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Comment Re:Don't get too excited about this yet (Score 1) 95

This one looks different, but is along the same lines and apparently has been around since at least 2011.
http://www.prioria.com/maveric...

Maveric is a lightweight, single-person portable unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of fully autonomous operation.
[...]
        Single-person portable and operable
        Rugged carbon fiber composite airframe
        Camouflaged bird-like profile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment And for Insulting the King of the Netherlands... (Score 3, Informative) 96

And in the supposedly "liberal" Netherlands a Dutchman has been sentenced to jail for insulting the king on facebook:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-...

Apparently the guy faked photos, which arguably might be covered under regular libel laws, but he was imprisoned under
a special "lese majeste law that dates from 1881 and carries sentences of up to five years jail or a fine of 20,000 euros ($22,200; £16,700)."

Comment Re:Usage is consent (Score 1) 118

How would using a plastic card be any different? Unless you use a different credit card every time or use cash for everything, the companies track you through your credit card number.

Yes we should be wary of spying and tracking and youhaveit, but let's not delude ourselves that this technology isn't decades old already.

Except a phone can potentially provide a whole host of additional information ranging from contacts to photos. (Which one "agrees" to when installing the app.)

Comment Re:Tesla's Autopilot is in the "uncanny valley" (Score 1) 440

I think perhaps some suggestion that this can happen also comes from the much higher traffic death rate (corrected for miles driven) for the US than the UK. In the UK most people drive manual/stick shift vehicles, whereas in the US most drive automatics. It seems to me (having lived/driven in both places), that driving a stick shift forces you to continually pay rather more attention to your driving environment.

Although of course there are a huge host of other things that affect traffic death rates. It's interesting to see that the Japanese death rate is high, even if the absolute number of people killed is relatively low.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 178

As far as we know, a brain stores ALL information in synapses. So you are using synapses to remember what your third grade teacher looked like, your mother's voice, and what freshly baked cookies smell like. None of that is useful when you are, say, trying to ride a bicycle, and none of those other synapses are being used. But a computer only needs to load the synaptic data needed for a particular task, and leave the rest on a HDD.

Actually, I tend to think that the availability of all the other "irrelevant" information is needed to allow a system/someone to make truly intelligent decisions in a flexible way.

Comment Re:the Queen's subjects (Score 2) 70

And also;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

On 1 January 1983, upon the coming into force of the British Nationality Act 1981, every citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies became either a British citizen, British Dependent Territories citizen or British Overseas citizen.

Use of the term British subject was discontinued for all persons who fell into these categories, or who had a national citizenship of any other Commonwealth country. /quote.

Comment Re:the Queen's subjects (Score 1) 70

https://www.gov.uk/types-of-br...

There are 6 different types of British nationality. These are:

        British citizenship
        British overseas territories citizen
        British overseas citizen
        British subject
        British national (overseas)
        British protected person

https://www.gov.uk/types-of-br...

Until 1949, nearly everyone with a close connection to the United Kingdom was called a ‘British subject’.

All citizens of Commonwealth countries were British subjects until January 1983.

Since 1983, very few people have qualified as British subjects.
Who is a British subject

You became a British subject on 1 January 1983 if, until then, you were either:

        a British subject without citizenship, which means you were a British subject on 31 December 1948 who didn’t become a citizen of the UK and Colonies, a Commonwealth country, Pakistan or the Republic of Ireland
        a person who had been a citizen of the Republic of Ireland on 31 December 1948 and had made a claim to remain a British subject

You also became a British subject on 1 January 1983 if you were a woman who registered as a British subject on the basis of your marriage to a man in one of these categories.

Comment Re:Senile? (Score 1) 951

I could go back a bit further https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
1637.

The only thing that has been added in true dot com fashion "on the Intertubes". The question remains if we are real or not and what is real.

But the idea of computer simulations does go beyond Descartes by giving one the probabilistic argument that it's more likely that we live in a simulation than the "real" world.

Comment Re:Senile? (Score 4, Informative) 951

The idea that we are living inside a simulation is far from original from Musk.
Perhaps the most prominent contemporary proponent of this idea is the philosopher Nick Bostrom.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

It's also peripherally related to the idea of a Boltzmann brain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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