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Comment Re:And mind uploading... (Score 1) 637

Human scale teleportation I don't see on the near horizon - in fact, I think we will have replicators before we can teleport people. There are just far too many issues with teleportation, like the rotational velocity of the planet you're teleporting to or from being out of sync with the rotational velocity of the place you are teleporting to.

Only if you're considering site-to-site teleportation. These concerns may not be relevant in a technology that teleports between two locations that are linked by a wire, for example. Then you merely need to transport the matter from one "pad" to the other, and at that point it doesn't matter where the pads are in relation to each other. This could even be extensible to wireless teleportation in which a transmitter/receiver acts as the transport medium.

But if you're talking about beaming down to a random planet, then yes, I agree that would be a little tough to do without working out the geometries.

Comment Re:The fall of the free empire (Score 1) 458

It's not your fault, it is Slashdot not dynamically updating a rapidly changing comment stream. My post was only three minutes after your original, and two minutes after your correction, but your correction wasn't on my screen until I had finished reading the comments and came back later on a refresh. I guess I could refresh before commenting.

Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit 314

BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"

Comment Re:Nolan is better without FX (Score 1) 196

The story in "linear" mode boils down to extremely basic, but you get to see Natalie and Teddy's motivations as they unfold. Watching it linear essentially does the hard part for your brain, which allows you to watch the movie. It puts the cause before the effect. I like it, and have made several friends who didn't like Memento sit down and watch it linear, and it usually results in them understanding it a bit better.

Comment Re:No shock there... (Score 1) 206

I have an unlocked NAM Motorola Milestone, which is essentially the Droid but works on AT&T 3G. It is entirely unbranded except for the firmware version which has the word "Telus" (The Canadian carrier the phone was originally made for), but I haven't updated mine to Android 2.1 yet so maybe that goes away.

Additionally, since AT&T doesn't know I have it, I only pay $15/mo for unlimited data access versus the $30/mo they want. As long as this continues, I see this as my unsubsidized out of contract price.

Comment Re:The irony here is... (Score 1) 257

The fakes are not worthless, they could technically be considered "art", which is the point of claiming that they have value as a collectible. They may not have value to you or me, but then again I don't have any particular urge to hang the Mona Lisa in my living room, either.

Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch 147

An anonymous reader writes "A quick update on the widespread PlayStation 3 glitch we discussed recently: as of last night (Monday, March 1st) the problem has resolved itself. I powered up my PS3 to find the clock was set to April 29th, 2020, but once I went into the system menu and set the date and time via the internet I got an accurate date. That seems to be the test of whether your PS3 is 'fixed' or not; Sony says you should be all set."

The Role of Human Culture In Natural Selection 337

gollum123 writes with this excerpt from the NY Times: "... for the last 20,000 years or so, people have inadvertently been shaping their own evolution. The force is human culture, broadly defined as any learned behavior, including technology. The evidence of its activity is the more surprising because culture has long seemed to play just the opposite role. Biologists have seen it as a shield that protects people from the full force of other selective pressures, since clothes and shelter dull the bite of cold and farming helps build surpluses to ride out famine. Because of this buffering action, culture was thought to have blunted the rate of human evolution, or even brought it to a halt, in the distant past. Many biologists are now seeing the role of culture in a quite different light. Although it does shield people from other forces, culture itself seems to be a powerful force of natural selection. People adapt genetically to sustained cultural changes, like new diets. And this interaction works more quickly than other selective forces, 'leading some practitioners to argue that gene-culture co-evolution could be the dominant mode of human evolution.'"

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