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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

binkzz Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

It'd be quite an accomplishment to die of ass cancer while in a fire. Your timing would have to be impeccable. And how would they figure out the right cause of death?

about 10 months ago
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Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence

binkzz How did they know it was him? (761 comments)

How did they catch him? It seems unlikely the pilot had such good eyesight as to recognize him from above..

Did he spell his name on the cockpit ceiling or something?

about a year and a half ago
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Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

binkzz With a decent connection (453 comments)

I'd consider it if I had enough stuff to keep me occupied up there. At the least, a decent internet connection.

Although, it'd be kind of problematic trying to register on websites.

"Country: Eh.. United State of Mars?"
"Continent: Shit I don't know, should have paid better attention at the briefing."

What laws would I have to adhere to?

Could I legally pirate software?

And would it be illegal for people to download from my Mars server?

Would I be the king of Mars?

about 2 years ago
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Chinese Censors Are Being Watched

binkzz Re:So that's who... (71 comments)

I watched The Watchmen. I thought it was pretty good, actually. The montage during the opening credits was brilliant.

I watched you watch The Watchmen. It was more entertaining than watching The Watchmen.

more than 2 years ago
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A Faster Jigsaw Solving Algorithm

binkzz Re:Progress. (104 comments)

Still don't get it? Why would we even allow it to evolve? These machines will ultimately be created and controlled by us, it would be almost trivial for us to control their evolution and decision making processes. Why would we do the "let the AIs build smarter versions of themselves"-thing to begin with? Why would not just let them design smarter versions and then build them ourselves after we put in the limitations we decide they need?

Because we don't have a choice. If we decide to build a new AI based on the instructions of the "old" AI with an IQ of say, 500, there's no way we could be sure we could control it or know exactly how its decision making process works. I think it's a little naive and optimistic to think we could control something several times smarter than us, even if we keep it caged.

more than 2 years ago
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A Faster Jigsaw Solving Algorithm

binkzz Re:Progress. (104 comments)

I think rhere are a number of key differences in drive. AI motivation will unlikely work in the same way as ours (or we're doomed from the start). But once they're smarter than us, we will have them design even smarter versions, and once they reach IQs of over 400, there's no way we could possibly hope to imagine what goes on inside their brains. We could be manipulated as easily as ants.

But I still think that if we're given enough time on this planet, super intelligent and fully autonomous AI is inevitable. It excites me more than it scares me.

Still, as a Christian, I don't believe we'll ever get that far. And maybe we shouldn't, either.

more than 2 years ago
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A Faster Jigsaw Solving Algorithm

binkzz Re:Progress. (104 comments)

I never really understood this kind of fear of 'artificial intelligence'. I mean, yes we have all seen HAL9000 and Skynet in the movies, but what I never understood about those (aside from why they thought it was a good idea to put both systems in full control of mission critical stuff) was that they were supposed to be even remotely human-like. Even if we do create artificial intelligence it'll be *nothing* like human intelligence. First off all there is no reason to make a computer that might decide it does not want to do whatever it is you ask it do. Secondly this hypothetical AI would interact with and perceive the world in a completely different way from humans. I don't think there is any reason at all to fear the AI.

You must have misread me. I'm not afraid of AI. Given enough time we'll make an AI that's way smarter than us, and it'll likely be able to govern us much better and fairer than we can govern ourselves. Or it will annihilate us completely, without any real way for us to defend ourselves.

more than 2 years ago
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A Faster Jigsaw Solving Algorithm

binkzz Re:Progress. (104 comments)

If you're working, and your job doesn't involve focused application of creativity, the time to start refocusing your career objectives is now.

FTFY. In time, even jobs involving focused application of creativity will be replaced. No job is safe from AI in the end.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Privacy Suit Seeks $15 Billion

binkzz Re:looks like someone (92 comments)

And I am seriously asking myself if I am in the right field. $15 billion for a privacy violation? Damn.

Not a privacy violation, billions of privacy violations.

more than 2 years ago
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Could a Computer Write This Story?

binkzz All jobs (101 comments)

Eventually all jobs will be done by computers. It's just a matter of time. We will either live in a currency-less society (a la star trek) or all of the currency will be controlled and held by those in charge of the computers.

more than 2 years ago
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Netherlands Cements Net Neutrality In Law

binkzz Hypocricy (115 comments)

I'm very happy this law passed over here. What does annoy me some is that the major telcos are now having large marketing campaigns about how they decided to no longer charge for these plans out of the goodness of their hearts. But I guess that's inevitable.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Push Implanted User Interfaces

binkzz Could be very useful (84 comments)

Carrying out chips could be very useful, but it's also very scary and dangerous. What if we're forced by law to have these things inserted? We could be tracked and monitored continuously in the name of safety from terrorism. Though part of me knows chipping is inevitable: It is too powerful to resist for governments and large corporations.

