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How Moore's Law Saved Us From the Gopher Web

AWhistler Re:lol whut? (239 comments)

My first PC-compatible was a Zenith 386sx. It had a 40MB drive that I upgraded to a 120MB drive...lots of space! Before that I was a TRS-80 die-hard since the late 70's.
In 1994 I bought a Gateway 2000 Pentium 90 with a 540MB drive. At the time, it was the largest hard drive you could get without having to install a special driver or get a BIOS update to cross he boundary in disk size.

more than 5 years ago

A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

AWhistler Defeats the purpose of teaching (931 comments)

Is what she wants legal? I don't know.
Is her taking of your notes out of your bag legal? Probably not. I don't know.

However, that she asks the question in the first place means that she doesn't want her students to learn. She just wants them to pass tests and graduate. She is not a teacher.

The purpose of teaching is to pass information from one generation to the next, hoping the next generation turns the information into new knowledge. People don't have perfect recall. They need notes and books to retain information. If the teacher doesn't want you to keep your notes then she is paranoid about cheating, and doesn't care if you learn anything or not. If I were a student, I would refuse and force her to take it to the dean, then to the police if necessary.

more than 5 years ago

Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras

AWhistler Re:"Orgone Generators" (432 comments)

So call now and get yours! We can't do this all day.

more than 5 years ago

New York City Street Lights To Go LED

AWhistler Re:Giant LED light bulbs (303 comments)

Except they don't. The LED's themselves might last forever, but the circuit boards they're attached to don't. I have seem many traffic lights in the middle of summer have missing sections of lights, and others where sections flicker on and off like there's a loose connection. They look like pies with a wedge missing. Soon the light is replaced and it looks whole again...until the cycle repeats all over again.

more than 5 years ago

Achieving Mathematical Proofs Via Computers

AWhistler Re:godelstheorem? (209 comments)

That *is* one of the corollaries I took away from the two books as well.

more than 5 years ago

Achieving Mathematical Proofs Via Computers

AWhistler Re:godelstheorem? (209 comments)

Not only that, but people should stop using this as a crutch in general. The journey is worth the effort, even knowing that you can never reach the end. This is why I agreed with Godel, Escher, Bach by Hofstadter and disagreed with The Emporer's New Mind by Penrose.

One of Penrose's conclusions was that any attempt at artificial intelligence is necessarily incomplete, so it won't be possible, while Hofstadter said that it is possible to successively approximate something intelligent, and we can learn a LOT about ourselves in the attempts, and that in itself is worth it.

At least that is one of the many things I got from the two books.

more than 5 years ago


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