* Posts by rdhood

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New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

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Re: democracy

The United states is a Democratic Republic. It is NOT a democracy. It does not claim to be a democracy... except for some liberals who would like it to be so that California and New York could rule the country.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Your phone is NOT proof of identity or place

Just like this post is not proof that am rdhood, a mobile phone is not proof that I was any particular place.

My real name is Joe Sixpack, and I have baggy pants'ed old rdhood. He left his phone here, too, and now I am going on a crime spree...

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Don't click links in email....

I'm just going to say the obvious: DONT CLICK LINKS IN EMAILS.

This scam fails utterly if the user goes to the Netflix site and logs into their own account. It only succeeds if someone has clicked on a link sent through email.

Just the other day, Google sent me a notification with a G**D*** link in it, and I sent them back a "WTF is this?" message. The average user CANNOT differentiate between a real/fake, and should just about NEVER click a link unless someone has specifically said to them: "I'm sending you a link". And that is what we ought to be teaching the average joe.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: Autopilot fun

"I predict flocking behaviour will be an interesting failure mode for fully autonomous cars..."

Your prediction is already wrong. That was the fault falure mode of all GPS systems for the first 15 years of their existence.. just like your boat example above. We are WAY past that. Waymo already does realtime traffic sensing and makes offers to divert around jams while using their mapping system. It makes sense that they would put this logic, that they already posses, in cars to drive around jams.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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IR blaster

Like the IR blaster

OMG... forgot about that one. I had a Galaxy S5, and it controlled nearly every device in my house! Easily worth it just to not have to search my house for remotes.

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Re: "Phone makers had banked they could compensate for slowing volume by pushing up prices"

"Hey genius, tell us who do you think will subsidize cheap-shit phones when margins on the high end models shrink"

Umm.... just about EVERYBODY besides Samsung and Apple. LG, Alcatel, Huawei... the list is actually quite extensive. I have a Huawei Sensa right now. $45. 5.5", 1080p screen, enough RAM for me, takes a microsd cardslot, has an FM radio, and a 3.5" jack. The real "problem" is margins . If Samsung or Apple could do with less than 200-300% margins, they could start selling vast amounts of phones. Yes, I would rather have one of the last two or three generations of the big two manufacturers... at Huawei prices. We have not reached peak phone. We have reached peak phone at the current price levels.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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The internal combustion engine is not going anywhere

The world simply does not have the infrastructure to replace even a small percentage of the world's ICE's, and wont for a very long time.

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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Re: "The main problems..."

"So when they realise they have a crappy failing business model that doesn't provide any recurring revenue they can start charging for storing video"

This. everyone wants another revenue stream. The fact is, there are apps out there that will coordinate RTSP streams from multiple cameras to a storage device ... no 3rd party internet required. But those manufacturers that DID support that in their cheap cameras , INCLUDING MI, have removed that functionality so that they could charge you for cloud storage and viewing. That is a big steaming pile o'crap that is really killing the home security setup, as well as any sort of privacy.

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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" update to the flight control software"

Hmm. Are they planning on controlling some flight?

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Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates

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Still wouldn't see me back anything with money i couldn't afford to risk losing!

And as crowdfunding goes ,those are words to live by.

I have bought into 4 campaigns similar to this. Two panned out and delivered a first round of product, and subsequently failed a month or two later, and two others never delivered anything. The value that I received from the two delivered items was exceptional. The problem was that they should have charged more and accepted fewer orders and they might have made it as a business. But they charged too little, were overcome with orders, and the projects that initially delivered subsequently failed.

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Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Bingo! So, NKorea builds 200 missiles for 5 warheads and launches. The U.S. needs 2x/4x/6x/?? that number of WORKING anti missile missiles to ensure that none get through because we don't know which missiles have nuke warheads. The numbers game quickly overcomes missile defense systems.

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Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

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Private launch FAIL.

They have spent appx the same amount of time as the original missions to get to the moon in the 1960s. While the U.S. gov't did this 40 years ago, they did it with ancient, heavy technology. I would have thought that a private company using 21st century technology could have accomplished this in a similar timespan as the U.S. gov't 40-50 years ago.

I guess this just illuminates what a damn fine job they did in the 60s.

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Re: It is inevitable...

"This is just another step in the lifecycle of the IT mega-corporation: they've hit the stage where they are now driven by greed as opposed to any desire to innovate, and projects that are not making money are sidelined or dropped. At the same time, it becomes harder and harder to kick off anything new or innovative because the board/shareholders need proof that the new project is going to be profitable to a desired level within a given timeframe..."

