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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

bughunter Re:dwarf fortress (285 comments)

Emergent behavior may be necessary for creativity, but is not sufficient.

about three weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

bughunter Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

Nice servers don't go down.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

bughunter Comments (223 comments)

Many of the comments on First Look and even here are disturbing, both in their rancor and in their bigotry. These kind of haters represent a tiny but vocal minority of the US population but they seem seem to swarm to the comments sections of any story that touches on one of their hot button issues. This is especially true at "mainstream" media sites like Yahoo News, CNN, etc. Clearly their intent is to disguise their minority status and make it appear as if their radical opinions are mainstream.

Do they have RSS feeds or Twitter Bots or something that tell them "Muslim story on First Look - Troll Force GO!" or something? It's fkn amazing.

And it does real damage to our society by promoting the kind of racism and abuse depicted in TFA, both institutional and cultural, even when the majority of the people hold no such opinions...

about three weeks ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

bughunter Re:How did the Republicans let this one slip? (190 comments)

No, they're going to sabotage this launch just like the last one.

That way they get to keep their pork barrel projects, without suffering the inconvenient results of pesky little things like facts...

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

bughunter Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

This driver ignores texts received while driving. If it's important, they can place a voice call and I'll answer it using my bluetooth earpiece.

It's not that hard. Really, your phone is not your brain... you can put it to sleep while driving. It's OK, your friends can wait for you to get back to them with "OMG LOL!"

about a month ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

bughunter Missing Option: (139 comments)

Woman.

I'm married, you insensitive clod.

about a month ago
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I typically start my workday ...

bughunter Re:What time is 12 am (141 comments)

People who think it's only confusing to idiots are idiots, because they're too stupid to be confused,

People who think those are idiots who are too stupid to be confused and think its only confusing to idiots are idiots easily confused by boundary conditions.

If you can't tell whether 12:00 pm is in the daytime or not, just add one minute, and then tell me whether or not the sun is out.

If that doesn't clear it up for you, then guess what... you're the idiot.

(People who live within the Arctic Circle are not excused. You have to be an idiot to live there anyway.)

(People who live within the Antarctic Circle aren't excused, either. You have to be a scientist to live there, and should know better.)

about a month ago
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Game Characters Controlled By Player's Emotions

bughunter Needs Moar Resolution (44 comments)

There are more dimensions to emotions than just Relaxed vs. Angry. For it to be useful for something other than biofeedback this system will need to distinguish Relaxed from other states like Flow, Focused, or Bored and also distinguish Angry from Adrenaline Rushed, or Jubilant, or even Sexually Excited.

FTA, it sounds to me that this system would confuse many different emotions, so unless a player has a fetish for watching a cartoon avatar smash things, it will be just another footnote laboratory novelty.

about a month and a half ago
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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

bughunter Re:He hasn't a clue. (129 comments)

national security HAS BEEN SEVERELY DAMAGED BY SNOWDEN

1 - Prove it. Snowden provided proof that laws were bent, stretched and even broken and that things for which the American people would never approve were being done in secret, and that things which don't need to be classified have been given that protection just to save the people in charge from embarassment or to intimidate whistleblowers. It's now the State Department/Pentagon's burden of proof to demonstrate the claim of damage to national security.

2 - Show why it trumps the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and possibly others, not to mention innumerable laws and statutes. No where in the Constitution does it say that "National Security" overrides the Bill of Rights. Why does the 4th Amendment get short shrift? Try pulling that shit with the 2nd amendment and see what happens.

Both are necessary for "people who fully support Snowden without acknowledging the risks to national security" to conclude he didn't act in the name of the greater good.

Snowden did break the law. Few suggest he didn't. In a perfect world, his actions could be fairly judged and his punishment determined according to the above considerations. Unfortunately, I doubt this will ever happen.

about 2 months ago
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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

bughunter Re:Why the martydom? ... (129 comments)

Because then Greenwald and Poitras and the Guardian would be under threat of imprisonment to reveal their source, and would be the target of White House retaliation for revealing classified information.

