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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

perryizgr8 Re:AI researcher here (429 comments)

Exactly this. Everyone needs to read up. Ant nests are no less self-conscious than you or I. There is no way to prove or disprove an internal experience of any intelligent entity. So the best thing to do is to focus on the displayed behavior and not try to second-guess the internal "thoughts" of an AI or an ant's nest, because that way lies madness.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

perryizgr8 Re:Simple (219 comments)

so long as governemnts keep paying people to not build fusion reactors

lolwut?! I think you accidently inserted a 'not' in there.

5 days ago
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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

perryizgr8 Re:Telegram (93 comments)

How can something in the public domain NOT be open source? If the source is free to look at, it is open source.

5 days ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

perryizgr8 Re:Hope it's better than the movies (242 comments)

But it did follow the same format Asimov's short stories usually took: Present the 3 laws as the pinnacle of perfection and show how broken they actually are. I loved it.

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

perryizgr8 Re:I'm sure it will suck (242 comments)

Finally! Someone who agrees with me!

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

perryizgr8 Re:No confusion (268 comments)

yes it does. what's so confusing about it?

GNU is Not Unix Network Object Model Environment

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

perryizgr8 Re:Why feed the lawyers? (268 comments)

I don't think Microsoft is half of what they used to be 10 years ago. They would try to fight it, but I guess Groupon wouldn't back down.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Tests Aircraft With Shape Shifting Wings

perryizgr8 Re:The Carreidas 160. (55 comments)

I lost my entire Tintin collection :'(

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

perryizgr8 Re:Nice and all (107 comments)

That's exactly my point. 700MHz/512MB is overkill for everything you might wanna do from such a portable device. The problem right now is that it draws too much current. I cant hook up a battery and carry it around in my pocket and expect more than 4-5 hours of uptime.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

perryizgr8 Re:Watch out Pi (107 comments)

Why not buy a cheap android phone and use that as your embedded controller? That would be cheaper and you'd get a much more efficient device.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

perryizgr8 Re:Nice and all (107 comments)

This. B+ is really bad. They should work on really really low power states or something.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs

perryizgr8 Re:Mozilla needs to get its priorities right (132 comments)

I must have missed the memo where Firefox was already properly multi-core ready, with add-ons and jetpack actually growing thus making this browser relevant again.

I hate Chrome's evil, but I hate suckiness more than I hate evil. So Chrome it is for me.

This is the most fundamental truth. I hate Chrome for all the tracking it does on me and my browsing habits, but I just can't switch. I almost made the switch to IE(!), but session restore was buggy. I tried to switch back to Firefox, but everything is slow, even scrolling is choppy. Not much, not everyone notices it, but it is there. All the super awesome extensions I used are useless. Features missing, version not supported etc etc. And the UI. OMG the UI. It's a throwback to XP. Tabs made of cheap glossy plastic, 4x3 grid menu in which last row has only one icon. I mean, are they even trying?

IMHO, they should scratch the code. Start with Chromium, so their process problem is solved, and implement a powerful extension framework. That is what defined Firefox, and that is where their success lies.

about three weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

perryizgr8 Really? (249 comments)

The world's current time is coordinated between atomic clocks all over the planet. But that can't happen with the new one.

However precise the clock is, we can still use it to coordinate time all over the earth. Just use the same number of significant digits we use today. Nobody is forcing you to consider ALL the available digits of precision.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

perryizgr8 Re:Windows 8.1 is an improvement over 8.0 (192 comments)

I have also switched from Win 7 to 8.1 and it really is better. Many things are better streamlined and faster. And small features here and there that just make life easier. Like native iso mounting. Start screen does not bother me much because I used to use search anyway in Win 7 also. I just press the Win button and start searching. Startup and sleep times are way better, and in-built Skydrive and skype are good. I also like some Metro apps like calculator because I can fix it in the side and it's nice to use that way. Ditto for chat apps and skype. Also, metro apps now show up in the taskbar which is waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than that invisible sidebar.

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

perryizgr8 Re:West Virginia too (468 comments)

counting won't tell you who voted and who didn't.

about three weeks ago
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LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

perryizgr8 Re:Drop test? (63 comments)

Well the Samsungs do have a much more advanced screen than iPhones, so it is reasonable that it would be costlier. What is not so reasonable is that if you crack the glass on your SGS4 (touchscreen and display working perfectly), they will replace the entire thing (digitizer, display and glass) because the whole thing is fused together. And they charge you full, too.

about three weeks ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

perryizgr8 Re:We use stuff like this (81 comments)

I would think 3D printing would be more precise? Because the printer could just create smaller drops of the printing material Why is it not so?

about three weeks ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

perryizgr8 Re:Practical Aplications? (81 comments)

What devices use amplifiers?

Every single device uses amplifiers.

about three weeks ago

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Scientists create bacteria with expanded DNA code

perryizgr8 perryizgr8 writes  |  about 7 months ago

perryizgr8 (1370173) writes "Biologists have managed to create a bacteria with DNA made of the usual A-T, C-G plus an artificial third base pair, thus encoding more data in DNA.

"This shows that other solutions to storing information are possible and takes us closer to an expanded-DNA biology that will have many exciting applications — from new medicines to new kinds of nanotechnology," said Romesberg.

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4.74 degrees of separation

perryizgr8 perryizgr8 writes  |  about 3 years ago

perryizgr8 (1370173) writes "Facebook Data Team has taken all the friends data of everyone on Facebook and analyzed it, finding out the shortest distance between every two persons. They can now confidently say that the aerage degree of separation between any two humans is 4.74, not six as previously claimed by various entities.
I'm a bit unnerved by the fact that any facebook employee can gain access to every user's data, privacy settings be dammed."

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Security Implications of ipad Breach

perryizgr8 perryizgr8 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

perryizgr8 writes "Seems like the full ramifications of the leak are just beginning to be realized:

What can be done with that secret ID? Quite a lot, it turns out. The IMSI is sent by the phone to the network when first signing on to the network; it's used by the network to figure out which call should be routed where. With someone else's IMSI, an attacker can determine the person's name and phone number, and even track his or her position. It also opens the door to active attacks—creating fake cell towers that a victim's phone will connect to, enabling every call and text message to be eavesdropped.

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Microsoft copies Wolfram Alpha with Kumo

perryizgr8 perryizgr8 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

perryizgr8 writes "So here's another rip-off by Microsoft. Paul Thurrott says:

Microsoft today revealed that its next generation Windows Live Search engine will be branded as Bing, confirming widespread rumors. The service, which is being tested under the codename "Kumo," will replace Windows Live Search later this year, Microsoft says. A public beta is expected June 3. Of course, Microsoft's search engine has never done particularly well in the market against entrenched competitors like Google and Yahoo!. So the software giant is recasting Bing as a "decision engine" rather than a general search engine, a service that help people make decisions with more confidence. And Microsoft has settled on a number of popular but more complex search types that it says will differentiate it from the competition. These include shopping, travel, news, health, maps, images and video.

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