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  1. Wasn't sure if this should be here as news or a prediction. THE MATRIX OVERLOADED - Computers will use more electricity than the entire world can generate by 2040, tech experts claim Nightmare scenario means humanity will be simply unable to power the systems which keep us alive by Jasper Hamill 25th July 2016 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1498750/computers-will-use-more-electricity-than-the-entire-world-can-generate-by-2040-tech-experts-claim/ Modern humans depend on their computers to do everything from ordering food to finding a romantic partner. But the current digital big bang could end with a disappointing whimper because humanity may be unable to produce enough power to keep computers running, experts have warned. A leading technical organised called the Semiconductor Industry Association has produced a study which said that computer-crazy society will be running short of electricity by 2040. It wrote: “Computing will not be sustainable by 2040, when the energy required for computing will exceed the estimated world’s energy production.” The Semiconductor Industry Association meets every year to discuss how electronic components called transistors – which power computer circuits – can be made ever smaller. Now the organisation is conceding that they probably won’t get any tinier, heralding the end of an era where computers got faster and faster as transistors shrunk to every tinier sizes. This means tech firms will have to think of new ways to make computers powerful enough to keep up with demands. “Driverless cars and personalised medicine along with countless other applications of intelligent systems are on the horizon, the Semiconductor Industry Association added. The year 2040 carries a huge resonance in the tech world, because some people believe that’s when artificial intelligence will become as clever as us humans – a moment known as the singularity. ...
  2. 148 Million Years Later, Dinosaur Quarry Remains a Cold Case July 24, 2016 Associated Press http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/07/24/148-million-years-later-dinosaur-quarry-remains-cold-case.html?intcmp=latestnews CLEVELAND-LLOYD DINOSAUR QUARRY, Utah – About 148 million years have passed since dozens of corpses of meat-eating dinosaurs were deposited here, just north of the San Rafael Swell and about 30 miles southeast of Price. It's been nearly a century since the bones first were chipped out of the limestone and shipped to museums around the world, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But it's not too late to secure the crime scene -- or at least that's what out-of-state researchers and college students who paid the site an annual visit in June hope. What facetiously has been referred to as a "murder mystery" at Cleveland-Lloyd began with excavations in the late 1920s and remains unsolved, even after the uncovering and analysis of more than 12,000 bones. Paleontologists know water likely pooled in this onetime depression. But why so many bodies? And why so many carnivore bodies -- outnumbering herbivores 3 to 1? "An early researcher out here once stated that there are almost as many hypotheses for this site as there are annual visitors," said University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh assistant professor Joseph Peterson. The quarry has proved a reliable source for the Allosaurus, which could grow 30 feet long and had knifelike teeth, razor-sharp claws and the general profile necessary to grab the attention of young museumgoers. Cleveland-Lloyd even has its own visitors center -- complete with an assembled Allosaurus skeleton, which is Utah's state fossil -- and would become Jurassic National Monument in the Public Lands Initiative proposed by Utah Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz. Local paleontologists, however, have been less interested in hauling out a 50th Allosaurus than finding new dinosaurs at other sites. Peterson and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) assistant professor Jonathan Warnock were surprised to learn about five years ago that the historic quarry had no active digs, and they applied to the Bureau of Land Management for a permit to conduct a more technologically informed study of the fossil record. ... more at the link There are no pictures at the first link ... this link does have some. http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html ...
  3. Very good jaclaz ... yes, we have to worry right now about doctor and hospital mistakes. So now we have "human" mistakes but in the future we will have "human and humanoid" mistakes ... there is no hope !!! There are more Google auto cars crashing over the last month or so ... I read about the Tesla crash earlier in the month. ...
