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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-10 04:58
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders how many roads it must walk down
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Tags:books, funny, links, mainspring, personal, politics, reviews, science, tech
A nicely positive review of Mainspring

Knife-Wielding Robot Performs Stabbing TestsResearchers create a system to prevent robots from accidentally stabbing people. I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

Project Icarus UpdateIs Jupiter the best place to collect massive amounts of helium-3?

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages — (Via Language Log.)

The Right's continuing efforts to rehabilitate Joe McCarthy — When you don't have enough crazy in your movement, reach back into history for more!

Speaking of crazy, Stalin makes a comeback — He killed more Russians than Hitler did, but what's a little history when ideology is at stake? Amazing how much the American Right has in common with Soviet nostalgists.

Specter, Crist and Bennett — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison with an analysis of internal Republican politics that surprises me somewhat. I'll have to think on this.

?otD: Where was that answer blowing, again?

Writing time yesterday: none (chemo)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (poorly)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 7/10 (infusion day, GI)
Currently (re)reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

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User: silvertwi
Date: 2010-05-10 15:03 (UTC)
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It's blowing in the wind!

Thanks for an interesting link salad, as always.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-10 15:06 (UTC)
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They're fun to build.
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User: a_r_williams
Date: 2010-05-10 18:10 (UTC)
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Re: Knife-Wielding Robot. Couldn't they just program it with Asimov's three laws ;)
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User: jordan179
Date: 2010-05-10 20:43 (UTC)
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In the long run, Jupiter is probably the best place in the Solar System outside of the Sun to collect anything, as it contains most of the mass of the whole planetary system, including having a solid core bigger than the entire Earth. Of course, getting stuff out of the gravity well is difficult, and developing machines which can survive the insane pressures and temperatures encountered deep within its atmosphere and "hydrosphere" (plasma-hot liquid metallic hydrogen!) will be a challenge requiring at least one revolution in physics and engineering to complete ...
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