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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Sky Cry Re:CPU cycle != 1 second (189 comments)

While there are AIs that are proven to be better at playing chess than the best of humans, they cannot achieve the same performance with just 1 clock cycle per move that a human can achieve with 1 second per move (see the so called bullet games). 1 CPU clock cycle is clearly not comparable to 1 human second - even at a task that AIs are already better at!

about 2 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Sky Cry Re:Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (513 comments)

3) Right click in the bottom left corner, click Shut down or sign out, click Restart

There are some really nice improvements over Windows 7 - the new options should be advertised more, though.

about 6 months ago
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

Sky Cry Re:Brazil aims low, film at 11 (130 comments)

I think the cost of damage is what matters, not profit taken. In fact, if the cost of damage is negligible compared to the profit, something is wrong. With the law or with the perception of the damage. In that case it should probably simply be legal, but expensive. Like cutting down trees can be "paid for" by planting 2 or 3 times as many trees as were cut down.

about 9 months ago
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

Sky Cry Re:Brazil aims low, film at 11 (130 comments)

Now, you strawman'd the size of the company. But the size of the fine should be at least the cost of the damage done plus a punitive amount to act as a sufficient deterrent. What I'm saying here is that $500,000 is worth less that the money Google will make off using said personal data, and is thus ineffectual. The punitive amount on top of the calculated amount of profits they could make off the data should be high enough to deter Google from doing it in Brazil again... and thus wasting taxpayer dollars prosecuting them.

But you yourself are mixing things up. First you're talking about "the damage done", then you're talking about "calculated amount of profits". So which one is it? And how could you possibly calculate it in this case?

about 9 months ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

Sky Cry Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (662 comments)

Un-take-controllable? Wouldn't a simple log of who was in control at which point in time suffice? Law enforcement can easily check whether you were controlling the car when you shouldn't have, but cannot prevent you from doing so in the future without a just cause. Just like they cannot prevent you from drunk driving now.

about a year ago
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

Sky Cry Re:What if it turned out the other way? (561 comments)

Nobody is saying that. What people are saying is that since its advent, fewer people per KWh produced have died from nuclear power than coal, even if you count Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Fixed that for you. It doesn't matter how old some specific technology is.

more than 2 years ago
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System Recognizes Emotions In People's Voices

Sky Cry Re:Easier solution (127 comments)

I wish that worked with my girlfriend.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

Sky Cry Re:Big inequalities (904 comments)

1) With more people being productive and willing to spend their hard earned money, there'll be greater demand for more workforce.
2) Why rely on unreliable inheritance, when you have 4 previous generations to help in time of need?
3) The key point is sound investment. It's being smart that pays off, not being old.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Lawyer Fails To Differentiate iPad and Galaxy Tab In Court

Sky Cry Re:Show them the WHOLE device not just the front (495 comments)

Refrigerator is a functional device, while iPhone and iPad are partially (for some people even mostly) fashion devices. For the former it matters how it works, for the latter it matters that everyone else can identify it's iPhone/iPad and not something else similar.

Apple makes fashion products, they put great value on unique looks, on trademark. Hence it's important for them, that people can tell which is which from a distance.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

Sky Cry Re:Yes. (737 comments)

No, basic has absolutely nothing to do with whether most people had it or not.
basic:
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: "Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities" (Atlantic).
2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools.

more than 2 years ago
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Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

Sky Cry Re:It's a shame... (668 comments)

But after that first number of years, there were no more changes to the environment, but the mutations continued at a very similar rate.

This is not surprising. After all, just because the environment doesn't change now, doesn't mean it definitely won't change in the future. If there were no mutations, a sudden change in environment would be more likely to wipe out the whole population. With the mutations it's likely that a change will affect different members of the population differently, providing a possibility for part of the population to survive this change, even if another part vanishes.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Against Sony Highlights Cyber Insurance Shortcomings

Sky Cry Unjust enrichment? (99 comments)

So a company is running unpatched servers with no firewall. Even if they do get insurance against cyber incidents, they are guaranteed to get absolutely nothing from this insurance, because they don't have any protection set up. Isn't insurance in this case essentially unjust enrichment for the insurance company?

about 3 years ago
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Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK

Sky Cry Re:Will never happen. (259 comments)

Don't fall prey to the perfect solution fallacy. Steam DRM is the step in the right direction, despite the fact that it's still DRM.

about 3 years ago
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PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets

Sky Cry Re:Not surprising (395 comments)

Don't kid yourself. USA would "shitcan" their own economy just as much, if they do that.

more than 3 years ago
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Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner

Sky Cry Re:Best explanation: SN 287 (490 comments)

If this creation really does benefit global economy as a whole, it makes sense to pay the creators and early adopters for inventing, implementing, testing and spreading this system. On the other hand, early adopters have the highest risk of spending a lot of resources on something that won't take off in the end. This means their investment should pay off with a greater rate. (Yes, *you* could've been an early adopter too, but 2 years ago no one knew that BTC will take off and get the current rate. That's what taking the risk is about.)

more than 3 years ago

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