  4. There was in 1992 a new TV show that was ahead of it's time ... Mann & Machine. I guess it was just "too far" in the future. It was a great show but was cancelled after nine episodes. It was developing a following and still has one today. A very beautiful police detective who was an android ... I think that term was used then. It also had a nice twist with the show title ... "Mann & Machine" ... she became the partner of Det Bobby Mann and she (Eve) was the machine. from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_%26_Machine "The series starred Yancy Butler as Sgt. Eve Edison, a beautiful police officer who is also a sophisticated gynoid robot capable of learning and emotion. She is partnered with Det. Bobby Mann (David Andrews), a human officer who holds disdain for robots. Rounding out the regular cast was S. Epatha Merkerson as Capt. Claghorn, Mann and Edison's superior officer. The series focused on Mann and Edison's criminal investigations in a Los Angeles of the "near future"—sometime around the beginning of the 21st century though the exact year is never stated. An ongoing subplot of the series focused on Eve's continuing education about what makes humans tick, and her ever-growing capacity for emotion, highlighted by the penultimate episode "Billion Dollar Baby" in which Eve is placed in charge of caring for an infant, activating unexpected maternal feelings. Although Butler received good reviews for her performance in one of her first major roles, the series was criticized heavily, with many comparing it to a failed 1970s comedy series with a similar premise, Holmes & Yo-Yo. The series was pulled from NBC's schedule after only four episodes. The remaining five were aired as a summertime filler." .... It was never released on DVD or VHS (to my knowledge) ... but some DVDs have been made from VHS - TV copies ... I really liked the show in 1992 and did years later get a DVD set of the nine episodes from a seller on the internet. The episodes are TV copies ... not great but not bad ... always hoped the show would be released on a good DVD set. There are some videos listed at YouTube ... one is just over 1 minute and the other is almost 9 minutes ... a chance to see what the show really was ... ahead of it's time. https://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=Mann+and+Machine Mann & Machine - IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103486/ In the near future, cop Bobby Mann is teamed with a voluptuous robot partner, Sgt. Eve Edison. He's a brash, wise-cracking maverick; she's serious, naive, by-the-book and tends to take things literally. In this hour-long series, the two detectives learn from each other, while solving a variety of crimes. ... there is a picture of a 5 DVD set release showing ... never been able to locate it but I don't think it's an official release ... probably like the one I got ... with TV - VHS recordings ... OK but could be better with a release from the network. added: I just checked the YouTube links on the Google search page ... the video quality is not very good. There are a few other video parts listed to the right and they are not much better ... just terrible. Usually YouTube videos are better but the show is pretty old from 1992 TV. I didn't do a complete search on YouTube ... there may be better videos posted. ...
  5. I just remember when I first posted or started this thread ... maybe 2013. There wasn't much in the way of drone news ... whatever there was at the time was mostly government stuff. Then in a few months it seem to just explode and drones were suddenly in the news everyday. They have become both a help to people and a real nuisance to many people from neighbors spying around property, looking in windows and such. So as these humanoids develop in the future ... will they become criminals ... or be programmed to be criminals? Maybe with a shortage of (real) doctors and nurses in the future, these humanoids will become replacements. Can they be trusted with giving shots ... they maybe will be hacked to give someone the wrong medicine or shot ... with the purpose of killing them. Perhaps they won't have to be hacked ... they will become smarter and just decide to end the life of someone. As they talk with other humanoids ... who knows what ideas will be discussed as we the humans have no idea what is being plotted. So "The Twilight Zone" has arrived. Say twenty years from now ... you are in the hospital and someone comes in to give you a shot or a dose of medicine ... are you going to be 100% OK taking that pill or shot? ... so you are not sure who's actually standing there ... a human or a humanoid. This is not going to be fun in the future ... especially when the first human somewhere is killed or murdered by a "harmless humanoid". Just like the drones started off just a few years ago ... more or less as a novelty until it all became serious stuff. So we have a new novelty in 2016 ... humanoid robots. What will this all be in 3 to 5 years. It all seems to be a joke for now ... mostly dealing with "sex robots" ... but in the future as these things populate and maybe become a threat to humans in some way ... what will be happening ??? ... who will have the law and police on their side ... the humans or the humanoids? Especially as more humanoids are programmed to be police officers ... saving the "human police" from being shot and killed. When the "humanoid police force" grows larger ... who will they protect and arrest? ... humans or humanoids ???
