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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: New controllers needed

That's entertainment. That's entertainment...

You now picture a well-dressed Danny deVito on the Microsoft board saying that.

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Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Re: Don't say I didn't warn you

Meanwhile at MI6...

"We get message!"

"Main screen turn on!"

"It's Allen...!"

"Dear Your Majesty's Secret Service. Respect MY PATENTS! Or else ..."

"What you say!"

"You have no chance to survive, I have vintage ICBM!

"MUAHAHA ....." [meow]

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Re: A question for rocket scientists on El Reg...

Germans ... the only thing they can't do is fix the UK's LA-85.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

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I told you so. Now I have to surveil you. For you own good.

Reid, the former Labour home secretary, said the bill was a crucial weapon against terrorists and warned that it would take "some huge tragedy" for Britons to see the need for legislation.

Rule #1 of bureaucracy: Never let a good crisis go to waste

Old' Orwell warned us about those guys ... "when they strike, they strike hard."

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

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Re: "life companion for a richer, fuller, simpler life"

So Ronery!

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Tipsters exposed after South Africa's national police force hacked

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FAIL

".za" is now being transferred to Zimbabwe.

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Re: Arizona laws requiring immigrants to carry documents at all times

What kind of little roach downvotes this?

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

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More candidates for the B-Ark

I can't wait for it to take off. I can sanitize my phone myself.

Additionally, the easiest way to up the GDP is to have the government write a huge amount of debt on itself, then just print the corresponding money which you then pretend to have "borrowed". Then spend it. The plebs of the B-Ark will say that they "owe it to themselves", the statisticians on the deck 5 will be happy and the inhabitants of bailout promenade will continue to live in luxury, at least until the final landing is applied. No need for licenses and whatever.

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Yahoo 'won't screw Tumblr'? Then Tumblr will screw its balance sheet

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Son, I am disappoint!

Sod this.

Commentary like the 90's Internet Bubble is BACK AGAIN?

The only good thing is that the lass in charge of Yahoo now can justify her 6 million USD per month salary (or thereabouts) with a retarded acquistion.

I hope every fracking fund takes the conclusion that needs to conclude itself

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WW II U-boat attacks prompt new US response

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Kaaaarrrlllll!!

Why not NUKE those derelicts to smithereens? There are tons of as-yet-unused Pu lying around!!

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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

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Around 600 (will be) made redundant by August

Quite the boss, this August guy. Sounds a bit french, too.

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They WANT to EAT YOUR COMPUTER - welcome your ANT overlords

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Re: Feed them

Yep. Nuke it from the Data Center Control Room, it's the only way to be sure.

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Re: Sigh..

> Given El Reg's record in entomology I'm surprised they weren't described as termites.

That would have meant mentioning Space Marines, and then Copyright Violations Against Space Marines, and then we would be off on a tangent with Andrew.

Seriously, these ant invasions are weird. It's almost as if an alien intelligence wanted to take us out with better and better engineered stuff .... like in Philip K. Dick's Expendable. Maybe we should talk to the spiders.

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Securo-boffins uncover new GLOBAL cyber-espionage operation

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Re: Info Sec - wat iz it?

While you are busy applying the hard-acquired knowledge of your MBA, unknown operatives from many places of the world are playing tag on your machine (if they aren't chatting with each other), like a particularly functional version of an UN assembly.

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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

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Re: But how?

I dunno but have a blast from back when Acorns existed:

Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

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Get your head out of the Tumblr!

Seriously, I like to dwell on the olden times when 1 billion was hard to come by and was actually real money. You could buy nuclear submarines with that etc.

Hyperinflation is a festering decay process and apparently starts in the management offices.

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Petshop iPad fanboi charged with filming up young model's skirt

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The Rouge Republic of California

Weaver also plans to lobby the government of California to toughen up laws against upskirt filming or other pervy public crimes. She is angry that the charges brought against suspects are only counted as misdemeanours under California law, which does not consider such charges sex crimes.

