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Creating a Better Chatbot Through Crowdsourcing

metageek Re:crowdsourcing != AI (49 comments)

If you follow the link on the summary you find an article with title "Artificial Intelligence, Powered by Many Humans"

about a year and a half ago
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Creating a Better Chatbot Through Crowdsourcing

metageek crowdsourcing != AI (49 comments)

Good try, but even if this passes the Turing test, it is not AI in any way. Responses are by humans and there is no intelligence in it. So it will be the collective human engine behind it that will pass the test. Not really any big achievement.

about a year and a half ago
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Mirrors Finished For James Webb Space Telescope

metageek memories of Hubble (115 comments)

hopefully they polished this one well enough...

about a year and a half ago
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US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips

metageek Re:Besides MS and Intel... (181 comments)

No, in other words buy an AMD rather than an Intel

about 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

metageek Re:64 bit? (196 comments)

Are you sure?
I've downloaded both the static and dynamic versions and they are only 32-bit... where did you find information about a 64-bit version?

about 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

metageek Re:64 bit? (196 comments)

Great!

Weird times, though: this puts me in a position of wanting to thank Microsoft...

about 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

metageek 64 bit? (196 comments)

The most important question is whether they made a native 64 bit version? [for those of us who don't want to pollute our machines with 32-bit compatibility libraries]

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

metageek serves them well (592 comments)

anyone trusting the cloud to keep their property safe deserves losing it...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?

metageek 500 Mb only? (167 comments)

My entire mail store is over 16 Gb. I have single mbox files that are larger than 2 Gb.

more than 2 years ago
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KDE 3.5 Fork Trinity Releases First Major Update

metageek Don't you love OSS? (161 comments)

This is one of the best things about OSS. Anyone can fork and when there is a strong need, the fork will happen.

I'm spoilt for choice

I pitty the slaves of a their Master's view of computing (yes, fanboys, I mean you)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

metageek Lots of fun (708 comments)

I couldn't care less about "just works". Half of the fun of running Linux laptops is the challenge to set them up to do all those things you want.

The other half is to see the Apple funboys fiddling with their Macbooks to make projectors display their stuff (that is when they find someone who actually has the right widget to plug it in).

ROFL

about 2 years ago
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iPhone Keylogger Can Snoop On Desktop Typing

metageek Re:Good reason... (103 comments)

> Oh, and keeping your phone in your pocket also circumvents it.

but gives you cancer...

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima: Myth of Safety, Reality of Geoscience

metageek Re:The major lessons (206 comments)

I did clearly say that coal is dreadful, and that I do not support the deaths that it causes. It is terrible. However nuclear fission is much worse on a global view, from a risk perspective.

Ask any insurance company if they would even consider insuring a nuclear power plant... that is a huge statement made by market forces. (and they insure some pretty insane stuff, for huge premiums, of course -- but not nuclear)

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima: Myth of Safety, Reality of Geoscience

metageek Re:The major lessons (206 comments)

Plutonium spent fuel has a huge half-life, apply your logarithms to it and check for how long it has to be kept. Strontium, which is extremely toxic as it is absorbed into bones (same chemistry as calcium) has a very long half life too. Even Cesium is 30 years, so it will be around for much longer than that.

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima: Myth of Safety, Reality of Geoscience

metageek Re:The major lessons (206 comments)

This story that coal kills more people than nuclear is rather misleading. The issue is much more complicated than simply counting deaths --- though, of course, coal is no nice energy source at all.

The problem with nuclear disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima is that they leave large portions of land unusable for millenia. (besides having the risk of killing lots of people too.) The effects are not just to the poor people who work on those plants (just as the poor miners) but that they leave a severe risk of exposure for many generations to come. The cost of maintaining those patches of land unusable are very large. Much larger costs than even those needed to keep an undamaged power plant secure beyond its productive life; this is already so high that no private company wants to do it without support from large government subsidies (besides they are all helped by not being help legally liable for any accident).

So, even though coal has indeed killed many people, that is not to say that nuclear is not a very large problem to society. In my opinion larger than coal. To support this, find out how much it costs to insure a nuclear power plant, versus how much it costs to insure a coal mine.

Before anyone says that we need some form of energy so we must to take up these risks, let me say:
  * direct solar source
  * increase in efficiency of use
  * and please keep the population down.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?

metageek Kindle DX (254 comments)

Kindle DX and read the articles sideways

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Digitize, Make Available British Library's Historical Holdings

metageek Not the only one... (86 comments)

This is not the only British library that gets all publications, The National Library of Wales (http://www.llgc.org.uk/) also gets all publications that are published in the UK (and there is likely one also in Scotland)

more than 2 years ago
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What LulzSec Logins Reveal About Bookworms, and Passwords

metageek Passwords? (136 comments)

Why are we still using passwords? They will go away, sooner or later.

more than 2 years ago

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