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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

AchilleTalon Re:What Bullshit (317 comments)

And given the high level of radiations any form of life will be subject to during the thousands of years it would take to make the trip nearby our solar system, I would say a living organism has almost no chance to survive the trip.

9 hours ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

AchilleTalon Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (317 comments)

Define dominant.

By number of units? By pound? By size of the actions domain? By resilience? By IQ? By energy consumption? By number of other entities it kills? By distance it travels?

It is very likely our first encounter with extrastellar form of life will be with a non-living space probe or something like that. Sustaining life during an interstellar journey is about impossible. In the big void, there is no energy available to sustain life as we define it and the amount of time it will take to reach a target capable to provide some power supply is too large for any kind of power supply we know and can think of. Nuclear reactors won't fit the bill, they will need to be replace/rebuild entirely many times, radioactive material will be no longer radioactive many thousands of years before an alien world is reached, etc. So, it leaves autonomous probes that can hibernate until some source of power is encountered.

Given that, would you qualify an autonomous probe as a form of life? Surely not.

9 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

AchilleTalon Re:Science is on the skeptical side of this debate (556 comments)

On what side do you think are the physicists questioning the identity of the Higgs and believing it may be another particle while the probabilities are much more higher than 95% it is in fact the Higgs? You just don't get it. It is not a matter of probabilities. At the beginning of the XXth century, it was taken for granted (almost 100% of the scientific community) the ether exists until two skeptic guys, Michelson and Morley decided to setup an experiment to determine if it actually exists and they found it didn't. Science is not a poll.

yesterday
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

AchilleTalon Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (556 comments)

Not only the data and the conclusions, the models themselves. If you use a model to analyze the data and draw some conclusions from it and this model is unable to predict phenomena correctly you can certainly become skeptic about the conclusions you drawn from it. Recently, many models were put exactly in that position. Calling everyone a denier because he/she express some doubts about the conclusions of a model without any decent prediction capability is certainly an abuse of language and even bullying toward legitimate skepticism.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

AchilleTalon Re:What happened to (579 comments)

Who are "they"? Do they have any authority? Don't confuse the government and a chain of movie distributors.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

AchilleTalon Re:Sets a precedent (579 comments)

I don't think so. We are talking about Sony only. And it is working with Sony because they have a lot of valuable information on Sony they just stole few days before. This is not likely to work with any North American media, if any other. You should also take into account Sony is not particularily good at protecting its own systems and they are reknown for that in fact. It is not the case of all the media.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

AchilleTalon Re:Terrorists Win (579 comments)

The US? I believe the US is larger than Sony. Just in case you are not aware of it, the decision was not made by the White House, the Congress or the Senate. So, keep it to the right proportions.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

AchilleTalon Re:Does the job still get done? (653 comments)

The economists rational makes no sense. First of all, AI creates more jobs than it destroys at the moment. There is currently no autonomous car to buy anywhere. No taxi, truck, bus driver has been replaced so far and no one knows when it will happen and if it will happen at all.

Second thing, most examples given are low wages jobs, then the argument does not hold water if you pretend it is responsible for stagnation of the average wages, the average wages should go up if there is less people with minimum wages.

Third, it is false to say there is less salesman jobs because Google has automated the advertisement. If it wasn't automated it would not be affordable to advertise for many enterprises which then would not exist at all or would have lower earnings, then would not be able to pay well their own employees.

The problem is rather than that some enterprises are draining too much money for what they do. For example, to give an extreme one, Instagram is creating very few jobs and was valued at 1 billion dollars while what they are doing is easily replicatable by a small team of developers. These sectors are draining too much economic resources for the services they provide.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

AchilleTalon The Grand Budapest Hotel's quote (173 comments)

M. Gustave: [to Mme. Celine's corpse] "You're looking so well, darling, you really are... they've done a marvelous job. I don't know what sort of cream they've put on you down at the morgue, but... I want some. "

2 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

AchilleTalon Re:Doubts about performance (99 comments)

Yes, but you started with text and removed a layer of complexity. Also, as mentioned, the reverse operation is not as efficient as the forward operation. There is much more work done on spoken English recognition than any other language. I doubt the performance to convert spoken French to text will be as performant as spoken English to text.

