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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

glwtta Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (652 comments)

Bought these speakers when they came out in 1999, still in use, doesn't seem like I'll ever need a new set.

And another vote for Cowon - the X5 was built like a damn tank!


Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

glwtta Re:Who cares? (222 comments)

Now we've eliminated the majority of nuclear weapons, it's become irrelevant

Huh? Two countries both have enough nuclear warheads to comfortably annihilate all human life several times over. Six more have enough to put a significant dent in it.

It doesn't matter if you eliminate the "majority" if what remains is more than enough to get the job done.

(Not that I think that the clock thing is particularly useful)

about 3 months ago

Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

glwtta Re:Never been more than 17 min away? (222 comments)

It doesn't have to be nuclear annihilation - we're closer to "doomsday" is what they're saying.

about 3 months ago

Kazakh Professor Claims Solution of Another Millennium Prize Problem

glwtta Re:Why use the word "Claim" (162 comments)

Hard to say, I guess we'll find out what wording Slashdot chooses to use when a Westerner solves a Millennium Prize Problem?

about 3 months ago

IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

glwtta Re:It's getting serious (182 comments)

Article says Watson, not AI.

about 3 months ago

Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

glwtta Still with the Roomba? (246 comments)

Can we please stop treating the Roomba as a harbinger of the inevitable robot apocalypse?

It's just about the most trivial "robot" you can imagine, it's been around for over a decade, and in that time, there hasn't been a single new development in the "robotic home automation" market that it was supposed to usher in.

It's just a silly gimmick - it does a good enough job of vacuuming your Cheetos crumbs (though not nearly as well as getting off your ass for 5 minutes would), and that's about it.

about 4 months ago

Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

glwtta Re:co-inventor? (170 comments)

From what I remember, yes, his work was slightly later, but he also published it earlier. Stands to reason that this would happen a lot - the only alternative is that different people discover something at the exact same time.

about 4 months ago

Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

glwtta co-inventor? (170 comments)

Not a nit that I would pick on any other site, but Leibniz invented/discovered calculus independently.

about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

glwtta Re:hierarchy of rights (370 comments)


about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

glwtta Re:intelligence (370 comments)

Humans aren't special. Get over yourselves.

Don't see any chimps or dolphins wringing their hands/flippers over who has what rights. That seems to be a pretty special human trait.

about 4 months ago

Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

glwtta Re:Brain Dead (159 comments)

What an idiotic thing to say.

I don't really care what people on the street do - programmers think in types.

about 5 months ago

I'd rather be spied on by ...

glwtta Uh, I'll take the nerds (324 comments)

So I'm picking between the US/UK/Canadian signals intelligence, and the Russian security service? I'll go with the sigint guys.

Spetssvyaz is the Russian communications security agency (part of FSO).

about 5 months ago

LeVar Burton On Google Glass

glwtta Ah, I see (211 comments)

Apparently "knee-jerk response" now means "opinion I disagree with". Good to know!

about 5 months ago

Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math

glwtta Re:And if you wanted to compare Teslas to Apples.. (264 comments)

In the US, 56.49 billion potatoes are sold per year. If potatoes caught fire at the same rate, we would all be dead.

about 5 months ago

Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists

glwtta Re:How to detect a really bad science writer... (134 comments)

They certainly don't use the word "baffled", but for all the scientist I know, the standard response to new data is "WTF is this shit?!"

about 5 months ago

Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists

glwtta Re:And... (134 comments)

And no, this is not a troll or flamebait - it's justified, rational criticism.

Just saying it doesn't make it true.

about 5 months ago

Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time

glwtta "technically cheats"? (114 comments)

It just plain cheats. Or did you mean it cheats in a highly technical manner?

about 5 months ago



How the Berkeley Overmind Won the 2010 StarCraft A

glwtta glwtta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

glwtta (532858) writes "StarCraft, one of the most popular games ever made, also serves as the perfect proving ground for artificial intelligence. Here's the inside story of how a Berkeley team won the world's first StarCraft AI competition with code that can beat even pro-level human players."
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