In the Stargate SG-1 universe, The Replicators are an incredibly formidable AI race. Made up of small, interchangeable blocks that communicate through subspace across the galaxy, replicators can form into just about anything, from crazy little spider robots to androids to entire fricken spaceships. Worse still, the replicators consume virtually everything in their path to create more replicators, and adapt to and integrate any technology they come across. Oh yes, they make the Borg seem like kittens.
I’ve always wondered, how might such an incredibly advanced system, with such incredibly complex adaptive logic, incredibly sophisticated networking, and nearly unlimited storage be built?
Follow the link to find out…
and afterwards take a look at the code behind http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/RBC:R9qHJ471JsUAGVAiOJY/oec/index.html#01
Watching the Democrats self-immolate during this election, which should have been a slam-dunk for the party, has really made me question its abiity to lead this country at all, ever again. If someone, anyone, could explain to me how this party is fit to lead, please, let them explain. From its ineffectual performance in Congress since the midterms to its fratricidal primary warfare, the Dem party seems determined to prove that it has outlived its usefulness. Now, gifted with a candidate who represents a new start for the future–who offers an attempt to show the country how we can at least attempt to transcend the most divisive elements of racism, prejudice and partisanship (no, not get rid of them completely, but at least kick them a ways to the curb in the name of progress and solving this country’s very serious current challenges), it has instead chosen a fight to the death to re-install a desperate, discredited monarchy that is taking refuge in the last century’s cultural and identity wars.
What the hell?
Gore? Edwards? Biden? Richardson? If they really backed the Clintons they’d have said so by now, but rather than come out and stand up for the future, they’re hedging their bets. Hoping for Cabinet posts?
When he finished his interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Archishop Gianfranco Girotti probably thought that his main message had been an appeal to Catholics to use the sacrament of Confession. Little did he know that the English-language news media would play the interview as a newly revised list of sins.
Archbishop Girotti, the regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, spoke to the Vatican newspaper about “new forms of social sin” in our era. He mentioned such transgressions as destructive research on human embryos, degradation of the environment, and drug trafficking. Within hours, dozens of media sources were suggesting that the Vatican had radically revised the Ten Commandments, issuing a list of “new sins.”
“Just so we don’t have to go through this whole resignation thing again,” one ballsy reporter asked, “have you ever patronized a prostitute?” Patterson thought for a minute. “Only the lobbyists,” he said.
A senior Fijian official has hit back at a United States report into the South Pacific country, saying America cannot be trusted to be the world’s guardian of human rights.
The US criticised Fiji’s post-coup governance in its annual human rights report on the country on Wednesday, citing widespread abuses, judicial and media interference, and corruption.
But Dr Shaista Shameem, chair of Fiji’s Human Rights Commission (FHRC) said the US had its own problems.
“USA should tell Fiji how it intends to deal with gross human rights violations committed by itself in Iraq, while it destroys that country.
“And please, let Fiji people know whether any weapons of mass destruction have been found,” Shameem said.
“As for Guantanamo Bay – when is that house of horrors going to be closed down and every inmate get due process?
“No one wants the USA to be the guardian of human rights for the rest of the world – it’s like asking Dracula to guard the blood bank,” she said.
Wednesday morning, the Clinton campaign sent reporters and bloggers covering the campaign a statement that consisted of questions and comments under the title of “Keystone Test: Obama Losing Ground.”
The Obama campaign’s communications department decided to annotate those questions and comments with some comments of their own… and boy, they held nothing back.
“It took me a decade to come to the realization,” says Lewin at his MIT office, “that really what counts is not what you cover, but what counts is what you uncover.”
Take a listen. The part where this happens is at about 3:20 in to this interview with NPR.
So did she say it? Well, unless the person in this video kidnapped Hillary and gave this press conference in her place, then yes, she did say it.
My hope is that people will remind her consistently about this in the coming days. It’ll interesting to see what she has to say.
Oh, and by the way, listen carefully to the interview:
Senator Clinton admitted to breaking her pledge to the DNC. She stated:
“… we all had a choice as to whether or not to participate in what was going to be a primary. And most people took their names off the ballot, but I didn’t. And I think that was a wise decision because Michigan is key to our electoral victory in the fall.
This is a direct and unequivocable violation of her pledge to the DNC and Democratic voters. She signed a pledge not to campaign OR PARTICIPATE. Here’s the relevant section of the pledge (pdf):
THEREFORE, I (Hillary Clinton), Democratic Candidate for President, in honor and in accordance with DNC rules, pledge to actively campaign in the pre-approved early states Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I pledge I shall not campaign or participate in any election contest occurring in any state not already authorized by the DNC to take place in the DNC approved pre-window (any date prior to February 5, 2008).
By her own admission, she has broken her pledge.
As she stated, she had a choice to make – and she chose to break her word.