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

pushing-robot Re:Phooey. They Can Still Kill Us All (322 comments)

AI uses sensible variable and function names *and* comments its code?

We're doomed.

yesterday
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

pushing-robot Of course not! (110 comments)

It's reprehensible that they leverage this incredibly popular brand to teach girls to code when they could be using it to sell Happy Meals and next year's landfill fodder. Shame, shame!

yesterday
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

pushing-robot Re:BENNETT IS 36!!! (200 comments)

Every time Bennett writes a new story on Sladshdot [slashdot.org], I take a free day and spend it reading the story

Wow, I can never get through novels that quickly.

3 days ago
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Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop

pushing-robot Seems obvious (103 comments)

Google is following Apple and Microsoft and moving away from widescreen tablets. Good riddance, I say; 4:3 or 3:2 is much better for showing a 'page' of information.

That said, I don't begrudge widescreen (tallscreen?) phones, since they have to be narrow enough to fit in your pocket, nor large widescreen monitors, since they can show multiple 'pages' at once. In the 7-13" range, though, widescreens tend to be too much for one 'page' of content but not enough for two, and not nearly tall enough either. Blech.

about a week ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

pushing-robot Re:uh, no? (339 comments)

It is a fake. A very bad, undeniable, fake.

Say the satellite is orbiting at 200km. The planes are flying at 10km. (I'm being generous on both these figures.) The planes are only 5% closer to the satellite than the ground, so perspective would only make the aircraft look 5% larger (barely enough to notice) than they would on the ground.

Now look at the satellite photo again. Compare the fighter to the roads and farm plots it's flying over, and compare the 777 to the terrain features and especially the airport (I think) on the left side of the photo.

(If you're curious, the fighter in real life has a 15m wingspan, the Boeing a 60m wingspan.)

about a week ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

pushing-robot Re:Yes, after all... (114 comments)

One is a point of sale peripheral, the other is a Linux desktop environment. Okay, they're both 'technology', but that category is huge and getting broader every year. In any case, neither product is widely known, it's highly unlikely anyone would confuse one with the other, or that it would hurt either brand if they did. The case for trademark infringement is practically nonexistent.

That said, I'm glad Groupon is changing it; the Gnome has rubbed me the wrong way ever since it was announced. The name isn't reassuring on a device meant for handling financial transactions, the early prototypes were a bit too 'friendly' and OLPC-inspired, the current one is huge and clunky, and it lacks support for newer technologies like EMV and NFC. Hopefully this will send them back to the drawing board. Thanks, nerd rage! You saved the day again.

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

pushing-robot Yes, after all... (114 comments)

The GNOME foundation invented the word—nay, the letters themselves, carved and finished from wordstone hewn from the deep tunnels of the earth.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

pushing-robot Promise (127 comments)

It is my intention to conclude this proceeding and have enforceable rules by the end of the year.

Say what you will about the guy, but he didn't exactly swear a blood-oath there.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Patches OLE Zero-Day Vulnerability

pushing-robot Re:Good job MS (37 comments)

"Zero day" means the first exploit hasn't been spotted

What?

Microsoft announced the patch and the problem at the same time

Did you even read the summary?

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

pushing-robot Re:Shame, shame! (158 comments)

Fascinating. More evidence that my universe intersects an alternate universe in which Apple invented everything.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

pushing-robot Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

You *do* pay your state use tax for all those things you order over the Internet, right?

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

pushing-robot Shame, shame! (158 comments)

Then again, I'd have less sympathy for them if avoiding paying taxes wasn't a universal pastime for corporations and individuals alike.

about two weeks ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

pushing-robot Re:Great in the winter .. (148 comments)

Nobody wants hot water in the summer?

about two weeks ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

pushing-robot Half of slashdotters have had this idea... (148 comments)

But security, reliability, and other factors seem to defeat any advantages. I wonder who their customers will be.

about two weeks ago
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New Facebook Update Lets You Choose News Feed Content

pushing-robot Re:How about... (54 comments)

You don't want... this is a question...well, it's like a horror movie when a character is standing in a dark room, hears a scary noise, and asks "Who's there?". It's one of those type of questions.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

pushing-robot Re:If it's fast enough, "general purpose" is fine (181 comments)

Because it is inefficient. In addition to higher energy bills, a less efficient architecture means shorter battery life in a mobile device, more noise in a desktop PC, and fewer servers per rack in a datacenter.

about two weeks ago

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