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Real Name Jonah Dreyer   
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Description IT Professional
Intel Core i5 @3.6 GHz
Gigabyte Windforce GTX 670 2GB
8 GB PC2100 RAM
Windows 7
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Space Tyrant Early Access
1. Re: Space Tyrant Early Access Jul 20, 2017, 15:34 jdreyer
 
Looks like a mobile game. On the other hand, it will run on my laptop, which is good since my desktop is dead and waiting for Corsair to process my memory lifetime guarantee.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 20, 2017, 13:28 jdreyer
 
It would have been fascinating if they had launched with the tags the original way in half the phones and reversed in the other half.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2017, 13:05 jdreyer
 
Retired wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 14:39:
Mud and tape guy needed an extra day. Was super rainy here and super hot. Mud didn't dry. We are doing all painting Fri/Sat/Sun. Moulding finishing up Fri. Scrape and paint eves, maybe replace a few of the boards. Did some landscaping in back yard, trimmed trees. Tons of small shit inside. Other small things throughout.

5 years of projects completed in 2 weeks. I know some great people willing to help out and some things just kind of fell into place, we have been very fortunate.

WE ARE READY!

Bring on the bidding wars!

Going back and forth with the house we want. Old timer owns it and is being a stickler.....

WOOT! Good luck Bats!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 14:41 jdreyer
 
Simon Says wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 13:44:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 13:05:
I kind of doubt the T-Rex would have been a successful predator if it couldn't move above a slow walk. DO they think it perched in trees and jumped down on unsuspecting prey? Or hid in the bushes until something just walked into its jaws?

If the T-Rex couldn't run, I doubt the brachiosaurs and the other giant grazers could either, in the past it was just assumed that they did like they assumed the T-Rex did.

It is also possible that the T-Rex wasn't a predator after all, but a scavenger, eating already dead animals killed by other, more nimble carnivores. Its quite easy to imagine a T-Rex stumbling upon a corpse being eaten by raptor-like dinosaurs, scaring the latters away to claim the corpse as his own, or simply sharing it, profiting from the smaller dinosaurs successfull hunt.

In another article I read, it said the herbivore contepmoraries of TRex like diplodocus and triceratops were slower than 12 mph.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 14:35 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 10:02:
And we elect these morans.*

*the spelling of morons as morans is approved by jdreyer

I can approve that because I got a brain.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Free DLC and Free Trial Next Week
4. Re: Titanfall 2 Free DLC and Free Trial Next Week Jul 19, 2017, 13:58 jdreyer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 12:52:
I haven't played any COD in years, because, WHY???? But this game has always looked more like the classic arena shooters to me. Way faster and crazier that all the modern COD clones. Plus, it has pretty original features and the net code seems good, which is a major achievement. If I had to play a modern competitive shooter, this would be it. Now they're adding a full coop mode for free? I actually feel pretty bad that I'm not giving them money to encourage what they're doing. I just don't have the time to play a game like that.

If they had a bot skirmish mode, I'd get it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 19, 2017, 13:36 jdreyer
 
SunnyD wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 23:55:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 15:41:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 15:32:
I don't think any high intelligence would put "mass genocide" on it's to-do list... at least not intentionally and unprovoked. So there is that.
Actually, this is part of the problem. There is no reason to believe any created intelligence would share our values. Unless we somehow manage to integrate them, which when you actually think about it, isn't an easy thing to do. So, if you suddenly have something which thinks much faster than you, but has no morals or sense of right and wrong.... well, the problems are obvious.


Also, the larger bugbear in the room is glossed over by many: weaponized versions. There isn't a single person in here I'm willing to bet that would bet against other nations approaching the question of A.I. with a more militant glint in their eyes, and while knowing this, isn't safe in assuming that 'our' government isn't at work doing the same at this moment. Lets be real here tho, as with many inventions that have come our way, a great many had been known, worked on, and used by militaries the world over, ours included, before being released to the public.

It's that aspect I'm more concerned with. Just how far along are we in actuality that we aren't in a position to know due to our non/low-security clearances. And the kind of people with their hands on the trigger of this particular tool for exporting democracy and improving our lives have shown something of a consistency as regards to actual usage of new tools regarding the war-fighting environment.

It's not only A.I.'s morals and sense of right and wrong we have to worry about, humans still being pretty broken in those aspects at this time, themselves.

~Finis~

Right, think about an AI system that is given the directives of protecting humans but also protecting it's own internal structure from intrusion. If it's developers upload new algorithms that contain bugs, it may "learn" that those developers are a threat, and prioritize protecting it's own system over the humans, and take unpredictable actions.

The good thing about this is that we've been having these discussions for decades. Probably the most anticipated tech change in the history of mankind. We didn't have the chance, for example, to have thousands of debates, fictionalized accounts, research papers, etc. when developing nuclear weapons. We had to figure it out after they were a thing. At least we're having these discussions about AI now, and some of humanity's greatest minds are thinking about the ramifications.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 19, 2017, 13:31 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 15:41:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 15:32:
I don't think any high intelligence would put "mass genocide" on it's to-do list... at least not intentionally and unprovoked. So there is that.
Actually, this is part of the problem. There is no reason to believe any created intelligence would share our values. Unless we somehow manage to integrate them, which when you actually think about it, isn't an easy thing to do. So, if you suddenly have something which thinks much faster than you, but has no morals or sense of right and wrong.... well, the problems are obvious.

Right, and as Asimov is always so fond of pointing out (60 years ago!), the AI can always interpret specific prime directives thinking it's doing the right thing when it's in fact causing harm.
 
