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Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 177

"but please can not use "kW" but use the correct "kW""
Heh, and you made the same mistake in trying to correct him :-D

I think it's some rule of slashdot that any post (particularly ones I make) that attempts
to correct a typo also have a typo...

But I didn't make the same mistake exactly, I typed the correct version twice.

Comment Re:Okay, but... (Score 1) 177


A fairly small thing, but please can not use "kW" but use the correct "kW".

Unit symbols are written in lower case letters except for liter and those units derived from the name of a person (m for meter, but W for watt, Pa for pascal, etc.).


Metric prefixes for 1000 and below are lower case.


Comment Re:Struggling to see a benefit (Score 1) 177

Seriously, how is this any better than working at your kitchen table?

If you're single, maybe slightly more chance of getting laid?

...a longhaired freelance astrophysicist, said that he had met two girlfriends (now exes), and his current roommate, via power-strip negotiations.


Comment Re:It's not even the racism or sexism... (Score 1) 179

Why would I store an address in Contacts if it's a one-shot? For example I'm going to ${CITY} on business and staying at ${HOTEL}. Why would I want to put ${HOTEL}'s address in contacts?

In my contacts I have a specific "one shot" entry, and when I need something for one-time usage, I just
overwrite with my the latest temporary entry.
Seems to work pretty well...

And isn't that comparable to being able to store in Uber?

Comment Re:It's not even the racism or sexism... (Score 1) 179

But the app wouldn't let me pre-save an address. So I had to write it down to type in to my phone later. Strike one.

For this surely the natural place to store an address is in contacts, isn't it?
Then you can select the address in contacts and choose "Uber" as the app. At least it works that way on my android phone.

For the rest, I've also recently started having problems with the app.
I made the mistake of updating the app just before I went on a business trip, and found Uber was only
intermittently working for me. (I had planned to rely on Uber, rather than renting a car which I'd previously done on similar trips.)
I find it amazing that they didn't test their app better before making changes when their whole business is centered on a working app.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 288

Self driving cars are another solution he has proposed to ease traffic congestion.

My suspicion is that self-driving cars will not ease traffic congestion at all, and may make it worse.
i.e. they won't reduce the number of car trips but could increase them.
Self-driving cars may reduce parking problems - which could therefore result in the increased car usage/congestion.

Comment Re:Not so innocent after all (Score 1) 176

Those stories about the wonderful life of those Native Americans kinda left out the fact that the Iroquois had to move because they stripped the local area completely bare.

As long as it's a moderately small area that's affected, and it regrows after the humans have moved to a new area allowing people to return again after some years, that's a perfectly sustainable approach.

Comment Libratus vs. DeepStack? (Score 2) 164

So, will Libratus play against DeepStack (from the University of Alberta etc.), which also claims to be able to beat professional level humans...?

DeepStack: Expert-Level Artificial Intelligence in No-Limit Poker

DeepStack becomes the first computer program to beat professional poker players in heads-up no-limit Texas hold'em


Comment Re:That is correct (Score 2) 169

... there are some things that are simply not possible in this universe no matter how many tweaks and improvements you try to make. Self-aware sentient AI is one, small portal Mr. Fusion type reactor that gives useful net surplus energy is probably another.

We do already have a "proof of concept" in that in the universe we have self-aware sentient entities consuming only 100 W and massing (very roughly) ~100 kg (i.e. us).
On the other hand, we know of no natural fusion reactors producing significant energy that mass less than about 1/10 of a solar mass.

Comment Re:Rather low bar (Score 1) 253

Well, more accurately, perhaps the experiment hasn't been running long enough to even see if extended longevity kicked in. The animals don't actually need to die for the experiment to demonstrate life extension.)

To quantify longevity median lifetime is often used, so to get that value you need half of your mice to die. But of course you can still get a lower bound on it before then.

I'm wondering if there are models and estimates for life expectancy in a forward-looking way, perhaps with alternative scenarios for future medical advances.

"The Lee–Carter model is a numerical algorithm used in mortality forecasting and life expectancy forecasting. The input to the model is a matrix of age specific mortality rates ordered monotonically by time, usually with ages in columns and years in rows. The output is another forecasted matrix of mortality rates."

Comment Re:Rather low bar (Score 5, Informative) 253

Genetic disorder mitigated by genetic manipulation. Yes?

Instead of progeria-afflicted mice, why not attempt the technique on otherwise healthy mice? If that can be made to result in a 30% lifespan extension, that would be notable.

"The team also saw improved organ health in normal mice but, because the mice are still living, could not yet say if longevity was extended."


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