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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

stealth_finger Re:Total Annihilation (91 comments)

I still hum that little tune they did with the musical cheat or whatever it was... You are talking about the rts right?

about a month and a half ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

stealth_finger Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (364 comments)

Yes, let's kept paying the crony capitalists lest we be left defenseless. So many people have been nonchalant about the economic damage this system has caused to our country, so I can only hope the security damage is more successful in grabbing their attention.

Even if this project met its goals, it would still be extremely underwhelming... especially on cost-benefit analysis. Starting over is the right choice.

If cost is what your concerned with the best bet is buying in, get some eurofighters or a mig/sukoi combo. Imagine how well that would go down.

about 2 months ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

stealth_finger Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

I'm just saying. Everything we know points to it being deliberately handicapped. The game actually runs better when you enable the settings that made it look gorgeous at E3. It runs better with better graphical fidelity.

The only excuse for disabling that is intentional malice or extreme incompetence. Ubisoft has a history of either of those in regards to PC gamers. If it were an isolated event, I'd go with incompetence, but this is no longer coincidence. I'm pretty sure it's malice due to it's repetition. l

It's PC so they get to use the 'ensuring optimum quality for all users' line as cover for the bullshots.

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

stealth_finger Re: AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

Welcome to the http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki...

Q: if there was a human dumb savant who could translate instantly between multiple languages, though without understanding how he did it (think Rainman), would you say he was not intelligent? Why? What is intelligence? We are inconsistent - we praise humans as intelligent when they can perform some complex algorithm well (chess), and yet as soon as a computer beats a human, or all humans, we denigrate the task as "not intelligence". Often the reason is "just an algorithm", but as a neuroscientist knows, that is a poor excuse - it's algorithms all the way down.

Not in the sense you're implying, he'd be a gifted idiot. Extremely good at one specific thing but not a lot else. Is a dog intelligent? You could argue both sides for forever and a day.

The guy in your Chinese room may be intelligent, but other than matching symbols he is not displaying or using it.

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

stealth_finger Re:AI is always (564 comments)

Nope, not following instructions. I think all of those were based in machine learning.

I guess Google's car is following instructions too, like "drive me to New York", but most would still count that as AI.

How is that AI? It looks up the route (no one would say a sat nav device is AI) combined with autonomous operation from sensor input (no one would say a UAV or plane on autopilot is AI).

about 2 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

stealth_finger Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

And AI is still, pardon my French, pretty fucking non-existent.

Except for the cell phone in your pocket, that can recognize your commands and search the internet for what you requested, or translate your statement into any of a dozen foreign languages, and has a camera that can recognize faces, and millions of objects, and can connect to expert systems that can, for instance, diagnose diseases better than all but the very best doctors. Oh, and your cellphone can also beat any grandmaster in the world at chess.

However, if you consider AI to be shorthand for "stuff computers can't do yet", then, yes, AI will always be "right around the corner".

Until I can have a genuine conversation with my phone that isn't just looking up responses based on my inputs and can actually understand what a conversation is about (i.e not a chatbot, not siri) then it's not AI.

about 2 months ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

stealth_finger Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

Think background noise, which is what it is, and tune it out. Thinking of it as music implies you want to listen to it.

about 2 months ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

stealth_finger Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

Several airlines now have in-flight WiFi and while the bandwidth is crappy, you could use it for VOIP. The two airlines I have flown on that have this (Lufthansa and United) both expressly forbid the use of Skype and voice apps for the very reason you state - it annoys other passengers.

Here's what Lufthansa has to say about it:

The option of making mobile phone calls has been disabled in response to the wishes of a majority of our customers. In addition, customers are advised that Internet telephony (VOIP) is likewise not permitted.

And United:

It is against United policy to allow videoconferencing or voice communications in flight. Live video and Internet streaming services are not supported.

I have the same concerns you do, but this is one thing the airlines so far have gotten right.