" . . . and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." -- Revelation 13:15-17

more than 2 years ago
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Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux

binkzz Re:Not Surprised (370 comments)

I always use Pronouncable passwords myself. They're easy to remember but still not brute forcible.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen

binkzz Re:What the bloody goddamned fuck? (169 comments)

So why not tell them to stop doing that rather than trying to sue them out of existence?

FTFA:

He said: "When it's an established business, we like to get the company to acknowledge they are using our trademarks, stop selling infringing articles and then we will grant them a licence for a nominal fee - approximately $100 a year." It features characters from Tolkien's stories on its signs, has "Frodo" and "Gandalf" cocktails on the menu and the face of Lord of the Rings film star Elijah Wood on its loyalty card. A letter from SZC had asked the pub to remove all references to the characters.

They weren't sued out of existence, just asked to pay the license fee and stop using trademarked items.

more than 2 years ago
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Bringing Online Shopping Into the Future With the 3D Web

binkzz Re:yay boo.com (70 comments)

I was going to mention boo.com! The store where you could match and view clothes in full 3d. They poured so many tens of millions of dollars into it before it burst, but it was cool to look at while it was still online.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

binkzz Re:Boobs in Newspaper Stands (562 comments)

Here in Holland you can show full frontal nudity on magazine covers, but not on children's eye level or lower if it's erotic. If it's non-erotic you can place it anywhere you want (including daytime commercials).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

binkzz Re:Subscription price? (562 comments)

You might get a percentage off the first year, up to 50% if you're lucky. Or you get a gadget or something similar, but otherwise the subscription cost is only marginally below store cost.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

binkzz Re:Athiests (and the left) have endured far more (890 comments)

While I would like to start with the disclaimer that I'm a Christian, your assertion:

but receiving mostly reason and thoughtful discussion

Is absolutely false. There are a lot of mindless bigots on both sides as well as reasonable intellectuals. Atheists aren't some elite group, who, through patient and thoughtful deliberation have come to an objective understanding of the universe and the people around them. Some might, but for the vast majority it's a belief system not unlike mot organized religions.

Right now, in America, there are some self-named religious groups which push doubtful (and sometimes outright hateful) messages at full force while completely oblivious to anything else. Christwire scares me a lot, and I consider myself a pretty fundamental Christian. But in other countries it's Muslims or Hindus or even Atheists who lead the hate campaigns.

more than 2 years ago
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No, SETI Has Not Detected Alien Signals From Space

binkzz Re:"almost certainly" (160 comments)

Slow? Do you know of anything faster than radio waves?

more than 2 years ago
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Ants Turned Into 'Supersoldiers'

binkzz Re:Ants with giant freaking heads (80 comments)

I do worry about these induced supersoldiers getting free,

Well, the article states that super soldiers are disappearing among a lot of ant species. Probably because they no longer increase the chance of survival. So if these do get out, they would most likely not survive very long. Apart from that, unless they release a supersoldier making queen, they won't be able to reproduce anyway. (cue Jurassic park theme song).

more than 2 years ago

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binkzz binkzz writes  |  about 8 years ago

binkzz writes "Christmas is coming up soon, and I want to get my grandmother an mp3 player so she no longer has to work with her old cassettes and radios. The problem I find is that almost all mp3 players are tiny, with small screens and even smaller buttons. My grandmother's sight is not so good any more, and she's not very good with any form of technical equipment.

I would like to know if there are mp3 players for the visually impaired, or even children's mp3 players that could fit the bill?"

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MP3 players for the blind?

binkzz binkzz writes  |  about 8 years ago

Christmas is coming up soon, and I want to get my grandmother an mp3 player so she no longer has to work with her old cassettes and radios. The problem I find is that almost all mp3 players are tiny, with small screens and even smaller buttons. My grandmother's sight is not so good any more, and she's not very good with any form of technical equipment.

I would like to know if there are mp3 players for the visually impaired, or even children's mp3 players that could fit the bill?

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