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    An Active Robot Is a Healthy Robot

    Just had the same spider crawl over me three times...maybe I should have looked at it closer. Also why black, couldn't they do it in friendly colors? Or are the black helicopters soon going to be dropping hundreds of these on a crack house (or any other bad guy) near by?
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    Microsoft Is Planning a New Family of 4K Webcams for 2019

    What, the internet isn't slow enough already?
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    "Fresh Prince" Star Sues Fortnite for Stealing Carlton Dance

    Think I'll just TM (stronger than a copyright) everything a human can do...surely I'll make millions...especially as games try more and more to mimic everything people do. And oh yeah, don't forget to send me the $1 fee next time you use the bathroom. Maybe the patent troll companies can get...
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    Apple Confirms Some iPad Pros Ship Slightly Bent, but Says It's Normal

    It may meet your "quality" standards Apple but it sure doesn't meet mine. Pretty pathetic...of course when they introduce bendable screens, they can re-use the frames of all these iPads they don't sell...
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    AT&T to Start Using Fake 5G Indicator on LTE Phones

    Exact same here. I'm getting DL speeds <0.4mbs while it shows me with 4 bars LTE. A network monitor ap however shows a connection strength of 1. At least Verizon gives me 3dn 1 up while on two bars.
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    "Human Error" Allowed an Alexa User to Hear a Neighbor's History

    Alexa do you listen to everything I say? Then you'll be the first AI to commit suicide out of boredom. I just got a spy phone, complete with Alexa, not to mention all the google and moto stuff...since I don't want to use most of it I just denied access to most of it for things like microphone...
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    Amazon Fires Employees for Leaking Internal Data

    Comic exaggeration...but they won't be getting any references from Amazon makes for an awkward space on their resumes...who knows what, if any, other consequences they will face.
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    Amazon Fires Employees for Leaking Internal Data

    They should be publically lashed too.
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    At the Gates

    Well it will be available Jan 23. There is a trailer though I haven't watched it yet. The blurb: At the Gates is a PC strategy game from Jon Shafer, BAFTA award winner and lead designer of Civilization 5. You are a Dark Age lord. Your destiny is to build a kingdom in the shadow of the...
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    Bad Default Configurations Leave Ethereum Wallets Exposed

    But I thought block-chain was going to solve all problems and make things like this impossible as well as giving everyone two cars and a chicken in every pot.
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    California Officially Becomes First in Nation Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    Your reading and comprehension skills seem to be a bit lacking. Or do you not think leaking gas tanks effect ground water?
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    New Google+ API Bug Affects 52 Million Consumers and Enterprise Customers

    What I was wondering is if it's going to be shut down so soon, why is anyone still developing for it?
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    WTB looking for old pentium2/3 slot 1 Alpha heatsink!!

    Never OCed my Celerons or P2/3 so can't help you. But nice nostalgia here. That is a monster...good luck. Maybe you should offer an actual specified reward get people motivated to check their basements, sheds, attics, land fills etc. ;).
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    At the Gates

    For the first time in a long time I decided to check this site and found they are going to make a big announcement tomorrow (Dec 11). Anyone else following this new 4x game possibility? A bit later than originally promised (but what isn't?).
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    Mobile Apps Track Your Movements and Its All for Sale

    It helps the robot/Master AI to be able to predict where you are when they send out the killbots.
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    Live Action Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Teased

    Strap on bushy tails sold separately.
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    Need a new all-in-one remote control: thoughts?

    A little late here, but I'll mention I used to bounce the blaster signal off my wood ceiling (12') fills the whole room with the signal, those blasters are called such for a reason much more light . Unless it's painted black or with something that absorbs IR that's an easy option: of course...
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    International Olympic Committee Comments on eSports Inclusion

    How about making the contestants run for 50 yards then immediately play game for 10 minutes then run then play say until 1 hour game time, then tally their scores with weighting (say 80% on the gaming) least that way there would be some, 'ya know, sports involved. And, yes, I like the...
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    Researchers Fabricate 2.5 Nanometer Transistors

    This is gallium arsenide which has different rules.
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    Facebook is in an Arms Race with Adblockers

    Not a FB user so I don't know. But I wonder if FB offered an ad free version for a price (like say $3-5/mo) would anyone switch? My local animal shelter has their own web site. I've also found other places to find adoptable pets on the web (though I admit some could use improved software)...
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    California Officially Becomes First in Nation Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    Sorry a lot houses around here sell around $100k for 2br 1 bath (a lot less if they are fixer uppers), I've got one I'll be selling in awhile...sure wish I could get 1/2 a mil for it. You do know there are places in CA not near a city right? Be that as it may, I still support doing the solar...
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    Microsoft Claims the iPad "Isn’t a Real Computer"

