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Developing the First Law of Robotics

CurryCamel Re:That's interesting data but.... (147 comments)

"He was shaken by an unwelcome insight. Lives did not add as integers. They added as infinities."
(Lois McMaster Bujold, Borders of Infinity)

yesterday
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

CurryCamel Re:So, he's a crappy programmer... (147 comments)

I bet (before reading TFA) that the system started to oscillate.
(i.e. Hinder one from falling in, and its chance of falling in becomes less than the others - so rush to the other to hinder it. Then repeat.)

Then I watched the video - it didn't get even to that point.
Or then it did start oscillate, but the feedback was given too soon (I am going to help this human - ergo the others chances are now worse).

I was confused. What happened here. Why is this "research" done, or reported on /.? Then I realized: the "news" here is that robots are programmed by humans.
This is certainly not news for nerds. But seems it is news for non-nerds. And that is "stuff that matter".

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

CurryCamel Re:999 (582 comments)

This.
And "999 users" plus "nothing is uploaded anywhere else so it would be pretty hard to hack".
What can I say - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

2 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

CurryCamel Re:power consumption? (207 comments)

In 64 bit, C++ std::string up to 22 chars in size don't allocate any memory

The compiler I tried with does.
Would you have a link that explains this? And which compiler is this clever?

3 days ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

CurryCamel Re:Linux version first? (33 comments)

If ROS is the operating system (I'm assuming the userland from context, never heard of this before now) and Linux is the kernel, then what does an "android version" even mean? Its not evident from TFAs.

And what the heck have the robots been running on up till now? x86-windows?

3 days ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

CurryCamel Re:What about his "victims'" actions? (140 comments)

Because they always are.

Now, just now, we have caught a bully in the action. Please don't spoil the moment.

What he did - i.e. reversed the role from victim to bully makes him a hero for all who are bullied. But no less a bully.

How he did it was a bit over the top. But that is irrelevant, as bullies always are over the top. At least from the victims' viewpoint.

I sincerely hope both parties learned their lessons. But I also know half of his victims hadn't even realized they had gone too far. Just like he himself didn't notice. I don't envy the judge's task of determining what is "justice" here.

5 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

CurryCamel Re:RT.com? (530 comments)

I always thought it was US propaganda, actually. Nobody seems to care about blockading Cuba, and even the US government trades with Cuba (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_Naval_Base).

5 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

CurryCamel Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

A bicyclist shows that they're going to turn right and the car 'blacklists' the area left of the bicycle.

Ah, but not all cyclists behave like that. The car should also blacklist the right side in consideration for those cyclist who actually signal and turn the same way.

about two weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

CurryCamel Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)

I saw, I considered, I LOL'd.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CurryCamel Re:What is the issue here? (528 comments)

Can you really think that learning to think critically is less important than rote facts here?

No. And that is just the strawman I've seen over and over again.
Teaching the scientific process is trivial. Learning the accumulated data it has given us is not. Focus where it is due. Nobody (that I have seen) is suggesting not to teach the process aswell.

If schools aren't allowed to teach evolution because some people consider it a "religious or political"

Again, the strawman. Why could the facts of evolution not be taught? They look pretty overwhelming to me, and even if taught without any interpretations.
That is the beauty of science. Any crackpot ideas die on their own accord, if "political or religious" interpretations are not allowed. If an idiot kid does draw the wrong conclusions from the evidence its their loss - and you just argued for their right to do so.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

CurryCamel Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (455 comments)

Finally, we have an answer to that. Not sure if I like the answer, though:
Youtube.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

CurryCamel What is the issue here? (528 comments)

Seems to be 100% flames above. But what is so wrong with the suggestion:

focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.

A school's idea is to give a general understanding to the students in things. Since there has ben a huge amount of science done over the past few milennia, isn't it only natural that these researched facts get the focus rather than the process? The other way round means making everyone re-invent the wheel, leading to them learing about that particular "wheel" ony and missing the big picture.

Understanding the scientific process is essential, but that is not something one can really teach above a pretty basic level. It follows automatically for anyone who even tries to think at all. Sure, there are in-depth topics like error margins on your Amp-meter or ethical questions in medicine. But focusing on such matter over the accumulation of facts is a complete waste of students' time. At least untill they reach university levels.

The last part of prohibiting religious or political interpretation of facts is just plain good manners, and essential in any conversation with an american. Of course, it could be just me that never have heard a non-political argument on the climate denialists part, nor a non-religious interpretation of facts suggesting creationism.

So what is the fuss here? The above comments are full of strawman, smokescreen and ad hominem arguments. Did I miss the one that answers my doubts?

about three weeks ago
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Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

CurryCamel TFV (36 comments)

TFA is a F:n video!

about three weeks ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

CurryCamel Re:Could someone please explain to me (130 comments)

Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way round?
Could it be that their intention was to block all of SoMe, politics and wikipedia, to allow students to concentrate, discourage c&p homework, and to encourage students to think for themselves?
The "think of the children, block the pr0n" is just a cover.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

CurryCamel Re:Selling Free Software (188 comments)

And I missed the point where OP said someone had already made the open-source stuff available for free - in the windows app store.
Just because its open source doesn't automatically mean you can "apt-get install" it on Windows.

about a month ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

CurryCamel Cheeky bastards (150 comments)

From TFA: the message that pops up to the victims ends with:

Copyright 2014 SynoLocker(TM) All Rights Reserved.

I have a real hard time respecting that copyright...

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

CurryCamel Re:Loved me som PRS-505 (172 comments)

Teach me right not to c&p...

about a month and a half ago

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Score:5, Troll

CurryCamel CurryCamel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Just meta-modded a entry scored 0, Troll.

It commented on sensitive issues (religion), but was clearly not a troll. But it wasn't especially interesting, insightful or funny. Just underrated (at 0 points). Definetly worth 1 or perhaps even 2 points. So I meta-modded up, for 'underrated'.

This made me think - has anyone seen a "Score:5, Troll"?

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Context in /.'s meta-moderation

CurryCamel CurryCamel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So Slashdot wanted me to meta-moderate. But all the entries are completely void of context. This means funny or insightful replies are easily lost as incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo.

Perhaps this is what is sought after? If not - please, slashdot, add a possibility to see the parent of a comment in meta-moderation.

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