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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

lorinc Re:Limited Vision (191 comments)

I don't agree with you. Scientific expansion in ML is of exponential growth: what took 20 years to achieve will take only 10 to be doubly improved. When I see the state of the art in computer vision 2014, I have almost no doubt the vision problems associated with automatic cars will be solve in a fewer amount of time that anyone expected.

6 hours ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

lorinc Re:I hate this strategy of justifying exploitation (164 comments)

On the contrary, when a job is paid too much, people are doing it for the sake of money and not because they love to do it. Think of the politicians. They don't care that much about ideas, they are into opinions, and more favorably the ones that will get them the cash. That's why we get all these crappy laws.

Think of a fireworker paid a million dollars. At that rate, you'll get a bunch of real assholes that will do anything to get the job because of the money, but when the day comes they have to risk their life to save your ass, they'll just flee saying "f**k, that's not worth it".

So while I totally agree with you on the low pay justified by passion bullshit, my point is that we should not rely on high pay to expect the jobs to be done correctly. A job is done correctly iff the guy in charge is happy with his job done correctly.

about a week ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

lorinc Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

That being said, it can surely be further automated in the next decade to get rid of another 1/3. How many decades until there is only one guy at your factory that is in charge of rebooting the whole system if ever it fails?

It's not that automation is bad, it's actually great for the human condition, it's our society that cannot handle such evolution.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

lorinc Re:People (481 comments)

Self-preservation. We are people, hence by social contract we (no longer) eat each other. That way each of us can feel safe that others will not consume him. We consider people who violate that rule criminals or insane and deal with them appropriately.

There is no such social contract with animals. We can eat them and they, occasionally, eat humans too.

This.

You can even extend this to why we don't eat cats and dogs. Dog owners don't want their neighbors to eat their precious family pet, and nobody want such a mess in society. These are self preserving rules of our society, and not things based on some fancy individual reasoning. Note that in not so ancient time, people did eat dogs in most Europe, but that was before dogs were common pet.

about three weeks ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

lorinc Re:Assuming we find a hydrocarbon energy substitut (326 comments)

The thing is, population will continue to grow even long after the resources collapse, because it has some delay between the behavior changes and the economic situation. This just makes things even more likely to end with the nuke option.

about a month ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

lorinc Re:Renewable (82 comments)

As of 2014, how do you power trucks, tractors, cargo ships, and planes on solar?

I dunno. Maybe but using the energy to synthesize some chemicals that can later on be burned in a motor, performing a closed cycle.

about a month ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

lorinc Renewable (82 comments)

Using renewable energy to tap unrenewable energy... Seems not really enduring. Why not just use directly the renewable energy in first place?

about a month ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

lorinc Re:I think this is a good idea. (282 comments)

I am a linux sysadmin, and many of the packages required for desktop use not only don't apply to me, but are pretty well useless. I would love to see a distribution where any dependency on X11 was not only stripped out - but *compiled* out. I would love to see a distribution where systemd was not getting its mitts into everything.

It's called gentoo.

about a month and a half ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

lorinc Nonsense (282 comments)

It's up to the distro to focus on what they want and make declination either for desktop, or servers, mobile, embedded, etc. None of this has anything to do with linux which is, you know, just a kernel.

about a month and a half ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

lorinc Re:Wow (789 comments)

If Putin gets Ukraine, then it's going to get even worse. Do you remember that little sentence about about "dishonor and war" 75 years ago? It's about the same situation today.

about 1 month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

lorinc Not needed (455 comments)

If you live in a society where you can trust no one and especially the police officers, well, just move somewhere else because that's the anti-definition of society. And ask yourself about your personal contribution to that awful shift of behavior.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

lorinc The Great Dalmuti (382 comments)

The rules are simple and you can play with almost any number of people. Even people who don't like to play games often give a try.

about 2 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

lorinc Re:None (260 comments)

My cellphone is the only wireless only device I own, and has its own broadband connection. Everything else is wired (which makes around 3-4 devices).

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

lorinc Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

You are grown up enough to tell the difference, kids are mostly not.

about 2 months ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

lorinc Re:False. (227 comments)

My experience (no science here, only personal encounters) is there are 2 types of racists, and both are wrong but not in the same way.

Racist theorists think we can achieve a better optimum in a society by removing bad elements. The idea is, if you remove the low values, the mean goes up. They completely fail at understanding the benefits of stochastic exploration in something as complex as a society. If evolution is so performing good it is also because of the stochastic exploration it uses introducing mutations or crossing-over.

Racists people are just mediocre guys that need to be proud of something. Now, since they never achieved something in their live, they turn onto something they did nothing for, like their country or the color of their skin. That's the old "I'm better than you", from people that in reality aren't, but cannot stand that fact. Misplaced pride, or something like that.

about 2 months ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

lorinc Re:False. (227 comments)

You miss the point. It is obvious that based on genetic criteria, people are not physically equal. Some run faster, some spring higher while others are better at abstraction or emotions. That it is not uniformly distributed among ethnicities is completely irrelevant, and hopefully you'll understand why.

The way we have to consider equality among men is by definition, like an axiom. That way, we can build rules that are much more interesting than the ones where all men are not equal. In particular, it gives you much more liberty, for we consider our society to be above arbitrariness and randomness.

Let's face it, no one chooses where, when and from whom he/she is born, it's either arbitrary (depending on whether you believe in some cosmic plan) or random. The consequences of that is that you are born with a limited amount of possibilities. Now, we can either shorten these possibilities by exploiting this arbitrariness/randomness - it's the "brave new world" scenario where you have to fit that gamma role you were born for -, or we can enlarge them by deciding not to take it into account and state that all human beings are equal. We choose the later since the Declaration of the Rights of Man. It is a great choice based on logical reasoning rather than obsolete bigotry, because it takes into account its consequences. It is a choice that puts forward our capacity (as a species) to think, plan and build, which is by far our greatest ability. But it also as practical advantages for our societies, like a good mix of robustness, resilience and adaptability.

about 2 months ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

lorinc Processing in the game (109 comments)

Isn't it completly overkill? I mean, the games can adjust their rendering so as to compensate the visual defects of the player. You just enter your needed correction in a parameter box et voilà. Thet clearly doesn't seem overly complicated to do.

about 2 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

lorinc Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

You can think of it as a bias toward exploitation over exploration, which will inevitably leads us to a local optimum from which it will be very difficult to escape.

about 3 months ago

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Project Death Star

lorinc lorinc writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm not american, but I'd love to see the US build a Death Star by 2016 (which ultimately uncovers the true evil nature of this country -- just kidding). I'm pretty sure there are enough nerds out there to have the government think about it, so stand up american geeks and vote!

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