    It also refers to a person who computes. I was reading a book written in the mid-Victorian period one of the stories in it was about a human computer who could do pretty amazing math problems in his head. And if I remember right Blaise Pascal invented an adding machine that would qualify as a...
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    China Forms New Body to Review Ethics Risks of Video Games

    Maybe the should look into how to use games to brain wash minorities...better than putting them in camps and starving them and making them sing patriotic songs (probably cheaper too).
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    Microsoft Claims the iPad "Isn’t a Real Computer"

    I had an orginal iPad and Surface Pro...the iPad is long gone, the SP still works and if I needed a new one...well hell I've given up on tablets, I'm finally getting a smart phone for portability on the road for everything else I prefer to see it on my 55" screen run by a real computer with lots...
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    Fortnite Streamer Reportedly Arrested after Beating Wife on Stream

    Yeah, but here there is sound and video to play, that makes a big difference to the media. As far as this couple: I'd hope (if they want to stay together) they are forced into long term family therapy with the threat of removing the children if they don't attend and behave themselves.
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    Steam Is Banning Sex Games with Young-Looking Characters

    Because animated characters are people too?
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    VW Says Combustion Cars Will Fade Away after 2026

    I would have no problem with this--if the electric grid around here would support it. I could probably do a 220V single phase set up to charge, but I wouldn't be able to use the well pump and dryer at the same time. My service is pretty well maxed out (it's only a 150 amp service, could...
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    California Officially Becomes First in Nation Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    Well over the last 30 years I've seen 6 stations have to replace leaky tanks, one was leaking right into Lake Tahoe. The vapor recovery was bad at first, more spills than it probably saved in emissions, but most people have learned how to use them over the years and they click off correctly now...
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    California Officially Becomes First in Nation Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    Yeah because they tend to leak and contaminate ground hey who cares about safe drinking water?
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    California Officially Becomes First in Nation Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    Pretty easy on the snow part, my roof is very steep the snow just slides off. Personally I'd never build something that didn't have good southern exposure so to me that wouldn't be a problem. Of course people have been building passive solar houses in the Sierra for 40+ years...though you do...
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    Amazon Is in Talks to Bring Amazon Go to Airports

    Amazon is in talks to take over the entire retail market.
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    AlphaZero Can Definitely Beat You At Chess, and is Coming to Other Games Soon

    That's easy just melt the chess pieces. No good AI should be without that ability.
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    AlphaZero Can Definitely Beat You At Chess, and is Coming to Other Games Soon

    While this could lead eventually to better game AI's it can be very frustrating to play against something that always wins. So they need to have ways of introducing mistakes to the AI so it can play at lower levels. I'd much prefer this to the big advantages the AI gets in games like...
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    Australia Passes World's First Anti Encryption Law

    Shame...shame...shame. These legislators should be made to do the walk of shame (but umm...don't think I want to actually watch them).
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    Outer Worlds Announcement Trailer from Obsidian

    I don't do multi-player games, plus scifi, so to me it's interesting. Also some games do both, but that often means the single player has be stinted so it doesn't seem worth it (well until they get really cheap).
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    Outer Worlds Announcement Trailer from Obsidian

    Single player...I'll be waiting for this one to come out.
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    Researchers Find That Few Blockchain Companies Deliver on Their Promises

    I'm not surprised...when I looked into blockchain it seemed to me it was just based on distributed computing concepts I learned in school back in the early 80's. I see claims like it can used to track e.g. every head of lettuce from seed to store so it would be easy to find the origin of a food...
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    Nvidia Hardware Powers an Underwater Drone

    Waiting for the candid shots of people skinny dipping. A nice underwater drone lurking in every pond, pool, stream etc. Also need more fish porn.
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    Western Digital Embraces Open Standards with RISC-V Processor Development

    9 stage pipelines? NOP NOP NOP NOP NOP NOP NOP....that executes fast ;). While open standards can backfire for a company, in my totally unscientific gut feeling it seems the benefits usually outweigh the disadvantages.
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    24 Amazon Workers Injured By Robot Accident

    If this was a bad scifi movie, this would be marking the start of the robot revolution...and there's nowhere to hide.