  6. Actually ... I was thinking of a humanoid type robot in my first post. I should have added that in my earlier post. Some of these are already looking pretty realistic in 2016. However, think what they will be like in five or ten years as each generation becomes even more real in human looks and thoughts. So I have this in my mind ... this urban community somewhere ... a nice quiet street ... maybe 10 to 20 homes. Someone has one of these "humanoid robots" several doors down. It's a dark, moonless night ... maybe foggy and the robot ... for whatever reason ... a malfunction or just a human feeling of wanting to go for a walk. Takes the walk ... decides to head back home ... gets disoriented (lost) and goes to the property or porch of another house. The people inside have no idea what's going on ... feels threatened and blasts the human looking thing off the porch. You know this is going to happen one day, as more of these things begin to populate in areas. ...
  7. Is it against the law to shoot a robot yet ? ... in self defense someday, should it become necessary. At this time (2016) ... I suppose it's safe to say nobody anywhere in the world is on trial or sitting in a jail or prison for shooting a robot and maybe "killing" it. Now what exactly does that mean ... "killing a robot". The robot is down on the ground and no longer breathing or all electronics are dead and there is "no sign of life". If this is the case and someone is arrested ... are they released once new electronics are installed and the robot is up and "walking around" again. Robots to OUTNUMBER humans as ‘swarms’ of machines are unleashed Scientists say we'll soon be able to control vast armies of robots using our SMARTPHONES by Jasper Hamill 21st July 2016 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1481650/robots-to-outnumber-humans-as-swarms-of-machines-are-unleashed/ Human beings are set to be “outnumbered” by robots as massive armies of intelligent machines move into the home and workplace. That’s the claim from leading American robotics experts, who are trying to work out how humans can control the vast numbers of intelligent machines which are expected to be unleashed in the coming years. A team based at the University of Texas have unveiled a system which allows them to use “any device with a web browser to access and control a humanoid robot” – which means machines designed to act like real people. ...
  8. If your familiar with the Kitten Bowl games running with the Super Bowl in February and you like cats ... here are the Olympic Kitten Summer games coming in August. From the information I can find there will be a gymnastics "venue" ... jumping little hurdles and other track and field events. Catch the Kitten Summer Games on Friday, August 5th at 8/7c, on Hallmark Channel. http://www.animalleague.org/events-news/events/summer-games/2016/ Road to the Kitten Summer Games http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-summer-games ...
  9. As dencorso says ... just for the record ... the ESR version of flash player will be going away in October. Extended Support Release - Flash Player 18.0.0.366 (Win & Mac) ATTENTION: Important Changes to Extended Support Release The Extended Support Release was originally created to help minimize the time IT administrators spend certifying a new Flash Player release, by restricting the number of changes introduced in a given release to only security changes and critical functional fixes. At the time, functional changes far outweighed the number of security fixes included with each release of Flash Player. In the modern security landscape; however, the opposite is true and the combination of proactive and responsive security mitigations far outweigh functional changes. In practice, the ESR no longer insulates IT organizations from the vast majority of changes included in the standard Flash Player release, providing little relief in terms of reduced functional risk. As a result, we have decided to discontinue the ESR branch and instead focus solely on the standard release. Focusing on the standard release allows us to be more agile in response scenarios, and to focus more deeply on both testing and new security engineering efforts moving forward. To permit organizations sufficient time for testing and certification, the ESR will be maintained and updated until October 11, 2016, after which point organizations will need to transition to the standard release. ... so I guess I will have to go back to using the regular flash player release ... which for now is: Flash Player 22.0.0.209 (Mac & Win NPAPI & PPAPI); 22.0.0.210 (Win ActiveX) ...