Faced with these threats, no publisher would go with a single anonymous source (unless, of course, that source is "an unnamed administration official"). They would be far more easily convinced by the White House / Pentagon to keep the documents under wraps, or destroy them. That's why Wikileaks found a niche to fill.

Also because coming forward gives him some protection from retaliation -- if Snowden remained anonymous and they found out who he is, he'd probably just be assassinated or, worse, locked in a dungeon somewhere for eternity.

All in all, I think Snowden did a fairly competent job for someone faced with an ethical dilemma: break the law to reveal a greater crime, or obey the law and conceal a greater crime. But his refusal to face the consequences of his own crime undermines his ethical position; even Manning did this. He mostly did the right thing up until he accepted Russian asylum. He needed to lawyer up and agree to turn himself in on condition that he receive a fair trial in an objective court, and monitored probation until such time as such a court could be found. If ever...

about 2 months ago
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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

bughunter Re:If only this existed before Snowden (129 comments)

Not only this, but two successive White House administrations went to extraordinary lengths to put domestic wiretapping in place in secrecy and keep it in place, without approval or oversight from Congress, much less public opinion.

When seeking authorization for domestic wiretapping in 2004 using convoluted legalese and twisted definitions, Bush White House lawyers Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales couldn't get approval from the acting Attorney General, James Comey, who cited a DOJ opinion that the program lacked oversight and doubt that the Executive branch had the authority to issue such an order. He later stated (I'm paraphrasing) if the American people learned of the extent of this program they'd be appalled. And so Card and Gonzales visited John Ashcroft in the hospital to go over Comey's head, knowing he was in intensive care, under heavy sedation. Comey managed to arrive in time to make his side of the argument and delay the approval. (Cite)

We're talking about John Ashcroft here, USA Patriot Act cheerleader. Even he wouldn't approve it. And now we know why.

But it was only a delay. The Bush-Cheney White House went ahead and implemented the program. There's no public information on whether or when the Ashcroft DOJ approved this, only that some oversight was added (ineffective as it was in retrospect), and by 2005 Ashcroft had been replaced by Gonzales as Attorney General, the very guy who tried to go over Comey's head. It's quite apparent now that the NSA had carte blanche from then on.

And the succeeding Administration comes in with a record of avoiding any sort of investigation or oversight of the program, granting immunity to civilian corporate participants, and goes on to aggressively prosecute ethically-motivated whistleblowers to the degree of fabricating evidence to incarcerate them.

In this kind of environment, do you think a new "you must report" order is going to improve the constitutionality of this kind of spying?

All it's going to do is weed out anyone who's not fully on board with the program, or has any ethical qualms about it, and permit even more crackdown on people who try to effect change, legally and by the books, from the inside.

Keep your nose clean, citizen.

about 2 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

bughunter Re:but..but.. (250 comments)

did she have sex? could the guy tell she hadn't showered?

There are several before-during-after photos in this this blog article at the NYT. You decide.

I know a lot of guys who'd give her a go, regardless of how she smelled (or, ftfa, like "fresh-cut onions and pungent marijuana," maybe because of it).

Personally, I find other things far more of a deterrent than greasy hair and kronik BO: she looks too much like my sister... and the laptop's fisheye lens and that deathly pallor from the LED display aren't helping her prospects, either.

about 2 months ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

bughunter Re: Why make a journalist suffer? (250 comments)

I'm absolutely positive you'd look sexier wearing them underneath your jeans.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

bughunter Re:I foresse a world (355 comments)

No, he's gurps_npc.

GURPS plays him.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

bughunter Re:ISP is a Utility (286 comments)

Haven't you been paying attention for the past 15 years? 'Utilities' are fair game for profitmongers now. First it was electric power exchanges, then municipal water (especially in developing countries in S. America and Africa) and now phone/internet. And don't even get me started on proposals to start charging tolls for interstate highway usage.

It won't be long before someone 'innovates' a way to charge you for the air you breathe.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

bughunter Re:Do what we want or... (286 comments)

Well, based on the additions they've made to their services in the past, their 'innovations' can only be 1) giving your data to the NSA 2) reporting your copyright infringement to the MPAA and RIAA, and/or 3) throttling your service based on your transfer protocol or content.

