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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

MikeTheGreat Re:Watson is not AI (161 comments)

Back in college I had a professor who said that he was glad he didn't work in AI. Asked to explain further, he said that the definition of "intelligent" is pretty much "a machine can't do it", so as soon as you've got a program that can do something everyone else immediately says "Huh! I always thought that needed intelligence. I guess not!" He then illustrated his opinion by saying that it had previously been thought that you needed intelligence to take the derivative of something, until someone wrote a program to do it.

Obviously, it was an informal, off-the-cuff, and mostly tongue-in-cheek comment, but there's definitely some truth there too.

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

MikeTheGreat Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Mod parent up. Especially with the de facto salary freeze that's been in effect since our lastlatest recession started in 2007, being able to find a second job is critical to being able to afford to teach

about a month and a half ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

MikeTheGreat Oh! NAS files, not NSA files (150 comments)

I misread this as

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NSA Files At Risk

That would have been a much more interesting article to read, methinks :)

about a month and a half ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MikeTheGreat Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

Nice! Thanks!

about 2 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MikeTheGreat Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

How did you do this?

(I think the most useful thing to share would be the magic Google search phrase that'll let us search for into about this feature. This is really useful,but I've got no idea what it would be called :) )

about 2 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

MikeTheGreat Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

Oh! Factor like in math. For some reason I assume factor like refactoring code.


about 2 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

MikeTheGreat Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

What do you mean by 'factor it'?

I did recognize the tr command, and then plugged it into Cygwin's bash to see what it did.

about 2 months ago

Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

MikeTheGreat Why Slashvertisments always hit Betteridge's law? (164 comments)

Whenever someone Slashvertises something on /. with a post whose title is a question then (at least) one of us always brings up Betteridge's Law Of Headlines. If not directly, then indirectly (like this).

So why do they keep doing it? I gotta believe that if someone's paying for it that at least one customer would follow up with the results at least one time (and send feedback to whichever company/-ies slashvertise for them)

(Yes, my subject should be "Why do Slashvertisements...", but I ran out of characters :) )

about 5 months ago

How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

MikeTheGreat Why was this ever a good idea? (338 comments)

Can someone help me understand why anyone ever thought the 'digitize your mail' thing is a good idea? I mean, if you want to send/receive digital messages, you've already got a cornucopia of options - email, IM, Facebook messages, etc, etc, etc. You can 'scan' stuff yourself by snapping pix with your smartphone, etc. So if you want digital transmission of information you've got that right now, today, without having to go through the extra step of writing/printing it all out on paper and then going to the post office.

Conversely, if I've chosen USPS it's because I don't want stuff digitized. When my young kid makes something Amazingly Awesome for the grandparents I want that physical object delivered to them. Sure, it's an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper with (mostly) scribbles on it, but when the grandparents see that my kid has finally learned how to write their names out it'll melt their hearts, then go straight onto the fridge door.

Even people posting here seem to be mostly talking about ways to remove junk snail mail, not the Incredible Awesomeness of Outbox.

So, remind me again - how is this anything other than a terrible plan that died a well-deserved death?

Ok, I feel better now :)

But on a serious note - I would really love some insight about why transforming the USPS into the world's largest scanning service seems like a good idea.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

MikeTheGreat Re:relations (247 comments)

"Having visited with me and my wife recently, the girlfriend of an ex-student of mine (now taking an M.Sc. in pure CS) asked me to suggest useful books for her boyfriend: '..

This brings to mind the ever-classic::

Dark Helmet: Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Star.
Lone Starr: What?
Dark Helmet: I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.
Lone Starr: What's that make us?
Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become.

about 5 months ago

Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

MikeTheGreat +2.... Flamebait? (137 comments)

As of right now (12:23pm PST, 4/21/2014) the parent post is showing +2.... Flamebait.

I've been here a while but never seen a negative word attached to a positive score (it's always been +3 Informative, or +4 Insightful, or +2 Funny, or whatever). I don't think that my personal 'score adjusters' would give anything enough points to boost a -1 or 0 up to a +2.

I'm assuming it got mod'd up with a couple different modifiers (one insightful, one interesting, etc), then mod'd down with only Flamebait (and so Flamebait is the most common modifier), but I'm curious (1) if anyone else is seeing this and (2) does anyone have a better explanation about the score/modifier?

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

MikeTheGreat Re:Saves about $38 million in taxes - NOT (86 comments)

Math is more informative than off-the-cuff assertions. Embrace it.

Mod parent up! The entire post is solid, but this quote is solid gold on top of that!

about 5 months ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

MikeTheGreat Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

Three comments:

  1. 1) Companies don't fly around in jets, people do
  2. 2) People don't fly around in private jets, executives do
  3. 3) We're still calling those executives that fly around in private jets assholes

about 5 months ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

MikeTheGreat Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

I just want to say that while I started this thread/discussion hive in a humorous vein, these posts obsessing about and/or and neither/nor totally made it worth it. We (all) might not be geeking out about technology, but we're definitely, awesomely, geeking out :)

about 5 months ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

MikeTheGreat Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

Whooooooooooosh! :)

(Yeah, you're probably right (at least, you're making a convincing case that the 'and' is a reasonable choice), but where else can I joke about needing a logical OR instead of a logical AND?)

about 5 months ago

Book Review: Mobile HTML5

MikeTheGreat Re:Read Reviews (37 comments)

LOL. There's 4 reviews there (4/7/2014, 2pm PST).

While I agree that Amazon is actually a really good source of reviews I'm not 100% sure that the four (just 4!) reviews really offers a convincing sample size :)

about 5 months ago



SlashcAliister: How HP and open source can save We

MikeTheGreat MikeTheGreat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeTheGreat (34142) writes "Ian McCallister has another insightful article (print version here), this time discussing how HP has announced their intention to open source the ill-fated WebOS tablet operating system. He brings up some good points about whether HP is simply trying to "offload the cost of developing and maintaining" WebOS, and how committed HP is to ensuring the success of an open source WebOS."
Link to Original Source

Using SlashCode in education?

MikeTheGreat MikeTheGreat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MikeTheGreat (34142) writes "A recent posting to Slashdot got me thinking about technology in the classroom, and reminded me of a question that I've wanted to ask for a while: is anyone using the Slashdot code base (called Slashcode) in an educational setting?
I can see an unmodified local instance being used in much the way that Slashdot is (to publicize & discuss topics, typically news articles), but I'd be even more interested in finding out about people using the underlying technologies (like meta-moderation) with a front-end set up to better allow for discussions of topics that need to be persistent throughout the term.
So — is anyone using Slashcode in education?"


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