  10. I'm wondering if someone here can be of help to Roffen and help him with a good, easy to work with ... back-up system. If he could get a good fresh install and then adjust all his settings just right ... get rid of any "junk" items or files and get that setup burned to a DVD or saved to a USB flash drive. That should make things easier for him to 'start over' if an installation goes bad or some software doesn't work ... and he can 'experiment' more with software. I use Time Machine by Bluebird or AX64 Time Machine ... it does cost some money but it works very well for me. I don't want him spending money on something if there is something better out there ... and maybe free but Time Machine is so easy to work with ... with XP anyway, not sure about a newer OS like Windows 7. Are there other people here using Time Machine? ... with positive or negative things to say about it ? I was using RollBack Rx but with Time Machine ... nothing is running in the background, you can defrag if you want to and it doesn't mess with the MBR. I don't have it running and only use it for a backup every month or two for updates I have applied ... Flash, Shockwave and etc. I just fill bad for Roffen when he says he will start over or start with a fresh install. He seems to be trying many things to get a good working setup established. Just thought someone out there could offer a good backup program to save him time and frustration. It would drive me crazy going back to Square One so often. Maybe an older version of Ghost from eBay would work but Time Machine has worked OK for me so far. AX64 Time Machine https://ax64.com/download-page/ Questions & Answers https://ax64.com/questions-answers/ What is AX64 Time Machine? A set and forget backup solution. Time Machine works silently in the background so you can have peace of mind you’re always protected. How does it work? Once you select the disk you want to backup and where you want to save it, Time Machine will quickly copy all the data and then perform backups hourly. With the touch of a button you can then roll back your entire computer to any previous point in time. Can I select certain files to backup? Time machine will backup everything on your disk, you wont miss anything. You can even view and open any file in the ‘backup browser’. It works just like Windows explorer. Where are all the bells and whistles? It’s all under the hood. Time machine is designed to work without needing a manual. Just two buttons to perform your main tasks. Backup and restore has never been easier. Why are you better than other similar services? Time Machine makes backup and recovery simple by performing images of your Windows system and allowing you to restore your PC to a previous point in time in just seconds to minutes. My lifetime serial key does not work in the software. When you purchase a key it will always work and never expire for that specific version. Users can upgrade to minor versions like 2.2 to 2.3 however must make a purchase at a discounted rate to a major release like 3 to 4. ...
  11. It's been fascinating looking at the pictures of what people sent to Hallee Sorenson in Maine ... so many candies and items from around the world. One item caught my attention ... a picture from July 12 showing a Green Tea Kit-Kat bar in a green wrapper and not red. I have no idea what country it's from ... maybe Korea ? ... just a wild guess ... wonder what that tastes like? Other many interesting pictures. https://www.facebook.com/HalleesBirthday/ Right now it's about five pictures down and dated July 12th. Going a little farther down to July 11th ... this was posted ... I took just this small few lines out of the post. "The most interesting and unique candy has to be from Asia. I swear I ate chocolate that had some kind of sea-life in it last week. The Kit-Kat varieties alone are staggering. And not being able to read the label is half the fun. Might be sea urchin..might be machi..you take your chances." ...
  12. Hi ... not sure if you can find any back-school-sales in India but I see there are Walmarts scattered around ... maybe at least 21 stores. Walmart opens 21st wholesale store in India The new 60,000 sq. ft store in Agra will operate under the newly adopted Best Price wholesale model Wed, Aug 12 2015 http://www.livemint.com/Industry/9RkRvYt1asgVRSI6a2belJ/Walmart-opens-21st-wholesale-store-in-India.html New Delhi: Walmart India Pvt. Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., on Wednesday opened its 21st cash-and-carry outlet in the country. The new 60,000 sq. ft store in Agra, which is the second in the city and fourth in Uttar Pradesh, will operate under the newly adopted Best Price wholesale model that is connected to Walmart’s online platform. Walmart India’s outlets are spread across nine states. The retailer has said it will open about 500 outlets in the next 10-15 years in the country. It has already invested about Rs.2,000 crore. In June 2014, the parent announced plans to invest about Rs.623 crore in India, according to Walmart India’s filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC). “Our Best Price store will also help our kirana members and others to efficiently manage their inventory and lower their operational costs. We will continue to invest in the supply chain infrastructure and supplier development, focusing on the growth of small and medium manufacturers, helping our farmer suppliers grow,” said Krish Iyer, president and chief executive officer, Walmart India. Rival Metro Cash and Carry India Pvt. Ltd, which has 17 stores, last year announced that it will open 50 stores in the country by 2020. Its German parent Metro AG had, in March this year, announced a possible investment of Rs.400 crore in India, according to its RoC filing. Reliance Industries Ltd, the only other player in the organised wholesale business, has 45 outlets. Carrefour SA shut down all its five stores in India last year. ................ Not sure what seller you are talking about ... those SanDisk $4.99 - 16 GB flash drives in that link are sold by Amazon itself and it has International Shipping ... but maybe not for flash drives, not sure. SanDisk Cruzer Blade CZ50 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Price:$4.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49 https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Frustration-Free-Packaging--SDCZ50-016G-AFFP/dp/B007KFAFZ8/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1468092130&sr=8-9&keywords=16+gb+flash+drives Ships from and sold by Amazon.com "If the item you purchase is not eligible for Express shipping options, we also offer Guaranteed Accelerated Delivery via standard shipping or international shipping when applicable as long as the item is shipped by Amazon." Maybe some private sellers don't wish to ship to India ... I could not find any actual Walmart ads from India ... maybe they have some sales at the stores. ...
