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  • 02.17.2011
  • What the IBM Watson—Jeopardy matchup really tells us
  • Almost certainly, the wrong person(s) would get their hands on this knowledge/technology to do bad things with it. How could you ever defend against a never-ending stream of beings that have been "programmed" to do bad things against certain individuals, races, or humanity itself. I don't like even thinking about it. The world would never be the same again (if it even manages to exist for long).
  • 02.17.2011
  • What the IBM Watson—Jeopardy matchup really tells us
  • The day that we truly understand all the low-level and overall workings of the brain will be the day that may be the beginning of the end for us. Beings will then eventually be "created" (physically, in a computer, or whatever). The more I think about it, the more I hope mankind never truly understands how the brain works.
  • 01.17.2011
  • Friends, countrymen, and AC power strips: lend me your (mounting) ears!
  • -- Or, I add a small, L-shaped bracket at the -- end of the strip after mounting it, as a -- bumper or barrier, so the strip can't be -- pushed back... I make the hanging screws reasonably loose, hang the strip, then simply put another screw against the end so it can't move. No L-bracket or anything else is needed (at least for the strips I've mounted). But, yes, I'd rather have the easier-to-use mounting tabs.
  • 11.18.2010
  • The devil and the deep blue sea
  • Speaking of using silicone grease... That's exactly what I recently thought of using to prolong the life of our strings of holiday lights that get used outside. This year we had an especially bad failure rate for the many strings that we pulled out of storage boxes and tested before putting up. It looks like the culprit is corrosion of the fine lamp wires that get bent over the 2 sides of the little, plastic lamp base. Some of them that I pulled out were so brittle from corrosion that they literally broke off when being pulled from the socket. Has anyone ever tried pulling all the bulbs and putting silicone grease in the string sockets? Also, is there a really good source for bulk quantities of replacement string bulbs? I think I'll try it this year since I really don't want to replace all the strings every 3-4 years here in Florida. That could get a bit expensive considering how many we are using all around the roofs, dormers, wreaths, trees, etc.
  • 09.24.2010
  • Don’t re-cycle – free-cycle!
  • I like bringing things in to the local Humane Society thrift shop where their sales benefit all the things they do for animals. Sometimes we give to other thrift shops as well who do good things for people (Goodwill, etc.). Something makes me a little nervous about advertising free things. You never what type of person could come over and see what "other" things you might have around that they are interested in. Besides that, there are flea market and swap meet sellers who will take ANYTHING that they think they can sell. I don't really want to give stuff to people like that. I'd rather bring my things to organizations with worthy causes and keep potential problems away from my house, property and family.
  • 08.31.2010
  • Engineer investigates his car's engine problems
  • - I gave it to the dealer for a week – they - never saw it either. I called the manufacturer - asking them what I should do. The nice lady - on the phone was no help whatsoever. This is the kind of thing that really bothers me about dealers. They absolutely should have the capability of completely and easily troubleshooting their own brand of vehicles, even if it's an intermittent problem. They should have hooked up a recorder using pre-made breakout adapters to insert between all sensor connectors. Then they could have sent you on your way after not being able to get the failure to occur. The dealer's recorder would have caught the problem just as yours did. The dealers and car companies don't want to give the public all the data necessary to troubleshoot a car, yet they can't fix it themselves? Something's definitely wrong, here.