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my problem is what is considered an obscure movie?
There are a lot of miovies that I like which might be considered "Obscure" by some but others may not.
Yeah. My knowledge of pop culture is not as... shall we say... extensive as that of normal people. I generally have no idea what's popular and what's obscure.
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my problem is what is considered an obscure movie?
There are a lot of miovies that I like which might be considered "Obscure" by some but others may not.
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So, how about that warp drive, hey? Sounds a lot to me like the propose Alcubierre drive, in which nothing actually travels faster than light (hence the headline is misleading), but in which spacetime is compressed or stretched so that there is literally less spacetime for a craft to move through.

The problem with the Alcubierre drive is that in order to work, it requires an exotic material that possesses negative mass. And that doesn't exist and can't possibly exist in this universe.
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Tech Talk / Re: What VR set up did Steve get?
« Last post by werecow on Today at 04:31:35 PM »
It's a little less widely known, but I've also read good things about the Samsung HMD Odyssey (supposed to be one of the best consumer grade VR headsets around).
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Human life has no "purpose". Life just is - human life is merely one evolutionary outcome of life's processes.
Tell that to my cats.  ;D
Cat philosophy isn't that deep, when you come to think about it.
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I don't know if many other people have seen Clue, but it's one of my favourite movies.
Here it's a double feature with "Murder by Death". Chortles ensue.

I love the math lesson.
One plus two... plus one plus one...


*crash*
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My biggest quibble with the above is the notion that it's just the brain and its neural connections. I suspect the entire body system is involved. I do not allege any magical "soul" or suchlike, but I do think that as the brain is connected to the entire body and governs its activities, so also the body influences the brain through hormonal feedbacks that are not neuronal, in addition to the neuronal feedbacks.

I would love to see a truly intelligent machine, because maybe then I could have a realistic sex bot. Especially with that new soft artificial muscle.

So far all I see are things like Siri that are merely very powerful look-up programs, and not very good at what they do, and game-playing programs that can beat almost any human player but which do not approach the game from anything like the same direction as humans.

I think we'll invent a synthetic human by gene-building before we have a truly intelligent machine, much less a conscious one. Just because nature created us and our brains doesn't mean that we can necessarily match that accomplishment with silicon. Nature had much more to work with and several billion years in which to do it.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #653
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 04:22:46 PM »
I think it was in SoF that a mention was made of soft artificial muscle, and the question was asked, "What would that be needed for?"

Answer: Sex bots. Invent a sex bot with soft muscle, that can move realistically, and you will have more money than God.

I am reminded of being a boy on a farm.  Farmers were always trying to convince little boys to put their wieners in the electric milking machine - somehow I knew I wasn't really supposed to do it... but damn it sounded like something I would've enjoyed.

Farmers were always trying to convince little boys to do this??? What the fuck? I worked on a dairy farm and I never heard anybody suggest anything of the sort.
I think this was one of those cases where someone was using hyperbole for rhetorical effect.
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TV & Movies / Re: Corporate
« Last post by MTBox on Today at 04:14:50 PM »
It airs on Comedy Central.
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Tech Talk / Re: Cryptocurrency
« Last post by stands2reason on Today at 04:10:28 PM »
I suppose they could. But what reason would they have to do it? What do they gain by it? The real incentive for creating a cryptocurrency or mining someone else's, is to get something for nothing. And the appeal for users is either for shady dealings or because they're paranoid about government or because they lack an understanding of economics and imagine the cryptos are somehow more "legitimate" than government-issued currency.

I am intentionally ignoring the circumstantial context of Bitcoin and trying to imagine how the idea could be useful, more generally.

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If an investment bank or oil company issues a crypto backed by something of real value, how do they make money from it?

Basically, an expense ratio (i.e. a cut of the interest earned by the backing assets), since it would effectively be a mutual fund.

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Cryptocurrency wastes resources to produce something less substantial than air, and that claims to solve a problem that does not actually exist.

And speaking of transaction fees, I think this is the main point that most people are missing. Our transaction infrastructure isn't that great. At least in the USA, it takes several business days to process an electronic funds transfer ("electronic check"). Credit and debit card processors (including Paypal and similar) typically charge ~$0.50 plus ~2% to process a transaction. The selling point is that you would have "cash" that has a higher interest rate than any savings account, that is actually backed by insured cash-like investments, and that could be transacted nearly instantaneously for free. Again, I am fully aware of the circumstantial context of Bitcoin; that was part of their promise, but their system doesn't actually accomplish this.
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