In a nutshell, that was my experience at HP for the last 20 or so years.

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Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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Re: Google and Intel;

"Intel shouldn't be selling CPUs still at this point that are still vulnerable,"

Bingo. Or, at the very least, they need to release new performance numbers and admit that they have lost the speed crown.

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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

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Re: I brought in several models ago

"But would you trust the footage of your suicidal stunt being missed due to a shoddy cheap knock off?"

I have been using a "shoddy cheap knockoff" for a year. I guarantee that 99/100 could not tell the diff in footage between this and a gopro. Yes, I would trust a shoddy cheap knock off.

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Knock offs...

This past year, the TRUE 4k knockoffs came out... using the same chipsets as gopro... for about $100. Virtually the same camera specs in the same form factor. GoPro is losing the action cam market. They really can't compete with products that are nearly the same but cost 25% as much.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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In the Science section?

Not only in the Science section, but a headliner. Why? Exactly what does this have to do with Science? In fact, what does this have to do with ANY topic on the register (except maybe Business, but does it even belong there?)

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Re: Will this help current phones?

I imagine that, in the beginning, that Google thought that they would put out updates and the bloatware pushers would update THEIR respective images and send out an update. I imagine that Google DID care, but they couldn't fathom that ATT/Verizon/Sprint/Tmobile would sh!t on their customers. Once realized... and with a few really really nasty bugs floating around like a time bomb, Google finally acted.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

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Re: Whitman did the right thing

" I expect HPE to come thru. "

Like DEC/Burroughs/Unisys/Sun/SCO/computercodejour before them?

In case you haven't noticed, that does not happen, EVER, in this biz. I'm not saying it can't, just that it hasn't.

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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Dont sign, publish...

Just start publicizing the bugs. That will wake them up.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Re: I worried about the Nav bar...

This is the way it works on my $60 Huawei phone, and its fine. There is absolutely no reason for the nav buttons to be visible all of the time.

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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80% of crashes...

"The US Department of Transportation estimated that the tech – which has been developed over a decade at the cost of countless dollars – could prevent or reduce the impact of up to 80 per cent of collisions."

But lets also look at the deaths caused BY tech. People on cell phones are now responsible for more deaths than drunk driving and guns put together. Wouldn't it save a lot of lives to prevent distracted driving? WELL????

We shame and criminalize drunk driving for 30 years, but barely give notice to the pile of deaths mounting up do to texting. Now we want to legislate that cars self correct for our texting and driving habits. How about, instead, we have first/second/third offenses... costing thousands of dollars and much community service... just like for drunk driving? Lose your license mostly permanently after the third offense.

I write all of this in complete seriousness. When an activity produces as much death as another activity, punishment for each should be similar. We shouldn't be trying to mandate electronic interventions for our electronic habit.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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I've been using an Echo with a Samsung Smartthings hub to control quite a few devices/things around the house. A lot of it is just like this article... patchy and sketchy. But, and this is what you have to take from this, it is getting by leaps and bounds every few months. It is useful enough that I am going to set up my 81 year old father's house with a lot of conveniences to make his life a bit easier.

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Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor

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The bio version of Stargate Replicators....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicator_(Stargate)

Self assembly taken to the extreme...

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WDC being a real Bain in the butt as it tries to bar Toshiba memory sale

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... and such is the growing influence of China....

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

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A long history of abandoning consumer products...

I don't know what x3 products are, but I purchased enough HP-abandoned consumer products in the 2000's to NEVER touch another. That, and the big NVIDIA graphic adapter problems that HP/DELL went through around 2006/7 (an how HP handled it compared to DELL) convinced me to never buy ANYTHING from HP ever again, and I worked for them at the time!

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Dome, sweet dome: UAE mulls Martian city here on Earth ahead of Red Planet colonization

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600,000

I would suggest Minimum Viable population. Research has suggested that the number is between 160 and 40,000 people, with about 5000 being a true starting point. 600,000 is just a stupid number.

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Re: Cost?

"oasis-like community for the local ruling elite when the oil runs out and temperatures rise."

The oil is not going to run out. The customers who use it , however, are going to stop buying (eventually).

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HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

rdhood

which hardware company has ever been too big to fail?

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rdhood

Re: A Faustian deal, no doubt

" replacing them with the insipid "Invent" [that's what we DO Carly, in case you didn't notice],"

HP forgot that about 20 years ago. The cash cows have ruled until they can no longer give milk.

