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Turing Test Passed

at_slashdot Re:A pretty low requirement (432 comments)

Nobody thinks that pocket calculators are intelligent because they can do square roots much faster than average people can do. The program that beats a human at chess cannot fly a plane or even beat somebody at tic-tac-toe, you need a different specialized program for that. Nobody thinks that calculating very quickly a number of huge but finite alternatives is intelligence (takes intelligence to program it and make it "smarter" in how it chooses the alternatives and eliminates bad cases in a faster way, but not "smart" in the sense of understanding anything else than the strictly defined problem). Computing something very fast is different than intelligence. A big collection of facts (data) and speed of processing are important to intelligent people and they make them more "intelligent", but those elements are not what intelligence is. None of your examples show actual intelligence, they are either fast processing, or fast data access or combinations of that, none of them show the needed flexibility and understanding of abstract concepts that are the characteristics of the intelligence. Wilson can come up with E=mc^2 from a pun about Einstein by looking up the info in a database and matching word frequency, but that doesn't mean it understands anything about the equation and its implications. I want to see more learning and understanding of abstract concepts to be able to say that a system is intelligent. A dog can at least learn new tricks... Deep Blue can plays great chess, but it cannot learn anything else or even apply the simple concepts of chess, like "defense", "attack", "overwhelming force", "timing" to anything else. It basically plays chess without understanding it which is very much possible because it's a limited type of problem that can be brute-forced. Even though the abstract concepts in chess are limited and can probably be implemented in machine code, they are "understood" by the machine only in the context of chess, they will not translate to anything else, as far as I know learning to play a great game of chess would not help Deep Blue to play even a weak game of Go which is conceptual very close to chess. I need to start to see concepts being applied in different fields, learning, flexibility to assume that computers show some intelligence.

about 5 months ago
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Valve Sponsors Work To Greatly Speed-Up Linux OpenGL Game Load Times

at_slashdot Re:And still linux sucks (202 comments)

Linux doesn't want anything, it's an operating system.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

at_slashdot Re:Why Ubuntu?! (208 comments)

Left is a generic term.

about 7 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

at_slashdot Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

What makes you think that the concept of "freedom" is relevant only to what the US Constitution says.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

at_slashdot This is digg all over again (2219 comments)

This is how marketing people destroy a company. "We need more pazazz"
No, we don't.

about 9 months ago
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20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

at_slashdot Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (202 comments)

Math is universal 1 + 1 = 2 in any culture no matter how the numbers look, but indeed math ability is influenced by schooling. However good IQ tests can use numbers in a smarter way, it's not actually a math test, like: what number is out of the place: 1, 2, 4, 7 (that's 2 because it's the only one that has round edges -- so you don't need much math knowledge to get this, you just need to be familiar with the concept of numbers and have flexibility in thinking to switch from one context to another -- which is what IQ test should measure anyway). And all the people have languages with words that fit in a way with other words, and yes, while we might fit birds and mammals in different categories, some other cultures might categorize animals in big and small, but that is taken into account. I don't know what's your impression about Africans, but many live in cities (40% last time I checked, not much lower than some European or Asian countries) and go to school, the bushmen who might have problems understanding the simple math concepts required by a test are actually very few.

But granted, some of the concepts are school influenced, that's why I asked about tests that are neutral. Any way, I'm not that interested in the subject, I don't know how I got into a "debate" about it, I just posed a question and the response I got was giving me a clear example of a knowledge test, not intelligence, which was not what I asked for.

about 10 months ago
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20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

at_slashdot Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (202 comments)

See, that's not really a test of intelligence, it's a test of knowledge, it's like asking somebody from NY which metro and buses to take to reach Time Square, or even a random point in NY. How you know it doesn't measure intelligence and measures knowledge, if you give the info about hyenas to somebody they will know how the correct answer regardless of their mental capacity (to some extent). So if you tell a guy from NY that

1. hyenas chase animals that run away
2. hyenas are afraid of taller animals
3. hyenas are aggressive and respond to challenges and is not a good idea to throw food at them.

