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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

Black Parrot Here's a question... (354 comments)

How come "Ask Slashdot" posts always boil down to "give me some ammunition for an argument with my boss" ?

yesterday
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Black Parrot Re:Welcome. (378 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new Probably Superintelligent Robots overlords.

FTFY

2 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Black Parrot Re:David Hume (136 comments)

Yes, but now we can find out whether we read Slashdot because we are nerds, or we are nerds because we read Slashdot.

3 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Black Parrot Re:What if there is a third party? (136 comments)

So if Z causes both X and Y, I assume that this amazing test gives garbage?

Perhaps in some cases it would be possible to detect that both X and Y were being affected by the same noise, implying the existence of some unknown Z?

3 days ago
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Black Parrot Re:Great... (136 comments)

The standard t-test for detecting an effect is already probabalistic. In science and medicine a 95% confidence value is commonly used, which means a 1/20 of detecting something that isn't there.

3 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Black Parrot Re:it will certainly be a flop (299 comments)

Especially since Harrison Ford praises the script. I wonder what his opinion was regarding the Indiana Jones IV script.

They supposedly waited all those years for the right script to come along.

about a week ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Black Parrot Re:Let's talk about sex, baby (368 comments)

Lois McMaster Bujold does it very well, in her Vorkosigan-saga books, where she touches upon cultural attitudes to sex.

But it seems like a kind of superficial gimmick. And most SF doesn't deliver any culture at all - art, music, religion, politics, etc - unless it directly relates to the plot.

What we need is someone who will do for SF what Tolkien did for fantasy.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:Red Dwarf question (129 comments)

+1, wooshie

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

Black Parrot Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

An actual AI is beyond the possibility of humans to create

That's an open question, but we certainly aren't going to create it by running current applications on ever-faster computers. The singularity is an ignorant fantasy.

about three weeks ago
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A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

Black Parrot Re:Has or won't. (69 comments)

Grammar is hard!

It has won't be being so hard after you has will have been being studying it more.

Or as Yoda would say it, it so hard after you studying it more has will have been being has won't be being.

about three weeks ago
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A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

Black Parrot Re:"has won't"? (69 comments)

has won't be = periphrastic perfect future passive contrafactual modal participular infinitival indicative of "is"

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Black Parrot Here's a plan (117 comments)

Change you name to Kim Putin, and no one will mess with you.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Black Parrot Re:It happened (117 comments)

Broke and his defense team quit without explanation. Can't imagine any connection there, eh?

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Black Parrot "onerous and massively one-sided." (189 comments)

Uhm, you're supposed to notice this before you sign, not after you go bankrupt.

about three weeks ago
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Black Parrot Re:Spratly Islands (154 comments)

Sorry, the limit is 1 conspiracy theory per post.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Black Parrot Re:Talismans (194 comments)

Source of my .sig.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Black Parrot Re:What a waste! (194 comments)

Another team tried it with Star Wars discs and coundn't reproduce the effect.

about three weeks ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

Black Parrot Re:Banal and boring. (50 comments)

The corporate-friendly Slashdot sucks.

Sounds like you, for one, don't welcome our new bitcoin & Tesla pimping overlords.

about a month and a half ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

Black Parrot Re:Say Yer Prayers (65 comments)

God is preparing to smite New Gomorrah.

The antelope refuge?

about a month and a half ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

Black Parrot Re:Illegal? (50 comments)

In China a lot of dinosaur fossils are sold in medicine shops. For some reason most Chinese still believe eating them cures disease and give you manly vigor.

Whereas in fact manly vigor comes from driving a dinosaur-sized truck that guzzles fossil fuel.

about a month and a half ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The New York Museum of Modern Art is collecting video games for an exhibition. MoMA is the most prestigious museum for modern art in the world, and according to Wikipedia, is the third-most-visited art museum (of any type) in the USA, 13th-most-visited in the world. The museum holds all that famous stuff you (maybe) learned about in art history class: Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, etc. Maybe art historians of the future will talk about Dwarf Fortress as 'Animated Cubism'."
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Did Anonymous prevent election hijack?

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The internet is abuzz with a story about Anonymous setting up a "firewall" to prevent a scheme to hijack Ohio's electoral votes, as some claim actually happened in 2004. Reportedly there are similarities this time around, except that the votes didn't suddenly shift to the other candidate, and Karl Rove got a big surprise. Fact, fiction, or conspiracy theory? Only Julian Assange knows for sure."
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Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Several news sites are reporting that the 1962 replica of the HMS bounty was lost at sea due to hurricane Sandy, about 90 miles off North Carolina. The latest news I find says 14 of 16 crew rescued, one drowned, and the Captain still missing."
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Company of Heroes 2 announced.

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "THQ announced Monday that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled for release next year. The initial offering is designed from the perspective of the Soviet Army, which never made an appearance in the original game or its add-ons."
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Global Warming Skeptics Discover Global Warming

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "A team of Berkely Scientists skeptical of global warming, led by prominent skeptic physicist Richard Muller (and funded by the Koch Brothers) unexpectedly testified to skeptical politicians in the US House of Representatives that theiir results — still preliminary — is finding the same thing mainstream climate scientists have been telling us. Other scientists are unsuprised; the article quotes Peter Thorne (not on the team) as saying "Even if the thermometer had never been invented, the evidence is there from deep ocean changes, from receding glaciers, from rising sea levels and receding sea ice and spring snow cover." However, Thorne criticizes the team for announcing the preliminary results before publishing an peer-reviewed papers on their work."
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Textbook references Wikipedia

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Not as a source, but as a destination. From the third edition (December 2009) of Russell & Norvig's popular AI textbook: 'The Encyclopedia of AI (Shapiro, 1992) contains survey articles on almost every topic in AI, as does Wikipedia. These Articles usually provide a good entry point into the research literature on each topic.' Has Wikipedia passed a milestone of respectability?"

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