In writing, you make an extra effort to make it clear. In spoken language, you have hesitation, slang, intonations, accent, prononciation, elusion, etc, that makes it hard to decipher by a language recognition system and hard to translate as well.

3 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

AchilleTalon Doubts about performance (99 comments)

Given how shitty is the automatic closed captioning wherever you see it (TV, Youtube, etc) in English where most of the work and original research is done. Now imagine you then have to translate that into another langue where the translation performance is weak or so, so. Now, this is ony half of the equation, you then need to convert an foreign spoken language to text, then translate it back in English. I have reserves about the performance of such a system given the performance of all the individual components needed to make this a reality.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

AchilleTalon Re:Greenland part of Canada (184 comments)

Everything can be conquered if resources justify.

3 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

AchilleTalon Re:"Could", (390 comments)

First of all, if the model cannot make correct predictions, you cannot predict the effect of taking action A to prevent global warming. No matter if you believe or not the global warming is real and caused by humans.

Second, by 2500 we will have exhausted cheap gas, oil and coal for a long time. Not that there will not have still any to burn, it will just no longer be cheap energy compare to renewable.

Third, that is perfectly true no rational actor would be willing to sacrifice something today for an uncertain outcome tomorrow, in particular if that tomorrow he will already be dead.

So, get the models right and stop whinning about people that are not ready to sacrifice anything for wrong models, incorrect models or not accurate enough models.

5 days ago
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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

AchilleTalon Re:No logical benefit from this (55 comments)

It runs Linux, it is the year of Linux on the vertebrae!

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

AchilleTalon Re:No thanks (134 comments)

You will still be able to post your drunken pictures, the only thing this application will do is to ask you if you really want to do it given the content or the likely content to be at your disadvantage. You can still decide to post it anyway. It is just like a pat on the back: Are you sure you want to do this?

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

AchilleTalon Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

It doesn't work. It is proven that people with real weight problems will actually lose weight to just recover it and more after 2 to 3 years. The only thing that currently gives permanent results is stomach surgery, which is a bit radical. There is piles and tons of studies to prove that.It has nothing to do with self-discipline. You have no idea what you are talking about.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

AchilleTalon Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

They have no choice here. The lectures and the material belongs to the offender, nobody can take over the same material and teach the course unless Lewin agrees with that and even in this case the strong image of the offender, due to the nature of the lectures will still stick to the whole courses no matter how good they are. MIT must first protect its respectability, second send a strong message to anyone else that may be on the slippery road within its staff. The material is unusable, unfortunately. The collateral damages to future students is theoretical, someone else can be as good as Lewin at teaching the same topics. It is up to MIT to find one.

about a week ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

AchilleTalon Where does searching the phone ends? (105 comments)

Since for many users their smartphones are the interface to the Cloud and in some cases services are provided only through the Cloud, when permission is granted by the Supreme court to police officiers to search a phone, provided they document what they are doing, it may include going much further than the smartphone itself and it includes searching the web if someone has enable automatic login to web services. This decision from the Supreme court is flawn and very imprecise.

about a week ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

AchilleTalon Re:Not "ridesharing" (139 comments)

The problem is this isn't ridesharing, neither carpooling. The driver has no intention to go where the passenger wants to go and he will do so only because he is paid for. You are not pooling anything here, you are doing what taxis are doing and taxis don't do carpooling because carpooling is primarily intent to ease traffic jams and taxis don't want to take rides in traffic jams. Bottom line, yes, you are right Uber is trying to pull some business away from the traditional taxi industry. It is then perfectly understandable the industry is trying to protect itself from this threat. I don't know what is the compensation for someone enrolled into Uber to provide the service, but here, after doing the math, I don't see how someone can even break even provided the charges. The lower rates are at the expense of the car owner. You can do a little money only if in fact you are giving rides to someone going approximately where you are going anyway.

