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Comment Re: I'm not surprised. (Score 0) 906

Which are alleged to exist but nothing, not even a redacted screen shot, was provided

Yes, if it's not provided, it doesn't exist. Remember that. I've never seen the negatives from the moon landing photos. Oh sure, journalists *tell* me they exist, but so what. I've never seen the *hard* evidence.

Same with Apple having an HQ in California. I've never been there. I've never met anyone who has. I've seen photos of some buildings, but they could have been anywhere.

Thing is, you're focussing on this specific case. You need to see the bigger picture. The Internet is digital, so anything on it can be trivially faked. If it's not something you want to believe, you have NO MORAL REASON TO BELIEVE IT. The Internet provides such poor evidence for anything, you can pretty much ignore it. In fact, I strongly suggest you ignore the entire Internet from now on. Please. It would really help us both.

Comment Re:care less (Score 3, Interesting) 191

it dethrones the idea that poker is the last bastion of human dominance in cognition

I think that idea was dethroned when Bill "The Bluff" Higgins got a train to Boston in 1872 with his pockets full of winnings, and strode into Harvard saying "Gentleman, the finest minds in the world have recently met in the back room of McKluskey's Hotel, and held a competition of arithmetic, stoney faces and drinking, to determine a winner. And I am that winner. Your work, professors, is needed no more. A dominant mind has been chosen."

Seriously, what makes poker attractive as a benchmark of AI is that it is essentially simple (like chess, go and most other card or board games), but contains a very small element of modest complexity (bluffing).

Compare that to a game like Pictionary. Pictionary is vastly, vastly more complex than poker. When two computers with cameras and screens can beat a pair of humans at pictionary, I'll be impressed.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 468

We used to use re-chargable vehicles all the time. They were called horses. After a certain distance, they needed quite a long time to re-fuel and rest.

The solution was to swap the discharged horses out for new ones. This would also work well for electric vehicles. If cars are very easy to rent, there's no need to own a specific one, so once it's flat, plug it in and pick another.

Car ownership is dropping in Europe as it becomes cheaper and more convenient to rent. Rent a big car for the family holiday, and then a small one for a day trip, and then a van for moving furniture. Much more convenient than having to use the same vehicle for everything. Getting a train 90% of the way and easily renting a car for the last 10 miles is a nicer journey than driving all the way. Now, an electric car is fine for ten miles, while it wouldn't have managed the whole journey.

It's not about making electric cars behave just like the petrol ones we are used to. It's about changing how we transport ourselves around.

Comment Re:The earth is (Score 1) 436

People believe in the common good. It's just a question of who has anything in common with them.

The whole reason humans form communities is the common good. It's easier to all build a well than each person build their own. It's easier to share a plow team than everyone have oxen they use one week a year.

As life has become safer, the need for common good has reduced. It's still a good way to reduce risks, but our risks are so low now, we tend not to worry about it.

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Funny) 449

640x480?! That's just a bigger version of 320x280, and I started out with a lot less than 320x280, I can tell you. Bloody kids, next thing they'll be wanting more than 4 bits of colour information in each pixel.

As for VRML, I often use it as an example of why 'open standards' are far from a panacea. It's a truly dreadful standard, created in academia before there were either competing implementations of the problem, or even much of a problem, that actively held back VR and web 3d stuff generally for years. Also a useful example of "worse is better".

Comment Re:Can't wait to get one in my watch. (Score 2) 156

I have a watch from the 1940s that's still giving out plenty of radiation. Sadly, the phosphor is all used up so it doesn't glow at all.

Early glow in the dark paints used a mixture of radium and phosphor. The decay from the radium would excite the phosphor and make it glow. Unfortunately it also broke down the phosphor, so while radium lasts for centuries, the paint doesn't.

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 340

The small fraction in that case would be 23%, not 2/3. Because nuclear, while not a fossil fuel, isn't a renewable either, and that's what the op was talking about.

That said I actually think 23% is a pretty impressive - at least until you remember that electricty is only a smallish proportion of total energy use. I found this diagram helpful in showing the way things are:

http://www.iea.org/Sankey/#?c=...

Comment Re:Renewables will never work (Score 1) 340

and that is ALWAYS, if you spread them out wide enough.

Yes, but that is a very wide spread and therefore a very big if. The ideal energy mix would be nuclear for base load, and then wind/solar with hydro available to handle variability in the renewables. But that requires geography that's hydro friendly, which most of the world isn't. CCGT will do for now in handling variable load until some kind of battery grid becomes available.

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