I never understood this, I can chat to the guy next to me, even over the aisle and no one gives a shit. Put it on a phone and everyone freaks out. Is it because you can only evesdrop and half my conversation than annoys you so much?

Who was the guy who said it interrupts him watching videos? Maybe we don't want to listen to what ever shit you happen to be watching, also that's what headphones are for fuckwit.

about 2 months ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

stealth_finger Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

You can always pick the airline that doesn't allow calls.

And when there are no such airlines left, then what?

You could always shove the inflight meal in your ears.

about 2 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

stealth_finger Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Why do we still have these antiquated data caps?

Oh, that's right, greed.

Why does a screensaver, on a TV no less, need the fucking internet?

about a month ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

stealth_finger Re:T-Mobile's Reponse (110 comments)

For those not clicking links, this is what T-Mobile had to say about this:

Blah blah blah, unfounded allegations, blah blah blah, customer first, blah blah blah, we're totally innocent, blah blah blah release the lawyers, blah blah blah, join our network.

-- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile USA

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

stealth_finger Re:Hah! (681 comments)

He is the dawg, the big bad dawg, bounty hunter!

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

stealth_finger Re:But 7 works fine. (681 comments)

My home comp is still on XP, so there's one.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

stealth_finger Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

In America, there is a higher law governing the rule of law. The Supreme Court is the only court authorized to address that. Each State also has their own constitution, which provides their State Supreme Court the power to decide if a law is faulty and should be excepted or wholly stricken.

What is the point of being one country when all states act like their own countries, have their own laws and pretty much duplicate everything except change the word president to governor.

about 2 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

stealth_finger Re:Warriors, unite! (208 comments)

Yes. It is called "Opportunity Cost". It is proven and valid.

Here is an extremely simple example: I earn $20 an hour. I can go work for 8 hours or play a game for 8 hours. If I work, I get $160. If I game, I don't get anything (In monetary measure anyway).

Therefore, by gaming I just lost $160 that I could of had.

So, to bring it to the issue at hand: EA's game costs $50. There are 1000 teenagers salivating to play it. If they all buy it: EA gets $50,000.

However, 500 pirated. Therefore EA got $25,000 instead. Thus piracy costs them $25,000 in opportunity cost.

So by not gaining, you do indeed lose something.

Maybe I should put in a claim for all the money I've not earned while playing games/listening to music/watching films then.

about 2 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

stealth_finger Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

OT, but you didn't look very hard at all, then. The very first links on Google for "Smartphone Market Share" show WP with 3.2-3.3% for Q1 2014, and on a rising trajectory. (https://www.comscore.com/Insights/Market-Rankings/comScore-Reports-March-2014-US-Smartphone-Subscriber-Market-Share). The top (non-Wikipedia) link on Bing for the same search is less precise but says 3%. (http://www.cio.com/article/751867/U.S._Smartphone_Market_Share_Numbers_for_Q1_2014). Those are US numbers; the European numbers are significantly higher. It's still the third-place platform, but it *is* third place behind the two giants.

What's in fourth place? As it stands today there are only three horses and the other two are miles away.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

stealth_finger Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

until the last months of MtGox's earthly existence, pretty much every Bitcoin advocate and site were directing people to MtGox, until it was indeed too late to get anything out anymore.

Sounds like a ponzi scheme to me.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

stealth_finger Re:Yep. (649 comments)

Religion, education and government should be three separate and distinct entities, in reality you can sometimes barely tell when one ends and the other begins. Fuck beta? Fuck Gove!

about 2 months ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

stealth_finger Time for a new youtube... (364 comments)

...with black jack...and hookers. Etc.

about 2 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

stealth_finger Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

Are these 'Dial-a-Ride' outfits insured? Are the drivers licensed for chauffeur work? Are their vehicles inspected? Have the drivers had a background check or would I be riding with Joe Random Felon?

I'm not sure if your describing a taxi driver or not? Half the taxi drivers where I live look like they have been, or are going, to prison. If I could get a ride with a random guy going the same way and give him some cash as thanks I would take that every time.

about 3 months ago

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