Oh, wait. Maybe they're using the finance industry's definition of 'innovation' which basically means finding or creating loopholes in the law that allow them to collude to steal your money while not technically committing any crimes.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

bughunter Re:They're right. (286 comments)

Why is this moderated 'Troll?' While I don't like his conclusion, I won't call him wrong. And his summary of the regulatory situation is generally informative.

If you don't agree with someone's point, don't downmod them (and if you absolutely must, certainly don't use Troll or Flambait unless they actually are trolling or flaming). Post a reply, or mod up a counterargument.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

bughunter Re:Please support the FCC to do the right thing (286 comments)

Yes, but despite appearances and accusations otherwise, Obama doesn't get to decide who gets appointed as chief regulator for the FCC or any other agency that oversees major business sectors like telecom, energy, pharma, etc.

Regulatory capture is complete, from the administrative agencies to the legislative committees and now apparently even to the courts. GP is correct. This is no longer a democracy... it's a corporate plutocracy.

Anyone who still believes the president has the power to decide policy over anything that affects corporate profits is living in a fantasy world.

about 2 months ago
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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

bughunter Re:Nightmares (92 comments)

I kinda know how you feel.

I made the mistake of seeing Aliens in 1986 during its first run in theaters... after eating a gram of shrooms. (It was that or The Song Remains the Same for the fifth time instead.)

It's still my favorite movie of all time. Spawned my username, too. Been using it ever since.

about 2 months ago

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"Six Strikes" Copyright Alert System Debuts Today

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bughunter writes "After months of delay, the “Copyright Alert System,” (also known as “six strikes”) is ready for its “implementation phase.” Participating ISPs will be rolling out the system “over the course of the next several days.” According to TorrentFreak, Today the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system kicks off in the United States. Soon the first BitTorrent users will receive so-called copyright alerts from their Internet provider and after multiple warnings subscribers will be punished. But, what these punishments entail remains a bit of a mystery. None of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will treat repeat infringers and the CCI doesn’t have this information either. Is your ISP on the list of participating providers? Also, should casual, occasional users of BitTorrent who download this week's Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones be concerned, or is this primarily aimed at detecting large-scale copyright infringers?"
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ACTA Is Dead after EU Parliament Vote

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about 2 years ago

bughunter writes "Today at 12:56 CET, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a 478 to 39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally. Everyone in the European Parliament are taking turns to praise all the activists across Europe and the world for drawing their attention to what utter garbage this really was, not some run-of-the-mill rubberstamp paper, but actually a really dangerous piece of proposed legislation."
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ISPs to apply CCI's Six Strikes starting July 1

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bughunter writes "Starting July 1, the nation’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to adopt a “Graduated Response” program intended to cut down on illegal file sharing. The program, colloquially known as the “six-strikes” system, is the brainchild of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). After six notices of infringement, the participating ISPs will take “mitigation measures,” which include bandwidth throttling (i.e. slowing down the accused subscriber’s connection), or even temporarily cutting off full Web browsing abilities. In cases where alleged infringement persists after the initial mitigation measure, the subscriber may face lawsuits from the copyright holder, and/or have their Internet access cut entirely. Those currently on board include AT&T, Cablevison, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon."
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The New York Times' Kitchen Table of the Future

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bughunter writes "Matt Boggie, The Times Co.'s Media & Technology Strategist for R&D, demonstrates the Times' screen-top version of a kitchen table. It's based on Microsoft's Surface technology, modified by the Times' R&D Lab to create a Times-oriented user experience that reimagines the old "around the breakfast table" reading of the paper. The prototypes on display at the R&D Lab consider how news can be used, in particular, in the home, woven into the intimate contexts of the morning coffee."
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Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"
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Saturday is National Gaming Day at Your Library

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bughunter writes "On November 13, 2010, libraries across the country will participate in National Gaming Day 2010: the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids (and their parents) will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing at their local library. In addition, libraries will be offering a variety of board games for all ages to play together. I know I'll be taking my six-year-old son, whose Mom has vetoed every suggestion to buy a console... for good reason. But until she relents, she'll at least give up one Saturday morning each November."
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Help Me Introduce a Non-geek to SF

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "I'm having trouble identifying a novel that would interest my wife in science fiction. I've tried a couple of times to introduce her to the genre, without success. She's mildly curious as to why I'm interested in it, and why I aspire to writing it. But she holds quite a few misconceptions about it, probably due to the horrible examples set by SF movies and TV series. I still think that no one has ever shown her a good example of the genre, not even me.