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Re: Change hurts, but....

its an interesting perspective. I have had a similar perspective for a long time. My dad worked for

Burroughs when they were #2. And Digital when they were #2. I worked for HP when they were #2. Are we starting to see a pattern? IT companies that depend on self made software/hardware can , for a time, strike gold. They rarely strike gold again. What's innovative at Microsoft?? Apple??

It is really sad to see it happen to HP. They have a legacy that none of those companies come close to... like the Woolworths or the Sears of a bygone era. Getting big was the end of them.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: These "new" iPhones

"Not saying others copied Apple rumors but clearly this began the design process before any bezel-less Android phone shipped."

"Clearly"??? Not to me. You obviously have inside info on ALL of the major manufacturers design processes so that you can make this "CLEAR" conclusion. But, Apple fanboi, let me say this: the bezel-less design is an obvious goal, just as it was for monitors and TVs. OBVIOUS!

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: "Might have to move a couple more big cities"

"China is making more progress towards environmentaly sound travel than any other country..."

Yep. That is because they are a polluted mess. The same could have been said about the U.S. decades back. It seems the will to make progress is stronger when you can't breath.

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Alibaba: We're no haven for pirates – we'll yank fake goods from our web bazaars within 24 hours

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Alibaba not pirates? LOL

I have made about 12 orders from Alibaba. Of those, only the orders that were less than $5 were legit. Everything else was a SCAM, and took me a month to get my money back. EVERYTHING. By my estimation, about 80-90% of everything there is a scam. Most are "importer/exporter" type operations where they get a line on one item, advertise 100 similar things for sale. You buy one, and then they try to switch you to the one item that they DO have, and if you refuse you spend one or two months trying to get your money back. Or, they pretend to send you something by giving you a shipping number, and try to run the clock out on your CC purchase. Alibaba is a pit of thieves.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

rdhood

"But let's face it, the chances of keeping a fairly fragile set of solar viewers intact and unlost for over six years, and then finding them again, might be too much."

LOL. These guys should see my closet.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

"The Register has to sadly support our old American neighbours. "

While that statement might make sense for any random person from the U.S., any American who is reading this article will generally be very well acquainted with different temperature and measurement systems. In fact, most of us wish the U.S. would just change so that we wouldn't have to learn every formula in two systems.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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If you want to turn heads, move the action around the visual field.

People can only accurately see a very small area in the center of their vision. everything else is fuzz. So people tend to focus their attention and best eyesite on the action If they aren't moving their heads, its because the action is staying at the center of their vision and there is no reason to move. And, as everyone else has noted, you don't necessarily want to be looking all around in order to be able to experience a movie. If this becomes something that lasts, I can see movies would have VR interactive ratings indicating the range of motion of the movie.

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

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Re: How it made money is therefore a mystery...

THIS.

If I could get 52 millionaires per year to lend me $1,000,000 for a week each, set up sequentially, then I can continually earn interest on the money like I had a million dollars!

This is the way my credit union is able to offer me a free checking account... they make interest off of my direct deposit and money in the account.

If I can hold onto 1000 contractor's salaries ($2000 per week each) for a week at a time, then I essentially can pull down the interest on $2 million a year.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

rdhood

Re: Transparency...

"OK, everyone can call me naive and shoot me down in flames, but is there any reason why an AI CAN'T tell you why it has made a particular decision?"

In every situation, it can. BUT that does not mean you would understand it. Supposing I have some complex mathematical relationship with some changing natural phenomenon. By the time you get around to asking "but why?", the natural phenomenon that formed part of the input to the decision is gone, never to be reproduced, and the mathematical equation from which we derived the results might take you 4 years of college level mathematics to understand.

YES. AI can tell you why it made the decision. But you will not understand , nor will you be able to check, the answer.

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WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

rdhood

Re: Nuclear Energy -- The Fuel of The Future

Not in this case. Two of those reactors (in Georgia. USA) are on the site of two older reactors. There are no protests nor NIMBY problems with these reactors, or the one in SC. This is a case of bad management, pure and simple, and the thought that they could pass cost overruns to the taxpayers. Anytime a pro-business Public Service Commission (the state government entity that allows the Southern Company, a parent company to Georgia Power, to charge customers instead of investors for power system expansion) starts approving charging the public for cost overruns, it sets up feed back mechanism to milk the taxpayer for BILLIONS extra in costs. Why come in on-time and in-budget when you can take an extra few years and get an extra few billion dollars from the taxpayers of Georgia? Methinks that they got lazy going for the extra billions, and let this one get away from them.

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It gets worse – now WD says Toshiba memory business sale breaches joint venture terms

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This for reactors that are not CURRENTLY even needed...

