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IBM To Offer Watson Services In the Cloud

blue_adept Watson sold as Watson (56 comments)

The fact that IBM is selling Watson as Watson just goes to show that Watson didn't in fact lead to anything interesting, in terms of general purpose AI. I always considered Watson to be Eliza on steroids, even in the midst of the marketing hype, and so far my prediction seems to be true. There was a lot of noise initially about how Watson was being sent to medical school, was going to be plugged into medical databases, etc etc. So far, from what I can tell, Watson is an expert system, just like Deep Blue -- good at the narrow problem it tries to solve, but not a good model for human cognition or language processing per se.

about a year ago

Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

blue_adept free work(s)?? (527 comments)

"Works that are designed for use doing practical jobs must be free; " ... uhmm... and that would be because...??

about 2 years ago

Larry Page Issues Public Update On Google Changes

blue_adept Open protocols won't help... (159 comments)

Open protocols don't help when everyone stops making webpages and moves to Facebook, which isn't publicly crawlable. Remember when everyone wanted their OWN website, and websites linked meaningfully to other websites, and there was a whole ecosystem of small, independent webpages with information on a crazy number of niche topics, and everyone's webpage had links to other webpages that they thought were cool? That doesn't really exist anymore. THAT web is dead. If Wikipedia and Craigslist, and a dozen other silo-type sites are all that's left to crawl (if they decide to let Google do it), how important is Google, really? The web has changed, and Google had to change or die with it. Google+ is just Google's attempt at taking what's left of the public, open web and internalize it (and make it all 'social' content mostly not publicly crawlable, ironically). So yeah, the (open) web really is dead, or will be soon.

more than 2 years ago

Google Glasses Announced

blue_adept I love... (249 comments)

I love how the pitch boils down to "Google goggles: they'll help you get laid". (Ukulele not included)

more than 2 years ago

Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters

blue_adept Countermeasure (370 comments)

So the countermeasure/defense against this device is one that records what you're saying and then sends it out after a 5 second (or longer) delay, essentially pre-recording what you want to say by a short time. They already use this device at airport gates when they want to make an announcement.

about 2 years ago

Ann Arbor Schools Want $45M For Tech, Partly For Computers To Run Google Docs

blue_adept Re:Emac is PPC and intel mac cost a lot (248 comments)

I use InDesign CS5 on my Acer Aspire 1 (Win XP) netbook with 1 gig of RAM. Just sayin'.

about 2 years ago

Human Rights Groups Push To Save Condemned Programmer In Iran

blue_adept Re:Goodwin be Damned (244 comments)

Over 168 children have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan. You're right about one thing - the US is not at the level of Iran, nowhere close.

more than 2 years ago

Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

blue_adept Re:Police often violate 4th amendment rights.. (525 comments)

Funny. When I took Law 30 in high school I came away with a similarly ridiculous notion of my "rights" under the law. I though I understood what I could be arrested for, when I had to answer questions, what kinds of searches I could decline blah blah BLAH.

Well, take it from someone with a little experience and some hard-earned wisdom. The subtle and nuances of how you reply make no difference. The cop has the gun and may not be too concerned about breaking your fingers. He doesn't know or care about the finer points law as much as you think he does, and he's definitely not afraid mess with you and make your life hell if he doesn't *like* you. It doesn't really matter what you SAY because unless it's recorded (which it won't be 99% of the time), you SAID whatever he SAYS you said. In off-slashdot reality, the best advice is to be a submissive dog and pray the officer is in a good mood. Yeah, not a popular opinion, but there you have it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets

blue_adept Re:Hit me badly too (286 comments)

Wiping out small independent publishers who "collate" mountains of information that they don't own the copyright for may well be what google intends to do. Let's be clear here. Are you an author? Do you create content? Or do you amalgamate other people's work, with or without their permission and/or using "fair use" provisions of copyright law? You don't really say, but I'm guessing from the tone of your post that you don't in fact create content. So, if your site is useful, provide the link, so we can have a better informed discussion about the merits of your site wrt the recent change in google's algorithm.

more than 3 years ago

The End of the "Age of Speed"

blue_adept Re:So what? (531 comments)

So what can you run on 1.36 kW/m2? Translated into one year's worth of energy, could that enough provide enough heat to keep me from freezing to death in the winter (I live in Canada)?

more than 3 years ago

Drug Runners Perfect Long-Range Subs

blue_adept Re:Enough now (428 comments)

Hell, why not legalize herion? And sell it in schools! I mean, if we don't, we'll just be letting the black marketers and backroom pushers make all the money! hahahaha, you crack me up. Everyone "else" (the voting majority) is just blind to the lessons of history, everyone older than you must be a 'fuckwit' moron. uh huh.

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Boot Camp

blue_adept just like "ninja training camp" (161 comments)

you spend a week learning all the "Secret Ninja Moves" and when you're done, you're a real life ninja. ... right? r-right?

more than 8 years ago



Jaunt API: Java Web Scraping & Automation (Free Beta)

blue_adept blue_adept writes  |  about a year ago

blue_adept (40915) writes "Jaunt Beta is a new Java API for web scraping and headless browser automation. As the creator, I'm asking for interested developers to test drive Jaunt and provide the feedback that will shape future releases."
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