Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

Coisiche Re:Youtube Comments (108 comments)

This is all reminding me of an episode of Odyssey 5 where Ted Raimi portrays an AI that learned everything from those aspects of the internet and was inadvertently housed in a synthetic body instead of the nastier AI the body was intended for.

He turned out not to be the villain that the Odyssey 5 crew had been expecting.

about a week ago

Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Coisiche There's a more useful algorithm (177 comments)

A more useful algorithm would be one that evaluates if the decision is free from bias and not influenced by money.

Of course, finding the test data for it would be a bit of a problem.

about a month ago

US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

Coisiche Re:Uh oh, this isn't good (if it works) (162 comments)

Well, not really. See, the elite are not actually going to use those tests on themselves or their offspring so there are always going to be incompetent cretins put in charge of things because being born into privilege is divorced from any natural ability. They're not interested in making themselves better, only richer.

What this is really about is that they need an easy way to identify skilled workers. There is not going to be any state education so they need to be able to identify potential candidates from within the uneducated 99% and if a machine can just scan someone then that's their ideal solution. Something that's easy to use and gives results that are easy to interpret, obviously.

about a month ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

Coisiche Re:Tomorrows headline.. (208 comments)

Yeah, it's a bit of an out-lier in the spectrum of brain injuries. All I got from mine are ataxia and diplopia which are things I can't see anyone wanting.

about 4 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Coisiche Re:Eh... (325 comments)

I enjoyed the hell out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Singular. The sequels were shite.

about 4 months ago

Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

Coisiche Plot idea for them (121 comments)

Media Wars: The executives of established media feel they aren't getting richer fast enough and some Johnny-come-latelys who initially made their money through technology are stepping on their lawn.

  • Be reduced to tears when you see the legislative ideas they come up with to protect their turf
  • Gasp at the amounts spent on bribery, I mean lobbying

about 4 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Coisiche Simulating meat does seem bizarrely common (466 comments)

In the UK, Quorn is the main faux meat mycoprotein. I'm not a vegetarian but I have tried a few of their products and they are, without exception, all about simulating meat.

The simulated chicken pieces are probably the most realistic; so much like the real thing in terms of appearance, texture and taste it's uncanny. The steak strips aren't as good texture wise, nor is the lamb cutlet, but both are ok taste wise although to visual inspection the lamb one is obviously artificial. The sausages are good but since the meat content of real sausages is questionable anyway, I don't think there's much comparison to draw. The biggest fail is the Quorn bacon rashers. You have to wonder why they bothered trying. Nothing can compare with real bacon and we can't help vegetarians who chose to give that up.

about 4 months ago

NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Coisiche Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (115 comments)

Fortunately, if there Is a real God, I suspect "he"s not going to be that hung up on whether his creations beleived without evidence or not.

My opinion too. For the record I don't believe any intelligent entity was involved in the creation of the universe, but if there was then after 14 billion years I don't think they will give a toss about what any of the multitudinous lifeforms that inhabit it think or do.

about 4 months ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Coisiche More than just Tucker (242 comments)

Okay, he is, now, best known for the Malcolm Tucker role but I remember him better in other roles; the Angel Islington in a BBC adaption of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (although that show was really stolen by Paterson Joseph's Marquis De Carabas) and as Uncle Rory in the TV adaption of Iain Bank's Crow Road.

And it's kind of nice that the Doctor is portrayed by an actor older than me again. That hasn't happened for a while.

1 year,29 days

Full-Size Remote Control Cars

Coisiche Re:Trucking? (91 comments)

Yeah, freight seems a good justification for this. However I expect that the majority of road use is about moving people between locations so remote control seems a bit pointless.

Or maybe it's a growth opportunity. I guess you could hire a chauffeur in another country to drive the vehicle for your commute to work while you read the paper. Or maybe drive it home after a night on the town. "Yes officer, I'm completely drunk but I'm not driving the car. I've hired a guy on the other side of the world to do it."

about a year ago

Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59

Coisiche RIP Iain (141 comments)

Farewell Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry; that's the Culture style name he gave himself once. I don't think there will ever be a fictional place that I wanted to live in as much as your Culture.
I encountered him a few times at Edinburgh Book Festival events and other signings. It was handy being able to say "Make it to Iain, spelled the same way".

about a year ago

No Porn From Public WiFi Hotspots In the UK Proposed

Coisiche Re:Porn is bad and dirty (390 comments)

Aye, the CCTV cameras are just being installed everywhere these days.

about a year ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

Coisiche Re:It's The American Drean (1313 comments)

The problem is that humans of today aren't any different than the ones from 2000 years ago (or even more)

Actually, some claim that we are. I think that the story might also have been on slashdot a couple of weeks ago.

about a year and a half ago

Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

Coisiche Re:But I'm telling you... (105 comments)

90 these days. And gearing up from heroic instances is enough to get you into Mogu'shan Vaults LFR, although being flung in with 24 other random people can be a bit of a trying experience.