Yep, we can't get enough control. Better have the guy exiled, branded, required to check in with police regularly and forbidden to stay within 500m of a school for more than an hour forever.

Beria would have had the guy shot after seizing the footage and the woman for his personal amusement. It would only be fair!

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Re: it isn't radio waves

In that case, no directional antennas ....

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Re: Get some NFC Card Sleeves damned fast!!!

Is that the new tinfoil?

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Nintendo throws flaming legal barrel at YouTubing fans

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Re: unique audiovisual experience?

> I would argue that recording the screen of a desktop application is a little bit different than recording a game that contains significant amounts of graphical and audio content.

How exactly?

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Hold our tiny silicon spheres, say gravity wave detection scientists

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Re: If they do, you'll never prove it

Looks like some commentards are ready to submit their paper to "Loonie Reviews B"

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

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Eadon impersonation.

"Moon Monitor Console" in a crappy MS-DOS terminal window, one of the most amazing catastrophes and nastiest venereal diseases of IT ever!

NASA FAIL!

In "Contact" Elly had perfectly good 21' CRTs and X-Win applications. And that was 15 years ago.

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Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

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> even this website is very probably conscious

So how about YouTube and its comment section.

No, wait. We are doomed.

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Re: Anyone remember Kevin the Cyborg?

Well, there are more serious journals than El Reg writing about advances in AI all the time, and there is nothing Sci-Fi-esque about it.

IEEE Intelligent Systems comes to mind (ex "IEEE Intelligent Systems and their Applications" (1998-2000), ex "IEEE Expert" (1986-1997)).

Yes, things are heating up, the "far out AI, are you mad?" of yesterday becomes the "it has been done; can't be AI then" of today increasingly quickly. The goal or target or criterium for succes is, however, still as unclear as ever.

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Re: Yet Another Commentard

"There are not enough subatomic particles in the entire universe to hold the data that a single brain and its connections would generate."

Oh yeah? Care to explain how a brain can even work in the first place in this case?

I think you are sadly mistaken about the prowess of a brain. All this "but it's more powerful than that!" idea has never been substantiated. Quantum effects, DNA, the pineal gland. Mumbo-Jumbo. Magic Dust. Religious Wankage. Lower-level details with no demonstrated relevance to the level we are talking about here.

You still can't solve NP-complete problems in polynomial time. Can dogs with only a slightly smaller brain (which must still be super-powerful) get on your level? Hell, Kasparov can't even beat a poor symbolic logic machine working discrete timesteps, how powerful is THAT?

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Re: You're forgetting "leakage"

No, that project ain't going anywhere fast for now. A stab in the dark at something that resembles an approximation of adiabatic quantum computing (which, I may recall, has not been proven to be able to crack NP-complete problems) does not an Aggressive Hegemonizing Intelligence make.

Have some Charlies Stross, excellent in an over-the-top fashion:

It’s a simple but deadly dilemma. Automation is addictive; unless you run a command economy that is tuned to provide people with jobs, rather than to produce goods efficiently, you need to automate to compete once automation becomes available. At the same time, once you automate your businesses, you find yourself on a one-way path. You can’t go back to manual methods; either the workload has grown past the point of no return, or the knowledge of how things were done has been lost, sucked into the internal structure of the software that has replaced the human workers.

To this picture, add artificial intelligence. Despite all our propaganda attempts to convince you otherwise, AI is alarmingly easy to produce; the human brain isn’t unique, it isn’t well-tuned, and you don’t need eighty billion neurons joined in an asynchronous network in order to generate consciousness. And although it looks like a good idea to a naive observer, in practice it’s absolutely deadly. Nurturing an automation-based society is a bit like building civil nuclear power plants in every city and not expecting any bright engineers to come up with the idea of an atom bomb. Only it’s worse than that. It’s as if there was a quick and dirty technique for making plutonium in your bathtub, and you couldn’t rely on people not being curious enough to wonder what they could do with it. If Eve and Mallet and Alice and myself and Walter and Valerie and a host of other operatives couldn’t dissuade it . . .

