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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

TheMiddleRoad Re:Not smart or stupid (130 comments)

Brains are charges and chemistry, but minds are something else, though clearly connected. Brains make minds, we know that. There is no reason to think that anything else can make a mind. There are some philosophers who say that a thermostat has a mind, but that's pretty clearly bullshit. These neural nets are simply primitive and chaotic data filters. Yes, at some point an AI will be able to convince us that it is concious, but there will be no reason to think it is anything but a parlor trick. Until we discover what minds are and how brains make minds, it's all speculation and guesswork.

And Searle doesn't every say, "I can't believe it's just physics." That's just an insult. He says that we don't know the physics of brains, but we know the effects.

4 days ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

TheMiddleRoad Not smart or stupid (130 comments)

These are computer programs, not artificial intelligences as some have come to think of them. They are simply some charges flipping around in some chips. There is no seeing or recognizing in human terms. We apply all that consciousness crap.

In this case, the neural networks are randomly formed nets that match up a few pixels here and there then spit out a result. There is no seeing. Increase the complexity a thousand times over and there will still be no seeing, but there might, might, might be less shitting processing with fewer bizarre results.

As John Searle said, brains make minds.

Everything else is just speculating.

5 days ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:The fact remains... (323 comments)

So gender is only DNA? How about genitalia? A person with XY expressing male genitalia is the same sex as a person with XY expressing female genitalia? People with other chromosomal combinations? You have your own poorly-thought-through definitions. That's fine. Just don't impose them. You come across as ignorant.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:My hat is off to you, sir! (323 comments)

You have forgotten more about software development than most people will ever know.

And no surprise with all the sexist and nasty transgender comments. Just sadness.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:Can't blame him/her (323 comments)

But he'd still be a complete asshole.

about three weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

TheMiddleRoad Re:The fact remains... (323 comments)

Technically female? I dunno, man. You need to do some research on gender before you go making comments.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

TheMiddleRoad Which part? (195 comments)

The Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru WRX probably have the most hacked ECUs around. Loading something like ECUTek onto a BRZ or FR-S gives you equal control. Convenience systems are usually controlled with some kind of aftermarket device, though for Toyotas, you can download Techstream and control a few options via a cheap cable off ebay. A Tesla offers the most toys to play with out of the box, but you can't do a think with the actual drive system. An M-series BMW like an old M5 will give you loads of settings to play with between the engine, transmission, and suspension.

about a month ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad Re:BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

They are not a news organization. They're a political force.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad Re:BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

When somebody is more extreme than you, it doesn't make you a moderate.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheMiddleRoad BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

They do a great job of attacking Jews too.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

TheMiddleRoad Being watched helps with good behavior (643 comments)

I took a citizens class at the local PD. They said an officer had received many complaints against him. In response, the chief required that he have his radio broadcasting audio during every single interaction he had with the public. The complaints ceased.

This is an awesome idea. Not original at all, of course. I fully support it.

about 4 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

TheMiddleRoad Thinkpad 8 (96 comments)

I have a Thinkpad 8 and a Miix 2 8. The Thinkpad 8 is a desktop replacement. I use bluetooth for keyboard and mouse, run an HDMI monitor, and stick power through the USB. It works well, but not perfectly. I'll upgrade to a good broadwell or cherrytrail. Anyway, the future looks awesome.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

TheMiddleRoad Yet more proof... (67 comments)

That Apple sells overpriced shit for posers.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

TheMiddleRoad Re: Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

1. Track changes is 10 times easier in Word.
2. Auto correct works infinitely better in Word.
3. Formatting doesn't translate well. Sure, if you've got plain text, you're fine. Add some formatting, though, and you'll have page breaks in all sorts of odd places.

Then there's Excel, which is far, far easier to use than the Libre version. Sometimes it's the little things, like hitting enter and having the selected box move not just down a line but back to the left when you're entering multiple columns and rows of data. Sometimes it's the ease of sorting. Libre Office is pitiful in comparison. Oh, and Libre Office has terrible xls and xlsx compatibility. Basic files had ruined formatting.

Libre Office is ready for prime time for people who don't actually get work done with Office. I'm sure your religious dragging of people away from Office has ended with more than a couple people silently cursing your name every second they do work. But hey, what's an extra thousand clicks a day, right? Every day, for years.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

TheMiddleRoad Re:Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

Tyranny? Try iOS or Android. They constantly track everything I do. It all gets reported back to Google. There's a lot more control with a Windows box than there is in Android. Hell, you can't even use the Android command line to control the DNS settings for 3g and 4g. I have to use an app, and it has to constantly redo the DNS settings. No, Windows isn't the tyranny.

I'm sure if I were a lover of the command line, I could be happy with Linux. However, I think the command line is a royal pain in the ass. Always have felt that way. Linux designers are all command line guys. There's no adult in the room to tell them to build the GUI so well that the command line is unnecessary.

As for gaming, that's a market issue. I cannot blame the OS for that.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

TheMiddleRoad Re:Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

Happened to me about 6 months ago. I was stunned. Notice I've been left as flamebait. What has Slashdot become? Home of the Linux weenies.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

TheMiddleRoad Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

First time I installed Linux was about 15 years ago. Last time I installed Linux on a machine was 5 months ago. It never lasts. Every Linux UI I have ever used is behind Windows XP and even Windows 2K. Yes, there are some with pretty graphics but from updates to software names to installation, Linux is just a pain in the ass to use. If all I did was browse the web, it would be fine. However, I need Word. Word, not Libre Office (which is about as good as AppleWorks). So what? I'm going to install WINE? I don't think I have the patience for all the hoops just to avoid shelling out a hundred bucks. Or a few hundred for the Apple tax.

Right now, I have one machine not working. It runs Nas4Free. Yay open source!

about 8 months ago

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Florida to Teach Evolution as `Scientific Theory'

TheMiddleRoad TheMiddleRoad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheMiddleRoad (1153113) writes "The Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_dade/story/424693.html reports that the Florida Board of Education approved, in a vote of 4 to 3, new standards for teaching evolution, calling it a 'scientific theory'. This is a big step forward since there were no standards for it before. In other news, I hear they've recently accepted the wheel there, and are calling it a 'mechanical thingamajig'. Perhaps soon they will stop burning scientists at the stake for claiming that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Naaah! Please, keep the FSM jokes to a maximum."

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