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Why Not Every New "Like the Brain" System Will Prove Important

bug_hunter A claim as old as electronic computers (47 comments)

I remember watching a replay from a news piece when computers first started replacing typewriters in the late 70s.
"These computers, using many of the same techniques as the human brain, can help increase efficiency" the newsreader said as it showed a secretary running a spell check.

I still like Dijkstra comments about the question "Can a computer think?" is like asking "Can a submarine swim?". To which I assume the answer is "sorta, the end result is the same, but different means to achieve it".

about 3 months ago
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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

bug_hunter Re:BS junk science (378 comments)

Thank you.
Adelaide had it's hottest February day on record, 44.7 degrees celsius.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/...

To respond to the parent of your post, yes when a jet-stream pushed air from the north pole over North America, and it got cold.
As you point out, that doesn't mean the entire world is colder.
And of course, obligatory XKCD http://www.explainxkcd.com/wik...

about 6 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

bug_hunter Declarative eco-system maybe? (155 comments)

Maybe a clumsy choice of words, but I was thinking about the heavy use of annotations, or XML or property files used by many of the popular Java technologies.
Things are rarely glued together with scripting in the Java ecosystem, somehow it lends itself to complex XML config.
Eclipse can statically analysis all the XML config (and annotations etc) to show the developer how everything fits together in a more visual and cross referencing way.

Others in this conversation chain have mentioned how this approach often falls apart under complexity though regardless of how good your tools are.

about 7 months ago
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Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

bug_hunter Giant contribution (155 comments)

Eclipse and Java make a bit of a unique pair. Java is massively verbose by today's standards, but it's strict typing and highly declarative approach allows your IDE to do amazing things when it comes to refactoring or code analysis. Then there's the fact that Eclipse is by no means just a Java IDE, but that's just part of its giant eco-system.

Eclipse is one of the reasons I was super sad that Oracle bought Java instead of IBM. IBM at least proved they can make a good product using Java, using its strengths and subverting its weaknesses.

about 7 months ago
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Dart 1.0 Released

bug_hunter Re:Windoze only? (121 comments)

I can't speak to if DartEditor uses Java (and if it does, maybe it just bundles a stand alone bundled JRE?) but it works on most flavours of Windows, Mac and Linux
https://www.dartlang.org/tools/editor/

I'm sure Google have done the occasional Windows only thing, but in general it's really not their style.

about 9 months ago
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

bug_hunter Re:Not 3D. (97 comments)

It's cool to see you've even got a volumetric Princess Leia, the Turing test of 3D imagery.
(also looks like it has useful applications, if you're into that sort of thing)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

bug_hunter Didn't he just keep up the status quo? (406 comments)

There seems to be a lot of looking at Bill Gates with rose coloured glasses.
As far as I've been able to tell, Microsoft is still trying to do the same thing as it's always done since it's inception. Wait for others to define a market, then try to buy or muscle your way into it with a "good enough" product.
Just now with Microsoft's OS monopoly not being an effective control mechanism, and the barrier of entry for other companies not being too high, "good enough" doesn't convince anybody anymore.

From reading the article the main difference between Bill and Steve on recent issues was that Bill resigned to the fact that they were already too late on things like music players and phones and he wouldn't have even tried getting in.
Microsoft couldn't be turned around easily, it's too much of a change to its ethos. Could a better CEO really have got them into other markets propely, or would a better CEO just doubled down on OS/Office/Business Services and saved a bit of money but had no other impact? Maybe Balmer-Microsoft needed to try and flail around in every market as a first step in a (long) transition period where Microsoft comes out the other side as a company with a bit more humility, creativity and modern vision.
Interested to hear opinions.

about a year ago
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Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

bug_hunter Re:IE did it first (252 comments)

Well, the added functionality appears to be remove the redundancy of sandboxing and multi-processing features between chrome and web-kit i.e. non rendering related - so I wouldn't be too worried yet.
Really the main issue wont be how Chrome will play, it's if the remaining WebKit developing companies keep WebKit standard compliance up to date.

