top Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?
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.
top Researchers Develop DNA GPS Tool To Accurately Trace Geographical Ancestry
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.
top Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice
Revive a 30,000 year old virus, they said. It'll be fun they said.
top The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
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.
top Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US
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.
top Dialing Back the Alarm On Climate Change
The CO2 graph (direct measurement) is clearly climbing at a never-before-seen rate. How does this compare to the conclusions in the report?
top Microsoft XBox One Kinect Will Not Work On Windows PCs
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 and a half ago
top Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
How is this fork any different/better than Ubuntu 12.04 after installing the gnome-shell package?
top Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital
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.
top House Kills Effort To Stop Workplace Requests For Facebook Passwords
This is the same kind of observations are encapsulated in the One Subject at a Time act.
top Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon
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.
top Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
Agreed. reading a barcode or listening to a fixed beacon is an integral part of the patent. sounds more like indoor positioning to me.
top Minecraft Is Finished
The open-source minecraft clone, minetest, is surprisingly complete, playable, and fun.
top Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications
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.
top YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious
"YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE
... YOU ARE INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE SITE."
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?
top Apple Can't Afford iPhone's Carrier Exclusivity
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.