* Posts by rchop

11 posts • joined 27 May 2013

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Re: @GIRZiM - Ah well, back to my PowerPoint slides

Congratulations. Most self-referential troll this year.


Re: @GIRZiM - Ah well, back to my PowerPoint slides

Not sure how you missed the following "things that happened".

1. Aliens alter the evolution of life on Earth.

2. Modern humans discover proof of alien intelligent life.

3. AI develops moral principles and kills humans to preserve a human mission.

4. Modern human encounters aliens and travels through alien transportation matrix.

Clearly your enthusiasm for Dark Star reveals your primary criteria for science fiction

films is blowing stuff up rather than the primary attraction for many of us sci fi fans - new,

interesting ideas.

Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon


If NASA had to literally transport Trump to the moon, he would be giving a lot less money to the Oligarchs for lear Jets and would be investing a lot more money in NASA to build a vehicle he would survive in. His mouth says "NASA to the moon", but his tax bill says "Lear Jets for Oligarchs".


Re: Caveat

"... it will all be fine." Unless your descendants will be groveling in the mud.

Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim


Kaspersky Independent of any Government?

A highly successful Russian company that is immune to Putin's control? Seriously?

And the problem with ANY comment that is favorable to Kaspersky is that it could be Russians paid to back whatever Putin wants people to think. To paraphrase a famous quote: "on the internet no one can tell you are a dog (or a Russian (or Chinese) for that matter)". The problem with Russian (and Chinese) successes in cyber warfare against the West is that it brings doubt to EVERYTHING anyone says on the internet. Those using the internet can be divided into two camps; those who take what they read online at face value and those who now doubt the validity of anything they read. If the internet is a world group mind, at this stage, Russians (and other parties waging cyber warfare) are driving that group mind crazy.

Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid


Re: I must be part if Will Wheaton's minority

What is more interesting is why you (and others) find Wesley Crusher upsetting and then (even more interesting) why you (and others) find it so difficult to clearly separate a role from the person who plays that role. Seriously. "Audience tormenting sadism"???? The "audience" clearly does not include a sizeable number of people who did not experience your anger. Since anger is rooted in fear, I'm wondering what particular fear evokes so much anger. Crusher was the only adolescent character that got any screen time, so maybe there is something that really bothers some people about seeing some version of themselves in the character. Just wondering. Jar-jar is a bumbling clown who is a plot foil. Not sure why clowns evoke so much fear and loathing. Bumbling clowns don't get much screen time in any media, so It is curious why what little time they get evokes so much feeling. Perhaps the character subtracts from the time the fan gets to identify with the mythical, swashbuckling role they are feeding off of. But I am sure there are other hypothetical sources of fear that are more acceptable to the angered fans.

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin


Bending the knee to Trump

This is remarkably similar to Putin's technique to bring CEO's into line. What are the odds we will see Lockheed quietly get compensating contracts after Lockheed bends the knee to Trump? Are we going to see a pattern of cancelled projects that are designed to allow us to compete with Chinese and Russian military tech?

HTC teases yet another make-or-break comeback flagship


Will not be buying an M10

I loved my HTC phones until.... They used a daughter board for the usb/charging port. Before I could upgrade my phone became virtually useless because the charging was so flaky. Having six months to go before my upgrade was available, I had the choice of taking out insurance and a 75$ fee or buying a new phone. It was bad enough that I'd be adding 78$+ to my phone's cost (13$ times 6) but the REAL killer was finding out that no one will repair these things. The repair shops won't touch them even though they advertise that they will (a sure sign the M8 was the end of the line for third party repairs). Finally, the add-on market for the HTC is essentially not there. iPhone and Samsung have miles of add-on displays but you have to go online for what little exists for HTC. My vendor is Sprint and they weren't all that helpful, wanting to do try everything before biting the bullet and replacing my phone ... for a 75$ fee. At best, the combination of HTC and Sprint could be the real problem, ... But my next phone will probably be a Samsung. I love Android.

Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science


Quantum phenomena

Has anyone considered that the super-fluid might be the sea of virtual particles that fill a vacuum?

Upchuck nation: Half a million CHUMPS now own Google Cardboard VR gear


Actually ....

There are way more than 500,000 of these things out there. I did mine for 10$ and

it can be done even cheaper.

'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test


Re: A Controvertial Topic (for a change)

When the government is by the people, for the people and the people fear the government,

then they fear themselves.

-- Bob Hoppin

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