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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 14:38 Mr. Tact
 
MajorD wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 13:21:
Not familiar with Dan Simmons' Hyperion series, but you've peaked my curiosity to check it out.
Fantastic series IMHO. It is basically two connected stories, each story broken into two novels.

"Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion"

"Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 12:21 Mr. Tact
 
In the Jack Reacher film there is a scene where Tom Cruise/Reacher talks about there being three kind of people who join the Army. First, some just need a job. Second, some what to serve their country. And third, some just want to kill people. It seems this is might be true for police officers too...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 12:02 Mr. Tact
 
MajorD wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 11:42:
It may be decades away, but it is better to act/regulate sooner than later in lieu of just marveling at our own advances, and then act when it may be too late.
Maybe. Personally I'd expect any kind of "true AI" will be accidental/unplanned. I find the idea put forward in Dan Simmons' Hyperion series compelling. AI developing pretty much on it's own within our cyber space. Growing from simply understood 80 byte code segments to super intelligences without any human interaction.

Even if it was the result of carefully quarantined experiments, one mistake -- and it would be out. Humans tend to make mistakes fairly often....

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 10:39 Mr. Tact
 
I can't quite put the reason into words, but I've never been able to get into Doctor Who. Best I could do is say, it is a bit too quirky for my tastes. The idea of a female Doctor Who seems intriguing though, if the writers handle it correctly...  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 17, 2017, 10:35 Mr. Tact
 
The Internet of Things - A Disaster for No Good Reason.

There, fixed the headline for them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 17, 2017, 10:30 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 10:09:
Enough to cover one month's alimony.
If you can't do the time....
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2017, 10:29 Mr. Tact
 
Musk needs better medication. At best (worst?) we are many decades from the kind of AI which could/would be a danger to humanity. And frankly, even if it did cause some type of confrontation between AI and humanity, I'm sorry I won't live to see it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2017, 10:24 Mr. Tact
 
Congrats on your get together Blue -- sounds like a fantastic time. I envy you for that kind of situation.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2017, 22:59 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, the bicycle one is very thought provoking. Presumably if riding a bicycle can be so strongly ingrained into your brain, other things can too -- say like... political positions.

So, are people "stuck" believing their political positions, literally unable to change. Or at least, so significantly resistant to the point that only persistent, long term, training can change it. I don't know if that's a valid comparison or not, but based on what I've seen over the last few years it wouldn't surprise me if it was valid.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Rolling Shutter Effect Explained!. Jul 16, 2017, 20:00 Mr. Tact
 
Very cool, that guy's videos are usually interesting.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 15, 2017, 22:48 Mr. Tact
 
Gotta agree, who cares about League of Legends and Riot Points! *sheesh*  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2017, 21:31 Mr. Tact
 
Even if you could do that, it wouldn't work. There are too many "functional addicts". ie.. people who abuse drugs, but aren't total losers, they can hold onto a job. And not long after you started doing it, even the total losers would start doing a better job of hiding. You'd see a short term decrease, but it wouldn't be a long term solution.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2017, 15:55 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 15, 2017, 15:03:
Hope they nail that fucker right to the wall.
Keep dreaming -- police officers have literally shot people in the back as they were running away and not been convicted of any wrong doing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2017, 13:33 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, in certain parts of the country it has to be on the checklist now... to question if there has been any sinkhole activity anywhere near the lot and preferably to have the site tested. Not to mention speaking with your lawyer about insurance coverage and responsibility of such a possibility.

Thinking about it, just asking your insurance agent about coverage of such an incident should give you a good idea of the level of concern. Should be cheap coverage, if it isn't.... bad news..
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
22. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 15, 2017, 13:25 Mr. Tact
 
Orogogus wrote on Jul 15, 2017, 11:57:
I think the last point is more cogent than the lack of competition.
So, you think there are more ISPs which provide content than ISPs which have a broadband monopoly? We'd have to agree to disagree on that point. An even better transport analogy would be, imagine if one car manufacturer's cars were allowed to go 70 mph on the interstates but others were only allowed to go 45 mph. How long do you think that would last before the people rose up against it in mass numbers?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2017, 20:41 Mr. Tact
 
Even when they have PhDs, criminals are generally stupid. It is just the way the universe works...  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 14, 2017, 19:53 Mr. Tact
 
It is more likely he'll spend time in a hot tub with several high priced call girls. I'm sure the money is pouring into his pockets...  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jul 14, 2017, 19:47 Mr. Tact
 
Blue reached out to him, he's fine but is taking a break. That's all we know.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Man trapped in an ATM Jul 14, 2017, 19:36 Mr. Tact
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 14, 2017, 18:50:
What the hell, that article needs more info. I guess he's required to close the door?
Yeah, it is a little weird. Most ATMs are stand alone machines a person couldn't "walk into". I'm guessing this is a group of several ATMs in a bank installed into a wall. The back of the machines can be accessed from behind for money loading and maintenance in a small room. He's lucky it wasn't Friday afternoon and the bank was about to close. He would have been in pretty bad shape by Monday morning...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2017, 18:09 Mr. Tact
 
NKD wrote on Jul 14, 2017, 17:54:
Also the technologies developed for manned space travel sometimes lead to intermediate technologies that can be used for other stuff here on Earth.
This was certainly true for the Apollo missions. However, I think it is less applicable now. The world is just different now. I don't know for certain without looking it up, but my guess would be a Raspberry Pi has more computing power than the Apollo capsules did. It's possible a manned Mars mission could stimulate the existing infrastructure to create something "unexpected", but the chances are a lot less than they were in the 1960s...
 
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