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News Comments > Splash Damage and Wargaming Collaboration
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 19, 2017, 13:28 jdreyer
 
Armengar wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 05:14:
WoT and WoWS are ok. Ive thrown about 100 at WoT over 5 years (at 10k games i'm guessing about a thousand hours) so not too much "money vs time investment". Spent nothing on WoWS and WoP was a laughable joke. Ive stopped playing WoWS (again when the grind hit - im not prepared to spend money on it)

The mobile versions are pure tat and ive not seen anything else of wargaming worth my time. Id say they are borderline asset strippers.

Asset strippers? What do you mean?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: LG VR HMD Specs Jul 19, 2017, 13:25 jdreyer
 
Shineyguy wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 09:25:
UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 21:31:
Nothing quite like crying how competition is essential for a healthy economy because a new competitor is showing up in the market.

You know, it's funny. Despite the Whole Foods in the area, the Stop and Shop, Trader Joe's, Best Market, Big Y, Wal-Mart and other supermarkets still do just fine.

Crying for cryings' sake?

While I oppose consolidation like this reflexively, this is a lot better than the Comcast deal.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 19, 2017, 13:23 jdreyer
 
MacLeod wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 09:49:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 20:46:
Musk made his money from paypal right? Besides that, are any of his businesses actually profitable? I hear all these science fiction ideas he's always touting and I wonder if he's just writing off colossal losses for taxation purposes.

There was just an article actually about how he had originally estimated that Tesla would be profitable by 2020, but the new calculation seems to indicate that it will be profitable by next year now.

You would think they'd be hitting economies of scale by now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 19, 2017, 13:23 jdreyer
 
Numinar wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 09:38:
That is some next level Factorio action Musk.

Concentrating it in one area might help with the melting of passing aircraft/birds and whatnot but I think it was a descriptive tool not an actual plan.

The best thing about solar is that if everyone has it on their home, then your energy network becomes hardened and distributed like what the internet was meant to do for communications, which helps with natural disasters/sabotage outside of nuclear/asteroidal winter.

It's a good point about rooftop solar being a distributed system. Russian hackers shut down most of the Ukrainian power grid last year in the dead of winter, and a distributed system would be much better hardened against such activity.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: iPhone smuggler. Jul 19, 2017, 13:16 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 10:50:
She shouldn't have tried to smuggle them, she should have pretended it was an iPhone dress. Gaga would have gotten away with it.

I guess they don't have full body scanners like we do?

Next time she should just ingest them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 19, 2017, 13:13 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 09:57:
Apple
Pfft, that's nothing, I had a dumb phone that discreetly called 911 all by itself, no fingerprint needed.

I had a 2 year old that would dial 911 all by itself.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 01:28 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 19:17:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 17:39:
Fair enough. Same reason I won't watch any of the new Apes movies.
Well, my main objection to Dunkirk is it actually happened. And while it is certainly an example of something we need to remember so we can make every effort not to repeat it -- watching a realistic re-enactment doesn't seem "entertaining". But I agree, it looks like another good film by Nolan, and despite my being hesitant about it -- I will probably see it at some point.

At least with the new Apes movies, it is fantasy. I really liked the originals and I think they've done a pretty good job with this reboot. It is the same basic story, with similar results, but I think they have done a good job of putting in some new details and a slightly different spin on it. Maybe not as good a job as was done on the Battlestar Galatica reboot, but still well done.

I hear you. Despite owning and thoroughly enjoying both Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, I've only been able to bring myself to watch each one once.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Jul 19, 2017, 01:23 jdreyer
 
Interesting about Mexico, I hadn't heard that.

I know that Berkeley and some other cities had implemented it though, with the same result: lower soda consumption.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Jul 19, 2017, 01:21 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 21:43:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 20:12:
Maybe GRRM doesn't want to play a game about a game?

Gotta wonder which games he even means.. there is only 1, and that one wasn't that great...

Hmm, this list shows a bunch. And there are mods, of course.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 19, 2017, 01:16 jdreyer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 21:28:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 20:07:
Had to renew my license today. First time since the DHS laws went into effect. It was some crazy big brother shit: all my documents (birth cert, SS card, etc.), scanned into a database with my photo, fingerprints, etc. Surprised the didn't ask for a fucking DNA sample. We're rapidly creating a turnkey authoritarian state.

On the other hand, when I complained the woman said they nailed some middle East guy applying for a license using a fake PA birth cert in that very office last year.

Creepy. Fingerprints too? Wow. Our foreign policy is not questioned, no. We just lose our freedoms and if we complain we a fed a convenient lie as you were. I interpret a mandatory fingerprint as psychological warfare (domination). Making us feel like criminals without an accusation of a crime.

Question the legitimacy of the driver's license rigamarole. We have a lot of very bad drivers here who constantly break all sorts of rules. The license system isn't about the competency of drivers, it's about domination of the population by an ultra paranoid elite few.

There's a real and present reason why the founders despised the sort of system we now have.


Yeah, all mandated by the Feds. Total BS.

Once self-driving cars become the standard, I wonder how they'll control the citizenry.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 19, 2017, 01:11 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 22:52:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 19:36:
Also. The battery to store all that is just one mile by one mile???
He did not mention how the height.

Ah, so he probably missed a dimension: 1 mile x 1 mile x 1 mile.

Actually, there's a certain logic to that as the world consumes a cubic mile of oil each year.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jul 18, 2017, 20:17 jdreyer
 
Junk food needs the same restrictions and taxes that tobacco has.  
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