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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

infogulch Inference is Hard (68 comments)

'In the following sentence: "Ann gave Sue a scarf. She was very happy to receive it." Does "she" refer to Ann? (yes/no)'
A series of similar and increasingly difficult inference questions like this one can usually knock over an AI pretty easily, while not being too difficult for humans.

5 days ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

infogulch Re:They should make wonder woman a man. (590 comments)

It isn't like people in the US name their daughters Jeffery [sic]....

Apparently they do in the Game of Thrones universe.

about 4 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

infogulch Imagination? (590 comments)

Are we so unimaginative now that it's not possible to come up with and build new characters? Existing characters have to be completely substituted, just to piggyback on the established lore and history?

And for what? To satisfy some new gender-equality metric? Seriously, I know it would take time and effort, but surely you can come up with a compelling unique story for a woman without them having to be propped up by a different character's previous popularity.

about 4 months ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

infogulch Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

If you didn't want to learn programming languages, why are you taking computer science courses?

If you're being force-fed anyways, I think python would be much easier to stomach than java for introductory courses. And it would be much easier to grade (if grading consisted of more than "did it output correctly") since introductory students aren't exactly known for their exceptional code organization and formatting skills.

about 5 months ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

infogulch Re:Car analogy? (142 comments)

So fuel cell cars are memristors? That actually sounds about right.

about 5 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

infogulch Stop Assuming Appliances Can DropIn Without Config (378 comments)

From this to Highway Sign Hacking to that researcher that made a botnet of home routers with default config to ping the whole of ipv4, I really hope admins are getting the point that you can't just drop appliances in public places without adjusting the default configuration. What critical infrastructure is left out there just begging for someone with an operator's manual to wreck it, or even worse, exploit it? Can we get a wake-up call to the administrators of these appliances?

about 6 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

infogulch Re:Too dangerous to keep digitally now? (378 comments)

With that sentiment, you'd never put *anything* online. This whole thing is just some asshat ATM admins leaving stuff in the *default configuration*. This is the equivalent of buying a home router and not changing the default password (though nowadays routers come with individualized passwords, but they didn't used to).

about 6 months ago
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Not A Hoverboard, but Close (Video)

infogulch Re:Not an advertisement... but er, yes, yes it is (66 comments)

The benefits of a hoverboard over a skateboard include being a smoother ride, being able to navigate over rougher terrain, requiring less manual pushing, and, well, just straight up flying.

While Onewheel doesn't exactly fly, it does cover the other three benefits (and on manual pushing, it's even better than Marty's), so I think it's fair to call it the closest thing to hoverboards yet.

about 6 months ago
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Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

infogulch Because Spoilers (157 comments)

Some people HATE spoilers.

about 8 months ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

infogulch Man wants privacy. Jerk reporter outs him anyways. (276 comments)

"News at 11."

That's the whole story folks. The fact that he did something notable doesn't remove his right to privacy.

about 9 months ago
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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

infogulch Re:Schizophrenia (160 comments)

Schizophrenia is not orthogonal to intelligence.

Surely you meant "schizophrenia is orthogonal to intelligence", otherwise you're saying that all schizophrenics are geniuses.

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

infogulch Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

Fixed:

"Hey Joe, what's your IP address?"
"I don't have one, I'm behind a NAT and firewall that I don't control."

Of the two problems, I find yours the lesser of two evils.

about 9 months ago
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Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

infogulch Re:Oldest star to date, but likely came from anoth (141 comments)

Larger apparent magnitude means dimmer because magnitude is on a log scale, similar to pH is a log scale with a negative sign. Brightness = 2.512^(-Magnitude)

about 10 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

infogulch Re:Boycott (573 comments)

Oh come on, the comments already look and feel a lot more modern, even if they are missing a couple features (read: it's still in beta). And the green gradient everywhere is getting old anyways.

about 10 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

infogulch Unqualified (573 comments)

I don't suppose it would help to tell the reviewer that if they don't even know what JQuery is they shouldn't be reviewing anything that has to do with any web technology. It's just a convenience and compatibility wrapper library. It sounds like the reviewer has never touched any programming outside of excel, and is completely unqualified to perform any type of technical review.

about 10 months ago
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With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

infogulch Re:unnecessary bloat cruft (279 comments)

Nonsense. If you're browsing the web and following a bunch of links, you would have to long press the link to copy it, long press to paste it in the url bar, edit the url to add the S (this is mobile, so moving the cursor directly between the "p" and the ":" is non-trivial), and hit enter... for every link you follow.

You can't just click the link and edit the url after the page loaded because you've already given away the url path, url query, cookies, referrer, etc to anyone snooping your connection. And what if a site doesn't support https and instead redirects you to its' http variant? For some people they'd rather it fail to load than load insecurely. There are many reasons to use such an extension.

about 10 months ago
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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

infogulch Re:Lets not forget (291 comments)

Well, I just wanted an excuse for my 120Hz requirement.

1 year,27 days
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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

infogulch Re:Lets not forget (291 comments)

Exactly, the games themselves have been pared down to fewer objects because our older cards couldn't handle it. Now there are new cards and people expect games that can use that horsepower to be available instantly? Sounds unreasonable to me.

When your graphics card can handle 3x 4K monitors at 120Hz and 3D while playing a game with fully destructible and interactable environments (not this weak-ass pre-scripted 'destruction' they're hyping in BF4 & Ghosts) the size of new york city without breaking a sweat, the bank, or the power bill, THEN you can talk about the overabundance of gpu horsepower.

1 year,27 days
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DNA Sequence Withheld From New Botulism Paper

infogulch Re:I know the scientist... (182 comments)

Awesome! Now we're only half a step until completely uninformed CHAIN MAIL BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T SEND THIS TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS IN THE NEXT 27 SECONDS YOU ARE A MURDERER AND HAVE SURRENDERED YOUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL!!11!11! THINK OF THE MILLIONS OF DEAD BABIES!

about a year ago

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