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3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

Rolman Re: Impressive (60 comments)

To print a space elevator?

about 2 months ago
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Turing Test Passed

Rolman Re:Turing Test Failed (432 comments)

Perhaps the test itself is obsolete now, since it assumes the types of social communication available at the time.

In another post, I wonder about humans actually flunking the test. I believe this is true in an era where information is so easy to transfer to and from machines and the expectations from human to human interaction have become shallow.

Maybe today's social communication has changed and has been streamlined so much that we don't have to assume or expect human-like intelligence at all anymore when interacting with either people or machines.

about 2 months ago
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Turing Test Passed

Rolman I, for one, welcome... (432 comments)

I, for one, welcome our Horizontally-Distributed Singularity Overlord.

Now, this makes me wonder: If those annoyingly stupid, non-AI bots in chats and social media have been able to fool real people for years... does that count as humans flunking the Turing Test?

about 2 months ago
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Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

Rolman Bernard Shaw said it better (410 comments)

"Just as the liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe any one else; so a guilty society can more easily be persuaded that any apparently innocent act is guilty than that any apparently guilty act is innocent." -George Bernard Shaw

Is it really surprising? The world is heading back to Cold War era spy games very fast.

1 year,24 days
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Intel's Linux OpenGL Driver Faster Than Apple's OS X Driver

Rolman Re:Just so you know (252 comments)

I do not believe there are better Xorg drivers available in Linux, including NVidia.

I do not believe there are better open source Xorg drivers available in Linux, including NVidia.

There, fixed that for ya ;)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?

Rolman Re:VB.NET ? Seriously ? (418 comments)

VB.Net is not a toy language.

Of course not. Toys are supposed to be fun.

about 2 years ago
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GNOME Developers Lay Out Plans for GNOME OS

Rolman Re:If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? (208 comments)

Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I understand that the user interface could be usable with a multi-touch compatible touchpad. They already have some gestures in place for using two fingers to scroll but Mac OS X has gestures with three or more fingers.

If that's the case, this is not a bad move at all.

about 2 years ago
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How Will Steam on GNU/Linux Affect Software Freedom?

Rolman Re:Open engines (580 comments)

I'm fully aware of the difference between 'open' and 'free' and I used the terms accordingly. Open Source gets direct benefit from games as it gets a lot more users, Free Software doesn't.

As for the difficulty of installing proprietary drivers in Debian, Fedora and RHEL, perhaps you haven't had the experience to make games or proprietary software work on those distros (hint: sometimes it's far more than just finding a .deb or .rpm in your favorite repo).

Good thing is that the users of those distros are more advanced, but the experience in Ubuntu is much simpler, as Canonical has made the compromise to include (and pay for) non-free software in the distro right from the start. Care to guess which one will be preferred by Steam in the long-term?

about 2 years ago
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How Will Steam on GNU/Linux Affect Software Freedom?

Rolman Infiltrated? I think not. (580 comments)

I've worked for both TI and the games industry all my professional life. With very limited exceptions I'd say Free Software and video games are not really compatible with each other. In fact, most of the time game companies are allergic to openness out of necessity.

The video game industry is tough and fierce. Much of the competitive advantages of any large studio come directly from the propietary technology they develop for their own games or the engines they license to other studios. Unreal Engine is a very good example of this.

Game companies, from the biggest manufacturer to the smallest studio, are plagued with trade secrets, patents, copyrighted code and tools that can't just be combined easily with their open counterparts. I don't see Valve's culture 'infiltrated' anytime soon because of this.

I think it's great for Linux users to be able to play games without having to boot Windows. But that comes with a compromise: not many advanced users install Ubuntu for their primary computer and I really doubt the software components and drivers needed to run Steam will be well supported in any other distro. Fedora, RHEL and Debian, for instance, have a policy of not including proprietary drivers or patent-encumbered software in the installation disc/image. It may be harder for the users of those distros to make it work.

In conclusion, it's a big win for the Linux user community but not so for the Free Software community.

about 2 years ago
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Disentangling Facts From Fantasy In the World of Edison and Tesla

Rolman Re:Irrefutable fact (386 comments)

Goku > Superman.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Releases Open Source EGL Development Tools

Rolman Re:Why? (50 comments)

I get your point, yes. But... Why create PHP?

more than 2 years ago
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First Look: Oracle NoSQL Database

Rolman Re:Obligatory (117 comments)

That's why you write your résumé like this.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Microsoft Release Its Own Windows 8 Tablet?

Rolman Re:The 360 has exceeded all expectations? (207 comments)

Where do they admit that they spent 1 billion? I remember them committing to a warranty plan that somebody worked out could end up being a billion, but when did they say they actually reached that level of spending?

How about this and this?

It is *very* difficult to believe that if they truly hit 30%, they wouldn't stop the factories and nip that right away.

Sorry, perhaps it's your favorite console of all time, but that doesn't deny the truth. The first Xbox had to be killed in less than four years, and the second one is a distant 2nd place, with less than 2% bigger worldwide marketshare than the PS3. Spending so much money for a relatively low success rate would be very stupid, but Microsoft has always had a very long term vision and very deep pockets to help realize it.

more than 3 years ago
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Bug Bounties: Outbidding the Black Hats

Rolman Nice business model (59 comments)

1. Program flaws into your own software. Hiding them is a lot easier with closed-source, by the way.
2. Look for corporate customers who will pay for the disclosure. It's not so underground anymore!
3. ????
4. Profit!

Seriously, I wonder how many of these so called "undisclosed software flaws" could be, or are actually programmed into existing software projects, just for the developers to claim the bounty later.

This is yet another reason to prefer Open Source software.

more than 3 years ago
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Leonard Nimoy Turns 80

Rolman I remember him for Sega's Seaman (165 comments)

I never really liked the original Star Trek series. But I remember Leonard Nimoy fondly as the voice of Seaman.

It was a really fun game, and his voice acting was pretty good and believable, even creepy at times. Too bad the sequel was never released in English.

more than 3 years ago
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LibreOffice 3.3 Released Today

Rolman Not so different from any other development model (470 comments)

What is more puzzling is what the existence of two camps creating such huge codebases for a fundamental application type says about the whole state of open source development at this time. It clearly isn't the idealistic world it tries to present itself as."

How exactly is this different from, say, a developer or team of videogame developers, leaving a company they were fed up with, to create their own with new and fresh ideas for innovative and competitive products? Happens all the time.

Ah, yes, almost forgot this tiny difference: with open source software, the LibreOffice guys didn't have to start from scratch...

more than 3 years ago
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SEGA Brings Gaming To Public Restroom Toilets

Rolman Just what you were waiting for... (138 comments)

Great! The world's first socially acceptable way to admit playing with your penis in a public place.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Researcher Finds Hundreds of Browser Bugs

Rolman Re:Terrific Research, But... (145 comments)

Why is ANYONE with half a brain still using Microsoft browsers?

It has only been about a decade now of bad bugs being dribbled out and gradually fixed.

Why do companies still use MS Explorer?

That means half a brain is not required to browse the Internet these days.

more than 3 years ago

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