Once you get an outbreak of AI, it tends to amplify in the original host, much like a virulent hemorrhagic virus. Weakly functional AI rapidly optimizes itself for speed, then hunts for a loophole in the first-order laws of algorithmics—like the one the late Professor Durant had fingered. Then it tries to bootstrap itself up to higher orders of intelligence and spread, burning through the networks in a bid for more power and more storage and more redundancy. You get an unscheduled consciousness excursion: an intelligent meltdown. And it’s nearly impossible to stop.

Penultimately—days to weeks after it escapes—it fills every artificial computing device on the planet. Shortly thereafter it learns how to infect the natural ones as well. Game over: you lose. There will be human bodies walking around, but they won’t be human any more. And once it figures out how to directly manipulate the physical universe, there won’t even be memories left behind. Just a noosphere, expanding at close to the speed of light, eating everything in its path—and one universe just isn’t enough.

.... If you believe in reincarnation, the idea of creating a machine that can trap a soul stabs a dagger right at the heart of your religion. Buddhist worlds that develop high technology, Zoroastrian worlds: these world-lines tend to survive. Judaeo-Christian-Islamic ones generally don’t.

Okay Charlie, you chilled me out here. Now, I'm off for a beer. Yeah, that will do it.

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Re: There is no such thing as Artificial Intellgence, and there never will be.

There is no such thing as self evolving and sentience when applied to computer programs because they are and will always be incapable of becoming more than they are programmed to be.

Trying to argue by starting off with the desired conclusion?

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> What happens when Humans no longer have to do anything?

I think we had that argument when someone introduced machine looms down in Manchester.

Personally, I can't wait. There are books to read, places to go where no man has gone before... and there is always art.

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Re: Anyone remember Kevin the Cyborg?

> Interesting

You mean you disapprove. Come clear, tell us why. Don't hide behind veiled remarks.

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Re: "I have written a few AI scripts for computer games..."

AIGameDev seems to be your kind of place.

It's pretty amazing that the techniques used are still at tree level. No complex stuff, let's get those hierarchical state transition graphs going...

On a related tack, the advance in AI becomes clear via this:

In 1985: Machine Learning by Jaime G. Carbonell, Tom M. Mitchell Ryszard S. Michalski from Elsevier Science. Lots of $$$, used in academic settings.

In 2012: Machine Learning in Action by Peter Harrington from Manning Publications. A few bucks in spite of rampant inflation, used by hands-on programmers.

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Very nice. One should never forget that intelligence is tuned to a specific task. Animal (incl. human) intelligence is tuned to navigation in a messy, unpredictable world that often resembles a large version of "The Cube".

General machine intelligence will be tuned to specific tasks. There will be as many packages as there are version of amazon EC2 and it will be as similar to human intelligence as an airplane is to a bird.

Consciousness is overrated and generally a hindrance. Who wants to have a debugger running at all times? Even in humans it kicks in only if there are frightening, arduous or unfamiliar tasks to accomplish, or if one reads a particular convoluted explanation in a book trying to explain how wonderfully magic / supernatural consciousness is.

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Re: There is no such thing as Artificial Intellgence, and there never will be.

> It's easy to mimic intelligence enough to pass a turing test

Oh f*ck hell. Where is that program you are talking about?

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Re: Unless you believe in magic,

> the fact that natural intelligence exists

That point is still unproven.

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> computer logic can only (at this point, at least) be programmed.

This is either a tautology (in the sense of 'all programs are man-made') or short-sighted (in the sense of 'the development team is able to control all outcomes of the final product') or perplexingly ignorant (in the sense of 'the economy is ultimately managed by the minister of economics'). Basically, Weizenbaum stuff from the 60's.

Complex behaviour is not being "programmed". Even Deep Blue wasn't "programmed". It had a search strategy, a large database, and various heuristics (hint: why are they called heuristics? because one is unsure about what they do) the interplay of which lead to interesting outcomes.