The guy who knows those facts will do just as well as a bushman. It would also be so indiscriminate that the test would not measure anything.

about 10 months ago
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20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

at_slashdot Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (202 comments)

Has anybody designed a test that measures intelligence (not necessarily standard IQ tests) in which Africans can beat or at least equal Europeans or Asians in a systematic manner? Navigation, pattern recognition, memory, that you mentioned but not something that measures memorized knowledge, something that uses abstract ideas.

about 10 months ago
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Out-of-the-Box, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Support TRIM On SSDs

at_slashdot Re:TRIM not always good (133 comments)

Isn't that a configuration that can be changed? That's a default, I assume the "experts" will have no problem to set up their desired behavior.

about a year ago
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Canonical Targets Ubuntu Privacy Critic

at_slashdot Re:And the response is... (259 comments)

I think the presence of the logo is the problem, it makes it look official, like that's something that Ubuntu promotes.

1 year,12 days
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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years

at_slashdot sharing info is worse than killing people... (491 comments)

ACLU's Ben Wizner: "When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system."

about a year ago
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Debian Says Remove Unofficial Debian-Multimedia.org Repository From Your Sources

at_slashdot Re:Why not... (159 comments)

(a) Why is that? Why can't package management fix a security problem?
(b) What package does /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.d belong to? How about patching that package?
 

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

at_slashdot Re:Linux needs more desktop forks (185 comments)

I'm sorry, I'm not a developer, but I don't think programs target desktop environment, there's almost no reason to target Unity, KDE or Gnome. What kind of application do you have in mind? I think links on desktops work pretty much the same, what exactly do you need to know about the desktop environment when you build your application?

about a year and a half ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

at_slashdot Re:English system is fine (1145 comments)

In case if Fahrenheit it's true.

10s and 20s - damn cold
30s - freezing
40s - cold
50s - chilly
60s - cool
70s - room temp, t-shirt time
80s - warm
90s - hot
100s - very hot

Take Celsius is 26C warm or hot about about 31C? How about 17C is it too cold or only chilly?

And I'm saying as somebody who lived most of my life in a country with a metric system. Somehow I got used to Fahrenheit and I find it easier to follow for day to day things. I prefer metric for all the other stuff though.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

at_slashdot Re:Good (466 comments)

Only that from what I understand programs share libraries in memory, if each program uses their own libraries then the bloat will be in the memory where it counts not only on the disk... Also, if you fix a bug in a library you have to update all the programs that use that library instead of updating only that library. Doesn't sound efficient to me and if it's a security related bug then you can expect the system to be vulnerable because somebody will be lazy patching their program.

about a year and a half ago
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President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC

at_slashdot Re:wolf in sheep skin shoes (304 comments)

What is wrong with Dr. Kevorkian, let's hope you won't get into the situation to beg doctors to end your life...

about a year and a half ago
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Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

at_slashdot Re:My house, my rules (438 comments)

Why would they not let you in if they issued you a visa? If they don't want you in, they don't give you a visa. Stopping people at the border as opposed to tell them in advance is very costly and wasteful for travelers.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

at_slashdot Re:My house, my rules (438 comments)

You know what's the problem, is that it's not clear they are going to ask to read your e-mail, I wouldn't have any problem if they ask 100% of the people 100% of the time, then I would know not to go there, however if I already made plans, bought a ticket, took vacation and then when I arrive at the airport they ask to read my e-mail I might have to agree only to make sure they don't screw up my plans. Their claim that is "only done is exceptional cases" is actually making the thing worse, how can I be sure they won't make me such a case? Maybe I posted something on slashdot that they don't like...

about a year and a half ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

at_slashdot Is Standard Time Worth Saving? (646 comments)

"In short, he says we should spring forward this one last time, without ever falling back." - So the problem is not DST, but the returning to the Standard Time....

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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Microsoft bots performing denial of service

at_slashdot at_slashdot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

at_slashdot (674436) writes "The Perl CPAN Testers have been suffering issues accessing their sites, databases and mirrors. According to a posting on the CPAN Testers' blog, the CPAN Testers' server has been being aggressively scanned by "20-30 bots every few seconds" in what they call "a dedicated denial of service attack"; these bots "completely ignore the rules specified in robots.txt".

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Microsoft-bots-perform-denial-of-service-on-Perl-Testers-906094.html
http://blogs.perl.org/users/cpan_testers/2010/01/msnbot-must-die.html"

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