about a year ago
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Indies the Biggest Stars At Game Developers Conference

bug_hunter Re:Psi 5 Trading for the C64 (62 comments)

Yay, somebody else who played Psi 5! They're somewhat similar but far from "awfully like".
FTL has a bit of story and changing scenarios and a far different mood. Psi 5 still had awesome crew personalities and a hectic pace when things got rough.

about a year ago
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Ex-Sun Employees Are Taking Java To iOS

bug_hunter Re:Why? (115 comments)

Not that I agree with much of your post (each to his own) but this product translates Java to the native platforms, there is no embedded VM. So this is Java the language and not Java the platform.

about 2 years ago
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Neal Stephenson Takes Blame For Innovation Failure

bug_hunter Bring in a new Star Trek (448 comments)

Bring in a new Star Trek so we can have a sense of adventure and hope with future technology.
Enough with the arrogant scientist tries to invent new source of power / robots / travel and causes mass explosions / killer robots / aliens to kill us all.
Various treks did have issues with casting, plot, time-travel/hollodeck episodes, but it still always made me feel good about tomorrow.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases

bug_hunter Re:Don't you have to enter your password? (279 comments)

I think it behooves Apple to note games that use In-App purchases right there next to the price. Maybe even give an "average purchase price" of how much people who've bought the game have spent on In-App purchases.

As an App developer I would love this!
I made an app once that was primarily a platform for subscription data, it gave away a few demo bits of data for free but not much. The idea was then the user purchases the data relevant to them.
There were many angry reviews saying "rip off - it says free but then you have to buy stuff". In my app description I made it very clear it was in-app purchase driven (even showing screenshots of the purchase screen) but at the end of the day it just said "Free" when you clicked to download it.

If I could have made it said "In App Purchase Driven - Avg Price $2" I think it would have gone down a lot better. You can see "most popular in-app purchases" from the iTunes screen, but the dev can't distinguish between - content platform, demo or full application with tiny dlc next to that all important "free" button.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

bug_hunter Re:Who else was hoping for a Batman style rebirth? (481 comments)

I still say this movie will be TMNT3, i.e. suck no matter what age you're at. I don't think it'll quite be TMNT Live Action Christmas Special at least.

Personally I don't mind the aliens so much as the fact that Bay is directing it. Chances are he wants to go with aliens because he had an idea about aliens that he couldn't work into Transformers. It's not like if Bay kept them as mutants it would be a great movie, it would still be a Bay movie.
(though at least we can all still love The Rock)

more than 2 years ago
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High Court Rules In Favor of Top Gear Over Tesla Remarks

bug_hunter Re:Tesla (328 comments)

When talking about the suit, Tesla said they were doing it as many people asked them if they've fixed the problems that Top Gear reported/embellished/etc.
So TG was indeed affecting potential buyer's minds.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

bug_hunter Re:Ultima I (431 comments)

You even HAD to kill chuckles (the annoying but innocent court Jester) to loot a key of his body to rescue a Princess. (Ultima 1 didn't quite have the plots of its successors).

more than 2 years ago
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Type Safety Coming To DB Queries

bug_hunter Re:Reinventing the wheel (128 comments)

Solr serves a different purpose to SQL. It is optimised for searching using text indexing with fancy ways of matching, weighting results when finding matches. Solr is actually a separate non-SQL database that you keep in sync with your real database. I've found it fits its purpose very well, and you rarely worry about the XML as library support handles it.
SQL is great if you already know exactly what you're looking for. Solr is great if a human is performing a search.

more than 2 years ago
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eBay Deploys 100TB of SSDs, Cuts Rackspace By Half

bug_hunter Re:Reliability? (197 comments)

Well they are just replacing their VM servers, the databases are possibly elsewhere on the network so the writes to the SSD in that scenario should only occur when they update a VM. (Just guessing though).
Still, I take your point of a series of SSDs used for the same purpose are more likely to fail around the same time than ye olde HDDs.

about 3 years ago

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