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Winston Churchill's Scientists

queazocotal Can we do it? (77 comments)

Oh yes!

about two weeks ago

An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

queazocotal Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

That is not hardware.
The hardware - the FPGA has remained constant.

about two weeks ago

An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

queazocotal Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

Software runs on hardware - yes.
Software cannot increase the capabilities of hardware - well - not quite.
The most literal meaning of this - apart from limited things like overclocking is of course broadly true but may be hugely misleading.
If you've got a really advanced program on each of a network of computers, doing a given task - there are many ways in which it can seem to increase its capabilities, without really doing so.

Giving up the designated task and freeing resources.
Co-opting other systems into adding to its resource.
Optimising the way it performs the task so that it at least does it reasonably well, but much cheaper.
Sharing computations over multiple devices which were expected to be done on one.

There are many systems where 'dumb' algorithms are tens, or thousands of times less efficient than optimum ones.
Optimum algorithms are in many cases intractable for humans to find.

Optimising computational efficiency over time as machine learning is a really valuable thing to do.
Looked at from another angle, this can come quite close to 'evolution'.

about two weeks ago

An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

queazocotal Accurate journalism would at least be nice. (227 comments)

However, at this stage, it is not required.
Simply as the threat is well over ten years out.
How much over - good question.
Is it too early to raise concerns and encourage people to go into fields where they may think seriously about this topic - no.

about two weeks ago

Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

queazocotal Re:Open Source Tax Preparation Software (450 comments)

If the tax code was rational.
The problems are that multiple levels of tax code interact in complex ways that vary with the exact addresses involved in the claim.
So, you're not writing one codebase which does taxes, but in a very real sense, thousands.

about three weeks ago

Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

queazocotal Re:Pets (182 comments)

The above comment is especially fun - because it varies.
Some animals you keep you have no liability over their actions, and some you do.
(in the UK)

For example - you are liable for the damage livestock causes to others property.
But this is only "cattle, horses, asses, mules, hinnies, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry, and also deer not in the wild state and, in sections 3 and 9, also, while in captivity, pheasants, partridges and grouse; poultry” means the domestic varieties of the following, that is to say, fowls, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea-fowls, pigeons, peacocks and quails"

Ostriches, camels, llamas, kangaroos, cats, dogs, parrots, peacocks are not listed, so you aren't.

Unless your dog damages other peoples livestock.
If it savages a Kangaroo - no liability.
Or if your cat kills chickens.

in short - the exact legislation matters.

about a month ago

Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

queazocotal Re: Perjury (138 comments)

For added fun - this varies.
In the EU, 'sweat of brow' copyright is generally recognised - if you spent a lot of effort doing something, you may have it copyrighted - even though it is merely a collection of facts.
In the US, this is much less true.

about 1 month ago

The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

queazocotal Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

There is no reason for much of this stuff for it to be your car.
And, indeed, it might be considerably more efficient if it wasn't.

about a month ago

App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"

queazocotal Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (131 comments)

It's a pity that seemingly devices without working flash aren't supported - some of us have adequate lighting.

about a month ago

Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

queazocotal Re:Interesting (293 comments)

You sort-of-can control the range.
In the case of a hotel - a wifi AP per room, with very low power, and another box - also set to very low power to do deauthentication attacks on the client in that room.
Each rooms 'jammer' is only active when a strong local signal tries to access the outside AP - and only has enough power to jam that room.

It would not affect people outside the hotel more than marginally - as the 'jammer' would not be recievable by them due to its low power.

No, a simple per-hotel jammer can't do this, and the above is much more expensive than such a thing.

about a month ago

Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

queazocotal Re:I don't get it (170 comments)

"You can't drive your house around" - and here is where your ambition fails.
Several tens of large rocket engines, and sure you can.

about a month ago

Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

queazocotal Re:I don't get it (170 comments)

Assuming it is a moderately large slice of $2.5B.
To hit the top 1% of earnings in the UK, you need to be on ~150K.

This can be hit easily at 2% or so interest on a capital of 10M.

Arrange it properly in trusts so you can't ever touch it - and you're set for life - to a reasonable degree.

about a month ago

Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

queazocotal Re:Try the opposite (209 comments)

Your average cop can't authorise others to break the law.

about a month and a half ago

SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

queazocotal Re:fuel weight (81 comments)

The Falcon 9 weighs about 500000kg on launch.
Most of this is kerosene, and liquid oxygen.
Both of these can be purchased for under $1/l.
This is around $400000 or so.
A falcon 9 launch costs $60M or so - so it's more like a percent.

about a month and a half ago

Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

queazocotal Re:drones (92 comments)

Done right - shot-down-drones may be profitable - if you outfit them with sensors to find out who's shot it down.

about 2 months ago

France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

queazocotal Re:Political nonsense (395 comments)

'reducing the tax incentives'
You can bet they're not lowering the tax on petrol.

about 2 months ago


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