Another point that is of very concern to the customer, what will happen if you have an accident? Will the car owner insurance pay for the passenger? Can the passenger sue the driver? Can the passenger sue Uber? As far as I know, the standard insurance does not cover such activity as taking passenger for a fee on a regular basis.

about a week ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

AchilleTalon Re:Can I buy an editor? (129 comments)

"unmanned drones" doesn't make sense. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicule (UAV) by definition, hence an unmanned drone is a pleonasm.

about a week ago

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First person saved by a police drone in Canada

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "As the US continues to grapple with the idea of letting drones fly through the country's airspace, our neighbors to the north have reported a new milestone for unmanned aerial technology: the first life saved using a drone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the province of Saskatchewan announced yesterday that they successfully used the small Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter drone to locate and treat an injured man whose car had flipped over in a remote, wooded area in near-freezing temperatures. Zenon Dragan, president and founder of the Draganfly company that makes the drone, said in a statement: "to our knowledge, this is the first time that a life may have been saved with the use of a sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) helicopter.""
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Ask Slashdot: Best OSS embedded development platform

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "As many of you may know, there is two main competitors on the Windows platform for embedded software developement, namely IAR and Keil. By embedded development, I mean development for microprocessors like the wellknown 8051 and the likes. I do not intent to mean mobile platforms which include a complete OS in first place.

I am seeking for alternatives to IAR and Keil in the OSS world. Even if I can find pieces of code here and there, I haven't found yet a fully integrated development platform. Does it exist? What do you use, you the serious embedded developers out there?"
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Determine dinosaur's skin colour and why the fossil preserved intact

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "Experiments will determine dinosaur’s skin colour and why the fossil preserved intact

One of the only well preserved dinosaur skin samples ever found is being tested at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron to determine skin colour and to explain why the fossilized specimen remained intact after 70-million years.

University of Regina physicist Mauricio Barbi said the hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period (100-65 million years ago), was found close to a river bed near Grand Prairie, Alberta."

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Real-world generating capacity of wind farms at large scales overestimated

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about 2 years ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes "Research by Harvard professor David Keith suggests that the global capacity for energy generation from wind power has been overestimated, and that geophysical / climate effects of turbines will reduce the benefits of large-scale power installations.

"People have often thought there's no upper bound for wind power—that it's one of the most scalable power sources," says Harvard applied physicist David Keith. After all, gusts and breezes don't seem likely to "run out" on a global scale in the way oil wells might run dry.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-02-real-world-capacity-farms-large-scales.html#jCp"

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Hacking your own hearing-aid

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  about 2 years ago

AchilleTalon writes "Brian Moore, professor of audiology at the University of Cambridge, explained: "It's not the same as spectacles where you know you have the right prescription.
"With a hearing aid you can have an initial prescription but you will need to do some fine-tuning around that afterwards to satisfy the individual person."
He said the tuning process was frustrating because of the difficulty in making hearing aids work within different levels of noise."

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The city of Edmonton invite hackers to crack their voting system

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AchilleTalon writes "2012 Jellybean Internet Voting Election

Offering Edmonton electors an Internet voting option will depend on the results of the 2012 Jellybean Internet Voting Election (Jellybean Election), a mock election being conducted by the City this fall. The purpose of the Jellybean Election is two-fold:

1 To gauge the readiness of Edmontonians to use internet voting as a valid alternative in the 2013 General Election
2 To test the technology and ensure the internet voting system meets the City’s expectations for voter privacy, security, auditability and usability."

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Map of scientific collaborations

AchilleTalon AchilleTalon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AchilleTalon (540925) writes ""I was very impressed by the friendship map made by Facebook intern, Paul Buffer and I realized that I had access to a similar dataset. Instead of a database of friendship data, I had access to a database of scientific collaboration." — Olivier H. Beauchesne -"
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