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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Megol Re:What about long-term data integrity? (252 comments)

Make that 10-20 years in a hot environment (~60 degrees Celsius). For most intents and purposes flash is a non-volative memory but yes, some applications must treat it as a type of dynamic memory.

1 hour ago

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Megol Re:Except... (46 comments)

Exactly. Depending on how one defines computer there have been analog machines with misc. mechanisms long before the Eniac. Decimal machines of different complexities was created 1600-1900.
Even if one uses a definition closer to a modern computer the Zuse V1 (later renamed Z1) was working in 1938 and used binary representation with floating point numbers.

2 hours ago

Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

Megol Re:This is the voice of world control. (101 comments)

As nuclear weapon constructors aren't stupid per definition all active weapons shouldn't be too big - it would just be a waste of plutonium.


Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Megol Re:Turing test is fine (68 comments)

Maybe you should inform yourself what a Turing test actually is? Eliza didn't pass it nor would a normal chatbot - unless there is true intelligence behind it.

The problem with the Turing test is that is hard and most ordinary people would probably fail it.

3 days ago

Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

Megol Re:We will never have "real" AI (68 comments)

Bullshit. AI is AI, not expert systems as was popular for your time period. The idea that a complex expert system would suddenly become intelligent was a theory that have been thoroughly tested - today there are expert systems with more rules and faster inference processing than even beyond the wildest dreams of those AI researchers.

The working of human intelligence is still not fully known, the definition of intelligence is still not agreed upon. One thing is sure though - expert systems aren't intelligent even compared to a very young child or e.g. a rat.

3 days ago

The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

Megol Re:Quantum Computing (66 comments)

Then you have a wild imagination. Quantum computers are still finite state machines, a subset of the general computer model A.K.A. Turing machine. General programming languages targets that general model and so quantum computers will still use standard development tools and techniques.

about a week ago

An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine

Megol Re:damn right! (111 comments)

I think the AC is talking about beat frequencies...

about two weeks ago

World War II Tech eLoran Deployed As GPS Backup In the UK

Megol Re:Err - no. (139 comments)

Would the US care? In the right situation - nope.

about three weeks ago

"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

Megol Re:Finally (82 comments)

One word: cheaper.

about a month ago

Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

Megol Re:A step in the right direction (230 comments)

Except there is no common storage format for configurations. Except there is no per configuration setting ACL permission. Except the text files aren't protected against corruption.

There are many reasons to complain about the registry - too bad almost no-one ever mentions any real problem when complaining.

about a month ago

"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Megol Re:someohow I think (215 comments)

Not in real-time we don't. The only reason for needing to know if the police are nearby is if one is a criminal and/or thinking of doing something criminal.

(Expecting downvotes from the "all police are pigs" idiots)

about a month ago

Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

Megol Re:'Mobile' no more. (130 comments)

Geekbench isn't a proper benchmark so one shouldn't draw too many conclusions from it. Let's see something like SPEC or a subset of it instead.

Also: TDP is just that, a design power. Modern chips can exceed it for a thermally insignificant period but in most cases power draw isn't near it. Think of it as a worst case power for sustained workloads.

about a month ago

Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Megol Re:What this fuss over nothing? (179 comments)

The US have stated that trying to have an international trial against a US citizen (for e.g. crimes against humanity) will result in use of military force. Do you really think anything is off limits for a government with that attitude? Remember this are laws the US recognizes and even was one of the parties who created them and enforced them (e.g. at the Nuremberg trials).

The US is rapidly becoming the biggest enemy of itself and no, while a superpower it can't simply ignore the opinions of the rest of the world.

about a month and a half ago

NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Megol Re:Cue in deniers (295 comments)

Whoa... Yet another one that simply doesn't get science at all.

about a month and a half ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Megol Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

Strangely enough that's the standard for even socialistic places (using the correct definition - not the US one) like the Scandinavian countries where most employees are member of a union. But one doesn't have to be - it's a choice.

about a month and a half ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Megol Re:Systemd (993 comments)

So you like Systemd?

about a month and a half ago

DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

Megol Re:Good luck with that. (124 comments)

But you are? Nice ego you got there...

about 1 month ago


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