She seems to have been under the impression for a long time that "SciFi" was about aliens, space ships, and ray guns... that the only appeal of the genre was the nerdier analogue of a penchant for spaghetti westerns or monster movies. And she's not interested in classical space opera at all.

I've tried to explain the concept of hard SF and how it differs from science fantasy or space opera. I'm not emphasizing the scientific rigor and plausibility of hard SF as much as I want to demonstrate how its depend on scientific speculation or mysteries. Not many SF films have conflicts and key plot elements that are built upon scientific or technical propositions (as opposed to using enabling devices that are sheer fantasies, like Stargate). I have used the few that exist as examples, for instance "What if humans encountered an active artifact of an advanced civilization?" [2001: a Space Odyssey] or "Is a machine consciousness any different from a human one?" [Blade Runner].

I've given her a couple of SF novels that she's attempted to but she quickly lost interest. I thought that she might enjoy Neal Stephenson, so I gave her what I thought was one of his more approachable novels: Zodiac. But she found the main character, Sangamon Taylor, too arrogant to identify with. I really enjoy Bruce Sterling, and thought that she could handle Distraction, but she wasn't interested in it at all. Perhaps I should have tried Islands in the Net, instead.

After this, why am I persisting? Well, she frequently complains she has nothing to read, and I have a huge library of SF novels, mostly boxed up. And she says she's interested in my interests, that she wants to understand them. Perhaps I'm taking her too literally, and that she just wants to hear me explain it, to see me express my passion for it. But for now, I'm still interpreting her to mean that she'd like to try reading SF. She claims to have really enjoyed Carmac's The Road, but from what I can gather, that's more about the characters and not really SF.

Lately I've been reading all the New British Space Operas I can get my hands on: Hamilton, Reynolds, Banks, etc. I'm considering something like The Player of Games or Use of Weapons, but I'm afraid that Banks' post-scarcity milieu might be just too exotic for her. Maybe something more pulp, like Altered Carbon, or more classic but still rigorous like Footfall? I'm also considering things like Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, or Card's Ender's Game. I suspect that she's probably more receptive to the soft science fiction or social science fiction subgenres than I am, but I haven't explored them very deeply so I'm at a loss for good examples.

I really want to demonstrate to her that science fiction is more than a horse opera set in space. I'd like to be able to demonstrate that SF is a serious branch of literature that employs scientific premises or plausible technology advances to create plots and conflicts that just can't be translated to other genres. Is that even possible? Is the idea of literature as "thought experiment" just too self-indulgent? What are good examples that would appeal to someone who reads Anna Karenina and The Snowball?"
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Should I Be Afraid of "Smart" Electricity Metering

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "Last week, Southern California Edison included a notice in my bill announcing that SCE would be installing "SmartConnect" electricity meters in my neighborhood. After reading SCE's PR blurbs about the 'advantages' of the system, I'm not sure I want it. Color me skeptic, but SmartConnect seems to be primarily a way to charge me more for daytime use, and to turn my power off on a moment's notice. The benefits to the subscriber claimed by SCE sound more like marketing spin on the new abilities granted to the utility. Here is more information about the program, and more information about the meters. How many slashdotters already have this type of meter? What are your experiences with it?"
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Systems Engineer: The Best Job in America

