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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Andrio Re:I'm betting on 60%+ of what we ask it to do (574 comments)

What your describing is more akin to a "virtual intelligence." Basically, a computer that's smart enough to have human reasoning. It would be like the star trek computer. You could tell it something like "Find me 100 different pictures of cats" and it would be able to do it as easily as a human could. (Ordinarily, getting a computer to perform such a task would be excruciatingly difficult and prone to false positives)

A true AI would be more akin to Data from Star Trek. It would have all the capabilities of a VI (virtual intelligence), but also have the self awareness, sentience, and desire for self-preservation that a human would.

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Andrio That's one big bill! (216 comments)

"A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 33 HD films — in a single second."

At Verizon's cost of 15 dollars per 1 GB (when you go over your data plan), 5G could then theoretically cost you 1500 dollars per second.

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Andrio Re:New particle collider? (161 comments)

Supercollide'er? I barely know 'er!

about a month and a half ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Andrio Re:Oh good (164 comments)

Yeah, I have childhood memories of watching the Discovery/Learning channel, and seeing so many documentaries and things about technology, science, and just plain learning.

That went away a long, long time ago.

  Discovery = Reality shows targeting men
  TLC = Reality shows targeting women

about a month and a half ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Andrio Re:lol - WRONG!!! (631 comments)

I'm pretty sure that CurrentC will not use NFC. I think it'll do something like generate a QR code that gets scanned or photographed, or something like that.

Sadly, with backers like Walmart, they'll be able to offer sign-up incentives, like 10% off or whatever. They'll probably push it very hard.

about 1 month ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

Andrio Re:nearby, the cable co announced gigabit cheap (88 comments)

This is kind of what happened with webmail when Gmail came out. I remember at the time, in 2004, Hotmail was 2MB of storage and Yahoo was 3MB of storage. As soon as Gmail came out with its 1GB of storage, you saw the others suddenly start offering a lot more storage.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Andrio Re:Typical Rosetta (62 comments)

Even our most advanced space robots aren't immune to taking selfies.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Andrio Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (549 comments)

Unless, of course, we one day create a computer so powerful it can figure out how to reverse entropy.

about 3 months ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Andrio Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

Of course they realize it. They realized it years ago, when they got rid of unlimited data.

about 3 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

Andrio Re:Circular LCDs (87 comments)

Android Wear supports both round and rectangular screens. The reason for this is fashion, and fashion will always beat out pure function.

about 3 months ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Andrio Re:Nationalize em. (110 comments)

We could carve them up like mabell, but that would just slow them down for 20 or so years while all the baby Comcasts recombine.

Just like the T1000 from Terminator 2.

about 4 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Andrio Re:Easiest Definition of Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Netflix should use their film-producing resources to make a pro-Net Neutrality documentary, and display it the main banner of their homepage (like they do with their original content).

about 4 months ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Andrio Re:This is the future Republicans want for all of (155 comments)

This mentality will destroy the country. Stop turning things into Republicans vs Democrats. Truth is they both serve the same corporate masters.

Under Obama, for example, a former Monsanto Exec became the head of the FDA. A former telecom lobbyist became the chairman of the FCC. I mean, what the fuck, right?

Basically, whether you vote Republican or Democrat, this kind of thing will go on. The two party system is just useful for distracting people, and getting them to vote in such a way where nothing will actually change.

about 4 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Should be "OK"

I ran a 2GB netbook with Windows 7, and it was okay. Certainly felt the lack of memory, but it was usable. Windows 8 is supposed to have a smaller footprint than Windows 7, so maybe it'll fair a bit better.

about 4 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

Except that you can forget about using any and all dark colors. Windows 8 doesn't change the window text to a light color (or, as Windows 7 does, have a white frost effect behind the text). The end result is that if you use a dark window color, you won't be able to comfortably read the window title.

I still can't understand how they let this happen, or how they haven't fixed it yet.

about 4 months ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Andrio It's a marketing thing (147 comments)

Most people with "unlimited" data will probably use anywhere between 3-10GB.

But there are people, on the same unlimited plan, that will use 100 or 200 or more GB a month. Now, since they bought "unlimited" data, this is fine. They're getting what they paid for. Some might argue that they are abusing the service, but that doesn't matter: they bought unlimited data, so they're using it.

The result is that people who might use less than 10GB of data a month by streaming lots of music and youtube video, are put into the same service tier as people who might basically run torrents on their phone, or even use it as their home broadband, racking up hundreds of GBs of data a month.

I think part of the problem is that right now the data tiers are silly. Plans basically offer triers that look like this:
500MB
2GB
3GB
UNLIMITED

There's this huge spike.

People who will stream slightly mare than average, and people who intend to use their data for massive broadband demands will have no choice but to go with the unlimited plan. How about some more reasonable tiers? Something like
1GB
5GB
20GB
UNLIMITED

I lost track of what my point was supposed to be so I'm going to stop typing now.

about 4 months ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Andrio Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Ebola mutating to be airborne is a terrifying concept. Basically it'll be a real life Captain Trips.

about 4 months ago
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Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

Andrio 67P (54 comments)

They should rename come 67P to Rosetta Stone.

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Andrio Re:Loony as a tune (316 comments)

I would say that they build speed for two reasons.

One is marketing. It looks better in marketing to advertise SPEED in big letters, and use words like FASTEST and MOST POWERFUL.

The other is overages. If they give you tons of speed but a tiny limit, you run over your amount fast, then they get co charge you 10 dollars per GB.

about 4 months ago

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