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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

mrt_2394871 Re: 'simply' following rules (285 comments)

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).

about 7 months ago

Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

mrt_2394871 Third level domain precedence (111 comments)

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.

All other .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.

about 8 months ago

TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

mrt_2394871 Re:What about a face recognition trick? (222 comments)

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.

1 year,16 days

Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

mrt_2394871 Re:And google will retain that info exclusively. (195 comments)

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.

about a year ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

mrt_2394871 Re:I can think of one that Steve Jobs disagreed wi (598 comments)

"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).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

mrt_2394871 Re:4 years (682 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Romanian Science Journal Punked By Serbian Academics

mrt_2394871 Error! Reference source not found. (95 comments)

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?

about a year ago

"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

mrt_2394871 Re:Nature is amazing (213 comments)

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.

about a year ago

HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

mrt_2394871 Re:Attention Cinephiles (293 comments)

[...] Can I order a palette now and beat the rush?

You could, but we have so many more colours nowadays.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?

mrt_2394871 Re:Cloud 0? (274 comments)

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

Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

mrt_2394871 Misread "titling" as "tilting"... (279 comments)

... 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

Google Enables VP9 Video Codec In Chromium

mrt_2394871 Re:It's... OK. (161 comments)

... why bother? ...

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

On handedness: I am ...

mrt_2394871 Re:Mixed-handedness (260 comments)

Yes, he is dextrous and right.

You forgot adroit

about 2 years ago

Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?

mrt_2394871 Re:Snitch? (187 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Google Docs Vs. Microsoft Word: an Even Matchup?

mrt_2394871 Re:A Mature Local Machine Product vs Immature Clou (346 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Google Nixes Some Calendar Features and Other Software Offerings

mrt_2394871 Re:Carddav/caldav? (235 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

mrt_2394871 Re:thunderbird has the same problem as firefox... (464 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Govt Pledges Action On Google Tax Evasion

mrt_2394871 Re:It isn't very different (331 comments)

sorry. posting to cancel cack-handed moderation

more than 2 years ago


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