Besides, Li-Ion has the "advantage" of forced obsolescence, requiring user to purchase new ones for their devices every few years.

Down the line it might be worth it to invest in these new technologies, particularly if some new technology appears that requires such massive power densities and speeds and there's huge demand for it, as was the case with electric cars and the new battery tech they require. Right now however the economics of scale, coupled with the potential lower long term profits, don't favor investing in it.

Comment Re: My Apologies (Score 1) 174

It sounds like you're not actually very familiar with Steam. There are many >20 year old games on it. Off the top of my head, King's Quest came out in 1984, so there's a 32 year old game.

But your real problem is with DRM, not digital distribution in general. That's a valid concern, but there are mitigating factors there -- it's optional on Steam and many publishers don't actually include DRM in their games, and you can buy from non-Steam retailers like GOG that don't allow DRM at all.

But that's all beside the point that, even if you don't like DRM, physical distribution of PC games is dead. That's not an opinion.

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