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NASA Looks To Volcanic Rocks As Target For Next Mars Rover Re:can we think bigger picture? (33 comments)

1.5B? 2020? MarsOne aims to put people on up there by 2024 .. Maybe those 1.5B + exepenses could be put to better use in a collective effort to put homo sapiens on that rock instead.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful? Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Meh, a coder since age 10 - and currently involved with the national guard. I believe I would be plentiful-useful .. Not so much cause I know basic medical skills and can fire a rifle, more so due to the analytical skills i've been honing for the last thirty years in front of a computer.. I'd macgyver the shit out of that zombiecalypse in notime.

about 4 months ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser Impossible (167 comments)

How would you measure 50%? When does the game end? If my opponent strictly goes by 50 25 25 then Yes, I'd be happy yo play for an infinite amount of money, however given the play I am going to be playing, my opponent may opt/adapt for 50 0 50 instead and we are stalemate again .. So the game is rigged, conditions flawed, how would you measure those 50%?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current? Re:Can't offer much (509 comments)

I keep up with current stuff, latest and greatest for my job area, Spring, Hibernate, different web stacks, .net4/.5 etc (consultant, cant sell myself if i dont).. But it is not like I see the all good and true in these techniques .. What I see is the industry "trying" to convert programmers into frameworkers, and i suppose thats in the interrest of some big corps, but I dont see them improve on productivity at all. It is just shifting the complexity to another area. Most often an area of more "locked in". In regards to webapps, in context of java, what has truely been a game changer since servlets and stored procs? A lot of buzz and hype and no real benefit to the contractor. (yea, I know, I am old like that).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current? Re:Whereas I'm at the other end (509 comments)

+1, candidates are graduating and have ever only touched a highlelvel language like Java. Code? Data? Whats the difference, right? If you dont know how these constructs are being handled at the machine level you're bound to put out ignorant stuff .. But who can blaim them, they're thinking in classes, interfaces and best-practice paradigms like visitor patterns, delegates or other high level abstraction techniques.. But who cares, moores law is here to save us all right? Just buy more iron.

about a year ago

Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants Re:I would volounteer. (355 comments)

If I had no familiy or other people who depended on me, I too would be there in a heartbeat. In my mind something like this is the ultimate pioneering/patriot thing a person can do, for humanity. And a privilege. Of course, vastly better suited candidates would come before myself.

about a year ago

The New AI: Where Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Meet Re:Saving everyone a few seconds on wiki (209 comments)

What precisely are those long-standing problems?

I ask because I actually know people who are starting to demonstrate the rudiments of intelligence using simulations of ~100,000 neurons.

Per upthread, that's a long way from a brain, and in fact we don't even know how all of the brain is wired, let alone how it works. But you might want to consider this and this and this.

If they're attempting the impossible, you should let them know not to waste their money.

autistic intelligence have been done for years with neural nets, the limitation is abstracting this basic equation estimation technique (which is all the neural construct really do.) and I guess the article describes a need way to overcome some obstacles.

IMHO the biggest challenge is really training data, you dont have enough of it, take a project like OpenCog, they've done simulations in secondlife, and this is problary the best route available for the moment. The best route would be to stuff the AI in an actual body, cause there is more training data in the real world than anywhere else.

about a year ago

Weird Geological Features Spied On Mars Re:I'm not saying it's aliens (99 comments)

That and "God does not build in straight lines" Defn. got an alien vibe going here ...

about a year ago

Military Bans Removable Media After WikiLeaks Disclosures Re:horse (346 comments)

I had a conversation with a high ranking officer a few years back who boldy calimed that their systems was 100% secure, nothing i could do.. When i explained my attack vector would be to phone in and pretend to be from support and ask him to stick in the usb-dongle (wich he had in his mail) and plug it into the secure line .. well he (or she) pretty much had a revelation ... omg is it that simple. no it is not. and yes it is. It is that simple to someone as hardcore to the art of data theft as you are to the art of war.

more than 3 years ago

VirtualBox 2.1 Supports 64-Bit VM In 32-Bit Host Re:.. and .. (374 comments)

I've been on that quest for years, ever since vmware introduced experimental d3d support even though only windows->windows. But surely this is the holy grail of virtualization, effectively making windows an game-wrapper and nothing else. It will add some load time and eat up some megs but surely that HAS to be worth it!

more than 5 years ago

VirtualBox 2.1 Supports 64-Bit VM In 32-Bit Host Re:.. and .. (374 comments)

apparantly a very old bug too.. hxxp:// whats puzzling is that it was working nicely in 2.0.6 but totally broken in 2.1.

more than 5 years ago

VirtualBox 2.1 Supports 64-Bit VM In 32-Bit Host Re:.. and .. (374 comments)

I really like virtualbox, been using it since version 1.5.something. But with version 2.1 they've introduced a USB bug that bluescreens my vista64 host. And that just sucks. I have a dongle(!) wich some vpn software uses through a virtual XP(only way i can connect to work), and while its somewhat working for about 3 minutes, everything will begin grinding to a halt and then closely followed by a vista bsod .. and thats just a sad sad sight.

more than 5 years ago

Micron Demos SSD With 1GB/sec Throughput Re:Yes that's nice. (120 comments)

I'd really like to see how these drives perform compiling HUGE codebases ... java/c/whatnot

more than 5 years ago

Reuse Code Or Code It Yourself? Re:It's knowing when (429 comments)

1. Hibernate sucks
2. Spring sucks more

I use both every single work day and every single work day i feel the urge to do violent things to certain distinct characters in the field.
While you may be cutting a few corners at first, it will come back to haunt you .. times ten. performance wise, complexity wise, bug wise, limitation wise.
No, you'd be better off doing plain JDBC.. noone is saying you cannot autogenerate some cruds .. thats ok!! but for fucks sake, sql is not evil AND NO, YOU WILL NOT SWAP OUT YOUR DB2 DATABASE WITH AN ORACLE LATER ON... get over it writeoncerunthefuckeverywhereyoufuckingidiot-idiot .. die!

And Spring is just an abstraction level THAT NOONE FSCKIN NEEDS.. sodd off allready. inversion of control *pops a clip in the gun, loads* .. dependency injecti*BANG* .. there, fixed.

more than 5 years ago

How Big Should My Swap Be? Re:What Has Changed? (900 comments)

The real question is; is that 750GB drive really 20 times faster than the older 30GB one?

more than 5 years ago

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