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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

The Raven Re:wow (564 comments)

Your comment implies 100% efficiency. That is not achievable. If we hit 1% efficiency, it will still be a breakthrough of monumental proportions. Regardless, consuming the deuterium from 6 metric tons of sea water for a year of power is still pretty damn good.

5 days ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

The Raven Humans Need Not Apply (405 comments)

There are a lot of comments here about how this is futurist doom & gloom. And it certainly could be. But the difference between the doom of the past and the doom of now is that we now have working, commercial examples of the robots that could replace humans. It was theory before... now it's just a matter of economy of scale and refinement.

CGP Gray did an excellent piece on this already.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

The Raven Re:Less static hardware. (993 comments)

To be perfectly honest, databases make sense when you access thousands of records multiple times a second.

Computer configuration is accessing a couple dozen records multiple times a day. There is NO performance reason that this can't be done with the same text files we have used for years.

Please note: I'm only addressing the last sentence of your post. I do agree that existing tools handled dynamic configuration poorly. I simply take exception that 'dynamic' must automatically mean 'database'.

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

The Raven Re:It's not that simple (274 comments)

I fail to see why the poor / stupid child should be prosecuted. What does that solve? Who are you then protecting?

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

The Raven Re:The "old boys' club" (335 comments)

Not quite. See, they were not selling. They were advertising. This is similar to Harley taking their new electric motorcycle around to events to show it off. There is no law against letting people drive your car. People who liked it enough could drive to buy it in the next state over.

about three weeks ago
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Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

The Raven Vapor (134 comments)

I claim that I had photorealistic, real-time voxel graphics running on an iPhone 2 seven years ago. I just didn't release it for... reasons. Until they release a demo that runs on someone else's hardware, it's just a worm on a hook for investors.

about three weeks ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

The Raven NVIDIA on Linux (93 comments)

I just purchased an NVIDIA card for my Linux gaming machine... I tried to get my AMD card to play games at an acceptable speed for months, but it's just not working out. AMD still is a bit ahead of NVIDIA for Windows (price/performance), but the ratio flips on Linux. My GTX 760 should arrive Thursday, whee!

about a month ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

The Raven Impressive (152 comments)

Anand's consistent dedication to accurate and objective review metrics, as well as his crusade to put an SSD in every home computer, are both laudable. I hope the site will maintain the same lofty ideals without him at the helm.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

The Raven Don't Ask if you Don't Want (421 comments)

This is ludicrous. He should get an A on the assignment... it was completely convincing apparently, despite the inclusion of a pet dinosaur. The school administration and cops were all convinced. The kid should put it on his fucking college resume: "Turned in a story that was so well written I got arrested for the fictitious deed."

Alternately, his college application could be, "I got this excellent ACT score despite being taught in a school that doesn't realize Dinosaurs are extinct."

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

The Raven The Facebook issue was not abusive. (257 comments)

I don't like Facebook. I don't use Facebook (despite pressure). But that doesn't mean I think Facebook's publicised test was abusive. It was a standard A/B test, done by website owners everywhere, all the time, from the smallest to the largest. If you reword it slightly, all the negative connotations vanish:

Users seemed to enjoy the newsfeed more when we adjusted the filter algorithm to prefer positive (rather than negative) content.

Said this way it sounds just like any other test (Google changing their rankings, an advertiser tweaking their wording), and that's because it is. Communication is about changing someone's thoughts and emotions... that's the definition of communication at the most basic level. Just because Facebook can quantify these changes and put them into numeric form does not mean that the changes they made are any more ominous that any other advertising message ever made since the dawn of time.

about 2 months ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

The Raven Re:The Average Cat (66 comments)

You may have read the article (dubitable), but you didn't watch the video or read the SIGGRAPH paper. They demonstrate a browsing tool that enables you to, for example, find an average nose nearly instantly. You can then filter the thousands or millions of images to find specific cat breeds, poses, situations, or colors in seconds.

The tool is called average explorer, and it allows a user to interactively explore a vast set of image data quickly and efficiently. The one picture you describe was a single click in the explorer.

You did the equivalent of saying "Wow, I can make a black dot on a white canvas. That's not very exciting." when presented a single click with a single tool in Photoshop.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

The Raven Re:So in Google Play (188 comments)

The difference is in the prevalance. Scamware in iOS and Android exists on the fringes; some % of all software will always be illegitimate. But Microsoft has so little legit content that the scamware rises to the top way more often than occurs for the other stores.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

The Raven Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

You are conflating 'understandable' with similar but different terms like 'reasonable' and 'rational'. Their superstitions and fears are understandable, but they are not based on reason.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

The Raven Extra Credits Just Covered This Topic (249 comments)

They did a report on Too Many Games, which was really about bad store UIs. Steam is the 'least bad' of the biggies, but that's not saying much.

about 2 months ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

The Raven Frustrated (232 comments)

What frustrates and upsets me is that before Snowden, I would have looked at this as a fluff piece about technology, with some mild nagging doubts about how it could be misused.

Now I see them as NSA whitewashing propaganda, with mild nagging doubts that maybe the original poster had no agenda and it really is a tech fluff article.

about 2 months ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

The Raven Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

I thought that we had too much Lithium to match the prediction, that observed amounts exceeded predicted ratios.

about 2 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

The Raven Re:Others?? (790 comments)

I choose to remain optimistic that it does NOT happen all the time because they do not look at the contents of your email all the time. In other words, someone was diagnosing an algorithm (say, how to choose advertisements using the content of attached images), the images triggered the offensive filter, engineer took a look, and reported it.

Perhaps I am naive, but I simply think that Google does not do this frequently because I don't think they look at email frequently, or scan for naughty pics on purpose. As a sysadmin, I generally don't give a fuck what's in my user's email. I doubt they do either, except to advertise to it.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

The Raven Three Laws (71 comments)

The three laws of robotics is not very practical (as evidenced by Asimov himself; his fiction is essentially a long list of all the ways the laws fail). In fact, ethics classes themselves are complex enough that it's difficult to imagine any simple, cogent way to summarize ethical decision making into a sound bite. But do you believe it is possible at all to codify into the behavior of future complex systems? Personally, if we ever do get strong AI in my lifetime, I'm betting it'll be as screwed up and erratically ethical as we are.

about 3 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

The Raven Re:So can I (346 comments)

Works for you as well, if you can hire an attorney to talk to a judge and convince the judge to grant a court order to... nevermind, your phrasing is shorter and means the same thing.

about 4 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

The Raven Google Cardboard (198 comments)

Google Cardboard, like the Oculus Rift, zooms in on the screen making some pixels very large. Perhaps this QHD resolution will look nicer than average when used as a Rift replacement? (note: I'm well aware that it will not actually be a good rift replacement, just that it's abnormally high pixel density could make a difference in extremely specific circumstances.)

about 4 months ago

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