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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

farble1670 Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (431 comments)

Its not even been shown that we can

nothing is shown to be possible until we do it, yet we do still manage to do things. huh.

13 hours ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

farble1670 Re:Ba Da ... (394 comments)

isn't that what i said? they can only track you if you are signed in using their services.

yesterday
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

farble1670 Re: writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythi (431 comments)

weather system aren't digital either yet we can simulate them on a computer. if we can understand the brain (that's the hard part) then we can model it in code ... probably running orders of magnitude faster / more memory / in parallel.

the question is what sort of consciousness would arise from such a thing? i can't even speculate.

yesterday
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

farble1670 Re:Bing indeed (394 comments)

The commonly thrown around number is that 90% of users never change the defaults.

that's because the default is always google.

5 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

farble1670 Re:Ba Da ... (394 comments)

google doesn't have a competing product either. google could not give a rats ass how you arrive at their search engine, whether it's from chrome or firefox or IE. they make 0 from chrome other than the traffic it drives to their services. they are just as as happy to have that traffic driven from firefox.

yahoo is the perfect fit here

yahoo is a terrible fit. they are a company that *still* backdoor installs crap like search toolbars if the OS will allow it. mozilla cashed a huge check at the expense of having their reasonably good name associated with yahoo. smart move by yahoo though. they have to do something to try and get back in the game. for me, the last time i tried yahoo it was so incredibly terrible i thought it was 2003 again.

5 days ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

farble1670 link is wrong? (65 comments)

points to the stable channel release notes, last update October 7 and says nothing about 64 bit.

about a week ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:"why shouldn't they?" (438 comments)

treat others with respect.
don't cheat.
don't lie.
work hard. ...

the list goes on, but "cheat when you think life isn't fair" certainly isn't on my list.

personally, i praise my son when he does the right thing, even if it doesn't result in him "getting ahead". case in point, friends that are cheating during a game (happens all the time). when he talks to me about it, the only thing i care about is that he *didn't* cheat. cheaters will be exposed for the frauds they are. maybe not now, but eventually.

i don't really care if indian students cheat. i hope they do, along with chinese students. it just means when my son comes of age he's going to win when he competes with them for jobs.

and yeah, stop trolling me. you've gone through every single one of my comments and responded. i seriously doubt that i'm just so interesting that you picked my 3 comments from the thread of hundreds.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:"why shouldn't they?" (438 comments)

please don't have children.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:Not really surprising (438 comments)

Cheating to turn a "respectable" 80% into a 95%

do you have any evidence that's what is happening?

and even if so, what's the story? "students, it's okay to cheat as long as you just do it a little." sounds like a reasonable plan to me.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

farble1670 Re:Whatever ... (246 comments)

that's fine, but it's not the point. selecting a crew before you have even plans for very nearly ever piece of significant hardware required for the mission is putting the cart about 55 million km before the horse.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

farble1670 Re:true but... (246 comments)

even there, they need to become much more efficient.

more efficient ... than who? who else has autonomously landed a nuclear powered rover the size of a small car on the surface of mars? do you have some evidence to support that this should / could have been done for less (2.5B USD)?

i searched for "curiosity rover pork" and the first article that came up was from the tea party. there you go.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:Old Saying. (438 comments)

things like doping, cheating, stealing, and so on only work if a small subset of the populace partakes in the behavior. if everyone does it, it's the same as if no one does it.

so argue that it's "fair" to cheat all you want, but if it's sanctioned the result is that India is going to churn out an exceptionally large number of unprepared from their universities. the solution here isn't to sanction cheating, it's to stop it universally (duh).

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:Don't thow out the wheat. (438 comments)

Your assumption is that if someone cheats at all to offset an unfair advantage then they will be incapable of doing anything afterward.

yeah i didn't say that did i? are we talking about cheating once or twice? or are we talking about systemic cheating that persist throughout the students school career?

if everyone cheats including the rich how is it going to offset any advantage? and hey, have you ever read "The Sneetches?" if not, you might pick it up it's a quick read and might help you realize where you logic breaks down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:Not really surprising (438 comments)

BTW, if I were a poor student in India, I would cheat too, then work hard in the real world to make it not just a selfish waste.

if you cheated, you'd enter the world completely incapable of not making it a selfish waste. you wouldn't be the type of person that's capable of working hard. you'd have taught yourself to take shortcuts whenever possible. you'd have learned that breaking the rules for your own gain is okay, regardless of how it affects others.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:The cheaters? Easy to identify... (438 comments)

at least you were well off enough to go to a university along side rich cheating scum. consider yourself fortunate.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 Re:Old Saying. (438 comments)

"Choose to cheat, or don't get an education."

no, choose to cheat, or work your ass off to get the grade legitimately.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

farble1670 "why shouldn't they?" (438 comments)

because you'll leave university completely unequipped for life?

that's if you are lucky enough to survive the compounding problem of cheating to get from lower to higher level classes. eventually you reach a point where you are so lost in the subject matter you can't even fake it.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

farble1670 Re:Terrible summary, unwarranted inferences (151 comments)

and less cops dying in fatal crashes

like the cop that blocked the entire lane of a 2-lane major expressway along my commute when he pulled someone over and decided to park completely blocking the lane. complete moron. he couldn't drive 100 yards on pull off onto a side street? hundreds, if not thousands of people inconvenienced, and put in danger from the disruption in the flow of traffic.

thank god these men and women are protecting us.

about three weeks ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

farble1670 Re:Ecch ... (74 comments)

i don't know about you, but the functionality and performance of the hardware matter to me, not just the fashion statement.

thinner, lighter.
higher res / higher quality display.
better sound.
longer battery life.
port configurations (HDMI, SD card).
antenna performance.
durability / waterproofing.
screen sizes.

there's a list of some really very obvious ways that companies can differentiate based on hardware. i'm guessing if i could come up with that list, a hardware engineer could increase that by 100x.

don't believe it? look what samsung did with the galaxy note. ALL they did was make a phone w/ a really big screen, which was something no one else was doing at the time.

about 2 months ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  about 5 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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