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Comment Re:Metastability (Score 1) 156

I heard the lead on a Science Friday interview - he invited everybody in academia to come to his lab to learn the technique on how to make it, as he wants everybody working on the material. It sounds like they can fairly easily do it again, so I am surprised this article makes no note of that.

Well, "surprised" in that I pretend journalism doesn't exist just to sell ads.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 308

And we know that while warp drive might be possible, it's not feasible and we probably won't be seeing it in our lifetimes.

The technology advances are often far more gradual than we would expect (and hope), but no less transformative. Just think (if you're old enough) how life was before the Internet became ubiquitous. Has life radically changed since then? I wouldn't say it has, but many, many parts of our lives have changed radically, things we see and do every day, and mostly for the better.

I think AI is going to be the same. It's not going to manifest in the ways we commonly expect (e.g., computers you can converse with, etc.), but will come about gradually, with software getting smarter and smarter until things we commonly see, say 10-20 years from now, would have to fall under the definition of "A.I." even though it happened gradually enough that it didn't occur to us... because we don't yet have HAL 9000.

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Tech Breakthroughs Take a Backseat in Upcoming Apple iPhone Launch (reuters.com) 102

Stephen Nellis, reporting for Reuters: The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years. Apple's relatively slow adoption of new features both reflects and reinforces the fact smartphone customers are holding onto their phones longer. Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen & Co, believes upwards of 40 percent of iPhones on the market are more than two years old, a historical high. That is a big reason why investors have driven Apple shares to an all-time high. There is pent-up demand for a new iPhone, even if it does not offer breakthrough technologies. It is not clear whether Apple deliberately held off on packing some of the new features into the current iPhone 7, which has been criticized for a lack of differentiation from its predecessor. Still, the development and roll-out of the anniversary iPhone suggest Apple's product strategy is driven less by technological innovation than by consumer upgrade cycles and Apple's own business and marketing needs.

Comment Re: All of this has happened before... (Score 1) 270

Every time I hear people bitch about windows 8/8.1/10, I shake my head. Win7 was good. Heck, it was my favorite version of Windows until 8 came out...it was better than Win2k Pro, but Win10 is better still. It's more stable, has less crufty old bits, less driver problems, less security problems, and generally causes me less headaches. Then again, I'm not most people.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 388

Teaching critical thinking in school can't stand up to the power of indoctrination by Mom, Dad, and God at home. Religious parents actively work to ensure that their children see them (and the church) as the only authoritative source of truth.

Way to paint with a broad brush. Catholic schools are full of the children of religious parents, and the instructors are usually priests and nuns. The nuns will kick your damned ass if you're intellectually lazy. Whenever I reflect on my education, I always thank Sister Catherine Joseph, one of my 6th grade teachers. She was a mean woman, and I hated her guts, but she was one of the best teachers I've ever known. She taught two subjects: Science and Religion, and she taught both of them rigorously, and well.

Never underestimate someone who believes they have been commanded by god to turn your child into a thinking, reasoning, well educated member of society.

Comment Re: Control vs. Security (Score 2) 121

An honest question, why does Google drop bugs about MS at or before 90 days, while giving Apple 1+ year to fix bugs in past. I'm arguing what position Google should take, but rather suggesting Google be uniform in the standard they apply to everyone. Whatever they do regarding OS X, iOS or the Linux kernel should be the same way they treat Windows and vis versa.

Comment Re: Never (Score 1) 369

I don't want government regulating guns at all. I don't want government regulation on business or wages or environment or healthcare. I want don't want federal income taxes, let's get rid of that amendment. I think electoral college protects minority interests, whereas popular vote BS would be mob rule. I only want federal government to secure borders (put military there instead of Irag or Germany) and deliver mail. I'm a libertarian.

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