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "According to CNN/Money — which ranked 50 jobs for 2009 according to Salary, Demand, and Quality of Life — Systems Engineer came out as number one because, 'Pay can easily hit six figures for top performers, and there's ample opportunity for advancement.' (Note that lack of stress was not cited.) It's especially nice to see Engineering get some recognition as a rewarding career. Eleven of the Top 50 Jobs are engineering or IT related, with IT Project Manager and Computer/Network Security Consultant sharing the top 10. I really love my job. As a systems engineer with 21 years of experience working for NASA and aerospace firms, I get involved early in the concept phase of new projects, and I've helped determine how some really cool stuff happened, from atmospheric science, to innovative UAVs, and commercial space launches. And I did it all with a Bachelor's Degree. Engineering Rocks."
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Habitable Planet Discovery Expected "Anytime Now"

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "Planet hunters from NASA, Harvard University and the University of Colorado are collaborating on an effort to find Earthlike planets orbiting other stars. David Latham, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, is quoted at saying, "It could happen almost any time now. We now have the technological capability to identify Earth-like planets around the smallest stars." Using the COROT and HARPS observatories, they expect to soon find our first candidates for extrasolar colonization. Now all we need is a Bussard Ramjet and a few volunteers."
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Senate to Reconsider Wiretap Immunity

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "According to Wired Threat Level, "Lawmakers are considering key changes to the Patriot Act and other spy laws — proposals that could give new life to lawsuits accusing the nation's telecommunications companies of turning over Americans' electronic communications to the government without warrants. On Oct. 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee likely will consider revoking that immunity legislation as it works to revise the Patriot Act and other spy laws with radical changes that provide for more government transparency and more privacy protections." This is big. Now would be a great time to donate $20 to the EFF, since it appears they will be heading back to court on our behalf."
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Why is Metamoderation Broken?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about 5 years ago

bughunter writes "For the past two days, the same posts are given to me when I go to metamoderate, and they all retain my past metamoderation choices. This persists even when I switch to a different browser on a different computer, so it ain't me."
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First Flight of Powered Flapping Wing Vehicle

bughunter bughunter writes  |  about 5 years ago

bughunter writes "Pioneers in autonomous, solar-powered and human-powered aviation, Aerovironment, Inc. (AV) has accomplished another first: the controlled hovering flight of an air vehicle system with two flapping wings, using only the flapping wings for propulsion and control while carrying its own power source. (More information and video here.) Employing biomimetics at an extremely small scale, this nano air vehicle (NAV) is ultimately intended to provide new military reconnaissance capabilities in urban environments. The "Mercury" R/C test vehicle is capable of climbing and descending vertically, flying sideways left and right, as well as forward and backward, for a duration of 20 seconds. The NAV program was initiated by DARPA to develop a new class of air vehicles capable of indoor and outdoor operation. In response to this success, DARPA has awarded AV a Phase II contract, which will focus on improving the NAV's endurance and performance."
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New Mac Clone Maker 'Quo' to Open CA Retail Store

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bughunter writes "Cnet is reporting that Mac clone maker Quo Computer plans to open its first retail location, selling Mac clones, on June 1. To start, Quo will offer three desktop systems: the Life Q, Pro Q, and Max Q. While details of the components are not yet available, De Silva said they are looking at Apple's system configurations for guidance. Pricing has also not been finalized on the desktop machines, but the company is looking to start pricing at less than $900. While Quo is starting off with the desktop machines, De Silva said it is looking at offering an Apple TV-like media server and a smaller computer similar to the Mac Mini. Plans on those systems have not been finalized. The Quo Web site is being worked on now and is set to launch next week. The retail store, located at 2401 West Main Street, Alhambra, Calif., will open for business on June 1."
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Linden Lab to Crack Down on Adult Content?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "According to Second Life Update, the Second Life administration is planning to clean up its virtual world. 'Linden Lab lab announced today in their blog a huge crackdown on adult content in Second Life. If you remember the outlawing of gambling in Second Life, crackdown on advertising in Second Life, or the new virtual land restrictions then this may not come as a surprise change for the virtual world.' Darn, I procrastinated, and now it's too late to start roleplaying a callipygous zoomorphic nymphomaniac."
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Nvidia Fires Back at Intel, Drops Via's Name

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "'Today, Nvidia fired back with arguments of why Ion is the best solution for the Atom.' That's from the Tom's Hardware lede, but the quote from my boss is more entertaining:

Now Nvidia comes back with a point for point response. I have to say this is quite entertaining for a geek like me. Intel only looked at the worst case numbers with the CPU and GPU drawing peak power continuously. Nvidia points this out and shows that under nominal conditions the ION platform that is more powerful only draws a half watt more. Then as a zinger Nvidia suggests that the ION platform can be accomplished just as well with a VIA processor in place of the Atom. Kapow! This is the "Days of our Lives" equivalent for tech nuts.

