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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

ShadyG Re:Isn't that the only way to beat it? (309 comments)

There would have to be some tricking involved. At least it would have to lie about whether or not it is a piece of software. It would have to slow its answers and make mistakes sometimes. It would have to appear to be much less capable of number crunching and other things that computers do better than humans. I would assume the most useful artificial intelligence wouldn't appear to be human at all, but would be the best it could be in all aspects.

about 4 months ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

ShadyG Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

It's not that they can't learn, or can't be taught, it's that you can't teach them. Specifically you, mopower70, is who Bloomberg is talking about.

about 6 months ago

Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

ShadyG Re:For Example (287 comments)

"In November 2001, Malden Mills declared bankruptcy after the recession at the beginning of the new year left the company unable to pay creditors—related to its rebuilding and payroll commitments."

about 9 months ago

HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who

ShadyG spelling (203 comments)


about 10 months ago

Property Rights In Space?

ShadyG Re:Similarity to the New World... (269 comments)

Perhaps consult with the DeBeers company regarding strategies to mitigate your problem.

about 2 years ago

Why Mark Zuckerberg Is a Bad Role Model For Aspiring Tech Execs

ShadyG Re:cause and effect vs commonality (326 comments)

There probably isn't much cause and effect between degrees and one-in-a-billion success as an entrepreneur. I imagine Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others would do about the same either way. The degree is for finding your footing when life informs you you're one of the other 999,999,999.

more than 2 years ago

Analyzing the New MacBook Pro

ShadyG Re:No dvd drive is too soon for me (914 comments)

Ethernet sockets are too high. HDMI is low. It's not about horizontal space for the ports, it's about making the laptop thinner.

more than 2 years ago

Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space

ShadyG Re:Congratulations for trying! (272 comments)

It's a shame. There is always something that gets compromised.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

ShadyG Re:Why not use it as a bargaining chip? (735 comments)

I personally would not use the new job as a "bargaining chip", in that I'd bring it to the old boss and try to get them to match or beat the deal. IMO that has the potential to create bad blood. Instead, without ever mentioning any other opportunity I would just ask to open up negotiations for a raise. Focus on what your value to the company is and has been. You're training a couple of junior developers, so why not ask for a manager position with those two your first direct reports? No doubt such a position has additional responsibilities commensurate with the raise you're seeking. It will also reflect better on your resume when you do eventually seek out another position.

If you and they cannot agree on an acceptable solution, then you should definitely not feel bad about jumping ship. It may very well be that your actual value to the new company is simply more than it is to the old. Everyone wants to be valuable, and maybe this new company can better utilize your skills and experience. Their offer appears to indicate at least they think so.

about 3 years ago

Faster-Than-Light Particle Results To Be Re-Tested

ShadyG Re:A million internet points (412 comments)

Sorry, but I'm going with the brand name "Ansible".

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?

ShadyG Re:Alternative (384 comments)

No, but especially not in New Zealand.

more than 3 years ago

EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

ShadyG Thank God (536 comments)

I've been holding off on creating most of my best music because the incentive just wasn't good enough. Now I finally feel my monopoly will be protected long enough to make it worth it.

more than 3 years ago

Developing Nuclear Power Plant Tech For the Moon and Mars

ShadyG Good luck launching it (273 comments)

The same people that won't allow a reactor anywhere near their backyard will never allow a launch with radioactive materials onboard. It's a political non-starter, unless they can come up with some really creative spin that avoids using the words "nuclear", "radiation", "reactor", etc.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

ShadyG Re:Stay Put (772 comments)

Maybe it will make you feel better, maybe not, but even with the bad economy, today's market for software engineers is like INFINITELY better than it was in 1929.

more than 3 years ago

Europe Set To Build Experimental Transport Spacecraft

ShadyG Re:Landing zone (61 comments)

Well then what are enemy countries for?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

ShadyG Re:Do code monkeys evolve? (122 comments)

Turns out he is de-evolving.

more than 3 years ago

Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

ShadyG Re:A sense of scale (542 comments)

What's the point of a scale, when there's no gravity?

more than 3 years ago

New FBI System IDs People By Voice, Iris, More

ShadyG Iris? (151 comments)

I'm not seeing the connection. How can a Goo Goo Dolls song in any way identify me?

more than 3 years ago


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