> In regards to the German question, sorry, but that makes Google directly responsibly for monitoring the output and, if the output is not acceptable, [Google] must fix it as it cannot fix itself.

Not acceptable to whom? Anything will always not be acceptable to someone. Solution? Deal with it. Or pay someone to check results pertaining to your name who then gets into contact with google to "fix" things. Hey wait, there is also Wikipedia.... and the water cooler rumor mill. And Bild Zeitung! Oh noes what do.

> You have just admitted that humans are directly, and only, responsible for what a computer does

This is because "humans" are the only intentional agent that is currently recognized. The above statement is definitely a tautology. The statement "Robots may move in unpredictable ways. Stay out of range." should be a strong hint that today we are no longer in the territory of errors in salary computation.

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I know identity of Bitcoin's SECRET mastermind, says Ted Nelson

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Re: Nope

Paper Dollar is unstable and wholly impractical as a currency, it is only getting press right now because people think they can accumulate riches monetizing debt denominated in it. It fits perfectly well that a monetarist, a Keynesian and a string of clueless White House dwellers may have developed something that only works in a highly developed set of circumstances that they assume will never change.

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Re: Don't you just love ...

But he could do cameo appearances in something like "Conspiracy Theory II - Serial Conspiracies LAIN"

Could Tim Berners-Lee?

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Dude!

The ABC conjecture is very easy to explain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abc_conjecture

Proving it is hard. And Mochizuki's proof is apparently coming from the future, it's that kind of hard.

More on Mochizuki's proof at here for example. Excellent for Sunday Mornings.

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MIT takes battery-powered robot cheetah for a gallop

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Re: Outrunning a human?

Cats, Mandrake. Robot cats!

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> Did it explode or something?

No, it demanded to place a call to the Local Robot Union Representative to complain about nonexistent wages and being exploited like an animal. Robots are People, too!

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NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid

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You just need to taunt it a second time and it will go away.

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Re: Let's hope LM get the accelerometer the right way up this time.

> That such a small part destroyed the integrity of that missions findings has always bothered me.

Well, it shouldn't.

UPDATE THE REQUIREMENTS LIST FOR NEXT TIME:

1.1) The accelerometer assembly SHALL be marked with an arrow point to the TOP of the accelerometer.

1.2) The accelerometer acceptance bay SHALL be marked with an an arrow indicating the location of the accelerometer TOP in a complete assembly.

1.3) The assembly specialist MUST check before launch that the installed accelerometer marking TOP and the accelerometer acceptance bay marking TOP do correspond.

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Google's Native Code browser tech goes cross-platform

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Re: Where's the advantage?

> too many applications require use of OS-specific APIs, so even if the delivery method is cross-platform...

Well, this may change pretty fast in a way not well-becoming to the "too many applications".

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Nvidia opens pre-orders for handheld Shield console three days early

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Re: Just a shame that....

Who are "Sony" and "Nintendo"?

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Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?

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Re: Just goes to show

> The best hackers are the one with outstanding coding skills

The circle of confusion between programming, hacking, cracking and wrecking is now COMPLETE.

Journos: "My work here is done!"

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NASA and Google team up to buy into quantumish computing

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Re: I *knew* this would happen, like last week!

"Thousands of times, and I always survived!"

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Re: hmm

IF they can be made to work, they will at least speed up computation of problems in quantum mechanics. That's already a BIG BIG win. They will MOST LIKLEY NOT crack NP complete (and definitely not NP hard) problems in polynomial time though.

Further intro at:

http://www.scottaaronson.com/democritus/lec14.html

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Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

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Robbing you hurts me more than it hurts you. Trust me.

> arguably immoral tax reduction schemes

I bet some people would actually LIKE to be offered the occasion to have coffee with Elisabeth Warren.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Seven years?

Something like Selenium for Phone Robot Hell....?

I can only be called PLUTONIUM!

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