In in Georgia (USA), we are already paying billions in cost overruns on this project... a project that was not wanted by consumers, and was not needed by the Southern Company. They (the Southern Company) jumped at the opportunity to build the first new nukes in many years in the U.S., and our own Public Service Commission gave them the green light and let them start collecting on the first billion of cost overruns. It is a fiasco that leaves Westinghouse bankrupt, leaves Toshiba in a precarious spot, and leaves Ga consumers (and not Southern Company investors) on the hook for two half built reactors.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Re: Why are we creating bots and AI to combat fake news?

I'll tell you why: it is like all of the "fact checkers" run by newspapers. "Our impartial fact checker gave that story/quote 4 liar-liar-pants-on-fire"

They want to be able to say "Our impartial AI said that story is fake news".

Further, is a half truth fake or real? Is it fair to say, "illegal immigration brings rich diversity to our country" without saying "but costs us $120 billion dollars a year"? Both are real/true, but one without the other is a half truth.

So each side will produce its own AI to present it's factual side of the story, and anyone who doesn't agree with their impartial AI fake news detector will be wrong.

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Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

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Fish?

That thing can only be considered a fish in a DNA sort of way. Methinks they got the most hobbled fish that they could find.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

rdhood

Re: Make something new

Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever... man that takes me back.

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rdhood

Re: Make something new

This. Why have we never seen the The Foundation trilogy turned into a movie? It makes so many excellent points on monetary, technological hegemony, and the whole idea of prediction of masses of people (and the inability to predict the anomalous unpredictable individual, but setting up a storage of human knowledge for the inevitable day when civilization collapses.

Or a movie like "Time enough for love". The idea that our abilities and interest span many professions and would take many lifetimes, but we are limited to ONE. We don't get to pursue so much that we would like to pursue because we are so time limited.

WAY too much good Sci Fi, and it gets ignored to rehash Dune one more time? Sci Fi got close to nailing it... they needed about twice as much time to do it right. It is definitely a 15 hour (without commercials) movie.

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'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

rdhood

Re: Industrial policy versus science funding

"Science funding, on the other hand, should be broadly spread, because you can't predict the future results. If you can predict it, then the science is done and it turns into engineering. A side effect of Science funding is, of course, a population of creative and skilled scientists and engineers that might later go into profitable careers."

In an ideal world. sure. In the real world, it's not. Gov't money is invariably tied to expectations, and money is spread according to those expectations. Much of the time, you end up getting the science that you expect, with the same projects sucking up vast sums of money because of prevailing attitudes and expectations. And scientists tend to go where the money flows, and tries to give the expected results. A scientist has to eat too, after all.

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Ransomware avalanche at Alpine hotel puts room keycards on ice

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Most hotel keycard systems are inherently unsafe

They can be picked with a tablet and an electronic connection at the door. Google it. Don't leave anything of value in your room unprotected... ever.

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I'm deadly serious about megatunnels, vows Elon Musk

rdhood

Please come to Atlanta....

One of the big problems with Atlanta is that it is based on and wheel&spoke type design, and our mass transit always goes through "the hub" to get from one part of the rim to another... taking a 15 minute ride and turning it into 1.5 hours. Or, all thru traffic (of the 18 wheel variety) gets shunted onto the rim with the commuting traffic. Or all of the interstate traffic from the east coast and midwest (I85/75) headed to Florida must go through a single pathway ("the connector") .Previous attempts to create an "outer perimeter" were seen as transparent attempts to create new development corridors. All are very bad ideas that contribute to huge traffic jams that could be ameliorated with tunnels. It sounds kind of spooky and like science fiction, but if it would work....

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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" every 30 minutes in the United States on average a child dies or is injured by a firearm."

"Kloepfer told CBS: "I learned that every 30 minutes in the United States on average a child dies or is injured by a firearm."

Which is a blatant lie that can be disproved by any number of sources by anyone in this forum in less than two minutes. It doesn't help the anti-gun agenda to just lie and make up statistics, and it doesn't help that CBS allows that lie to go unchallenged. " I heard XXXXXX" is what passes for journalism now, and the press wonders why they have a trust problem.

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

rdhood

Re: Guns + ammo, lack of electricity

and speaking of electricity, who is going to man the nuclear reactors? There are several in the state where "The Walking Dead" takes place.. one near Cartersville GA, one at Ga Tech (is that one still active?), one or several at the Savannah River Plant (military), two in south GA, and two more expected to come online in the near future, and one mothballed in the Dawson Forest, in Dawson county.

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