  13. Yes ... you are right the little drives come in handy for many things. When I bought some 16 GB drives last summer, I started using them more for storage and have been burning less DVDs. One drive is equal to roughly 3 1/2 DVDs. Of course, there's always the chance that a flash drive will go bad and everything is lost ... just have to take a chance on that. This is the same drive at Amazon but it's the old red-black drive from last year. I don't see the colors for sale yet at Amazon. SanDisk Cruzer Blade CZ50 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Price:$4.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49 https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-Frustration-Free-Packaging--SDCZ50-016G-AFFP/dp/B007KFAFZ8/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1468092130&sr=8-9&keywords=16+gb+flash+drives Also, a nice way to keep these flash drives in some sort of order ... I bought these little round labels at Walmart for color coding a few months ago. The price was around $1.88 and there are 475 small round labels in the colors of pink, yellow, orange and green. I just put 1, 2 , 3 on the dot labels and have some sort of idea of older stored items and newer items. However, with these new colored flash drives ... just the numbers on the dot labels will be all that will be needed. I put .avi stuff on one color, .mp4 on another color ... many nice ways to work with these new color drives or older drives from last year. Avery Removable Color Coding Labels, 0.25 Inches, Assorted, Round, Pack of 768 Price:$2.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Removable-Coding-Labels-Assorted/dp/B000BMBU9M ... as I said earlier, the Walmart package is also Avery but 475 count ... and $1.88, as I remember. That's a lot of dot labels and they are easy to remove ... won't ruin the flash drive , if you change everything down the road. Thought maybe this might be helpful to some people. ... added: I just looked further down the Amazon page of the Avery labels and this is what I got at Walmart. I thought I paid less than $2 ... these packs are $4.84 ... I didn't pay that much. Avery Round Color Coding Labels, 0.25 Inch Diameter, Assorted Removable, Pack of 475 Price:$4.84 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49 https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Diameter-Assorted-Removable-06720/dp/B004INFQMM/ref=pd_sim_229_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51kFD3SmANL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=BZD1RBG9VGBBCVEXHJ6A added: One more thing ... these "Back-to-School" bins should be right after you enter Walmart ... they are usually there in July, August and part of September or till everything sells ... glue, paper, pens and flash drives. ...
  14. Like I posted the last few years ... Walmart again has 16 GB flash drives for $4.97 ... same price as last year and before ... except two years ago the flash drives were 8 GB. The flash drives are SanDisk, as they have always been ... but this year there is a nice "twist" ... there are different colors ... pink, blue and green. I like that ... one color for videos, one for music and one for something else. Easier to keep things in order. I don't know if all Walmarts have this exact same offer or the colors but my local Walmart does. I loaded up ... they never seem to add more flash drives to the bin ... once they're gone ... they're gone. At least it's been like that in the past. If you remember from last year and before ... the SanDisk drives were always one color ... red. Still a good deal. ...
  15. When I was searching Google for any recent news about XP and Office 2000 updates for June and the Update check not working or never finishing ... I did see a lot of people complaining about Windows 7 never finishing or taking hours to finish. I found no mention of any XP problems for June 2016. Either I'm the only one with the XP update problem or something else is in play ... other people must also have older versions of MS Office to update. ...