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Was Flight Ban Over Ash an Overreaction?

jacquesm Re:Flawed Computer Models (673 comments)

You do realize there are more ways to get to London from Frankfurt? The ICE to Paris and then the tunnel would have probably worked. How long would you have been prepared to wait because you want to fly rather than use some other mechanism?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Not Worried About the Future of Flash

jacquesm Re:What about Flash games and other stuff? (328 comments)

I very much agree with you that flash should have died a long time ago, but how do you propose to transition ?

Video is not the only thing that flash does well, chat clients and such are also exclusively written in
flash if they have anywhere near decent performance.

 

more than 4 years ago
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Of Encrypted Hard Drives and "Evil Maids"

jacquesm surprise (376 comments)

physical access > digital security

more than 4 years ago
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Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

jacquesm Re:9V != 18W (366 comments)

Have you ever tried lighting up a commercial grade solar panel with a 10W lightbulb ?

How much power did it produce ?

more than 4 years ago
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Teenager Invents Cheap Solar Panel From Human Hair

jacquesm Re:9V != 18W (366 comments)

please hand in your low uid.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

jacquesm Re:Dark Tan? (964 comments)

it's fairly obvious from your remark that you've never been to Hungary.

about 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Clean Install Only In Europe

jacquesm Re:OOh (803 comments)

so, how do you manage to upgrade a hard disk without a re-install ?

 

more than 5 years ago
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Suggestions For Learning FPGA Development At Home?

jacquesm Re:What MORON keeps tagging articles as HARDHACK? (185 comments)

and all those 'software simulators' are executed by hardware...

In the end, it doens't matter how many virtualization layers you've got you are programming to tell the *hardware* what to do

more than 5 years ago
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SpaceX Boosts Malaysian Satellite Into Orbit

jacquesm Re:Horray! (71 comments)

Elon Musk is flying payloads while John Carmack is still playing games. Come on John, make us proud...

more than 5 years ago
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Sequencing a Human Genome In a Week

jacquesm Re:Passing this data back to the scientist (101 comments)

yes, let's give those aliens something to experiment on, so they can figure out what bugs to send our way to exterminate us :)

more than 5 years ago
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Plastic Circuits Designed To Enable Tough, Green Computers

jacquesm Re:switching is going to be a real bitch (67 comments)

Those figures were vapourware, they never actually produced any of that, they also chose circuits that have an advantage when made in plastic because they do not need to be sealed afterwards.

in my experience, producing fairly large quantities of pcbs is so cheap that it is going to take a very well thought out assembly process to compete with that.

And then there is the fact that a circuit made using this tech is essentially unreparable.

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

jacquesm Re:Richard Dawkins (799 comments)

So, you just equated religion with using morphine and the scientific method in comparision with heroin ?

I'd like to suggest religion as morphine and science as a breath of fresh air, an open window through
which you allow doubt to enter your life, and the switching on of a bright light that helps you see
more clearly.

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

jacquesm Re:I assure you God is real, Jesus is Lord! I know (799 comments)

Was there ever a more appropriate nickname ?

Let me give you a hint: One of the first things people do when they start speaking is to try to agree on what words have what meanings. Those
who fail to do that will be able to claim just about anything, black will be white, up will be down and days can be any length of time because a
day is no longer a concept with any fixed meaning. If your words don't have a fixed meaning then you have to ask yourself why you are
stretching them so much. Is it so hard to admit that something is simply wrong that you have to stretch the meaning of words to make it right ?

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

jacquesm Re:Sorry, No. (799 comments)

I think the way to interpret that is that 'science works', you can't help but advance science even when you're a priest if you hold to the scientific method.

So, scientists can be religious, it's the method that will eventually cause them to dismantle their own belief system.

more than 5 years ago
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Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

jacquesm Re:Sorry, No. (799 comments)

To the point where Einstein would try to ridicule Bohr.

It's sad when two titans of the scientific world clash on such a personal basis, but at the same time I'm sure they
both had much more where they agreed than where they disagreed.

Oh, and in the long run Einstein was dead wrong about this. The man was absolutely brilliant and has done
more for us and our lives than many other individuals, but he was human and in this particular case he
was wrong.

There is no shame in that, that's what science is all about. Whether this one reference to 'God' means that
Einstein was influenced by religion in making this error of judgement is a stretch.

more than 5 years ago

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Saving Geocities.com, a tale of Bandwidth & St

jacquesm jacquesm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jacquesm writes "For the last week I've been busy to stave off the inevitable, making sure that geocities lives on in a format as close as possible to the original. Despite some setbacks I think the project succeeded and that most of not all of geocities.com has been saved. It seems I now also have one of the worlds largest collections of animated gifs :)"
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mit makes video lectures searcheable

jacquesm jacquesm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jacquesm writes "MIT presents a tool that allows students to efficiently review lectures. The tool combines speech recognition and time stamps to create the 'MIT Lecture Browser': http://web.sls.csail.mit.edu/lectures/ . This is a fantastic companion to MIT's open courseware: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm , it will greatly ease searching for a passage explaining a certain detail."
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Indian AI unmasked using second order turing test

jacquesm jacquesm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jacquesm writes "Indian IT experts have been testing a new generation of highly intelligent bots in IRC channels. One such bot was unmasked in an irc room after failing to pass a second order Turing Test. The bot had to be tricked into accepting the challenge and tried every trick in the book to avoid detection.

The full transcript of the interaction with the bot (called 'asterix') is here : http://ww.com/asterixbot.html , the really interesting breakthrough I think is the fact that the bot uses 'broken english' to masquerade its lack of genuine understanding, but we have become so accustomed to that because of the outsourcing of jobs that it is no longer politically correct to accept nothing less than passable english. This psychological loophole has been used to great profit by the team involved.

It's only a matter of time before you'll have to administer Turing Tests to your chat room friends to see if they are not too tired of communicating with you face to face and have replaced their online identities with bots to keep up appearances."

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jacquesm jacquesm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jacquesm writes "According to this press release it is now illegal for Americans to date foreign women online without first going through a detailed background check. The law was challenged and upheld by a federal judge. This means that before you even get the chance to talk to person from abroad you will have to divulge all kinds of very sensitive personal information. And all this ostensibly to protect the foreign women from abuse by potential American spouses. Never mind that according to this study the rate of such abuse is only 1/7th the rate of domestic abuse by Americans vs other Americans."

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