Anyway, you wouldn't need to be in the same raid, any toon on the same realm could whisper the raiding lawyer (or any realm if said lawyer had responded to your RealID request).

about a year and a half ago

NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

Coisiche Re:The reporter does not like electric vehicles (609 comments)

Male motoring reporters don't like electric cars. Simple fact.

In the UK Top Gear program, the only presenter ever to make a grudging positive comment about an electric vehicle is James May, nicknamed Captain Slow by the others. I suspect there might be an agenda at work there.

about a year and a half ago

Python Trademark At Risk In Europe

Coisiche Is it really a good choice? (122 comments)

I live in UK and the first association I make when encountering the word "python" is with Monty Python's Flying Circus. That would also be true of many people I know. Why would anyone want to use that as a trademark in this country when so many people will immediately think of a comedy team?

about a year and a half ago

Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

Coisiche Lot of speculation (265 comments)

The article is big on using "if", "might be", "could range". So that $195B will represent the most wishful of optimistic estimates. We need to get the technology for better assessment of the composition of asteroids when they're still a distance away before trying to figure out how to harvest them when they're nearby.

about a year and a half ago

EU Data Protection Proposal Taken Word For Word From US Lobbyists

Coisiche Re:UK a US state? (108 comments)

It's going to be complicated.

Could end up that Scotland is part of the EU and the rUK exits the EU. Then Wales and Northern Ireland could be unhappy about still being lumped with England since the strongest anti-EU sentiment is definitely concentrated in the south-east of England.

The Conservative party is the most vocal anti-EU of the main parties and yet also the most vocal about adopting Central European Time. Bit schizophrenic, eh? Of course the pro-Tory press will daily promote the idea that European legislation on human rights makes it easy for terrorists to avoid jail and give all prisoners who actually end up there a cushy time while immigrants get an easy life at tax payers expense. The people who swallow all that seem to be a bit oblivious to the fact that EU directives on human rights and employment also protect them, which is the real reason the Tories want out; it'll be easier to oppress the proles.

about a year and a half ago

EU Data Protection Proposal Taken Word For Word From US Lobbyists

Coisiche Re:MEP elections (108 comments)

Same in the UK. The European parliamentary constituencies are larger than national parliamentary constituencies, so a MEP will represent many more people. In the European vote I have a choice of candidates, normally one from each of the main parties and possibly the occasional independent. I can't recall my choice from the last one now but I think it was 5 or 6 candidates. In comparison local government and national parliament elections offer a choice from about 7 to 12 candidates depending on how many single issue candidates there are.

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

Coisiche Something in the name? (542 comments)

Popes have resigned before, admittedly not always by choice, but a surprising number seem to have taken the name Benedict. Benedict V, IX and now XVI. That's half of the popes who have stood down named on the BBC site, so that 50% number is a bit dependent on how good their researcher is.

Top marks to Celestine V who in 1294 issued a solemn decree that it was permissible for a pope to resign and then promptly did so.

about a year and a half ago



Death of Sir Patrick Moore

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Breaking news on the BBC news site reports the death of Sir Patrick Moore, renowned broadcaster and astronomer who will probably be most familiar to UK readers. He might be known outside of the UK for being the presenter of the long running TV show, "The Sky at Night".

When I was growing up just about every space related news I saw was presented by him. As well some of his books on astronomy I also read a series of fictional books he wrote for a juvenile audience that featured some travels around the solar system."

Link to Original Source

Einstein proved correct again

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  about 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Observation of a pair of white dwarfs in a tight orbit provide further supporting proof for Einstein's gravity waves. Given how well his theories have held up to tests you have to wonder how anyone could have thought that CERN's superluminal neutrinos would be anything other than experimental error."
Link to Original Source

European "typosquatters" fined

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "A couple of European "typosquatters" have been fined.

The article is short on detail about what their fake sites were called but I'd have to say I'd be a bit suspicious if I thought I was on Wikipedia (which is named as an example) and got invited to try a competition. The only hard fact presented is that someone was conned out of 63 pounds sterling while thinking they were accessing YouTube."

Link to Original Source

Terror fears affect scientific publication

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "Some bird flu articles have been subjected to demands for redaction over worries about how some information could be used and the publishers have caved.

I wonder if this means that buying ferrets will get your name flagged to the anti-terror organisations."

Link to Original Source

Superluminal neutrinos: take 2

Coisiche Coisiche writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Coisiche (2000870) writes "To address the many responses to the original findings, the OPERA team who were perplexed by the results first time round are starting a new and improved version of their experiment launching neutrinos in Switzerland and detecting them in Italy.

My money is on that the improvements will prevent the mis-detection of FTL particles."

Link to Original Source


Coisiche has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>