top The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI
One of Feynman's memoirs includes the haha-only-serious observation that mathematical theorems are either unproven or trivial, and this is simply a re-statement of the same principle.
And actually, there's a lot of speculation about whether colonies exhibit intelligence or consciousness (eg Hofstadter's
Aunt Hillary, but also Jack Cohen & Ian Stewart's Heaven - they also did the Science of the Discworld series with pterry).
top Britain Gets National
.uk Web Address
The rules are that, for the next five years, any
.co.uk owner can register the corresponding .uk domain. If there isn't a .co.uk, the .org.uk owner can register, and if there isn't a .org.uk owner, the .me.uk owner can register it.
.uk subdomains don't get a bite at the cherry. Nor is there any protected time where a .org.uk or a .me.uk owner can register the .uk domain if the .co.uk owner doesn't want it.
top The Ways Programming Is Hard
a century ago, the same sorts of complaints were being made:
see The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.
top TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification
Face recognition (at least the Android Jelly Bean/Kit-Kat version) gives too many false positives at the moment. Somewhere between 5% and 20% of the time, my face does not unlock my phone/tablet, and I need to enter a PIN.
Also, the scope for involuntary unlocking is much larger.
top Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data
If you want to know if I've read an email:
request a return receipt If I want to give you that information, I will.
Goodness, there's an existing, non-scummy way of working all this out which preserves user expectations of privacy and provides you with the information you actually want, not a poor proxy of it.
top What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?
"Quicksort is already implemented a thousand times, so there's no need to implement it again, just find which library you need."
Yes, that's true, but we're talking about
education here, not building websites.
Also, knowing about QS implementations lets you know when it's been done wrong.
Case in point: Microsoft's C runtime library shipped around the time of Windows NT and Visual Studio 6 had a sub-optimal qsort implementation - it took
97 seconds (on a 600MHz Athlon) to sort 260,000 integers with a constrained set of values (0-180), whereas other implementations (eg Numerical Recipes) could do it three orders of magnitude quicker. Delving in, the qsort() algorithm didn't exchange elements where the value equalled the partitioning element, which leads to increased comparison function calls (effectively proportional to 1/range).
top Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?
Actually, I gave my 3yo daughter an older smartphone with no SIM. [...]
Most phones, even if you remove the SIM, will allow you to phone the emergency services (999, 911, 112 or whatever). I believe it's a requirement of the GSM standard.
top Romanian Science Journal Punked By Serbian Academics
Is this real? (Metallurgia International's web site appears to be gone, so there's no direct proof).
Surely even the worst kind of journal would ask that the
Error! Reference source not found broken cross-references be fixed?
top "Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift
What if the intelligent designer just wanted to use evolution? I've never understood why the two solutions have to be exclusive.
Well, Intelligent she might be (gives you the afternoon off, after all), but it's a bit more dispassionate than I'd want my Benevolent Omniscient Being to be. Have you read about all those parasites? The ones that eat their host from the inside out, the ones that affect the brain, so the host goes wandering out into wide open places and gets eaten, etc.
It's almost Lovecraftian.
top HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced
[...] Can I order a palette now and beat the rush?
You could, but we have so many more colours nowadays.
top Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?
I'm not the one that suggested striping on the Intenet.
That happens all the time, I've seen the videos.
Oh. "striping", not "stripping". As you were.
about a year and a half ago
top Disney's Titling Problem With Its
Star Wars Movies
... and assumed it must have been something to do with the gimbal-lock you can get if you're rotating 3D objects and not using quaternions.
about a year and a half ago
top Google Enables VP9 Video Codec In Chromium
If VP9 wasn't there, H265 would face no competition. So then the H265 consortium would be able to pull all sorts of egregious crap. End-user licence fees, mandatory unskippable ads, you name it, they could require it.
But VP9 does exist. So they very probably won't.
about a year and a half ago
top On handedness: I am ...
Yes, he is dextrous and right.
top Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?
And if you search for "web browsers" on Bing IE doesn't show up at all except in a side bar under 'related searches'. Seems MS hasn't done any SEO for IE under the term 'web browser'.
But if you're using IE, you're using IE, and there's no need to search for it.
And if you're not using IE, then you're either on a platform which IE doesn't run on, or you (or your friendly BofH) have already taken steps to
not be running IE. For either of those cases, you wouldn't be helped by searches for "web browser" listing IE highly.
So any outlay of resource on SEO would be wasted.
top Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies
There's an add-on which does this:
It's annoying at first, since every site you visit needs setting up. And I really wouldn't want to try it while I was buying anything. But it can be useful and usable.
top Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?
Aren't those documents created or edited by LibreOffice by any chance?
Because in a few cases this has happened to me (with OpenOffice of course) but I don't remember a case that a document I created using word could not be opened with word. I edit very large documents (several hundred pages most of the time).
In my case, it was a Word document created in Word, saved (repeatedly) in Word which caused Word to crash (All the same version of Word). Fortunately LibreOffice could open it, and Word didn't crash on the resaved document.
top Google Nixes Some Calendar Features and Other Software Offerings
That's one of the biggest things that I've preferred iOS to Android. That, and the stupid way applications are stored on the system partition so you 'run out of free space' despite having gigabytes free.
That was changed with the release of ICS.
Not quite. ICS had almost seamless support for the "move to SD" model of app management, but it still got confused if you ejected any card (even one that didn't hold any apps).
My Nexus 7 (with JB) isn't partitioned at all.
top Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?
Thunderbird with IMAP and the lightning extension installed routinely (like 20x per day) locks up for 5-10 seconds and shows wrong messages (or no message) when quickly switching between new emails.
Check if it's caching the calendar feeds. If it is, turn the caching off. That should solve the lock-ups.
top Australian Govt Pledges Action On Google Tax Evasion
sorry. posting to cancel cack-handed moderation
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