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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

dgp open access to the AIs (309 comments)

I want to talk to these AIs myself! Give me a webpage or irc chatroom to interact with it directly. It sounds fascinating even if its only 'close' to passing the test.

about 8 months ago

Researchers Develop DNA GPS Tool To Accurately Trace Geographical Ancestry

dgp should accept 23andme genome sequence dump (69 comments)

I have a DNA sequence from 23andme. I'd like to see the first service do any kind of analysis where I can upload my genome sequence and see the results of the analysis.

about 9 months ago

Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

dgp 30,000 year old nope (121 comments)

Revive a 30,000 year old virus, they said. It'll be fun they said.

about a year ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

dgp cold brew coffee (769 comments)

Another option for small servings of coffee is switching to cold brew. Its far less bitter and much easier on your stomach. It keeps in the refrigerator so it can be poured in one cup servings. It takes a little more setup work.

about a year ago

Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

dgp ewaste (210 comments)

Whats the industry ratio of circuit boards manufactured per month versus circut boards recycled per month? The eWaste stream is worth thinking about and should be included in the price of electronics. Maybe tablets shouldnt be $38 because so many of them will get thrown away, with their toxic components in a landfill that eventually leaks into the groundwater.

about a year ago

Microsoft XBox One Kinect Will Not Work On Windows PCs

dgp Re:Not proprietary for long (198 comments)

I agree, the 4 USB lines are bound to be in the connector. I believe the original kinect connector also had lines for extra power, and other useful stuff. There are some legitimate reasons for a new connector, but lock-in sure seems like a major factor. Adapting to a PC USB should be easy.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing

dgp Re:Sperate Distro nice but wasnt needed. (175 comments)

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

How is this fork any different/better than Ubuntu 12.04 after installing the gnome-shell package?

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

dgp Re:Sucker born every minute. (381 comments)

Miners can request/impose a fee for including transactions into the next block. It was part of the system from the beginning and is meant to eventually replace the incentive of the 50 (soon to be 25)BTC bounty.

more than 2 years ago

Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon

dgp Re:Hegemony, schmegemony (395 comments)

Agreed. Electrolysis of water to release hydrogen is easy to perform and well understood. Getting electricity back out with a fuel cell is a bit harder.

more than 2 years ago

Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services

dgp Re:You are here... (323 comments)

Agreed. reading a barcode or listening to a fixed beacon is an integral part of the patent. sounds more like indoor positioning to me.

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

dgp Re:Google+ (321 comments)

If you watch the github commit log for diaspora, it shows the project has been under continuous development since the first release. Its really quite usable now and an important piece on the gameboard of social networking. Check out poddery.com for a well maintained public diaspora server.

more than 3 years ago

YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious

dgp Re:Exporting your bookmarks (66 comments)

I found the AVOS terms of use to be disappointing. 8 pages of 'me me me' and boiler plate.


That's interesting. In the agreement they want me to agree to, they state I have already agreed to it.

"You agree to provide accurate, current and complete information during the registration process and to update such information to keep it accurate, current and complete."

You want to make it legally binding that my street address stay up to date? I call that legal overkill. I can see wanted to get accurate information but I take legal agreements seriously and I dont want to worry about what contracts I'm breaking by forgetting to keep my street address up to date.

"We may, in our sole discretion, permit Members to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content through the Site and Service, you hereby grant to AVOS a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view..."

We *may* allow you to post stuff, but we own everything you post. Status.net has a similar model of collecting and distributing user content and they use a Creative Commons license.

"You agree not to do any of the following: ... 6. Attempt to access or search the Site ... through the use of any engine, software, tool..."

So much for an extensible platform.

What are some good bookmark apps that I can install on my own server?

more than 3 years ago

Apple Can't Afford iPhone's Carrier Exclusivity

dgp Re:All phones and all data services (371 comments)

you can. they're called unlocked GSM phones.
I use a phone i got off ebay on the tmobile network.
works great.

i too wonder why phones are not sold outside of carrier
agreements in general. the FIC FreeRunner phone will
be sold that way, and it runs on open source software.

more than 6 years ago


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dgp dgp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

whoho. i just purchased 1000 pages of slashdot, ad-free. why /. has a journal i dont know.

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