We've got an application for Ion right now... I wish they'd kiss and make up already."
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Will Orbiting Carbon Observatory find missing CO2?

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) is slated for launch tomorrow, February 24, 2009. OCO is the first earth science observatory that will create a detailed map of atmospheric carbon dioxide sources and sinks around the globe. And not a moment too late. Popular Mechanics has an accurate, concise article on the science that this mission will perform, and how it fits in with the existing "A-train" of polar-orbiting earth observatories. JPL's page goes into more detail. And NASA's OCO Launch Blog will have continuous updates as liftoff approaches and the spacecraft reports in and checks out from 700km up."
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UK Porn Filesharers Get RIAA Treatment

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bughunter writes "Thousands of internet users have been told they'll be taken to court unless they pay hundreds of pounds for illegally downloading and sharing hardcore porn movies. This Newsbeat story describes how people across the UK have been accused of using file-sharing networks to get hold of dozens of adult titles without paying for them. A German company called DigiProtect claims the users are breaking copyright law and is demanding £500 to settle out of court. Many recipients of DigiProtect's 20-page legal letter deny copying the movies and say they have no idea why they were identified in the first place. TorrentFreak appears to have identified this activity as early as November 18 (potentially NSFW URLs on target page)."
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Most Business-Launched Virtual Worlds Fail

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bughunter writes "Internet consultant firm Gartner claims that only 1 in 10 commercial virtual worlds succeeds, and most fail within 18 months

"Businesses have learned some hard lessons," Gartner analyst Steve Prentice said in a statement released Thursday. "They need to realize that virtual worlds mark the transition from Web pages to Web places and a successful virtual presence starts with people, not physics. Realistic graphics and physical behavior count for little unless the presence is valued by and engaging to a large audience."
Nonethless, Gartner advises businesses to keep trying. Virtual worlds can add value initially to training and simulation exercises, and suggests it will eventually provide a venue for more mundane collaboration."

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War of the Future: Robot vs. Robot

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bughunter writes "This spring, it seems everyone is publishing breathless fearmongering stories of killer robots run amok, but this story is a refreshingly insightful treatment of unmanned warfare. While it doesn't go into depth, The Star does accurately represent the technical limitations, challenges, and the paths being blazed by Unmanned Systems companies. Sensor data fusion, personal equipment, force protection and civilian awareness are the current focus of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Unmanned Ground Vehicle development, in the UK as well as at my company in the US and also abroad.

"It is a weird extrapolation, the idea that war is becoming a scenario of `Your robots versus our robots,' Why not just fight it out on a video game instead?" said Mindsheet's Tribe. "But this is where things are moving."
Yes, we played Starcraft in our spare time, too. But credit goes to Orson Scott Card, who saw this coming over thirty years ago."

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Donate to the EFF

bughunter bughunter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So Obama is "Worse than Bush" with respect to Warrantless Wiretapping. Well, it's not like we didn't see this coming.

edit 9/24/09: It appears that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be looking again at telco immunity and executive wiretapping authority. The EFF hires lobbyists, too, and needs your support to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you're not yet a member, please go now to the EFF support page and make a contribution.

If there's one nonprofit you can trust to use your money in your interest, its EFF. If you have money to make only one donation this year, please make it the EFF. If you donated to the Obama for America campaign, and now object to what he's doing with respect to warrantless wiretapping, torture memos, or even Wall Street, donate to the EFF to restore your conscience, karmic balance or service to liberty (take your pick, choices are nonexclusive).

Addendum: I don't regret voting for him, but he hasn't received a dime from me since his July 2008 Senate vote, and he won't until he upholds the 4th Amendment.

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  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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